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The Branched Path, 2014

For Light Grey Art Lab’s Dream Arcade project, which was so cool! I drew pretty heavily from Kirby games mostly, because they’re such a touchstone of my style (Kirby’s Dreamland 2 is an intoxicating experience, but Kirby’s Superstar will always have my heart). My hero’s name is Bud and I had way too much fun making him adorable!

Also big shout-out to Cole Ott (coleott) and Ashley Mackenzie (ashmackenziesite) for being a great support group, and Kelly Smith (beatfist) of Super Time Force fame who is an effing genius and helped me learn about animation!!

Oh and if you want to play the game, check it out here, and if you’re interested in getting a print of the above piece, you can get one here

— 12 hours ago with 54 notes
#gaming  #illustration  #pixels  #pixel art  #kevin jay stanton  #Light Grey Art Lab  #dream arcade  #bud  #the branched path  #game art  #animation  #gifs 
camilliojo asked: Have you done or are planning on doing Act 1 of MSND?


Answer:

I haven’t done it, but ultimately I’d like to publish a full volume of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to start a new chapter (pun intended) on my Shakespeare series. Fingers crossed that I either get a Kickstarter up and running or a publisher on board to make the kind of books I want. 

Thanks for your interest!

— 3 days ago with 2 notes
beautyandephemera asked: What are the chances of you setting up a Kickstarter for Act ii? I would buy the hell out of that!


Answer:

Oh, thank you! Right now I’m not sure how to proceed, actually. I’d really love to get a publisher involved like McSweeney’s or Nobrow, but Kickstarter has a definite pull on me too.

That would be for expanding the Shakespeare series in general though. I’d like to fully illustrate and publish A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and then move down the list of classics (The Tempest, King Lear, Richard III) and then ultimately redo the original four I did.

If you’re interested in buying Act II the way it is now though, it’s already for sale here! Thanks for your interest and letting me know you might support a Kickstarter if I go that route!

— 3 days ago with 1 note

It’s come to my attention that INPRNT is having another free-shipping sale all week! I’ve weeded through my gallery and trimmed it down to some of my favorite pieces, some of which are available as phone cases too (I bought one here myself and it’s great!). Check my shop out here!

If there are any pieces from my portfolio that you’d like in particular just lemme know and I’ll try and put them up asap too!

— 3 days ago with 19 notes
#inprnt  #artists on tumblr  #kevin jay stanton  #illustration  #hellboy  #abe  #wes anderson  #rita  #felicity fox  #howl's moving castle  #calcifer  #Nausicaa 

SPX was great fun and I was really excited to sell a bunch of the copies of Act II I’d printed! I’m putting up the remainders online here if you’re interested in getting one of your own! Each book comes with a hand-cut drawing and a signature and my gratitude!

Now let’s see if I can pivot these bad boys into an even bigger project!

Oh and if you haven’t seen them, more of the illustrations can be found here!

— 4 days ago with 227 notes
#act ii  #illustration  #shakespeare  #zines  #kevin jay stanton  #artists on tumblr 
kyletwebster:

I love this illustration by kevinjaystanton and I’m pleased to write that he used my Photoshop brushes to create it. 

So Kyle T. Webster liked my BLE piece so much he asked if he could feature it because I used his new brushes. I feel like that is sort of the ultimate validation for me! Thank you for making such kickass brushes, Kyle!

kyletwebster:

I love this illustration by kevinjaystanton and I’m pleased to write that he used my Photoshop brushes to create it. 

So Kyle T. Webster liked my BLE piece so much he asked if he could feature it because I used his new brushes. I feel like that is sort of the ultimate validation for me! Thank you for making such kickass brushes, Kyle!

— 4 days ago with 165 notes

ConHaul - SPX 2014

Wow, what a weekend. Crazy busy. Learned new things, met new friends and old friends and friends I hadn’t met in person yet, sold some stuff, talked too much. And of course got a crazy amount of haul. BUT NO REGRETS! (I did a fair amount of trading for these things too, thankfully!)

Seriously, meeting people and seeing the work at these things is an incredible experience. Not just networking in a business sense, but engaging in a sort of collective belief that we can all make things to be enjoyed by other people. It’s potent stuff. I’ll be spinning this burst of energy into something cool for the future I hope!

To everyone who stopped by my table or said hello in passing, or gently let me stalk them (sorry guys!) - thanks for the great time! Hope to see you again soon!

— 5 days ago with 56 notes
#SPX  #spx 2014  #jade f lee  #reed black  #lily padula  #coleman engle  #jeremy sorese  #eleanor davis  #andrea kalfas  #annie stoll  #sam bosma  #kris mukai  #naomi butterfield  #maritsa patrinos  #molly ostertag  #chris kindred  #carey pietsch  #aatmaja pandya  #rebecca mock  #jenn jordan  #natalie Andrewson  #sophie goldstein  #sam sharpe  #paperbeatsscissors  #rebekka dunlap  #foxing quarterly  #amanda scurti  #j jonny  #lale westvind  #jesse lucas 
sheldondamoose asked: I saw your recent post about sword commissions. Are those all wood?


Answer:

Hello! That’s not at all a recent post (I’m not sure why it’s recently gained such popularity) but yes they’re all made of wood. If you’re interested in seeing more of what we’ve been up to, please check out thesliveredblade.squarespace.com!

— 5 days ago with 2 notes

Act II, 2014

Well I finally took a deep dive back into the deep end of the Shakespeare pool! Act II is the saddle-stitched second act of A Midsummer Night’s Dream which I illustrated, designed, and edited (a bit). This is a look at about half of the illustrations inside!

I’m nervous to say it, but I have big hopes for this book. In addition to being a debut at SPX, it’s the next chapter (pun intended, sorry) of my Shakespeare work. I want to riff off of the previous books but make them cleaner and more sleek with illustrations on just about every page. And I definitely want the laser-cut illustrations in there again!

More info on how to make this a real thing soon I hope! And if you’re going to be at SPX this weekend, I’ll have copies of this with special, hand-embossed stars on the covers and will be doing cut-outs in each book! 

— 1 week ago with 84 notes
#illustration  #books  #crafts  #artists on tumblr  #kevin jay stanton  #shakesepare  #A Midsummer Night's Dream  #act ii  #amnd  #cut paper  #vector  #book art  #titania 

kolbisneat:

It’s almost here!

On the Shoulders of Giants opens tonight here in SF and I’m all nervous and excited!

I’d love for lots of awesome people to make it out and since it’s also the fall Lower Haight Art Walk and Block Party!

Here are basic details on the show:
20 All New Pieces Collected for the Show
Hosted by DSF Clothing Company
Opening this Saturday, September 6, from 7 to 11pm
Running through to the end of the month
520 Haight Street, San Francisco, California

It’s also on Facebook. Social Media. 

I don’t often post other peoples’ work on my blog (although I might be starting to do so more often, but more on that later), but Andrew is my best friend that I’ve never met in person. Super friendly, ridiculously talented, full of good advice - he’s the full gamut of a great person!

His first solo show opens tonight in San Francisco at DSF (link is in his post). I’ve been privileged to see all of the work that’s in the show, and this is just a taste of the adorable, thoughtful giants that are included! My favorite one hasn’t been shown yet but I love them all!

I highly recommend you go check the show out, and say hello for me while he’s down from Ontario!!

— 2 weeks ago with 194 notes
Popeye, 2014 - 8.5x8.5”, cut paper, acrylic
I did another cut paper mandala for Chogrin’s latest show “Strong to the Finich!”. Super cool to look into more of the bizarre mythology of the Popeye comics especially, like Bernice the Whiffle Hen (from which Popeye’s constitution originally derived) and Eugene the Jeep (an interdimensional being who takes the form of a sort of dog with ESP).
Show happens at Hero Complex Gallery tonight! Event info!

Popeye, 2014 - 8.5x8.5”, cut paper, acrylic

I did another cut paper mandala for Chogrin’s latest show “Strong to the Finich!”. Super cool to look into more of the bizarre mythology of the Popeye comics especially, like Bernice the Whiffle Hen (from which Popeye’s constitution originally derived) and Eugene the Jeep (an interdimensional being who takes the form of a sort of dog with ESP).

Show happens at Hero Complex Gallery tonight! Event info!

— 2 weeks ago with 25 notes
#illustration  #crafts  #popeye  #strong to the finich  #kevin jay stanton  #gallery work  #gallery  #hero complex gallery 
Super quick sketch but I can’t stop watching this clip from The Daily Show where Jessica Williams SHUTS DOWN casual sexism and the argument that catcalls are complimentary to women. Her barely contained and ENTIRELY justified rage gives me chills. 

Super quick sketch but I can’t stop watching this clip from The Daily Show where Jessica Williams SHUTS DOWN casual sexism and the argument that catcalls are complimentary to women. Her barely contained and ENTIRELY justified rage gives me chills. 

— 2 weeks ago with 74 notes
#illustration  #quotes  #feminism  #jessica williams  #the daily show 
My color study for Titania for Act II. Since it’s my own take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I think I’m gonna switch up the fae imagery a bit. My Titania will be depicted as a woman of color with some elfin features, and visually have a bit of a leg up on Oberon. I wanna keep her feminine but not sexual. Idk how this will translate in terms of style just yet, but I hope to figure it out soon!

My color study for Titania for Act II. Since it’s my own take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I think I’m gonna switch up the fae imagery a bit. My Titania will be depicted as a woman of color with some elfin features, and visually have a bit of a leg up on Oberon. I wanna keep her feminine but not sexual. Idk how this will translate in terms of style just yet, but I hope to figure it out soon!

— 2 weeks ago with 22 notes
#Titania  #a midsummer night's dream  #act II  #character design  #illustration 

SPX POST!

This is everything I’m going to have on my part of the table at SPX, table C7A! 

For new things, I’ll have my debut book Act II, the illustrated second act from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with a special metallic embossed details on the cover (not seen) and my BLE prints. I’ll also have copies of all of my Signature Shakespeare books (more photos here - R&J, Hamlet, Much Ado, and Macbeth), FEZZINE, and some copies of Adventure Time #24 with my variant cover. I might do some custom cut-outs on the spot too, if there’s an interest (especially if it’s just for flowers - flowers I can do)!

I’ll also have a bunch of Ian Densford's comics and a few prints that you should check out!

So stop by and say hello! Hope to see you soon!

— 2 weeks ago with 106 notes
#spx  #kevin jay stanton  #Ian Densford  #conventions  #spx 2014  #table map 
BLE, 2014 - digital
Did you know that there’s a comic within the Adventure Time universe? It’s called BLE and is only seen briefly in 3 episodes and one comic (at least last time I checked). Since I discovered this via a twitter conversation a few months ago, I’ve been imagining what BLE might be like on the inside. And to start, I wanted to make a print of the cover!
I’ll have some of these at SPX if you wanna grab a print of a pleasant looking burger!

BLE, 2014 - digital

Did you know that there’s a comic within the Adventure Time universe? It’s called BLE and is only seen briefly in 3 episodes and one comic (at least last time I checked). Since I discovered this via a twitter conversation a few months ago, I’ve been imagining what BLE might be like on the inside. And to start, I wanted to make a print of the cover!

I’ll have some of these at SPX if you wanna grab a print of a pleasant looking burger!

— 2 weeks ago with 160 notes
#illustration  #adventure time  #food  #burger  #ble  #comics