Thursday, March 31, 2011

Retro Computer

Bleep, Blip, Bloop-Bloop! This retro computer design is ideal for the shiek geek! This is digital vector art. UPDATE: It's now availabe as a digi-page for your digital & hybrid personal scrapbooking, card-making, and crafting. Get it at my online shop as an 8 x 8 (in) 300dpi jpeg. or a direct link here:

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Trunk Bay

This is a piece I did quite a few years ago but just stumbled across it in my portfolio and realized I really liked it and should make it available as a print. This was inspired by one of my favorite beaches, Trunk Bay, located in the Virgin Islands. In the mid-90's I was a dancer for Carnival Cruise Lines and got to go to all sorts of tropical locations. Sitting here in Michigan, I wish I was there now! I had such a great time as a cruise ship dancer. I met great people and had a great time. I worked cruise ships from the age of 19 to 23. I've included one of my cast photos from the Carnival ship, the MS Celebration, which Carnival no longer owns. The cast photo was taken in 1995. I'm the guy on the far left.
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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Cupcakes & Rainbows

Over at the ColourLovers' Blog I found a post about a contest to "Be the next Michael Miller Fabrics' License Designer". So I dug a litte deaper and that's where I learned about SpoonFlower which is a site that makes it possible for individuals to design, print and sell their own fabric designs. I love to design seamless patterns and this site discovery was a gem! Here is my new SpoonFlower profile and below are some of my surface and fabric designs.

UPDATE: My repeat patterns are available as digi-paper for personal scrapbooking, card-making, and crafts. Visit my new shop, The Digi Street, for the latest digi-stamps, papers and more!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

"Surrender Dorothy" T-Shirt Available

Now available at my RedBubble account are t-shirts of my Wicked Witch of the West illustration as she does some skywriting on her broom to give Dorothy her foreboding message. Stop by my shop and buy a couple! =)
Click HERE! also turned this into a seamless repeat pattern. I had to change the smoke trail for the t-shirt. And finally, see how I drew this piece at my previous blog post here.
Update: Sticker Available!
You can also download the digi-stamp (color and/or black & white) at my online shop, The Digi Street. Click the image below to take you to that product!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Butterfly Garden

The other day I saw this commercial for Live Butterfly Garden - Real Butterfly Hatching Kit. It gave me the idea for this week's Illustration Friday word "cultivate". I decided to turn this into a seamless, repeat pattern.

UPDATE: This repeat pattern is available at my shop, The Digi Street!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spyro, the Dragon - Fan Art

I was asked by some folks on to collaborate on a video game piece that displayed fan art of your favorite video game character. I said yes so I did this illustration of Spyro the Dragon, my favorite video game back in the 90s. This character is fan art. Fan art is my interpretation of an existing character. The original character is copyright Sony, Playstation and Universal. I've included the inked outline and the original game cover.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Draw Me, Please!

Often folks ask me to draw them. This fellow emailed me with that request. It's difficult when you don't know the person. He sent me a few photos but he looked like a different person in each picture. He was happy so I guess I captured his best features.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Stir The Waters

Let's stir the waters a bit and see what pops up! This shark is doing a little water stirring of his own. The word of the week for Illustration Friday is "stir". The final piece is the textured version. For those curious to see my process I've also included the non-textured version, the first shark I illustrated before I decided I wanted it to have a more cartoon-stylized look, and also the inked version before coloring. And finally, I did a short animation because I wanted to see him really come to life.

UPDATE: This shark is available at my online shop, The Digi Street, as a digital download for your personal craft projects. Click the image below to take you to that product's page.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Flash Game - Chess Champion

I was commissioned by eGameBids to design and animate the interface of their new Flash chess game as well as illustrate the cover. Here are some still shots of the cover and the interior interface. To see the animation in action, please visit The game isn't playable on my site. You'd have to visit eGameBid to actually play.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

3 Animated Broadcast Commercials

SafeTouch Security hired me to do three Flash animated commercials. It started with a script provided to me and the audio file. I created the character and background designs, then provided storyboards, then animtics. The animatic follows the storyboard and gives a better idea of how the scene will look and feel with motion and timing. At its simplest, an animatic is a series of still images edited together and displayed in sequence. More commonly, a rough dialogue and/or rough sound track is added to the sequence of still images taken from the storyboard to test whether the sound and images are working effectively together. Finally, I inked and colored the elements and animated them in Flash. They were exported in Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 7.0.

Commercial #1 - "Response Time" Final

Commercial #2 - "Two Way Communication" Final

Commercial #3 - "Big Blue" Final

Some Sketches

The Storyboards

Commercial #1 - "Response Time" Animatic

Commercial #2 - "Two-Way" Animatic

Inked Example

Colored Example

Vector Uutline Preview

At the end of the project, the client asked if I'd so some coloring pages from the commercials for kids that might come into the office.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Big Shot Robot

Warning! A big-shot robot is on the loose. It's been a busy week for me so for this week's Illustration Friday I'm posting a piece I've had in my reserve arsenal. The word "warning" always reminds me of a retro robot running around repeating it. So, this will work. Warning! Warning! Warning!
UPDATE: This retro robot is available for download at!