Nov 23, 2010

Giving Thanks

In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.
~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Thanksgiving is upon us, boys and girls!  You know what that means -- well, yes, there's food and family and football and 'Friday -- but, really it means counting our blessings.  I don't know about you, but my life is chock-full of blessings, big and small.  Not to get all preachy here, but it is good to set aside time amidst the harum-scarum of holiday festivities to reflect and be thankful for what God's given us. 

One thing I'm particularly grateful for at the moment is t-shirt designs.  (Crass commercialism, you say?  Well.. yes.  Bear with me.)  Check out my designs that're up for sale at Shirt.Woot and LOLMart!

The "Catmas" shirt's only available for a few more days; get one now!!! [Click on the ad on the right! Sorry, no longer available]

Robotron won first place in the "Build Your Own Robot" derby at Shirt.Woot; thanks to all who voted! [Click on the ad on the right! Sorry, no longer available]

Lastly, my design for this week's Illustration Friday theme, "Sneaky", features the ever-mysterious, ever-misunderstood Severus Snape.  Gotta love that Sneaky Snape.

Nov 15, 2010

Burnin' Till the Break of Day

"Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burnin' burnin' burnin'
Give me oil in my lamp, I pray!
Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burnin' burnin' burnin'
Keep me burnin' 'til the break of day!"

~ "Give Me Oil in my Lamp", religious children's song

This time of year, events and to-do lists and schedules invariably fill the calendar more and more until one is immersed in a maelstrom of activity -- and I am looking forward to it.  Between a new book club and t-shirt designs and sporting events and weddings and traveling and freelance gigs, things are shaping up to make this a very busy season; burnin' the candle at both ends always makes for fun times!

The Illustration Friday theme this week is "Burning", which coincides nicely with my Shirt.Woot entry this week -- a mighty robot terrorizes Blockopolis as its denizens flee and the city burns. 

My Chupacabra shirt, "Goat Sucker", is up for voting at Threadless; the goats need votes!

These are posters I did recently for a client -- the Christmas tree design will actually be blown up to a full-size poster, which is pretty nifty.

Nov 9, 2010

It Keeps on Slippin', Slippin'

"I am long on ideas, but short on time. I only expect to live about a hundred years.."
~Thomas Edison

   It's a tricky business, Time.  It so often gets out of hand, quietly evading our grasp before we notice, and then weeks/months/years have passed.  It occurred to me today that this weekend, we'll be traveling and then in about two weeks, it will be Thanksgiving -- and then Christmas will be right around the corner.  Where did this year go??  Yipes stripes.  

  It's also interesting how so many industries (graphic design, for instance) are obliged to begin seasonal prep work months in advance.  Working on Christmas illustrations in the weeks preceding Halloween is just odd; I try to get in whatever 'mood' my artwork calls for -- but breaking out the "Jingle Bells" in October kinda throws my mental calendar off a bit.  Although, getting a jump start on Christmas shopping might not be a bad idea... 

"Pink Punk Princess" + "Robotron" = True Love.

"Afterwards", a sketch for this week's Illustration Friday theme.

My "Home for the Holidays" bunny shirt is up for voting at Shirt.Woot until Thursday.  Vote now!

A little Calvin & Hobbes homage strip -- comics are remarkably hard to do, by the way.  Which is a) part of why Bill Watterson is a genius and b) why you won't see many comic strips on this blog.

This is one of the designs I'm going to put on my mini-business cards.

Finally, a little shameless self-promotion.  Buy my shirt at Shirt.Woot; it's awesome -- and it would make a great gift for that Star Wars/Star Trek nerd in your life!!!!