RIP Kumar Pallana

I just found out that one of my favorite character actors, Kumar Pallana has died. He was 94. Pallana was in a number of Wes Anderson films in comedic side-character roles. When I first saw him in Bottle Rocket, I assumed that he must have been some kind of family friend of Wes Anderson that he thought was funny and put him in a movie. He just didn't seem trained. I recently learned that Kumar was a seasoned actor and vaudeville comic. According to Wikipedia, he was also on the Mickey Mouse Club.

In 2011, I was asked to contribute a piece of artwork to Spoke Art's "Bad Dads" show, a tribute to the films of Wes Anderson. I knew immediately that I wanted to draw Kumar from him role in the film "Bottle Rocket". 

Kumar in "Bottle Rocket"

Here's a little animation that shows the progress of drawing Kumar's face for the "Bad Dads" show print. His expression is very subtle and was a little tricky to capture.

The final artwork was created mostly in Adobe Illustrator. I've found that, while Illustrator is great for graphic work with solid shapes, it's not always easy for skin tones and softer elements. For this piece I used a half-tone effect to get the graphic-ness that I wanted but a more skin-like texture on the face. 

New for Fall - Buttons!

 Gold Tooth x Crossbones with gold/silver leaf

Gold Tooth x Crossbones with gold/silver leaf

  (Masters of the Universe buttons - not gold leafed)

 (Masters of the Universe buttons - not gold leafed)

As I write this, I can smell the neighbor's BBQ through the window, my allergies are in full effect, and it can only mean that it's Labor Day again. Congratulations. You made it through Summer.
I have a new button machine in the studio and I've been pressing special gold and silver leafed designs. The shiny gold leaf stand out against the matte finish of the black button. You're going to really like these in person. They are available on Etsy for $6 per 2-pack($3 shipping US only). I also sell boxes of eight gold teeth, for you and seven of your friends. Check them out and stay tuned for more designs. As evidenced by my  Instagram feed, I'm crazy about my button maker.

Fall also means Convention Season has started. I'll be back on the road, selling my art from city to city. Here's where you can find me:
October 11-12th at APE in San Francisco
November 1-3rd at Comikaze Expo in Downtown LA
November 9-10th at DesignerCon in Pasadena, CA
Hope to see you there!


"Curious Zero"

I created "Curious Zero" as a special print for an in-store signing at ZeroFriends Store in San Francisco. ZeroFriends has a special gallery on the back wall of the shop that showcases various artists' interpretation of their mascot, Zero. I thought it might be fun to suggest that zero is a space monkey with a yellow robotic companion. The idea bounced around in my head for a few months and after a couple of false starts, I got a solid design down on paper. For the robot, I decided to resurrect an old design from my self-published comics days. For the monkey, i went back and forth with different creepy designs but settled on a cute-yet-alien version. Prints of "Curious Zero" are available in the Store section of my site. Below are a few process shots.

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Chase No Face KidRobot Trikky


I just finished painting this KidRobot 7-inch "Trikky" vinyl figure. It's inspired by Chase No Face, one of my favorite internet-famous animals. Chase was featured on BoingBoing a couple of years ago when I was drawing lots of meme pets. I was fascinated by her story and created a quick portrait. While shopping for art supplies, I came across KidRobot's MUNNYWORLD figures and thought the "Trikky" charracter would make a great Chase No Face custom.

I use Holbein Acryla Gouache paints for most of my painted work and it works great on vinyl figures. I like the consistency of the paint, it thins easily with water, and it dries opaque very quickly. I use whatever brushes I have around, usually a small flat and a couple of round liners. In the past, I've masked off every detail of a custom figure to get really flat shapes, but that's just way too time consuming. This time, I just blocked everything in with a Col-Erase pencil right on the blank figure and started in with brush and paint. Here's a photo of the Trikky in the box and one mid-paint:

 Blank MUNNYWORLD Trikky in box. 

Blank MUNNYWORLD Trikky in box. 



The vinyl figure is a one-of-a-kind item. I'm not sure if it's for sale just yet but I'll entertain offers. In the meantime, here are some other Chase related things that I've made. 

"Chase No Face" by Olga Bell

My Art in Laughing Squid Quarterly

I'm proud to announce that my "Tentacle Cluster" image was included with lots of other fun stuff in Laughing Squid's first mailing. With Quarterly, people sign up for monthly gifts curated by their favorite websites and internet personalities.  If you missed out on the mailing, you can get a "Tentacle Cluster" print directly from me here in the Store section of my site.

BONUS- Get 20% off any order in my store with the coupon code #LSQ01 at checkout.