Apr 7, 2015

All I Need

Hi all, here is the poster I created for the independent feature All I Need from director Dylan Narang.  It's currently competing in the Nova Film Fest -http://www.novafilmfest.com/
Dylan informs me that our poster has been nominated for Best Art and Design so cross your fingers!

Thanks Dylan...this has been a great experience for me and a real honor to be a part of your film.  I must say I really dig that you sought out an illustrator for this job, hopefully more and more filmmakers do the same so we can bring back the magic that illustrated film posters once had.

Jan 20, 2015

Manny and Don Poster

This one has been in the works for a very long time, I finished it late last year but I'm finally getting around to sharing it.  This piece is part of a personal project I've been working on for a while now.   Justin Bullard is the creator of Manny and Don and I've had the extreme pleasure of riffing on his original designs to come up with my own take as we cooked up a whole batch of stories for these guys.  Thanks Justin...this has been so much fun playing around with these great characters! Special thanks to Nigel and Tony and Frenchy for the feedback, and Chris for the model help!







Oct 19, 2014

Taxi Driver Commission

Another big post for me.  My Taxi Driver screen print is done and I'm happy to share it.  This was a great learning experience for me being my first screen print.  I had a great time working with this commission group and I'm looking forward to more collaborations with Jeffrey.
Jeffrey did a great job promoting this piece...check out the interview I did for this one over at the great site Blurppy
I can't wait to get this back from the printers...so curious to see how it all turns out...I'll post some pics when I get my artist prints!  I have to give a shout out to Mo at  Last Leaf Printing





Evil Dead the Musical 2014

Happy Halloween everyone!  I'm happy to share the poster I made for Evil Dead The Musical in Vancouver.  Thanks to Scott and Mark for letting me do this!  Looking forward to opening night!
Check out evildeadmusicalvancouver.ca

Jun 17, 2014

Space Camp Commission



I had the pleasure of revisiting this 80’s gem with this latest commission, which was conceived as a companion-piece to my Police Academy poster.  Russell, the kind fellow who commissioned this also has a Police Academy print, and at one time they were going to share wall space.  I had alot of fun with this...thanks Russell!

Evil Dead the Musical!



October looms and with it comes the re-mounting of Evil Dead the Musical!  A few years back there were two competing productions of Evil Dead and I’m proud to say my good friend Scott and the rest of the fantastic cast and crew emerged the critical darlings between the two.  Mark Carter, the director at Down Stage Right saw my fan-pic of Scott and to my delight asked if he could use it to promote this year’s outing!  If all goes well I will get to do the full poster too!!  Can’t wait!  Until then…here is the slightly revamped version of the original…I added a border element and removed Evil Ed. 
    

Feb 12, 2014

It Came From 1984

This past weekend I had the pleasure of taking part in my first group themed gallery show put on by the great crew at Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn NY.  The idea is for a bunch of artists to create works inspired by films that came out in '84.  Look up the year in IMDB...it was a ridiculously big year for classic 80's film.  Stuff like Ghostbusters, Temple of Doom, The Terminator, Gremlins, the list goes on and on.
Joe at Bottleneck asked me to do one for Police Academy and I chose Romancing the Stone for my second.  These were both great films to revisit as I had watched them each a thousand times in the early days of VHS.  A big thanks to Joe for this opportunity!
Both are available for purchase here.  [along with alot of other great pieces!]




Oct 22, 2013

Icons of Horror

Happy Halloween everyone!

This piece started out as another portrait exercise where each portrait was its own separate image, but then I thought hey...what's more fun than a floating head collage??   Hope you enjoy!



Jun 14, 2013

A few more characters for Manny and Don

Here are a couple more characters from the Manny and Don design exercise I've been chipping away at.



May 2, 2013

At long last, ROVER, the 3rd album from Edmonton Block Heater drops on June 1 this year.  Once again I'm honored to have provided the cover art, and even more excited to finally listen to what is sure to be another great album.


May 1, 2013

Great news!  My Lovecraft illustration has been commissioned for the cover of a very cool upcoming anthology from Tachyon Publishing.  They have collected some fantastic authors to contribute their H.P. Lovecraft inspired stories,  can't wait to read them!

A big thanks to Jill at Tachyon for this opportunity!

Check it out here!


Cheers,
Barret

Dec 18, 2012

6 Christmas Portraits.

Its been a while since my last post...so in the spirit of the holidays and the fact that I'm a sucker for these films round this time of year, I thought I'd shake off some dust with a nice round of portraits.  I had planned 12 in this series but I'm also finaling a game right now...crazy. 
These started out as an exercise in rendering using a great set of graphite brushes my friend Tony turned me onto.  You can find the brushes here.  It's interesting to see the evolution move towards a more Struzan"esque" treatment as I went along...damnit I couldn't help myself!



These were created obviously with heavy use of reference from the following films in order in which i did em,
A Christmas Carol [1984]
A Muppet Christmas Carol [1992]
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation[1989]
A Muppet Family Christmas [1987]
A Christmas Story [1983]
Its a Wonderful Life [1946]

These were great fun and I look forward to doing another round of these at Halloween!

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Barret.

May 31, 2012

The Intrepid Adventures of Manny and Don

This project started as a design exercise to flex the old concept muscles.  The idea was to update some old character designs I had done almost 10 years ago based on a TV show idea I was working on with my friend Justin Bullard. Justin came up with the idea for these two characters named Manny and Don long before we met at school, and after we graduated we collaborated on a series pitch based on them.  We fleshed out several seasons worth of material for these guys...it was a very fun and creative time.  The pitch ultimately did not fly but my affection for these characters stayed.

Manny

Don

Baash

The Sentai


And here is a sample of the original character designs...so very old!!


Dec 27, 2011

Avery!

My Mom has been after me for a while to do a picture for her, so I finally got around to painting her favorite subject...."the Granddaughter"

Merry Christmas Mom!


Aug 17, 2011

Red Skull

In honor of Captain America: Super Soldier hitting the shelves a couple of weeks ago...here is a piece I did WAY back in the day when we first started.   If you get the chance give the game a shot...I guarantee you'll have fun beatin up Hydra devils.  It's certainly the best Marvel super hero movie tie-in game in a while.