Archive for February, 2010

A Few Days of R&R

February 26, 2010

We’re off to sunny San Francisco for a mini vacation, but we’ll be back faster than you can say,

“A tutor who tooted the flute
Tried to tutor two tooters to toot.
Said the two to the tutor:
“Is it harder to toot or
To tutor two tooters to toot?”

Oh, you think you smart? You finished that before we got back? Here’s another for you:

If a Hottentot taught a Hottentot tot
To talk ere the tot could totter,
Ought the Hottenton tot
Be taught to say aught, or naught,
Or what ought to be taught her?
If to hoot and to toot a Hottentot tot
Be taught by her Hottentot tutor,
Ought the tutor get hot
If the Hottentot tot
Hoot and toot at her Hottentot tutor?

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Oh Yeah…

February 26, 2010

I have forgotten to mention that I now have original art in Surf Indian. If you’re in the Pacific Beach, California area stop in and check it out. Heck, buy a piece while your at it.

They feature art-driven, small batch products that reflect an individualized approach to the art of surfing.

Designer Shorts

February 18, 2010

On an earlier post I wrote about the new company Shortomatic and how they’ve taken my art and made two pairs of shorts. They’re also giving me the opportunity to make my own designs. Here is my first. I took the This Year’s Model Gorilla and added some nice textured backgrounds to accent the design. These are limited edition shorts with each pair numbered in the label. They are more expensive than a normal pair of mass produced shorts, but I think well worth it for something so unique. Calvin Klein, I kick your ass!

Jellyfish

February 16, 2010

Here’s a new painting I just finished and had to send off to a show on the east coast. It’s my interpretation of a jellyfish. I enjoyed painting it so much, I think I may do a series.

Limited Edition Boardshorts

February 12, 2010

A while back a new company called Shortomatic got in touch with me. They wanted to take some of my art and put it on limited edition of 200 boardshorts. I really liked the idea, and as of yesterday they have officially launched their website. They are pricier than other boardshorts, but they are limited edition with each one individually numbered on the inside label.

The two designs above were made by one of their designers from two of my pieces. They have told me that I will be able to design my own and I am looking forward to that.

Concept Art

February 10, 2010

Here are two images I did for a children’s book a few years ago. A friend and I were hoping to get the picture/story book published and we nearly did. We were close to signing a contract. Then the economy tanked and our project got the boot. So I became an alcoholic, hopped a train car, and did a drunken West Coast Karaoke tour to drown my sorrows (this last sentence isn’t true).

This sketch was  the first drawing. It’s a cutaway view of the treehouse so you can see inside. The roots grew around an old bomb shelter that had an escape chute to the beach. I wouldn’t mind living in this place now.

I can’t remember why, but we had to change the scenery a bit. We then placed the treehouse in a neighborhood. Still fun, but I wouldn’t be as inclined to live in this scene.

One of these days, maybe I will try working on another children’s book. It’s on my long to-do list. I think a higher priority is eventually making an animated short film.

Ooohhh Bro….I Was Sooo Tarped.

February 9, 2010

Here’s a fun video I found on Drift this morning. They say necessity is the mother of invention, so I’m thinking these guys must of thought this up when the surf was flat. Looks to be a slight remedy for those sparse summer surf days we have here.

Scribble Junkies!

February 5, 2010

If you have some time to kill and want a little bit of art education and opinion, head on over to Scribble Junkies! It’s a blog by Bill Plympton and Patrick Smith. I’ve been a long time fan of Plympton. I first saw one of his animated shorts on MTV I think almost 20 years ago. The video above is something more recent he did for Weird Al.

Weathered

February 4, 2010

I love seasons and here in Oregon you get to experience them all. If not in your town, then you are at least a short drive from them. This January was tough. The local newspaper said that it rained 29 out of 31 days. I would add to that, that the two days of sun were a rain/sun mix. December had a lot of rain, and February has had a lot of rain with rain in the seven-day forecast. This amount of rain is even trying on me, who grew up here. Thankfully, I have a lovely wife who’s smile is like sunshine on my soul, and creative endeavors that help me escape mentally, for a bit. I get challenged to face the saturated outdoor reality and find good things about it. Here are a few things I think about: First off, I love the rain in all it’s make the world as mushy and muddy as possible goodness. Second, this amount of rain makes me really appreciate the sun when it shows it’s high-beams. It’s the ultimate laser-light show. Third, we need the rain right now. Believe it or not, there’s been a shortage these past few years, so this is a good thing. Fourth, people moving here from other places are put to a test that’s good for our population control (I know this sounds a little evil, but it mostly weeds out the people who can’t stop talking about where they came from). This area has so much stunning beauty even on the wet overcast days, that when the sun does decide to show, it’s as beautiful as anywhere in the world. Shush…don’t tell anybody though.

Karate and Mutton Chops

February 3, 2010

Here’s a sketch from some awesome picture I found at some point. It’s not Elvis, and I no longer have the picture so I can’t remember who it is. It was very inspiring and I had to sketch it.