b. 1977, Flint, MI
Josh Ellingson lives and works as an illustrator in San Francisco, California. In 1999, Ellingson graduated art school and headed west. Since then, Josh has contributed artwork to popular publications and websites worldwide and worked with clients ranging from toy makers to tequila companies.”I’m influenced by popular culture, particularly television and movies, and I’ve also always been a fan of comic books and collectible toys. I’m enamored with science and scientific advancements and lately, astronomy has had a big impact on my work. There’s something about the scale of the cosmic level that makes my brain buzz.”

In addition to his illustration and design business, Josh Ellingson is the director for The Local 303, a studio/collective of illustrators and designers in San Francisco, California. The Local 303 provides a professional working environment as well as a space for collaboration, critique and art exhibition. Josh Ellingson also contributes writing and reviews to publications and websites such as Laughing Squid and Hi-Fructose Magazine.

Kendall College of Art & Design 1995-1999
BFA in Visual Communications.

Josh Ellingson.

Carrying Home 2, 2008 Digital This was part of an autobiographical series. Behind my Grandparents' house there's a barn. When my mom was a kid, they had animals in the barn, but ever since I can remember, it's been an antiques workshop/storage/showroom. It always smells like sawdust and wood stain.

Lamb of Gawd, Free Press Houston, 2009 Acrylic and Digital.

Delivery 2, 2009 Acrylic and Colored Pencil on Paper.

Delivery 1, 2009 Acrylic and Colored Pencil on Paper.

Faker and Child, 2009 Acrylic on Panel 18x24".

Eagle with Baby Dragons, Games for Windows Magazine, 2007 I originally made this image for an article about American companies moving jobs overseas. The client was Games for Windows magazine. Many months later, the image was licensed by 1800 Tequila for use in a cross-media ad campaign.

Franky Gets the Treatment, Games for Windows Magazine, 2008 This was my final spread illustration for Games for Windows Magazine. They ceased publication right after I finished this, and sadly this illustration never went to press. The concept was a lot of fun though. The main idea of the feature was that many games studios are requesting feedback on internet message boards for beta-release games. The games publishers take that feedback and adjust their games accordingly for a broader release. The concept is that you end up with a game pieced together for many different people's opinions, which could be good or bad.

Squidzord vs. Ultrapants, Nickelodeon Magazine, 2009.

Galagato, Computer Gaming World, 2006 This was the first spread that I did for CGW. The article was about the swarm of online PC games freely available on the internet. The direction was to depict some sort of swarm. I had just returned from Portland, OR where I spent a lot of time at Ground Kontrol Retro Arcade. The place is loaded with fully restored game cabinets from the 80's and I was pumped to make some vintage arcade inspired art. The art director graciously tolerated my insistence for this style and we went with it.

Gollum, GFW Magazine, 2007 This image was for a feature on obsessively loyal gamers. These gamers have a real problem when game publishers drastically change things in a game franchise. It brought to mind Gollum from the "Lord of the Rings", and kind of made a nice nerd cross-over point.

Invaders Spread, Games for Windows Magazine, 2007 This illustration was about the onslaught of in-game advertising in PC games. I was still interested in exploring imagery from the roots of video games, so this piece features space invaders. It was important to the article that we include as much branding as possible in the spread. Unfortunately, the final,printed image was cropped and obscures the Funyuns bag.

Machinima Bully, GFW Magazine, 2007 Games for Windows did a story on the filmmaking sub-genre, "Machinima". Machinima is the art of using video game footage as material for a film. This article focused on an elite group of Machinima filmmaker that used their skill to corner the market on this niche.

Wi-Fi Diner, WIRED Magazine, 2003 This was for an article in Wired about the advantages of giving Wi-Fi access away for free in coffee shops and other retail businesses. The art directors were dead set on doing a modern take of Hopper's famous "Nighthawks" painting. I tried to make stay true to the original as much as possible while also adding my own flavor with color and shape.

Self Portrait as Lord Nelson, 2007.

Dirty Martini and the Birth of the Space Program, 2007 This is a portrait of international burlesque icon, Dirty Martini. Also featured here is a Mercury Atlas rocket. I originally made this for a pin-ups and hotrods themed art show.

The King of Kings, 2008 When I was a kid, sometimes I'd sneak into my grandparents' room and snoop around. Their house was full of unusual antiques, figurines, books, and other treasures. On one of my explorations I found a pack of nudie cards in my grandpa's dresser. Years later I told my mother about finding the pack of cards and it turns out that she used to sneak in there and look at them too. Now I own Grandpa's "Good Luck" card set and it always reminds me of home.

Godzilla, 2004 I made this version of the "King of All Monsters" for a Godzilla themed art show at Super 7 store/gallery in San Francisco. I decided to take an all-Asia inspired look at the creature, taking cues from Japanese prints and Chinese sculpture.

The Bricklayer's Lament, 2008 I made this for a pig themed group art show called "6 Feet Deep", at Stained Skin Tattoo in Columbus, OH. This the brick pig from The Three Pigs story. He's lamenting his dead brothers, who are tattooed on his arms. The tattoo on is neck says "BRUDER" backwards, so he can read it in the mirror and always remember them.

Cosmic Debris, 2003.

Dethbot and Mister Skittles, 2004 At some point I got it in my head that I wanted to adopt a dog. I found this really sad looking muppet-like dog named Mister Skittles at a local rescue. I took Mister Skittles home for a play-date and after a few escape attempts, I decided that it wasn't going to work out. Mister Skittles liked being on the move too much and I couldn't be responsible if my roommate let him escape to the busy streets of San Francisco. It was really rough taking him back to the rescue, so I decided to make a drawing in tribute to the little guy.

Ganesh, 2006 I made this image for an adhesive art show at Munky King gallery in LA. For the opening, Ganesh was printed on vinyl and applied to the corner of a wall, with half of his body on one wall, and half on the other.

Muni Vs. Taxi, 2005.

Unmasked, Color Pencil on Paper, 2006.

Little Red, Mixed Media on Paper, 2007.

Custom 30" Dunny, Kid Robot SF, 2003 When KidRobot released their Dunny figure to the world, they put on a custom show featuring artists from coast to coast. I was lucky to be involved and I had a blast hand-painting this thirty-inch beast.

Tentacles, 2009 Acrylic on Canvas.

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