Wednesday, December 30, 2009

POOP


So the other day I made my way down to Reading Frenzy, a Portland indy zine and comic/warez store near Powell Books. I happened accross this rather silly titled book called "Poop" by one Sam Sharpe. What initially caught my eye was the either hand painted or messily stenciled title on the book in blue and yellow paint. It's a small touch but it made me want to hold the book and feel the texture of the paint. Once it was in my hands... the collection of well drawn, single panel comics made me want to keep it. While the name "Poop" may suggest a rather crass book it's really filled with rather witty puns and visual gags covering such subjects as mermaids, luncheons, the counts sex life, vaginas and grocery shopping with Jesus.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Robo Binary Cards Make Etsy Front Page

My 2009 edition Robo Binary Cards popped up on Ety's front page today! A treasury created by NiuTaller featured my cards along with some great bits of geekery like these wooden test tube racks and this pen made from a real circuit board. Check it out!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Holiday Cards Featured on Etsy

I was checking out craftcult.com and saw my Reindeer Holiday Cards were featured on the front page!



I really like the items they were grouped with.



Thursday, December 10, 2009

Ummm... Scuse Me...

These adorable "Umm... scuse me..." cards are now available in my shop, 1 for $5 or 4 for $16. They're the perfect way to say " i like you!" or even " i sawry."

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Robo Binary Thank You Cards updated to 2009



People really seem to like my Robo Binary Thank You Cards. So I managed to make an updated version for 2009.

These hand silkscreened prints of a Robot humbly bowing are printed on 100% recycled Mohawk Kraft 8olb cover paper using pearl white and black water based ink. The 1's and 0's on this A2 size card when translated from binary to ASCII says simply "Thank You" Each card comes with an Eames Furniture weave envelope. Available as a single card or in a 4 pack via my etsy shop.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Drifting Penguin and Polar Bear T-Shirts

Released during our Black Friday event, my Drifting Penguin and Polar Bear T-Shirts are now available via my Shop and ready to float around your waistlines. Hand silkscreened in black and white water based ink on American Apparel Light Blue Sheer Jersey Cotton T-Shirts with a very distressed feel and soft hand.

Free shipping and available for $20 a shirt through December. Currently only available in Classic Girl S/M/L and UniSex S/M/L.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Herding Your Thoughts Pocket Notebook

These adorable Herding Your Thoughts Pocket Notebooks are now available in my Etsy shop. They make great stocking stuffers and are shipping everywhere for free. Get them while they last!

S.U.N. Holiday Fair




Join me and Curiousdoodles along with several Handmade NW crafters on Saturday at the S.U.N. Holiday Fair
http://www.handmadenw.com/events/#27

The fair runs from 10am till 4pm @ Dexter McCarthy Middle School, 1400 Se 5th St. Gresham OR 97080

And 10% of all sales will be donated to the Schools Uniting Neighborhoods program!


Monday, November 30, 2009

Upstate Fancy Holiday Gift Guide 2009

Turns out my Penguin & Polar Bear Scarfs have been selected for the Upstate Fancy 2009 Holiday Gift Guide! There's a ton of good choices in there for shopping handmade this holiday season. I really like these:

Pocket Yetti's by Loveandasandwich
Mister Bear Pocket Notebook by Nowvember.
Journey Notebook by CrackedDesigns
Check out the guide and the artist, and also enter to win gifts from several crafters while you're there.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Video Tour of Our Shop

Curious Doodles and I have one more day a head of us @ Tribute Gallery with our Pop up shop. So far Day 1 and 2 have been a great deal of fun. Today we decided to make a small walk through video via my iphone to give you all a quick gander at the space and all the goods we have to offer. For those of you in PDX I hope you can come by for our last day tomorrow.


Black Friday Pop Up Shop Day One

We opened up shop yesterday morning at 10am and promptly made our first sale as the Macys day parade walked by. Thanks to everyone who stopped, shopped and talked with us! We closed up at 7pm and I could hardly stop smiling! We have 2 more days to go and lots of goodies to share, so come on by! Today's giveaway is the Pup & Sheep Scarf!




















Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Multicolor Registration and Silkscreening

Color registration used to be my foe and involved lots of transparencies, single color at a time printing, tape, and a ton of time wasting.

After many methods, I've finally started using a registration board for lining up my color on the screens. This makes setting them up on press and getting reliable color placement super easy. I still use tape to mark were I lay my paper prints down at but laying all my colors at once instead of one at a time is a huge time saver.

I was first introduced to the registration board back when I took the Silkscreen Academy course from Ryonet. They offer a pre-made board for about $80 that's a bit fancy then what I needed. I got the idea to make my own when I visited Tilteed.com and saw theirs. You can make one like mine for about $12, plus some time.
If you are doing anything with multicolor you're gonna want to setup one up. I used a piece of 25" x 25" plexi glass that I picked up at our local Ace Hardware. Then I taped off a space of 24" x 20" ( my screens actual size), and marked in the center lines. On the back, I taped registration marks for various size prints.
With your board in place you want to print your artwork transparencies with registration marks, typically this option can be found in most Adobe softwares print window. You want to put some tape on your transparencies then line up the marks by eye. When all lined up, you simply drop your screen onto the transparency using the boarder lines.

Once done you're all set to expose...
I'm actually posting this while I wait for the above screen to dry! Be sure to join us Friday, Saturday or Sunday for more Silkscreen demos during our Black Friday 3 Day event!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Pup & Sheep - Wood prints



I've got these lil wood panels that I cut and sanded down from some found wood just over a year or so ago. Initially I printed up a small batch of Binary Thank You cards on them, but found the process to be really difficult. A year has passed, and my skill and understanding of my press has improved, so this time around, it was pretty easy.

A few post back I submitted this lil doodle of a pup and some sheep... I said I had more in store, and there's two other projects in the works with them, but these lil wood panels are almost done... All said and done, there are only 8 sheep and 4 pups. That's 2 sheep per pup per set. I need these through our Black Friday Event but will be placing them on Etsy afterwards.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Sneak peak of things to come

This process video is a time lapse of me printing an updated version of my Binary Thank You Cards. This time in A2 format and later today, I go on the look out for appropriate envelopes. They'll be available in my etsy soon but also @ our BlackFriday Event. Come check them out, along with a ton of other goods!





If the above video doesn't work, please check it out here!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Black Friday - With Diskgrunt and Curious Doodles


If you're in the Portland area during the Black Friday Weekend and want to get a start on your handmade holidays then come join Curious Doodles and I. We're having a Popup Show at The Tribute Gallery for 3 days of handmade arts, crafts, apparel, comics, bags and more. Including free demos each day at 2pm!

Open from 10am till 7pm Nov. 27th, 28th and 29th, come say hello!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Holiday Cards - Available Now on Etsy

Some of you may remember these from last year, and a rarer few may actually have received one! Well the remaining 40ty cards are now available via my Etsy site in packs of 10 for $35.50.

Each card was hand silk screened with water based inks. The 3 color print features a playful brown & white Reindeer that's filled with a subtle pearl white snow flake pattern!

Check'em out over at Etsy!

Monday, November 2, 2009

New Shirts in Etsy Shop


Now available for $15 and $18 respectively! Checkout my Etsy shop for ordering!

Beyond the Rabbit Hole

I'll be showing some of my paintings @ the upcoming Tribute Gallery Show


My works will sit along side those by Jarrend Breedan, Ian Seniff & Anna Solcaniova King whom I don't know personally but I am excited to see their works and honored to hang beside them!

The show opens First Thurday Nov. 5th and Curious Doodles and I may be selling some of our wares that night only, so come on out!

Tribute Gallery is located @ 328 NW Broadway #117, Portland, Oregon

Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Shut up and Eat!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Perfect T-Shirt Gift Guide


I just found out that my Inspired? Squeegee shirt is featured in "The Perfect T-Shirt" an Etsy gift guide!!! I love the site CraftCult that makes finding this stuff out on Etsy so easy... Definitely check out the gift guide as it's full of some great designs!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Shop



Seeing as this is my 200th post, I thought it fitting to officially announce the opening of my new shop space. One of the primary reasons I moved from my apartment in the NW to NoPo was the promise that this space held.

I'm incredibly excited! Originally this space was a garage and had been used for home brewing. The current owner of the house had repurposed it as a dog pin and lounge space ( including a full size beer fridge) but in more recent years it's just been used for general storage. We removed a built in dog pin that was in the far left corner, installed a washtub over the french drain in the far right corner, installed a large chalkboard, some lights and modified a rescued cabinet from the rebuilding center into a drying and storage unit for the screens.

I hope to get my supplies sorted out this week and get going on two card projects for my Etsy shop before the weeks end. I also have several apparel projects in the works, with hopes of getting those printed by next week. Stay tuned!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

People of Vancouver BC

I've officially been on Sabbatical for 7 days now. I spent the first day unpacking from my recent move, then repacking for my trip to Vancouver BC. Now that I'm back, I'm still organizing from the move. Though I think my new studio will be up and running in the next day or so. There's lots in the works and I thought I've neglected this blog long enough, so I took a few moments and put together the following composite of sketches of people I drew while exploring the Couve... I think I'm getting beter at these quickly drawn portraits/characters... More soon!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Hi!

This lil doodle is a concept for something in the works.... I've got a lot crunching off the blog these days that I hope in the near future to start sharing more and more bits leading up to something big by the end of November... Stay tuned and thanks for following...

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Burro

After helping move the company I work for, then move my girlfriend I'm now getting set to move myself. I really do feel like burro in the drawing above... I do hope to ink and color this drawing someday but for now, this will have to do.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Sabbatical Countdown To-Do's

In 4 weeks I'll start a 6-week Sabbatical. An effort on my part to immerse myself in illustration, art and silkscreening without the Steady 40ty getting in the way. A couple years ago I started having periodical "Meetings With Self". This served as a check-in on what I've been trying to get done and have gotten done, what I want to do and setting some realistic milepost to getting there. In general this has worked pretty well in keeping me motivated. So below are my pre-sabbatical Meeting With Self... from ideas I need to resolve, supplies I need to buy, procuring a gallery/retail space for a Thanksgiving event and a December show... I though posting here would help keep me on track...

I'll be checking back in regularly on my progress so stay tuned and I hope to get more of my new comic books pre-production sketches up soon.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Pirate Matrioschka Submission to Tilteed

I showed a sneak preview of this a couple post back, here is the final Pirate Matrioschka shirt concept submitted to Tilteed.com. Check it out, and take a moment to vote for it.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Love Bugs

Thursday, September 10, 2009

More from Sickbay

A sneak peak at a project in the works... now back to bed with hot tea for me.

ButtEyed Monster

I've been home sick the last couple days and have been catching up on podcast while recovering from what seems to be a fun bout of allergy f.u.... There's a great RadioLab podcast they just released on Parasites and this is the lil critter that got conjured up as a result of listening in. Check out the podcast, there's some fascinating stuff, like how your fondness of your cat may actually be the result of you being a victim of Toxoplasmosis...

Monday, September 7, 2009

Cross Pollenating on Tilteed.com

I started this drawing a few post back with the intention of coloring it in. I started digitizing it and decided it would be my first submission to Tilteed.com. This required a simpler color palate, 6 max. So if you like it, go vote for it and maybe we can get it printed up!

I haven't been big on the T-Shirt contest scene but Tilteed.com has a combination of exposure, compensation and artist rights that's got me excited about the possibility of what these sites can be for indy t-shirt designers. It also provides me a chance to do shirts and designs that are a bit beyond my current capabilities. The site is new and the community small but there have been some pretty cool shirts made, my favs so far

Greg Abotts Joy Ride
Rawroutlouds - Get a Job
TangYauHoongs - So Hot Yet So Cold

So join up, vote up and submit some stuff too...

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

September First Thursday

While I won't be hosting a booth this first thursday, I will have stuff available for sale @ Tender Loving Empire. My Comic, Binary Robo Thank You Cards, and the Yarn Ball Inspired T-Shirt are on consignment and will be available during their last First Thursday event of 2009. So if you've been looking to check out some of my stuff in person, or get a peak at the book, come by Thursday night from 6 til 10 to check out some of the best local indy music and wares!

If you can't make thursday TLE is open M-S 11am - 6pm.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

This lil' piggy went to the market...

Friday, August 28, 2009

Cross Pollenating

There are two things I certainly don't draw enough of these days, women and pleasant moments. So to help fill the gap... here's both. I hope to do some digital ink and paint on this one. I'll post an up date when I think it's ready.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Cautionary Tales of Modern Failure Volume #2 - W.I.P.

Above is the last frame of "Cautionary Tales of Modern Failure Volume #1" A smoking fish. In Volume #2 we pick right up were we left off with Smokey the Fish floating in what seems to be an endless void. I've decided as I work on the art for this edition I'm going to post various elements beginning with the first, roughed out, 10 panels of the next story in the Cautionary Tales of Modern Failure series. I'm sure a lot will change from now and my self imposed deadline of October 1, 2009, and I hope that I will be posting at least weekly on the progress of this story. So with out further adieu I humbly present the first bits of "The Tortoise and the Meteorite".


This story has been on my back burner for years. A while back I completed the following painting to help spur on the completion of this work. Thoughts always welcome, and if you're interested in Volume #1 you can purchase it via my Etsy store.

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