Killer Care Package!

Illustration

Way back, last fall, my man Spencer from Ohio gave me a shout & asked for some art for Ohio’s Cyclocross State Championships. It was super fun project! (I got to combine art & bikes, duh!…and he basically said “Do whatever you want.”) So a few weeks ago, this package showed up from Spencer & the Crap-Shitty crew. One of their sponsors threw in a bag of coffee, & Spencer included a poster from their event & a tee-shirt with the art I made for them. So rad! Care packages from clients are the best!

Awesome poster, coffee & a fresh, black shirt. Does it get any better?

Inktober….Week 0

Art, Illustration, Sketchbook

Inktober kicks off this month, & I’ve decided to take part in the challenge. Inktober was started by Jake Parker back in 2009 as a way to improve on his art skills. The rules are pretty simply, make an ink drawing daily for the month of October. Improvement by repetition. I’m participating in the “5K” version, committing to an ink drawing a week. I’m hoping that I’ll surprise myself & make the time to do more, but I wanted to commit to something & be realistic…or it would never happen. So here we go, Week 0 (zero) Inktober submission:

matt lolli illustration inktober

Inktober-Week 0

 

It’s been a while since I’ve drawn any type of vehicle, so I figured I’d challenge myself in two ways; Inktober drawing / vehicle drawing. Found a great photo of a rad, lifted jeep over on the Le Container blog (third one down). I particularly like how the aspects & challenges of both ideas pushed one another. Really fun to work on & exciting to to see what I’m going to do in the coming weeks!

PMA! No JERKS!

Art, Illustration

The folks from Cap City Cyclocross approached me to make a poster for their State Championships this year. The direction was pretty simple, “Do whatever you want, as long as you can work Ohio in (I drew the stem face-plate in the shape of Ohio) & include our tag-lines – “PMA, No Jerks!”. I think somewhere in our discussion, they said they wanted something bold & graphic, & black & white. Right in my wheelhouse!

I feel like so many bike racing posters are so stiff & traditional that I wanted to go in a different direction. This decision was a lot easier to make simply because it seems like the Cap City crew are really fun folks & have the right idea when it comes to bike racing: race hard, show your fellow competitors respect on the field, & have fun! This project was super fun to work on. So fun, in fact, that I knocked out two different versions. The Yin & Yang, Dark-Side & Light-Side. If you like these pieces, please consider sharing this post with your friends. Thanks!

matt lolli cap city cyclocross illustration

Use the force…

matt lolli illustration cap city cyclocross

Come to the Dark Side…

Sketchbook Saturday…0006

Art, Sketchbook

Drew this quick sketch on a plane a few months back. Got stuck in the middle seat (which, if you’re a 6′ 6″ tall person like myself, you understand how bad it sucks) & had an odd view of the flight attendant buckled into the jump seat by the emergency exit. (I’ve never had such little leg room in an emergency row…budgets are being slashed everywhere I guess…). Figured I’d make the best of losing feeling from the knees down & got weird in the sketchbook.

Shoe sketch matt lolli stuntmunkey studios

Mutant shoes? Or new fashion statement…

Dinos & Beer

Art, Illustration

Finished up a super-fun piece last week for a client just in time for cyclocross season. I really love it when client’s ideas are left-of-center or solidly odd. When I was asked to draw a T-Rex failing at hand-ups (cause, ya know, they’re T-Rex’s…with the short arms), I knew it would be a blast. I completed the project from concept to final product completely within Mangastudio. Check him out:

Pissed that he can’t share his beer with you…or drink it himself.