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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Cereal Mascot Reunion

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.

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Details: Trix Rabbit, Frankenberry, Count Chocula, Cap'n Crunch, Tony The Tiger

UPDATE:I've posted a detailed step-by-step of how this was put together, for those interested.

In other news, I polished up a couple images to get them print-ready for the Possum Saloon show last week, so now Headache and Miscarriage are available as prints. I'm also now offering smaller 11" x 17" sizes on some of the prints, for those who don't want the full size.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

holy hell! you've really outdone yourself this time! beautiful job, the detail is insane!

April 16, 2008 3:16 AM  
Blogger Monique said...

Awesome job, again !

April 16, 2008 6:04 AM  
Blogger LostinBubbles said...

This is simply great...I love all the little details like the tab tops and poster. Awesome work! I'd love to know how it was put together.

April 16, 2008 6:25 AM  
Blogger Badgirl said...

what an awesome image-gives me the feeling of a bunch of old men waiting for a party to bust out. but. i think they all have come to realize that its never gonna happen.
kinda reminds me of all the has beens still clinging to the 80's rock scene. Nostalgia gone wrong!

April 16, 2008 10:00 AM  
Blogger Will said...

This is so great. Attention to detail is amazing as usual, especially with the pack of cards and half-rolled cigarettes. Good job (:

April 16, 2008 11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, i love it! your best yet! i definitely need a print of this...

April 16, 2008 12:57 PM  
Anonymous djfp said...

I couldn't help myself...this will go nicely in the videogame room next to the #1/100 Mario Print. I'm still on the search for a frame that will do it justice!

April 16, 2008 3:41 PM  
Blogger Capital C said...

Awww @ Miscarriage
<3 <3 <3

April 16, 2008 6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is going to look damned sexy on my wall.

April 16, 2008 6:30 PM  
Anonymous Pimpvisual said...

Count Chocula done gained some way. Looking forward to the step-by-step.

April 16, 2008 8:19 PM  
Anonymous Pimpvisual said...

err...'gained some weight'. Spelling issues today.

April 16, 2008 8:20 PM  
Blogger ellecee said...

Which reminds me, how did the Possum Saloon show go?

April 16, 2008 8:28 PM  
Anonymous lovin said...

Now how often do you see the Trix bunny gettin' high with his counterparts??


Awesome Rob. Holy fucking awesome!

April 17, 2008 5:36 AM  
Anonymous lovin said...

BTW, I LOVE the Atari controllers!!!


April 17, 2008 8:55 AM  
Anonymous EE said...

I love the explanation of this sketch and the sketch itself. I talked about this at my blog, EE.

April 17, 2008 10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Kick-ass job Rob. As usual of course. He hee they all have man boobs.....except I can't tell with Capn' Crunch. He's reading Penthouse..ha ha ha! He looks like he's enjoying himself at least. The kids should come down right now begging for all of their autographs. I like Boo Berry the most. Don't know why. He just stands out from the others. Probably because he is purple and at the angle it's in, appears farther away to me. The room....classic. We had a dart board like that. The reflection on the coffee table is very impressive (all of it is but especially that part and the shadows underneath teh table). Actually my old bedroom looked like this room. I hated it. It was small and the wood walls made me feel like I was in a coffin. The rug was 70's too. A lot like what's in the painting. KISS and what I'm guessing is Bowie at the bottom? Also sweeeeeet. Actually I'm not a fan of KISS but many (including Trent, hee hee) were. Perhaps if I was older I would feel the same why (I'm only 19 so yeah........). Are they drinking expired beer? Actually I don't know if beer expires but the cans look old so yeah...

2:58 p.m.

April 17, 2008 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never seen anything quite like this. I'm speechless. I can't stop looking. Your good!! And that's an understatement.

April 17, 2008 4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow your art really pops from the page. fantastic i hope you make lots of money.

April 17, 2008 9:55 PM  
Blogger Mike M said...

ummmm... Boo Berry is not even in this picture, Anonymous!

The albums on the floor both kick ass, though.

April 17, 2008 10:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the Farrah Fawcett poster on the wall and the fact that the Trix rabbit has a condom laying out like he'll have a chance to use it.

April 18, 2008 5:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Where's Toucan Sam?

April 18, 2008 7:13 AM  
Blogger David said...

Great work!! I guess Booberry and the Fruit Loops Toucan couldn't make it? Bummer! It looks like they missed a cool party.

April 18, 2008 10:03 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

I thought quite a bit about which characters to include. I didn't want to crowd the room with tons of of them, so I settled on five (I tried squeezing in Lucky Leprechaun in an early sketch, but the couch was just getting too crowded), narrowed down by recognition factor and how interesting they would be to visually interpret. It would be fun to do a sequel and bring in some of the ones I left out here, like Lucky Leprechaun and Boo Berry and Toucan Sam.

April 18, 2008 10:16 AM  
Blogger Corinne said...

Dammit. I meant Frankenberry in my last post, not Boo Berry. Meh. That's all I got.

Your art kicks ass Rob! Blah.

2:51 p.m.

April 18, 2008 12:53 PM  
Blogger Corinne said...

Your blog photo reminds me of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective when Carey had the asparagus in his mouth. I just felt like saying that because that's what I think everytime I see it. Happy day.

Do you like my acrylic painting in the blog photo? I don't expect you to answer Rob, but I'm a bit of a compliment whore so yeah... Yes...I'm obsessive. And yes, that isn't from a photo I took unfortunately as I have yet to attend a NIN concert, but I will SOON if all goes well. The one at the top post of mine is a Sharpie marker drawing I did in about 15 minutes.

3:04 p.m.

April 18, 2008 1:04 PM  
Blogger Corinne said...

Okay one more.

The blog picture is a marker drawing I did of one of your photos (at least I'm pretty damn sure it was one of your photos Rob). Hope you like it. Now I go.

3:25 p.m.

April 18, 2008 1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great retro-style; it kind of makes me parents had a cellar room like this. Lovely attention to details. I would really like to see more on the working process.

April 19, 2008 11:05 AM  
Blogger ~Static~ said...

What? No Lucky the Leprechaun?! Frosted Lucky Charms are magically delicious, mang. So are kittens dipped in brownie batter.

Nice work!

April 19, 2008 10:34 PM  
Blogger Joshua Maines AKA FJGamer said...

I hated the commercials, so seeing the characters so depressed makes me slightly refreshed. Thank you.

April 20, 2008 4:05 PM  
Blogger Fried.or.Scrambled said...

Niiice! Freakin hell man!

April 21, 2008 9:03 AM  
Blogger mercedeskap said...

dude, where's boo berry?? you should have added him flying around smoking a joint, haha.

April 21, 2008 10:42 PM  
Anonymous Audrey Nein said...

Ah, I sure know that kind of nostalgia... The gloom kind. Which you've indeed captured, I love the general feeling of doooom in this piece..haha. I can't say I can relate to any of the characters though, my not being american gets very obvious, what with missing out (although I survived, apparently) on various popcultural phenomenons and in this case manifesting itself through a suddenly very evident cereal isolation. Hah.
Anyways, I'd love a step-by-step, as I think most of the time that itself can be as interesting as the final result.

April 24, 2008 3:15 AM  
Anonymous All-Powerful Badger said...

Wonderful. I've only discovered your work roughly an hour ago and I'm already enthralled. All of it is painfully beautiful and profoundly disturbing but, above all, hilarious. Keep it up, and don't go anywhere.

April 28, 2008 4:04 PM  
Anonymous JaK said...

superb! the Atari VCS :D LOL! Space Invaders?
very funny

May 2, 2008 2:27 AM  
Blogger LoBO said...

Great artwork! full of ironic sense of humor, hilarious G.W.Bush Game maybe can add some international leaders like our ex-president J.M.Aznar, a puppet on illegal iraq war.

May 4, 2008 3:53 AM  
Blogger Ratexla Kettleburn aka Yoze said...

Audrey Nein said...
Ah, I sure know that kind of nostalgia... The gloom kind. Which you've indeed captured, I love the general feeling of doooom in this piece..haha. I can't say I can relate to any of the characters though, my not being american gets very obvious, what with missing out (although I survived, apparently) on various popcultural phenomenons and in this case manifesting itself through a suddenly very evident cereal isolation. Hah.
Same here. :D I only knew about the tiger. I remember one commercial with him, from maybe 1991. *nostalgiatrip*
but...I recognise the feeling, and the details are amazin!!! :B

May 20, 2008 1:38 AM  
Anonymous BornOriginal said...

It's funny.
You know you're childish innocence has almost completely disintegrated when you start to visualize cereal mascots getting hangovers and ogling Penthouse.

May 20, 2008 4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

absolutely amazing work. i'm really interested how you've done this...

May 23, 2008 12:46 AM  
OpenID minority-of-2 said...


May 31, 2008 8:36 AM  
Blogger Lyle said...

Great work! You truly have talent! Please post when prints are available!!

June 26, 2008 9:36 AM  
Blogger Swands said...

This piece was so awesome I had to download the wallpaper!

June 26, 2008 10:49 AM  
Anonymous Yuko said...


June 26, 2008 11:12 AM  
Anonymous Speed Painting said...

This is really a great piece, lots to look at!! Can't wait to use it as my wallpaper. Great job!

June 27, 2008 10:03 AM  
Blogger RAWR said...

omg thats so funny!
the rabbit stoner... haha
this is a really good drawing! =]
props to you, man

June 27, 2008 2:46 PM  
Blogger GuyMiles said...

Also MIA: Quisp, Quake, and Sugar Pops Pete. Wish I could think of more...

June 27, 2008 5:05 PM  
Blogger Ember said...

I can't wait to show my boyfriend! He's a big fan of cereals! LOL! He's gonna love this!

June 28, 2008 2:22 AM  
Blogger Seth Bradford Partridge said...

The facial expressions make this sketch golden...

June 29, 2008 11:02 PM  
Blogger Kennard said...


June 30, 2008 3:25 PM  
Blogger Avaldemon said...

This is an awesome piece! There are two mascots that I'm unaware of.
I also like the idea "about the strange, uncomfortable feeling of reuniting with old friends only to find that the magic just isn't there anymore" I recently got reunited with a lot of my old friends and after talking with them, I concluded that "the magic just isn't there anymore"

June 30, 2008 3:35 PM  
Blogger Bucko said...

didn't get it until I saw count chocula sitting there. funny. although i would have liked to see the dig em smacks frog. or that weird sugar bear beatnik guy.

July 1, 2008 11:40 PM  
Blogger WowzaChowza said...

Your art is really cool. Congrats on being a blog of note. Check out my blog

July 6, 2008 1:42 PM  
Anonymous BHYMER said...

You Rock! I had to have this! Can't wait to see it hanging in my house. Now in my 50's, it is how I feel about everything now. What a fun piece.

July 8, 2008 3:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really like this one, funny stuff.

July 10, 2008 3:04 AM  
Anonymous bhymer said...

I have Cereal Mascot Reunion now. I will be getting it framed soon. Love it!!!

July 25, 2008 5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

awesome work, the captain seems to be having a good time tho :P

August 13, 2008 3:40 PM  
Anonymous Ian said...

This is funny. The cerel joke in the 2nd episode of Futurama is one of my favorites of all time.

August 26, 2008 5:23 PM  
Anonymous Franzi said...


October 7, 2008 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Intresting artwork, but very sad. I wouldn't want to hang this up because, for me anyway, I want to idolize my breakfast cereal mascots as being happy. That's "the way I want to remember them".

November 3, 2008 1:36 AM  
Blogger easyandy said...

I got a similar photo of pillsbury doughboy and jolly green giant playing pool no way to post it here though its on my myspacepage. easyandyman or my blogspot

November 24, 2008 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Zeus said...

So freaking awesome I'm rocking it as my desktop.

Great job man!

May 30, 2009 11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey i jus wanted you to kno that those characters are from different brands of cereal companies... :P

July 15, 2009 8:24 PM  
Anonymous paul said...

This is spectacular! Well done! I wish I had heard about it before it sold out. :(

August 18, 2009 9:07 AM  

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