So a month or two back I was contacted by Chris Spann of DickieJones33.com about doing an interview for his newly developed website, BookOfLions.com. The site is geared towards artists, designers and the creative community as a whole and includes some pretty good insight and inspiration. Do yourself a favor and check it out.
Jul 1st at 7:07am
Over the past couple years I’ve had the pleasure of working with the crew over at PlayCreativeTV on some “TwlightZone Marathon” spots that they put together for the SyFy network. I was asked to sketch up quite a few frames and characters that would be used throughout the spots. I have to say that PlayCreative really made the 2D images come to life and gave them a true TwilightZone feel.
Here are the spots from the last 2 years, hope you enjoy them.
Jun 30th at 6:05am
Nov 16th at 8:10am
Oct 31st at 4:01pm
Last year Michael over at PlayCreativeTV contacted me to draw up some panels for a Twilight Zone promo they were putting together for the SyFy channel. The promo was for the SyFy new year’s day Twilight Zone marathon and aired during the month of December. This first image showcases a few of my original sketches.
Below are a few screen shots from the final promo. I think they did a great job with the treatments and transitions. To view the promo click here.
Oct 8th at 4:18pm
I know I know, it’s been way to long since my last post. But hey, what can I say, I’ve been crazy busy this past year and that’s a good thing. I think?
Anyway, awhile back my pal Tom over at Righteous Clothing asked me if I’d mock-up another design for the Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery. Since the last design came out so well I jumped on board and started sketching up some of their ideas. Here is a sample of the design. If you care to order one for yourself click here.
Oct 7th at 5:37am
Oct 31st at 3:59pm
Sep 13th at 8:23am
Hey everyone, sorry about the lack of posts over these past few months. Sometimes ya just need a break. That and I’ve had a ton of stuff going on. Got a new day job (the main reason for me not posting), more and more freelance work as well as been traveling quite a bit. Now I’m back at it so, stay tuned for more regular posts.
Click on the images below to see some of my latest trips.
Sep 6th at 7:23pm
Here are a couple vector pieces that I was playin’ around with the other day. After creating the original razor blade image I got the idea of combining it with a brass knuckle. Even though my illustration probably wouldn’t work in the real world (cause you’d more than likely cut your fingers off) it was fun to illustrate. Anyways, enjoy!- ShanesArt
Jan 30th at 7:37pm
Here’s another take on the “JUST DON’T” image that I worked on earlier this week. Every time I looked at it I thought it should be in one of those “truth” ads so I went and mocked one up. It’s a very simple ad and I think the image worked well with the over all design. Now keep in mind that this is just me playing around and not an actual ad. With that said,, enjoy! – ShanesArt
Jan 23rd at 6:47pm
This morning after getting an awesome caricature illustration of Barack Obama from my friend Joel Carlo and watching Obama’s presidential inauguration I felt inspired. However, I didn’t have enough time to start a new illustration so I reworked the “Obama” vector illustration I did back in October. I was just playing around with it for a bit and came up with these two images. The top image is a poster layout that I’m going to put up for sale on my “TheUntappedSource.com” gallery and the other image is a background for my desktop.
All-in-all, it was a great day! Congrats Mr. Obama! Peace – ShanesArt
Jan 20th at 12:00pm
Here’s a little Photoshop work for ya. I’ve been wanting to brush up on my photo manipulation skills for awhile and since I have a friend that’s going through a rough time right now due to smoking I thought I’d put the two together and see what I could come up with. I’m pretty happy with the outcome and it was a blast throwing the images together. I highly recommend stepping out of the norm and try something else for a new change of pace.
Enjoy – ShanesArt.com
Jan 16th at 9:17am
Here’s a mockup of a type treatment and web layout that I designed last week. Since the web layout has your standard “blog” look to it, I thought I’d add some depth to the title bar. So, using Illustrator, I created a 3D look using just a few layers and some shadows. This allowed for a very crisp, clean look without the use of a 3D program. Granted, I could have achieved a similar look using a 3D program but, opted not to this time. All-in-all, I think it turned out well.
Peace – ShanesArt.com
Jan 14th at 7:41pm
This was a commission piece for RockinBabySling.com. They wanted a revamp of their existing character design and asked me to see what I could come up with. They wanted me to change the character from the “club/party” mom to an older more mature “Rockin” mom. I think I did a pretty good job.
However, I’m not sure if they are going to use it or not so I thought I’d show it some love. I like the original sketch more but think the final vector piece came out well.
Enjoy – ShanesArt.com
Jan 7th at 4:47am
Hey everyone, Happy New Year! I hope it’s been good to all of you. I wanted to start the year off with a new image that I’m going to try and have printed up onto a few shirts. It’s a fairly simple design and will be a one color limited run on black. The lower images are alternate pieces that led to the final image. Let me know what ya think.
Peace! – ShanesArt.com
Jan 2nd at 2:39am
I’ve been a huge Star Wars geek for as long as I can remember and lately have been playing around with a few of their characters. Here’s a Storm Trooper sketch that I’ve been playing around with for awhile. Here I’ve taken it from sketch to vector and added some pattern fills. Let me know what ya think so far.
Enjoy! – ShanesArt.com
Dec 26th at 3:28am
Hey Everyone, I wanted to let you know that I was asked to submit an illustration for the “Back In Black: T-Shirt show” that Chris Parks (Palehorse.com) & Joshua Smith (Hydro74) are throwing on November 22nd in St. Petersburg Florida, Sponsored by Design by Humans. Above is the piece I submitted. Order one soon, they cost $18 + shipping and will only be available until Nov. 22nd.
Sadly, I won’t be able to attend the actual show but encourage anyone that can to do so. Below is the flyer for the show and a run down of what will be going on. Enjoy – ShanesArt
Back in Black Apparel
Pre-Order Site (if you can’t attend, but want a piece)
Hydro 74 and Pale Horse Design proudly present the “Back in Black” T-Shirt Exhibit – Showcasing limited-edition, one-color t-shirt designs by some of the world’s leading digital artists (who are the backbone of many of the major apparel brands we see today).
The purpose of this show is to highlight the artwork of the uncelebrated designers whose art you’ve probably been collecting in your closet for years, as well as to establish the t-shirt as a new medium for fine art.
November 22nd from 4:00PM – 10:00PM @ Pale Horse Gallery – St. Petersburg, FL
During the exhibit
Attendees can check out original t-shirt designs by 20 of the best t-shirt artists/designers in the business. (Free admission)
If you like what you see, buy a t-shirt. You can purchase as many as you want. ($15 each)
Pick your t-shirt color, t-shirt size and design placement based on options available.
(Guys and girls sizes available. Colors and sizes available while supplies last.)
Your t-shirt is screen printed on site by Noah Deledda of Thx Mgmt.
Wear your art home!
Nov 13th at 10:36pm
Nov 13th at 12:20am
So, last weekend I went up to South Dakota to spend a little time with the folks on my B-day and get a new tattoo as a gift to myself. I new I wanted an armband that said “ShanesArt” as a type treatment and I’d been trying to come up with something for the past few weeks. I must have changed the design about 50 times before I hit the right one. That sucked because most of them were hand drawn. The design I went with is shown below. It stung like a bitch on the inside of my arm but turned out amazing! I’m extremely happy with the job that Steve O’ at Wild Idea Tattoo did and highly recommend him to anyone looking for new ink! Light and steady hand all the way. Thanks again Brotha!
I was also honored to have my folks get tattooed on my B-day. Pops got a soccer ball that I designed to symbolize his life in the sport. It shows the ball “new” on one side and “worn out” on the other side. Moms got a one off version of my logo on her outer calf. That actually blows my mind. Talk about representin’! Thanks guys, it meant a lot to me! Plus, I had a blast! – S
Oct 25th at 12:36am
Let me start by saying I don’t want to hear about anyones political views. Keep those comments to yourself. Your choice is your choice, and I don’t care to hear about it.
Now, as for the artwork, I finished the Obama piece awhile back and am finally getting around to posting it. I had been surfing the web for a bit and came across a few posters designed by Shepard Fairey of ObeyGiant and kinda got inspired. I’ve always been a fan of his style and thought I’d give it a shot but with a ShanesArt twist. I’m very happy with the outcome. Hope you are as well. – S
Oct 15th at 8:33pm
Just wanted to share some of my latest hand drawn type treatments. I’ve been asked to come up with a lot of “tattoo style” lettering lately and these are a few of the sketches that I come up with. I actually really like to do these. It’s an easy way to experiment with different looks before you start to vector them out. Plus, you can do this anywhere and don’t have to be sitting in front of your computer the whole time. It also takes me back to high school when everyone would ask me to draw on their books or write on their jeans. Enjoy – S
Sep 25th at 10:54pm
Sep 17th at 6:49pm
Kinda crazy. It seems that every time I open up my sketchbook the first thing I start to draw is a skull. Here are a few of my random skull sketches that I’ve thrown together for you to see. I’ll be coloring & posting some of them here in the next week or so. Hope ya like – S
Sep 12th at 9:05pm
Sorry for the lack of posts this past month but I’ve been pretty busy with the ShanesArt site revamp, a few tattoo lettering designs, some logos, possible artwork for some “Supra” kicks via “Josh” over at Hydro74, as well as getting together a few of my own artwork pieces to be sold threw Skinnis.com in the next few weeks. Not to mention all the designs for my day job. I’ll post more on Skinnis when their site goes live.
Anyhow, this weekend I was playing around with some textures in Photoshop and thought that I would add them to a sketch that I had done earlier in the week. Here it is enjoy – S
Sep 8th at 11:37pm
I was up at the 2008 Sturgis Bike Rally this past weekend and I have to say it was a blast, as usual. Click the images above to see some of the pics that I took while I was there. Even though I was only there for the first weekend they still had tones of gorgeous bikes, great bands, beautiful women, burly bikers and lots of crazy characters. With as hot as it was I was also glad to hear that there had not been any fires in the area this year. Unfortunately, there’s normally at least one.
Anyway, it was a great time and I took plenty of pics. Enjoy – S
Aug 6th at 10:43pm
Me Madre’s last day at work was today and I wanted to congratulate her on not having to go to work for a while. Congrats, you big quitter!
Now, for the last seven days I’ve been creating desktops for her to use as kind of a countdown at work. The images below are what I came up with. Some of my first thoughts when thinking about numbers and counting down were of TV shows that I watched when I was a kid, like Sesame Street (#6) and School House Rock (#3). The others were just oddball images that popped into my head while counting. I know… weird. Any how, I think that they came out pretty well. Mom sure liked them! – S
Jul 25th at 11:30pm
A couple of months ago I was contracted by Barb, an old co-worker, over at Starz. She asked me if I could put a few vector illustrations together to go with their new “Movie Lover” campaign for the Encore Channel. She showed me the final print materials and I have to say they came out great! The illustrations were also used in their on-air promotions. Who knows, you might have seen them.
Thanks Barb for keeping me in mind. – S
Jul 15th at 9:38pm
So, yesterday I fell victim to another case of “Mac Whoritis“. Along with thousands of others across the country/world I set out to get the latest iPhone 3G. Expecting the Apple stores around town to have crowds in the hundreds I headed out to the AT&T store closest to my house at 6:30 a.m. and told myself that if there were more than 30 people in line I was just going to go back home and try my luck in a week or so. When I got to the store there were only 32 people in line so I decided to try my luck. With the store opening in just over an hour at 8 a.m. everyone seemed upbeat. The people around me were pretty cool. We were all still rubbing the sleep out of our eyes. As time grew closer to the 8 a.m. store opening I as well as a few other started to get a little frustrated and nervous towards the amount of people that were showing up and jumping in line with friends that were ahead of us. Annoying! I was now 46th in line due to these A-holes that couldn’t get their lazy asses up in time to join the line themselves. We were frustrated and nervous because the AT&T reps came out earlier and told us that they only had 60 phones for sale that day. The also went on to say that out of that 60 they only had 30 16gig iphones and people who didn’t get one today could order one and have it delivered in about a week or come back tomorrow. Way to stock up!
Anyway, 8 o’clock finally arrived and the store started to let people in and buy that time there were about 100+ people in line. It was a slow process because they were only letting in 6 people at a time but thankfully when I finally got to the counter they still had 2 white 16gig iphones left. So at 8:35 a.m. I snatched mine up and headed home. The upgrading and activation process went fairly smooth. Even though the iTunes install server was getting bombarded and crashing I was fortunate to be up and running by about 10:30 a.m. That was not the case for many others.
My assumption about the Apple stores being slammed was correct. I went to the Cherry Creek Apple store at about 3:30 p.m. to get a new case for my phone and lo-n-behold there was still a line of about 500+ people. Thankfully I didn’t have to stand in it to get in.
I really like the new iPhone 3G and App store but wish that Apple or someone would make a video recorder for this thing. T-Moble has a few why don’t we? It would also be nice to view picture messages directly on the phone without having to log into viewmymessage.com every single time. It’s so slow.
Anyway, that’s my rant for the day! Here are some pics of my newest toy!! Peace – S
Jul 12th at 7:03pm
Just wanted to show everyone the latest supplies I received via “Josh” over at Hydro74. Hydro74 just released an etched Sketchbook and chemical washed Moleskin with his design on them and I felt like I had to have them. So, right away I ordered the sketchbook and after a couple of days of admiring the top notch quality of design/etching that was put into it I decided to order the Moleskin. However, to my surprise, that very day Josh had sent me one in the mail. It was just as awesome looking as the sketchbook. Now let’s just hope I put the same quality of work onto their pages. Thanks again Bro for the gift! – S
To order your very own Hydro Sketchbook or Moleskin visit Legacy Of Defeat. Hurry while supplies last.
Jun 29th at 9:00pm
The other day my boy JOel, a.k.a. “MechaHateChimp“, was telling me how pissed off he was and while he was spewing out all of his verbal obscenities (that were cracking me up) I started to sketch. He was so mad that all I could see in my head was this image of an irate chimp going off. So, I started to put pen to paper and by the end of the conversation this is what was left on the page. So, here’s to “J”, the meanest lil’ primate I know! Cheers Bro! – S
The initial sketch took about 45 min and the quick & rough coloring job took another 45 min. – S
Jun 27th at 7:46am
No, not the Minnesota Twins. 2 of my cousins (Alexandra & Tyler: a.k.a. The Twins) will be graduating this weekend and since I won’t be able to make it to Minnesota to see them I wanted to give them a big shout out and say…
CONGRATS YOU TWO!!!!!!!!! We’re all proud of you! Hope ya have a great summer!
The image below was created for their mother, my aunt Marsha. She asked me to design a tattoo armband with the Twins names in it. I think it turned out nice. Now, we’ll have see if she gets it. The top is the pencil sketch that I came up with and the bottom is the final vector image. Enjoy – S
Jun 11th at 10:07pm
Awhile back I created a new logo for the guys over at TheDenverShop and the other day when I was there they gave me some of the pieces they had it printed on. Some cards, decks and shirts. They all turned out great. Thanks for the pints guys! – S
Jun 11th at 9:22pm
Here is another work in progress that I hope to have finished before the movie is released. The final illustration will show him from the waste up. I started this piece about a week ago and have about 5 hours in on just the face. I’m very pleased with the results so far. This piece has really helped push my development in Adobe Illustrator. I’ve been using a few new techniques to shade and highlight that are bringing a more realistic feel to the piece. Hopefully the rest of the image comes out the same way. – S
Apr 24th at 9:18pm
The crew over at Berendse Painting thought it was time for a revamp of their existing logo and asked me to see what I could come up with. Nothing to fancy, just new and clean. This is the final version that was chosen and sent to print.
I’ve also been illustrating their “Home Show” mailer and banner for the past few years and thought I’d share with you what the series looks like thus far. He’s supposed to look like he’s horribly painting the house himself instead of kickin’ it on vacation with his family.- S
Apr 23rd at 11:26pm
Ok, so for about the last month or so I’ve been pretty geeked-out over Battlestar Galactica. What, with the final season of the new series beginning and all it’s hard not to be. I’ve even gone back and started watching them all from the very beginning. However, growing up I was a huge fan of the original TV series. I had everything from Cylon action figures to Colonial starships and that was back when they shot out those little red pellets. think I actually swallowed 2 or 3 of those. I know, I know… Nerd right!
Anyway, a few weeks ago I was looking at my boy Josh’s blog over at Hydro74.com and saw that he was a fan as well and had created an awesome Cylon illustration. Seeing this got me even more into the “Galactic” spirit so I started on an illustration of my own. Even though I’m not quit done with the final image I wanted to show you what I have been playing around with so far. The final image will have an old “chrome” cylon facing off with a new “metal” cylon. Everything has been created in Adobe Illustrator. Hope ya like – S
Apr 16th at 4:53pm
Here are some pics of a game board that I designed and illustrated awhile back. The design elements included: logo, game board, box, playing cards, property cards, money (chips), instruction sheet, etc. Not to mention the 160+ custom vector graphics. The pay sucked but the final product came out amazing. The quality is equal (if not better) to most of the special edition board games that are on the market now. The game itself is OK. It’s like playing a Las Vegas edition of Monolopy. For more info check out LVFortune.com. Website not created by ShanesArt. Enjoy – S
Apr 15th at 11:59pm
My mom contacted me awhile back looking for a new desktop image but with a twist. She wanted to play a practical joke on her boss who happens to be a huge Mickey Mouse fan. Needless to say, she asked me to use my imagination and draw a gruesome looking Mickey. So I put my thinking cap on, found some reference images and threw together a quick sketch for moms to see. She loved it.
At first I was just going to throw some blood on the sketch and make that the final image but after playing around with some colors I decided to finish it. After I sent mom the finished file she went and put it on her bosses computer which was then followed up by a nice email to me from her boss saying “Thanks, but could I get something with a little less blood!”
So, no harm done. Except to Mickey that is. – S
Mar 7th at 9:42pm
FINALLY! ShanesArt is proud to announce that its first art collection book, beautifulSILENCE, is now available for purchase for $29.95. The book includes 4 section with 150+ images scattered across 68 pages. The images span through my Pencil Sketches, Airbrush Work, Vector Art and Digital Paint.
• 7″ x 7″ softcover
• Saddle stitched
• 68 pages
• 150+ images
I hope ya like it. – S
Feb 16th at 1:06am
I sketched “Love Hurts” last Feb. 14th and decided to color it for this Valentine’s Day. No, I didn’t get my heart broke. I just think getting shot with that arrow would hurt like hell. That’s how I came up with the name.
Now, since Cupid is supposed to be the god of erotic love and beauty, I chose to sketch a playful young lady that seems to get off by shooting her victims with that very sharp and pointy arrow instead of the traditional image of a young boy with wings. Call me crazy, but I never saw a young boy with wings as an erotic and beautiful god!? Cute… maybe, but that’s just me.
Anyway, Happy Valentine’s Day! – S
Feb 14th at 6:51pm
Here is a vector illustration that I made about a week ago. Yes, I know it resembles the “Hitman” logo. However, that was not the intent. Not fully. I was trying to create a nice wood grain look in illustrator and once I had something that I liked I had to put it to use. This piece is how I decided to showcase it.
Enjoy – S
Feb 13th at 6:39pm