Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

This is officially my last completed drawing of 2009 (finished moments ago). It's a page from the book I'll be working on as much as possible in 2010.

making wood cut-outs for Christmas

I used my scroll saw and went crazy with some wood cut-out character Christmas present action. The Moore's (one of my favorite families ever) were kind enough to invite me to their place for Christmas since I couldn't make it to Montana this year. This one was for Trista. It's Wolf Boy Wearing his second favorite sweater.
This one was for Tiphoni. My Cat Mortimer really wanted to keep this one. It has 14 legs and 42 toes.This one is a tiny time traveler (actual size) that I made for Tracy. He put my cat to sleep using his special powers.This is The Temple Carrying Turtle I made for Teesha. I used one of my giant doodles as a back drop for this one.Special angled view shot.

This is the Big Head With Pants. He's a character I made up a long time ago and has become an ongoing joke between my Brother and I. He even used him in one of his animation assignments in school. I was not strong enough to resist making him this.This is a magic good luck dog I made for my Sister. All the colors in his fur don't really come across in this photo.This one was for my Mom. I snapped this shot and the other two for my siblings right as I was packing them into a box to ship home to Montana.

This one was for my Dad. It hung on my wall for about 5 minutes after being finished, then was packed away and sent to the Bay Area.

Now back to making comics! Happy last day of the year everyone!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

print making is fun!

Judy Wise was curious to see the screen I used to make the Enchilada Sauce labels, so here it is. The screen material is stretched over a wood frame, then coated with photo emulsion, then dried. A transparency of the image is placed on the screen and put under a photo lamp. The photo emulsion hardens wherever it's exposed to light. Under the black areas of the transparency, the emulsion remains soft and can be washed away with a hose. The yellow in the photo is where the image washed away and ink can be pressed through. The green is the non-porous, hardened emulsion. The red is actually an ink stain from a previous print I had made using the same screen. I used an old car window washing squeegee to print the image onto sticker paper. The screen is attached to hinges for accuracy.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Do you like Enchilada Sauce?

The Story of the Enchilada Sauce: Heather's mom taught us how to can food a little while ago, so I made a big batch of my top secret Enchilada Sauce. I screen printed a label that represents how I feel about Enchilada Sauce. then I gave away jars of it to family for Christmas. I hope they will all eat it and love it. The End.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas Everyone

I'll be back after the holiday. I finally got a good camera so I'm planning on turning my blog into more of an ongoing studio diary, where I'll be documenting the daily happenings on and around my drawing table. I might even make some short films. I'm planning on making 2010 the most kick ass, productive year yet! Have fun everyone, and look out for elves.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Creative Creatures Bazaar

I'll be over at Cosmic Monkey for the Creative Creatures Bazaar later today. I'll be selling a few small originals, some of last copies of my out of print zines, my new Christmas card, as well as a few other things. It's going to be a small Bazaar that's made up of friends of mine, and they all make wonderful stuff! If you're in the area today, come by and say Hi. Cosmic Monkey is an incredible store and always worth a visit. I might be back for the second day of the Bazaar as well, but I might end up having to hide out at home getting my Christmas packages ready to ship instead.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

New Website!

Here I am wearing my mystical house helmet and standing in front of my new website. I decided that I wanted to have a website that actually existed in physical reality, so I built it on my wall. My good friend Sam Kulla came to town and helped me put it all together , and now it exists on the web too! It's up and ready to see: Sam Kulla does great work and is super fun to work with if anyone out there needs unique web work done The shop is still in the works, but someday soon I'll have a webstore too!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Heather's Acupuncture clinic!

My Fiancee, Heather, graduated and got her Acupuncture license a couple of months ago! She worked non-stop for the last few years to get there, and I couldn't be more proud! This is the card I made for her in celebration of the occasion.
She just started her own private practice here in Portland, as well as opening a group acupuncture clinic with a couple of school friends. You can check out what she's up to at . Heather's Acupuncture skills, along with Shiatsu (a Japanese form of massage), and her knowledge of Chinese and western herbal medicine has helped me a lot. If you're in the Portland area, come and get a treatment!