FINALLY!!! I present… Haworthia

By on Jul 30, 2021

  I finally finished it. It was slow going but we are finally here. There wasn’t really anything I did different, I just added a level of complexity that exponentially added to the time. I’m not real sure what I am going to do for the final piece. I will probably make some stickers because that is the basis of this project but I feel like this should be more. I have been working on developing those drawings on wood and I’m thinking this might look good printed on a wood with a nice grain with a handmade frame.     I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I still have to print some to see how those fine lines turn out but I am alot more confident about it now. I mentioned my creeping suspicion that this ultimately wouldn’t turn out but I think I just wasn’t open to the possibilities of what it could be. Stickers might still be a no go...

Gol Darnit…Another Crisis?!?

By on Jul 22, 2021

  Nothing I hate more than when I get a call from my wife. That doesn’t sound good but it is true. She doesn’t really use her phone so if she is calling, it isn’t good. Last night I was taking my nephew home and my phone began to ring. Luckily no one was bleeding but there was a crisis. My youngest daughter was removing her headphones from her brand new tablet and the tip of the headphone plug broke off. It was stuck in the tablet. I was tasked with picking up supplies to fix it. You know those little straws used for mixing cream into your coffee? After some research, it turns out these are the primary tools for removing broken plugs. After visiting 3 different stores I found out that they are only available for religious institutions or 12 step program administrators, not the general public. Each store visit was accompanied by further frantic calls requesting...

Quick Pics (07.19.21)

By on Jul 19, 2021

Nightmare Fuel

By on Jul 15, 2021

  I was going to do some drawing last night and hopefully wrap up my latest sticker or maybe make some progress on my new Gravity Falls project but I made enchiladas instead. So instead of a progress post I thought I would just post some nightmare fuel. Enjoy!        

Art History: Basil Wolverton

By on Jul 13, 2021

A few years ago I was at a used book store and ran across a coffee table book of Mad Magazine covers. I was always attracted to the illustrations in Mad and to a lesser extent Cracked. The crude jokes and surprisingly good illustrations totally drew me in, not to mention the foldover pages. I started flipping through the book and was mesmerized by this cover…     I bought the book just to spend more time looking at that cover. The grotesque nature of it combined with the amazing detail and skill blew me away. I started trying to find more and more about this illustrator. The problem is there wasn’t much about him to be found. It seemed his work had been lost to time. Buried and overshadowed by Robert Crumb and so many others that seemed to be influenced by this man’s work.     It turns out he did some short runs for Timely Comics, which would one...

Haworthia progress is really starting to draggggg….

By on Jul 12, 2021

  Holy cow! This sticker has become a behemoth. The other stickers really sailed along. Even the snake plant went quicker than this. Getting everything to come together is taking more and more time. Masking and touchups have started becoming excruciating.     I haven’t done this much masking since initially learning Photoshop in college. The process has been very slow. For all the time I made up in the beginning I am paying double or even quadruple now. The time I saved with the ink cleanup I am having to use for the merging of colors. The worst part of it is I have a sneaking suspicion that the final product is going to be crap. Only time will tell I guess. In other news, I stumbled upon my next little project. I have rambled before about my love for Gravity Falls. I’ve wanted to do something with it as a theme but nothing has really felt right. This weekend...

Quick Pics (07.09.21)

By on Jul 9, 2021

Silly Work Project

By on Jun 29, 2021

  I had a job come across my desk today at work. Every once in a while a sales person will want to take advantage of our equipment but they don’t know how to operate it I will get an email like this…   “Hey can you put a picture of a bad ass lion above this and print out a couple of posters for me and my kid?”   If you think that is inspirational and worthy of a poster then good on you, but I must spend too much time at the zoo because all I can think is, “I don’t think lions live next to lambs.” I’ve watched my fair share of nature documentaries and I don’t remember any of them commenting on or analyzing the lion’s reaction to the passive aggressive nature of the lamb. Actually, I had no idea lambs were passive aggressive by nature. It kind of makes sense if you think about it… wait no it doesn’t. I...