Welcome to Jacob Stoltz Graphic Art!
If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, it's your last week to catch Lasso of Truth at the Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley! Check out all the press it's been getting.
Here's some more of my artwork from the play:
7 March 2014
Here are select panels from one story arc in Lasso of Truth, the world-premiere play running now through March 16th at the Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, CA.
Set in the 1990s, the characters in these scenes are The Girl & The Guy, masterfully played by Lauren English & John Riedlinger.
The comics I drew for these scenes are black & white like the indie comics of the period such as Love & Rockets, and Optic Nerve.
3 March 2014
If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, don't miss Lasso of Truth at the Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley!
This world-premiere play by Carson Kreitzer ends March 16th!
My comic-style art, as part of the script, is projected above the actors on stage.
27 February 2014
For the past few months, I've had the pleasure of helping launch the world premiere of Carson Kreitzer's complex, hilarious, hard-hitting feminist play Lasso of Truth at the Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, CA.
Ms. Kreitzer's script calls for specific comic book panels to be projected on stage above the actors. About 100 in number, I drew them in ink, and colored many digitally to simulate the flat color of mid-20th Century comic books.
The play centers on the historical figure William Moulton Marston: a Harvard-educated psychologist, inventor of the polygraph lie-detector, and creator of the superheroine Wonder Woman. Marston's theories on human personality are based on the pull between domination and submission. This played out in his bedroom with the bondage practiced by the man, his wife, and his mistress, who all lived together in the 1930s and 40s. Both women gave birth to children by Marston, and continued to raise them together after his death for the rest of their lives. Quite the (true) storyline, and only the beginning of the themes covered in the play!
See this video interview with the playwright and director for a good overview of the play, and an animated sequence of some of my work turning from pencil to ink. If you can't make it to the production, here's the playbill for viewing online.
22 June 2013
Design for the centennial celebration of the Kennedy Street miners' houses in Juneau, Alaska. My family and I lived in the third house for a year, until July 2013, when we moved back to Minneapolis. The design was also made into a mug by Tom's Pots (see below).
Kennedy Street Centennial
Ink on paper with digital lettering, 8 ½ x 11", 2013
25 April 2013
I am proud to announce the arrival of my beautiful daughter, Lucy Rain, born 18 April.
Lucy Rain, First Portrait
Graphite on paper, 8 ½ x 5", 2013
13 April 2013
Another illustration for Tom's Pots, with details of the mugs Tom printed.
Brown Bear Catching Salmon
Ink on bristol, 6 ½ x 10", 2013
17 March 2013
Here's a pretty little invitation I designed for my wife's baby shower.
Baby Shower Invitation
Hand-formatted digital lettering with copyright-free clip art, 4 ¼" x 5 ½", 2013
11 March 2013
BEHOLD! A mighty T-shirt design for LA's premiere fantasy rock band, Ogre Mage!
Ogre Mage T-shirt Design
Ink on paper, 11 x 10", 2013
25 February 2013
Below is my first solo foray into home screen printing. I designed this logo and printed it on T-shirts as gifts for family members.
Stoltz Foam & Paddle Club
Original artwork: black paint markers on Dura-Lar, 12 x 12", 2012
24 February 2013
Ink on bristol, 6 x 12", 2012
Designed for ceramic artist Tom Meyer, of Tom's Pots, Juneau, Alaska.
17 November 2012
I've been very busy lately, so I will post some things from my sketchbook.
18 October 2012
This large drawing of mine hangs in my house, and I finally had it photographed:
Grain Belt Brewery
Ink on 100% cotton bristol, drawn with sable brush, 30 x 20", 2009
Drawn en plein air in my back yard in Northeast Minneapolis, Minnesota.
See detail in the Landscapes Department.
16 October 2012
Below: a new poster illustration for a solo play, Hard Travelin' with Woody, written and performed by Randy Noojin.
Check out some details of the pencil drawing in the Illustration Department, and several different poster formats in the Poster Department.
Hard Travelin' with Woody Guthrie
Graphite on paper with digital lettering, 17 x 11", 2012
11 October 2012
My logo designs for two websites run by Rick Widen of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Click the images to link to their respective websites.
See more variations of the above and below designs on their respective pages in the Logo Department.
1 October 2012
I was surprised to see the logo I designed for the Juneau Empire featured in an AT&T ad.
27 September 2012
Some beautiful designs from my personal collection:
My mom gave me these playing cards— still sealed at the time— for Christmas a few years back, when I lived two blocks from the old Grain Belt Brewery in Nordeast Minneapolis. I'm guessing they're from the 1970s.
More than any other designs, those of classic breweriana affect me deep in my aesthetic heart. Solid and bright colors printed in simple combinations, often— like these— with a touch of gold, an exciting mixture of fancy and modern typefaces, and imbued with a soul of history: the generations of American brewing tradition brought over from Germany.
Breweriana is a bottomless well of graphic design inspiration. The next time you find yourself in downtown Seattle, you have to stop for a meal at The Pike Brewery. The place is a breweriana museum, as well as an excellent restaurant and brewpub. No matter where you sit, you are surrounded by beautiful examples of posters, beer crates, and promotional brewery items of all kinds. They really have an astounding collection. When I was there I thought I was in heaven.
20 September 2012
Ink on paper with digital color and lettering, 2012