Friday, November 13, 2009

Community Pool: Thanksgiving Edition

I'm the featured artist at this month's Community Pool, hosted by The Ahimsa Collective! Enjoy the turkey-tastic poster I put together.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Kleenex Klouds

Being sick is pretty boring. Boring enough to make me doodle on a Kleenex box.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Wild Thing Costume

I take Halloween pretty seriously, and I always get bummed when I can't make my own costume and have to resort to something store-bought. This year I was inspired by the resurgence of all things wild, thanks to Spike Jonzes' movie. I knew there was no way to top the furry puppet/body suits used for the film, so instead I wanted to stick closer to the original Maurice Sendak illustrations. That meant a lot of cross-hatching.

I also turned my beverage contribution wild. I drew the bird-looking creature and slapped him on some Wild Turkey (you know, since they're both birds). Totally unrelated side note: I made sure my mouth was wide open for every photo taken, gnashing my terrible teeth.

The feet were the only pre-made part of the costume, they're actually Polar Bear Slippers that I sprayed grey. I wasn't sure if it would work, but the spray paint actually made the fur look extra thick and matted, instead of fluffy.

I painted all the "stripes" by hand on a cheapo shirt from Target. I was gonna leave it strictly brown, but looking at the original illustrations I realized how orange things really are.

I went to Joanne's and got some "Grizzly Bear Black" fabric that shed like CRAZY. I got help from Seamstress Francis (who made most of the tail and both my horns) and Seamstress Dooling, with their magical sewing machine and hot glue gun.

I used pieces of my pants to make the claws, which kept wilting as the evening progressed. The brown part was some reject felt that Seamstress Dooling found for super cheap at Joanne's.

The pattern on the pants was a true labor of love. I wanted something reminiscent of the shading that Sendak does. Sadly, you can't really see that kind of detail from far away, and there were a lot of people who didn't believe that I hand drew every scale. I used a "Magnum Sharpie," which made our entire apartment smell terrible. I am so sorry, roommates.

The worst part of Halloween is the next day, when you wrack your brain searching for another reason to wear a costume and join a wild rumpus. I'm still working on it.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Thursday, October 01, 2009

TYS Poster - Final Color

TYS Poster: final ink + color comp

The Younger Statesmen have been doing shows at The Improv Space, and naturally "space" makes me think of science fiction. Because I'm awesome.
Below is a rough color comp, just trying to figure out what things might look like.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

All Plants and Trees Are Trying To Kill Us

A friend of mine shared a mind-blowing theory with me: all plants and trees are trying to kill us. They're just moving too slowly.

Next time you're near a plant, really look at that plant. Note how it's reaching out for you, no doubt in the hopes of suffocating you with leaves, or strangling you with twisted vines. Note how their roots are trying to ensnare you, or rip up the concrete where you stand. Note how they're storing ammunition to fire at you, like acorns or pollen. Think about it.

That's why whenever I see leaves on the ground, I look up to the nearby branches and shout "is that the best you got, mother fucker?"

Hulk Sketch!

Uh oh. Looks like I found a great time waster.

OdoSketch does a pretty good job of duplicating what it feels like to draw with real pens on real paper. Maybe I should just do that instead of a digital approximation? Nah.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Almighty Idol - title design

Just finished the rough cut for The Younger Statesmen's new sketch. I designed this for the title, hope it works well!

Monday, August 24, 2009

"Almight Idol" shooting thumbnails

Some quick thumbs for shots I wanted to get while filming a new sketch with the Younger Statesmen at Malibu Creek. Rock climbing is hard.

This was also the project all those idol drawings were for...

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Small Fry

Today at work I watched old cartoons (mainly Small Fry) and drew characters from them. I might become an uncredited character designer for one tiny blip of a scene.
Today was a good day.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Work Doodle

I haven't been drawing much recently, but I have been doodling a lot at work.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Failure to Launch

Breaking the song lyrics chain just briefly.  Although this could work nicely for Say Hi's "The Stars Just Blink For Us."  But there I go again.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Kyle Andrews - “I Wanted to Paint a Rainbow”

I'm not drawing/creating as much as I'd like, so I'm challenging myself by combining two things that I love:  a new illustration based on a new song every day for as long as I can.  I like playing around with text and color but hardly ever focus solely on the two together, so this might get a little crazy.
Kyle Andrews - "I Wanted To Paint a Rainbow"

Monday, April 20, 2009

More ClickBee costume pics

Just got some more photos of the ClickBee costume being made overseas based on my design. Pretty damn crazy!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Recently I got a sweet freelance gig designing a character/mascot for a shopping website. is still under construction, but when it's up and running you'll see my drawings all over it!
After doing several different concept designs, we finally settled on this guy:
The ClickBee people are also building a costume based on my design!  Check out this photo from the chinese company that's constructing it:

Obviously when it's complete I'm gonna do everything I can to wear it.  A lot.
Here's some more ClickBee drawings...