Thursday, December 24, 2009

From the Howard House Friends of the Nib Art Show

All of these were done at top speed to sell at a group show at the Howard House gallery.  Over 200 pieces of art hung on those walls, all just pinned up for easy and low cost sale.  We moved a lot of artwork but nobody really made any dosh.  The work was just too inexpensive to net us any profit.  Well, it was fun anyway.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Seattle Weekly Holiday Cover

Boo Davis, the AD at the Seattle Weekly dreamed up this idea, incorporating film, Christmas and Sherlock Holmes, and she asked that it be created as kind of a collage. It's was a fun idea, and Boo pulled it together at the last minute, making my work look good in the process.

Thanks, Boo!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Posting Some "Office Wrestling" Images

A while back I was involved in the development of a game proposal for "Office Wrestling", a game idea brought to us by Emmy Award winning animation designer Dan Krall. While the company where I worked percolated on exactly what they might do with this proposal, another company announced a frustratingly similar idea, so that effectively ended "Office Wrestling". I'll post a couple more concept sketches here as soon as I can.

For the record, Dan was none too crazy about this direction for the visual development himself. I'm sure we could have made him happier with the full project, hopefully working with him on a more sophisticated approach, but unfortunately we never got the chance.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Revisting a Character Design

The top guy is a reworking of the guy on the bottom. That's enough said for now.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tattoo Shop Suggestions for Flowplay

This was a rejected direction for the building designs for Our World done for Flowplay. The gently wonky perspective was intended to make the designs look warmer and more like miniatures, like tilt-shift photography.

This was another take on the same subject, incorporating the then-writer's insistence on a Frank Gehry-meets-The Muppets take.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Old Show Poster Illustration

I made this image for a show poster some time ago. I no longer have a hard copy of this, but the type design was no great shakes, let me tell you.

More Kids' Book Work

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Avatar Designs

I don't think these are going to be used in this form at this time. We're probably going to go with inked drawings colored digitally, but I like these JP Miller style images too.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Character Concept for Cyberspace Mountain

A long while back I worked on a project for Disney Interactive, through Zombie Virtual Entertainment, doing some concept designs and helping to storyboard the action. It was a virtual rollercoaster called Cyberspace Mountain, and this was a concept design for a host character who would test the impossible coaster you'd design before you took a spin on it yourself. This character at the time was named "Krash". That's a plumb bob kind of thing on his chest to help show the effect spinning upside down and being flung around would have on the rider. The heart monitor would flash at exciting opportune moments, and his body could fly to pieces if the ride was too intense. It was a simple crash test dummy robot, and nothing more. At least I got to design some options for them.

I have no idea if this character or if any similar character was ever included in the final project, but Cyberspace Mountain is still available somewhere in Disneyworld, with youtube videos online to show how it works.

San Francisco Weekly

This piece was done for the SF Weekly a while ago. The original illustration was a simple black and white line drawing, but the color treatment is flashier, no?

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Illustrations for

I'm currently working on a collection of characters and illustrations for's new children's web site sections. Kids and animals.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Fairy Tale Story Sketch

From a still-gestating original "classic"-style fairy tale I've been working on. The troll king gets his comeuppance. This scene will be staged very differently in the final.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Upcoming Tee Shirt Design

On its way. It's got some tweaking in its future. The rings on the pigeon's neck vex me a little, for example. that lone fry there on the bottom looks a little anemic too.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Monday, June 22, 2009

Band Logo Designs

I made up these logo roughs for my friend Demian Johnston. His band's name is Hemingway, and I thought I'd take a crack at designing some tee shirts for him. I did these a while ago, and just rediscovered them. I suggested the designs to him again,unfotunately just in time for the band to change their name. (Sigh).

The concept revolves around polydactyl cats being colloquially referred to as "Hemingways". I especially like using an x-ray image for the black shirts. That's a real six fingered x-ray, by the way; thank Google for that. The fleshy six-fingered hand I did myself, using collage and illustration to make it look more convincing.

At the time I even suggested kids' tees with five-fingered Mickey Mouse gloves under the type. I thought it would be one of those jokes that you either got, or you were dumb.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Vampire Enforcer

I was thinking about the Hildebrandt Bros. today while painting this. I think it influenced the colors somewhat.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Night Creature

This was originally begun as a mood and character concept illustration for a game pitch for Amaze Entertainment, but it wasn't used at the time. I was moved to another project before I could really get involved. Of course, by that time I couldn't help but work up some images on my own.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Old, Old, Oooold Illustration Job

I found these while going through some old files recently and I thought they were worth posting here for fun. I did this series of illustrations for a story in the San Francisco Weekly years ago for Mr. Darrick Rainey. I don't remember the story at all anymore, but these Curious little guys somehow fit the bill. Apologies to H.A.Rey, of course.

My illustrators' group had a show of drawings- very last minute- and believe it or not all of these monkey pictures sold. Ten years in a drawer leads to money in the pocket.

The show was a lot of fun, and was a rousing success. Good for us!

Spooky Scarecrow

This is a self-rejected bit of background imagery from a game pitch I am recreating. It may make its way into the doc yet...

Monday, March 9, 2009

Character Design

I'm going forward with this character for a new kids' non-fiction idea I'm putting together. It pretty much came together with no fuss at all, so I'm taking that as a good omen.

While I was doing this color version of the design below, I suddenly realized that the sleeves were completely incompatible with movement or normal wear, and were completely different from one another. If this were animated, I thought of a number of ways the penciled design might work, but since it's a one-off color concept design, I decided to redesign it a little. I can't believe I never noticed it in the original pencil!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Comic Book Character Sketch

This heavily armored gentleman is about to put a beating to somebody.

When will I get these comics done?! There's just too much to do!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Little Housekeeping on the Portfolio

Recently added to my carbonmade portfolio is this illustration done a couple of years ago for a weekly paper client, but I forget which one. It was used to illustrate an article about Rob Zombie the film director and not so much the musician, but they just wanted a straight, identifiable portrait. It was originally run as a line drawing in black and white, but I've since jazzed it up into the jpeg that stands before you.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

800 Pound Gorilla

Update! A newly retooled shaggy version of the same, repurposed as a comic book cover. There will be a tee shirt in this too at some point.

I've had this image around as a black and white ink drawing for ages.

Monday, January 19, 2009

A Possible Tee Shirt Design

I've been lazy about it, but it's been my desire to set up a Zazzle account and maintain a limited edition collection of tee shirt designs. Some will be based on illustrations I am doing, some on type, and some will reference other well known things in the popular culture. Like this one.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Another Digital Painting

I made this painting to use as a profile image around the internet, but I'm moving on to another image, so I post it here for posterity.