Thursday, March 31, 2011


So I got roped into working with Voodoo Doughnuts, I did a mural in their bathroom, I was going to draw some ads for them, get my vending machine in their Eugene store & have my new PORK magazine distributed in their locations. Voodoo took an ad out in the first issue of PORK as well. Then PORK came out. Voodoo Doughnuts #2 threw a fit about the swastika on the cover (amongst dozens of other symbols) & the Charles Krafft interview, their official line is "Some of the contraversal (sic) content/nature in your zine is something that we do not wish to put our customers through." This is coming from the donut store that built its legacy on risque donuts & ads, their company slogans being "The magic is in the hole" & "good things come in pink boxes". Anyhow, suddenly the line is, "Sean, we don't have the money to have you do our ads." Ahem, right. Then, they painted over my mural! Before I could get photos of it! Anyhow, anyone who knows me knows that my use of the swastika & other taboo objects is a "trap" for totalitarians & stupid people. I can't not use them, it's burned into my head. So this time, my trap caught my client, who seemed "so down", but in the end has proven to be more overtly cowardly than almost anyone i've deal with so far.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Masquerade - Japan

Alright, how about this- a recurring series of posts regarding strange masks and even full on costumes worn in different countries throughout the world. Japan, with all of their Noh, Oni, Hannya, and the like, seems as good a place to start as any. I'll brainstorm for more obvious ones. Italy, Venice in particular, seems the most logical next step. If anyone knows of any country or region with its own strange, unique mask tradition, or digs some odd style of mask they think no one else will think of, by all means add your own post to what may become a small series.


Eerie looking figure, wish there was a bigger shot.


So i finished the Major Arcana & get into thinking about the Tarot in a way that i've been unable to in the past. Now onto the hard part, which is doing 14 of each face. I'm changing the representations of the swords, wands, cups & pentacles to hot dogs, bananas, coconuts & coins. There's alot of outdated imagery in the tarot as well, & the modern variations on things like "kings" & "queens" are people in formal wear so i need to mess with that more. Elvis & Michael Jackson are probably going to make appearances...

15 The Devil


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

Hellshire I

Hellshire Label Final, originally uploaded by SEAN ÄABERG.

I've been working with the Oakshire Brewery on their side project of barrel-aged ales called Hellshire. They hired me to develop a whole visual mythology for the beers & i'm going to do all the labels as time progresses. This is the first of them, they're talking about doing four or so a year. I'm quite stoked on this project.

Sunday, March 27, 2011


Album cover for Czech gore-grinders Gutalax! DROWN IN BROWN!!

Old Sins State 1

Still needs detailing work done...

Weird album covers

I've been doing loads of music searching lately and found quite a lot of great covers. I cant remember what all of them were from...

I'm sure this was a jazz singer called Gal

This looks like a cd i would buy, but I'm sure the music didnt suit me when I listened.

i'm sure this music wasnt as cool as the cover either...

This would appear to me as a great dreampop album but it is actually hard rock.

Yamashita Yosuke Trio- Arashi. This is supposed to be a really scary free jazz record, legendary but obscure and rare too somehow.

Jneiro Jarel. I think this is a hiphop record.

Klavido- Vidov

Kuroyurishimai- Fukasa. One of the legions of bands that sounds like Dead Can Dance, but I listen to a lot of that, it sounds nice enough.

Locrian- Crystal World

Mahojin- Babylonia Suite. I adore this cover by Remedios Varo, I hoped this would sound as weird as the cover, but it is supposed to be a modestly pleasant mellotron driven album, but I like to pretend dream that this album is one one of the weirdest and greatest things ever made. I often like to look at album covers and be inspired/get ideas for what I think it "should" have sounded like and then do art based on that, just like any other type of cover, poster, advert/trailer/screenshot or name/title that inspires me, it is good to take the expectations and base art on it( however pleasing or different the actual artwork ends up being when you experience it for real).

No Mercy. I hope it sounds as exciting as it looks.

Has anyone heard this? Great cover.

I like covers like this despite some people might find it cheesy and artificial, it still gets my imagination going.

I hope this is good as the cover.

I really want this Aghast album, I'm not sure this is really a cover. But this is some of my preferred type of Black Metal imagery, although I could give countless more types of BM imagery I like, there is a lot of stuff I dont connect with.

Thees Oh Sees. Ayone heard it?

Yoshiko Sai- Taiji No Yume. I think this is one of the best covers ever, she sings slightly moody ballads but nothing as odd and spooky as I would have liked.
You can hear it here

Premiata Forneria Marconi- Storia. I listened to this recently, one of the more famous italian prog albums and I liked it fine, but I wished it sounded more like the cover, some people think it is ugly but I love it.

Don Bradshaw Leather- Distance Between Us. This is a crazy dark prog album with one of the best album covers of all time. It suggests a new level of outsiderness which most proggers and punks never get near. There are a lot of rumors about this band. I can only find half of this, so if anyone can find the whole album please call me.

Saturday, March 26, 2011


CAFFE PACORI AD TWO, originally uploaded by SEAN ÄABERG.

I'm doin' rebranding for a brave coffee roaster. If you look, i made custom a screen tone of coffee beans for the greys.

RPG Book Illustration

Here's an illustration made for an rpg book in recent months.

Monday, March 21, 2011



Saturday, March 19, 2011


There's gold in them there hills and I am prospecting.
c. 2011 Chad Verrill/Verrillius

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Yeah... I'm still doing those

Been working on a bunch of new Cthulhu versions. Here's one based on a yeti.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Eviscerated Mountain

For black and gold.  9" x 24" screen.
c. 2011 C. Verrill/Verrillius

Friday, March 11, 2011

Jörg Buttgereit

Here's the second entry in my series of portraits of the world's greatest filmmakers: Jörg Buttgereit, director of the infamous Necromantik. Like the previous John Waters-piece I did this for the dutch magazine Zone 5300 (edited by Marcel Ruijters) which will feature an interview with J.B. in the upcoming issue.