Friday, December 31, 2010


At Wizard World Austin 2010, I picked up the two large hardcover volumes of Invincible, an ongoing Image comic created by Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker. I tore through those two volumes; it is pretty darned awesome.

Invincible, or Mark Grayson, has had to tackle a number of eccentric villains during the course of the series. So I figured it'd be perfectly natural for him to save the holidays from a giant, deranged mutant turducken. Right?

I thought it'd be a nice illustration on which to end 2010. Happy New Year, everyone!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Shark Side of the Force

The Shark Side of the Force
You're probably familiar with how Samuel L. Jackson went out in Deep Blue Sea. And we all know how Mace Windu perished in Star Wars.

But what if Windu was attacked by the shark from Deep Blue Sea? Here's SLJ's modified speech from Deep Blue Sea:

"Nature can be lethal, but it doesn't hold a candle to the Force. Now, you've seen how bad things can get...and how quick they can get that way. Well, they can get a whole lot worse. So, we're NOT going to fight ANYMORE. We're going to pull together...and we're gonna find a way to get out of here! First, we're gonna seal the blast doors—"


Maybe Mace Windu would have fashioned a lure out of some fishing line and his lightsaber. That could have totally worked. Heck, he could have used Yoda as bait!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Strangels Among Us

Here's the fifth Cup Art illustration I've done at Americas Coffee House in downtown Lafayette. Was initially inspired by the Pokemon "Quagsire."

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

True Grit - Jeff Bridges

True Jeff Grit

I don't know much about True Grit. But I DO know that Jeff Bridges is pretty awesome, AND that the Coen brothers are pretty darned awesome.

So, I reckon this movie'll be pretty darned tootin' awesome.

I haven't read the book or seen the John Wayne movie. Don't hate me.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Hellboy Loves Cats

Hellboy Loves Cats
Drawn for "Hellboy Friday" at Drawed Goods.

I've always loved the red Mignola uses for Hellboy.

That MAY be the reason that I started reading the comic, in the first place!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Namby Potter

Namby Potters
Here is Snape teaching his Defense Against the Dork Arts class about the annoying "Namby Pamby."

I was inspired by Emmy to do my own mini-potter comic. Hopefully I'll do more! (I already have an idea for another one. It even has a JINGLE in it.)

I've typed it before and I'll type it again: Snape is by far my favorite HP character. Followed by Hermoine, the only student who could actually do any spells above a third-year level.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Super CookNight
Just a quick, silly design for the Facebook Event photo for our upcoming *SUPER* CookNight. Our first ever. Usually we just take turns cooking on Tuesday nights. But next Sunday, a few of us will be manning out respective stoves and meeting to feed a lot of people. Hopefully, because I can't eat it ALL by myself.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cher Gambit

Cher Gambit
After years of hearing people butcher the Cajun-French word "cher," amongst other expressions and phrases, Gambit finally snaps. Actually, the biggest offender is Gambit himself, circa the X-Men cartoon. Oh, "mon CHER," it'll be alright.

Actually, it's pretty entertaining to hear "Cajun" voice acting on television. Trust me, you don't really want genuine cajunspeak on there. But, since Gambit was one charming "Cajun" mutant, I'm perfectly fine with his vaguely-kinda-frenchish-drawl. It's much easier on the ears than hearing something like "Mais, dat mutin' dere is trowin' dem playin' cards fass fass, ya cher!"

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Wizard Watching

People-watching at ComicCon
Sitting behind a table at Wizard World Austin ComicCon this past weekend allowed me the chance to do a little bit of people-watching. I tried to pick some of the more interesting characters who walked by the table. It usually helped if they stopped nearby to talk to someone, haha.

There's another one coming up in January in New Orleans. Maybe I'll get my own table and do silly commissions. Like Superman getting speared by a Superbull. Oh wait, I already drew that...

Sketchcards by Mediocre Militia

This past weekend and Austin Wizard World ComicCon, I met a group of artists who go by "Mediocre Militia." They were pretty cool doodz, and they liked all the silly drawings in my moleskine, so I commissioned each of them to draw me a sketchcard. Actually, come to find out, I only met three out of the four. SORRY, FOURTH GUY.

From James Riot, I requested "Robocop surfing."

From Dave, I asked "Batman riding on Robin's shoulders."

And of Zac, I commissioned "Yoshi eating Mario."

Woooo, support the arts!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Blade PUNner

Replicant Galoot
Yesterday afternoon, one of the Drawed Goods crew challenged me to do a Blade Runner illustration. So I did three. Of Leon Kowalksi.

When I asked myself "Which character from Blade Runner should I draw?" this guy immediately sprung up to the top of the list. I always thought of him as the quintessential "galoot." Look at that face!

Anyway, pne of the drawings is up on Drawed Goods, and features Leon (pictured above) in like at fast food chain McDeckard's. The second was drawn on the back of a receipt and left in a local pizzeria. I have a pic of it. And the third is, of course, posted above. Leon was never a replicant of many words.

OH, so tonight I finally finished watching Battlestar Gallactica. I loved everything (well, except the last five minutes) so much. SO SO MUCH. And I just found out that Edward James Olmos was the origami guy in Blade Runner! COINCIDENCE?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Puppet Master of Ceremonies

Doogie Shirt
I was commissioned to design a shirt for the release of New Orleans puppet singer/songwriter Lil' Doogie's new album, "YeahBrahCaDaBrah." The cd release party is at the NOLA House of Blues on Nov. 5.

Pretty fun rush project. Originally I had hand-drawn some smokey magical type, but the client thought it needed to look less scripty. So, this was the reworked version.

Three colors on a blue shirt. Fun use of halftones, which is something I'd like to experiment more with.

Yes, a puppet show at the House of Blues! I wish Slayer would open for him. That'd be SICK, BRAH.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Halloween to ReMEMEber

LOL WUT Pumpkin
This year marks my first attempt at carving a pumpkin. My friends organized a pumpkin-carving contest. Complete with a rambunctious Welsh Corgi. I eagerly partook in the event.

Amidst browsing the aisles of large, orange masses of various shapes, my eyes set upon this particular pumpkin. Instantly, I new what I'd carve. And it came out surprisingly well, I think!

For those of you who do not recognize the image, and are scratching your befuddled heads, please google "LOL WUT pear." Then all shall be revealed. Partially.

It's an internet thang, y'all.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Dork Knight

Dork Knight

So, to follow up the post below, I received an award for the creativity my masquerade attire displayed. A basket of assorted cheeses. A heavy basket of about fifteen assorted cheddar cheeses. What am I going to do with this?!?! I mean, what is BATMAN going to do with this?

Savor, Alfred. Savor.

I don't think anyone there knew who Batman was. This was evidenced when the award to "Burton Durand, for his creative heathen mask."

Wednesday, October 20, 2010



Since I illustrated/designed the posters and tickets for the UL Lafayette Beaux Arts Ball, I was able to get a free pass into the event. Since it is a masquerade ball with a "recycling" theme, I went ahead and made myself a recycled newspaper mâché Batman mask. I may make a cape out of garbage bags, as well.

Should be pretty interesting, hahaha. I really hope this mask fits, as the "female model" mannequin head (the only one I could find on such short notice) does seem RATHER PETITE. Ah well, we'll see!

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Source of Happiness

Source of Happiness
Here was my thought process during this illustration:

OK, I need to try out some of these new Copic sketch markers.

I'm going to draw this cool guy smoking. OK, he looks cool and he is smoking, check. What will be be doing? He'll be working on something. Fine. He'll be bent over his desk, hard at work.

He'll be concentrating REALLY hard on painting something. A figurine? A model car? Some sort of hand-lettered type? Maybe he should be lettering "LOL WUT?"

Nah, he's working on his new masterpiece, the representation of pure happiness.

So, I give you the man who invented the smiley face.

Note: I did not bother to research the creator of the smiley face. Don't judge me!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Beaux Arts Ball Posters

Beaux Arts Ball Poster 1

Beaux Arts Ball Poster 2

Here are two posters that I designed and illustrated (at BBR Creative) for the Beaux Arts Ball costumed fund-raising event put on by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Specifically, the College of the Arts.

The theme, as the posters state, is "Re-New, Re-Vision, Re-Cycle," and promotes making costumes out of found objects and recycled materials. I figured it would be fun to do a mirrored pair of posters, featuring decked-out recycled costume party people. I like how they have a proud air to them while being covered in repurposed materials.

The posters are actually being silk-screened and sold at the event to raise money for the College of the Arts. Woo-hoo!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Here's Rambo, wielding his gungun, which is, of course, a large gun that uses smaller guns as ammunition. Because when you're as manly as Rambo, you tend to get bored of just shooting people. You have to get creative.

Imagine that you're a guerilla terrorist dude, and you just stepped on Rambo's hamster. Come to find out, that was his FAVORITE PET. And now he's prettttty pissed. So, he whips his gungun out and fires. To avenge "MuffMuff." Once he pulls the trigger, guns are shot out at you. And THESE guns proceed to fire at you. Not only are you struck by bullets, you are also hit by the guns that fired those bullets. DUBBLE TRUBBLE.

As a sidenote, once you're as much a dude as Rambo, you can get pretty much any tattoo that you'd like. Including the Kool-Aid Man. Or puns. Because this soldier loves posing with his guns. Also, he named his gungun "Gunthrie" and carved a Woody Guthrie reference onto the side.

And YES, that IS a Sam & Max tattoo on his chest!

Monday, October 4, 2010

OMinous NOMs

OMinous NOMs

I know that the "NOOOOOOOOO!" scene at the end of Revenge of the Sith was supposed to be serious, but many people I have watched the movie with burst into laughter at that moment. Maybe it was because ol' Vadey didn't usually show emotion in the original trilogy.

But what if Vader had an adorable pet Kowakian monkey-lizard that was eaten by a rancor? Would he have not had an emotional outburst? I think he might have. Or, what if

Or what if his favorite sunnydew flower garden on the Forest Moon of Endor would have been trampled by at AT-ST? You may have heard his wails all the way on Death Star II.

Or what if he would have accidentally dropped his favorite snack, beebleberry ice cream? I think that would have emotionally rivaled Padmé's death.

So think about that the next time you watch RotS. That and how Vader managed to eat ice cream through that mask.


Because sometimes you just have to fro your hat into the ring.

Afros and kung-fu seem to come up relatively often at Drink & Draw, so I thought it'd be best to combine them.

For the good of all.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Death Startled

Death Startled
It's always fun to draw things from the Star Wars universe. Always.

My mom recently commissioned me to do a drawing for one of her friends' kids. She said that "He almost likes Star Wars as much as you do!" Which is not plausible, I assure you. I mean, did HE draw a Star Wars comic with an ORLY owl cameo? DID HE? No, he most certainly did not.

But anyway, since he listed Vader as his favorite character, I drew him (which I'll post soon). As an added bonus, I thought I'd throw in the Death Star in the back ground. So I did that, too. But I also wanted to add a little humor to the drawings, so I modified them for my own purposes (mwuhahaha).

I'd like to think of the second Death Star in this way: It was a huge prank that the Rebels weren't patient enough to let be sprung. I mean, surely the Rebels were expecting another world-destroying ray, right? Imagine the LOOK on their faces when the giant "BANG" sign would have popped out! A literally huge prank, stretching a thousand or so miles. But nooooo, they had to cut it short.

Oh, man! Admiral Ackbar could have shouted "IT'S A PRANK!" That would have been great.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Creole Trinity

The Creole Trinity
With all the excitement of getting one of my shirt designs printed, I forgot to upload the art to my blog! So here it is, my first shirt printed with Dirty Coast, a t-shirt & poster printing shop in New Orleans, La.

If you aren't familiar with the cooking practices of Southern Louisiana, know that we love our cooking "trinity," which consists of onion, bell pepper and celery. They go into many a cajun/creole dish. Garlic is definitely a close runner up. I personally use garlic more than celery, haha.

Anyway, Dirty Coast asked if I'd like to do a shirt design based on "We Believe in the Trinity," and feature the onion, bell pepper and celery. So this is what I came up with. Cooking IS religious to many down here, you know.

Here's a link to the shirt on the Dirty Coast shop page: Believe in the Trinity

Bon appétit!

Friday, September 17, 2010

GROSSery Shopping

The Flesh Market
The theme for this week's Sketchgroup was "Snooty Zombies," as put forth by yours truly. I was already drawing the snooty zombie when someone asked what the theme would be. That's usually how it happens, hahaha.

If you don't have one where you live, there's a fancy-pants grocery store called The Fresh Market, where the shoppers are gently caressed by classical music as they wander the aisles in a trance. The trance is mostly caused by sticker shock. Those quality ingredients are ASPENSIVE!

Don't get me wrong, I love the place. They have some AWESOME gourmet hummus. And cakes! And fresh everything, as their name displays. So I figure if there was an undead grocery industry out there, this place would attract the mid-to-upper class zombies. Right?

It would also attract packs of wild, masterless dogs.


Sky Pirate
Another random creation from our Drink & Draw Sketchgroup. The theme last Wednesday was "sky." The theme two nights ago was "snooty zombies," which I proposed. I just scanned that drawing, so you should be seeing it up here soon!

Also, I bet this pirate won't be putting his bootypack so close to his parachutes next time. IF THERE IS A NEXT TIME! I mean, he may land on a haystack, a fun-jump or a kraken, for all we know.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Save the Gulf Walrus

Save the Gulf Walrus
This is the second shirt design I've done for Dirty Coast, out of New Orleans. The creative director, Blake, contacted me with the idea "Save the Gulf Walrus," and this is what I popped out of my head. Quite a fun piece to illustrate!

If you aren't familiar with the story, apparently some oil companies released a report right after the Gulf oil leak that stated that the walrus was among the species in danger from the disaster. Well, since there aren't any walruses (walri?) in the Gulf, I guess those companies have some oily egg on their collective face.

Isn't that chubby gryphon adorable? I think he's part weenie dog. Yay, Weenie Gryphon!

The initial response was that they really liked how the art looks. I'll keep you guys posted as to if/when it gets printed.

I have a few more illustrations that I'll be posting soon! :D

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Construction Porker

Construction Porker
Aka, Sunny, With a Chance of MeatClouds.

This illustration was a product of the Lafayette Drink & Draw (Sketchgroup) random creation process. There wasn't a theme, so I just let my mind wander. I guess I was kind of hungry? Hungry for what, I have no idea.

:cue Ren & Stimpy's lummox, screaming "MEATTTT!":

Anyway, I had drawn the construction worker (and his meal) by the end of the night. After I scanned and colored it, I felt that something was missing. I had him sitting in that vertical format, just being all hungry, with the vast expanse of sky above his hard hat. Then it hit me, as if I were slapped by a porkchop. MeatClouds.

There are surprisingly few MeatClouds. You may say "Where's the meatballs?" But meatballs just like a cloud puff. And all steaks pretty much look the same. A meaty slice of pizza would just look like a triangle. Boudin looks like sausage. Meat pies just look like normal pies. Chicken nuggets look like meatballs, which look like ordinary cloud puffs. Boring ol' non-meaty cloud puffs.

So what you have here is the cream of the meat crop. I tried making "MeatClouds" into a trend on Twitter, but I'm no where important enough. If ONLY I could get Lindsay Lohan to mention it!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Brass Bed - Gramophone Shirt

Brass Bed Gramophone Shirt

My friends in Brass Bed asked me to come up with a shirt design! They wanted to have something for the release party of their second album, Melt White, which is coming up on Sept. 10th. That's going to be a super-fun show. Great music, too. Check 'em out!

I did a few thumbnails of different concepts based on the initial thoughts they gave me. They all lit on this direction, which was a horse pulling a giant gramophone; here's the final product. It was a really fun project to accept, and as an added bonus, I stocked up on a few ideas for future illustrations. Woooo!

Friday, August 20, 2010


BURST! Design

BURST! Mock-Up

EEEK! Sorry for the lack of posts. Been working on a lot of freelance illustrations. Wooo! OK, so this is a new shirt design that I just submitted to Threadless. Scoring is going on RIGHT AS I TYPE.

It's a fun speech bubble made out of comic onomatopoeias. Wouldn't this be totally fun to wear? WOULDN'T IT? You're right, it totallllly would.


If you'd like, please help it get printed by voting and commenting on the Threadless submissions page.
Here's the link:

BURST! - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More

Thanks ever so much, friends! OH, and please feel free to leave comments here as well :D

Friday, August 6, 2010

Name that Toon

Sweet Adelines Program

One of my coworkers is in a chorus called "Sweet Adelines", who put on a performance every now and then. This year they are having a Broadway show-tunes theme, and I was asked to illustrate a cover for their program. A small, fun piece with a lot of creative freedom. This is the kind of freelance stuff that an illustrator just lovessssss.

Actually I'm sure freelance illustrators love all work. Since I usually just do things like this for fun, it's nice to actually get paid to draw silly things!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

eNews is Good News

BBR eNews

I was asked to whip up an illustration for one of BBR's HTML emails. The subject is about helping others realize how to effectively communicate eNews through html emails and blogs and stuff like that. I think. I actually wasn't given the article to read. I was just told to "do an illustration about eNews."

So, here you go! An envelope/keyboard. Yayyyy digital mail providing eNews, amirite?!?!

It's always fun to do illustration at work. :D

Monday, July 26, 2010

"Save the Gulf" Poster Prints

Save the Gulf Poster

StG Poster Detail

Stg Poster Setup

The photos above are of my Save the Gulf poster design that my friend Jude Landry was kind enough to offer to screen print. The posters will be on sale at The Great Oil Leak Poster Project gallery showings, coming up soon. I'll also be putting some up for sale online. Part of the proceeds will go towards Gulf Aid, to assist those whose lives and jobs were affected by the oil spill.

More info to come!

Photos by Tim Landry.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Doodie Patrol

I helped brand a pretend-militia club thingie! Sarah and her friends call lame guys "Doodies." It's an adorable take on a major problem in society. You know the type: Guys that walk around in overly graphic tees and popped collars and say "Bruh!" a lot. That are a bit too forward with the womenfolk. That love Jagerbombs. That basically exist to annoy non-doodies. They're typically "swole out" and "ready to hit it." You know.

But you may NOT know that there are other types of Doodies than just the Bruhs. Sleazy Rockers and Jackleg Yuppies also qualify. Amongst others. Just always be on the lookout for toolbags, amirite? Not really that hard to spot. Just look around!

So, to unite unDoodies under a common banner, I created this silly logo. I hope it helps Sarah, her friends and all women out there who are looking for strength in numbers! Clean up the streets!

Fight the good fight, Doodie Patrol.

PS - The female Doodie is known as a "Doodette."

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Zomball Player

Here's another silly creation that was the result of our Wednesday night Lafayette Drink & Draw Social Club. There was no theme, but somehow a few of us ended up drawing classic monsters. Someone drew a werewolf and someone drew an emo Teen Wolf. I think someone else drew a big ol' squid. That's KIND OF a monster, right? Right. How can you tell if something is a monster? You wouldn't let it hold your baby.

I don't know about you, but I wouldn't let a giant squid hold MY baby.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Music Tangents

Alright these are a couple of non-illustration videos, but don't be upset. It's still creative / artistic, right???

This first one is my first attempt at trying out my violin through a loop and acoustic amp. Pretty interesting.

This second one is me trying out a couple of new guitar pedals (POG2 octave and vintage Tube Screamer, along with a sweet Frantone fuzz pedal that I already had), with a funny ending.

Don't hate! I'm just making up stuff on the spot so it isn't exactly Mozart caliber, haha.

Friday, July 2, 2010



My friend Sarah is obsessed with glitter. While it hasn't reached "intervention" levels yet, it's noteworthy enough to have necessitated an illustration. So this past Wednesday at Sketchgroup, I created her a robot butler, or robutler, that would scamper about collecting discarded glitter piles. Please note the "I'm excited!" girly hand position.

I will report back once a name has been issued upon this Glitterbot model. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Side Stitch - Designers at Heart

Side Stitch - Designers at Heart

As you can probably tell, I put a lot of heart into this episode of Side Stitch. If you aren't familiar with the comic, it's something I make for when it's my turn to blog at the office (I work at BBR Creative, a design/ad agency in Lafayette, LA). I always try to instill some humor and cleverness in along with the design references, but this time I thought I'd try to make it pretty heartfelt.

As I mentioned on the BBR Blog, here we follow a young design pair from initial campus crush to the Request for Proposal (RFP), seeing all the adorableness and designer in-jokes in between.

I started concepting the story after I thought of the RFP/marriage kicker. I tried to think of a bunch of design-related situations in which to put the couple. The challenge wasn’t to try and squeeze in as much design references as possible (that was the easy part), but to illustrate two people falling in love in a very finite number of panels. So we see them working together to ace their design final, the initial inquiry to a first date, bonding over the industry’s beloved design annuals, starting their own design studio, painting a house, adopting their own pet and, finally, proposing marriage.

Hope you enjoyed it, and please pass this along to your design friends. They might get a kick out of it! :D

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

BBR Creative, The Teenage Years

BBR Birthday 13
BBR Creative, the design/ad agency that I work for, is turning 13 years old this week. Actually, today. But this Friday we're taking half the day off to relax by the pool. So I was told to come up with a fun graphic to insert into an HTML mailer to let everyone know we'll be out of the office that afternoon. Did this illustration in a couple of hours. I love getting to illustrate at work!

Oh, BBR stands for Blondes, Brunettes & Redheads.

Now you know!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Affaire De Coeur

My friend Meghann has a passion for fashion design. She just graduated; her senior project was to design a line of clothing for a fashion show that was held on campus. The line wascalled "Affaire De Coeur." She came away with some major accolades, including Best of Show, and some pretty sweet photos (Good job, again!). She has big aspirations, so I volunteered to do an illustration of one of her dresses for her portfolio.

The illustration above was based on one of the photos of the model wearing the dress during the fashion show. Done in watercolor and ink. I was aiming for a Tim Burton-ish style, which is one of Meghann's favorite directors/artists.

Meg, let me know if I got any of that info wrong, lulz.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

I'm a Mr. T Pot

Last week at Sketchgroup, we were talking about the new The A-Team movie that is about to explode into theaters. Then we talked about that hilarious cooking appliance informercial that Mr. T did a while back. He's just SO enthusiastic about that product!

Well, right then and there I decided that I needed to do a T illustration. And, in my typical fashion, I had to incorporate some sort of pun or twist. Cue the literal town fool, subject to T's pity. But I didn't stop there! The fool is slightly turning the tables in that he is doing the "I'm a little tea pot" dancing thingie. It's not really an insult, but I don't think Mr. T appreciates its. Look at the pity! The disdain!

If you're super picky about details, you may be asking yourself "OK BURT, now wouldn't the rings on his RIGHT hand say 'PITY,' while the LEFT hand rings spell 'FOOL?'" No. Because if he were to indulge in fisticuffs, he'd need BOTH hands to have rings that spell "PITY," because he'd be applying pity with both hands TO the fool. Hitting a fool with the word FOOL is just redundant.

In closing, Mr. T has always been, and will always be awesome.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Zach & Zach

Last week (or so), my friend Zach (Broussard) posted a note on Facebook about how he needed an artist to whip up some art for a new podcast and comedy tour featuring himself and his friend Zach (Sims). I responded that I'd like to help. But, knowing me, it turned into a full-blown illustration, including hand-drawn type and all. Haha, the things I get myself into!

I also resized/reworked this image to fit the square iTunes album artwork size. And did a borderless version and a grayscale version to cover all printing bases.

From what I gather, it'll be a fun, "character-driven" podcast with our two Zachs and featuring special guests. Maybe they'll tour the USA, saving Community Centers as they go. It's comedy, folks.


Friday, May 28, 2010

Save Our Gulf.

That horrid mess in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisana, has been going on for over a month now. Even if they plug up the leak tomorrow, the mess will definitely still be there, in the Gulf and on the coast.

A couple of week ago I woke up with this idea in my head. I figured the way I could help most with this situation would be to design an emotional poster that could potentially reach people and let them know (if they haven't already heard) the plight in the Gulf. Side note: If you didn't know, I live in Lafayette, LA.

There's oil, oil everywhere! Many areas of the coast have been shut down and closed off. It ain't pretty.

The illustration's message is that this oil leak disaster is telling us something. If people aren't prepared to handle every sort of oilfield emergency, there's going to be harsh repercussions. Who knows the extent of the effect this spill will have on the coastal ecosystem.

It's the least I can do as a designer, a Louisianian and a rational human to try to communicate this message. I don't have the funds to have this silk-screened and posted up, but I can post it online. If the message reaches you, please spread it.


UPDATE Due to the strong positive reaction to the design, I will be pursuing getting this design printed on shirts and stickers and having the proceeds go to helping clean up the mess. I'll be looking into that this week.

Also, some local designers are rallying to get all interested individuals to come together and design posters to raise awareness about the Gulf oil spill. They are accepting entries for a couple more weeks. You can find out more at The Great Oil Leak.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Go West, Old Man!

It's fun to draw old people. Therefor, it's fun to draw old-timey gold prospectors.

Last night's theme for our Lafayette Drink & Draw Social Club (I do seem to vary up the name each time, don't I?) was "Old West." At least I think it was. A few of us were going with it, anyway. Half of us had bought Red Dead Redemption the day before (and SOME of us did Monday at midnight), so I think there was some spillover.

I'm going to have to refill my wonderful Copic markers. A few key ones are running dry and I had to borrow my friend Matt's set to work this illustration.

Oh, and if you get the "GIVE ME DA GOLD!" reference, then good for you. You know the internet very well. If not, do yourself a favor and search "Leprechaun in Mobile, Alabama" on youtube. The vid has been around for a while, but if you haven't seen it, it'll be like finding buried treasure.

Also, if you haven't done so already, feel free to add me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter. I try to be as entertaining as possible!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Gotta Be The Shoes

Or, The Cyclopirate.

The theme for last week's Drink & Draw Lafayette Sketchgroup meeting was "Eyepatches." Mostly because I was wearing an eyepatch. Not because I was trying to be a pirate, but because I had minor eye surgery the day before. And because I am such a dedicated illustrator, I was able to make it to Sketchgroup.

Now, cyclopean pirates are usually the most fearless. Mostly because they can't see anything. This one is especially fearless because he's wearing stylish boat shoes. Literal boat shoes.

Oh, and he's pretty drunk. And has a sword. And is a mythical creature.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Lemi Shine On!

Here are the second and third illustrations done for my friend Jody's design school project. Again, the concept is to illustrate that one can really tell the difference when using Lemi Shine to clean residue left by hard water in dishwashers.

My personal favorite of the three shows Lemi Shine being sprinkled in front of a "dirty mouth."

The third illustration features Lemi Shine passing in front of a grimy work boot. The tamest of the three, but still gets across the same "Wow, look at the contrast!" feel (on a slightly less zany level).