Casey Roonan

Casey Roonan

Illustrator / Cartoonist
“Walter White,” digital (ink on bristol), 8” x 10”, 2014.
A bit of “Breaking Bad” fan art that I’m extremely proud of, especially the color palette. I used several different photos as reference, so I’m glad that the likeness still reads - both of Walter White and “Heisenberg” - while the concept comes across effectively.
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Walter White,” digital (ink on bristol), 8” x 10”, 2014.

A bit of “Breaking Bad” fan art that I’m extremely proud of, especially the color palette. I used several different photos as reference, so I’m glad that the likeness still reads - both of Walter White and “Heisenberg” - while the concept comes across effectively.

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Comics From Other Places,” brush pen on bristol, 4 1/2” x 6”, 2013.

While studying abroad in the Spring of 2013, I tried to draw from life as much as possible, and started making these quick, on-the-spot cartoons while I was travelling. These are some of the better ones. In hindsight, the food in Barcelona should probably be termed “Catalonian” rather than “Spanish” in the first comic… But I think changing these after the fact or trying to downplay my ignorance would ruin their charm, or integrity, or something. The intention was to keep the process spontaneous, and un-precious.

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“A Powerful Mind,” ink on bristol (edited digitally), 11” x 17”, 2013.
An experiment in ligne claire later colored, based on a conversation with my roommate. My favorite gag in the whole thing, which seemingly no one has picked up on, is our t-shirts… Adam’s emblazoned with the Brown University logo, mine with the label “idiot.”
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A Powerful Mind,” ink on bristol (edited digitally), 11” x 17”, 2013.

An experiment in ligne claire later colored, based on a conversation with my roommate. My favorite gag in the whole thing, which seemingly no one has picked up on, is our t-shirts… Adam’s emblazoned with the Brown University logo, mine with the label “idiot.”

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“Sick Day (excerpt),” ink on bristol, 17” x 11” (two pages), 2013.
Part of an unfinished horror comic, playing with lighting and narrative timing.
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Sick Day (excerpt),” ink on bristol, 17” x 11” (two pages), 2013.

Part of an unfinished horror comic, playing with lighting and narrative timing.

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“It’ll Be Fine (Have Some Coffee),” ink on bristol, 11” x 17”, 2013.
My attempt at having my cake and eating it, too, this comic is simultaneously wordless and extremely wordy.
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It’ll Be Fine (Have Some Coffee),” ink on bristol, 11” x 17”, 2013.

My attempt at having my cake and eating it, too, this comic is simultaneously wordless and extremely wordy.

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“Shelley Duvall,” ink on bristol, 8” x 10”, 2013.
Shelley Duvall is one of my favorite actors, namely for her excellent work with Robert Altman. She’s scene-stealing-ly hilarious as an apathetic teenager in Nashville and pitch-perfect (emphasis on “pitch”) as Olive Oyl in Popeye, but it’s her role in 3 Women that I find really fascinating… The gradual but drastic turn Duvall makes from total narcissist to wounded mother-figure is utterly entrancing and unsettling, and I’ve seen few movies deal with the fragility of identity in such an unassuming yet devastating way. If you don’t know what you’re getting yourself into, “3 Women” takes a lot of unexpected turns in both plot and tone, and it’s ultimately Duvall’s performance that keeps it all grounded, and makes the surreal proceedings seem to follow a strange sort of logic - as it all flows directly out of her character, like a dream twisted into a nightmare.
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Shelley Duvall,” ink on bristol, 8” x 10”, 2013.

Shelley Duvall is one of my favorite actors, namely for her excellent work with Robert Altman. She’s scene-stealing-ly hilarious as an apathetic teenager in Nashville and pitch-perfect (emphasis on “pitch”) as Olive Oyl in Popeye, but it’s her role in 3 Women that I find really fascinating… The gradual but drastic turn Duvall makes from total narcissist to wounded mother-figure is utterly entrancing and unsettling, and I’ve seen few movies deal with the fragility of identity in such an unassuming yet devastating way. If you don’t know what you’re getting yourself into, “3 Women” takes a lot of unexpected turns in both plot and tone, and it’s ultimately Duvall’s performance that keeps it all grounded, and makes the surreal proceedings seem to follow a strange sort of logic - as it all flows directly out of her character, like a dream twisted into a nightmare.

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The Frown Album,” digital (ink on bristol), 12” x 12” (album art and details), 2013.

Designed for release on vinyl, I tried to took advantage of the 12-inch format and cram this cover for The Great American Novel’s Frown Album with as many homages to pop culture (and, of course, the lyrics themselves) as possible. The apartments of twenty-something New Yorkers always strike me as especially cramped and cluttered, so I wanted to capture that, in addition to referencing the album’s meditations on social media.

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“Salad Days,” digital (ink on bristol), 6” x 6”, 2013.
I seem to remember The Harmonica Lewinskies asking for something “professional-looking” with this album cover, which of course was not my first instinct, given the name of their band. Ultimately, I was entertained by the idea of presenting them with a kind of faux-austerity, and found an outlet for my interest in Christian art history along those lines.
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Salad Days,” digital (ink on bristol), 6” x 6”, 2013.

I seem to remember The Harmonica Lewinskies asking for something “professional-looking” with this album cover, which of course was not my first instinct, given the name of their band. Ultimately, I was entertained by the idea of presenting them with a kind of faux-austerity, and found an outlet for my interest in Christian art history along those lines.

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Weekly Portraits 2012,” ink on bristol, various sizes (group of ten), 2012.

Some of the more successful pieces in a the series of weekly film portraits I did in 2012, to keep myself producing work while developing a more long-term project throughout that year. Seen here are Micky Dolenz (“The Monkee’s Head”), Bruce Campbell (“The Evil Dead II”), Keith David (“The Thing”), Conrad Veidt (“The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”), Molly Ringwald (“The Breakfast Club”), Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church (“Sideways”).

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Suburban Heart (album art),” digital (ink on bristol), 11” x 11” (front and back cover), 2013.

The album art for The All-About’s second LP, which we released with an accompanying 50-pg. comic book, distributed both in a print edition and in a .pdf with the digital record. The challenge here was to convey a narrative that directly related to that of the comic, but also resonated as a single image. The frame motif worked to represent the themes of nostalgia present in the music, and also set up the device of panels as they operate in the comic book. I designed and drew the entire book and album cover while studying in Rome on RISD’s European Honors Program, and any homesickness I was feeling fed directly into its creation.

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