Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

As per my usual, I had big plans for this one... wanted to have a creepy background with trees and big bright moon and have these guys crawling out of a crypt or something with a procession of painted faced skeletons all surrounding the pumpkin king. At my rate and free time
I may of had this the way I wanted it done by Christmas!
Anyways, this is what I pulled together in time for Halloween, concept sketches in Photoshop, a little inking on the rat in Illustrator and then back into Photoshop to splash in a little color.
Although there is no real composition or layout here, it was a blast to work on and a nice little digital study.

Have a great Halloween!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

D's Salsa Labels

Well my friend Dani has the labels I designed for her all printed
and on the jars, the salsa is a flowing. These look great!
Just wanted to share a photo, then crack these open and chow down...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

What's your vector victor?...over.

I will always draw by hand, that's how I learned to do art,
that's what I know.
But, in my efforts to grow and always try to learn more, especially the
digital side of things, I wanted to experiment with digital inking.
There are a lot of cool tools and software out there for this but I have lately been checking out a bunch of different online articles and tutorials by some great artists about inking in Adobe Illustrator.

Illustrator is a program that I have used for a long time, but, used more as a graphic software or, if I was doing an illustration I would typically ink the art by hand and then bring into Illustrator. I wanted to try to find something digital that almost looked liked I scribbled it out with a felt tip marker, Illustrator seems to be pretty sweet for this, but unlike Photoshop which is pixel based, Illustrator is vector based
(mathematical points and paths) which is wild, gives you a lot of options as far as setting your brush tool, unlimited re-dos and making quick corrections, It also imports into Photoshop seamlessly to color up.

Here is a quick little exercise I did, nothing special but was a lot of fun, experimented with a lot of crosshatch and dots and just a lot of noise

Tried to pack this to see if all the vectors would bog down the file,
but it did OK, the second photo shows the points and paths.

Much more practice with this to come.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Some more stuff from the old sketchbooks

As I mentioned before, there's a lot of stuff I have in my old sketchbooks that I want to post. Some because it's new to me again after being buried for a while, some things I just like, and some because I just wonder what the hell I was thinking?
This post is just that, I like the sketches but, I don't remember what compelled me to doodle this stuff out.

The first image is a few pages of what I guess at the time would be a cool bathroom, why? I don't know. It's obvious I'm no architect,
I remember thinking at the time it would be wild to have this sort of steam punk, no period, shower tower mixed with metals and tiles and sculptures, that you could walk around and set all sorts of
different heads... from water fall to steam, all in this wild bathroom.

The second image is a concept sketch for a play structure proposal that never really went anywhere. The idea was to take one of those toys that you see in almost every kids play area in the doctor's office lobby,
and make it into sort of this public sculpture and play structure

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

D's Salsa

My good friend Danielle who lives deep down in Texas is a hell of a cook, and when she started whipping up batches of fiery hot salsa she started to develop quite a following of fans.
Even the people who can't stand the heat couldn't stop eating it,
asking her if she could make a mild version of the Delicious stuff.
Thus, Dani has created her Devil and Angel sauces, and she asked me if I could design her some labels... a pepper with horns and a pepper with a halo and wings. Here are my designs, I wanted her to have something really different that would stand out from everything else,
hope they can stand up to the goodness in the jars!

For information on ordering some for yourself, click here.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

More Sketchbook Archives

More stuff from the old sketchbooks, only this time with
gratuitous nudity, don't look kids!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


I came across some old sketch books last night and I want to do a few posts of some of the stuff I have in them. It's funny, some of the stuff sparks new ideas, some of it is just stupid, but it's all so random...
from tree man to trees in structures.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Thursday, August 5, 2010


Having a little photo fun... This is a picture of my son's bird Beaky.
He was out of his cage one day just exploring and hopping around
and I started joking about having a little rider on his back,
the old "Joust" video game popped in my head, had to do it!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Gallery of Unfinished Paintings

I have a really bad habit of starting projects, never getting to far with them, and then getting bored and moving on to something else.
Never to touch them again. Here are a few paintings I have that are a great example of what I'm talking about, would love to finish some of these, but will I...?

All of these are acrylics on wood, 24" x 24" and bigger, with the exception of the lady with the red skeleton, that one is acrylic on canvas board 18" x 24"

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Speed Paint, Space Dragon

Every time I do a paint, it looks likes it was done in the 1950's...
maybe that's OK? but not what I'm going for, oh well, I'll keep trying until I'm happy.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Quality Auto

I don't know why I am posting this, I just really like it...
It's not a great sign, I guess I just see a lot of different things in the painting. This is a sign painted on the side of an old mechanic's shop in the heart of downtown Pinckney, Michigan. I have probably passed this sign as a teenager a hundred times and never noticed it, but recently was nearby and it just grabbed me. I guess just something about the combination of colors on the wall, the blue sky and the green trees makes me feel at ease...
like I'm a kid back in the 70's, with tube socks pulled up to my knees and on my Schwinn with the banana seat and sissy bars riding by while they work on a 72' Nova listening to Journey...

Saturday, May 29, 2010

I need to get back to posting!

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, I have been crazy busy
with just life in general, but I have a lot more stuff to come soon.
In the meantime here are some random sketches
from the last few months.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Patch Together

I've just submitted this design to, and need your voting support for selection to be possibly produced as a toy. Could you find it in your big hearts to sign up with PatchTogether and vote on my design and maybe even leave a friendly comment.

This particular design is for the Cutest Animal Warrior contest, but I also have the Trojan bug posted as well, you could vote for him too!

Have a look here.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Real World

No robots or space birds in this post. Nope, just quick concept designs for a 20' x 30' trade show exhibit. Here's hoping to get the full design and build contract. The client is a manufacturer of industrial lasers and wants to see what could be done to have a wide open, clean and inviting booth space
on a ( as everyone these days) tight budget and time line.

Sunday, February 7, 2010


Kind of a side view portrait of a kinda bug shelled, cow, dragon thing...
I did a post like this back last April called "The Bug" where I wanted sort of this weird creature portrait set against this sort of beautiful back drop
and never really had gotten any further with it.
This painting started out where I was going to pick up on the bug painting but, I only ended up with just using the same shell and started changing everything else.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Aquatic Oddities

Just some more random studies in Photoshop painting with the Wacom tablet. Playing around with brush sizes and details, loose and a little tighter... some more thought out stuff coming soon!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Thomas Lettuce, " The Hammer Head " Johnston

Nothing to brag about, a somewhat crappie photoshop painting.... just have a couple of beers and see what happens. OK Tom, you space cowboy, with your flying four legged the universe.