Category: Illustration

Spectacle – Movie Posters

Posted: 8 May, 2017-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Spectacle Theatre, Illustration

Here are a few movie posters that I created for the Spectacle Theatre in Brooklyn, New York - it was fun to work in different media on these! (And, if you find yourself in Brooklyn, the Spectacle is a great place to check out some really obscure films for $5.)

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Sesame Street – Signs for Guests

Posted: 28 October, 2013-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Sesame Street, Illustration-Tags: sesame street, drawings, critters

Part of our job in the Graphics Department at Sesame Street was fashioning some dressing room door signs whenever a celebrity guest would stop by – Pete Ortiz and I would take turns drawing the signs (or call dibs if someone we liked a lot was going to be on the show!) Here is a […]

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Valentine Card – 2013

Posted: 14 February, 2013-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Valentines, Illustration

I made another Valentine in collaboration with Mirella Toncheva this year - it was so nice to have an excuse to bust out the pipe cleaners to make some arms!

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Sesame Street – Cookie Connoisseur’s Club Menu

Posted: 28 September, 2012-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Sesame Street, Sesame Street, Propmaking

I designed a menu for an episode of Sesame Street where Cookie Monster auditions to join the Cookie Connoisseur’s Club, led by David Hyde Pierce as “Commander Chiphead.” The menu features such treats as snickerdoodles and shortbread and crystallized ginger cookies.

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Sesame Street – Fifty Shades of Oatmeal

Posted: 20 September, 2012-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Sesame Street, Sesame Street, Propmaking

Sometimes I get to make fun spook book jacket designs for Sesame Street - in this case, a "50 Shades of Oatmeal" book for Bert to read!

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Happy Valentine’s Day – 2012

Posted: 14 February, 2012-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Valentines, Illustration

This year I worked with the lovely Mirella Toncheva to make a Valentine. She’s my Valentine! Some past Valentines are over here: http://willkrause.com/2010/02/14/happy-valentines-day/ http://willkrause.com/2010/01/12/yearly-valentines-2004-2009/

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Ralph Lauren – Storyboards

Posted: 27 January, 2012-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Illustration, Ralph Lauren

Sometimes I’m called on to create classy drawings for Polo-Ralph Lauren. Here are some panels from two different storyboarding projects – one for a commercial, and the other for an instructional video about decorative painting.

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Sesame Street – Hip-Hop Penguin CD cover

Posted: 20 September, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Sesame Street, Sesame Street, Propmaking

I had fun designing this CD cover for a pair of Hip-Hop Penguins… there are a whole mess of Photoshop filters that I don’t ordinarily get a chance to play with, so it was a blast to go berserk with lens flares.

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Sesame Street – Elmo Crayon Drawings

Posted: 20 September, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Sesame Street, Sesame Street, Propmaking

I’m like Elmo’s ghost writer, except with crayons.  (actually, these were drawn with Stabilotones – they’re supercrayons!)

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Logos for The Michael Showalter Showalter

Posted: 25 August, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Illustration, The Showalter Showalter

These logos were created for a spoof public television program named “The Michael Showalter Showalter,” on a network named “PBT”. I was given quite a bit of leeway – the client wanted a red logo on a white background for the program, and a brown oval for the network logo.

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My new career as a male model for Ralph Lauren

Posted: 15 July, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Illustration, Ralph Lauren

I went on a tour of the Ralph Lauren office when I was working with them on an illustration project, and we met an employee in the hallway. They asked me if I could draw pants, I replied “Yes,” and that’s how these drawings came about. I made these illustrations from reference photos – I [...]

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted: 14 February, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Valentines, Illustration

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Here’s the Valentine that I’m sending out this year (on the left) along with the rejected Valentine (on the right.) Let’s get some half-price candy tomorrow.

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Sesame Street – Miscellaneous Graphics

Posted: 25 January, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Sesame Street, Sesame Street, Propmaking

One of the things I make at Sesame Street is graphics for some of the packages and labels that appear on the show. (And sometimes a sign for the dressing room of a guest too.)

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Sesame Street – Video Title Cards

Posted: 22 January, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Sesame Street, Illustration

These drawings were made to look as if they were drawn by Elmo. But they weren’t!

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Yearly Valentines 2005-2009

Posted: 12 January, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Valentines, Illustration

I make these every year. Don’t worry – I’ll remember to send one to you this year because I love you. (maybe I just don’t have your e-mail address.)

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Cereal Boxes for Hooper’s Store

Posted: 5 October, 2012-Likes: 0-Comments: 1-Categories: Sesame Street, Illustration-Tags: sesame street, willkrause, sesame

I made two new cereal boxes to place on the shelves of Hooper’s Store. When I was pasting new labels onto the old cereal boxes, I discovered that the cereal in the box had expired in 1999! We’re at work right now preparing for Season 44 – there are so many details that need to […]

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Magazines for Hooper’s Store – Sesame Street

Posted: 28 September, 2012-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Sesame Street, Illustration-Tags: sesame street, sesame, graphics

The magazines for Hooper’s Store were getting kinda ratty, so I made a few new issues to add to the shelves and spruce the place up in preparation for season 44. I was using random photos from my camera’s memory card, hence the odd topics – like “Quackers,” the magazine for ducks who like to […]

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Sesame Street – iPad Drawings

Posted: 13 October, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Sesame Street, Sesame Street, Propmaking-Tags: sesame street, sesame, drawings

I drew these pictures for Sesame Street – Prince Charming and a Princess involved in their day-to-day activities. It appeared in an episode where an apple ipad was used for the the first time on the show.

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Posters for The Michael Showalter Showalter

Posted: 25 August, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 7-Categories: Illustration, The Showalter Showalter-Tags: Props, drawings, photoshop

I made these posters to appear in Michael Showalter’s pilot for a new television series. They needed to appear to be designed at different times, and by different people – and the photos cleared for use were mostly pictures of animals, and photos of someone’s vacation. I had fun thinking up names for non-existent programs, […]

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ASIFA-East – Award Certificate

Posted: 25 April, 2009-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: ASIFA Award Certificate, Illustration-Tags: Animation, certificate, asifa

ASIFA-East had been using the same design for their award certificate for almost 40 years, so I volunteered to produce some new certificates for their 40th anniversary. The red ink was printed on by letterpress using tiny bits of lead type and big wood block numerals. The yellow part was silkscreened onto the paper, and […]

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Blue’s Room – Drawings

Posted: 9 March, 2006-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Propmaking, Blue's Room Illustrations, Blue's Room-Tags: Props, drawings, crayons

When I was working on Blue’s Room, some days I’d be doing nothing but coloring pictures for twelve hours a day. The set was dressed with new drawings for episode, so many drawings were needed. Some were tacked to the walls, and others were placed into polystyrene foams. I developed a fondness for “Stabilotones” in […]

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