where eagles dare

I’d had a half-formed WWI poster repro in progress for a while, and then the Futbol Artist Network gang approached me about doing a piece for their first group show, to be held in conjunction with the Kicking and Screening film festival in NYC. I knew right away that the WWI poster in question would be the piece to do.


BE AN AMERICAN EAGLE, 5′x7′

The Mexican flag is period accurate to 1918, the date of the original poster. Mexico, of course, wasn’t involved in WWI, having more pressing domestic engagements at the time. The aircraft roundels are modern, artistic license taken because the 1918 Army Air Service roundel isn’t as distinctive as the current one.

The two new techniques I learned painting this one: Streaky lumpy paint and how to get something that’s five feet wide by seven feet tall scanned to print quality. The lumpy streaky paint comes from mixing the background orange with an electric whisk. The white I use is super opaque–about the consistency of peanut butter–and often doesn’t totally combine when I’m mixing colors. In this case, it left white lumps in the orange, which turned out to be streaks of smoke in the background.

The scanning, that’s a little more complicated. Re-doing the picture in Illustrator, which is how I do other banners for print, wouldn’t work. I’m just not that good at Illustrator, y’know? Taking a high-res photo was out, because the only camera equipment to which I have reliable access is just plain ol’ point and shoots. Hunted around a bit and found the one place in Massachusetts that will scan something that big: Parrot Digigraphic. There was a bit of a sticker shock in that the banner required two passes with the scanner and thus two scanning fees, but John, the manager, kept the office open for me over a holiday weekend and wouldn’t rest until he was satisfied with how the scan came out. Love that local business.

The art show and film festival runs June 18-21, and because it costs less for me to hand deliver the artwork via bus than it does to put it in an overnight mail envelope, I’ll be there the night of the 18th. Of the WWI posters I’ve done, I think this one’s the best yet.

This is for sale–the actual piece by request, but smaller prints at Futbol Artist Network.

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ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNODEUCE

ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNODEUCE

HYPNODEUCE, 5′x5′

Complete with 7″ diameter googly-eyes and glitter swirl paint, it’s the HYPNODEUCE. You need the HYPNODEUCE. The HYPNODEUCE will stun your opponents into giving up goals. The HYPNODEUCE will charm your teammates into setting up beautiful assists. The HYPNODEUCE will alter the fabric of space, time, and MLS contract regulations. The HYPNODEUCE may even reveal the Wu-Tang secret.*

The HYPNODEUCE can be yours! Due to the glitter paint and googly eyes, this one is strictly for use in dry conditions; do not take this to a rainy day game.

Click to buy now! The HYPNODEUCE compels you!

*Not a guarantee

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let’s go shopping

In conjunction with the gang at Futbol Artist Network, I’ve set up a shop where you can buy prints of some of my banners and of some illustrations, like the Herc and DeMerit ones below, that won’t work as banners. All in a range of sizes and prices more convenient for your home or office than my usual taller than I am work.

So head on over and pick your self up some artwork!

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Endurance

When we got word that Kevin Alston had come down with chronic myelogenous leukemia, plans for well-wishing banners and game displays started almost as quickly as his treatment. We’d have a few weeks to think of it, of course, since there were two road games between then and the next Revs home date.

Didn’t take too long to find the right source photo to use, but I was stuck on the caption. I’ve heard that many cancer survivors (and family of those who didn’t make it) that the fight/battle language often used with cancer support slogans carries with it a lot of uncomfortable baggage. And while the fans in Seattle drew up a sign with the best and most eloquent remark possible, I’d be hard pressed to get it through security.

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Exactly

And then it was a week later and a couple yambags set off bombs at the best day of the year in Boston and Matt Reis was there helping to save people’s lives and really everything went bananas for about five days. So now besides “your starting fullback has cancer” we got “your hometown got blowed up, including your goalie’s family.” Now what?

I was browsing The Atlantic’s gallery of photo tributes when I found it. It’s a squashed Gatorade cup at the finish line. Any other year, it’s litter. This year, it’s a message. Endurance. Whatever happens, we’ll push through it.


ENDURANCE

Brought it out for the game vs. Philly–a game for which Alston was the image on the season ticket–and the stadium chanted Alston’s name at minute 30 in tribute.

(You can see that next to the banner there’s also the tribute I did for Matt Reis and his family, namely just bringing back the old Matt Reis has a Posse banner for the night with intent to give it to him afterwards).

Gave it to Kevin postgame, gave Matt his old time banner postgame, and felt great to do so after a multi-goal, clean sheet win. Nothing like handing over banners to two dudes who’ve got the endurance to work on through the whole season.

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BUY THINGS

As part of their jersey release week, MLS had the gang at Futbol Artist Network come up with an image for each team, on the theme of “true colors.” For mine, I picked three guys who were the Revs’ past/present/future, although it’s more like past/recent past/present future. We got Alexi Lalas, who, regardless of where else he played, made his name as the team’s first big media star, Taylor Twellman, who I guess did some goals and stuff, and Diego Fagundez, the team’s first homegrown teen idol. The coolest part was Alexi and Taylor picked their own reference photos.


No, the French flag goes the other way. No, there’s no Dempsey; I love him, but he wasn’t the face of the team like these guys.

No, wait, the coolest part is YOU CAN BUY THIS! In print, iPhone case, or canvas format.

And there’ll be more where that came from in the coming weeks–look for some old banner favorites as well as some pieces that wouldn’t work as banners. We’re gonna build something this summer.

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the crane takes flight

Though she’s not originally from there, Megan Rapinoe’s pretty strongly linked with Portland, where she went to school. Because I know all manner of stupid trivia, one day it occurred to me that the state motto of Oregon (“Alis volat propriis,” “she flies with her own wings”) would make a pretty great slogan for a Pinoe banner.


she flies, 64″ x 52″

Now, the cool part: THIS MUG’S BEEN SOLD
Here’s some detail shots. Please note that this is handmade, and, as such, is subject to variation in paint and whatnot, which is to say pay no attention to the parts where I dropped paint.

Like all my banners, this is on heavyweight cotton (in this case, twill), painted with fabric paint, and fixed with nylon straps + brass snaps to hang in your home or at a game. I’ll be selling more banners shortly, as I gotta get to Brazil somehow, and scratch tickets just aren’t a solid investment strategy.

Sold this sucker within 24 hours. Keep checking back for more.

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CSI: Kansas City

I can’t get to every US game. I’ve got a day job, after all, and sometimes non-soccer travel gets in the way, like this past October, when all my pals were heading to Kansas City to close out this year’s World Cup Qualifiers, but I was off to Pittsburgh for a wedding.

Our pals Doug and Tanya from Des Moines were in town the weekend before, and I asked Tanya if she’d take some banners with her to serve in my stead. I’ve done this before, loaning banners to friends traveling to games I can’t attend. Everything’s always come back safe and sound. “I don’t know,” Tanya said, “at Livestrong Sporting Park they do hang banners out of the way of the crowd.”

“It’ll be fine,” I reassured her, and sent her off with the Boxing Dolo banner and a brand new Herculez Gomez one I’d made specifically to sell.

Famous last words, huh?

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back to the pumpkin patch

Once again, I missed MLS’s carving contest. This year their deadline was the day before Halloween, and not only had I not started carving at that point, I hadn’t even bought them! I was out of town for weddings and Revs roadtrips for most weekends in October, and just as I got back from Montreal, Hurricane Sandy wound up closing the shops for an extra day. Oh well. It’d help a lot if MLS would put the Revs at home at the season closer, too.

Lee Nguyen, after he scored against Vancouver. I wanted one where his hair is all flying around and he looks like an angry betta. Love this dude, but I really miss doing more Revs pumpkins–hey Jay, see about extending our season how ’bout.

Alexi Lalas, from Back In The Day. Someone tweeted an open dare to carve him back in his ginger glory days, so I had to oblige. He liked it.

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new shirt for sale

I get asked a lot if I ever do shirts with my designs on them, and the answer is always “it’s complicated.” But when Futbol Artist Network started, that was easy–I had to get on board, and I had to do the shirt for ThinkTaylor.org.


For a limited time, the above shirt (also available in a dark grey women’s cut) can be yours, with proceeds going to ThinkTaylor. Unlike Taylor’s normal shirts, this one is available in more sizes than just “tiny.” Hop to it!

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BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER

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