Sunday, January 8, 2017

Stranger Things Fan Shirt Design

Late in 2016 I was approached about drawing a parody mash-up for a fun design mixing Stranger Things with Abbey Road (Stranger Roads?) and the final work is up online now!

The original pitch was for the four main kids to be walking down a train track, referencing the scene where they are trying to use a compass to locate the portal distortion. The final production of that design can be seen to the right.

Playing around with the design some more though, we wanted to incorporate more of the woods and background. After a few attempts, we came to the design featured below with the mirrored woods referencing the Upside-down.

Poor Will is there by himself (or is he?) while his 3 friends and their new crazy friend are often to try to find him.

Both designs, free of watermarks, are available online here!

Keep and eye out for more awesome and fun designs in 2017 as I launch my own designs as well!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Twitter Highlights I Didn't Ask For

Sooooooo, why are so many social media platforms just really terrible at their notifications and highlights? I'm having issues on several, just trying to sort through the mass of junk, repeated notifications, and them putting other pages above the pages I actually want to see stuff from.

I recently set up a new twitter account, and I subscribed to 10 accounts, got 4 followers. 0 tweets, 0 likes, 0 posts on my part. In short it's all dog themed, dog accounts, etc.

Well cut to the gmail account connected to the twitter account. It gets email updated weekly on "highlights" which start off with a person or two the account followed but then quickly devolve into random accounts I can't figure out how they are connected in any way shape or form.

So big slow clap for Twitter sending me a "highlights" weekly email where the first "highlight" is someone I follow and the second "highlight" is a porn star bending over backwards naked. :l Really should have expected that a twitter account about dogs, following other dog accounts and having posted, clicked on, or otherwise interacted with ZERO other accounts would be begging for new porn accounts to follow. Yup. Foolish me.

Thanks for being really useless Twitter. Not sure what I'm even doing anymore with my accounts, but you're helping me get tired of all this rubbish real fast Twitter.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Other Americans, Let's Talk It Out

" Today I'm launching
I think talking to people on the other side of politics (whatever that might mean for you) is going to be very important for all of us going forward. I reject the portrayal of conservatives and liberals in partisan media and want to begin painting a more accurate picture of who we are.
If you're ready to talk to someone from the other side one-on-one via e-mail, please click the link and sign up and you'll get a pen pal (details are on the site). I would also appreciate you sharing this if you want to do that.
This isn't going to solve everything and make our country feel better. In fact, these conversations could become very difficult, but it's a start and something I believe we very much need to confront.
#OtherAmericans "

A new project trying to bridge the gap between sides here in America. Please consider signing up if you want to help shape the future vote of your fellow Americans in a constructive and eye-opening manner.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

2 Sides of America, Same Coin?

Been quiet on this blog, less about the current election and events going on in the world and more about my own work keeping me busy. Got plenty on that front to talk about, but it feels silly to blow my own horn at a time like this. So here is what I want to talk about that is maybe more on topic with the current happenings in America.

This image was posted on Reddit and though it made it to the front page, a number of commenters pointed out that both sides of this election could read this and think it was talking about them.

Captain America, is of course, the greatest American hero. Always fighting for truth, justice, and the American way! Or something equally as heroic sounding. I want to say this panel was from the Marvel Civil War run or such. Regardless, it sounds very inspiring, very "hold out and fight for what you know is right to the end" so to say.

The problem is everyone thinks they are right.

The problem is only in comic books do the evil guys enjoy doing evil, kick puppies, wear terrifying costumes, and behave wickedly even to their peers.

There's a saying about actors playing the role of the bad guy in movies, that the best villains should believe they are the hero in the story.

Sometimes I wonder if we have done a disservice to our society by portraying bad guys as card carrying bad guys. Is we don't short sell the complexities in life by dressing up everything as black and white in our fiction. I mean, I get it, it's easier to write, easier to digest, easier to know who to root for. Storytelling-wise it makes sense. Teaching lessons though, either consciously or subconsciously, we run into issues with oversimplification.

There are often many sides to an event, many factors at play. Good people lie and bad people show acts of kindness, but yet there can still be very bad people and very good people. Fighting for justice is not undone because you lied about your taxes, just like murdering someone isn't overlooked because you're dad of the year.

As protests and violence threaten to break out around the country, I wonder if maybe we've made our fictional heroes too black and white. Or even if the ones that bend the law, the rogue cop, loose-cannon types, if we justify their means too much because of their ends. Does this country need more heroes to look up to that are willing to compromise? Do we need more fictional role models who talk their way out, not just talk with their fists?

At the least, do we do a disservice by watering down the villainous deeds of the world as something that can be beaten with fists? Might does not actually make right, does it?

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Vault of Cartoons Of Yesteryear

I didn't have cable while growing up and I've realized that a lot of the shows I enjoyed in my childhood were less than well known. While my friends were enjoying Legend of the Hidden Temple, I was watching Jumaji the Animated Series. So I figured I'd go down memory lane and bump a few of the old toons to see who else remembers them too.

0. Rescue Rangers

1. Jumanji

2. Steet Sharks

3. Beast Wars Transformers

4. Extreme Ghostbusters

5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

6. Gargoyles

7. Captain Simian & the Space Monkeys

8. The Mask

9. Extreme Dinosaurs

10. Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders

11. Free Willy

Clearly my young life was full of strangely buff teams of mutants and heroes with bizarre powers. I can only imagine what my parents thought of my viewing choices and I can only shudder at what it'll be like to watch the next generation of cartoons to come.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

A Plea To Artists

Artist, PLEASE, for all that is holy to you, put a watermark or AT LEAST a tag on ANY and ALL art you post online!
I don't care if you think it's something silly. If it's something you personally wouldn't or couldn't sell. I don't care if it's a WIP, a tattoo design, a comic, WHATEVER! It's going to get shared around. It's going to be dowloaded, screenshotted, uploaded, reposted, texted, tweeted, and sent out into the world and seen by hundreds, maybe millions of people.
Get that free advertising on your stuff. Get those sweet new followers, customers, and supporters. DON'T make it easy for someone to steal your art, to sell it on a phone case, to list it as a shirt for sale, to use in their video, WITHOUT your mark on it!
Please! Oh the number of amazing pieces of art I've seen blatantly stolen. The images reposted and shared but uncredited. The awesome artwork downloaded and saved for later but without any name or credit on them!
*weeps quietly*

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Advice I Give Others VS Advice I Give Myself

Advice for my fellow creators: 
Surround yourself with quality peers and supporters. People you can learn from, grow with, and who will support you in your work!

Advice for myself: