8.22.2013

Samus Aran, Metroid Hunter

Samus Aran is one of my all-time favorite video game characters. Everyone who played the original Metroid had their mind blown when they beat the game, only to reveal the main character was actually female. I became re-acquainted with the series with the Metroid Prime Trilogy that were released for the Wii. I loved seeing the worlds through Samus' visor. 

I'll have prints of this available for sale at the San Francisco Zine Festival.

8.20.2013

To Boldly Go Where No Cat Has Gone Before - Star Trek x Cats print

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Friskies. Its nine-life mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no cat has gone before.

I grew up watching Star Trek on television, catching it in re-runs. I recently started re-watching the whole series on Netflix. I'll have prints of this for sale at the upcoming San Francisco Zine Festival.

8.19.2013

New Business Cards


Above: what my current business cards look like sitting on a table.
Below: what the images on my cards look like in order.

Character Walker

I've just ordered my third batch of business cards from Moo.com, who do great work if you're looking for somewhere to get some business cards printed. One of the things I like about their cards is that they allow you to have as many different images on the back of your business cards as you would like. In the past I've put paintings, art from flyers and illustrations from other projects on the back. This time around, I wanted my new business cards to have something that tied them all together, while still being consistent stand alone images.
I decided to do a series of character art, and tie them all together by having them complete a walk animation. Here are my initial test sketches, I made a few small changes to the final characters.

Character Walker

7.15.2013

Music Monday - Pastel Ghost / Dark Beach EP

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If you feel like listening to My Bloody Valentine, but you've decided you hate guitars, this is your solution. I like how deeply buried the vocals are in the mix.

Psycho Donuts - Psycho Robots Invade Earth art show

These paintings are up at Psycho Donuts for the Psycho Robots Invade Earth art show. They're priced pretty cheap ($40 a piece), so you should pay them a visit, pick up some donuts while you're at it, and visit the rad comic book shop nearby.

I used glow in the dark paint for some of the elements in these paintings, looks pretty cool!




7.10.2013

SHIV MASTER


Finished a couple of paintings for an upcoming show today and a commission, took a break to play some video games. I've been playing through The Last Of Us on a borrowed PS3 with my friend Kevin, and whenever we talk about playing the game, we call it STAB GUYS IN THE NECK. So, I took a second to use Photoshop to make this.

7.01.2013

San Francisco Zine Fest 2012 - Jam Comics

It's always really inspiring being around all of the other artists at the San Francisco Zine Fest. I found these last night while digging through old illustrations, and thought it would be good to put them up online as a reminder that the coming year's Zine Fest is only TWO MONTHS AWAY! These are Jam Comics. Basically, I drew the first panel, and then handed one comic to my left, the other to the right. These are last year's results:

Comic 1








Comic 2





See you at San Francisco Zine Fest 2013!

6.24.2013

Music Monday - Mike Park / Smile

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Mike Park put up his children's album (and a few of his other albums) for free download. I did the art for this release, and if you have a kid this is a lot less irritating to listen to than every other children's record. The guys from Hard Girls played as his backing band on this. It's really good.

6.07.2013

ROCKAGE 3.0


I know it's 9 months away (to the day), but here's the initial flyer for Rockage3.0. Think of it this way, if you get pregnant TODAY you will have a baby at this concert!

California Extreme 2013 - Rockage Showcase


I used to love going to arcades as a kid, especially if that arcade had the sit-down vector graphic Star Wars. This event turns the Santa Clara Hyatt into a GIANT video game arcade, with all your favorite games from yesteryear set on FREE PLAY! Gnarboots has played it two years running, looking forward to playing it (and some games) again.

6.05.2013

Meet Perry The Pyramid! The new mascot for United States currency!


...Not really. While listening to Wait Wait Don't Tell Me today, one of their fake stories sparked my imagination, and I needed to make Perry a reality.

5.21.2013

ROBOGAMES 2013


When I was at the Barbot event selling my art, I was asked to do the new logo for Robogames 2013. I was told the artist they had lined up had stopped responding to emails and that they needed the art yesterday. This is what I came up with.  It also gave me a chance to work with Illustrator, something I need to do more of in the future.
You can check out the previous years art here.

5.20.2013

Music Monday - Primes / Millions

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Just heard this on the You Can't Stop The Signal podcast. It sounds quite a bit like Sleater Kinney to me, which is fine because 1) they aren't a band anymore and 2) I like Sleater Kinney a lot.

4.22.2013

Music Monday - My So-Called Comp / A Compilation of 90's Cover Songs

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My band, Gnarboots, is track 4. I recorded this cover in my bedroom while my son was taking a nap, and nearly woke him up recording the vocals.

4.01.2013

Music Monday - Filbert / Chronographic

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First off, check out this great cover art. It's by Ramon Villalobos. He perfectly captured the sound of Filbert: finding beauty and wonder in the mundane and shitty. They're from Stockton, and y'know, Stockton sucks. If it's where you call home, you try to make the best of it.
If you like Pedro the Lion, Neutral Milk Hotel, or Why? this will appeal to you.

3.08.2013

Kepi & Friends Art Show / Psycho Donuts


I'm a late addition to the Kepi & Friends art show happening this month at Psycho Donuts in Campbell, CA. Here's the info:

Saturday, March 9th
12 noon to 6PM
Show is FREE and all ages
Show runs from March 9th to March 31st 2013
Psycho Donuts
2006 Winchester Blvd.
Campbell, CA 95008
408-533-1023

Join us at Psycho Donuts in Campbell for a Rock and Roll ART show "Kepi and Friends Go Psycho" with live music by Kepi Ghoulie (Groovie Ghoulies) and Dog Party!

This show is going to be extra fun with art inspired by Kepi's music, Rock and Roll, punk and The Ramones.

Psycho Donuts is turning 4 - so don't miss out on special donuts for the anniversary
and a special "Kepi" donut is in the works too!

"Kepi and Friends Go Psycho" A Rock and Roll themed art show featuring artists:
Kepi Ghoulie
Lucy Giles
Christine Benjamin
Gilbert Armendariz
Dan Potthast
Adam Davis

2.21.2013

Happy Birthday Legend Of Zelda!


The Legend of Zelda was first released in Japan on February 21, 1986. Happy 27th Birthday, Link! 

I drew and colored this while my son was napping! A little rushed, but I wanted to get it up today.

1.31.2013

In the Jungle


Drew this the other day, forgot about it, colored it today.

1.28.2013

Music Monday - Gnarboots / Cats In Pajamas

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Gnarboots (the band I'm in) made a video for our song Cats In Pajamas, with the help of our friends Andrew and Chris at French Press Films. We shot the video in an hour and a half, and I edited it on a demo version of Final Cut Pro while my son napped over Christmas break. It currently has 13,000 views on YouTube, thanks to being posted on Laughing Squid, Mashable and The Huffington Post.
  • I created the song in Garageband after hearing it in a dream. 
  • It was contributed to the Cat Music for Cat People compilation record, after playing a weird house show for Catfood Chris. I never expected the comp to actually come out, let alone be pressed on vinyl 
  • We played an all-Cat In Pajamas set at the Texas Toast House where the song was split into 4 parts, during which we would just dance. The rest of our set was nursery rhymes and slowed down reverbed-out versions of our songs. Also, most of the audience was also wearing pajamas. 
If you like the video, and have a dollar, please buy the MP3. It will go toward funding further weirdness, or at least helping up buy burritos: gnarboots.bandcamp.com


1.14.2013

Music Monday - CAPS / Dimension X

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R.I.P CAPS (until your inevitable reunion show)

1.07.2013

FREE ART!


I think his scribbles are some of my favorite parts of these.

My son has taken an interest in coloring lately. Also, we bought a new kitchen table from IKEA, so there was a ton of cardboard in the apartment. I thought it would be fun to make a bunch of art with him and give it away for free when I took down the Phthalo Blues art show.

Most of the art was taken during a Kepi/Kevin Seconds/Dr. Frank show. If you wound up taking home a piece of art, send me a picture! I'd love to see where these wound up.













1.03.2013

Store now open!

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I finally got around to putting together an online store for my art. Please go give it a look and order something for the blank space on your wall. I'll be adding new stuff all the time, figuring out what works and what doesn't, and maybe selling off old band merchandise on here. 

12.11.2012

PHTHALO BLUES - ART SHOW


Last Saturday was the reception for the Phthalo Blues art show at 1-2-3-4 GO Records. It was supposed to be on Friday, but it got bumped due to a double booking (there were three bands that had a show booked there for Friday). I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little bummed that it got moved, since Friday was the big First Friday / Art Murmur.  Still, I had a steady stream of people come in, and by the end of the night all but four of the paintings were sold.

My art will be up until Dec 20th, at which time I'll be taking it down and replacing it with a bunch of free art on cardboard! I'll be there to see Reece Noble's band Diehard on the 20th if you want to say hello, or you can try to snag some art when Kepi and Kevin Seconds play there on the 23rd. Anything that doesn't get taken then will probably be thrown in the trash.












The three paintings below are still for sale! If you're interested in picking one up, shoot me an email: xadamdx@gmail.com

(sorry about the glare) Monsters - $25

Robot - $25

Cowboy - $25