Sunday, December 28, 2008

Unicorn portrait, the third

I'm a centaricorn. Inspired by an early Frazeta piece, or perhaps a piece that inspired one of his. Embarassing self portrait, number 3.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Unicorn, numero dos

If there was ever an absurd superhero, enter "THE UNICORN!" Now you all know my secret hero identity! Embarassing self portrait #2, and yes, that is my real physique.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

unicorns, why'd it have to be unicorns ...

There was a blogger lunch I attended last friday, hosted by Dee and Chris. And somehow, someone had an idea that we should each do self-portraits, but as a unicorn. For some reason, and not because I'm narcissistic (am I?), I did like 5. And so I present to you, the first in my personal "Unicorn Show." I get the strange feeling that I'm the only one from the lunch who did this assignment ...
I wouldv'e done more to this -- much more -- but even I realize the absurdity of it all (I wanted to put some crows in there). I still think the best unicorn picture I've ever seen is this one done by Jerry de Jesus.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Rejected!


I'm taking special pride in this one. I'm doing some prop design for Nickelodeon's upcoming "Fanboy and Chum Chum" show. It's all 3D, and everything I've seen looks awesome. Created by the well-dressed Eric Robles. Anyways, I had to design a club, and for some reason, the idea of re-bar sticking out of chucks of concrete that I've seen at construction sites popped into my head, so I went with it. As it turns out, the network turned this design down because they thought it was "too violent" looking. Sweet!

Monday, November 17, 2008

New Project Tease

What is going to happen in the bottom right? What?!?!

Friday, November 07, 2008

art dump cont'd ...

Hey lookie! It's a Slacker Cats painting I did! Color key by Jesse Silver.


Character Design and Layout in Flash for a Ritz Commercial for Acme Animation, directed by the great Dave Wasson.

Friday, October 31, 2008

More art dump

You all remember Knuckles McGee, right?A bad-ass bull ...
and some memory sketches from the park. No, really!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

October Sketch Crawl


Went to Marina Del Rey last weekend to crawl with the other sketchers. Beautiful day. Ok music. Bad hot dogs. Here's a poorly scanned page of stuff.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Need a gift for the Holidaze?

Check out our store on Etsy.com! We have our book and plush for sale! At least the few that are left from Comic Con. If you're not the soft and cuddly kind, then head over to Lulu.com to get the book instead. Good reading guaranteed!*

(*no guarantee actually exists)

I'll post anything

So I was looking through many of the unfinished images on my hard drive, and this is what I found:
This is an unfinished idea for our "Fish n' Chip" book. We decided to go a completely different direction. We'll call this development art. Compare it to the other unused piece I posted earlier.


I'm not sure what the heck this was. Definitely late at night. I believe he was eating juicy, ripe berries.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Video Installation by Vendabot


SHORT NOTICE! Vendabot will be presenting a series of experimental short films tonight, Thursday Oct. 9, at the Spring Arts Collective. The series is entitled "Robot Dreams." It's about the dichotomy and notions of mechanics and technology, and the actuality of the primitive shape and the natural textures of living everyday life. Or maybe its just things robots might dream about. And it just happens to be the Downtown LA art walk, so come by and check out the dozens of galleries that'll have their doors open.

Did I mention that I'll be featured in a zoetrope mounted on an old turntable, and I'm doing the robot? That should be enough to peak your interest.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

The Real Con Story

Okay, so, against everything W.C. Fields believed in, I used a cute dog for advertising. I made about 15 of these plushes (with help from Kory and Kristin, of course) for the Con. And Wicket, just before she threw up, posed with the Peanuckle Plushes. Peanuckle, if you don't know, is the narrator of our recently self-published book, "Fish n Chip Love to Fly."

And, because Joe is lame, I have to post an image of his shirt. It has become my favorite shirt. No, not because I freaking work with the dude all the time ... it's genuinely my favorite shirt now. I have a nice collection of Gama-Go t's, a cool Martin Hsu shirt, and my Angel-Devil shirt, pictured above (and for sale, if interested). But Joe's has shown up in the rotation more than the others recently. I like it for it's simplicity, it's not overly artsy-trendy-hipster, it's cartoony, simple color harmony, it's printed on American Apparel, and it makes me laugh. And he's selling it for only $15. Cheaper and cooler than any threadless.com T! Click on his link to the left, and ask him about it; the story of the characters is great, too.

Yours truely. I hate posting pix of myself. This was our table at the Con. James blew away the competition with his orange orange orange. And that's an original painting behind him, on canvas and everything. If you missed us, it's your fault. Books I picked up: Ben Balisteri's opus (part 1) is awesome, everything you'd expect from that guy, in large format no less; Gabriele Pennacchioli's usual amazing stuff ... but if you meet him in person, ask him to pitch it to you ... he is a magnificent salesman ... ; Donnachada Daly's new visions in 3D, his usual beauties, but he's done the magic-eye-stereoscopic thing with them, and he gets points for stepping outside the usual sketchbook boundaries; Who is Rocket Johnson book by the story artists from Disney .. yadda yadda awesome; Martin Hsu's sketchbook, dude can draw like nobody's biz, but he's in my biz, so I care; a plush from Scott Wright that was scary-adorable; and honorable mention (because I met him and picked it up at Wonder Con), Joey Chou's "Crazy by the Letters" book that is straight up cool, as is he. I know I got some others, and apologize for not mentioning them here, but that's what I can remember, and the books are still taped shut in our storage box from transporting them back. And I swore this year not to buy ANYTHING! Oh, here's one more jem for you guys ...
That lucky Peanuckle!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Comic Con Patooie!

It's over. Done. Five days of glory put to rest. Recovery mode now begins. Time to sift through the ashes, breathe a sigh of relief, and go on. A big thank you to all who came by, including mi familia, who saw comic con for the first time and survived the hordes of costumed fanatics. I'll post some pictures and some of the stuff I picked up later ... now I go back to work ...

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Fish and Chip Love To Go to Comic Con

Well, we done it again! Last minute, we put the book together, and now it breathes! It's a book about a fish (named Fish) who can fly, and a bird (named Chip) who can't. Brilliant you say? And you haven't even read it yet! This is our new offering for Comic-Con. Find it there, or you can buy it on Lulu.com.
Hey, don't forget about Knuckles McGee! If you haven't picked that up yet, we still have a scant few copies you can get your eager hands on. See you in San D!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

New and Improved

Joe and I are hastily finishing our book for Comic Con so we can get it off to the printers on time. Thank the gods for print-on-demand, eh? So our booth is in section E0, as in eeee zero. I think we're listed as James Burks. He's always stealing our thunder.



The website is finally up, and (kind of) running. All the cool roll-overs don't work, but the links do. Check out our cool youtube podcasts of our comic book, or my awesome portfolio. Actually, some of the links also don't work, and I don't know why. I told you, I really don't know about this stuff. And here's something weird on my first use of Painter:



As if the Joker went on safari. Can't wait for that Batman movie.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Vampires on the Brain



There's a thousand things I should be doing other than sketching vampire heads. But I did. So sue me, Joe.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Interview



I had an interview a while back. They wanted a lot for very little. In general, very unprofessional. I even wore a tie for them.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Comic-Con, she be upon us agian!

Ladies and Gentlemen, brace yourselves! San Diego Comic Con is quickly approaching. And of course, Joe, James, and I are already totally prepared and ready for the upcoming event. NOT. So, as we do the mad dash toward the finish line, here's another sneaky peek at stuff we're working on.

My photoshop painting over Joe's quicksketch. But what the heck is a dragon and knight doing in a story about a fish and a bird? Why does that insignia on the Knight look eerily familiar?! Is the mystery killing you?! Stay tuned!!!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Nrrt -- Syntax Error -- Redirect


Hello everybody! If you're looking for Vendabot.com, you've come to the right place ... sort of. While I'm trying to get the site up and running, I've put a redirect to my blog over here. That's right, I'm sooo tech savy, that I managed to completely screw up my website, and had to put a redirect on it so that you can see the under construction logo here. God bless those funny little furry people who know all about that crazy language we call "html."

Friday, February 29, 2008

Sneaky Preview


Ok, here's a peak at a new project Joe and I have been working on. Look for the book at this year's ComicCon in San D! We have some cool things planned, so stay tuned ...

Monday, February 18, 2008

WonderCon or Bust


We're making preparations to head out to San Fran for a weekend of WonderCon action! Joe and I will be in the small press section pushing our books, and if you stop by, you might even see a little peek at titles in the works for the San Diego ComicCon ... tee hee hee.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Hard-Knock Audio Commentaries!!!

Our comic book "The Hard Knock Life of Knuckles McGee" now has audio commentaries available for your listening pleasure on YouTube! We will soon have them available on iTunes, and I'll make them available to you as soon as they are available to me! So, in the meantime, enjoy the ones on YouTube. Don't be afraid to subscribe! There's two up now, and we'll release one or two more every week. Why, you ask? Because we can.

www.youtube.com/vendabot