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It’s been busy here, and I haven’t been feeling great about my drawing skills, but I think it’s getting better. In the meantime, here’s a taste of something I’ve been working on at my job.

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I’m working on a set of simple gifs that show the process of making the custom shirts we do. This was my initial proposal, but it was deemed a little too complicated, so I’m working on a complex page of very simple gifs that explain each aspect of the process. Here’s a simplified version of the same thing:

kenny_simple_cropped_bigAll in all, there will be eleven gifs of this nature (one of them huge, at the end) explaining every aspect of the process of making custom and retail shirts on demand. It’s ambitious, but a fun project, and I’m learning a lot from it. I’m thinking about Another World pretty much the whole time I’ve been doing this, of course.

Comics-wise, I’m working on a couple projects with Owen Alldritt, one of them a weekly deal, which should show up within a month or so. In the meantime, I’ll direct your attention to the gifs when they’re all finished.

Space portrait!

I know it’s been seen by the recipient, so I’m happy to post it here! The portrait commissioned by one of my bosses:

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Click to expand!

The one in the orange suit, punching the bear, is Ricky, one of the owners of the Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company. The crying one (also in orange) is Jerry, his co-owner. The other two are screen printers at the company. Ricky wanted a badass portrait of his own, after Jerry got some pretty cool portrait photos taken.

Here’s the same drawing, without the lines:

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I had a lot of fun coloring this one. Here are some in-process files, so you can see how it developed:

This was the 1st draft of the drawing, which Ricky OK'd.

This was the 1st draft of the drawing, which Ricky OK’d.

I started drawing directly over the rough sketch, adding as much detail as I could to the suit.

I started drawing directly over the rough sketch, adding as much detail as I could to the suit.

The suit begins to take form.

The suit begins to take form.

The nearly finished drawing, without color.

The nearly finished drawing, without color.

BAM

And again, the final product.

I think it went over well. Hopefully, at least! It’s easily the most ambitious digital drawing I’ve ever done (at full size it’s 400 dpi and 40 inches wide), and I’m very happy with how it turned out.

Christmas Shirts!

I gave several shirts as gifts for Christmas! Here are a few of them:

My mom wanted something related to the library, and loves Tomb Raider. Here's a natural combination. She's getting an alternate version that says "Tome Raider" too.

My mom wanted something related to the library, and loves Tomb Raider. Here’s a natural combination. She’s getting an alternate version that says “Tome Raider” too.

My brother grew a mustache for Movember, and shaved off half at the end of the month to highlight how much he'd grown. I loved the photograph he took, so I drew a collage propaganda-style shirt commemorating the event.

My brother grew a mustache for Movember, and shaved off half at the end of the month to highlight how much he’d grown. I loved the photograph he took, so I drew a collage propaganda-style shirt commemorating the event.

My young cousin really likes hippos, so I made him this shirt!

My young cousin really likes hippos, so I made him this shirt!

My aunt works for the EPA, so I thought a distressed recycling logo might be interesting.

My aunt works for the EPA, so I thought a distressed recycling logo might be interesting.

I also made a couple shirts for my friend Jacque’s wedding a couple months ago, here they are!

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My idea was that they could wear the shirts and stand next to each other, so the dinosaurs look at one another. I hope they like them!

I did a big digital portrait thing, but I don’t know if it’s been delivered just yet, so I’ll hold off on putting it up. It’ll happen soon, though.

I’ve been working on comics more than I have in a while, and very excited to. I got the first volume of Orc Stain for Christmas, and I love it. James Stokoe might just be comics incarnate. Couple that gift with the Sally Cruikshank DVD, and it’s pretty much the most inspirational set of Christmas gifts I could hope for!

Shirts I’ve made recently

I’ve been making a lot of shirts for the Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company recently! Let me show you a few, separated into a couple categories.

Shirts I’ve designed entirely on my own:

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See what you're looking for?

It's the Morrissey/Jaws mashup nobody asked for!

It’s the Morrissey/Jaws mashup nobody asked for!

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Those four together are arranged so they spell out, “Don’t see what you’re looking for? Ask!” I thought it would be fun to make shirts that stand on their own and also serve the purpose of (fairly boring) signage. I’m wearing “don’t” today, and it’s pretty fun.

I’ve designed several other shirts recently, but I don’t want to post them yet, since many are Christmas gifts. That’ll have to be a future post. Here are a couple shirts in the second category, though.

Shirts that were Jerry’s idea:

Best Buds

“Draw the US and Canada high fiving”

"Draw the statue of liberty holding a bong instead of her torch"

“Draw the statue of liberty holding a bong instead of her torch”

(Jerry is one of the owners, and my shirt boss.) I’ve also drawn several pretty graphic poop joke shirts for Jerry that I’m not posting here unless there’s incredible demand. I’ve got to protect my reputation somehow! Haha.

I’m working on a really big project tonight, trying to get it all finished. I’ll post it here when it’s done and presented to its eventual recipient!

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! http://stores.ebay.com/TheAnnArborTShirtCompany?_nkw=honey+boo+boo&submit.x=0&submit.y=0&LH_TitleDesc=on

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=me%3DA10RFI7E4FIYNW&field-keywords=honey+boo+boo

Peck and Article!

See this? I sent it to my old, favorite roommate for his birthday. It’s his face, and inside it’s the character he created, Rico Sanchez. I’d put up a picture of him wearing it, but the bum hasn’t sent me one yet. To be fair, it’s his senior year at Carleton, so life is definitely not relaxed. Here’s the design on its own:

It is, of course, highly influenced by this famous cover by Charles Burns. I hadn’t seen it in a couple years, but as I was drawing this piece, it was definitely in the back of my mind.

When I looked at the Burns after I’d printed Peck, I was surprised at how close the placement was. I guess it had a bigger effect on me then I thought it did!

I wrote an article for Hooded Utilitarian that generated a good amount of discussion! If you haven’t yet, please click over!

Other than that, nothing much is going on. Working on more shirts, and comics for Skuds. And comics of my own, of course. I’ll post pictures, someday. I just transitioned to Windows 8, and am getting used to that.

Shirt for my boss!

I made a shirt for my boss, which I call, “creative juices!” Here it is!

The boss!

Lots of pink juices.

I tried to add some yellow highlights, pretty happy with them.

I actually had to go over the black lines twice, because my first marker was dying.

I also won a contest on www.teejuice.com for my Morrissey shirt! The prize is more markers, so that’s pretty ideal.

Recent stuff

So there’s been such hot weather, I haven’t been doing as many caricatures as I had hoped to. I have, though, done a few art things I’m happy with.

Skeletor Dogs

Skeletor Dogs – a commission for my friend Owen.

Team Rocket shirt for the Hoob Han Etsy shop.

Wilde is on Morrissey's side

Wilde is on Morrissey’s side – shirt for the Hoob Han Etsy shop.

Tintin, You Are The Quarry

Tintin, You Are The Quarry shirt for my girlfriend.

As far as caricatures go, I’ve done a couple I like. Here they are!

Here’s a drawing I did to warn people I’m away at lunch, hunting the fabled Morrissey fish:

Another lunch sign:

After work:

And finally:

Bye!