Tracie Ching says “AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!!!”

The prolific and awesome Tracie Ching has assembled some new illustrations in honor of “Avengers: Age of Ultron“. I’m pretty partial to Tracie’s Iron Man. I just love ol’ Shellhead. Tracie’s illustrations were part of a Marvel-sanctioned Avengers art show put on by Hero Complex Gallery. Tracie, I’d love to see your rendering of Hulk sometime!

Iron Man by Tracie Ching

Iron Man by Tracie Ching

Check out Tracie’s work on her Website and give her a follow on Twitter!

Captain America by Tracie Ching

Captain America by Tracie Ching

Black Widow by Tracie Ching

Black Widow by Tracie Ching

You can catch the rest of Hero Complex Gallery’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” show HERE!

Tracie Ching Visits AIGA Central PA

A Day with Tracie Ching

Saturday, February 21, 2015 was officially A Day with Tracie Ching, presented by AIGA Central PA and The Midtown Scholar Bookstore.

We started bright and early at 8:30 AM with our monthly AIGA Coffee & Critique, held at The Midtown Scholar Bookstore. We had a great turnout and even better work from professional and student designers in the Central PA area. Tracie sat in on the Critique and offered her insights and professional opinion on the work that was being shown.

Some of the crowd gathered for AIGA Central PA Coffee & Critique with Tracie Ching!

Some of the crowd gathered for AIGA Central PA Coffee & Critique with Tracie Ching!

Tracie at AIGA Central PA Coffee & Critique.

Tracie at AIGA Central PA Coffee & Critique.

After the Critique ended around 10:00 AM it was time for Tracie to experience the POWER of Central PA soft pretzels! Fortunately, The Broad Street Market is pretty much directly across from The Midtown Scholar, so we were able to run over and grab some soft pretzels stuffed with everything from Crab to Steak n’ Cheese! I think Tracie became an instant fan!

We then spent some of the day preparing for Tracie’s presentation to the Central PA design community. The snow started falling, and kept falling, and kept falling but we were determined that this would not deter us, nor postpone Tracie’s lecture. THE LECTURE WOULD GO ON! We got mics hooked up, laptops running smoothly, projectors projecting and so forth. After some brief photo ops, it was time. Time for something AIGA President Tim McKenna and myself had been planning for almost two years…It was time for Tracie to take the stage!

(from left to right) AIGA Communications Chair Bri Piccari, Tracie Ching, igotbirds.com Webmaster Dave Brener and AIGA President Tim McKenna.

(from left to right) AIGA Communications Chair Bri Piccari, Tracie Ching, igotbirds.com Webmaster Dave Brener and AIGA President Tim McKenna.

Tracie and I before her presentation for AIGA Central PA.

Tracie and I before her presentation for AIGA Central PA.

Tracie and I posing for photos.

Tracie and I posing for photos.

Tracie presented in chronological order, from her student days, through her first job in design and her introduction to the Alternative Movie Poster Scene, and ending with Tracie’s process as an artist. The audience was very engaged and asked insightful questions of our guest speaker. At the conclusion of the lecture, Tracie had brought along a portfolio of her work and encouraged those in attendance to browse. And how about this for some ultimate coolness…The Mayor of Harrisburg, who also happens to own The Midtown Scholar Bookstore, heard that Tracie would be speaking, and asked that a poster be bought for him! The poster chosen was Tracie’s illustration for Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick”.

Tracie Ching, just before taking the stage to present for AIGA.

Tracie Ching, just before taking the stage to present for AIGA.

Tracie Ching presenting for AIGA Central PA.

Tracie Ching presenting for AIGA Central PA.

Tracie presenting for AIGA Central PA.

Tracie presenting for AIGA Central PA.

A birds-eye-view of The Midtown Scholar Bookstore, who generously provided space for AIGA Central PA's Day with Tracie Ching.

A birds-eye-view of The Midtown Scholar Bookstore, who generously provided space for AIGA Central PA’s Day with Tracie Ching.

Graphic Designer Julie Purcell leafing through Tracie's portfolio.

Graphic Designer Julie Purcell leafing through Tracie’s portfolio.

A Midtown Scholar Bookstore employee with Tracie and her print for The Mayor of Harrisburg.

A Midtown Scholar Bookstore employee with Tracie and her print obtained by The Mayor of Harrisburg.

It was a wonderful day spent with Tracie, and I personally couldn’t have asked for a better gift on the day before my Birthday than to have Tracie as a guest in our little corner of Central PA.

AIGA Communications Chair Bri Piccari, Tracie Ching and AIGA President Tim McKenna.

AIGA Communications Chair Bri Piccari, Tracie Ching and AIGA President Tim McKenna.

I’d like to thank AIGA President Tim McKenna, AIGA Communication Chair Bri Piccari, AIGA Membership Chair Desiree Tomich, our wonderful event photographer and Graphic Designer Julie Purcell, along with other members of the AIGA Central PA Board for their hard work in putting together A Day with Tracie Ching. Huge thanks also goes out to The Midtown Scholar Bookstore for hosting us every month for Coffee & Critique and for going all-out for Tracie’s presentation! The biggest thanks of all goes to Tracie for taking time away from her extremely busy schedule to make the drive to Central PA and speak with us! We also can’t forget Tracie’s husband Jim and Tracie’s Mom who were both in attendance for Tracie’s presentation and joined us for a small afterparty. Thanks to all! You all made this poster nerd’s year!

War of The Worlds by Tracie Ching

War of The Worlds by Tracie Ching

The Walking Dead by Tracie Ching

The Walking Dead by Tracie Ching

Moby Dick by Tracie Ching

Moby Dick by Tracie Ching

Tarantino Tintypes Set

Tarantino Tintypes Set

Jules by Tracie Ching

Jules by Tracie Ching

Kill Bill - The Yellow Haired Warrior by Tracie Ching

Kill Bill – The Yellow Haired Warrior by Tracie Ching

2001 by Tracie Ching

2001 by Tracie Ching

THAT IS ONE TASTY BURGER, TRACIE CHING!

Illustrator, Designer and friend of I Got Birds, Tracie Ching, has produced three tribute prints for the films of Quentin Tarantino, to be shown at the upcoming “Young Guns” show at Hero Complex Gallery. Now, I don’t know about you but it appears to me that this has the potential of being some of the best work of Tracie’s career. I mean, it looks like Samuel L. Jackson wants to leap right out of that print and yell “MMMM-MMMM BITCH!!!” to me. These are really stunning prints and Tracie has returned to her blood-spatter embellishing for some prints in the series, making them true originals much like one of my favorite prints of Tracie’s, “The Yellow-Haired Warrior”.

Jules by Tracie Ching

Jules by Tracie Ching

Here’s a little of what Tracie had to say about the series…

“I was asked to participate in Hero Complex Gallery’s Young Guns Invitational, a show featuring emerging artists. Each artist was asked to submit a small body of work featuring a subject of their choosing. I decided to create portrait studies evocative of old tintype photographs for three of Quentin Tarantino’s most memorable characters – Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction, Aldo Raine from Inglourious Basterds, and Django from Django Unchained. They have been printed on French Paper’s gorgeous Steel Grey 100C and each study has a small variant run, each featuring totally unique blood splatter embellishments.”

Django by Tracie Ching

Django by Tracie Ching

Aldo Raine by Tracie Ching

Aldo Raine by Tracie Ching

The “Young Guns” show opens at Hero Complex Gallery on Friday, January 30, 2015 with prints to go on sale the following week.

To keep up with Tracie’s work, give her a follow on Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the Hero Complex Gallery “Young Guns” drop!

Jules - detail 001

Jules – detail 001

Jules - detail

Jules – detail

Aldo Raine - detail

Aldo Raine – detail

Django - detail

Django – detail

Aldo - Blood Spatter Variant

Aldo – Blood Spatter Variant

Jules - Blood Spatter Variant

Jules – Blood Spatter Variant

Django - Blood Spatter Variant

Django – Blood Spatter Variant

Tarantino Tintypes Set

Tarantino Tintypes Set

A Conversation with Tracie Ching

About a week ago I had the good fortune to sit down and chat with the very talented illustrator and designer, Tracie Ching. Tracie offered some great insight into her working process, the convention scene, comic books, and gallery shows! There are a TON of name-drops in this one! Everyone from Stan Lee to Steve McNiven, Norman Reedus and the great galleries where Tracie has exhibited her work. So, without further ado, here is A Conversation with Tracie Ching!

You may also download the Podcast by clicking the link below:
http://igotbirds.com/download/2014/10/Tracie-Ching_Final.mp3

Kill Bill - The Yellow Haired Warrior by Tracie Ching

Kill Bill – The Yellow Haired Warrior by Tracie Ching

2001 by Tracie Ching

2001 by Tracie Ching

Walker Stalker Con by Tracie Ching

Walker Stalker Con by Tracie Ching

My sincere thanks to Tracie for taking time out of her schedule to chat, and I hope to chat with her again soon.

You can find Tracie at all of the links posted below!

Baltimore Comic-Con 2014.

On Saturday, September 6th, it was that time of year again. My yearly excursion to The Baltimore Convention Center for what I consider to be the BEST Comic-Con on the East Coast, The Baltimore Comic-Con.

I’ve been attending the Con every year since 2007, and have had the great pleasure of meeting, and getting sketches from such Comic Book greats as Jim Lee, Adam Hughes and Kevin Maguire. This year was different. This year I was most excited to meet and speak with amazing illustrator Tracie Ching.

Fans at Baltimore Comic-Con 2014

Fans at Baltimore Comic-Con 2014

Star-Lord, Nova and Ronan The Accuser at Baltimore Comic-Con 2014.

Star-Lord, Nova and Ronan The Accuser at Baltimore Comic-Con 2014.

I arrived at the Convention Center about an hour before the doors opened to the Con floor. Once the doors rose and people began flooding onto the Con floor, I made a beeline for Tracie’s booth in “Artist’s Alley”. I recognized her booth right away, and began looking through her portfolio of display prints while she spoke with a gentleman I soon found out was none other than Dave Perillo!

Tracie Ching and I at Baltimore Comic-Con 2014.

Tracie Ching and I at Baltimore Comic-Con 2014.

Once Tracie and Dave had finished up their conversation, Tracie and I began chatting. I have to say, I have met a lot of artists and illustrators throughout the years in my visits to the Con, and Tracie ranks right up there as one of the nicest, most approachable people I have had the pleasure of speaking with. We talked all about Tracie’s work, the tools she uses to create, blogging, and of course I HAD to ask her to be a guest on an upcoming podcast! We ended the conversation with me buying a few prints from Tracie, including her “Kill Bill-The Yellow Haired Warrior” print!

Kill Bill prints by Tracie Ching at Baltimore Comic-Con 2014.

Kill Bill prints by Tracie Ching at Baltimore Comic-Con 2014.

Kill Bill - The Yellow Haired Warrior by Tracie Ching

Kill Bill – The Yellow Haired Warrior by Tracie Ching

2001 by Tracie Ching

2001 by Tracie Ching

Walker Stalker Con by Tracie Ching

Walker Stalker Con by Tracie Ching

Next, it was time to stop by Dave Perillo’s booth. Unfortunately, I did not have any pictures of floss on the streets of Baltimore, but that’s a Twitter hashtag for another time. Dave and I talked for a little while, during which time I looked through his prints and happened to spy something that I had never seen from Dave…X-Men: The Australian Years! I remarked to Dave that I HAD to have that print, as the Australian Years were my favorite X-Men period. Dave was awesome to talk to, and I purchased a bunch of 8×10 prints from him, including some Transformers and Godzilla prints!

X-Men The Australian Years by Dave Perillo

X-Men The Australian Years by Dave Perillo

Dave Perillo and I at Baltimore Comic-Con 2014.

Dave Perillo and I at Baltimore Comic-Con 2014.

Thor by Dave Perillo

Thor by Dave Perillo

Spider-Man by Dave Perillo

Spider-Man by Dave Perillo

Iron Man by Dave Perillo

Iron Man by Dave Perillo

Hulk by Dave Perillo

Hulk by Dave Perillo

Captain America by Dave Perillo

Captain America by Dave Perillo

It was then time to stop by the booth of Maryland-native and all-around awesome illustrator, Paige Pumphrey. Paige is always a hoot to speak with, and Saturday was no exception. We talked a little about her illustration work, and I purchased her latest sketchbook.

Paige Pumphrey Sketchbook Cover

Paige Pumphrey Sketchbook Cover

Sailor Moon by Paige Pumphrey

Sailor Moon by Paige Pumphrey

Dazzler by Paige Pumphrey

Dazzler by Paige Pumphrey

Storm by Paige Pumphrey

Storm by Paige Pumphrey

Bettie Page by Paige Pumphrey

Bettie Page by Paige Pumphrey

Batgirl by Paige Pumphrey

Batgirl by Paige Pumphrey

The remainder of my day consisted of walking the Con floor and checking out all the awesome Comics, Toys and Statues that the vendors have to offer. All-in-all another very successful day at Baltimore Comic-Con, and I cannot wait until next year!


A Conversation With Kevin Burke.

Twenty-Four By Thirty-Six

Twenty-Four By Thirty-Six

 

Kevin Burke

Kevin Burke

 

Very recently (as of yesterday, in fact) we had the opportunity to conduct an interview via email with none other than the Director of “Twenty-Four By Thirty-Six“, Kevin Burke. Kevin was gracious enough to take time out of his busy schedule in Toronto, Canada to answer the questions of self-proclaimed “Poster Art Fanboys”.

For those of you who are not regular visitors to the Blog, “Twenty-Four By Thirty-Six” is an upcoming film produced by Post No Joes Productions documenting the revival and increasing popularity of the illustrated poster art scene. Kevin, as the Director of the film, has had numerous interactions with Designers and Illustrators all over the world, and sat down to speak with us regarding the origins of the project and his love of illustrated film posters. Without further ado, I present to you A Conversation with Kevin Burke!

 

igotbirds: Kevin, tell us a little about yourself and your early life. Where you grew up, what kinds of things were you into as a youth?

Kevin Burke: I grew up in a medium-sized Canadian city right across the border from Detroit – Windsor, Ontario. I was into movies as far back as I can remember – not just the stories and the escapism, but the general movie-going experience. Which, back then, was very different than it is today. Movie theatres and video stores used to celebrate the movies, celebrate nostalgia for the art. There were murals in our local theatre of famous scenes from old westerns and paired portraits of golden age stars all over the walls. The local video stores were very much the same. My first job was in a locally owned video store and I loved it – no uniforms, no 2 for 1 candy upselling, no bullshit – just a bunch of people who loved the movies and wanted to be around them 24/7. Then that video store, and all the others in town were muscled out by Blockbuster and Rogers, and now video stores are all but dead entirely. The same culture shift happened with the cinemas though – they were all bought out or out-sold by multiplexes with 24 screens, coffee bars and arcades and synergistic, cross-promotional visa cards with movie points. It used to be about the movies, man. Talking about it now I feel kind of sad for kids who will never be able to experience that – because now it seems like it’s all about screaming commerce into everyone’s face, as loudly as possible, as soon as they open the multiplex doors. Alternatives are starting to pop up though. In Toronto we have The Royal Cinema, Underground Cinema and others. I’m happy that indie cinemas are making a comeback, at least in bigger cities. I hope it spreads.

 

igotbirds: How did you get interested/involved in the movie poster art scene?

Kevin Burke: When I was a kid I collected one-sheets. I used to get put on a waiting list at the cinema and video stores and they would call me when a poster came down out of a marquee. Then I’d beg my parents to drive me there, or I’d bike, to go and pick it up. My walls were covered with posters as a kid. I kind of drifted away from movie posters around the same time that posters started to stray away from illustration in favour of the cheaper, easier to market, photoshopped alternative. I’d love to say that I had the foresight to see that posters were becoming bland and that’s the reason I stopped collecting, but the truth is that I became a teenager, and like most teenagers I decided that I was way too cool for anything and everything. It was just good timing. Fast forward to 2010 when my fiancee buys me an Olly Moss “There Will be Blood” print from Mondo and I’m hooked again and led to question what happened to posters over those couple of decades.

There Will Be Blood - Olly Moss

There Will Be Blood – Olly Moss

 

igotbirds: What made you want to create a film about movie poster artists?

Kevin Burke: Being a collector, a filmmaker, and noticing that there’s this glaring hole where a movie about poster art should be. I had mulled around the idea for a little while and had settled on doing it after completing another project. Then one day, my fiancee (and co-producer) Andrea gets a call from this really awesome horror lecture series in Toronto called The Black Museum (Seriously, look them up. They’re incredible) and they ask her to do an academic lecture on the history of horror movie posters. Perfect, right? So, in talking about the evolution of the art she decides to talk a little about modern screenprints in the lecture – we get in touch with Gary Pullin, who everyone will tell you is one of the friendliest horror maniacs in the world, and ask to shoot an interview with him to include in the lecture. He says “Sure thing.”, we say “Rad!” and we shoot this great interview with one of our favourite artists. And that pretty much sealed the deal on moving forward with the film for me. I figured – if all of these people creating the art that I love are as cool and fun as Pullin then I’d be stupid not to move on this. And so far the poster art community has welcomed the film with open arms and been amazing to work with. I’ve made a lot of great friends.

Friday The 13th by Gary Pullin

Friday The 13th by Gary Pullin

igotbirds: Being a filmmaker, what aspects of the filmmaking process are most important to you in conveying the individual stories of the poster artists you have encountered during the making of “Twenty-Four by Thirty-Six”?

Kevin Burke: The most important thing, to me, is creating an insightful film about movie posters and how they’ve evolved. I also intend to try and answer the question of whether or not illustrated screenprints fill a void for fans left behind by studio key art straying away from illustration. A key component of this is, of course, the artists who create them. We intend to use interview footage with the artists, and insights from them, to tell the story. Now obviously we won’t be able to focus on everyone’s life story as much as we’d like (but if you can get me an audience with A&E to pitch a mini-series…ha), but we do want to explore what it’s like to live as an artist working in this industry. We want fans and viewers to have a human element to relate to, because no one wants to just see heads talking at them for 90 minutes. So we’re going to be placing a special focus on a select few artists, each at a different place in their career and personal life, and giving some insight into what it’s like to live as a poster artist. We’re also going to be doing some really rad compositing in order to bring some of these great illustrations to life with unique animation. We’re bringing our “A Game” to this flick.

 

igotbirds: On average, how much time do you get to spend interviewing the various artists for this film? What artists have been your favorite to interview so far and why?

Kevin Burke: Everyone is different, depending on the situation. I live in Toronto and I’ll likely have the opportunity to interview Phantom City Creative 2 or 3 times before the film is complete, so we may spend a great deal of time together. But during my first trip to Austin, one day we knocked out 5 interviews, back to back, over a span of 2 hours. I’ll be in Austin again next weekend to speak with Laurent Durieux – I plan to sit with him for an hour or so and just have a chat, whereas if we were shooting the interview at his home in Brussels we would be able to tour his collection, workspace, etc… like we have been able to with other artists. So, it’s always dependent on what we’re able to make work within everyone’s schedule and location. It’s a hugely ambitious project and we’re speaking with a ton of artists. We look to make the best out of every interview scenario. As far as favourites go – everyone has been really pleasant to interview. I’ve made a lot of really cool friends in putting this together. I just interviewed Matt Ryan Tobin and Paul Ainsworth this weekend and had a lot of fun. They’re both really funny dudes. I plan on drinking many beers with them before our Canadian soil thaws in the spring.

Kevin Burke with Paige Reynolds & Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative

Kevin Burke with Paige Reynolds & Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative

 

Kevin Burke with Matt Ryan Tobin

Kevin Burke with Matt Ryan Tobin

 

igotbirds: Who are your favorite poster artists to collect?

Kevin Burke: Yikes! There are so many. I love Ken Taylor’s stuff. I just scored one of his “Where the Wild Things Are” prints off of a Mondo drop, so I guess fate was on my side that day. I really love Tracie Ching’s stuff too, and I dig what she’s doing in Kickstarting print projects. I think that’s a really great way to get art projects off the ground. I snagged one of her “War of the Worlds” prints by supporting her campaign and I can’t wait for it to come in. Pullin, Phantom City and Jason Edmiston of course. The aforementioned Paul Ainsworth and Matt Ryan Tobin – what can I say? I’m not going to profess to be any kind of art critic, but I see both of these guys doing huge things over the next couple of years. I finally saw Paul’s “Back to the Future” print in person, for instance, and holy shit – no pic on the internet can do that thing justice. There really are too many favourites to name.

War of The Worlds by Tracie Ching

War of The Worlds by Tracie Ching

 

Halloween by Phantom City Creative

Halloween by Phantom City Creative

 

Die Hard by Matt Ryan Tobin

Die Hard by Matt Ryan Tobin

 

Paul Ainsworth "Back to The Future"

Paul Ainsworth “Back to The Future”

igotbirds: Can you give us a rundown of the equipment you’re using to produce this film? Camera equipment, mics, editing equipment, digital storage, etc…

Kevin Burke: Sure. I’m shooting on a Blackmagic Cinema Camera which gives me a ton of colour control in post, and the image quality is stunning. We use a couple of DSLRs and a Panasonic HMC-40 as back-ups. We run a Sennheiser ME66 shotgun mic into a Tascam DR-60 audio recorder for interviews, and mic the artists up with Sennheiser lavs when they’re giving us tours of their homes, workspaces, etc. I edit and do motion graphic compositing through Adobe Creative Suite on a 2013 iMac i7 and store footage on 12Tb of LaCie Thunderbolt drive(s). We’ve been shooting with steadicam gimbals, vests, dolly track, sliders, you name it. My favourite part of every shooting day is looking over the dailies. I’m very excited to really sit down to work on post in the summer/fall.

A Nightmare On Elm Street III:  Dream Warriors poster by Jason Edmiston

A Nightmare On Elm Street III: Dream Warriors poster by Jason Edmiston

igotbirds: Can you talk a little bit about Post No Joes Productions? Your role in the company, what you’re looking forward to produce next, etc…

Kevin Burke: Post No Joes actually began as a little comedy sketch video troupe that me and my friends Richard Chan and Vance Gillis put together after college. We would get together and have meetings about conceptualizing shorts, run writing exercises, shoot some ad libbed stuff. Anything that we could do to keep working on film related projects to get practice and stay current. Post No Joes ended up creating commercial ads, music videos and gigs of that sort for clients and last year we co-produced our first documentary feature which ended up being picked up by The Documentary Channel here in Canada. Richard is co-producing Twenty-Four by Thirty-Six and working as Assistant Director. He’s a very active member of Post No Joes and we work on everything together. Vance is now living in Montreal knocking people dead on the improv and sketch comedy circuit – and I’m going to keep hassling him to write a narrative comedy for Post No Joes to produce until one of us dies/kills of frustration. We have a lot of ideas in the pipe to follow Twenty-Four by Thirty-Six, but as it stands it is our primary and daily focus. I’d love to produce a doc about the elderly Japanese citizens who volunteered to clean up the wreckage after the Fukushima disaster knowing they would die. They volunteered their lives to save younger citizens. Those sorts of stories are always really touching to me. We’re also working on a short subject doc about “Le Nain Rouge”, the historical Detroit urban legend of the little red demon that has been sighted at disasters in the motor city. And yeah – narrative comedy and horror. One day.

Kevin Burke outdoors

Kevin Burke outdoors

 

Twenty-Four By Thirty-Six by Paul Ainsworth

Twenty-Four By Thirty-Six by Paul Ainsworth

 

We here at igotbirds.com would like to thank Kevin Burke for taking time to speak with us. You can follow Kevin on Twitter, as well as Post No Joes. Be sure to visit the links featured in our interview and be on the lookout for “Twenty-Four By Thirty-Six” in the Fall of 2014!