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).

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Burnin' Rubber Gloves

Here's the first in a series of three illustrations I was commissioned to do by my friend Jody. One of her final school projects has her taking the role of an art director who must search out a photographer or illustrator to help produce a magazine ad. The concept is that this cleaning product, Lemi Shine, cleans so well that it has the power to morph even the dirtiest of images. I may have gone a BIT overboard with the zaniness factor, but I think it still fits the concept, haha.

All that being said, I guess that Lemi Shine actuall does fit into the current Illustration Friday theme of "Equipment," since you'd need some heavy-duty equipment to tidy-up this fellow. AMIRITE?

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Big Finale

NO, this isn't going to be about LOST. I'm sure we'll all be talking about that show enough in the next two weeks, AMIRITE?

I had to quickly create one last granny character for the show I've been mentioning in the past few blog posts. Here she is:

Meet Ms. Grannysplitz. She's an aerial acrobatics master, as you can see. On her way up, she grabbed a prop from nearby and is holding it for all to see.

YOU'LL see once I put up some pictures of the entire scene, haha.

Now that all the characters are complete, go ahead and tell me which character you like best! :D

LOST Mother's Day Card

Last night I drew this card for Mother's Day. My mom is a huge fan of LOST, so I think she'll get a kick out of it, hahaha. Featuring Hurley, whom everyone loves.

Here's a pic to show it more clearly:

It's always tradition that I draw my parents cards for their birthdays and for Father/Mother's Days. The last few time's I've been posting pics/vids of them to Facebook, hahaha.

Have a happy M-Day, everyone!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Show Must Go On!

Here are some more characters that I created for the show I described in the previous post. Enjoy!

The Grannystander
A master of balancing, she is shown carefully balancing her medicine bottles in the air. She's been training for years, so for her it's not really a hard pill to swallow.

Whether he's jumping from the top of a tent or a stack of 20 elephants, the Grandparachutist always lands softly on his feet. Or, rather, his hands. And to add to the spectacle, he likes balancing breakable objects precariously!

Seacil, the Wonder Seal
Seacil is one of the few seals that doesn't mind wearing a tu-tu around his neck, be it from good training or poor fashion sense. In the actual scene, Seacil will act as a stand and will balance a shelf on his nose!