Dec 27, 2007
'Thug Bunny - Click to see larger version of art.'
A few years back me and another designer almost started a new design firm together. One of the names we had kicked around at that time was "Thug Bunny." I liked the name so much I secured the domain and lately I've been thinking about that name and decided I needed to illustrate it.
The above art is the result of this inspiration. Over Christmas I was at my parents and was working on the drawing. None of my family members could comprehend why I am illustrating a cigar smoking rabbit wearing a picklehauber and sporting an ear ring.
My older sister looked at it and said "Smoking is terrible why did you draw that?" I said "Hello! It's a cartoon rabbit. It's not real and besides it looks cool."
'Loyal Order of Thug Bunny Logo.'
I felt the "Loyal Order of Thug Bunny" needed a cool logo too so I created this mark to use on his pickelhaube.
If you'd like to get an official "Loyal Order of Thug Bunny" t-shirt click here.
Dec 22, 2007
'Arizona - A picture from my trip to the Arizona Desert'
When the iPhone came out I was stoked and I have thoroughly enjoyed it ever since. I figured with Christmas upon us that the new year would bring about a new swarm of iPhone users, so I decided to create a new set of iPhone Wallpapers.
This set consists of '8' images that are formatted for the iPhone and cover a diverse range of styles and topics.
I still plan on creating a more customized set in 2008 but I am going to wait until after the Apple keynote in January. More then likely Mr. Jobs will have a few surprises in store and it might alter what I do?
You can view my original set of '25' iPhone Wallpapers here.
I'd be remiss if I didn't include one specifically geared for the creative community.
Get this set of '8' images here: Download Vonster Brand iPhone Wallpaper
Dec 15, 2007
'Mr. Cubistic enjoys a stroll in the park.'
A few years ago I created a character called "Mr. Cubistic." He existed mainly as an OSX desktop icon but now lives on as a fun nifty little download.
'"Mr. Cubistic" is looking for a friend.'
Invite "Mr. Cubistic" over for dinner and enjoy his segmented elegance.
DOWNLOAD FREE PDF TEMPLATE HERE.
Lately I've been reading a fascinating book about technology and ancient man. One specific subject in the book which is amazing is the whole area of "Ooparts." This name is given for a historical, archaeological or palaeontological object found in a very unusual or seemingly impossible location. The one that caught my attention in the book is a Jin Dynasty tomb unearthed about 1,500 years ago in China. In the tomb they found an ornate belt and on the belt were pieces of aluminum metal which shouldn't be since modern metallurgy hadn't developed aluminum at that point. At least that is what the common belief is regarding technology and history thus the reason for "Oop" in "Ooparts."
If you want to know more Wikipedia has this page.
The book also gets into the Aztecs etc. so I was thinking about their graphics and the above visual popped into my head so I just doodled it out, scanned it in and colorized it. Don't ask me what it means? I am not sure I like it that much but figured it made for a good blog post.
Dec 13, 2007
'Wall Art Installation.'
Sometimes I get inspired on the spur of the moment. When this happens I tend to put aside what ever I am working on and just pursue the creative rabbit trail to see where it leads.
Such was the case here. I had a tight project deadline and I was cleaning off my desk when I picked up a pad of paper that was almost empty. I took off the two remaining sheets and was going to toss the cardboard backing away when I had an idea.
I grabbed a pair of scissors and cut out a rough shape then proceeded to doodle on top of it until I had "Doodle Dog." It was so much fun I did a few more. All of them are shown on my studio wall above. They are attached to thumb tacks so they pop out from the wall a little and I plan on doing more and creating a whole scene.
I even took one of the pictures into Photoshop and applied some color. It was a fun creative exercise and this type of creative interlude truly lives up to the name of this site.
Man alive these little things are addictive. I couldn't help myself and created the above fish last night. They are spawning faster than Tribbles on crack.
If you want to see and read more about this then visit my other web site www.illustrationclass.com and download my complete creative exercise.
Dec 11, 2007
'Doodle Art "Book Worm"'
This past weekend I stumbled upon a fun little creative exercise. I won't go into it now but I'll be posting more about it in my next post in a few days which will explain what it's all about and show you how to do it yourself. The above image shows you the result of my doodle exercise. As I drew his worm like torso I thought of this specific usage. That is emerging from my books on my shelf and thus "Book Worm" was born.
'Refined Doodle Art "Book Worm" Download in context.'
I liked the raw nature of the doodle art so I scanned that in and colored it. Normally I avoid live trace like the plague but in this case it served its purpose. In general however I pretty much distain using it.
'"Book Worm" wants to snuggle up to your books.'
Give "Book Worm" a home in your bookshelf today!
DOWNLOAD FREE PDF TEMPLATE HERE.
Dec 2, 2007
'FBI Logo and Door graphic.'
I am a huge film noir fan and have always liked the old styled beveled glass doors you see in those type of movies. Usually they are found in a police department, or a private eyes office. It's been a few years since I first thought about doing this, but I finally got around to installing one for my own studio office this past month.
I realized after getting the door installed that it needed a graphic. I gave it a lot of thought and came up with the above concept. Just to be safe I also purchased the domain www.FederalBureauofIllustration.com even though I am not sure what or if I'll use that for anything?
'New studio door with graphic applied.'
My wife at first wasn't sure she'd like the door but after installing it she agreed it looked nice. After showing her my door graphic design however she just shook her head and rolled her eyes. LOL One out of two isn't bad I suppose.
You too can join the "Federal Bureau of Illustration?" Download an FBI wallpaper for your machine today!