It should be no surprise that I’m quite the fan of comedy. One of my favorite wizards of joy is Andy Daly. My face lit up every time his name showed up on Matt Besser’s improv4humans or Scott Aukerman’s Comedy Bang! Bang!, and any chance to see him on screen is even better. I’ve re-watched Season 1 of the hilarious Review with Forrest MacNeil for the fifth or sixth time and still laugh heartily with each viewing. And Season 2 premiers TOMORROW!!!
So when the call came through to work on art for his very own, but short-lived podcast, I was rather excited. Andy had the idea of him opening a treasure chest filled with the characters that would be populating his show. With that, I took to the page and began figuring out what exactly this would look like. A few “safe” text only options were supplied, but they wound up being superfluous compared to the final direction. I’m very proud of the final piece.
If you haven’t checked out The Andy Daly Podcast Pilot Project, I would implore you to do so. I mean, that is, if you like comedy and improv and weird characters and satan and Matt Gourley and Sean Conroy and Paul F. Tompkins and Betsy Sodaro and gameshows and creepy old men who run questionable “theater programs”. And laughing. If you like to laugh, listen to the show.
I know it’s been a while, gang. Please accept this Dark Knight drawing as penance for my crimes. I’ve been working on a lot of things and my free-time has taken one for the team. I promise I’ll show you some fruits of my labor soon enough!
The rockers in Mothership are heading out on tour soon and I wanted to whip up something special ahead of time. Thus, the BIKER BITCH was born. Raised in the arid wasteland of 2045, she learned survival early and has no time for blind idealism. Skulls of her foes decorate her curves and a helmet hides eyes few have seen lest they step upon death’s door.
The fellas are at it again, and gearing up for a 2014 Summer Tour. Eric asked me to put together something that spoke both to Gypsyhawk and their tourmates, Scattered Hamlet. After a bit of back and forth with Lord Harris and Co., we settled on the crystal and feathers with a nice, neutral background for it to sit on. A bit of branding from the supporting companies and we were good to go.
The fellas reached out for some new artwork after seeing a deadly mage drawing I had pitched to Gypsyhawk. I didn’t just want to rehash artwork and opted to come up with something a bit different. So this bearded wonder holding an orb of light was born. Some custom drawn type for the band name and extra cool dripping cloak helped push this to the heavy level it needed to achieve. Let’s just say the dudes were really happy with the final piece. So much so that stickers arrived within the week.
“Hey, Aaron, can you whip up a picture of Paul F. Tompkins portraying Garry Marshall?” Earwolf asked. Yes, of course I can. In fact, my hand would be honored to render such a piece.
A tight timeline didn’t allow for mucking around. So I dove into things and landed on something we were all really happy with. A few tweaks — like making him have white hair and wearing a sweater — and we sent it off to the printer.
I’ve been lucky as of late with an ongoing flow of cool projects like the one you see here for the Super Serious Show in Los Angeles! Joel contacted me about doing some poster work and I was all to happy to jump on it. I went through a few sets of thumbs to figure out what I wanted to do.
I fell in love with the sci-fi spelunker and dove into refinement rather quick. I fiddled with a few different color schemes before settling on the Martian red. There was something rather appealing about a more monochromatic piece that just sucked me right in.
I tried to straddle a fine line between the right amount of detail and minimalism without it feeling more one than the other. I think it’s pretty successful in that regard. I may return to this and try an even more starkly limited palette.
This is the first of many collaborations to come. There’s already a second spelunker ready to explore. And I think a few of my initial thumbs could be fleshed out into some cool stuff. Don’t be surprised if you see some of these come back later on.
Thanks to Joel and Mandee for giving me the opportunity. If you’re reading this and in Los Angeles, I would highly recommend you go and get yourself a seat at this, or any of the future Super Serious Show shows.
I was approached by MediaFarm at the end of 2013. They needed me to help them create some graphics that would be used in a promotional video for one of their clients. The style mandate was right up my alley — simple and clean. I had to come up with what a simplified “generic” OS would look like, and then design other mock onscreen assets that fit the look and feel. I also was tasked with creating still elements of various “rooms” from a NASA-type control center to a meager waiting room. We encountered very few revisions and everyone involved was extremely happy with the final product.
Unfortunately the video and client are confidential, so these still images will have to suffice.
This was an unused piece I originally presented to the Super Serious Show gang. Unfortunately, it was far too frighteningly metal for such a light-hearted event. At least that’s what I assume… :) Joel and Mandee enjoyed it, but we all agreed it may be a bit out of character for the show and their audience. I’ll show you what we went with next week!
I couldn’t let this mighty warrior hide in the shadows though, so I foist him upon thine eyes!
These posters build on the previous Explorer poster I had the pleasure of creating for Joel and Crew. Just another space Explorer, lighting his way in the dark. They needed a quick turnaround for September’s show, so we decided to just do an alternate color of the first poster.
Again, if you’re in Los Angeles, check out one of these shows if you get the chance. Do it. Do it. Do it.