July 29, 2010

Red Shoe

I wasn't happy with the minimal attention I was able to give to my Rainbow Fun Times piece for Super Awesome Art Challenge.

So I've been playing with some of the individual drawings on the side. Doing them all seemed like a waste, so I picked the shoe to start.

Red Shoe

I like it better this way.

July 14, 2010

Missing Rainbow.

I guess when things were extra hairy last month, I posted a piece for the Super Awesome Art Challenge Rainbow Fun Times, but never cross-posted it here. So here it is.


Maybe I forgot to post it because I didn't think much of it. It's a fun idea, but I had no time to work on it, so I just got it done. That's cool, deadlines are deadlines, I guess.

July 13, 2010

Zipper Zapper Nerd Gorilla.

This month's Super Awesome Art Challenge was Zipper Zapper.

So the obvious answer was this:


A nerd in a cheap gorilla suit psyching himself up to exact revenge upon his enemies via laser gun.


I really just used this as an excuse to try some new things. I've been kind of looking for a new way to approach coloring things digitally, especially after my oil painting class.

I limited myself to only using the standard, round brush in Photoshop with 100% hardness. I also limited myself to painting on one layer, instead of dozen's like I normally do. I avoided flat color and made sure there was a lot of small variations with slight temperature differences in all the colors.

I was looking for something to excite me and this method did just that. I feel like I can push it a lot further, I think some more practice is in order...

July 10, 2010

Paper Bicycle Blog

Hey! I almost forgot to mention, but we've started an offical Paper Bicycle blog! And, being 1/3 of Paper Bicycle and all, I am a contributor. It's only a few posts old, so who knows where it will go or what it will be, but so far it's trends, projects and cool stuff we find and just feel like sharing.


So bookmark it, RSS it, favorite it, like it, tweet it, put it on the social network of your choosing, pass it along in your favorite IRC channel... whatever you kids do these days!

July 4, 2010

Recap of some changes.

Hey blog, long time no see! Things have been unusual lately, so I haven't had much worthwhile to post. But there's been a lot of stuff going on.

Probably the most significant, and recent, change is that I decided it was finally time to part ways from my full-time position as an in-house product designer. Technically I've always been freelance, but now I'm 100% off-site and solo.

Decal on the door! 2

Well, not exactly solo. I'm officially part of Paper Bicycle now. So I spend my days with Lindsay and Francesca rockin' packaging, product and design for a bunch of different clients. We just moved into a new studio on the corner of Lake and Lyndale in Uptown Minneapolis.

I've spent about 2 1/2 weeks in the office and everything is already almost busier than I can handle. Things are pretty great.

The other gargantuan undertaking we wrapped up as remodeling our kitchen for a reality TV show, which threw our lives for a month-and-a-half long loop. It was a DIY show, and while we didn't do everything, we certainly ended up doing our fair share.

I'll spare the whole story, but to give you an idea, we went from this:

process 2

To this:

final 2

Maybe it's not really art, but I feel like it's Lindsay and I both had a hand in making it real. Plus, we painted a mural. So that's art, right?

final 3

For anyone interested, check out the the set on my flickr page.

New job, new studio, new home. Things have been changing fast and furious. But things are starting to normalize a bit, so hopefully there will be more activity on this blog, starting immediately.