Monday, December 20, 2010

Saint November

Recently Liam Toms asked if i would help him create the mascot for his new label for music, art, and more on the Restless Coast in the south of the UK. always happy to collaborate with like minded individuals, and eager to help a fan & friend from across the pond, i jumped at the chance.

it didn't take much to understand each other, and Liam was one of the nicest guys I've had the pleasure of working with (though i seem to be incredibly blessed with knowing and working with such nice people)

sketches (on the plane from Florida)
black & white studies, because any logo needs to look great in stark B&W
color studies to see where he wanted to go
a variation on the final, with some watercolor on top of the digital inking
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keep an eye out for all the amazing things Liam and St. November are doing HERE!

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Vegan Treats Tote Bags!

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below is an earlier version that wasn't quite working. whatever the roadblocks were, i'm glad it helped pave the road for the above final design. Danielle is always a treat to work with and there's all sorts of bright excitement in the future...

be sure to go HERE to order some great Vegan Treats products this holiday season, and as always, you can find out more at !

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Homebase Skateshop : Joy Division

who knew Lehigh Valley loved Joy Division so much? there's a lot of new designs coming up for Bethlehem Skateboarding Mecca HOMEBASE SKATESHOP but this was an old idea Andy and I had kicked around since we started working together a year ago.

we would take Joy Division's classic "unknown pleasures" LP and merge it with Bethlehem's great landmark steel factory.

i did the line work, which too a lot more thoughtful planning out than i had originally thought. once i set up some rules and language to the method, it was a blast. i simply "inversed" my pencils in photoshop.

the final collab between me and Andy. the response has been so great that we're making stickers, t-shirts, and skateboard decks with this!

don't forget, 'tis still the season where you can enter Homebase's $610 shopping spree (by purchasing a handsome counterfeit Franklin "raffle ticket" i designed). winner will be drawn Jan. 14th and they've already raised over $1000 to help build the Bethlehem Skateplaza. Every little bit helps build a place that EVERYONE can FREELY enjoy.

thank you!


Thursday, December 2, 2010


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This friday in Philadelphia, December 3rd, altruistic designer Mat Kerfren & the Autumn Society brings holiday cheer with "Playtime", a fantastic charity show dedicated to raising money for Toys For Tots. Olde City gallery and comics & toys hobbyist dream store Brave New Worlds is hosting the event, and in addition to setting up a donations box where toys can bring less fortunate children a lot of happiness, they and most of the artists have agreed to donate their full cuts, not just proceeds, to the charity.

when Mat called me months ago to tell me about his idea for the show, i was excited. i've long wanted to use art as a vessel to do some god in the world, but Mat was the one actually getting off his duff and doing it. What was even more the honor was that he thought of me to collaborate on the flyer with. Mat said he wanted a drawing that captured the joy of a child getting a toy on Christmas day, and that he immediately thought of me. not only is that one of the hugest compliments i could possibly hear, but this may be one of the absolute most fun drawings i got to work on all year. it was a joy illustrating joy.

i then inked it digitally, and cyclically collaborating with Mat Kerfren's design, layout, and art direction, we soon had a flyer for the big event! i love the price tag Mat put on the corner.

some more details about the show, which you can also read HERE:
we've even gotten some great press from the Philly Weekly, Geekadelphia, and Phillyist!

the final painting (at the top) took the art i created digitally for the flyer and had it printed on watercolor paper. i then added flourishes of watercolor, pencil, and even glow-in-the-dark paint once again for the robot and his sparks.

thanks for reading and happy holidays!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Coffee Project Logo

My good friends Jake & Buddy from Coffee Project asked me to design them a logo they could use on shirts, koozies, and all sorts of merch! i can't wait to see this in use, and them, soon

-hear songs from them HERE!
-make nice and be friends with them HERE!
-buy their records HERE!
-see some art i got to do for their new LP HERE!

photo of koozie in use by the incredible Edie Snyder!

the store went up! check out all the cool merch to buy HERE !

Monday, November 29, 2010

We Are The Union

fast dudes" who make "fast tunes" supergroup We Are The Union asked me in october if i could step on the gas and make some shirts in time for FL's The Fest 9 as well as their European tour w/ Less Than Jake (you may or may not have seen the following ad-mat, like this one sighted in Glasgow Scotland by Jeff "bleeding edges" DeSantis... )

they were looking for something a little more iconic, and i tried to look and listen to a lot of what they were saying in their songs and who they were as a band and all they've gone through, and of course have a lot of fun.

so i gave them a couple of sketches...
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and they chose what they liked the most:

Thursday, November 11, 2010

she said yes!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Covenant House PA

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i'm so lucky

for a lot of reasons. lucky because i have a home. lucky because i grew up in a loving home, with a loving family. lucky because there are a lot of young people today who do not have the same fortune of stability and shelter like most of us do and take for granted.

luckier still because there are places like The Covenant House, and friends of mine like Dave Reis who work hard to help the homeless youth in our country. The Covenant House of PA has been helping the homeless youth of Philadelphia with shelter and other services since 2000. Dave has been working there full time for years, and his incredible rock-and-roll real-deal super group The Improbables are putting on a benefit concert THIS SATURDAY at 7pm to help raise money for CHPA. it's going to be an amazing event for a very important cause.

i was proud to contribute the above design for hand silk screened posters as well as t-shirts printed by our friends at Awesome Dudes Printing
please come and help! it will be a great time!

Saturday November 13th - 7pm!
at Tritone (1508 South st) Philadelphia PA
more info HERE

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sailor Jerry Presents!

this friday! at the Sailor Jerry shop in Olde City Philadelphia, a great art show curated by Jeff "bleeding edges" DeSantis, paying tribute to the godfather of tattoos, Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins.

my piece was a take on one of my favorite traditionals, "Man's Ruin":

the man himself:
why don't you come by! there's going to be free rum, and great work by great folks at a fun location

Thursday, November 4, 2010

coming soon to a stadium near you!

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above: 15 foot backdrop

this will actually be 4 scrims divided and duplicated flanking the band

as the group begins a new renaissance while continuing to conduct the rock n' roll choo-choo, i am continually excited and honored to be a part of the people's [visual] history of my good friends, Less Than Jake. the thought here was something classic & clean, and broad & malleable (in concept and theme, as well as color). so we went black and white to allow the colored lights of stage and set work all the wonders. i can't wait to see this in person

while the art references both the band's icon of the "evolution kid" (did i really draw that 15 years ago?) as well as their beloved "Gainesville Rock City" (which LTJ certainly built), i had a little phrase running through my head the whole time: "Propaganda of Fun". seemed like the fun of that paradox helped pull the oxymoron into subtle territory, with hopes that in the end, it would just look awesome

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

"Dead of Night" Radio !

The Autumn Society brings you 6 new & chilling artwork covers for Dick Grunert's DEAD OF NIGHT RADIO series.
STAY TUNED as we release a new cover each night @ Midnight, starting OCTOBER 29TH to NOVEMBER 2ND.

Available on iTUNES under "Dead of Night Radio"

Meet Eric Ryder. He's about to receive a special... Night Delivery!

From the horrific mind of writer/director Dick Grunert, Dead Of Night Radio is an homage to the old time radio horror shows like Inner Sanctum and Lights Out... with a modern twist!

Peter Wonsowski loves cartooning and designing record packages, so getting to illustrate the romantic and terrifying image for an imaginative radio performance this halloween -- in the beloved square format -- was a real Halloween treat! Peter has worked with bands like Less than Jake, Adam Arcuragi, Coffee Project, and more!

The Autumn Society is a collective of Illustrators from around the world. From art galleries, art books, to fundraisers, the Autumn Society will rise to any creative need or challenge.

Music by Lance Madzey and Sound Design by Krandal Krews

Dead of Night Radio is recorded at Sunshine Studios in Studio City, CA.


above is actually the version that almost went out (i wasn't even done) when a horrible (happy) accident occurred with the red. i decided it was without a doubt the way to go and gave it a much more subtle and scary mood for the old-timey audio-terror.
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thanks to Joe Game for sprucing up the bio i submitted, and especially including me on such a horrific & terrific (and terrorrific?) project. be sure to check out all the other artists and stories at Dead of Night Radio!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Sullivan's Sluggers - Casey's Wallop

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well, we don't know the results yet, but The Autumn Society was invited to submit a pin-up for Image Comics' new fun athletic horror comic "Sullivan's Sluggers", and Image Comics would be picking their favorite 2 to publish, and the rest to help advertise. above was mine, and though certainly inspired by the book's team's coach, i was thinking of dear Rollie Fingers the whole time
meanwhile, my good buddy Justin Gray submitted this staggering monster of a piece that keeps unfolding more horrors and treasures the more i stare at it. i just had to post it here for people to click on. you should absolutely check out his blog HERE as well.

by Justin Gray:
happy halloween!

Friday, October 22, 2010

The FEST 9 !!!

THE FEST, now in its 9th year, is the 3 day punk rock festival in Gainesville Florida, and every year it just gets better and better

well, this is the 2nd year that the Fest will be curating a special Art Show to coincide with all the rock and roll mayhem, and i was honored to be asked to be one of the featured artists, among such an incredible group of amazing pioneering punks, photographers, designers, and illustrators such as John Dyer Baizley, my good buddy Richard "Horsebites", social storyteller Cristy Road, and so many more amazing artists.

read all about the art show (and peruse my awkward bio) HERE !
read all about the FEST 9 event HERE

if you live in or near Florida, the fun starts Friday October 29th!

i am showing a dozen pieces, including the interior art for the Riot Before's LP, as well as 3 little cartoons made exclusively for The Fest....

special thanks to Edie, Ted, and Buddy for thinking of me to be a part of something this special

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Less Than Jake presents: The TV/EP !

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Today is the official release day for Less Than Jake's TV EP ! it is still a blast getting to be a part of the visual history for a band that very much influenced where i am today and where a lot of my creative and professional passions lie.

When the band went to record 16 cover songs (in 11 minutes!) from various television theme songs and commercials, they wanted to give the impression that pop-punk has taken over the air waves and you are randomly flipping the channels.

that being said, we've engineered a very special collector's edition 7" vinyl record (to go along with the CD and the digital, available now) where, depending on how you fold the panels of your record, you will actually be able to "change the channels" and determine your own cover through a die-cut television screen!

channel 2....
channel 3...
and the "inside" of your tv (with some fun filaments)...

it's a strangely proud moment for me personally, when there are plenty of people who make me doubt my versatility as an unmarketable product, that there can't be a whole lot of folks who would've excitedly tackled all the visual parodies and styles the band asked for here. it's another reason it makes our long friendship and these kinds of projects so especially meaningful.

check out the whole EP (with a great video Buddy made) at LESSTHANJAKE.COM !


Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Swing (An Old Fashioned Necromance)

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This Hallowed Halloween, The Autumn Society and Philadelphia Cartoonist Society, curated by the amazing Sam Heimer, bring to you an incredible artist exhibition "...exploring all the elements that make Halloween creepy, imaginative, and fun." (check out the full Press Release HERE!)

and yes, i couldn't resist the urges to add some glow-in-the-dark flourishes on the tentacle suckers for extra fun spookiness...

here's the info! we hope you'll join us for an amazing Hallowed Halloween!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Coming This Fall To A Stereo Near You...

what's the amazing secret project i've been working on coming out in
Less Than a month?

well you can get a hint HERE, but you can read more about it HERE

you won't believe what we've done with the packaging! thorough blog post to follow around the release date....


Thursday, September 16, 2010

design money to raise money

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above is a raffle ticket designed for the amazing Homebase Skateshop in Bethlehem PA. with each purchase, money is raised to complete the next construction phase of the Bethlehem Skateplaza, and you can win a $610 shopping spree!

it was a lot of fun being a counterfeiter for a little while!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Mixtopia Logo

new logo for radio B104's MIXTOPIA show, brought to you by "your hater's favorite DJ", Cap Cee, every friday night from 9-12 on your favorite dance floor.

some preliminaries:

the final: