A new Christmas Classic!

I was very fortunate to be asked to design the logo for How Murray Saved Christmas - a show that promises to be a fantastic animated Christmas classic.
IMG_6849-0.JPGFrom the pen of Mike Reiss (The Simpsons), the show features the voice talents of Jerry Stiller, Peter Alexander, Sean Hayes, Dennis Haysbert, and Kevin Michael Richardson.
Nice to see the logo animated in this behind the scenes look at the show from TV Guide!

http://www.tvguide.com/News/How-Murray-Saved-Christmas-1089810.aspx

How Murray Saved Christmas

It’s the season, folks!

The season to stuff ourselves, devolve into maniacs in the mall parking lot, and get pelted with obnoxious shopping ads (no, I’m not giving my wife a Lexus with a bow on it on Xmas morning).

But it’s also the season to spend a little extra time with loved ones, and observe some family traditions. There’s a new Christmas special in NBC this year, and it looks like a lot of fun – and, I was lucky enough to help by designing the show’s logo. It is called How Murray Saved Christmas , and it was animated by Rough Draft Studios, and directed by the incredibly talented Peter Avanzino.

Give it a look on December 5th at 8/7c on NBC – it may very well become a new family tradition. And I promise it will be better than trying to park at the mall.

http://www.nbc.com/how-murray-saved-christmas

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Considering buying a new bike.

I’ve had my Altima for a few years now, and while it’s been a great car, it feels a little dated now. Call it a mid-life crisis if you’d like, but I’m looking for something more exciting, something that’ll turn heads, and perhaps allow me to blast to smithereens some of the morons on the 405 freeway.

This is the bike I’m looking for, and it just might be my gift to myself this holiday season.

Bananas!

To quote a friend, “this is bananas!” And he’s right. This is the kind of work that makes music videos worth watching, and should inspire others to step up and push the creative envelope. I’m not a video artist, but after watching this even I felt I have to try harder. This definitely falls under “things I like.” Enjoy! (And make sure to watch the behind the scenes.)

DKE Toys presents “The 99 Deaths of Jar Jar”

A two day only group art show exclusively at
Designer Con 2013
Saturday, November 9 & Sunday, November 10,  9am – 5pm

Pasadena Convention Center, 300 East Green Street, Pasadena CA 91101

My submission is titled “Death of Binks”, and it is an homage to Jacque Louis David’s “Death of Marat.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DKE Toys presents “The 99 Deaths of Jar Jar”, a group art show featuring 99 artists. Each artist was asked to submit a black and white, pen and ink illustration on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper and chose one way to maim, torture, and/or kill our least favorite Gungan.
Participating Artists Include:
64 Colors – A Little Stranger – Doktor A. – akirophoto – Ardabus Rubber – Asaad – Atila – Jason Atomic – Super Cooper Berella – Bigfoot – Joemm Blanche of CBNC – Botsch – Jon Burgerman – Candy – Nate Carle – Luke Chueh – Nicholas Dewey – Luis Diaz – Mike Egan – Dez Einswell – Brent Engstrom – Gus Fink – Frédéric Fleury – Brian Flynn – Steve (Go Hero) Forde – Free Humanity – Renee French – Gregg Gibbs – Darren Goldman – Dan Goodsell – Grenadier Stinny – James Hakola – Gary Ham – Nathan Hamill – Joshua Herbolsheimer – Jesse Hernandez – Francisco Herrera – Kerry Horvath – I Heart Guts – Jay222 – Jeremyville – JSalvador – kaNO – KiLL! – Sun-Min Kim + David Horvath – Scott Kinnebrew – Jim Koch – Frank Kozik – Wade Lageose – L’amour Supreme – Leecifer – LiLJAPAN – Abe Lincoln Jr. – Jerome Lu – Madtwiinz – Jim Mahfood aka Food One – Man One – Manly Art – Marka27 – Randy Martinez – Mauricio Tubesteak – El Maz – MCA – William Luke Miller – Miso – Nate Mitchell Squid Kids Ink – Nick the Ring – Brent Nolasco – Mitch O’Connell – Odio – olive47 – Jordan Owen – Virva Peikko – Ritzy Periwinkle – The Pizz – Playful Gorilla – PodgyPanda – Poulin Eurlegg – Dave Pressler – Ted Rall – Rob Reger –   Renone – Jermaine Rogers – D. Ross “scribe” – Johnny Ryan – Phil Ryan – Dave Savage – SERBAN – Skinner – Bwana Spoons – Scott Tolleson – Triclops Studio – twerps! – Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca – valleyDweller – Denise Vasquez – Scott Wilkowski – Neil Winn – David Zajdman
Jar Jar Binks was contacted for comment about the event and noted about the show, “Why meesa so hated?”
This art show is not sponsored or endorsed by Lucasfilm, and has no relationship with them in any way. Jar Jar Binks and all related intellectual property is copyright and/or registered to Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. But who would really want to own the rights to Jar Jar anyway.  Go step in poo doo.
Rumor has it that there may or may not be a corresponding collectable program (er.. crappy zine.. er..something) but that remains to be seen. Show up for more details…

True Grit Limited Edition Movie Poster Release

My take on the Coen Brothers’ True Grit poster – as a classic Italian Western. Originally created for the LTD Gallery show celebrating the films of Joel and Ethan Coen, the Il Grinta limited edition giclée prints are now available for sale directly from me. The main edition (red color) is limited to 20 hand-numbered and signed prints which I am selling for $40. There is also a very limited variant run (blue color) of only 10 prints, also hand-numbered and signed. The variant is selling for $60. The prints are 18″x24″ and printed on heavy archival paper. If you are interested please contact me directly through my email serban@serbancdesign.com

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Ah-may-ZING!

serbancdesign:

The lovely ladies of the Tired Girl Collective are tirelessly toiling together to bring you exciting new and uniquely nerdy offerings at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con!

Originally posted on Tired Girl Collective:

You guys are not going to believe the lovely stuff that Melanie of Belle Pottery has in store for you at SDCC…just look at this nonsense…

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It is my understanding that these are “hold-alls” for your rings and wallets and whatnot, but what they really are is SPECTACULAR…wait until you see them all glazed and shiny and lovely in person. Swing by the Tired Girl Collective in Small Press at table O-12. You can’t miss us, we’ll be the ones with the awesome pottery!

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OVER THE LINE!

A new art show tribute to the movie vision of the Coen brothers – and I was invited to participate.

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It was quite difficult choosing just ONE thing… I wanted to jump in with both feet – among my favorites are The Big Lebowski, Fargo, True Grit, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou, Miller’s Crossing… Had plenty of ideas – which is always a problem. Would have been much easier if I only liked ONE movie from the available choices, but this way…my mind was racing and had difficulty deciding. So many ideas, so little time not filled with other work, kids, movies and video games…

Still have the ideas, but the show opens on June 7th.

But the creative process is a wondrous thing – you start with one idea over here, and you end up with something quite different way over there…

I settled on True Grit – I always liked westerns and the John Wayne original, and found the Coen version to be a great movie. Like I said, the creative process is strange (well, I said wondrous, but really it is strange). Sometimes mistakes play a role. Actually, mistakes ALWAYS play a role – happy mistakes which often make your design better. Initially, this was going to be a screen-printed poster, but eventually I opted for a Giclée print instead.

With so many talented artists involved in the show, the challenge was making my piece stand out among what is sure to be a collection of art as diverse and unique as the Coen movies to which they are paying tribute. I settled on creating what might have been a poster for the Italian version of the True Grit theatrical release.

Here’s the final piece (it is a limited edition of 25 numbered and signed prints which will be selling for $80).

True Grit Red FPO

I also created a variant in which the colors were changed on the main character and also the cast names (it is a limited edition of 10 numbered and signed prints which will be selling for $120).

True Grit Variant FPO

The show opens Friday, June 7th, at the LTD Gallery in Seattle, WA.

You can visit the OVER THE LINE! event page on Facebook, or read this recent write-up on the Firewire blog.

I would like to thank LTD Gallery, the owner James Monosmith, as well as the curator of the show, Chris Jackson, for inviting me to be part of the show.

Screen Prints – The “new” art form

There has been such a great upsurge in art created from re-envisioning movie posters as screen prints, that it makes it difficult for someone like myself, a lover of cool art and great movies, to keep any cash in my already thin wallet.

It is then a small blessing for me, that these prints have become so popular that it is becoming increasingly difficult to get the chance to spend my money on them. There was a time when they were somewhat underground, but with the success of art powerhouses like MondoSpoke Art, and ACME Archives through their print site Dark Ink this art form has become very popular – and not only because the art is amazing, but it is affordable at the same time – most prints generally going for $50 to $100. No need to seek out original movie posters from the 50’s, or buy cheap reprints to decorate your apartment. These prints are so cool, the are instant classics in their own right, and the limited numbers make them even more unique.

I am a very late entrant into this arena, and it since that the bar has been set so high already, it will be very interesting (if not a bit unnerving) to see where I’ve gotten, let’s say…five years from now. My first entry was a print for the 20th anniversary screening of The Rocketeer at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood.

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More recently I was asked by ACME to create a screen print of the 1935 Mickey Mouse short The Band Concert. This was a perfect choice for me as the short is one of my all-time favorites, though I have to say, watching it over and over for graphic clues really made me see it very differently. Suffice it to say, not that a year has passed, I am finally comfortable watching it again.

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I am currently working on a few new ideas, and hopefully I’ll be able to execute them before too long. In the meantime, check out some of these wonderful examples from MondoSpoke Art, and ACME Archives.

There are really so many truly amazingly beautiful posters, that this is just a random collection of my favorites… Once you’re done reading this, go buy a cool poster!

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