Sunday, November 30, 2008

Drive Carefully

Another one from the vault (circa 1975). A cover illustration for a trade publication I don't recall the name of. It was done with watercolors, Luma dyes, and color inks. The article was titled "Money and Trucks." This thing has a strange contemporary resonance. Make up your own story to go with it.

Friday, November 21, 2008


I am really pleased with this poster design and wanted to put it up on my blog right away. I was hesitant because it most likely won't be printed until sometime in the Spring. I didn't want to leak the image and possibly annoy my dear friend and client Fred Seibert for doing so. I just discovered that Fred had already posted the ThreadBanger and other poster design comps here on Flickr. Since it is already on the Web I figured it would be OK for me to post it here. This is one of a series of 12 posters I have been commissioned to create for Next New Networks. They are being mailed out one per month over the course of a year. The first poster for Barely Political was sent out just in time for the election. The drumkit was constructed from a spool of ribbon, spools of thread, buttons, needles, plastic sticks, and a switchplate. The lettering evolved from safety pins, needles buttons and thread. I have suggested a t-shirt featuring the lettering.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

More Billy

The e-mail displayed in my previous post got me thinking about Billy Idol and MTV days. Here's a book cover illustration and design from back then. The iIllustration was done with Caran D'Ache Neocolor Water-Soluble Artists' Crayons on a black and white xerox.

Don't Need A Gun

Hi Frank,
I just stumbled upon your website as I was looking for an image of the awesome design you did on the back of Billy Idol's Don't Need a Gun 12-inch single, however I couldn't find it on your site.
Anyway, I just wanted to say I was mesmorised by that design as a kid - I used to look at it while the record was playing, and was totally entranced! I liked it so much I traced it on paper, coloured it and stuck it on the cover of one of my high school books! Looked awesome. Anyway, I've been looking for an image of it online as I no longer have the record, and I am thinking of getting the design tattooed on me. Will you put it on your website? Or do you know where I can find an image of it online?
Thanks for making rock look so cool!



I had forgotten all about this drawing. I found a small JPEG (shown above) on some DJ's website. Brendan was right, the artwork is very cool. I sure wish I still had the original

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Burning Down The House

Cover design and interior pix from Violet's 2005 album The Last Cathedral. I always really liked this and still do. Almost burned down my kitchen taking the photos with my dinky digital camera. The smoke detector went bonkers. Your mother was right. Don't play with matches!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Green Energy

Just found this ancient (1975) cover illustration for The Sciences.
Since "green" is so in these days I thought I would post it.

Hey, Don't Look At Me!

I just saw this photo posted on
Yes, I designed the logo.
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