Archive for January, 2009

410BC and Me

Posted by :[o_o]:, January 21st, 2009 | Filed under Syndicated | No Comments

410bc Latest Three

410BC is a clothing company after my own heart. I’ve worked with them a few times in the past with each collaboration being a positive experience.

I was happy to see a request for three more designs in my inbox over the holidays. Comments in the brief were along the lines of, and I’m paraphrasing, “Make something with Hades and Zeus,” and “How about a tee with Lady Justice or corporate greed featured as a motif?”

The first tee is based on a rejected cover concept for the (now defunct) magazine UR Chicago. The cover needed to portray young couples getting the squeeze as they make their first forays into the workaday world. It was a statement on the shrinking of the middle class if I remember correctly.

I envisioned a bloated, suit encrusted, balding, banker-monster as a potential centerpiece for the cover. It was deemed over the top and we decided upon a Patrick Bateman sort of chap, leaving the monster character to sit in a dark corner of my disease-addled brain. When 410bc mentioned corporate greed, I wanted to revive the concept.

410bc Greed Pencils

410bc Greed Inks

410BC Greed Colors

The second tee is based on memories of a mythology course from elementary school. I spent an inordinate amount of time studying Greek mythology as a kid. As you can imagine, it was a big hit with the ladies and made me very popular with the student body. Here, I tried to incorporate a symmetry of sorts. Zeus, Hades. Apollo, Charon. Fire, water. Good, bad. Life, death.

410BC Mythology Pencils

410bc Mythology Colors

410BC Mythology

Lastly, we have Lady Justice. I’d like to see this one printed large on the shirt.

Lady Justice Pre-edit Pencils

410bc Lady Justice Post-edit Pencils

Lady Justice Colors

lady justice mockup

I hope to illustrate for 410BC in the future; great group of people.


Posted by Dwayne, January 20th, 2009 | Filed under Syndicated | No Comments

Something for a charity show a group of friends are putting on for Patrick O’Brien.
Patrick is a good friend of the online design community, and he needs a bit of help to finish what he started in 2006.
I will post details as the event gets closer.

click the link to get the non-cropped version.

Earthworm Jim: I Was 8Bit

Posted by :[o_o]:, January 16th, 2009 | Filed under Syndicated | No Comments

I never got around to posting my diptych from I Am 8-Bit. The image fits together when hung side by side.



Almost no one besides other presenters knew who Jim was! My faith in today’s youth was diminished!

Black Tide “Warriors of Time” Viral Animation

Posted by :[o_o]:, January 14th, 2009 | Filed under Syndicated | No Comments

Motherland, a swell heap of gents as well as a “…Motion, Animation & Entertainment Company…” asked me to provide the art for the series of viral shorts for the band Black Tide (seen below).

Black Tide “Warriors of Time” No. 1 from Ray Frenden on Vimeo.

Black Tide “Warriors of Time” No. 2 from Ray Frenden on Vimeo.

Black Tide “Warriors of Time” No. 3 from Ray Frenden on Vimeo.

Black Tide “Warriors of Time” No. 4 from Ray Frenden on Vimeo.

Black Tide “Warriors of Time” No. 5 from Ray Frenden on Vimeo.

They provided the character design, reference renders, storyboards, and even frame-by-frame reference for the bits where traditional animation was required. It was a lot of work (with some shots in the fifth video having more characters in one instant than the entire first video’s run).

The way they animated the paper dolls I provided is humbling. I learned a lot in the process and am even tackling my own motion projects as a result. All in all, it was a great experience! I’ve even gone on to design other merchandise for the band.

After the jump is a sampling of the provided reference, my production art, and the illustrations I’ve done of the character since.

Sample storyboard:

Frame by frame reference:

Early color concept I provided:
Black Tide Color Concepts

Apparel illustrations:


Voorhees a Jolly Good Fellow

Posted by :[o_o]:, January 11th, 2009 | Filed under Syndicated | No Comments

I think anyone reading my blog has sense of humor in line with this series of webcomics I made sometime in 2006 starring Jason Voorhees. Done using a single color MS Paint like app. Obviously, the art was not the focus on these!


The first ten or so are pretty weak, but I think they are alright overall.