Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Monday, January 30, 2006

Peel Here

I forgot about posting these ones I did the other day. I think I'm just going to cut back to one Meemo a week. As long as it stays fun.

Because this is certainly not the only thing I want to be known for. I'm also an expert cobbler, an award-wining cake decorator, and I've been known to make love with all the passionate mastery of a Class A truck driver.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

And A Booger-Eating Moron

About a week ago, the guy over at http://www.bran-man.com/ proposed a "template trade", and I just got around to putting something worthwhile together.

I said I also would have accepted Wacky Packages, but no word on that as of yet.

I didn't like how the paint-job was going, so I quit halfway through. If anybody sees this, any tips or critiques you could give before I finalize it would be graciously accepted. Don't worry about hurting my feelings, I'm not that kind of guy. I rarely use cross-hatching, so I'm not sure if it even looks right.

Woo-ha! I call him Nose Goblin.

Thursday, January 26, 2006


Blah. I hate how I can ruin a good solid gesture when I go to ink it digitally. This is one I'm not too embarassed to show, even with all the construction problems and warped line of action. But hey, I know I'll get better with practice.

As a great teacher once said: "First learn stand ... then learn fly."


Sunday, January 22, 2006


Here's Boris. Extra points for knowing the reference.*

* - Points subject to availability.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Meemo! Meemo! Meemo!

After spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on advertising, dealing with dozens upon dozens of clueless focus groups, and sitting through several unbearable lunches with snooty Public Relations execs, I think I may have come up with a suitable name for these guys.

This is what I was told about the name in a slide presentation at the board meeting. "Short, cute, and utterly ridiculous! Meemo is a fresh spin on an old idea. Smart and innovative, on the cutting-edge of power and style. The very mention of Meemo will conjure up visions of an open canvas, with creative possibilities limited only by the artist's imagination. A hip, savvy title, Meemo is sure to launch your company well into the 1990's!" Then they turned the lights back on and stopped the tape recorder that was playing Van Halen's "Dreams". Needless to say, I was impressed.

Sorry everyone. Sometimes I go off on a tangent when I make myself laugh. Now I think I'm set for awhile. Meemo was some gibberish that I found floating around in my memory. It's also a play on the word "meme", in more than one of its definitions. I was going to type out a whole explanation of the idea and correlate it to this project, but I'll save us both the time and just give you the gist.

derived from the Greek word mimema, "something imitated" - often refers to a piece of information passed from one mind to another

a cultural unit (an idea or value or pattern of behavior) that is passed from one generation to another by nongenetic means (as by imitation)

The old saying "Ideas have a life of their own" clearly encapsulates the "meme about memes"

If you're ever interested, there's a very detailed and informative outline here. Just scan it.

On to the art! Drop this new & improved stencil into whatever art program you use and go to town. It's at 300 dpi, with no anti-aliasing. You can duplicate the image to a new layer (set to multiply), paint right over the bottom stencil, and the top one will hide any extra crud when the image is flattened. But you already knew that, didn't you?

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When you're done, get rid of the black stencil part, then shrink the whole thing down to 25%. The result should provide a smooth outer edge and make all of these babies the same size. The black stencil isn't really meant to be part of the finished design. I can't wait to see what you guys come up with!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Now Accepting Pre-Orders! Cash, Check, Or Firstborn Child (Sorry, No COD's)

I can see it now... Toys, comics, stickers, T-shirts, lunch boxes, collector cards, a forgettable breakfast cereal, and of course, the officially licensed multi-player adventure game for the Nintendo DS! Not to mention the 32 episode deal for the saturday morning cartoon tie-in. We're going 80's Cross-Platform Style all the way here, kids.

Oh, wouldn't that be lovely.

Back to reality (where there's no Mekhi Pfeiffer, by the way). I've tried a few different approaches with these things. Now I can't tell if I'm straying away from that hip design style or if they could quite possibly look right at home with all those costly vinyl whatzits.

You know what? Now that I see them shrunken down in this little preview, I think they look kinda cool! Especially that one with the lively little ass. I want them to be toys- now! If only there was a way that I could sculpt a design and pour some kind of mold, thereby granting me the ability to produce as many little polyurethane bastards as my heart can desire. Too bad I'm not an art student. Wait a minute...

Cool to see people are actually stopping by and hanging around. If you guys can find the time, feel free to take 5 minutes and whip one of these babies up yourself. It'd be cool to see if we can get some kind of collection going. (Gotta Catch 'em All!) These are the actual templates I was working with. If they are too small or a pain in the ass or something, let me know. Have a good one!

Monday, January 16, 2006

Copy, Paste. Now Give Me Lots Of Money.

Expensive vinyl toys, cutesy Japanese-inspired design, and lots of other shiny plastic things too hip for me to know about.

I had fun coming up with these things. Not sure if I nailed it, though. I can't wait to push the idea further.

Saturday, January 14, 2006


This is my first try at that chalky-brush style. It was just supposed be a throw-away drawing to test out on, but it kind of made laugh. No it didn't. Sorry I lied. Although it did make me think that I would laugh if I hadn't already been staring at it for an hour.

I have the sneaking suspicion I overdid it. Bam!

Hey, Look! That One's Got A Cute Little Stripe On Its Head

I've been working on the four bad mogwai from Gremlins 2 for like an hour and a half, and I'm exhausted. Mohawk is the only one I could actually find reference on, so I think he looks the most promising as of now. I totally need to watch BOTH of these movies as soon as possible!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

A Sacred Oath Is A Sacred Oath, Buddy

I thought I was a great programming wizard, but it seems Blogger is trying to best me in combat. I cannot let that happen. For then I must submit to her.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Happy Valentine Monster

Watch, as I copy & paste my own words before your very eyes!
What the hell is this kid thinking? you may ask. Is he trying to make me celebrate Valentine$ Day a month early? yeah. I guess you could say I'm just like Hallmark. minus the ceramic Shirt-Tales figurines.

nah. The color I was blocking him in with just looked so Valintine-y, I couldn't help myself. drawing in those little hearts for nipples made me laugh, so here we are.

I know posting it here will make me feel obligated to finish it. any crits or tips are more than welcome.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Grey Pride

A quick sketch of media darling Grey Hulk (aka Joe Fixit) I whipped up for a Drawing Jam about characters with a color in their name. He was quickly ousted, however, as the "Grey" is apparently not part of his actual name; it just signifes a period in his comic-book life. Hey, who am I to argue?