Thursday, March 20, 2008


First Annual Eye Candy From Strangers v1.0
The much anticipated ECFS best of 2007 is a reality. The first Annual (first of many I do hope) has been divided into two 48 page volumes, for a couple of reasons, first and foremost I wanted to create as many covers as possible. I didn't want to just do the alternate cover with the same material. Perhaps I'll do that with the Deluxe volume, if and when we do one. over 130 different artists contributed to this effort, you will be blown away by the sheer size of these books 12 inches wide by 9.5 inches tall, most of the art is full-bleed, full color, big and beautiful and the art, well, nothing but gorgeous ladies, sketched, drawn and painted, representing all corners of the world including lots of entries from the US, China, Australia, England, Spain, Brazil, El Salvador, Argentina, Mexico, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, just to name the few that come to mind. Some of these artists you already know and love, others you have no clue about but you're about to find out and you are going to love them. The art also represents a wide variety of styles and illustration techniques. This is not just the "United Nations" club but also an incredibly inspiring and motivating book.

This set of books should become essential material and I have no doubt will find a special place in your personal library.

Special Price
These books will be sold in stores for the price of $29.95 each, but is going to be the only place in the world where you can find them for $24.95 each. Because these are formatted differently and are actually, bigger than our usual books, our production costs jumped substantially but our prices won't.

We will start shipping them next week, so feel free to place your order and secure your copy before they sell-out.

To The Contributing Artists
Your complimentary copy also will begin shipping next week, if you are not sure your art was chosen, do not fret, I will notify you via email and request your current address. As per our submission agreement, you are entitled to one copy of the book in which your artwork appears. Your only obligation is to help cover the shipping cost. If your art happens to appear in both books, then you'll receive two books. Also, if you  would like to purchase additional copies of the book(s) that features your artwork(s), you can do so at 50% off the cover price, that is $14.97 USD, you can buy up to 10 copies at this price, any additional copies beyond the limit 10, can be purchased at $24.95. Please let me know via email how many extra copies (if any) you will need. 

IMPORTANT!!: if you don't receive an email from me, chances are your piece didn't make it. Although every effort was made in including all winning entries, there were some that got left out, mainly for lack of space. If you were promised a spot in the book and your art did not make it this time, no worries, you will be included in this year's ECFS hardcover book.

ECFS v1.0 book 1

Retail Price: $29.95 US Dollars BRANDSTUDIOPRESS.COM PRICE $24.95
ISBN: 13 978-1-934623-93-0
Oversize 12 3/8x9 3/4, landscape orientation 48 pages Full-Color, Full-Bleed, Hardcover, Perfect bound-Sewn Pages
Ships Next Friday. Click on the button below to order your copy:

All images are copyright © 2007, 2008 Their individual Owners, book design © 2007, 2008 Alberto Ruiz/Brandstudio Press, please don't reproduce without permission.

ECFS v1.0 book 2

Retail Price: $29.95 US Dollars BRANDSTUDIOPRESS.COM PRICE $24.95
ISBN: 13 978-1-934623-93-3
Oversize 12 3/8x9 3/4, landscape orientation 48 pages Full-Color, Full-Bleed, Hardcover, Perfect bound-Sewn Pages
Ships Next Friday. Click on the button below to order your copy:

All images are copyright © 2007, 2008 Their individual Owners, book design © 2007, 2008 Alberto Ruiz/Brandstudio Press, please don't reproduce without permission.

As always, Thank you for your support!


Monday, March 17, 2008

Wild Weekend

We had a blast at the reception for our show in Asbury Park at the Crybaby Gallery . Many thanks to Jenn and JC for inviting us to show at their gorgeous place. Also a big 'thank you' to the folks who came in to check us out. Hope we can do this sometime soon.
Here are some pics from the crazy fun weekend we just had. 

Photos courtesy and © 2008 Andrew Wilson.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Deck Yo'self, Before You Wreck Yo'self!

Introducing Brandstudio Press Skate Decks

Yum, yum! laser-smoked to a delicious golden brown and available sooner than you think.
From your friendly neighborhood drug pusher: Brandstudio Press LLC.

"Damn" . . . . You're saying to yourself,  "I had the gut feeling they were going to do this"

Me thinks you should listen to your gut more often instead of just stuffing him. You were 100% correct!

Production of these boards have started already and they're coming. If any of you are interested email me for more details.

In the meantime, if you live in the NY metropolitan area, you can view these beauties at our gallery show in Asbury Park, this coming weekend.

The opening reception will be at Crybaby gallery, located at 717 Cookman ave. in Asbury Park, New Jersey on March 15th, 2008, from 7:30-10:30pm. The show will be on display from March 15th until April 15th.

Needless to say, you are all cordially invited. I'll be there with my boy, the supernatural Andrew Wilson and my compadre, the lovely and talented Erik Jones, guest artists will include the sensational Squindo of Squindo fame, Porkchop of Porkchop fame and other strangers of strange fame and dubious reputation.

Here are some pics of the decks we'll be showcasing at the event, many more decks from favorite Brandstudio Press renegades will come your way in a New York minute.

Saturday, March 01, 2008


Yup! Brandstudio Press LLC. is celebrating its first year of existence as a publishing house catering to the best independent artists in this miserable planet. March 8th 2007 was the date, exactly a week from today I made the announcement that rocked the world! . . . our little artistic world, that is.

To celebrate this milestone, we are happy to announce new books coming this Spring and Summer, some of which you've seen in previous posts. This new batch will include more of the award winning work of Brandstudio Press alumni, such as: Mattew Stewart, Erwin Haya, Andrew Robinson, Phil Noto, Francisco Herrera, Humberto Ramos and other notables who are working on exciting new material, which I have no doubt will rock your respective worlds for sure.

As if that wasn't enough, —and with us, nothing is ever enough— we're exploding with joy to help bring to you sketchbooks and art books by 'newcomers' like Frank Cho, Michael Golden, Shane Glines, J. Scott Campbell, Jose Lopez, Martin Wittig among other whippersnappers.

What started in my basement as an idea to beat the industry at its own game, with a group of adventurous friends who took a huge leap of faith, has now taken a life of its own and I can not be prouder, as you can well imagine.

Add to that pile of fine books by fine people, our own populist product called "EYE CANDY FROM STRANGERS V 01" which I've been told by our printer will be available in a few weeks, and we can certainly have a lot to look forward to this Summer.

None of this, of course, could have been possible without your undying support. Now, I can't speak for the other artists involved and although I wish I can take credit for the success of this 'community', as I like to call Brandstudio Press, I know all too well, they are the driving force behind this beautiful madness, I'm positive they also thank you for supporting their endeavors.

I wanted to offer a little something back, I can't undercut the artists by lowering their books' prices but I can certainly take a few bucks off my own books, not forever but at least for a week. So from today March first until midnight, March 8th those of you who wish to purchase the best seller "Straight Curves" and "Chola/Jalapeño Lollipops" can do so at a major discount.

"Straight Curves" —Click HERE to see preview—will sell for $19.95 (originally $30) and Chola/Jalapeño Lollipops" —Click HERE to see preview— will cost you $14.95 (regular price $24.95). This deal will only last until March 8th so I urge you to take advantage of it and order often.

Click on the button below to order your copy of "Chola/Jalapeño Lollipops":

Click on the button below to order your copy of "Straight Curves":


In addition to that offer, those of you who during this week of celebration buy 5 or more books will receive a free 100% cotton beefy Tee shirt, silkscreened (full back and front) in two colors valued at $20. in the comments box please specify size. Large, extra large, medium or small. Sorry , no XXL at this time.

If any of you have already bought over 5 books during the past year and want to acquire the shirt, you will automatically get it for free with your next order, I know who you are. Or (if you're not going to buy anymore books from us, ever) just send me $15 which includes shipping and handling in the USA Email me for more info or if you have any questions.

For the folks outside of the USA who had bought in excess of 4 books in the past, same thing, I will send you the free shirt with your next order, if you never bought any books from us and are interested in buying the shirt, send me an email and we'll work something out.

Here's the shirt in question:

As always, thank you all for your support.