Vote for My First Threadless T-Shirt, Ski!

Ξ August 11th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Graphic Design, Doodles, Illustration |

Last week I submitted one of my doodles to Threadless for a t-shirt concept. This morning I got an email from them saying that they’d approved it, and have opened it up to accept votes. If I get enough votes, the t-shirt gets printed! So, if you have a second, please vote on my very first Threadless t-shirt, Ski!

Ski! - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More

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Happy (Belated) Easter

Ξ April 13th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Doodles, Cute, Illustration |


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Sushi at Home

Ξ March 2nd, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Food, Doodles, Cute, Illustration |


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Gobble Gobble

Ξ November 24th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Life, Doodles, Cute, Illustration |


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Ξ October 27th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Life, Doodles, Cute, Illustration |


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HOWieZine #13: Phobias

Ξ July 24th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Graphic Design, Illustration |

Every couple of months, Pad Thai of the HOW Graphic Design Forum organizes a HOWieZine theme that up to 50 designers/illustrators can submit work to. This edition’s theme was Phobias. We have a couple of weeks to work on two pages (1 double-sided page), and I spent a lot of time just thinking about what my actual phobias are. Sure, there’s the usual cockroach/spider/snake thing. But I wanted to do something a little different, and something that was somewhat related or linked in a way. I happened to get the most recent Illustration Annual from Communication Arts, and I was drooling over all the neat illustration styles displayed throughout the magazine. One page that really stood out to me included illustrations that were very simple and bold; blocks of color, and  simple shapes. It reminded me of my 7th grade art class where we took thin sheets of a very soft wood, drew something on it, and then cut away pieces of the wood to make a big stamp-like impression of the illustration. One of the reasons that I participate in these HOWieZines is because it’s an opportunity for me to do something different. Since I get to be my own art director, I get to decide what I’m going to do, and how I’m going to do it. I spend a lot of time on the computer, and I wanted to get away from it a little bit and do something with my hands. After reading the Illustration Annual and being reminded of my 7th grade art class, I decided that my two pages would be done by block printing.

The two phobias that I ultimately decided on were vaccinations and scales. I liked that both involved measurements and numbers.

toolsf.jpgThe first thing I did was design how the pages would look in Illustrator. I wanted to simplify the needle and scale so that I could transfer it to my carving block. Once I was happy with my Illustrator comp, I printed it out, put some tracing paper over it, and used a pencil to replicate the illustration on to the tracing paper. I then placed the tracing paper over the carving block and used my pencil to rub the illustration on to the block.I decided (just to be safe) that I’d do a positive and negative version of each illustration.

With the illustrations transfered, I spent a few hours carving away. It was so refreshing to do something with my hands for a change. So many people get caught up in the computer these days and it’s nice to do something hand-made and use the computer to enhance your hand-made artwork (instead of using the computer solely to create).

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After the carving was completed, it was time to ink up the blocks and make some prints!

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I selected the prints I liked the best and scanned them into the computer. I ended up using both the positive and negative prints in my designs, so I’m glad that I took the time to do both. I used Photoshop to change the color, get rid of odd smudges and spots, etc. And voila! My prints were done!



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