Friday, May 22, 2009


Working on these four illustrations for an interactive exhibition coming up.

The idea is to:
1. Sculpt several dinosaur bones and bury them in various places in Richmond.

2. Hand out "treasure maps" for people to find them and bring them back to the exhibition. (The bones will have an attached tag explaining the project and exhibition details.)

3. Participants will receive a prize if they bring the bones back.

4. Bones will be exhibited in their respective places on blown up dino-illustrations.

Anyways, not completely happy with these yet. Still working on how to compose the stampede and imply depth with a limited color palate. A composition similar to this will be screen-printed in 3 colors for the exhibition poster.

Exhibition is yet another project from the There Once Was A Rebellion public art collective.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Birthing Ugly

Brewed in the bars and backyard ramps of Richmond Virginia, Born Ugly Magazine is the voice and visual of the everyday skateboarder. With content focused on the lives of people that skateboard for the love of it, and not a paycheck, Born Ugly sets itself apart from the homogenized glut of skateboard mags currently saturating skateshop counters. Add to that layouts infused with illustration soaked in masonite dust and beer sweat, and you’ve got Born Ugly.

*spoiler alert* - This new local magazine features tons of illustration and other contributions from our very own JimBarf Callahan! And apparently you can be there tomorrow to witness the nasty nasty event of its first issue being, well, born:

Russ Has Been Busy.

Russ - remember that guy? - has effectively been living in a cave for the last few months with his puppy and his computer toiling away on a premiere motion piece for Release the Hounds and their client Nooka. Its finally done and its pretty stunning.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Dangerous $hit

The menu bar isn't up yet, but it will be soon. Content is slim but the posts will keep coming in the next couple of weeks. I didn't tell Frans that it was going live until after the fact--so I hope that he is properly mad at me for lighting a fire under both our asses to speed up the workflow.

If anyone feels compelled to contribute to this goof-off blog just let me know. It's purely for fun and celebration of clean line-art and Miller/Darrow ultraviolence in sequential satire.

May Day Poster Printing

These came out so well people were not aware that they were hand screened. We also printed the same bandanna from the illustration.

May Day poster design. (Sorry don't have scans of the actual print yet.)

Printing the bandanna

Wearing the bandanna.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Polysics, getting me through the day

OMFG!!! This is what is getting me through work right now. That girl owns that bass guitar!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Spread the Word

Here are two new ones I did for Santa Barbara Independent and for BusinessWeek. The first Illustration was sort of difficult in concept since it's about religion in schools, but I was not allowed to use any kind of iconography (i.e. crosses, bibles, churches, etc.). The client decided to go with the sketch that showed how religious organizations are trying to get young kids into their after school groups which is through peer pressure.

The second illo was a quick one in that I had 24 hours from sketches to finish. Luckily it was conceptually simple and the client just wanted a few narratives. The finished piece shows several ways that companies are are creating incentives for those who have been laid off. What's shown below is a very savvy man who is taking up these businesses on their offers of refunds for recently purchased items and clinics not charging for medical bills.


Spencer's Revamped Site.

I recently revamped my website. I actually had fun doing it. I don't know if that means there is something wrong with me, that I enjoyed tweaking code or if it just means I like myself too much because I enjoyed looking at my own work over and over again.

Either way the mouse over scrolling fields I built on either side of the portfolio sections are a blast!

Check it out at