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Rodan Ranch product label

Artwork for Rodan Ranch product labels.

The next couple of weeks has me doing a lot of illustrations as well as my usual graphic design and web work. Since the illustration projects are not just for my own amusement, I thought I would get a little practice in by finishing up the label artwork for my mom’s farm, Rodan Ranch. It’s one of those projects that I agreed to do “when I have time” about a year ago. Since then, my mom’s beloved great dane, Rammstein, passed away at the well-earned age of 13. I wanted to do something to honor his life and my mom and step-dad’s love for their very first (and so far, only) dog together.

The original label drawing had a nice little arched space at the bottom that was left blank so that my mom could hand-write things like “elderberry wine” and “mystery pickles” on the various types of farm produce that she cans, dries and ferments.

Now let’s just get your first question out of the way: “Why didn’t you use the monster Rodan in any of your artwork!? Are you BLIND to the obvious!?”

Yes, yes, I know. Rodan is totally awesome and would make a great farm mascot considering the name of their farm is Rodan Ranch. I asked my mom about this and she was firmly of the opinion that, despite her great love for old cheesy sci-fi movies, there should be no Rodan monsters in the label artwork. Mom gets what Mom wants.

So, after I finished the original illustration for the label and scanned and cleaned the artwork, I decided to backfill the white space with her dog and one of their farm cats (could be Custard or Mustard – I don’t keep track of the cats and they usually hide when I’m visiting). The plan is to get the final piece matted and framed for them and then I used the digital scans to create some fabric at Spoonflower.com and will be making some cute decorative throw pillows or tote bags for family.

So there you have it. Rodan Ranch!

I’ve got some exciting concept art for a children’s book coming up soon, a commission painting, an EP release poster for David George and a Crooked Mile, and a benefit event poster and invitation for Camp Encourage. Stay tuned!

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Person, Place, Thing: Mother Teresa, Roscoe’s Chicken N Waffles, We’re #1 Foam Finger

Here’s the final painting! Enjoy! Buy the original (link forthcoming) or a print here.

Next up, courtesy of a couple whose names I do not know that were sitting next to me at Room 39, Sandra Bullock, Aspen, Spoon. Let the story unfold!

As of 4/18/14, I am scanning in the line art for each PPT illustration in order to create a coloring book — a very weird coloring book! Follow my progress with this project on the blog or on Facebook!

Mother Teresa, Roscoe's Chicken N Waffles, Foam Finger

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Mother Teresa, Roscoe’s House of Chicken N Waffles, “We’re #1” Foam Finger

Yet another idea I had regarding my Person, Place, Thing series: Coloring Book.

I’ll be scanning each drawing after the initial inked outlines are complete so that it can be used to create a coloring book. A coloring book to confuse and amuse people of all ages.

I’ll still be painting each original drawing and offering originals and prints for sale on the website. This just gives me yet another way to shove my weird drawings in people’s faces.

I’ll be making each drawing available for free to download until I have enough illustrations for the coloring book. You are welcome to print each free drawing out on your own or import them into a coloring book app like Color Studio. After I have about 20-30 illustrations completed, I will make both a printed and pdf coloring book available for purchase and the free downloads will be disabled.

Click the image below to go to the Google Drive PPT Coloring Book Downloads and download either a hi-res or small version jpg of Mother Teresa, Roscoe’s House of Chicken N Waffles, “We’re #1” Foam Finger.

Mother Theresa, Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles, We're Number 1 Foam Finger

 

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Pepper

So, one of the nearby neighborhoods to mine has a couple of facebook community group pages – one for crime watch and lost pets and another for general community conversation. Recently, a large percentage of the posts are about people finding the same dog roaming loose over and over again. His name is Pepper. Everyone in the neighborhood really likes Pepper, but no one wants to see the poor pup get hit by a car or suffer some other mishap, so people take Pepper in on what seems to be a weekly basis. He always gets returned to his owner, but the owner isn’t very good about keeping Pepper from escaping again.

Some neighbors have suggested Pepper needs his own adventure story and others are just hopeful that Pepper will find a new home with a more responsible owner. Since Pepper’s been on my mind lately, I thought I’d do a little illustration of him. I know you all are waiting impatiently for my next Person, Place, Thing, and I promise that is coming soon. Probably tomorrow.

But for now… here’s Pepper 🙂

Pepper the Dog of West Plaza

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“Person, Place, Thing” Illustration Series

Archangel of Office Supplies

This is the Archangel of Office Supplies, illustrated from the suggestion of “Some shirtless guy, the Vatican, and a swingline stapler”. I did this while waiting around during jury duty. This was pretty much the birth of this series.

A few years ago, I started occasionally asking people at random for a person, place and thing. I didn’t explain why I was asking because I wanted the results to be completely unbiased toward their intended use. I meant it as a brain exercise, forcing me to take unrelated things and create a narrative artwork. But now that the website is live, I thought I’d start a new game!

Twice a month on my Facebook Page, I’ll be soliciting suggestions for a Person, Place, Thing illustration. Today I chose from a long list of suggestions (although admittedly they were mostly from one person who, unbeknownst to me, has a suggestion-related OCD of some sort) and picked the winning submission: Mother Theresa, Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, and a “We’re #1” foam finger. Should have this up next week for your enjoyment.

Next call for suggestions will take place on March 24th, so keep your eyes peeled. Follow me on Facebook, even!

If your suggestion is picked, you’ll get a free signed print of the final illustration. How fun is that!

Side Note: The suggestions I get through the call for suggestions are admittedly skewed toward the intent of being illustrated and I’ve realized that I still like the idea of approaching people that have NO idea why I am asking them for a person, place and thing. I think that I will still do this, but I think I will start targeting interesting and well-known people. This is much easier to do in person, as a phone call where someone picks up, “Hello,” and receives in reply only, “Hi, I need a person, place and thing. Just list them off the top of your head,” is perhaps a little jarring. I suspect a response would be, “Who is this?”

“It’s not important. Just tell me a person, place and thing and I’ll be on my way.”

*click*

So I’m not sure how I’ll approach it, but I’m open to suggestions.

 

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It’s a Good Thing this Ship isn’t at Sea

…or actually a ship. No. It is just a website. I set my launch date for today, my birthday, but have fallen somewhat short. I’ve gone ahead and removed the “Coming Soon” mode (no, but I DO wish it had been the little animated digging worker “under construction” gif because “totes retro”—don’t think I didn’t hear you thinking that). Now you can see the site in all its mostly unstyled glory.

Normal client work, preparing for tax time, and other piles of paperwork have been hindering my progress here, but I’ll be continuing to work on the site this week and should have all prints set up properly for purchase by NEXT FRIDAY, March 7th. I’ll also have exciting news on how to participate in the Person, Place, Thing project. And I will likely have gotten all the styling finished so the images are displaying in a more appealing fashion.

At any rate, I hope you’ll stop back by next week for the updates. In the mean time I’ll keep blogging new (and old) artwork here or you can follow me on ye olde facebook or twitter.

 

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