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Psych – Quatro Queso Dos Fritos

Quatro Queso Dos Fritos

the wife and i made these as we prepped for the season premiere of Psych. the sheer awesomeness inspired me to make a logo & poster.
recipe and photos from


In StuCo…anything’s possible

Just saw the shirts i illustrated for central jr high.




As a 2nd little one has joined our family, i have taken the time to pray for her, hold her and just watch her. I’ve found projects help keep me focused. Especially while praying. Something to keep my hands busy and channel my thoughts.

As i sat and stitched, i wondered who will this little lady grow up to be? What will these beautiful blue eyes see? As i prayed for her future, i fell deeper in love with my little girl.

Today i spent the day workin on what our family has lovingly named “hoot”.

Just like with “wala,” i wanted to have an already loved feel to it. Character that can form over time. I didn’t want the cutest stuffed animal…just one that could be loved for being.

The other day i heard ace say, “wala, i love you just because you’re mine.” it’s a quote from a kids book and that is the message i want my children to understand.


For now sleep well little one, hoot and daddy will be here when you wake.

Mother’s day 2012

Today is mother’s day. As we were prepping for it, i asked ace what he wanted to give mama. He put his finger on his chin and said hmm. Then his face lit up. “giraffe!” he exclaimed.

You want to give mama a giraffe?


Maybe we can think of something else to give mama.

No no no no…

From that conversation, we looked online just for kicks to see what a giraffe would cost. Ebay wasn’t helpful. But google was ($25,000+). A bit outside our budget.

So we compromised and made her this.


It’s a growth chart. We’ll mark ace’s height on it and mama can cherish it for years to come.

Happy mother’s day!

Build number next

We don’t really have any “grown up” furniture. And what we do have is whatever hand me downs were available at the time. For our anniversary, i built a headboard for the mrs.


Haven’t decided if we’ll stain it or paint it yet.


Coffee table

The next round of Do It Yourself is a coffee table. Wanted one, but had no budget…back to the pallets.



Dairy Family

what do you do when your dairy farmer gets lonely?

you get him a family.

that’s just what Dairy Max asked me to do.

sutler to scallywags

I’ve had a couple people ask for some work in progress shots. So, i’m gonna walk you through the stages of a recently finished illustration for an ultimate team in the dfw area.

The team name is flying dutchmen. they have a pirate theme and wanted something pretty tough looking but cheap to print. instantly i thought of my SED art.

as with any illustration, i start with doodle style pencil sketches. they would be unidentifiable to anyone but myself. they are really just a mental map or visual notes of what could be.

from here, i create a tighter pencil sketch. this is still not in the final style, but it allows others to understand where i’m headed.

now it’s time to hop on the ol’ apple. i pull together what visual references i need, drag some photos of my sketches into photoshop and begin to build what i call a digital sketch.

I then bring this digital sketch into Illustrator and drop the opacity way down.

now that the research and planning are done, it’s time for some fun. i turn the music up and let the mind wander while i click away.

i begin with the basic structure of the skull and add a couple details for reference.

at this point, i decide to toughen up my sketches by adding zombie style eyes. i think just letting them sink back into the skull and be kinda tissuey will hit the mark. i decide to leave out eyeball and retain the skull nature. now i’m thinkin only a wuss pirate would wear an eyepatch with a string holding it on. i mean seriously, how is he supposed to have sword fights while swinging from ropes and dodging pistol shots if he’s got a chintzy little ocular covering? i think hey, let’s hex bolt that sucka on there. that’s what chuck norris would do! (no offense john wayne)

now it’s time to give it some character. i would assume he’s gotten some scars and stuff from these battles so let’s carry that into the bones. after getting the scars, cracks & details worked out, i gave him some hair. yes, i know a skull wouldn’t have scars and hair…but who wants a pretty pirate? (aside from mr depp.)

now it’s time to wrap this thing up. i give him a dutch style sailor hat (i mean they are the flying dutchmen) and cross 2 banged up buccaneer swords behind him.

well, ther’ she beeee…..

that’s pretty much how my process works. it’s pretty close to how i sketched before going digital.

take a sec and let me hear back from you.