Illustration for a review of a book about a program designed to promote healthier foods to lower income families.
Cleaning out some buried old folders in my laptop and I found these artifacts from my earliest art school sketchbook days. Sadly I don’t think I can draw like this anymore.
They were all folded into tiny little booklets I never did anything with.
The bottom one was drawn on both sides of a sheet of tracing paper and boy did that mess with my head.
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these but here’s a new Street Sense poem illustration. It is about not being told what to do or something.
So I did some small paintings using leftover colors from a bigger mother’s day painting.
Quite fond of this gent.
I very rarely draw big but i felt like it tonight so here we are. Crayons were too far away so colored pencils it was.
1. This is not a comeback.
2. That was a lot of bananas.
3. I’m not sure why I forgot to draw more than my head in the last panel but I’m not rescanning it.
Some more of these I guess!
Some comics I guess!
Yo, here’s some new stuff.
Since my journal ended I’ve gotten way too out of the habit of regularly making stuff, so that plus a need to add some fresh design pieces to the ol’ portfolio lead to these.
Top is my version of a label for a beer created for/with my beloved Super Furry Animals. When I heard it was coming out I figured I’d order a bottle to display on my stereo or something, ‘cuz they’re my favorite band and their artwork alone has been a huge influence on me over the years. However, the actual label was totally boring so I’m protesting by not having a novelty beer shipped overseas to my house. So yeah, this is my version. I tried to capture the band a bit better than the brewery did. Fun times. I wanted huge lettering that would wrap almost all the way around the bottle/can, some fun little details to keep the drunkard’s interest, and a nod to the band’s lyrics in a tiny speech bubble you probably can’t see! At first it was just a label, but then when trying to present it on the bottle it seemed cooler to make it a big ol’ poster.
Bottom is a series of 50 produce stickers. I’m surrounded by these things at work everyday so I’ve developed a few significant issues with them. For one, the PLU numbers are always way too tiny, which totally sucks when you’re trying to pick out the code real quick at checkout. Two, every grower has their own sticker so the product displays always look weird and jumbled. So I thought it’d be cool to have a standardized series of stickers that were easy to read and visually consistent. And here we are. It was a fun challenge to design within such a small space. I only meant to design these things individually, but when I threw them onto one page to print I thought they looked kinda cool as a poster, so there’s that too.
And so begins the new era.
Also Kick Out The Jams is so good and everybody should go listen to Kick Out The Jams now and/or soon.
February 27th-28th, 2014
So this is the end I s’pose.
February 17th-26th, 2014
I’m still alive, here’s proof.
Anyway I’m ending the journal comic. It seems way too early to call it a day, but it’s becoming harder and harder to draw (hence only posting about once a week for the past month) so I think I’m gonna do it anyway. It’s been a good run (14 months, about 1400 strips) and I’ve learned a lot from doing it, but now it feels like a slog, and the more I think back on some of the strips I’ve done the more I wonder what the point of it all is, and maybe my time could be way better spent on other comics. In a way I think I burned myself out trying to draw as many strips a day as I could last year, when in reality it would have been better to stick to one a day, but oh well. Live and learn. Time to move on.
I’ve always thought I’d keep this going until I felt like I could draw fictional comics on a regular basis, then do that instead, but I feel like drawing this journal thing everyday is preventing me from really giving other comics a shot, so I’m gonna finish out the month and just go for it. Maybe it’s just a temporary hiatus, maybe I’ll draw some from time to time when truly crazy and/or zany things happen, maybe not. Maybe it’ll be cooler that way.
There also exists the possibility that I just don’t know how to draw myself with short hair and I refuse to learn.
Anyway I drew these two comics super fast recently, scribbling from panel to panel without thinking about the big picture at all and that ease (I e drew the top one while drinking beer!) was a bit of a revelation even though they’re kinda terrible. I’ve been overthinking this writing nonsense forever and maybe I’m finally over that hump so I’m gonna follow up on that once I wrap up the last dozen or so journal strips. Those stupid dudes (or dudettes, I give no genders) in my sketchbooks will be wasted no more.
OK I’m caught up on comics so here are some forgotten drawings from the 4 year old twin collabs last week, one of which was not even a collab ‘cuz for some reason they didn’t care about my snake dude.