Follow me on Instagram!

I had if for awhile, but if you want to follow me on Instagram, my handle is @vincentvangoad.  I think I probably update that thing more often than my actual website…….right now I’m working on some more sketch cards for Topps for their upcoming Star Wars Rebels cards.  If you are a Star Wars fan and haven’t checked that show out, it’s great – they really nailed the feel of the original trilogy even down to making some of the effects on it look like composited special effects from the 70′s-80′s…..great stuff….nice to see the bridge between the Clone Wars /prequel stuff and Original Trilogy.

 

 

 

Mystery Sketch tubes!

Every once in awhile I’ll put up some Mystery Sketch Tubes, which are basically just me grabbing a random sketch from the NUMEROUS piles and sketchbooks I have from various jobs I’ve worked on.  It’s a total crap shoot what you get, but I think $20 for a original piece of artwork is pretty reasonable.  Anyway, I recently put 15 slots up on my Bonanza site, so go grab ‘em up before they’re gone…..

MYSTERY SKETCH TUBE

The making of “Skully”!

Recently (and by recently I mean February) I started working on an award design for the first annual Alternative press Music Awards that happened July 21 at the Rock and Roll Hall of fame.  Here’s a article detailing the different steps we went through including brainstorming sessions, designs (including a lot of scrapped ideas), and the actual sculpting process that brought my drawings to  life.  So check it out…..

Also here’s a video showing one of my illustrations turned into a huge backdrop as well as Brendan Urie of Panic at the Disc receiving the first award….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tjPTY_x8F0

http://www.altpress.com/features/entry/anatomy_of_a_skullythe_story_behind_the_apmas_trophy/p1

Speedy the Turtle!

Hey everybody…been a long time since I’ve updated, mostly because I’ve been up to my eyeballs in projects – one such project was  Speedy the Turtle that I provided illustrations for.  Now available on Amazon, Speedy features 26 illustrations by yours truly and is great for boys and girls alike….so go grab a copy (or two)…..

BUY SPEEDY THE TURTLE!

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Here’s another small painting I worked on the other day…I mostly did it because I miss seeing the classic blue Batman…..I printed out pics of the Mego versions of Batman and Joker and besides that purple on the Joker’s jacket, matched the colors pretty closely….as I’ve gotten older I’ve really been able to pinpoint the imagery and even colors that I associate with my childhood and Batman was a big part of it….I had action figures, vehicles, Colorforms sets, Prestomagix, the whole shebang…..and use to draw wonderful characters like these all the time…so it’s kind of interesting to come back to these characters I knew and loved with 30+ years of improved drawing ability backing me up… some day Im going to raid the stash of childhood drawings my mom has locked away and revisit some of my old subjects……it’s kind of funny because when I first went off to college, my intention was to become a comic book artist because I loved the art form so much, but all it took was one semester of comic book drawing to realize that wasn’t what I wanted to do.  I’m a real stickler for consistency and I remember the thing that aggravated me the most was seeing the artwork in a comic start out strong and go downhill as the story went on / the artist either ran out of steam or ran out of time….and I think I realized in that class one of my main weaknesses – losing interest quickly.  I think that’s why I tend to jump around in the different niches I have over the years whether it’s rock posters, skateboards, toys, paintings, etc…..one day I hope to figure out where I really fit in as an artist and throw myself into it fully and completely…..

Happy New Year!

Hey everybody, just wanted to wish you a happy new year and all that jazz…I’m not really sure what the new year holds for me, but I’m going to just go with the vague goal to do better work and most importantly MORE work, which means getting back into keeping a regular sketchbook as well as a wide variety of art prints.

Here’s some recent pieces I’ve done.  This year I got back into using Dr. Martin’s watercolors which I forgot how much I loved to use….mostly after years and years of doing a lot of work digitally it felt good to get back to doing a lot of work by hand…I’ll still continue to use the computer when the job requires it, but if I can get away with doing it physically I’m gonna choose that……