For monochrom's 20th Anniversary show at MUSA, I created a portrait of founders Johannes Grenzfurthner and Ablinger Franz as they might have been in 1993. The art opening had a "Diorama" theme, so I created a multi-dimensional illustration that exists in two pieces. The artwork was printed and mounted on foam board with the foreground figures mounted 30 centimeters (go, Metric!) in front of the background image. Johannes specifically requested to be depicted brandishing a Logitech handheld scanner. Franz is holding an Apple IIe and a soldering iron. The background consists of various items that seemed to encapsulate monochrom's personality and history.
Two-thousand twelve is nearly in the can which means it's time for my annual "Year in Pics". There were so many photos this year (thanks to Instagram obsession) but here are some of my favorites that highlight the best of 2012 for me. It was a big year for drawing. The Daily Slimer, Tiny Paintings, and just regular sketching really helped me feel better about my drawing chops. I traveled a bit for family, friends, and work too. I don't think I've ever felt as grateful for the friendship and support of the people around me. Thanks, everyone. Happy New Year to you and yours.
Here's a commission that I recently finished for my robotics friends. This is Simone (@MissySB) taming a Cthulhu-like circus demon, as requested by her husband, David (@Mister_Robotics). Simone and David are always wrangling metaphorical demons with their annual events like Robogames and Barbot. Below are some of the process shots including the initial sketches and how the finished piece looks in a frame.
It's time again for the annual Alternative Press Expo (APE) at San Francisco's historic Concourse Exhibition Center. I will be exhibiting as "Ellingson Illustration" at table #726. Find me for deals on all of my prints, some of which are featured here on the Store section of my site. This year I have something special just for APE. As seen above, I made 50 blue gouache paintings on 2.5x3.5 inch mini-canvases. They will be available at my table at APE for $15 each, until they are gone. Get 'em while they are hot! There are a lot of great independent creators at APE every year. Come out and support your local (and not so local) artist and writers! See you there.
SAT October 13th 11am - 7pm
SUN October 14th 11am - 6pm
635 8th Street
$10 one day, $15 both days
I'm working on a new print that started as a burlesque poster. Here are some of the working drawings and studies for the image.
San Francisco welcomes back the annual Zine Fest in Golden Gate Park this coming weekend (Sat-Sun 11am-6pm). It's FREE to all attendees and a great reason to come to the Inner Sunset. I will be set up at table #103, directly to your left when you walk in the doors. See me for new prints and tiny kaiju paintings. More info at http://www.sfzinefest.org/
Bolt Creative approached me with the idea of redesigning some of the items from their popular "Pocket God" iOS game for a special Artist Series skin-pack. The result was what they are calling the "Mondo" pack. The pack comes bundled with the latest update to Pocket God, "Episode 44: The Perfect Swarm" (with incredible promo art by Aaron Blecha of MonsterSquid). Here's the description from the Bolt blog:
Speaking of guest artists, we are trying something new by having our favorite designers create skin packs. Josh Ellingson (JoshEllingson.com) created a very cool, if somewhat nerdy, Mondo Pack to decorate your islands! He taps into nerd culture (with a retro flair), including toys, monsters and sci-fi. The meteor becomes a 12-sided die, and the outhouse transforms into Dr. Who’s police box! And there’s a sock monkey in there to boot!
Below is a screenshot from the Pocket God Custom Pack Store. There are lots of different customization options in the game, ranging from Holiday themes to custom dance moves for your pygmies.
Here are a few of my concept sketches for the Mondo pack. I wanted to pick things that I would like to see in the game. You can replace some of the statues with mod furniture. You can turn an igloo into an observatory! Many of these items are based on things that I have around my apartment. It's so cool to see my sock monkey in a game!
Previously, I'd created the promo art for Pocket God episodes 40 "Battle of the Gods", and 43 "Killing Time". The game is completely addictive, so be prepared to let all of your Words with Friends and Draw Something games stagnate while you get caught up in pygmy sacrifice!
In preparation for Emerald City Comicon, I've sketched up twenty drinking fish people. Each of these drawings were made with ink and acrylic paint on miniature wallet-sized canvases. They will be available for sale at the Comicon for ten bucks, so please stop by my table to get yours before it's gone. Prints of the entire set are available now and you can pick one of right here from this post! The prints are signed 11x17" giclées, printed on Moab Photo Rag paper with fade-resistant pigment. They are $20 each and $5 for shipping (rolled in a tube). Photos of the print below.
Archival Digital Print on 11x17" Moab Rag Paper
$20 (+$5 shipped via USPS rolled in tube)
I'm excited to announce that I'll be at this year's Emerald City Comicon in downtown Seattle, Washington! If you are in the area, you can't miss this event. Seattelites like to dress up so bring your camera. The cosplay at Emerald City Comicon is insane. I'll be tabling in the middle of the convention floor at booth #710 with Real Gone Girl Studios and Jusscope artist Justin Orr. Come for the prints, stay for the high-fives!
Emerald City Comicon
Washington State Convention Center
Friday: 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm