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Illustration: Hobo-bot and Greasegoat

These two pieces were done at a different time, but I’ll post ’em here side by side. I’ve got tons of old work that could use some posting!
This first one (below) is my depiction of what I imagine would be a Robot’s reaction when faced with some form of heartbreak. Circuits shorting out, blown fuses, lots of “Premium Oil” (as shown on the can he appears to be drinking out of) consumption, pretty heavy stuff. Judging from the somewhat cold expression on his (assuming that its a male robot) face he’s pretty broke too. Meet Hobo-bot, vagrant automaton extraordinaire, heart broken wonderer of all places unholy and misserable. No satchel carrying and/or hitching of rides for this guy; robots usually have some kind of transportational(sic) ability that facilitates the transporting of self with some degree of ease, this also includes whatever items the robot in question may have at the time of transport.
Lovesick Automaton

This one here (below) was a T-Shirt design I put together for a punk rock band from the Republic of Panama. Its a smokin’-greaser goat. I think I may have broken new ground here, why with the pairing of a goat and greaser aesthetics… or maybe not.
No Ley Goat

Remember folks: If you are interested in using any of the illustrations that appear on this blog, and/or have any questions regarding John Frochaux’s (me) work and services please contact me at frojax@frojax.com.


All content and images displayed on this blog are the sole property of John Frochaux. Unauthorized use may result in legal action against the respective parties. All rights reserved 2009. So be kind, rewind.

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Gooble Gobble! One of Us! One of Us!

This one’s a tribute to Zippy the Pinhead, the famed Ramones Mascot.
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-J.
Zippy The Pinhead

Remember folks: If you are interested in using any of the illustrations that appear on this blog, and/or have any questions regarding John Frochaux’s (me) work and services please contact me at frojax@frojax.com.


All content and images displayed on this blog are the sole property of John Frochaux. Unauthorized use may result in legal action against the respective parties. All rights reserved 2009. So be kind, rewind.



The Other Side of Leatherface

Here’s another horror themed illustration, this one was conjured after a viewing of one of my favorite films… you guessed it, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” I can’t get over how gracefully said film has aged over the years. (Click on the image for larger size)
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-J.
The Other Side of Leatherface

Remember folks: If you are interested in using any of the illustrations that appear on this blog, and/or have any questions regarding John Frochaux’s (me) work and services please contact me at frojax@frojax.com.


All content and images displayed on this blog are the sole property of John Frochaux. Unauthorized use may result in legal action against the respective parties. All rights reserved 2009. So be kind, rewind.



Illustration: Chopped Karloff

Here’s a recent illustration I made of the grand-papes of all Movie Monsters, Frankenstein. This piece was influenced by Boris Karloff’s portrayal of said ghoul. (Click on the image for lager size).
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-J.

Chopped Karloff

Remember folks: If you are interested in using any of the illustrations that appear on this blog, and/or have any questions regarding John Frochaux’s (me) work and services please contact me at frojax@frojax.com.


All content and images displayed on this blog are the sole property of John Frochaux. Unauthorized use may result in legal action against the respective parties. All rights reserved 2009. So be kind, rewind.



Been away, been busy, done some thinkin’; came back to revamp.

Haven’t updated this portal to my deepest of thoughts in quite a while, mostly because I’ve been caught up with other things. The reason for this re-visitation is simple, I’m going re-launch The ‘Ville. That’s right, the cobwebs and grout-ridden crevices have been cleaned, and its time for a little change, and this time for the better.  This time we’re (I’m) changing our (my) format and maximizing this our product (my blog).

I’ve decided to point the content of this blog a little more towards my graphic design work and illustrations, but don’t despair (this goes to my legion of readers, all .0001 of them), I won’t be cutting down on the self-gratifying diatribes about the world as I know it. I mean this IS a blog, is it not? Remember that here at The ‘Ville “We serve our questionable and self-serving (no pun intended) content as hot as the fryer will allow it!”

So with that said, cyberspace has been warned! Another blog centered around self absorbed commentary is about to become more business oriented…just that without the yuppie attitudes and drudgery that tends to be associated with the doings of serious business.  And those who know me are very well aware that I am in the cuttingest of edges when it comes to the workings of modern business.

So ladies and germs, I’m glad to re-welcome you The ‘Ville; a place where you can check out some cool design, and if you’re so inclined, you can hire me so I can do some cool design for you.

So welcome to your little slice of cyber-heaven in cyberspace.

The ‘Ville: no hellish load-times (if you’ve a fast connection.) 



Panama Drum Fest ’08 featured Frojax

After a month of non-stop rehearsing at our (Factor VIII’s) rehearsal space, last Saturday (1/5/08), I participated in the 2nd annual Panama Drum Fest. I had the honor of sharing the stage with other fine percussionist from right here in Panama, as well as from around the globe, most notably Billy Cobham. The idea of shelling out a solo right before a living legend such as Mr. Cobham was a bit intimidating, but in the end things turned out well.
I guess the reason as to why I never wrote about this here at the ‘ville was because sometimes I was a bit consumed by the irregularly long hours of practice in preparation for the festival (4-7 hours a day, five/six days a week from mid November to January 5), another thing was that I was in the studio by myself most of the time for extended periods. Something that can be equally as pleasant as it is “cabin fever” inducing. On a normal rehearsal schedule (w/o Factor VIII), I only run through stuff for 1-2 hours a day 4-5 days a week.
In short: by the time I’d get home I’d be pretty fried and hardly in the mood to talk about drum related happenings.
Aside from some minor monitor issues the day of the performance, the festival was a smash and everyone seemed pleased with the performances given by all the artists.

*I truly apologize to anyone that noticed that at the end of my set I didn’t acknowledge your applause with some kind of wave or bow. As I walked out of the stage door this was pointed out to me by my brother Chris. All I could say was “Oops!”
The reason I didn’t follow my performance with a bow was just due to a minor case of nerves. I don’t normally get on stage without my usual gang of primates (FVIII) serving as a barrier to take the brunt of any public scrutiny. FVIII’s absense caused me to storm off the stage in somewhat of a nervous little run/walk; I really hope that my absent mindedness didn’t bum anybody out. Thanks to everyone that came out, next time I’ll bow two-fold.

I’d like to credit the talented Jaime Anibal de Leon with doing a great job on stage as well as for putting together a great festival. I’d also like to thank my dear friend Omar “Mole” Torres (from the band Propiedad Privada) and his masterful bass chops for helping me put the solo together, also for just being an all around soldier during the past couple of weeks.

Here are some pictures:

John Frochaux @ Panama Drum Fest ‘08

John Frochaux @ Panama Drum Fest ‘08

John Frochaux @ Panama Drum Fest ‘08

John Frochaux @ Panama Drum Fest ‘08

John Frochaux @ Panama Drum Fest ‘08

John Frochaux @ Panama Drum Fest ‘08

John Frochaux @ Panama Drum Fest ‘08

John Frochaux @ Panama Drum Fest ‘08



The Merry X-mas Men

As we enter that time of year where a person’s self-worth is measured by how fast he/she can max out their newly approved credit cards; my somewhat-twin cousins and myself have decided to add more glitter to the mass hysteria by posting an x-mas “card” (or message) here at the ‘ville. Just to remind everyone of what Christmas is really about: good attitudes, nice shirts, odd ties, and distant relatives.
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