Monday, December 6, 2010

"Mind Over Matters" Comic!

"Mind Over Matters" Comic!

Alright, so here it is! I'm super excited to be able to present the first chapter of a comic book series that I've been working on. It's part of an advertising campaign for Benefix, a drug for people with hemophilia. This has been in the works since March, and I just finished drawing chapter three. It's also been turned into a mobile game (which hopefully I can find a link to).Enjoy and hopefully I'll get to post chapter two soon. Click below to check out the whole thing posted on the web:



Saturday, November 20, 2010


Hey all!

I just got a bunch of prints made in 11"x17" and 8 1/2"x 11", and they will be for sale via my website (or just send me an email) or at the Bizarre market holiday show which is at Chop Suey books in Cary Town, Richmond, Virginia. There will be a lot of other fun stuff for sale so come check it out. The work will be up for all of December, so come and check it out and buy some stuff!


Monday, October 11, 2010

Puke Breath

Hi all! Here's a new one for the upcoming Time Out Chicago Sex Issue. The article I illustrated was a collection of submitted stories about many awkward and unfortunate ending sexual encounters. The one I chose to illustrate was about a guy queasy, yet lustful, guy who was persistent in making out despite having just vomited. Yeah it's silly, but it was a lot of fun to work on, and it ended up looking sort of psychedelic in the end.

And, oh yes, thank you Cody for having a similar story in your arsenal, and inspiring me to steal photos of you on Facebook to use as reference. There's a slight likeness but I don't think anyone will recognize you on the street.


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Work: The 2010 Harnett Biennial

Bizhan Khodabandeh has a screen-printed piece in "The 2010 Harnett Biennial of American Prints"

This is the University of Richmond's ninth national celebratory exhibition of contemporary print making. The exhibition juror, Laura Kruger is the Curator of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum in New York. Forty six artists from twenty states were selected.

The exhibition opens Oct 21st and is up till Dec 5th. in the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art.

Harnett Museum hours:
Tuesday - Sunday between 1 and 5pm
Admission is FREE

Also opening during this time is "Eye of the Collector: Works on paper from the Sigmund R. Balka collection." This is a selection of works from the Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion Museum in New York and is also curated by Laura Kruger.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Bizarre Market

I just finished making the poster for Richmond's Fall Bizarre Market. What's the Bizarre Market you ask. Well, its a recurring event that consists of local artists, crafts people, and others selling all kinds of stuff like baked goods, jewelry, greeting cards, and anything else you can think of.

The first Fall market is on Saturday, Sept. 18th at The Visual Arts Center (1812 W. Main St.) from 12-6pm. I think I'm supposed to be doing portraits or something like that for it. Ten percent of all proceeds benefit SOHO (a Space of Her Own), a mentoring program for girls from Gilpin Court sponsored by the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. For more info click here.

As far as the poster goes- I hand made two type faces for it, which is something I've been playing around a lot with lately. I think I'll make a post soon featuring all the type faces I've been messing with. Overall it was a ton of fun to work on and I'm looking forward to seeing it hanging around town.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Big Boi and Yoko Ono

So, I really like Outkast, therefore I was thrilled when Time Out: Chicago contacted me to do a full page illustration of Big Boi for the upcoming Pitchfork Festival. In the tradition of hip hop stars Big Boi is quite polyonymous, and that's what Time Out wanted to see. His aliases are Sir Lucious Left Foot, Daddy Fat Stacks, Hot Tub Tony, Billy Ocean, and Francis the Savannah Chittlin' Pimp. I had a lot of fun with this one. Hopefully some more hip hop jobs are on the way.

In addition Time Out wanted me to do a quarter page illo about a previous Pitchfork festival incident. Yoko Ono performed in 2007 and was being somewhat difficult in the rehearsal. A dust storm formed in the adjacent baseball field and the Pitchfork team had to soak the field with bottles of water so she would perform.

Check back soon. Hopefully I'll be able to post something related to the long-term project that I've been working on. Thanks!


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

3x3 Annual!

I got something into the 3x3 Illustration Annual! It's the Anatomy of a Richmond Murder piece I did for Richmond Magazine several months ago. The annual should be available sometime in the Fall. Click herefor a list of everyone who got in this year.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Galvanized Monstrocities

A three person exhibition of works by James Callahan, Matt Deans and Bizhan Khodabandeh. These illustrators have been highly influenced by sequential art, an art form beginning to receive recognition through long standing institutions such as the Eisner Awards, established in 1988. Galvanized Monstrosities moves sequential art and illustration from their origins on newsprint to the art print and installation.

7-10pm Friday, April 9th
At Black Hand Coffee Shop
606 North Sheppard Street
Richmond, VA 23221-1712

Artist BIOS

El Aquador

James Callahan, creator of Barf Comics, is an artist and writer for a host of international publications including his own graphic novel "Rotting in Dirtville", and the comics Booyah the Oblitorator, and the Barf Comics annual. In addition, he is art director of the skate magazine Born Ugly, owner of Nowhere Skateboards, and lends his skills to a bevy of commisioned illustration projects. Known as a connoisseur of cookouts, purveyor of comedy, and antiquarian of wasted time, the man known as Barf is currently on the "no entry" list to multiple countries and nation states.

Gills And Wings

Matt Deans is a full-time digital printer, part-time screenprinter and part-part-time illustrator. When the world was young in 2004, he started a screenprinting art club with some like-minded friends and it was called Team 8. Under the monicker of Team 8, he has contributed art for several t-shirts, album covers, poster, websites and public restroom stalls. Team 8 currently exists as an independent small business specializing in hand-printed gig posters and art prints. In 2008, Team 8 and Velocity Comics published a series of minicomics, one of those said minicomics being Tom Batten and Matt's La Viande est Mauvaise, which received outstanding critical praise from Matt's mom.

Nong Toom

Bizhan Khodabandeh is a visual communicator who moves freely across the professional boundaries as a designer, illustrator, artist and activist. His works vary from small graphic art projects to major public campaigns such as the internationally recognized, "I Dream of a Richmond . . ." project. Khodabandeh is particularly facinated by how art and design can be a catalyst for social change.

He was recently honored as one of the "Top 40 Under 40" Class of 2009 by Style Weekly Magazine. The descriptive article included....."In a town filled with noteworthy visual designers, Khodabandeh is one of the most influential — and prolific."

The work included in Galvanized Monstrosities, exhibits some of his illustrations and fine art prints. These prints exhibit frustration as dissent and surrealistic environments as escape. Most of the work is a combination of traditional and digital media, walking the fine line between commercial and fine art.

Khodabandeh is currently working on a graphic adaptation of Samad Behranghi's, The Little Black Fish, a children's story about questioning authority and finding the answers through exploration.

He teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University and Appomattox Regional Governors School. He is also the Design Director of Gallery5 and freelances under the name, Mended Arrow Design.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Prints at Park

A collection of Team Eight’s work is adorning the walls of Richmond’s Park Group this month. Special thanks to Dawn for inviting us in and helping us set up! But, unless you are a client, the show is unfortunately not open to the public. (Womp Womp) If you feel as if you too need to stare at the great works of this groups screen printed genius, then contact Spencer to get the details of how to make this dream a reality.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Anatomy of a Richmond Murder

Hey everyone, I just finished two illos for Richmond Magazine. The story they accompany was a series of noir-esque, first hand events that took place in the familiar setting of Richmond. A body is found on the shore of the James River, the police seem disinterested, so the writer takes upon himself to find out what happened. Interesting stuff.

I based the image off of Saul Bass's classic poster for "Anatomy of a Murder." I realize he (when he was alive) got very testy when his style was emulated, especially in the case of the poster for "Clockers." So I think to myself, "Maybe I can join the ranks of Saul Bass rip off artists!" I don't know, but I feel like his style has become so iconic that it's entered into our visual lexicon, so I had no qualms borrowing imagery. I separated the hand from the arm b/c allegedly the body was found wearing only one glove on his right hand which is important later on in the story.

Also the body isn't centered b/c the the left hand side falls across the gutter of the magazine.

The second image is a spot that depicts the protagonist discovering evidence and the place of the crime.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Lots of Little People!

I just did a portrait of Meredith Whitney for Globe and Mail's Report on Business, a Canadian publication. Think of it like the USA Today of Canada. Mrs. Whitney is a stock analyst who regularly appears on TV news speaking her mind about the state of the economy and and the the stock market. She's known for being very outspoken and having a much more dire outlook than many of her colleagues. So I decided to draw her confidently walking through a sea of her peers. Drawing all the little people was a challenge and a lot of fun.

Here are some details:

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


I totally forgot to mention that I got piece into the 3x3 juried annual that is currently on sale at bookstores. There's a lot of good work in this year's annual, so I definitely recommend taking a look. Enjoy!

Also the call for entries for the next annual is coming up on March 15th. Click here if you're interested.



Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Loose Limbs - share, discuss, and collect local RVA poster art

Check out Loose Limbs, a new site built to showcase show poster art in the Richmond and surrounding areas. They're just starting out, but they're beginning to gather an impressive collection of local show poster art that you can peruse. You're invited to help the effort by adding your comments and critiques to the posters as well as share your stories about the bands and the shows depicted therein. And more importantly they need your posters.

If you've collected many, a few, or even just one of your favorite show posters from the area, send it in with your comments, so they can add it to the site.

Oh, and they've got a show calendar that is ambitiously attempting to provide most, if not all of the local show dates, times, and places. You can contribute to that, too.