May 24, 2011

More Patterns!

Oops. I've been so busy making patterns for the Paper Bicycle Daily Pattern that I forgot to post them here!

So here's a quick round up of the last few days...


Topic: Suitcase!


Topic: Aspirin!


Topic: Groupie! (make sure to read that last post for a sweet Keenan and Kel reference!)

Stay tuned for more!

May 20, 2011

Pastry Puff.

Daily Pattern topic: French Pastries!

What my pattern lacks in originality it more than makes up for in pastel colors.


May 19, 2011


I was going to go simple with a raindrop on water pattern for the Daily Pattern topic 'Spa,' but then I remembered Iceland's Blue Lagoon, and instead went kind of silly but also more complicated.


Did you know the Blue Lagoon smells like sulfur? It's not exactly pleasant, but it's not that bad.

Tulip Man.

I thought for a while how to approach the Daily Pattern topic 'Tulip'. I finally decided there was no way to toughen it up. So I went soft.



May 13, 2011

Ain't no party...

Today's Daily Pattern topic is LAMP...

... good one Francesca.

Part of the fun is finding an angle on the topic you can live with. This time I went through 3 iterations: I started with olde-timey lamps but I knew someone else would do that, so I kept thinking. I decided maybe Genie Lamps with big ol' clouds could be really cool. I started working on that, but wasn't having any fun.

So I grabbed my sketchbook and started drawing without thinking too hard. The first thing I drew was a lampshade. Then I drew a puking guy underneath and I knew I found my angle.

This one one of the most fun pieces I've done in a long time.


And here's the characters that aren't tossed all over the place.


May 12, 2011

Wimp Fishing.

Fishing? Bobbers. Get it?


Here's my deal with fishing: my friends used to go sometimes and would always ask me to come. I finally agreed under three conditions:

1. They had to bait my hook.
2. If I caught anything, I didn't have to touch the fish.
3. Also, any fish I caught had to be let go.

I guess I'd rather just sit on a boat.

Reposted at Paper Bicycle.

May 11, 2011

Nerd Books

Today's Daily Pattern is Books. The idea was to depict a nerd who gets so swept up into nerd-books that he takes on the role of major characters in his imagination.


I actually got so swept up in the characters and icons, I kind of forgot about the pattern they were supposed to make. Oops. I spent way too much time fussing over a bunch of icons that don't make a super strong pattern. I had planned on adjusting color and scale to make it more cohesive, but time's up, I gotta move on.

I have to give a big thanks to Lindsay for helping me toss them into something that makes any sense at all. I was having a lot of trouble making sense of everything.

Since I put so much time into the characters and icons, I wanted to show them bigger and right-side-up for good measure. So here they are:


I made this 2o sided dice. It doesn't relate to any character, but I love this drawing for some reason.


Harry Potter. I've never read/watched anything Harry Potter. Don't yell at me, I won't listen. I guess he's a magical kid who lives in Hoggsville. Francesca told me about this Snitch thing. I guess it's a magic bird.


Spiderman. Now there's a character I am familiar with. His alter-ego is Irving Spiderman, who got bit by a possessed bug. Then he grew a bunch of arms and got super strength. Irving collected spiders, hence his super-name; Spiderman.


The Smiley-faced Planet from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Again, I've never read/seen Hitchhiker, but I saw the cover to the book a few times when I was a kid. And judging the story based solely on the cover, I'd say it's about a green sphere who can't see you but taunts you anyway. Francesca and Alyssa helped me brainstorm the Babblefish icon, because I had no idea what to do.


Gandalf is a mighty wizard who crafted a ring to give to Frodo when he got married.

The end.

May 10, 2011

Mirror, mirror...

2 in a row. I'm on a roll. Today's topic is mirror.

I decided to go with a broken mirror to reflect my feelings and stuff. You know; the deep ones.


Also, eighties party time!


Also also! Eighties video game time!


I should note all these patterns will be reposted over at the Paper Bicycle blog. Go there to check out everyone's contributions!

May 9, 2011

Pattern: Bones

Life seems too busy lately. On top of working ridiculous hours just to keep up with normal work, we also have been fixing up and moving into a new studio, traveling and trying to wrap up a million projects!

What better way to feed the flame that will inevitably burn me than take part and Lindsay and Francesca's latest idea: Pattern-A-Day? The topics are drawn from a hat, the guidelines are loose: just make a pattern in repeat.

This is, of course, in addition to the mountains of client work we'll never catch up on... I'm not crazy enough to promise to do it every day, but I think I'll try to chip in as much as I can.

The first topic: bones. How perfect, I love bones!


And in repeat:


Bonus! Color variations!



That was a blast! If anything, it should get me posting a little more frequently. I honestly need an intern just to help me keep my blogs up to date. I'm so far behind! I used to be so good at this!