Matt Ryan Tobin at Hero Complex Gallery


The awesome and awe-inspiring Matt Ryan Tobin is part of a group show at LA’s own Hero Complex Gallery. The show, Quattro With a Shotgun, also features work from Vance Kelly, New Flesh and James Rheem Davis.

Matt has some new, fantastic work created for inclusion in this show, and I for one, want them all! Matt’s illustrations for The Blair Witch Project and Let The Right One In are especially great, and we love the fact that we can see Matt’s artwork just getting better and better with each print he releases.

If you haven’t seen his work on the “Interview With The Vampire” private commission, you NEED to search for it on this site and check it out!

All of the remaining work from Quattro With a Shotgun are on sale at Hero Complex Gallery’s online store!

Matt Ryan Tobin

Death Has Come to Your Little Town by Matt Ryan Tobin

Death Has Come to Your Little Town by Matt Ryan Tobin

The Bloodsucking Brady Bunch by Matt Ryan Tobin

The Bloodsucking Brady Bunch by Matt Ryan Tobin

Miles To Go Before We Sleep by Matt Ryan Tobin

Miles To Go Before We Sleep by Matt Ryan Tobin

Let The Right One In by Matt Ryan Tobin

Let The Right One In by Matt Ryan Tobin


James Rheem Davis

Alien by James Rheem Davis

Alien by James Rheem Davis

Apocalypse Now by James Rheem Davis

Apocalypse Now by James Rheem Davis


Vance Kelly

Faith No More by Vance Kelly

Faith No More by Vance Kelly

This Time It's War by Vance Kelly

This Time It’s War by Vance Kelly


New Flesh

Aliens by New Flesh

Aliens by New Flesh

The Martian by New Flesh

The Martian by New Flesh

Heavy Metal!


Illustrator Brian Ewing has some AP Editions of his Heavy Metal prints available in his online store!

Heavy Metal - Cosmic Foil Variant by Brian Ewing

Heavy Metal – Cosmic Foil Variant by Brian Ewing

Heavy Metal by Brian Ewing

Heavy Metal by Brian Ewing

This is some great work! Head over to Brian’s store and BUY THEM ALL!


A Conversation With Conor Nolan!

Fallen Hero by Conor Nolan

Fallen Hero by Conor Nolan

Conor Nolan is one of those illustrators who just grabs your attention. He certainly did mine when I noticed his work a few days ago on Instagram. With heavy influences of Jack Kirby, rock bands, skulls and astronauts, Conor is poised to blow up on the scene very, very soon. I had a chance to briefly chat with Conor about his early life, his influences and his process. And now…A Conversation with Conor Nolan!

I Got Birds: Conor, can you tell the readers of the Blog a little bit about yourself, childhood, education, etc…?

Conor Nolan: I was born in Connecticut and moved with my family to Massachusetts when I was ten. Eventually, when time came for me to go to college I ended up in Brooklyn, New York attending Pratt Institute. I graduated in 2012 with a bachelors in illustration and I’ve lived there ever since. My dad works for a health insurance agency and is a beekeeper. My mom is a sign language interpreter for hospitals and medical settings. I have an older brother and sister and three nephews and one niece, all of whom I adore being an uncle to. My girlfriend and I have a dog named Sophie who we recently adopted and is my studio mate. If I’m not drawing or working on illustration I enjoy reading, collecting records, and being in nature which can be hard to come by in New York City.

Wolfman Skater by Conor Nolan

Wolfman Skater by Conor Nolan

I Got Birds: What led you down the path to become an illustrator?

Conor Nolan: Not that this was the “bing bang” moment of my realization that I wanted to become an illustrator but both my parent had, at one time, dabbled in being artists and had been really skilled at their craft. When I started to show interest in art they were very supportive and pushed me to explore my strengths. If I had to boil it all down to one moment though it was the first time I saw Star Wars as a child. I had never seen story telling like that, it was both imaginative and seamless, something that inspired me to want to tell stories of my own. I, of course, didn’t realize that at the time as all I wanted to do was draw aliens and star ships but it was a starting point. What followed was my obsession with comic books. My first comic I ever read was Donald Duck, then Mickey Mouse, then Superman, Transformers and then Terminator in that order. To say they left a lasting impression on me is an understatement. The memory of getting my driver’s license or the first time I tied my shoes have faded but I still remember reading Watchmen for the first time or The Killing Joke and any other number of classics. The comics I read moved me and I slowly started to develop a need to tell stories of my own through the only thing that I really felt I excelled in which was art.

Cosmonaut in Space by Conor Nolan

Cosmonaut in Space by Conor Nolan

I Got Birds: Your work looks pretty heavily influenced by comic book artists such as Jack Kirby and Moebius. Would you say there is a certain amount of comic book artistry as direct inspiration for your style?

Conor Nolan: The influence of comic art in my own work had a rise and fall with a direct correlation to my education. It existed pre-college but during my time at Pratt I was made aware of illustrators like N.C. Wyeth, J.C. Leyendecker, Alphonse Mucha, the entire Brandywine School and many others. Their art became a central point of inspiration for me and still largely is. The aspects of comic art influence you see in my work is more of a recent resurgence. It is, in some ways, an attempt to combine two loves into one hybrid of classical illustration with the aesthetics and energy you find in comics. Jack Kirby and Moebius are major influences for me but also Paul Pope, Leinil Francis Yu, Dave Gibbons, Mike Mignola, Frank Miller, to name a few.

The Sword by Conor Nolan

The Sword by Conor Nolan

I Got Birds: Can you talk a little about your process? So you start out sketching and then finalize your ideas digitally? What software, if any, do you utilize in your process?

Conor Nolan: My process, for the main part, is largely traditional. I’m a believer in the idea that your sketches should be well thought out and rendered as they provide the road map for your final. The more finished your sketches are the quicker and easier you’ll produce a final image. From there I will develop a significantly larger drawing with pencil. After that is complete I will shoot that drawing through a light box onto a fresh piece of Bristol paper where I will lay down my ink work. For my inks I use brushes ranging in a number of sizes. Once the inking is complete I will scan the drawing and bring it into Photoshop to color. This process is usually repeated as many of my drawings have layers that I do traditionally as well through the means of my light box. These layers are often the shadows and highlights. For every drawing you see of mine there are usually three or more drawings that have gone into it.

Hellraiser by Conor Nolan

Hellraiser by Conor Nolan

I Got Birds: What kinds of clients have you worked for, and is there a dream client that you would love to create for?

Conor Nolan: Clients I’ve worked for have been wide and varied. I’ve worked for breweries doing label and packaging illustration, one brewery being Three Floyds Brewery in Indiana. I’ve done work for bands, Coheed and Cambria, The Sword, This Good Robot, Shooting Guns, etc. I’ve done editorial illustration for Canada’s The Globe and Mail newspaper. I’m currently wrapping up my first comic cover run for Boom! Studios on their new series Hellraiser; Bestiary. I’ve worked with Spoke Art Gallery and Hero Complex Gallery for gallery shows. I’ve also just wrapped up a job for MTV which is exciting.  A dream client for me is tough because there are just so many things I want to do. The child in me is screaming to do something Muppet related because I’ve always been a fan of Jim Henson’s work. If I where to be asked to do a cover for Marvel or Dark Horse I wouldn’t mind. Ultimately I’d like to self publish but I think that day is far off.

Coheed and Cambria by Conor Nolan

Coheed and Cambria by Conor Nolan

I Got Birds: As you know, I Got Birds is primarily dedicated to the Film Poster Scene. Is Film Poster Illustration an area that you would want to explore in the future, and if so what are the inherent challenges that you could see in producing work for a Film property?

Conor Nolan: I’d would love to do a film poster, largely because I live in NYC and the subway is lined with “cookie cutter” movie posters that are boring and just highlight the celebrities acting in the film rather then the actual story. I’ve long held the ideology that if illustrators and artists were hired to do movie posters people would get more excited about them and in turn, pay for a ticket to see it. I’d also like to explore film poster illustration because aside from books, comics and other art, film has been a source of inspiration for me as well. I think an inherent challenge for producing work for a film property really comes down to style and aesthetics. There are some artists whose style could never portray the tenderness of Studio Ghibli’s “My Neighbor Totoro” or the epic wonderment of “The Fall”. For film poster illustration you have to represent one artistic voice with another and if one is a scream it shouldn’t be represented with a whisper.

The Lady of The Lake by Conor Nolan

The Lady of The Lake by Conor Nolan

I Got Birds: In closing, Conor, can you please tell our readers where they can find you online and anything you would like to plug?

Conor Nolan: You can see my full portfolio at www.conornolan.com. I usually give daily updates on my work and process on my Instagram which you can find here: http://instagram.com/nolanillustration . I also have a Tumblr and Twitter as well:

Tumblr: http://conornolanart.tumblr.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/conor_draws

Dracula Skater by Conor Nolan

Dracula Skater by Conor Nolan

HUGE thanks to Conor Nolan for taking time out of his ever-busy schedule to chat. We here at I Got Birds expect to see an ever-expanding portfolio of awesome pieces from Conor in the near future. Please follow his work on Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr!


It’s A Nice Day For A White Widow!

White Widow by Godmachine

White Widow by Godmachine

  • Artist: Godmachine
  • Print: 7-Color, Glow-In-The-Dark
  • Paper: 100# Mr. French Black Licorice
  • Size: 18″ x 24″
  • Edition: Numbered Edition of 75
  • Printer: Vahalla Studios

Inside The Rock Poster Frame and Godmachine have decided that tomorrow is a nice day for a white widow! This awesome print comes from the mind of UK artist and illustrator, Godmachine! Drop by the Inside The Rock Poster Frame store on August 13th at 4:20 PM to witness the birth of The White Widow!

White Widow by Godmachine GID

White Widow by Godmachine GID

Quiltface Studios Visits Elm Street!

Nightmare on Elm Street by Quiltface Studios

Nightmare on Elm Street by Quiltface Studios

Our buddy, Poster Posse member, and big-time supporter of I Got Birds, Chris Garofalo aka Quiltface Studios, is contributing an amazing piece for The Alternative Gallery’s “30 Years of Bad Dreams: The Art of Elm Street” show, opening tonight!

The show will feature the work of up to 20 artists, all paying tribute to one Freddy Krueger! The piece that Chris has featured in the show has a special little surprise. When the lights go out, HERE’S FREDDY in Glow-In-The-Dark action!

Nightmare on Elm Street GID by Quiltface Studios

Nightmare on Elm Street GID by Quiltface Studios

We’re psyched for this show and if you’re in the area you can catch “30 Years of Bad Dreams: The Art of Elm Street” at The Alternative Gallery, located at 707 North 4th Street, Suite 103 in Allentown, PA 18101.

Be sure to follow Chris Garofalo on TWITTER and FACEBOOK!


A Conversation with Chris Garofalo.


Recently, I Got Birds conducted their very first webcast with Chris Garofalo, aka Quiltface Studios. Being that this was our first time conducting a livestreaming Webcast, things did not go quite according to plan. Amazingly, I seemed to be the only participant buffering all over the place…stuttering and having video quality go wonky…Needless to say we hope future webcast quality will be improved and we’re working toward that goal.

On the plus side, and a HUGE plus it is, we got the opportunity to FINALLY speak with one of our favorite Illustrators, Chris Garofalo. Chris has been a big supporter of I Got Birds from the start, and we were thrilled that he took time away from his schedule to speak with us. We also had a co-host in the form of Tim McKenna from local design firm Azrael Group to help us out with questions, and the GOOD thing is that Tim didn’t seem to have any issues with buffering so his questions are smooth as silk. Yeah, that’s right, I said silk.

Anywho, we hope you guys get a chance to check out the webcast, and we’re hoping to do a lot more of these in the near future. Let us know in the comments section if you would like to see more, and in your spare moments, please check out our conversation with one of the nicest guys in the scene, Chris Garofalo.


Nightbreed by Quiltface Studios

Nightbreed by Quiltface Studios

Piranha by Quiltface Studios

Piranha by Quiltface Studios

The Howling by Quiltface Studios

The Howling by Quiltface Studios

Godzilla by Quiltface Studios

Godzilla by Quiltface Studios

Hellraiser by Quiltface Studios

Hellraiser by Quiltface Studios

Godmachine

Blade Runner by Godmachine

Mystery. Amazing Illustrations. A stunning portfolio which would send even the most jaded Art School teacher run from the upper floor of a building, screaming “I’M NOT WORTHY”, and carelessly launch himself from the roof to the waiting concrete below. This sums up the awesome power that is Godmachine.

The enigma that is Godmachine is based in the UK, and has produced illustrated works for album covers and magazines, amongst other outlets. “Detailed” doesn’t even begin to describe Godmachine’s work. “Hyper-detailed” is more like it. Skulls, demons, succubi, all vying for the attention of the viewer. All wanting to take the viewer on a tour of their own personal Hell. This is Godmachine.

Predator by Godmachine

Cthulhu by Godmachine

Samurai by Godmachine

Texas Chainsaw Massacre by Godmachine

Sonisphere by Godmachine

Click the play button to see an exclusive I Got Birds video featuring the art of Godmachine. Produced with Adobe Voice.


Ken Taylor, Australia’s Greatest Export!

Ken Taylor-Halloween

Ken Taylor-Halloween

Australia’s Ken Taylor is an amazing artist/designer. Taylor designs mostly for the Rock Music scene but has been designing Movie Posters for Mondo for a decent amount of time.

From Ken’s Website: “Melbourne based Illustrator & Designer Ken Taylor works primarily within the music industry and is predominantly well known for his striking rock posters. Ken started in Perth Western Australia doing posters and album artwork for local bands. In 2001 He moved to Melbourne and slowly started to create a name for himself within Melbourne’s music scene. In 2006 he went out on his own and started to work full time on music based artwork.

Ken has designed posters and album artwork for many Australian bands including You Am I & The Beasts of Bourbon & Crowded House. Internationally he has designed artwork for bands such Queens of the Stone Age, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Kings of Leon, Bob Dylan & The Rolling Stones. Over the past few years he has become very well known for his limited edition silkscreened movie posters, working through MONDO with some of the worlds biggest movie licenses. Ken has won the Desktop Create Award for Best illustration in both 2007 & 2009 and was a Guest Speaker at the 2009 AGIDEAS design conference, the 2011 Semi Permanent Creative Conference in both Melbourne and Perth and the 2012 Look Hear Conference in Newcastle. In 2012 he exhibited in Los Angles and then 2013 in Austin and was also part of SXSW Flatstock. Ken continues to work with bands both locally and internationally and is represented by Drawing Book.”

I’ve included a few pics in this Blog posting that showcase my favorite Ken Taylor artworks. Check them out!

Ken Taylor-American Werewolf in London

Ken Taylor-American Werewolf in London

Ken Taylor-Man of Steel

Ken Taylor-Man of Steel

Ken Taylor-Aliens

Ken Taylor-Aliens

Ken Taylor-Creature From The Black Lagoon

Ken Taylor-Creature From The Black Lagoon

Ken Taylor-Silence of The Lambs

Ken Taylor-Silence of The Lambs