Thursday, October 23, 2014

Teatime with Animals

In 2010, my friend Melissa opened The Clipper Ship Tea Company, a tea shop in our hometown of Northport, New York. Soon thereafter, we serendipitously started a collaboration of artwork and tea with the Teatime with Animals series.  Each illustration I create will feature one animal famously indigenous to a tea growing country, and Melissa will blend a tea to pair with my image, based on the country and the colors/vibe of my art. Below are the first 3 (0f 8) Elephant's Teacup, Tiger's Chai and Snow Monkey Tea.  More to come!
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ELEPHANT'S TEACUP. A brisk Ceylon Black Tea blended with Sri Lankan cinnamon and tropical island fruits. A finely balanced tea is a perfect harmony of sweet and spiced. This tea pays homage to the peaceful and tranquil beauty of Sri Lanka.
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TIGER'S CHAI.  A majestic Indian Darjeeling Black Tea blended with bold Indian spices, delicate aromatic flowers and rich notes of vanilla.  An elegant and aristocratic tea that celebrates India and it's majestic Bengal tigers.
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SNOW MONKEY.  A Delicate Japanese sencha green tea blended with soothing lavender, warm vanilla and sweet blueberries.  An aromatic tea that's a spa in a cup.  An ethereal tea blended in honor of Japanese hot springs and the whimsical world of snow monkeys.
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We are creating custom packaging so they can be sold in tins individually and in a gift box with all 8 tins packaged together.
For more information about project, The Clipper Ship Tea Company and the teas, check out my site HERE
Prints and greeting cards are available thru my shop HERE
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

They Live: Alley Fight!

In John Carpenter's 1988 film They Live, actor/wrestler Roddy Piper plays a character called Nada, a homeless migrant worker in a right-around-the-bend America where shit really sucks. He stumbles upon a special pair of sunglasses a local church/rebellion HQ that, while wearing, turns the world back and white and allows him to see that ordinary looking people are in fact, skeleton-faced, alien invaders!  Subliminal messages in bold arial fonts are also revealed on billboards and magazines, citing such messages as OBEY, WATCH TV, CONSUME and SLEEP. It's a fun movie, classic 80s Carpenter, that has achieve cult status over the years, in part for the premise, and two scenes in particular - the bubblegum shotgun scene and the Alley Fight.
So, as a sequel of sorts to my Karate Kid: Final Fight print (sold out), I've teamed up with the Bottleneck Gallery to release They Live: Alley Fight, and a couple variants, check em out.
They Live: Alley Fight
Limited Edition of 50, 13x19", hand signed and numbered.
Available HERE
Nada wants Frank, a construction worker he kinda knows, to put them on, and see what he sees but Frank wants no part of it, Just wants to go about his life. Hence, FIGHT! It's a brutal, 6:20 minute long, battle of wills between two towering man, one attempting to make the other "see" the truth, one wanting to be left alone. Spoiler alert: Nada wins!
They Live: Alley Fight
B/W OBEY variant
Limited Edition of 25, 13x19", hand signed and numbered.
Available HERE
South Park paid homage to it in the infamous "Cripple Fight, episode from June 2001. Such a classic.
Check out the episode HERE
They Live: Alley Fight
South Park Variant
Limited Edition of 50, 13x19", hand signed and numbered.
Available HERE
Below are some details of the figures on the left side down the alley near the street.
 
OH waterproof stickers!! Available through my shop HERE
 
Here are some of the final pencil drawings of all the characters.
Oh, here's an 8.5x11" pencil drawing I did of Roddy in the classic Bubblegum Shotgum scene.
It's up for grabs if anybody wants, drop me a line, we'll work out a price.
Print shots below.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Gandalf Stormcrow

 PJ McQuade Gandalf
"Why should I welcome you, Gandalf Stormcrow?"

Gandalf is a badass, plain and simple.  This piece was created for "McKellen Me Softly" a one night only art show last month in NYC in tribute to geek icon and queer hero Sir Ian McKellen, to benefit Geeks OUT, a nonprofit organization out to rally and represent the growing community of geeks who are queer. Check out this link for more info http://mckellenmesoftly.com/

Available as a 11x14" giclee print, signed and numbered edition of 30.
 PJ McQuade Gandalf the Grey drawing
I had a lot of fun creating this image and a breakthrough of sorts. After years of primarily using only digital for the final result, I went back to my roots and created Gandalf and all of the linework in traditional pencil. I think the result is more intimate and gritty, and exciting for me as an artist, hopefully you as a viewer as well. You can really get up in there! The background is digitally colored with traditional watercolors accents. Will keep experimenting this way, feel like it has lots of potential, and ultimately makes my work for "me".

PJ McQuade Gandalf the Grey draw

PJ McQuade Gandalf the Grey print
PJ McQuade Gandalf the Grey

Prints available through my shop HERE


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Monday, April 21, 2014

Major League Soccer - Futbol Artist Network


 
I recently teamed up with Futbol Artist Network's Creative Director (& illustrator extraordinaire!) Daniel Nyari to produce artwork for the television show, MLS Insider.  Produced by Emmy Award-winner Jonathan Hock, the ground-breaking series moves to a new outlet -- KICKTV -- and continues to take fans behind the scenes of the MLS world returning with a second season of in-depth features, personal profiles, and culturally relevant videos.  FAN will use a series of artists to produce a new art piece to correspond with each week's new show.
 
This week's theme was Destroy & Create featuring Team USA's dynamic duo Michael Bradley of Toronto FC & Real Salt Lake's Kyle Beckerman.  Hats off to Daniel for coming up with the perfect concept, the playing card, highlighting the fact that they compliment each other very well in both the destroy & create roles while sharing the midfield.  Their intelligent play makes the two central midfielders strong candidates to represent the U.S. Men's National Team in Brazil this summer. MLS Insider provides a deep dive into the athleticism, acumen and artistry that each brings to the field.
 

  
Check out the MLS Insider article and videoHERE! 
Prints will be available through the Futbol Artist Network soon HERE

Monday, March 24, 2014

New Prints - Stephen King & SMAUG

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My print for Hero Complex Gallery 'King for a Day', an art tribute to Stephen King's works, opening on March 21st, 2014 in Los Angeles.  Available 12x12" (edition of 35) or 24x24" (edition of 5). Prints shots below. A portion of all proceeds of the show will benefit Mr. King's charity of choice, The Haven Foundation (http://www.thehavenfdn.org/), a non-profit service that serves to benefit freelance creatives of all types who have found themselves unable to work due to disease or accident.
12x12" prints available HERE
24x24" prints available HERE

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SMAUG!

Rankin/Bass style.

I know in some Tolkien circles, the Rankin/Bass animated Hobbit flick gets some guff, but in my world, it's still TOPS.  And, no offense to Peter Jackson and company, but the Rankin/Bass Smaug is better.  I wanted to LOVE Cumberbatch's new Smaug, but despite high hopes, I found him to be like a solid B.  Does the job well but nothing super inspired, a little too by the numbers for me.  Dragons are like pizza, even an OK slice is great, but they are done usually pretty underwhelming in movies, the incredible Verminthrax Perjorative from Dragon Slayer being the exception. The Rankin/Bass design really takes such a huge risk, I mean, a cat dragon? but its so crazy that it actually works. A unique, bold choice.  Hats off.  Very ballsy, very un-Tolkien (sure to piss off purists)  but whatever, he captures the spirit in spades. He's got such a powerful badass presence, a serious 'tude and a great voice, thanks to veteran actor Peter Boone, who added just a touch of western outlaw to the mix. An odd combination for sure but I think it works brilliantly.  His line readings range from relax and confident to totally unhinged and frightening, all done without any weird, unnecessary audio filters and sound effects. The Rankin/Bass Smaug delivers the goods.

SO, in honor of Rankin/Bass and Peter Boone, I created this 8x10" limited edition (30) prints for the "When The Lights Go Out 2" Glow in the Dark show at the Bottleneck Gallery.   Variant color version available as well, edition of 20.
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That's right, it glows in the dark! Check out below for an approximation of the effect.

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 Non glowy shots of prints with the lights on below.

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All prints hand signed and numbered.
8x10" standard version available HERE
Variant available HERE

Thursday, February 20, 2014

ODE to GEEK

When I was first asked to create a print for the Generation Geek gallery show in Bourges, France for Geek-Art, I was surprisingly stumped.  Not because I couldn't think of what to do, but because there were too many options.  The theme was Geek History from the past to the present, a pretty open topic, so... where to start?! My initial thought was to involve Godzilla. Then I decided to draw just a few more of my favorite characters from science fiction and fantasy from the last century; from books, comic books, cartoons, movies, video games etc. - the ones that inspired and wowed me from childhood to today. 
You know, just a few.
Then it got personal.  What happened next was this, a print depicting my own geek history, my ODE to GEEK. Limited edition print, size ranges from approx 16x24" (40x60cm) to 28x40" (70x100cm), available only through Geek-Art.


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Check out my site for more pics and info HERE
Prints are available through Geek-Art HERE
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Cheers,
PJ

Friday, December 13, 2013

"Star Wars & More" Christmas Store Extravaganza 2013

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The 2013 Star Wars Christmas cards are here!  4 new ones - Yoda Claus, Cantina Scene, Echo Base Christmas Eve and Jabba Bells.
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Hive A Wretched Holiday Star Wars Chrustmas Cards PJ McQuade
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The 2011 & 2012 cards are available as well. Lando Mistletoe, Chewbacca The Red Nosed Reindeer, Salacious Crumb Xmas Sweater, Tauntaun Snowflake and Bossk: Santa's Helper.
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PLUS there's a bunch of non-Star Wars cards as well - Have a Sunny Xmas, Breaking Bad "Sled Lightly" and Quint Jaws "This Holdiay, Swallow You Whole"
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AND for the first time I got ORNAMENTS :)
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Cards are available individually, in packs of 5, 10 or 20.  All 9 Star Wars cards are available in The Holiday Special 9 Pack Combo.
Check it all out here.
Enter CASTLEHOTH as promo code and get 15% off
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!
PJ