Casey Roonan

Casey Roonan

Illustrator / Cartoonist
“Space Is The Place,” digital (ink on bristol), 8 1/2” x 11,” 2014.
My response to a “psychedelic” themed Threadless challenge. I was brainstorming about other 60’s-related concepts and go-go boots, the space race, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko came to mind. In that order… This is pretty different from my usual color palette so that was what I was most excited about. And hours of drawing “Kirby Krackle” by hand. This should still be up for rating on Threadless.com, so please check it out if you dig it!
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Space Is The Place,” digital (ink on bristol), 8 1/2” x 11,” 2014.

My response to a “psychedelic” themed Threadless challenge. I was brainstorming about other 60’s-related concepts and go-go boots, the space race, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko came to mind. In that order… This is pretty different from my usual color palette so that was what I was most excited about. And hours of drawing “Kirby Krackle” by hand. This should still be up for rating on Threadless.com, so please check it out if you dig it!

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The Good Girls,” digital (ink on bristol), 8” x 10,” 2014.

Hm. Well, the heads are all copied from Osamu Tezuka’s Black Jack, if you were wondering. With one obvious exception, of course.

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“This Was Ghostpal,” digital mixed media (ink on vellum), 11” x 11,” 2014.
A play on either “punk is dead” or “post-punk,” or something. Ghostpal asked me to do the cover for a retrospective compilation record, and gave me this title. I wanted to do something that would cover their wide range of influences, and this Hippie-Madonna, Punk-Jesus Pieta was one of my first sketches. Actually, after finishing this piece, I found an alarmingly similar sketch from a couple years prior - another Michelangelo riff that I drew after hearing their first LP, Nathan Jones is Dead. I’d wanted to work with them for awhile, apparently.

This Was Ghostpal,” digital mixed media (ink on vellum), 11” x 11,” 2014.

A play on either “punk is dead” or “post-punk,” or something. Ghostpal asked me to do the cover for a retrospective compilation record, and gave me this title. I wanted to do something that would cover their wide range of influences, and this Hippie-Madonna, Punk-Jesus Pieta was one of my first sketches. Actually, after finishing this piece, I found an alarmingly similar sketch from a couple years prior - another Michelangelo riff that I drew after hearing their first LP, Nathan Jones is Dead. I’d wanted to work with them for awhile, apparently.

“Motorboyfriend,” digital (ink on bristol), 11” x 8 1/2,” 2014.
I had a dream about a girl dating a guy who turned into a motorcycle, and then I drew this. There’s sort of a Masamune Shirow thing going on. I think it’s cute.
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Motorboyfriend,” digital (ink on bristol), 11” x 8 1/2,” 2014.

I had a dream about a girl dating a guy who turned into a motorcycle, and then I drew this. There’s sort of a Masamune Shirow thing going on. I think it’s cute.

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“The Great American Novelist,” digital (ink on bristol), 11” x 17,” 2012.
An unused shirt design for The Great American novel. I don’t actually remember why they didn’t end up making these, but I do remember being pretty self-congratulatory about coming up with the bird-shit-white-stripe image. I might have tried adding stars to the pigeons, too, but that seems like over-kill.
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The Great American Novelist,” digital (ink on bristol), 11” x 17,” 2012.

An unused shirt design for The Great American novel. I don’t actually remember why they didn’t end up making these, but I do remember being pretty self-congratulatory about coming up with the bird-shit-white-stripe image. I might have tried adding stars to the pigeons, too, but that seems like over-kill.

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Moonroof" digital (ink on bristol), 5" x 5" (four portraits), 2014.

For this album art for Los Angeles band Moonroof we worked through several more complicated designs before deciding to go with the typical sort of “band portrait” cover… In this case, I think it was the right choice. The “reflection” motif was as much of a concept as we felt was needed, and I got to try out a slightly different style of line work.

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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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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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“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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“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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