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Hey everyone!
I submitted a tshirt design for the Deviant Cute Monsters contest.
Please vote for me here at: browse.deviantart.com/designba…


It's based on the illustration I did a few months back... Found here: fav.me/d4mlrkr


thanks!!!

Joel


FOOD FIGHT!


Now available from Cryptozoic Entertainment, the card game that is about to slam yams across the states, FOOD FIGHT! With exclusive artwork from Robb Mommaerts :iconrobbvision:! I've got a box, and the art is some of Robb's best. The facial expressions on the characters crack me up!

Check it out here and visit your local hobby shop to buy a box.

As an added bonus, be sure to bring sexy back to your laptop background by slapping on a Food Fight wallpaper with hilariously rendered Food Fight characters drawn by Robb!

Great job, Robb! Make sure to visit Robb's Deviant page :iconrobbvision: and give him some kudos!

Devious Journal Entry

Mon Aug 15, 2011, 8:35 PM


Wizard World Chicago is over. I told myself I wouldn't go anymore because it really has gone downhill the past few years, and I had become overly disappointed with each visit. Well, I'm glad that Sir Robb Mommaerts :iconrobbvision: had a table there this year, because that persuaded me to take another trip to the windy city along with one of my other talented pals Jay Matz :iconjaytotheworld:. And I'm so glad I did. Artist Alley was spectacular this year. And HUGE!!!!! Lots of great talent in every row, and such a variety!!! Got to visit with the uber-talented :iconzatransis: and :icon3nrique: among many, many more fine artists. The tables with the custom LEGO movie and tv environments made my whole weekend. An entire LEGO brick version of scenes and locations from Arrested Development?? Where else would you see such lunacy?  Good times were had by all. AND, I came away more motivated than ever.

Soon, I will post the first in a series of some new art. ABOUT TIME, EH???  The first of these illustrations cracks me up every time I look at it. Sort of like this one does: fav.me/d11j3qs (this inspired the Mighty Mugg I made of Robb.)  Some new things are brewing, and I'm making a mid year resolution to start arting around more often. I've been too lazy and the excuses have been piling  up. So, keep me honest, true believers!!!!!!

Keep it between the lines, eh?
Joel

  • Watching: An Evening with Kevin Smith: Evening Harder
  • Drinking: Dew from the Mountain

Devious Journal Entry

Mon Aug 15, 2011, 8:33 PM


Wizard World Chicago is over. I told myself I wouldn't go anymore because it really has gone downhill the past few years, and I had become overly disappointed with each visit. Well, I'm glad that Sir Robb Mommaerts :iconrobbvision: had a table there this year, because that persuaded me to take another trip to the windy city along with one of my other talented pals Jay Matz :iconjaytotheworld:. And I'm so glad I did. Artist Alley was spectacular this year. And HUGE!!!!! Lots of great talent in every row, and such a variety!!! Got to visit with the uber-talented :iconzatransis: and :icon3nrique: among many, many more fine artists. The tables with the custom LEGO movie and tv environments made my whole weekend. An entire LEGO brick version of scenes and locations from Arrested Development?? Where else would you see such lunacy?  Good times were had by all. AND, I came away more motivated than ever.

Soon, I will post the first in a series of some new art. ABOUT TIME, EH???  The first of these illustrations cracks me up every time I look at it. Sort of like this one does: fav.me/d11j3qs (this inspired the Mighty Mugg I made of Robb.)  Some new things are brewing, and I'm making a mid year resolution to start arting around more often. I've been too lazy and the excuses have been piling  up. So, keep my honest, true believers!!!!!!

Keep it between the lines, eh?
Joel



I'm excited and proud to announce that my pal and artist extraordinaire Robb Mommaerts :iconrobbvision: will be appearing in Artist Alley at Wizard World Chicago this year!!! Be sure to stop by his table and say hello!!

Click to visit Robb's profile on Wizard World's site!



I'm excited and proud to announce that my pal and artist extraordinaire Robb Mommaerts :iconrobbvision: will be appearing in Artist Alley at Wizard World Chicago this year!!! Be sure to stop and say hello!!

Click to visit Robb's profile on Wizard World's site!



I'm very excited and quite proud to announce that my pal and artist extraordinaire Robb Mommaerts :iconrobbvision: will be appearing in Artist Alley at Wizard World Chicago this year!!! Be sure to stop and say hello!!

www.wizardworld.com/robbmommae…



I'm very proud to announce that my pal and artist extraordinaire Robb Mommaerts : RobbVision : will be appearing in Artist Alley at Wizard World Chicago this year!!! Be sure to stop and say hello!

The Art of Me

Sun Jun 28, 2009, 9:55 PM


Hey Deviants!
Fetch-a-Sketch 3.0 has been unleashed...


The game is basically the same, but this time around we are looking for submissions from other artists besides us three... The best one (or even runner-ups that make the cut) will be posted alongside our pieces. Go check out our blog for the details! Good luck, and may the gods be with you!


OH MAN! That sucks... All the CSS I did for my journal page somehow disappeared... So, I have to go back and figure out how I did it in the first place! Nuts. Bear with me, folks!

  • Listening to: Pete Yorn's Back and Fourth
  • Watching: Battlestar Galactica: Season 3
  • Drinking: Mountain Dew

Mele Kalikimaka!

Sun Dec 7, 2008, 6:19 PM
Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Son of a beechnut, is it cold outside!! My minivan doors were iced shut the other morning. AND I KEEP IT IN THE GARAGE!!! I was out shoveling the other day, and a little mouse darted out from under the grill and ran for his life across the patio. I scooped him up with the shovel and catapaulted him out into the backyard. He landed, then popped up and hopped thru the snow toward the neighbor's backyard. I love animals, don't get me wrong. But that was a little bit of fun times.  
You can tell it is that time of year again... It feels like 2008 just started... And now it's Christmas already! The past several years I have had a hard time enjoying Christmas. It just isn't the same as it was when I was little... Getting older sure dilutes all that childhood wonder and excitement that filled the air... With that being said, it also just isn't the same without key members of our family that have passed on in the past few years... Our family is small enough the way it is, and it really takes a toll when they aren't around for the holidays...
BUT, there is hope!!! With having two little ones in the house now, the season is rejuvenated for me!!! I sat on the living room floor today with my eight-month old little lady in my lap, and we danced to the christmas music that was playing... She was laughing and squealing and lighting up her 1000-watt smile at me... What a great afternoon...
My little guy just loves the Rankin-Bass Rudolph tv special, which he calls his "Roofdog" movie. There is finally someone else in the room who loves to be scared by the Bumble!!! Watching this again with him fills me with so many warm memories... Seeing someone almost explode with excitement by simply finding a tree in his living room makes me love to be alive! I never saw someone so awed by a string of blinking lights wrapped around some branches. Even though it was a beeyotch to go get the tree, put it up, and put those lights on, the end result was well worth it... We also have a little elf that we hide in a new spot every day, and tell him that the elf is watching him and reporting back to Santa if he is being a good boy or not. So much fun...

Anyway, I posted one piece of Christmas art so far... I am currently working on our family christmas card, which I shall post in the near future...

I wish all you deviants and your families a healthy and happy holiday. Enjoy the reason behind the season!

Make it a point to stop by and visit these chapped chaps:
:iconrobbvision: and :iconjaytotheworld: and :icondanielmead:
They are beyond talented, and quite the stately gentlemen I may add... Tell them I sent ya!

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Sweet Obi Lou’s Dune Sea of ABC’s
  • Listening to: Barenaked for the Holidays
  • Reading: Hellboy: The Wild Hunt
  • Watching: Snow falling... and falling... and falling
  • Playing: Santa
  • Eating: Gardettos
  • Drinking: Agua

Welcome to Haaspodge

Mon Jul 28, 2008, 9:28 PM
Come and get some candy!

I see you have made your way to my little pothole on the internet superhighway. My Deviant page here is a nice little dumping ground for various illustrations I have done over the years. Keep your eyes peeled for some new pieces that will appear from time to time.

Thanks for stopping by. Stay classy, deviants!

Make it a point to stop by and visit:
:iconrobbvision: and :iconjaytotheworld: and :icondanielmead:
They are beyond talented, and quite the stately gentlemen I may add... Tell them I sent ya!

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Sweet Obi Lou’s Dune Sea of ABC’s

I'm Not a Baby, I'm a Tumor!

Sun Jul 13, 2008, 9:04 PM
HELLBOY 2...GO SEE IT NOW!!!!!

HOLEEEEEEE CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Today I really needed an escape from the real world, so I jetted on over to the local cineplex while the kids and wife were napping, and immersed myself in the sequel to Guillermo Del Toro's Hellboy. I was completely and utterly blown away.
Several years ago, my brotherfromanothermother :iconrobbvision: introduced me to a little comic book published by Dark Horse. I had heard of it before, but never investigated it beyond that. I borrowed a couple of the books, and almost immediately, I fell in love with the world Mike Mignola had created. I think it was around the time The Conqueror Worm came out, so I only had to pick up a couple of the trades to catch up. Never have I read such an original comic book chock full of richly unique characters embarking on incredible adventures inspired by ancient legends and folklore. It was such a breath of fresh air since I was becoming a little tired of the countless cookie cutter spandex-clad superhumans and mutants running amok in their own books...
After picking up all the HB and BPRD books and spinoffs since then, I was quite excited to see that there was going to be a Hellboy movie. I have seen a few Del Toro flicks and really enjoyed them, so I figured I was in for a treat. I really liked the original movie, but this second one really blew the first out of the water. Ten times over. After watching the opening stylistically-animated back story (which reminded me of a kid-friendly TOOL video) that fueled the plotline, I knew I was in for a HUGE treat. And boy, did it deliver. Comedy, drama, romance, fantasy, action, sci-fi -- it was all there. There were so many incredible things going on, it was hard to focus. So much detail in all the characters, their costumes, the props, the locations... Lots of neat little nods to Mignola's artwork. As the main characters took a stroll through the troll market (the coolest collection of creatures since the cantina and mos eisley spaceport), my peepers became engorged from the smorgasbord of eye candy.
I was glad Abe got as much screen time as HB, if not more, this time around. I love that character. Johann was a great addition to the cast, they did a bang-up job on creating a theatrical version of him. Seth MacFarlane was the perfect choice for his voice. I did miss Niles Frasier's voice-over for Abe, but it wasnt enough to become a distraction. Liz and HB as a couple added a great dynamic to the cast. Then there were the villains. My shoulder angel gave me the stinkeye while my shoulder devil and I were cheering them on. I kept thinking about that Ghost Rider movie (which was like sitting on your friend's couch watching him play a video game for an hour and a half) and how transparent and lame the villains were, and how completely opposite they were in this movie. Prince Nauda was the shit. Wink's right hand of doom was as cool as HB's. The Tooth Fairies were cute, yet vicious and brutal. The Golden Army was so frickin cool, I have run out of adjectives. I cant get over the amount of work that went into each character. I love how Del Toro adds so many layers to them. They dont just go from fight to fight as you would see in your typical action movie. Dont get me wrong, they do get to kick some major hinder, but there is much more to them than that. And the comedy -- the jokes were great. Ron Perlman's line delivery was hysterical. The Barry Manilow scene still has me giggling!
It's been a few hours since I finished watching it, and I am still reeling from the experience. I saw it on the theatre's ULTRASCREEN, so everything was amplified, heightening the experience... MONUMENTAL!!!! Add in Danny Elfman's score and the jaw-dropping special effects, this has quickly become one of my favorite movies. Hands down. I am too overly critical when it comes to movies, but after watching this one I have next to no complaints. One little surprise twist that popped up during the movie was not handled as well as I had hoped -- but the more I thought about it, the story might have derailed into a different direction if more emphasis was placed on it.
I cant stop gushing over this flick... Too many cool things. Like during the final battle with the Golden Army, there was a scene where I started thinking "it would be really cool if this happened..." and then it happened and it was AWESOME!!!! AND when HB fired the Samaritan, the screen shook from the recoil. And playing The EELS's "Beautiful Freak" during the shower scene! I could go on for many many more lines. But I won't. GO SEE THIS MOVIE. NOW!!!!!! Prepare to laugh and cry and cheer and do backflips!!!!

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Sweet Obi Lou’s Dune Sea of ABC’s
  • Listening to: Cars Soundtrack
  • Reading: Joker's Asylum: the Penguin -Jason Pearson is back
  • Watching: 24
  • Drinking: Dew

Gallery Updates

Tue Jun 24, 2008, 2:43 PM
take a peek

Hey ladies and gents. I just finished up a big project, and am well on my way with several more... Check out the gallery to see what I have been up to. Stay tuned for a sculpture, and some more art as it poops out the pipe!!!!

Plus, I am trying my hand at getting a t-shirt design picked, this time over at Threadless since I wasnt doing too well at woot!
Take a peek and vote for me if you like it!

My Threadless.com Submission

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Sweet Obi Lou’s Dune Sea of ABC’s
  • Listening to: Cake
  • Reading: The Chris Farley SHow
  • Watching: My blinking cursor

SPREAD THE WORD

Mon Jun 2, 2008, 12:24 PM
PSSST...VOTE FOR ME!

Happy Monday, fellow Deviants!
I have a shirt design entry in woot.com's t-shirt derby this week, and would be very appreciative if you all put your votes in for me — if you like it, of course... I posted a few last week and received a lot of votes, but not enough to make the top five. Hopefully you all know what woot.com is. The only drawback is that I think you have to have an account set up with at least one purchase to make the vote count... If you see the "I'd Want One!" text button at the top left of the entry thumbnail, that is how you can vote.
This week's derby theme can be found here>> shirt.woot.com/derby/
My entry (seen below) is here>> shirt.woot.com/Derby/Entry.asp…
and a revisions here>> shirt.woot.com/Derby/Entry.asp…


And if you have any great ideas, submit your designs! It is fun!

Thank you in advance!!!

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Sweet Obi Lou’s Dune Sea of ABC’s

New Signature

Thu May 29, 2008, 2:57 PM
Seeking Constructive Criticism



I am in the process of creating a new signature for myself to stamp on my artwork. (You can see the old one if you take a spin thru my gallery.) I thought I would post the final concept up here to see what my fellow Deviants think of it. (I hope I don't need to explain it, but if I do, the logo represents a simplistic phonetic pronunciation of my last name.)

Hopefully I will have some new artwork to post soon so I can use it!!! BOO-YA!

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Sweet Obi Lou’s Dune Sea of ABC’s
  • Listening to: The Raconteurs
  • Reading: The back of cereal boxes
  • Watching: Talledega Nights
  • Playing: with my pencil sharpener
  • Eating: Chilled Monkey Brains
  • Drinking: Iced Tea

Burn, Hollywood, BURN!!!!

Mon May 26, 2008, 6:10 PM
SUCKS in the City!!!!!!

Remember that song? Public Enemy. 1990-ish? I went through a rap phase back then. Today, I hate rap with a passion. But, I can still listen to Public Enemy and other old school rap. I would rather listen to songs about parents just not understanding than I would about going to da club on my "birfday."  

Anyway, I have a subscription to Entertainment Weekly. For the most part it is a good read. Last week I received a double issue. It was entirely about Sex in the City. That tripped my trigger in a rage against the machine kind of way— what a waste of paper!!!! You know, it is bad enough that there was a Sex in the City TV show, but does that horse poop warrant having a movie made from it? Hells no. I thought I would give it a chance one time, and I ended up only stomaching five minutes of it. It is a show about four cold-hearted, spoiled, middle-aged rich bitches more concerned about their cooters than the rest of the world. They are all ugly, inside and out. What can possibly be entertaining about that?? That was five minutes of my life gone forever.  It is bad enough our world is filled with them -- why the hell do we need a television show about it? Do people deep down inside secretly wish for drama of that caliber in their life? I saw the trailer the other night and I dry heaved in astonishment that it actually made it to the big screen. What next? A Two-and-a Half Men movie?? Cripes.

...Not that anyone cares what I have to say about that, AT ALL. I usually don't do this kind of soapbox spill. I figured since I haven't posted any new art, I might as well update my journal with a rant. Everyone else is doing it.

On the flipside, I saw Indiana Jones last week. I have to say it was really good, not great. It is really tough to see Harrison Ford at this age playing Indy, when we all have that iconic 80s version of Harrison Ford as Indiana still fresh in our head. He looked SO OLD. Instead of his cocky yet confident stance, he often stood slumped over as he talked in an aged voice. But, I digress, Ford did a lot of his own stunts which was quite impressive. Still in good shape. He seemed to snap right back into the role. I had a really good time watching it, but there were a few WTF moments... Mainly the prairie dogs (there is NO WAY a prairie dog would let you get that close to him, very cartoony behavior), the refrigerator (HOW did he survive that?), the Tarzan Lebouf and his amazing monkey army (did the crystal skull command the army?), and the aliens. I don't know about you, but aliens just don't belong in an Indiana Jones movie. The end of it was WAY out there. I thought I was watching the X-Files for a minute there. For argument's sake, you did have the Ark of the Covenant with it's escaping face melting spirits, Mola Ram pulling the heart out of a guy that continued to live even without that vital organ, and a thousand year old knight in the original movies, but this seemed to be a bit out of character, even for Indy. Maybe it is because of what we are used to seeing and expecting from movies nowadays. Maybe GL and SS figured they needed to kick it up a notch because no one is impressed with Arks and Sankara Stones anymore. I remembered hearing about AREA 51 being explored in a possible Indy sequel many many moons ago. Neat to see, but usually that kind of stuff is in a SCI-FI movie, not a swashbuckling pulpy adventure serial. I would have rather seen the city of Atlantis or something like that. You can pick the flick apart to death and get hung up on a hundred different fault points, but if you love Indy like I do, go and see it!! It is a fun rollercoaster ride. Go see it with an open mind. If you say that you like these kind of movies, then the reason you go to them is because you have a need to sever yourself from the real world for a couple of hours to see the unbelievable become believable. Don't take life so seriously all the time. (OH! And John Williams delivered the soundtrack flawlessly!!!!!!! It's worth seeing just for hearing it! Go download/buy the soundtrack now!) OH! And the "quicksand" scene with the snake is freakin' HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope you had a great Memorial Day Weekend, and keep the art a'coming. I will deliver soon, I promise!!!!!


Sweet Obi Lou’s Dune Sea of ABC’s
  • Listening to: Indiana Jones 4 Soundtrack
  • Reading: What I am typing
  • Watching: My little emoticon dancing about
  • Playing: with my pencil sharpener
  • Eating: Chilled Monkey Brains
  • Drinking: Iced Tea

Don't Adopt the Orphan!

Wed May 14, 2008, 10:06 AM
Be Aware, Fellow Artists!!!!!!

Hopefully by now, you all have caught wind of the U.S. Orphan Works Act either here on DeviantArt or elsewhere. I simply don't understand why anyone would waste so much time drawing up such an act that could potentially cause so much harm. But then again, it is our government. Ba-doom-boom!!!
Seriously, though — I don't get it. Someone please enlighten me what good could come out of this? How did it come about in the first place? I fear that if this act gets passed, it will be overly misused... creating a lot of problems for us artists out here.

Regardless, we should at least try to do something about it. Grease up those pipes and let them be heard!!!! It's real easy to do and only takes a few minutes. Visit the following link to The Illustrators Partnership of America, read up on your legalese and take action!!!!!!!!!!

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE>>>  capwiz.com/illustratorspartner…

And since DeviantArt is really all about the art, hopefully I will have some new stuff to share in the upcoming weeks...
Wow, this banner below is HUGE. I need to fix it one of these days, eh?


Sweet Obi Lou’s Dune Sea of ABC’s

Back in the Saddle

Fri Apr 11, 2008, 9:35 PM
Back to the drawing board!

To my surprise, I logged on to Deviantart the other day to find a few congrats on the birth of our new baby. Wizards!!!! How did you know?? I muddled through my messages and found that :iconrobbvision: posted the happy news already. Yup, I am a daddy again. I took a week off to hang out with my 2 yr old son and my wife to get to know our new baby girl, and it was a blast. But... reality took me by the horns and I had to return to work. Boo hoo. Anyway, now that the babe is born and my studio/office remodel is finally complete, I am once again settling into a slightly altered life. But who wants to hear about all this anyway, you came here for new artwork!!!!! I noticed that my time for that is diminished even more with a second child, but I don't want that to be my excuse. I have some cool pieces bubbling on the back burners right now, including a three-dimensional ditty for our Fetch-a-Sketch site, two new Star Wars character illos for our Alphabet Strikes Back blog, and a top secret series I have been planning for a while... So, true believers, be on the lookout for all these... sooner than later!!!!!
Thanks again for stopping by! I promise I will start filling this gallery up even more!!!!


Sweet Obi Lou’s Dune Sea of ABC’s
  • Listening to: The Black Keys
  • Reading: Secret Invasion, BPRD 1946
  • Watching: Taxi season two
  • Playing: air guitar
  • Eating: chips n salsa
  • Drinking: diet doc pepper

Case of the Molasses

Sun Feb 3, 2008, 5:57 PM
Let's get this party started!

Hey everyone. Just wanted to send a shout out to everyone who has added me as a friend and has favorited me in the past few months... Thanks much, I appreciate it. I came into the new year with the intentions of blasting out a lot of new art, but with a new baby coming and remodeling/moving my office... the art has taken a back seat. But I promise as soon as that busywork starts to level out, I will be back!!!!  Keep your eyes peeled!

  • Listening to: The Essential Eels
  • Reading: Ultimates 3
  • Watching: Taxi season two
  • Playing: hooky
  • Eating: Cupcakes (my son's b-day treats)
  • Drinking: diet mt dew

Behold... A New Fetch!

Wed Nov 21, 2007, 7:57 PM
  • Listening to: Dumpstaphunk
  • Reading: The Umbrella Academy
  • Watching: Now I Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
  • Playing: The Simpsons Game on PS2
  • Drinking: Leinie’s Apple Spice
YO JOE! and Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag!

It's been a while, so I came well equipped. I have posted the latest entry for our Fetch-a-Sketch blog... which will be updated after the Turkey day holiday with the rest of the gang's contributions — BUT you can get an xtra-special sneak peek at my entry right here! Yesiree, Jim!!!
I feel bad... I just looked at when the challenge (read about the theme right here) was posted and it was at the end of July... I am not a lazy guy by any means, but where in the hell did that time go??? I can't believe how fast those months whipped by!!!!!  We used to do two illustrations a month when we first started the blog up... I am looking forward to winter, so I will be less inclined to play outside and I can dig my heels into some artwork!!!

Anyway, enjoy the fetch...


OH!! And before I forget! Send congrats to :iconrobbvision:!!! He is a proud new papa of a baby girl!!!!
She is a beautiful little angel. Plenty to be thankful for this holiday weekend!