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In StuCo…anything’s possible

Just saw the shirts i illustrated for central jr high.




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!

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.

i gave birth to a dairy farmer

Dairy MAX, a non-profit affiliated with the National Dairy Council and representing the dairy farmers of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and southwest Kansas, needed a new face to represent them. They wanted a top-notch illustration and didn’t have much time.

This is when I was contacted. I was given direction and started sketches. After a couple round of revisions, I am proud to introduce Dan the Dairyman.


I’m going to be working on a new series of illustrations. here’s the first installment.

let me know what you think.


started doodling the other day and this is what turned up. didn’t have a plan. just picked up a cheap pen (totally uncharacteristic of myself) and started letting the ink flow.

i’m still playin around with some different styles of illustration.


bears, brains, and bonuses

i’ve been promising some new work for a while. so here ya go.

i wanted to make a teddy bear that was misunderstood and cute. kinda scary but not on purpose. well, FAIL. everyone just says it’s ugly.

you should always take a screen cap when skype freezes. you never know when it will be handy. doesn’t my brother make a wonderful zombie?

my friend needed a logo for his photography business. i came up with and idea. drew up a quick sketch and he brought it to life. great job seth.

event poster

logo for musician above

i now give you the floor.