Thursday
Nov142013

CultX & The Simpsons

This was an interesting encounter from the beginning. I was at the Agenda Sports Marketing event walking the floor before meeting with the Santa Cruz Skateboards marketing team and I see this bike... and this bike was calling me. It had no paint, raw welded seams - it was beautiful and the name on the bars read CULT. I was in awe. Then these guys from the booth walked up to me, one wearing a bootleg/fan art Simpsons tee, and asked me what I thought of the bike. As I'm looking at him, his friend and their booth I see more Simpsons inspired art on a poster that they are handing out and I asked, "Are you Simpsons fans?" As it turns out, the two guys are Cult Bikes owner Robbie Morales and art director Adam Roye. As the relationship grew, I worked with Adam on designs that fit best with their brand. In our first meeting he showed me his sketch book - it was raw and free flowing but something caught my eye. I asked him what his favorite Simpsons episode was and he said, "the one when Homer is tripping out." I smiled and asked, "Would you like to do some art like that for the brand?" I was happy to hear him say, "YES!"

Even though the Duff Bike went into production first, this Bart bike was the first one that we designed.

Thursday
Nov142013

NHS Simpsons Skate Board Art: Sea Captain 

So one of my all time favorite skateboard art designs is the Jim Phillips "Neptune" deck. The board was designed for Jason Jessee (a rider for Santa Cruz) and when it first came out in had a bat on the nose of the deck and a shark on the tail. Later the bat was replaced with a moon and then again with the sand castle tower you see below. The shark on the tale was replaced with a mermaid. When coming up with design ideas for the Simpsons/NHS Skateboards collaboration I knew this one was a must-do! I'm so happy it is one of the ones that made it to production!

As a skater kid I idolized Santa Cruz Skateboards and the arist Jim Phillips - you could say it was a lifelong dream to work with them. Earlier this year I had the opportunity to meet Jim Phillips at the NHS 40th Anniversary party and let him know to his face that he was one of the reasons I became an artist! I almost cried... I have always looked up to him. It was very crazy and surreal for me.

So back to the story of this design. It was based on the Jason Jessee “Neptune” mermaid tail. I drew out the rough for this a couple different ways, one had Blinky the fish impaled on the spear, a sea eel that looked like Burns and a pelican looked more like Homer. We also had mermaid Marge at the bottom of the deck but had to drop it from the final design. Sean Millard finished the ink and we both did the color. I always like to give Sean a shout out for making me look good - thanks Bra'tha! 



Monday
Nov112013

Foolish Mortals 8-Bit

Was bored today... I have always loved the Haunted Mansion.

 

Monday
Nov112013

Kidrobot Homer Simpsons Mariachi Kidrobot

Well it's finally here. When I was first designing Series 2 of The Simpsons Kidrobot line I did the Simpsons family in mariachi dress and I wanted the chase/hidden figure to be Homer in a white mariachi outfit with the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) face paint. The idea was bounced back and forth a bit as to whether to do it or not, but finallt it was approved as a 6 inch figure. I have always loved the art of Día de Muertos and it also inspired me to do it as a new style guide for The Simpsons. Will share that soon...


Friday
Oct182013

NIGO/Baby Milo/Simpsons Collaboration

It's coming!!!! All illustrations by me. Photos from Bathing Ape.