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Dalton Webb has the right idea- about everything, it seems.  He creates illustrations based on his love of drawing cartoons when he was little (primarily Garfield) and composes his work by gathering vintage lettering, cartoons and children’s books and getting inspired.  He uses this technique to design incredible work for bands, comics, books, and just about anything he wants to work on.  We love his work because he loves what he’s doing, and it shows.  Here is what he had to say about some of his pieces:

When I was commissioned to design a poster for a local band, Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount, I was inspired by the burnt look of their CD booklet. So I drew a mischievous cat that is a firebug, burning a mid-century ranch style house. I learned later that the lead singer once accidentally set a house on fire and that’s where the burnt look of their CD booklet was born.


Leilani Lanes was an old-school bowling alley from the 50s in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle. It had a great tiki bar with a floating fireplace above a waterfall. It was torn down a few years ago to make room for an upscale condo/apt building that is yet to break ground. The bulldozer behind the building and the clouds shows the opposite of a bowling paradise. The spirit of the place, however, live on in memory.
This gouache painting was created for Papercutter #12. It illustrates a scene from a comic story “Root Causes,” written by Mark Campos and drawn by yours truly, that was featured in the same book. The Root Lady is a voodoo mole who help with a cat and a bunny with philandering boyfriends. When I work with a great writer, it inspires me to create wonderful scenes such as this one.
Here is another bowling alley that was demolished to make room for an apartment building yet to be built. The slogan on the piece was the actual slogan of the place. The empty sign and the fence is pretty much seen all over Seattle, a sign of greed that fed the present day recession. Don’t let the bright colors fool you.
This viking was an exercise in working with acrylic gouache, a departure from traditional gouache. It is small at 4″x6″ and the size forced me to look at the design aspect of a painting and keeping it simple. I used only the primary colors plus white to mix my palette and keep my color scheme pared down.
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