A rare selfie. I needed to cook up a contributor portrait for a comic job, here it is! Huge thanks to @chica_artista_illustration for the reference photo. #illustration #art #design #selfie #selfportrait
Congratulations to @markdoesstuff for going to paperback! I had the honor of illustrating the cover of Anger is a Gift; I love how the team at @torteen adapted the art to paperback. Pick a copy up at your local bookstore! #illustration #art #ya
One of the pieces I did for @dropmixgame from @hasbro and @harmonixgames just got released! Probably the most Chris piece ever. Enjoy! #illustration #art #design #constellation #space #surrealism
Cover illustration in yesterday's @nytimes ! Super fast turnaround, really fun job, and a great opportunity for beard rendering, which is my true passion. Huge thanks to Minh Uong for the awesome job and trust. #illustration #art #design #editorial #uber #nytimes #nyc
Fun little ink wolf drawing for Pentel, showing off the Pocket Brush. Another reminder that I need to do more traditional ink work... #art #illustration #ink #wolf #artistsoninstagram
You haven't made it in illustration until you have your own pair of socks (I'm catching up @aarondelacruz !). I designed these for @dodosmusic and finally got my hands on a pair, achieving my highest goal in life. They're sharktastic!
Excited to get the new issue of @birthmoviesdeath from the fine folks at @drafthouse and @mondonews . Even more excited to have a two page spread and be featured alongside some of my favorite artists, including @f_francavilla , @pinchemoreno , @oliverbarrett ,@marcaspinall ,@beckycloonan , and @sara_deck_art , with an incredible wrap around cover by @matttaylordraws . If you're at all a fan of Marvel movies, pick one up! #illustration #art #design #movieposter #alternativemovieposter
↔️ Swipe for details ↔️ New art for a new espresso! I had the excellent opportunity to illustrate the new seasonal espresso, Ship to Shore, for @ritualcoffee . I hope you dig it, pick up a bag next week at your local Ritual cafe! #illustration #art #coffee #design #lettering #waves #latteart
Are you watching closely? I can finally show my Prestige movie poster, released with @herocomplexgallery for Emerald City Comic Con! This is one of my favorite movies, I hope this does it justice. The regular edition is 24 x 36, 8 color screenprint in an edition of 100 and the metallic copper variant is 24 x 36 in an edition of 25. They are available now at ECCC and they'll be online soon via Hero Complex! #art #illustration #amp #alternativemovieposter #movie #movieposter #hughjackman #christianbale #christophernolan #theprestige
I'm super psyched to have four illustrations in today's @nytimes for an article on going off the grid. I got to break out my black and red style and go full drama. Huge thanks to Minh, one of the best ADs in the game. Hope you dig them! #art #illustration #editorial #newyork #ink
New movie poster drop for @herocomplexgallery at ECCC in one week! Here's a little preview... This might be my favorite poster so far, definitely one of my favorite movies. Full reveal coming soon, stay tuned!
Another really fun YA project, this is the cover to the Alternis series, published by Serial Box. I have a tendency to make lots of static, centered pieces, so I was trying to bring more dynamism to my composition. Hope you like it! #art #illustration #ya #novel #fantasy #scifi
The @pentelofamerica Sign Pen Micro Brush is finally out into the world! I had the honor of illustrating all the packaging and signage. This is probably my favorite new art product, check them out! #art #illustration #pentel
My homie @stevenrussellblack is kickstarting his fourth collection! Steven is incredible, I come back to his books often for inspiration or just to feel bad about my own work. Check his profile for details.
I had a total blast doing this month's cover of @therealdeal , it was a challenge doing this many portraits (with a subtle wink to the Sopranos...). Huge thanks to concept king @mcluap for the collaboration! #illustration #art #design #realestate #editorial #newyork
After a year of being sold out, I finally have my Poltergeist APs in stock! The printing came out incredible, 6 color screenprint in an edition of 50, for @herocomplexgallery . I only have a few on sale, then it's gone forever! The link is in my bio, first come first served... #amp #alternativemovieposter #illustration #art #movieposter #poltergeist #1980s
I may not have the best art, but I have Steven Seagal, Bruce Lee, and the Predator in one place. Art vs Artist 2019, still not sure what this is supposed to be... #followingtrends #artvsartist #artvsartist2019 #professionalsadboi
It was about twenty years ago that I found my first @pentelofamerica brush pen at the stationery store in Japan Town. At that moment I became a lifelong fan and dedicated user of everything Pentel. And now, twenty years later, it's an incredible honor to be the face of their catalog, and provide the art for almost everything they do. This is why I love illustration so much. All the long nights, the grind, the personal sacrifice, all worth it. To be part of what I love is worth it. Illustration isn't a dream job, it's dozens of dream jobs. I may be tired all the time, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Huge thanks and
Please make sure to drink enough coffee. A little test illo for Ritual. #illustration #art #coffee
Fun little piece for Pentel, showing off some of their pens on the cover of their 2019 catalog. Also my thumb. #art #illustration #sketch #sketching #sanfrancisco #alcatraz #ink
Unbelievable show at the City College Art Gallery by the great @chica_artista_illustration . Best show of the year so far, opens on 1/31, be there!
Last illustration of 2018 or first of 2019? In today's @nytimes technology section, for an article on the US curbing AI exports to China. It's always a challenge working conceptually, but this was a fun one. Thanks to the excellent AD Minh Uong for another collab! #illustration #art #design #editorial #nytimes #newyork #news #technology
This is what happens when you ask the art director to write Happy New Year on the chalk board at work. #happynewyear #art #illustration #design #calligraphy #lettering #chalk #chalkart #sign
My #topnine ! What a wild year it's been in illustration; I clocked around 150 pieces, including my first illos for Mondo, Penguin, and Tor. More than anything, I was able to support my family by sitting at a desk and drawing pictures. I really am the luckiest man alive. Here's to even more next year! #illustration #art #mondo #mondotees #topnine2018 #top9
And now... my top five poster acquisitions of the year (not necessarily released this year), in no particular order : @tinymediaempire - it stopped being about the panic or the guilt and what we would build from it. it became about the horizon and those who will inhabit it. @oliverbarrett - Predator (for @bottleneckgallery ) @grzegorz_domaradzki - Prometheus (for @greymatterart ) @kimberlychostudios - Always With Us (for @sketchpadgallery) @thatkidwhodraws - I Am Tetsuo There were many more I loved and didn't get, I'll post separate...
Another fun piece for @ritualcoffee ! This is for Esperança Lua, a special Brazilian coffee picked under the light of the full moon. This will be available in a couple weeks at your local Ritual cafe. This is also my triumphant return as a hand model. #illustration #art #coffee #moon #brazil #chrisisahandmodel
It's really cool to finally share this project! These are some panels I recently did for a short graphic novel for the BBC and United Airlines. The whole story is up at http://www.bbc.com/storyworks/specials/views-from-home/will/ , check it out! #art #illustration #comics #comicart #comix #china #newyork
On the topic of enamel pins, I also designed four new pins for @ritualcoffee ! I am partial to the coffee cherry ones myself... You can pick any of these up at your local ritual cafe starting today! #illustration #art #pin #enamelpins #enamelpin #coffee #california
Laaalalalala! Katamari Chris drawing for the homie, @supercooperberella #illustration #art #ink #doodle #katamaridamacy
Im so psyched to get my first enamel pins in, of course it's an ink bottle! Perfect for ink nerds, artists, or writers or a gift for someone you like just okay. I just put them up in my shop, chriskoehler.bigcartel.com for only 8 bucks. #illustration #art #ink #inktober #enamelpin #enamelpins #pin #giftideas
Illustration and packaging design for the @ritualcoffee Winner's Circle Trio coffee gift set! Pick a set up next week at your local Ritual cafe! #illustration #art #packagingdesign #packaging #coffee
Another fun illo for one of my favorite clients, @trdny ! This was about the National Association of Realtors trying to invest in tech, with mixed results. Thanks to @mcluap ! #illustration #art #editorial #realestate
Mad Max prints came out perfect thanks to @chica_artista_illustration ! Today is the last day to get 20% off this and everything else with code BLACKFRIDAY at chriskoehler.bigcartel.com, hope you can grab one! #illustration #art #print #cybermonday
My Iron Man APs are finally up for sale in my online shop! Check out chriskoehler.bigcartel.com to grab this and more, and use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY to get 20% off! #art #illustration #movieposter #alternativemovieposter #sale #mondo #mondotees #blackfriday coupon
One of my favorite parts about art directing for @ritualcoffee is assigning myself illustrations. Here's a tribute to the first Ritual location on Valencia I did for holiday gift boxes. You can stop in and pick this up with three bags of coffee as a gift set starting Friday! More to come... #art #illustration #holidays #coffee #constellation
I dusted off this old Mad Max: Fury Road piece to make a proper one sheet, in regular and a black and chrome variant. This was one of the first posters that I felt like I had a real handle on, I'm glad I could give it a second life. If you're interested, prints are up in my new shop, link in my bio! #art #illustration #movieposter #alternativemovieposter #madmax
Quick sketch in @ellieschob 's sketchbook. Taking it back to the old school. #dragonswaggin
I can't believe I never posted pics of the finished Dodos album, Certainty Waves. I had the huge honor of working with one of my favorite bands and favorite record labels. I ended up doing 5 illustrations and the helping with the packaging design. Huge thanks to Logan and Meric for bringing me on board! #illustration #art #design #albumart #indie #indiemusic
My coffee habit is officially out of control, I had to find a job to support it. Stay caffeinated my friends.
Happy little Chris
It's the last day to pick up my special inktober kit collab with @archsupplies ! This is all my favorite inks, brush, and sketchbook at a ridiculous discount, plus a special limited edition print. They also put it for sale online, link is in my profile! #inktober #ink #art #illustration
And then there was that time I was legit hired to illustrate BABYMETAL.... I've had an interesting career 🤘 #illustration #art #babymetal #sumetal #jrock #goth #japan #manga #anime #weeb
I'm really excited to announce a special project! @archsupplies and I put together a special #inktober kit of my favorite inks and supplies. This is a great chance to try a wide range of inks and the best brush and sketchbook in the game. I also included write ups on all the products and a special edition print. It's ridiculously discounted at $46, pick one up at Arch while you still can! #art #illustration #ink #sketchbook
After over two years in the making, I'm so happy to announce my first @mondonews release, an official movie poster for Iron Man. This was for the @marvelstudios The First Ten Years show, up at the Mondo Gallery until 10/20, then dropping online in a normal and variant edition. This had been my biggest illustration goal for a long time, it's surreal and humbling to see it actually come true. I hope you enjoy, I'll post when it goes on sale! #illustration #art #mondo #mondotees #marvel #alternativemovieposter #ironman #comics #movieposter #comicart
Here is the full reveal of my official poster in celebration of the 40th anniversary of @johncarpenterofficial 's Halloween, presented by @herocomplexgallery . I'm a horror nerd and a carpenter fanboy, so this one was a nightmare come true. Prints should be available soon... #illustration #amp #movieposter #halloween #horror #art #michaelmyers #posterart #johncarpenter
Skulls skulls everywhere! Part of a special poster launching tomorrow, stay tuned...
Sketch for a thing that was going to be a thing but now I'm doing another thing instead.
Recently finished this Dr. Strangelove inspired cover illustration for The Real Deal @trdny! Huge thanks to the excellent AD Paul, one of my favorite people to collaborate with. #illustration #editorial #newyork #realestate
My four year old studio assistant is my favorite artist in the world. This is her drawing of Midna riding Wolf Link (no reference!).
New illustration for the Gesha at @ritualcoffee, probably the best single origin from the best coffee company. I can't wait to try it! I'm going to be working with ritual a lot more coming up, stay tuned...
A sketch for the dodos cover, which ended up as an interior illustration. I really liked this idea, I'm glad it will still get a home. Maybe one day I'll take it to finish... #illustration #art #sketch #drawing
There are bad inking days and good inking days... and then there are the best inking days. This is one of those pieces where every stroke just seemed to fall into place (done with pentel red color brush and winsor newton series 7 #4 and black star matte). Since this project is top secret I can only show a crop, but hopefully I'll have something to announce soon... #ink #illustration #art #sketch #brush #brushandink #portrait #horror #vampire #lettherightonein
Another illustration for the new Dodos album! This is for a t-shirt accompanying the release. I've had this idea kicking around for years, it's nice to finally get it out. You can pre-order the shirt and album at polyvinylrecords.com! #illustration #art #music #albumcover #albumart #vinyl #indie #ghost #tree #horror
I'm so excited to share the cover art for the upcoming album by The Dodos, Certainty Waves. I've been a big fan for over a decade, it's crazy to actually be a part of the process. The album drops in October, more art to come! #illustration #art #music #albumcover #albumart #vinyl #indie #waves #sharks
Starting at the end of the month, I'll be joining the faculty at Berkeley Art Studio at Cal. My friends @dannyjackneece, @jonstich, and @magicmakerdreamweaver have been holding down the fort, it feels like joining the illustration power rangers!
Horror? Color seps? SECRET PROJECT? #illustration #art #horror
I may not be at San Diego Comic Con, but my cover illustration for the new Dragon Riders of Pern book is holding down the @penguinrandomhouse booth! So psyched to see it in the wild, thanks to @samuelsattin for the find! #illustration #art #book #bookcoverdesign #bookcover #dragon #pern #dragonrider #dragonridersofpern #fantasy #scifi
Yesterday was the last day of Sketchpad Gallery. I'm proud, sad, and relieved, it's been an incredible journey. More than anything though, I'm grateful to all the friends and community who made this happen. To everyone who had helped curate a show, who put their passion into a piece for us, and who came out to enjoy and support, thank you - you were all Sketchpad. ❤️ Until next time...
My amazing wife @lotfilotfi is having a video viewing party for her new season (starring my friend @radiant_spores) at @anaise_ this Saturday from 5-7pm. Please come out, I'd love to see you there! DM me for details!
The job was killed but I still really like this sketch, even though this is as comfort zone as mashed potatoes and meatloaf for me. Onwards! #illustration #sketch #drawing #albumcover #jellyfish