Saturday, September 27, 2008

Another T-shirt Design

Found this one while looking for something on my work computer. Did this up for a local riding group. They came in with an idea and rough sketch I went from there.
Screenprinted with 5 colors on black sweat shirts.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

New Features and my Anniversary too!

Added a couple cool new features over in the sidebar. Check out the music PlayList! Listen to some tunes while checking out the blog or just listen to some tunes I like. I also added an RSS feed and a "follow this blog" feature as well. I know people are out there and they stop by and even if you don't feel like commenting click the follow the blog and I'll check out your blog or site as well.
Sound good?

And it's our wedding anniversary today. I know I posted this last year but hey it's my blog and I'll post what I want.

Happy 17 years Hunny!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008

Retro Guy gets his vector on!

I wanted to just do something for fun tonite so I took the sketch of my "retro" guy and did a quickie vector of the suave dude.
Below shows the progression.

Here's the sketch and the rough vector outline of the major parts.

Here I wanted to have a neato cool retro color scheme. Since I don't have the best grasp of colors I decided to swipe the color palette from the king of retro Shag. Then I blocked in some color and began to arrange the shapes in front of and behind each other.

Some more colors and some more details. Added the hairy chest. Should have added one gold chain just for fun.

Copy and pasted the entire figure behind the first one and thickened up the outlines to give it a bolder look, more solid. Added the stripes to the pants. If I took more time the stripes wouldn't sit on top of the outlines of the pants.

Added some background elements by warping a circle and copying it a couple times then setting the transparency to multiply.

The finished art. Time: about 2 hrs, with interruptions and all. It was fun to do. Next up..putting him on a background. Maybe.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Invitation Designs

Got a freelance request for an invitation to some fella's 40th birthday. They listed his likes: golf, irish heritage, beer, etc.
The kicker was it was a fast (overnite) turnaround time. Customer wanted three to choose from I was only able to crank out two. Took a while to gather all the elements. Thanks to the freebies over on BenBlogged I was able to get a nice vectored shamrock and pint glass. The golfer came from another source. Oh and I learned how to make a prety decent plaid pattern to apply to stuff in Illustrator. Got to love those online tutorials!

Turns out they liked the second choice best. If YOU need an invite for anything, let me know!

Thursday, September 11, 2008


Some sketches done at work and a watercolor piece by my son this time out.

I like how she came out but the guy needs some tweaking. Plus he was kind of an after thought once I'd started on her.

Trying some retro style cartoons now and here's one of them. Plus I'm into Tiki and had picked up the new TIKI MAGAZINE at the newsstand.

Came home and found my son playing around with watercolors. I really liked this one. I love the expression on the lion's face.