Over the past year and a half or so, I’ve been employed in-house at California Costumes here in Los Angeles. I work with a great team and a talented trio of costume designers. I handle a lot of the screen printed graphics to go on to the costumes they create. In addition, I help with the graphic design, doing posters, brochures, and the catalog.
Our company does not have a lot of big licenses, so our catalog theme this year is an original comic book superhero who battles the ubiquitous and repetitive costumes from other companies.
Last year, I created a superhero based on our cat logo called the Costume Crusader, who was influenced by some of my favorite comic book artists from the Silver Age. This year, the powers that be wanted to go with a more modern look like in the movies, akin to the Dark Knight.
Our deadline was tight, and it was a possibility we couldn’t create the more photo realistic that was desired. For Plan B, I created these illustrations to be used just in case. We were able to get the more photo-real look that was desired, but my illustrations are sprinkled throughout the catalog.
FUN NOTE: Take a look at the the Issue numbers on these comics (not the year). While seemingly random, they all have one thing in common. Can you guess what it is? (Hint: It relates to what is probably the unofficial theme of this blog). If you think you know, feel free to send me a message!
Tomorrow, May 26, I will be at the Art & Design Open Market in Old Town Pasadena. I’ll be peddling my wares, so keep a look out for my table. There will also be a ton of other artists so come check out all the work.