Today’s work of art is by Rob Sheridan, who is the art director for the band Nine Inch Nails. But in his spare time, Sheridan maintains a wonderfully weird sketchblog. That’s where this week’s artwork, Cereal Mascot Reunion comes from, a digital work featuring a number of cereal box characters having a reunion, and drinking a few Budweiser cans in the process.
Here’s how Sheridan describes the work:
For some reason this image has been swimming around in my head for a few years now, and finally – after chipping away at it bit by bit over the last couple months – I’ve brought it to life as a large, absurdly detailed print. It’s kind of about the strange, uncomfortable feeling of reuniting with old friends only to find that the magic just isn’t there anymore – and in turn, about the melancholy “nothing will ever be as good as it used to be” type of nostalgia, of which I am increasingly fond. And of course, a tribute to the late, great, wood-paneled, shag-carpeted 1970’s rec room.
If you want to see how he created the work, there’s an incredible detailed step-by-step account called Anatomy of a Digital Painting.
And here’s what he has to say about himself at the Sketchblog’s ABout Me pge:
My name is Rob. I’m 29 years old, I live in Los Angeles, and I’m a professional art director. While I work mostly with graphic design and video, illustration has always been my favorite means of expression. I grew up an only child of a single mother, so my sketchbook and my imagination were often my best childhood friends. My brain was raised on a hearty diet of comic books, toy robots, Saturday morning cartoons, Star Wars, and Nintendo. And not a whole lot has changed since then, really, except that my sketchbook has gone digital.
I originally made this SketchBlog as an exercise in creative discipline – an attempt to get myself to draw more and play around with images and ideas that wouldn’t fit in my professional work. A playground for the side of my brain that never really grew up, I suppose. It’s proved to be a tremendous motivational tool, and I’m really pleased with some of the art that’s come out of it so far.