September 13th, 2014
SPX was cool, I bought a ton of stuff, listened to Lynda Barry talk for a far too short amount of time, and the amazing Daniel Spottswood successfully motivated/guilt tripped me back into makin’ stuff. I don’t know what this’ll mean yet but I’m gonna get back into the comics groove somehow.
First order of business should probably be buying ink so I can have a working scanner again.
Illustration for a review of a book about a program designed to promote healthier foods to lower income families.
Cleaning out some buried old folders in my laptop and I found these artifacts from my earliest art school sketchbook days. Sadly I don’t think I can draw like this anymore.
They were all folded into tiny little booklets I never did anything with.
The bottom one was drawn on both sides of a sheet of tracing paper and boy did that mess with my head.
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these but here’s a new Street Sense poem illustration. It is about not being told what to do or something.
So I did some small paintings using leftover colors from a bigger mother’s day painting.
Quite fond of this gent.
I very rarely draw big but i felt like it tonight so here we are. Crayons were too far away so colored pencils it was.
1. This is not a comeback.
2. That was a lot of bananas.
3. I’m not sure why I forgot to draw more than my head in the last panel but I’m not rescanning it.
Some more of these I guess!
Some comics I guess!
Yo, here’s some new stuff.
Since my journal ended I’ve gotten way too out of the habit of regularly making stuff, so that plus a need to add some fresh design pieces to the ol’ portfolio lead to these.
Top is my version of a label for a beer created for/with my beloved Super Furry Animals. When I heard it was coming out I figured I’d order a bottle to display on my stereo or something, ‘cuz they’re my favorite band and their artwork alone has been a huge influence on me over the years. However, the actual label was totally boring so I’m protesting by not having a novelty beer shipped overseas to my house. So yeah, this is my version. I tried to capture the band a bit better than the brewery did. Fun times. I wanted huge lettering that would wrap almost all the way around the bottle/can, some fun little details to keep the drunkard’s interest, and a nod to the band’s lyrics in a tiny speech bubble you probably can’t see! At first it was just a label, but then when trying to present it on the bottle it seemed cooler to make it a big ol’ poster.
Bottom is a series of 50 produce stickers. I’m surrounded by these things at work everyday so I’ve developed a few significant issues with them. For one, the PLU numbers are always way too tiny, which totally sucks when you’re trying to pick out the code real quick at checkout. Two, every grower has their own sticker so the product displays always look weird and jumbled. So I thought it’d be cool to have a standardized series of stickers that were easy to read and visually consistent. And here we are. It was a fun challenge to design within such a small space. I only meant to design these things individually, but when I threw them onto one page to print I thought they looked kinda cool as a poster, so there’s that too.