Wednesday, January 20, 2016

David Bowie - Laundry Day

In 2009 I was working with Maisonneuve Magazine on a series of illustrations based short articles by the Canadian author and musician Dave Bidini.  One of the stories talked about how his rock heroes had become more human to him.  I was really interested in this idea so one of the sketches that I developed was based on the outrageous centerfold inside David Bowie's Aladdin Same album.  I loved the original artwork, Bowie is far more than human, maybe from another planet, maybe from another dimension, maybe some sort of God.  So my idea was to bring him back to Earth by taking this strained pose and turning it into him supporting his back while carrying his laundry basket.

The art director passed on the idea and the pencil sketch has hung in my studio for 7 years waiting for me to finish it.  So with David Bowie's untimely death this past week I knew it was time to revisit the idea.  So here is my loving and hopefully kind of funny tribute to one of the artist and musician
David Bowie.

Monday, September 14, 2015

From The Walls Of The Pacific Gas And Electric Company

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. commissioned me earlier this year to paint a series of poster style paintings to hang in their offices in San Francisco.  These 24"x36" paintings feature portraits of the company's actual line workers and the technology that they use on a daily basis.

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Domestic Adventures Of Batman And Robin


More fun with the Dynamic Duo.  You'll either get this or you won't but you probably will one day. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bat-Man V Ben Affleck

March 2016 will be witness to the release of the Batman V Superman movie.  The announcement of Ben Affleck to play Batman was met by a might groan from the fans and quite a lot of internet backlash.  I don't know how those people feel today but from what I've seen so far I think Ben Affleck looks great as the Dark Knight.  We'll see how it all turns out.

In the meantime enjoy my little tribute entitled "Hanging On The Weekend!"

Monday, June 23, 2014

Case Cutlery 125th Anniversary Poster

In November of last year I was hired to create a sketches for a possible 125th Anniversary illustration for W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery.   After five months of sketches the project was ended and the artwork will not be finished.  So let's start here with some of the earliest sketches.  The origanl art director requested an image of the knives being assembled or something to stress the long history or knives that have been "Made In The USA".

The original art director was taken off the project at this point and we started over with an image of the history of the company.  They wanted everything from the company's history included in this piece including the office secretaries, one of the owners Maple tree farm and the collector club.  I couldn't see the appeal of these images to the collector of these knives.  If I'm a collector of knives I don't want a picture of other knife collectors, I want to be blown away by the company and the product.  So I talked them into this image showcasing the very earliest Case wagon, their involvement in creating knives for WWI,WWII and the Apollo mission,  the commemoration of Haley's Comet, as well as their history creating razors and hunting knives.  We got close but in the end the artwork was never taken past this point.  I'm working on finishing it up in my spare time so watch out in my portfolio for a final product one day.

All Sketches are  © John Perlock 2014

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Roller Derby Variations

Unused Roller Derby logos have piled up on my computer!  They may end up as T-shirts but I'd rather find them a better home.

So, if you're a start up Roller Derby league or maybe you're an established league looking for a change please contact me.  I have a lot of designs that with just some tweaking and maybe color changes, could be put to good use.

© John Perlock 2013

Thursday, November 15, 2012

It's A Mad Men Munster Party

I know everyone loves the TV show Mad Men and I don't mind it, I've seen a few seasons.  But, many of the characters bug me and I'm often annoyed by Don Draper.  He seems like a bit of a dope, sorry.  His goof ball expressions and 5 o'clock shadow make me think of Herman Munster.  Again, I'm sorry.

So I figured why not illustrate those 1960s ad men as characters from The Munsters?   Besides, many of you have been invited to a Mad Men costume party or considered it for Halloween so it seems to make sense that they would have considered dressing up as The Munsters in the 1960s.