Music has always had a powerful influence on my life and art. Often when working on something I’ll be trying to capture the same feelings within my work that a particular song has on me. For some time now the most influential/inspirational music has been that of a band called Crippled Black Phoenix. Their music fills about 80% of my studio playlist, and with the themes and concepts being on a very similar wavelength to my own work I almost feel like they’re my studio partners.
And now, in a way, they are. I’ve been working on pieces for a new exhibition built around their music, which has resulted in me now working with the band on their new album and also producing the below t-shirt design for their upcoming tour.
If you click on the above image it’ll take you to their FB page (with a new official page being worked on and launching soon).
To say this is a dream project wouldn’t be entirely true because my level of involvement is beyond the scope of anything I’ve done or thought I would have the chance to do. I never thought it possible to dream of such things, it’s exciting beyond belief.
On top of this I’m continuing to work on the new Leroy comic series (a title and cover will be available to post soon-ish). This series is taking Leroy in a very different direction which is very rewarding to work on. Made all the more rewarding by the fact that the various flashback sequences of the comic are being inked by Mick Gray. It’s a total honour to be working with Mick, my favourite comic book inker in the industry who has worked on many of my favourite books (most notably Promethea) and is currently inking the ongoing Batman & Robin series.
This new series will hopefully be released later in the year. In the mean time work has begun on another new Leroy comic, something very different to any comic I’ve put together before that has me really excited (but I’m still working out a few details with that before announcing anything concrete).
With all of these projects kicking into high gear it impacts on the time I have available for maintaining various online things. So while I’ll still be around RB to post up my daily sketch journals and other things, the frequency of new t-shirts being uploaded this year will be much lower than 2010 (which, lets be honest, is probably a good thing, considering I created over 200 t-shirts last year hehe you’ll all probably enjoy a break from the previous onslaught!).