Friday, December 25, 2015

THE PESSIMISM PROCESSION

The Pessimism Procession

Thanks for noticing him.

This is a gift for my Mother, whose favorite cartoon character happens to suffer from crippling depression. If that doesn't explain the origin of a black sense of humor, I don't know what does.

The world's saddest parade float was built out of Copic marker and multiliners and heavy 11"x14" smooth bristol board.

I can't sell prints for obvious reasons, but you can probably ask my parents for a viewing.

Bring wine.

The Pessimism Procession (Detail)

The Pessimism Procession (Detail)

The Pessimism Procession (Detail)

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

20 TILL 20

Shellycoats

Businesses are just the worst.

Well, not always. But when you're talking about the holidays, and constant email blasts... yeah, the worst. 

And this is the first year that I have one. So I've had a had a decision to make: do I really want to tell everyone I know that my shop has sale prices twice a day until I'm despised?

At least for this year, the answer is NO.

So I'll tell you once right here. Until the 20th of December every print in my shop is 20% off. Why until the 20th? Because I'm not even sending shit out after the 20th. I'm taking time off and I'll be back after New Years. You should too. I'm confident ink and paper will exist in 2016.

Enjoy your holidays. I love you all. Here's to an amazing new year.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

SHELLYCOATS

Shellycoats

That would be an album cover illustration I did recently for the Minneapolis-based electro pop outfit, Shellycoats. That sweet band and illustration can be listened to and gawked at, respectively, right here:

soundcloud.com/shellycoats

And thanks so much to Tracy Tabery-Weller for enlisting my doodling services.

Shellycoats (Detail)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

HENRY

Henry

Congratulations (again) Tim and Hillary!

To pair with the dinosaur-themed nursery created for their son, Oscar, we're moving into outer-orbit to welcome Henry Graham Brennan to the planet Earth.

Here's hoping these images will start them on a path of scientific discovery and the kind of scholarship money that keeps their parents financially solvent for decades to come.

Henry (Detail)

Henry (Detail)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

EDITIONS OF THE LIMITED VARIETY

2015 Shirt Show

An ode to my growing, adopted neighborhood here in Minneapolis. And also a reminder that not a city in America is free from the douche triumvirate of spray tan, light beer, and money.

Anyway, the 2015 Shirt Show happened last Friday, but there's some good news for those who couldn't make it. Extremely limited numbers of the shirts have been made available right here.

All of that is handled through the fine coordinators of the Shirt Show, so I don't take or handle those orders. Read: you don't have to wait until I have a day off to go to the post office to get your merchandise to you.

So that's nice for all of us.

2015 Shirt Show

2015 Shirt Show

Saturday, October 17, 2015

2015 SHIRT SHOW

2015 Shirt Show

Oh hey hey. Just a heads up that I'll be a part of the 2015 Shirt Show here in Minneapolis.

There'll be ever so many Minnesota-themed torso covers for sale. Including a few of mine. Very limited quantities but if there's anything left I'll put them here.

The shirts will be there for sure. I might be there in case you'd like to drop by and say hello.

Preview-slash-autobiography:

2015 Shirt Show

Sunday, October 11, 2015

AUTUMN /// 2015

Autumn /// 2015

It's October and 80 degrees outside today. Which probably means I'm being lulled into a false-sense of safety. Tomorrow I'll walk outside in a t-shirt, totally unprotected from frostbite.

You're a cruel one, Minnesota.

Anyway, in preparation for the indoor months we're all going to need a playlist or two, right? Happy autumn to you and yours. Stay warm.

01 . Gnoomes . Roadhouse
02 . Deerhunter . Breaker
03 . Tijuana Panthers . Front Window Down
04 . Mariah . Hana Ga Saitara
05 . Royal Headache . Love Her If I Tried
06 . Kurt Vile . Lost My Head There
07 . Shannon & The Clams . Point Of Being Right
08 . The Mantles . Don't Lie
09 . Ought . Sun's Coming Down
10 . DILLY DALLY . Desire

Monday, September 21, 2015

GICLÉE IT IS...

Love Is A Battlefield

Well, I tried.

I was trying out a few new ways to print the series "Love Is A Battlefield" for the shop. For the longest time I just couldn't find exactly what I was looking for as far as a high-quality print on a great-feeling paper. And then this weekend I remembered, "oh wait, Society6 does that pretty damn well already."

 So there we are. My apologies for the delay. You can now pick up the entire series right here.

Love Is A Battlefield

Love Is A Battlefield (Hold Me Now)

Love Is A Battlefield

Love Is A Battlefield (Dance Hall Days)

Friday, September 4, 2015

HIGHLAND ZOOLOGY

Lost Time

Morool (Shetland Islands)

Selections from a quick project I worked on recently. Part of a series of eight ink drawings that make up a guide to some of the lesser-known creatures dwelling in and around the waters of Scotland.

While there's little proof any of these beasts actually exist, the claim of their existence at least proves that the Scotch is working.

Lost Time

Caoineag (Glencoe)

Lost Time

Kelpies (Loch Lomond)

Lost Time

Shellycoat (River Tweed, Melrose, Scottish Borders)

Lost Time

Mythical Creatures of Scotland

Sunday, August 30, 2015

LOST TIME

Lost Time

I received a few copies of Society6's risograph zine "Lost Time" this week. It's definitely making me more and more interested in the riso process. Here are a few details of the "Expectation of Living".

And thanks again, as always, to the mighty Society6 for having me along for another rad project.

Copies still available here.

Lost Time

Lost Time

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

MONSTER OF GOD

Monster of God

The only place I will ever draw in public are zoos. They're really fantastic places if you're ever creatively stuck. Now, the biological accuracy of what I do there is up for some debate... 

This month we have an experiment both in capitalism and variations upon a theme.

These will be up in my store shortly but first let me explain: THESE ARE NOT PRINTS FOR SALE. Yes, these are original drawings on paper. 11"x14" on bristol board to be exact. Made with pencil, masking tape, wrapping paper, and copic markers/multiliners. They will be shipped flat with heavy museum-quality matting for 8"x10". I'll let their new owners decide on the frame.

I'm giving selling original work a shot as a way funding more print runs. There will be more in the future, but if you're into these, this is one of those ACT NOW situations you see in the act breaks of television shows.

Available right here.

Monster of God

Monster of God // One

Monster of God

Monster of God // One (Detail)

Monster of God

Monster of God // Two

Monster of God

Monster of God // Two (Detail)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO COMPUTING

Summer /// 2015

As a modern gentleman, I'm often embarrassed and offended at the lack of quality being offered in the manufacture of computing sleevery. Now with thanks to those artful barons at Society6, my lap-condensed Turing machine is all the talk of the beau monde.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

SUMMER (OF CHRIS) /// 2015

Summer /// 2015

Oh bonjour, web-based-log reader. I'm on an extended vacation from nine-to-fiving, so happy summer from the streets of Montreal where I'm about to walk into a bookstore foolishly pretending that I'm going to find a copy of Phil Steele's college football preview.

Go Alouettes.

01 . The Isley Brothers . Footsteps In The Dark Parts 1 & 2
02 . Flight Facilities . Sunshine
03 . Orhan Gencebay . Hayat Kavgasi
04 . DJ Quik . Pitch In OnA Party
05 . Zapp . Doo Wa Ditty - Blow That Thing
06 . Paster T.L. Barrett And The Youth For Christ Choir . Ever Since
07 . Davy Graham . Everything's Fine Right Now
08 . Sa-ra Creative Partners . Spacefruit (feat. Debi Nove)
09 . Kendrick Lamar . You Ain't Gotta Lie (Momma Said)
10 . Jamie XX . Loud Places

(Spotify Link)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD

Love Is A Battlefield

Love Is A Battlefield, "Pretty In Pink"

Because new wave fans need to feel tough too.

A quick series I've put together to experiment with the risograph process this month. They'll be available next month as small prints, so stay tuned.


Love Is A Battlefield

Love Is A Battlefield, "Hold Me Now"

Love Is A Battlefield

Love Is A Battlefield, "Dance Hall Days"

Monday, June 22, 2015

FOXYEAH!

FoxYeah // Site

The most recent campaign pushing downloads of Firefox features the handwriting of some goofball who writes a lot like... yeah, no that's definitely my weird-ass scribbling.

So perhaps you'd like to see a few more. Or perhaps you find them so educational that you're ready to convert to a Firefox browser. Either way, this is your destination.



FoxYeah // Volunteers & Privacy

FoxYeah // Shareholders & Forget Button

FoxYeah // Awesome

Monday, May 25, 2015

THE GRAND-ISH OPENING

THE GRAND-ISH OPENING

Today marks the opening of my new online store. Which means I'm now officially the proprietor of the internet's smallest paper goods concern. That is to say, thank you in advance for your patience.

Take a look through the electro-racks and let me know what you think. In the meantime, I've gone ahead and answered the most frequently asked pre-launch questions: 

"WHAT ARE MY SHIPPING OPTIONS?"

Each week's orders are wrapped up in kraft paper and taken to the Post Office every Saturday morning. Currently I use a flat rate for either USPS 2-Day or 1-Day Priority (which option will depend on your shipping address) in roomy 3" x 26" ULINE kraft tubes. 

If you have any special requirements (a last minute gift or just your on-demand-everything-culture-related impatience) get in touch before you make your order.

"HOW CAN I PAY YOU?”

Straight plastic, homey. Payments are securely accepted with Stripe. 

"DOES SALES TAX APPLY TO ME?"

Only if I'm shipping to an address in the state of Minnesota. That's the law of the permanently frozen land. 

"I DON'T LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES, WILL YOU SHIP INTERNATIONALLY?"

First of all, your English is phenomenal. Kudos to either your instructor or Google Translate app. The answer is yes, but we'll need to parlay first. Contact me at hello@christopherberryltd.com with your name, shipping address, and order. We'll get it sorted. 

"IS YOUR WORK COPYRIGHT-PROTECTED?"

Yes. Now let's get to what you're really asking.

Are you trying to put any of the work featured here on your sweet design blog or inspirational tumblr? Go for it. Get in touch. I'd love to see it.

Are you attempting to sell or license any of the work featured here? Sorry, I didn't know I was speaking to a business tycoon. You should DEFINITELY get in touch with me. We'll figure out something.

"HOLD UP, HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM YOUR SOCIETY6 SHOP?"

Society6 does lovely work with a 4-color giclée print process. They are, however, an on-demand mass print service with limited creative production options.

The work in this shop will be made up of screen prints, lithographs, risographs, and possibly hand drawn or collaged work. That means hand-mixed spot colors on a range of heavy paper stocks. For better or worse this stuff is handmade. Each print will have variations in registration and ink coverage (read: mistakes are part of the process). Of course if you have a problem with anything you receive, just let me know and we'll make it right.

"YOU KNOW THESE QUESTIONS ARE NOT SURROUNDED BY QUOTATION MARKS RIGHT?"

Yes, you effing design nerd. Blogger can't use quotation marks without creating bizarre spacing issues. Do you realize that I'm a business man with many appointments to keep?

Happy shopping.

Friday, May 22, 2015

JODOROWSKY'S SESAME STREET

Jodorowsky's Sesame Street

If I had a dollar for every time I ruined a mass appeal subject with inscrutable art house nonsense, I would have exactly the same amount of money I have now.

Last week I was asked about the possibility of making prints of this series available. Consider it donedonedone.

They were the best by far from last year's Saturday Morning Cartoon project so I have no excuse for not having these up already. Sorry about that.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

DISABLE NOTIFICATIONS

Disable Notifications

A conversation with a friend I showed this to before it went to press:

Them: So that guy is supposed to be you?
Me: I don't think so. It's just a drawing that made me laugh.
Them: Okay... so... why didn't you draw him a bed he'd fit in? 

Touché.

Also, for the science majors: the white ink has a phosphorescent coating on it. For the humanities majors: the white ink softly glows in the dark. For the drop-outs: don't lick the white ink.

The details:

• 18" x 24" 
• 3 Color Screen Print (Dark Pewter/White/Clear Phosphorescent) 
• French Construction 100C Steel Blue Stock

Printed by Steady Co. in Minneapolis, MN.

Disable Notifications (Detail)

(Texture Detail)

Disable Notifications (Detail)

(Phosphorescent Detail)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

10 YEARS OF WHATEVER THAT WAS...

10 Years Of Whatever That Was...

... mostly vitamin D deficiency.

This week marks a decade since I last wore a mortar board. I left the city of Richmond, VA armed with a brand of courage only available to insufferable assholes and the wildly ignorant. Admittedly, I was a touch of both.

Normally this is the moment when some guy looking for LinkedIn likes would offer guidance to a younger version of himself but there are few things I loathe more than opinion articles imparting wisdom to recent graduates. They're like magic spells that turn experience into arrogance with the incantation:


"FREE ADVICE TO THE CLASS OF 2015".

I thought it better to make a reminder for someone I know who actually needs direction. Specifically a pale-skinned dope who has spent a decade being terribly irresponsible with his time. Who, until recently, didn't fully appreciate the pleasure of saying the word "no".

This is a less-than-subtle reminder to get his head out of the bunker every now and again.

His silhouette has been blacked out to protect his identity.

I'm getting it printed BIG. I've got a frame at the ready and a space cleared above this lanky goof's desk. I'll make a bunch. And if you have a similar personal failing, we can talk about getting one to you after I get them back from the printer.

And to the VCU class of 2005: I miss and love you all. Here's hoping you're not at a desk this weekend.

Take care.


10 Years Of Whatever That Was... (Detail)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A DECADE OF DETAILS

Varick, USA

Varick, USA

Meridian, USA

Meridian, USA

Rose Plaza, USA

Rose Plaza, USA

North Side, USA

North Side, USA

Washington Ave, USA

Washington Ave, USA

Elliott Bay, USA

Elliott Bay, USA

Speedway, USA

Speedway, USA

Brickell, USA

Brickell, USA

Uptown, USA

Uptown, USA