casket avenger comic contest!

Chris Raimo is a ridiculously talented artist and illustrator who is currently working on issue #2 of his comic ‘Casket Avenger’. For this issue there is a contest for back page fan art submissions, (details below) I presented the challenge to my second grade animation student and they went wild with it. Creating unique superheroes, casket’s pet, female derivations and all sorts of cool stuff to submit.

See the facebook page or for more info.

Casket Avenger Contest Details:

Are you an artist? Ever wanted to be in a comic? Well here’s your chance! I’m looking for some “pin-up” art for the back of Casket Avenger #2! Normally in the back of comics they will have a full page of art of the character by different artists in their own style. Here’s how its gonna work, email me your submissions b…y March 1st, it can be any medium, just send me a decent sized JPEG for now, and I will make a separate album on the Chris Raimo art fan page called “Casket Avenger Contest” the winner will be chosen by the most “Likes” by the fans! All THREE Winners will receive a free signed copy of Casket Avenger #1 & #2, have their work printed in the pin-up section of Casket Avenger #2 as well as an origin…al sketch of Casket Avenger by me! Email your submissions to! Good Luck!

Chris had a super positive response to the kids art work and the kids loved the challenge. Chris and the kids encouraged me to submit as well. Perhaps I’ll post my take on Casket in the near future.

blanche nuit.

This past weekend Sarah and I zipped up to Toronto to check out the all night arts festival called blanche nuit. There’s one of these put on by both Toronto and Montreal, they start at night fall and continue to the morning sunrise the next day. I had read about such a thing sometime last year and it sounded absolutely outstanding, so we had to check it out.

Upon arriving we met up with Marcus and Alina and got some dinner, wandered the streets a bit, taking in the whole scene.

One of the first and coolest exhibits we saw was an old tin cut latern… except made of van.

2010-nuit blanche-van

There were some excellent exhibits of unique arts, tons of people were drawn, there were energy drink sponsors giving out their elixir to get people through the night. It was definitely a festival/party like atmosphere covering a huge area. There were 3 sections of art concentrated east center and west of the city which were spread out quit a bit. Which made for some chilly walking, as someone walking by said it was like a scavenger hunt for art. Exhibits hiding around the corners, in various buildings, alley ways, and window displays.

Here is a window display of mannequins dressed in dresses entirely in toilet paper.


All in all I was expecting a little more, some of the work I felt was lacking, it was impressive the shear number of people that came out for it but there wasn’t a ton of exhibits with the energy needed to charge an entire city for an entire night.

As we bridged between two centers of exhibits we were able to see the leader of the Robot peoples of Toronto passing by as their congregation paused for a stop light.

It was also entertaining watching the masses dance/march as they took over the city for a night free to dance through the streets behind trucks disguised as pirate ships at one point complete with sexy dancing lady pirates on said ship.

All in all it was a decent adventure, though a bit chilly.

the scoop.

Lately life’s been movin’ right along.

Just wrapped up teaching two weeks of digital animation to youngster/teenaged kids at the Y Arts Camp over through the Fayetteville YMCA about a week ago now. They learned the basics of stop motion animation and then put their creativity to the test using claymation, cut paper photographic processes, and many other inventive techniques to create a bunch of shorts that they were able to take home on their CD’s. Introduced to industry programs such as Adobe Flash, After Effects, Photoshop etc.. a good time was had and there were some young artists with excellent talent.

Previous to that I spent a couple weeks livin’ as I may imagine I’d like to in the South of France, riding my bicycle to the clients house with my paintbrushes in my bag on my back where I was creating a 40′ long landscape mural. The scene depicting the westward view of Skaneateles Lake in a loosely illustrative yet scenic and geographically accurate representation, influenced by the actual terrain I was able to observe on the days commute.

(photos to come perhaps)

Most lately life has been back to the design world, doing web research, sketching, a couple logo/marks and leading into a couple new projects that should be quite exciting. These coupled with the upcoming Syracuse 70.3 halfironman triathlon and the awesomely approaching cyclocross season things have been exciting.

I am also working on a custom aerosol painted bicycle frame which I will soon be building up for the ‘cross season. Photos to come perhaps on this as well.

some sketches

So I’ve started taking some financial classes and things to get more efficient at doing the business end of Variety Studios.

Since going back to the class room, and bringing along my some sketch books, they’re getting more filled up… Some of these are from that first class and a couple are from the past, I think I may go through and post some more soon too…

Give me feed back if you like this kinda stuff or not.

& plans for biz card to match this site from back in september ’09: