First Retail Shirt! (UPDATED)

Here it is – the first shirt I was asked to make for retail sale. The idea was to make a shirt that looks like those airbrushed shirts you see in flea markets. Behold the Honey Boo Boo shirt:

Of course, I did feel like this was the definition of selling out, so here’s the alternate design, for those savvy art hipsters.

Ross Elfline, my fantastic ex-art history professor, pointed out that I had accidentally re-created Asger Jorn’s L’Avantgarde (Ne) Se Rende Pas!

I don’t have links for either shirt yet, but when I do, I’ll post them (not that I make any money off their sale, but still, I figure I might as well.)

In other news, Hellen Jo’s Deep Cut arrived, and it’s super beautiful! I think she’s easily the most artistically elegant of my comic book idols. I’m always looking for things to steal from her artistic methods.

UPDATE: Link here!

Amazon link:

Goog Redux

Remember that goog I was working on? That one was rejected, but here are the final ones I gave them. I sent these in ages ago – don’t know why I waited so long to post them.

Here’s the same guy as before.


Probably my favorite.

A cat.

I also did tone and lettering for my friend Skuds, here’s a sample page from that story:

He’s so good. it was really fun to work on this.

Read the full story here!

In other news there was a break-in at work:

So I mocked up a commemorative shirt:

Jerry is one of the owners of the company.

Otherwise, things have been good. I spent a lot of time today drooling over Hellen Jo’s art (which is something I do periodically.) I bought Jin and Jam #1 in LA two summers ago because it looked cool, and I’ve been a big fan ever since. She has a new book on her site, and I bought it today – pretty excited about it. I need to make more comics. I NEED TO.

Some Non-Comics Art I’ve Done

It occurred to me that I haven’t really uploaded any of my non-comics art before, so I thought I would, in case it’s interesting to anyone.

Here’s an acrylic self portrait from early Carleton, when I was still learning to paint.

My first pixel portrait.

My preferred pixel portrait.

Oil self portrait, which doubled as the cover to Issue 28 of the Carleton Graphic

A sculpture I made senior year – a simplified, Bridgeman-inspired arm repeated 5 times.

Here’s a shot of its base, which I was very happy with. The whole things was connected by some pretty delicate dowels and springs.

The hand was contoured to fit a hand about my size, giving it a pretty satisfying feeling.

Here I am, shaking hands with my creation.

This was an installation piece I did. Another “self portrait” – this one less flattering than my usual. A person would come up to these two vending machines in the basement of a campus building. Next to these machines are a couple chip/snack machines.

Between the machines you see a pair of legs?

To the right of the machines you see some chip bags/loose change scattered around.

You circle toward the back, increasingly curious.

This is what you see! (Yes, he is anatomically correct.)

His face, with flash.

This was the sketch for that piece.

Sadly, I was only able to keep the head. Here’s Andreas of Pussy Goes Grrr modeling it.

Otherwise, I’ve been reading a lot. Highly recommended things I’ve read recently:

-Prince of Cats by Ron Wimberly

-Infinite Kung Fu by Kagan McLeod

-Adele Blanc-Sec by Jacques Tardi

-Nonnonba by Shigeru Mizuki

(Re)read Fantagraphics’ first volume of Segar’s Popeye reprints – incredible cartooning.