Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sketch: BBQ Pork

Pig with a flamethrower. You can't beat the classics.

So I've fallen behind on these daily sketches because I just started a new job at Clutch Interactive in Columbus which means I spent the last week or so packing and moving and dealing with car issues and about 50 other things that push sketches down on the list of importance.

Hopefully, I get back into the swing of these...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sketch: Codec

See, THIS is why texting is dangerous.

I've heard a lot of people with the Codec sound from Metal Gear Solid as their cell phone ringer lately and that's probably why I drew this. Also, the Codec was just a crappy flip phone from the late 90's right? Because that's what I drew...for some reason.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sketch: Jock Rage

When athletes catch the scent of un-wedgied nerds or dweeb scalps in need of swirlies, they fly into a fit specialists call JOCK RAGE.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sketch: Frog Launcher

This was originally two separate sketches on the same piece of paper that merged into one big chunk of nonsense.

On an unrelated note, I've had "Lido Shuffle" by Boz Scaggs stuck in my head for about a week now. Maybe that has something to do with why I drew this?

Monday, March 21, 2011

Pig Expressions

At my old job, we did some concept work for a bar & grille's website. One of my favorite things to come from these concepts was an animated pig with a beer who would pop up at the bottom of the screen and tell you about special offers or upcoming events. These are some of the expressions I drew up for a rough animation.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sketch: Flapjack

After I did the Adventure Time sketch, Tyler Parkinson suggested I do a Flapjack one. Here you go, Tyler.

Originally, I was going to do a big 8 Arm Willy thing with a bunch of characters like Peppermint Larry and Lolly Poopdeck in his tentacles, but it looked too much like the sea monster one I did a few days ago. Maybe simple is better...

I'm taking the weekend off from these sketch a day things so I'll see you kids on monday!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sketch: Adventure Time!

Finn and Jake taking on some business zombies.
I might be a little addicted to this show.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sketch: Sea Monster

This is why I don't go in hot tubs, anymore.

Pat Moore recently proposed a sketch-a-day challenge and this is my first day in. I'm pretty sure this was drawn after listening to "The Commander Thinks Aloud" by The Long Winters. I'm also pretty sure there is nothing about a sea monster in that song...

See you tomorrow.

Monday, March 14, 2011


Nothing kills the winter blues quite like a week in a tropical paradise. Thankfully, my dad has a conference in Hawaii every few years and was nice enough to bring me along. I thought I'd share some photos to make up for the lackluster posting as of late.

What's a visit to Hawaii without some giant tikis?

Here, you are staring into the crater of a volcano in the Puna district of the big island of Hawai'i. To set the mood, imagine the thick smell of sulfur surrounding you because of...
...SULFUR FIELDS! These steaming vents spew all kinds of fun gasses. There's nothing quite like seeing the ground steam around you.

The picture above doesn't really do justice to this landscape. Practically no plant life as far as the eye can see is one of the strangest things I've ever seen. It looks like a different planet.

This is the view from inside a lava tube, which is a cave-like channel left when a lava flow hardens. Probably the coolest thing about this is that the outside of the tube is coated in plant life, and the roots work their way into the ceiling of the tube and hang down into the pathway. Everything is dripping.

What amazed me the most about the big island of Hawai'i, is the diversity the landscapes. If you drive from one side of the island to the other, you'll go through rain forest, grassland, cactus-coated desert and a barren land of lava rock.
Above is why Oahu is a little disappointing for me. If you're in downtown Honolulu, you essentially feel like you're in Miami or something. It's way too crowded and urbanized to really feel like Hawaii. Luckily, a little place called Puka Dogs totally makes up for it with freakishly delicious eatables.

Speaking of food, I should mention how amazing it is to have fresh fruits and fish being served all around you. Also super fresh coffee and Kona Brewing Company improved the trip considerably.

Also, it does have amazing beaches. I guess that counts for something.Pearl Harbor is one of the most interesting places I've ever been. It's chilling to watch a gas bubble slowly rise out of the Arizona and dissipate into the harbor.

Tomorrow, I should be back with some artwork. Pat Moore is trying to prod me into doing a sketch a day challenge, so we'll see if that happens...

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Inspirations, Idols and Mortal Enemies

Recently, I've had a surprising amount of people ask me what artists I like. I'm not sure I was ever really asked this question until about a month ago and now everyone seems interested (by everyone, I mean a whopping 5 people). So I figure I'll get the names out there so I have one less tidbit to discuss at the next cocktail party (that way I can cut right into the magic tricks).

Direct your eyes to the right side of the blog and you'll find a new list of artists titled, "Inspirations." It's exactly what it sounds like, so take a look through and see if you recognize some of your favorites and maybe you'll find some new goodies. After all, half the appeal of these art blogs is find new stuff to get your brain juices a-pumpin.

I've been meaning to do something like this for a while but I wasn't sure exactly how I wanted to do it. At first I was going to do a weekly or monthly post featuring an artist I like, but that just sounds like more effort for me and harder for you readers to find all the names. So now they're all in one tidy little listing on the side of the blog, just begging to be clicked on. Enjoy.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

25 Reasons...

Here are some early concepts for an illustration for a Great Lakes Life article, 25 Reasons We Love the Tri-State Region that didn't wind up getting used. I liked the ideas enough to post them...mostly just the tattoo one, though.

The numbers drinking beer also make me smile...