2016 is just about over, so it's time for another installment of my "Year In Pics". I'm changing the name to "Things I Did" because that feels more productive. There are lots of things that I did that didn't make the cut. Thanks to all of my friends and family that made this year extra interesting.
I recently finished this custom-painted Kidrobot Munny figure inspired by my favorite Sesame Street muppet, "Mr. Johnson". He was the continually-disgruntled customer at Grover's diner. Grover, as an overworked waiter, would mess up his order every time and Mr. Johnson would be left brimming with disappointment.
My 2011 portrait of Kumar from Wes Anderson's "Bottle Rocket" appears in the new "Bad Dads" art book from Abrams. There's some really great stuff in there, compiling years worth of contributions to Spoke Art Gallery's Wes Anderson tribute show.
I've been working on some comics under the title, ABSURDUM. The first story is called "Companionship" and the plan was to tell it in three parts. However, I would like to keep going with it, so stay tuned for that. I've been posting my comics on Patreon,a site that let's people support artists at a monthly donation of their choosing.
Wren is coping with a degenerative spinal condition so Make-A-Wish partnered with Manifold to throw a mermaid themed block party!
Sensel commissioned me to create artwork for the reception area of their office. They liked my octopus drawings and requested one that would work with their colors...
This is a one-of-a-kind, customized Kidrobot Munny figure painted to resemble the planet Jupiter. I've been wanting to make something like this for a long time.
I've got artwork in a P-Funk show in LA! If you can get to Meltdown Comics sometime between July 29th and August 7th, you're in for a treat. Dozens of artists created tributes to their favorite Parliment/Funkadelic records.
I was reading about the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906 in San Francisco and learned about celebrity-pet, Francis the Terrier. He became a symbol of rebirth and hope when he emerged from the rubble of the St. Francis Hotel five days after the disaster...
I recently finished a comissioned custom painted 3-inch Kidrobot Dunny figure for a collector. He liked a concept design that I had posted online from 2005 and asked if I would be willing to put it on an actual figure.
One of my favorite things about contract illustration is that I never know what kind of job will pop up next. Sometimes it's a giant mural in a workshop full of creative geniuses. Sometimes it's a tshirt for a robotics company. This time around, it was a series of comic strips about the history of a native California bush.
I'm starting a brand new series of posts that describe how I work in Illustrator. Vector drawing programs like Illustrator allow you to create technically accurate lines and curves, flexible shapes, and digital artwork that's not dependent on pixel resolution.
I was an Artist in Residence at spacecraft company, Planet Labs in 2015. It was an incredible honor to work among such brilliant and passionate people...
San Francisco cannabis dispensary BASA hired me to help create a coloring sheet for the International Cannabis Business Conference.
My latest portrait is for the Mahatma Gandhi room at Planet Labs. I think most people have an image of Gandhi in their mind as soon as they hear the name. I wanted to do something different...
In my previous post, I listed tools that I use to make artwork on the computer. In this post, you'll see some tools that I use to draw things on paper the old-fashioned way.
I use the same handful of programs everyday to help make artwork on my computer. Here's a list of some of my must trusted applications and shortcuts.
I'm working on a portrait of Malala Yousafzai as part of my residency at Planet Labs. The conference rooms at Planet are all named for various contemporary and historical figures that have made a difference in the world...
'm happy to announce that I'll be showing with artist Michael Wertz at Mule Gallery in San Francisco's historic North Beach neighborhood. I'm a big fan of Mule, North Beach, and Michael Wertz, so I'm very excited. The show runs from Jan 20th through Feb 26th (appt. only) with a public reception on February 5th, 6-9pm. Please come and enjoy North Beach's "First Fridays" art walk.
At Planet Labs' offices in San Francisco, the conference rooms seem to be named for historical and current figures that have made a positive impact in science, agriculture, or humanitarian issues. Near my desk there's the "Gandhi" and "Malala" rooms.
I'm pleased to say that the coloring is complete on my portraits of these five pioneers of Earth imaging. I used a combination of Adobe Illustrator (with help from Astute Graphicsadd-ons for texture) and Manga Studio for touch-up work and detail.
I'm currently in the process of coloring the Pioneers of Geospatial Imaging artwork. I use Adobe Illustrator for most of my initial color and texture work.
For my black linework, I use a combination of brush/ink for initial lines, Adobe Illustrator, and Manga Studio. First, I draw directly over the pencil lines on bristol board paper. Then, I scan the art into Photoshop.
So, I made this after walking home from drinks with a friend last night. My front door was very popular Twitter today, so thanks to all of you that appreciate the joke.