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Legends of the Hidden Temple

April 15, 2013

This Friday, April 19th, is the opening reception for iam8bit‘s exhibition “It’s the ShizNick!”, remembering the good ol’ days of the network (Nickelodeon) that ruled our youth. For my contribution I decided to go a little more obscure and focus on the Jeopardy-meets-Indiana-Jones gameshow “Legends of the Hidden Temple”. The show had sort of a real-life video game feel to it anyway, so it was a natural fit for my 8-bit illustration style.

Legends of the Hidden Temple
Olmec Coming!
Giclee print on canvas  •  19.75″ x 9″  •  S/N Edition of 25

Legends of the Hidden Temple

Legends of the Hidden Temple

The opening reception will feature (in addition to art by over 60 artists):
Live tunes by DJ Lance (from Yo Gabba Gabba!)
A very cool photo playset (hmm…)
25 ft wide “Animated GIF Theatre”
And of course… SLIME!

It’s the ShizNick!
Remembering the Good Ol’ Days of the Network that Ruled Our Youth!

April 19th–May 5th, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, April 19th, 2013, 7–11pm
iam8bit
2147 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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Janet Reno’s Dance Dance Party

April 2, 2013

For Gallery 1988‘s second annual “Is This Thing On?” exhibition, they asked artists to pay tribute to long-running sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. Though I’m more a fan of the early years, I really enjoyed the more recent “Janet Reno’s Dance Party” sketch with Will Ferrell and, in one episode, the former Attorney General herself. For my contribution, I imagined their epic dance-off as a DDR-style video game.

Janet Reno's Dance Dance Party

Janet Reno’s Dance Dance Party
Giclee print on canvas  •  19.75″ x 9″  •  S/N Edition of 25

Janet Reno's Dance Dance Party

Janet Reno's Dance Dance Party

Is This Thing On #2 Too: A Tribute to SNL
March 29th–April 20th, 2013
Gallery 1988: West
7308 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

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Press Paws

January 15, 2013

Press Paws is a charity art show I recently contributed to, taking place on February 9th at Gallery Nucleus. The theme is “Saving Animals with Art and Video Games”, and all proceeds raised at the event go to What’s Up Dog! LA, a volunteer animal rescue.

For my contribution, instead of picking an existing “pet” from a video game, I decided to combine my favorite dog breed (Boston Terrier) with one of my favorite games growing up, Double Dragon. When I was younger, I always thought the villain Abobo looked kind of like a Rottweiler…

Double Doggin'

Double Doggin’
Giclee print on canvas / 15.75″ x 11.75″ / Edition of 25

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Hitman Trilogy

December 20, 2012

I recently had the pleasure of working on a piece of tribute art for the upcoming Square Enix Hitman Trilogy. If you’re unfamiliar with the Hitman video games, you play as Agent 47, an infallible assassin-for-hire who must eliminate his targets using clever methods to avoid detection. The Hitman Trilogy boxed set will come with the first 3 games, remastered in HD, and an exclusive “art book” featuring 22 pieces of never before seen reinterpretations of classic moments from the those games. I was asked to illustrate the Anathema mission, in which you must assassinate Don Guillani, a Sicilian Mafia boss. As he is an avid golfer, one of the ways you can dispose of him without raising the alarms that a gunshot would, is to use his own golf club to do the deed.

Hitman Anathema

The Hitman Trilogy HD will be released on January 29, 2013 for Playstation 3 and XBox 360.

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Society of Illustrators 55

November 28, 2012

The three Jurassic President pieces I created back in April were selected to appear in the upcoming Society of Illustrator’s annual, Illustrators 55. I couldn’t be more thrilled; I’ve been entering my work in Society for several years but this is the first time I’ve had any selected!

Opening reception for the Exhibition of the Sequential/Series, Institutional, Uncommissioned and Moving Image Categories will be January 4, 2013 and will be exhibited until January 26. Hope to see some familiar faces there!

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Judd Apatow Tribute Show

November 27, 2012

Opening Tuesday, December 4th, Gallery 1988 presents A Tribute to Judd Apatow, an art show inspired by the comedic producer. Best of all, Judd will be hosting the event, and if you’re able to attend (RSVP at gallery1988melrose@gmail.com) you might just see some other familiar faces.

For my contribution, I chose the infamous dodgeball scene from Freaks and Geeks. Sometimes I’ll try and reference specific games and/or genres in my work. When I decided to illustrate Freaks and Geeks, I tried to think if there were any games from the 80s that had to do with high school and bullies, since that’s an integral part of the show. I kept coming back to River City Ransom for the NES, and when I realized the same company, using the same graphic style, made the game Super Dodge Ball, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

“Smear Weir”
Giclee print on canvas • 19.75″ x 9″ • S/N Edition of 25

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A Tribute to Judd Apatow
December 4–30, 2012

Opening Reception:
Tuesday, December 4th, 7–10pm
Hosted by Judd Apatow

Gallery 1988 Melrose
7020 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
www.nineteeneightyeight.com

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Frobisher Says

October 19, 2012

Awhile back I was commissioned to do some illustration work for a rather peculiar video game for the SONY Vita called Frobisher Says. The brainchild of Richard Hogg and indie developer Honeyslug, Frobisher Says involves playing through a fast-paced sequence of minigames at the command of the titular character. It’s hard to explain, so I suggest watching the appropriately bizarre commercial for the game here:


The first one involves running through Frobisher’s Mansion and finding friends from your Playstation network and leading them to Frobisher’s hot tub.


The second one is a slot machine game, with an unusual twist… I won’t spoil it for you!


The last one, my favorite, is called “Stir My Soups”, and involves rotating the thumb joysticks in the required (usually alternate) direction as Frobisher’s crazy eyes spin around and around.

The game was originally only available in Europe, but I just found out it will be available in the US as of October 23rd! And best of all, it’s free! So if you have a Vita, make sure to grab your free copy.