A mixture of things I made for other reasons but am particularly proud of, and pieces I designed with direct sale in mind, all are available on various products at any of several online storefronts, which can be found in the top navigation.
Big Brother Is Big Spoon
Something strange happened in the last 15 years - "Big Brother" got semi-privatized, and everyone decided it was trendy. We've gone from fearing being watched to inviting it. Strange.
Credit goes to my old friend Jeremy for the initial idea on this one.
Be My Phylactery
Valentine's Day wishes to all the undead out there!
Inspired by current events in American politics. Nothing specific this time, just the general behavior of our dubious leadership in both the administration and Congress.
PornHub for President
I came across this post on Facebook, and it inspired me.
May the (Newtonian) Force Be With You
Like my other recent addition, The Forest Will Be With You Always, this is not at all an original idea on my part - several plays on this idea have been done by others, but like that other one, I wanted to give a shirt with this as a gift, and wanted to use a design that had a slightly different character than the others I'd seen before.
The Forest Will Be With You Always
This is not an original idea, of course - I've seen at least a dozen interpretations of this pun. I gave a shirt featuring the more common "The Force will be with you" version of the phrase as a gift a couple years ago to someone, and they loved it so much that they've worn the shirt out. I'd planned to get another copy of the same shirt for them, but the company that made that version has apparently gone out of business or something - their stuff is no longer available on sites like Amazon where it was before, and their own site went offline just before I had a chance to order a copy.
Rather than get one of the versions others have done which I really feel are substandard designs, I decided to make my own and have it printed. Afterwards, I decided to make some additional tweaks, including revising the phrase to this iteration, and adding the rising Death Star in the background.
I Prefer to Hoard Books
For all those dragons out there who also love to read. All dragons hoard SOMETHING, naturally.
This design began life as my day 20 Inktober '17 drawing, but I liked it enough that I decided to build on it.
Available for sale on a variety of products at my Zazzle, Teepublic, and other storefronts!
Fat and happy!
This design began as my day 16 for Inktober '17, but I liked it so much that I built on it a bit to make this.
Available for sale on a variety of products on my Zazzle, Teepublic, and other storefronts!
Mud Puddles Are for Playing In!
Sometimes you've just got to dive in, have some fun, and get a little dirty!
This design began life as my day 18 for Inktober '17, and I liked it so much that I built on it a bit to make this.
Available on various products at my Zazzle, Teepublic, and other storefronts!
Wyrm in the Shell
I had this image pop into my brain, for whatever reason, and had to do my best to make it real.
The linework for the dragon was done in Illustrator, while I made the code waterfall, and the various effects applied to the linework to make it glow-ey, in Photoshop.
A vector illustration I created from photo reference recently. I wanted to make it into a shirt-friendly sort of design, but didn't want to trot out the tired old Poe reference, so this is what I came up with.
The Miseducation of Donald Trump
Oh look, more politics!
Another idea I've had stewing in my head for a while that I took some time to realize.
In case the text on the back of the shirt is hard to read, it says:
1. I thought it would be easier. B) I look at myself in the first grade and...now, I’m basically the same. * I keep whining...until I win. #4 Nobody knew health care was so complicated. ‡ If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d date her. F: I don’t repeat myself. I don’t repeat myself. ~ Sorry losers and haters, but my IQ is one of the highest. > I’m much more humble than you would understand. • I know words, I have the best words. 10 ...Covfefe
This is my Clever Shirt
Perhaps obviously, another design intended to go on a shirt.
I am almost always proud to have Elizabeth Warren representing my state in the Senate, but during the recent confirmation hearing for Jeff Sessions to become Attorney General, I felt that way especially strongly. I think there are few major figures in the Democratic Party today that are as genuinely admirable, and as capable of strong rhetorical punching - and we're going to need everything she's got in the future.
I have also made this available as a print, shirt, and sundry other items on TeePublic.
I don't usually make a habit of political commentary with my art, but as is true of many others in the United States, the recent election has left me with some very strong feelings, and this was a way for me to express them.
As is probably obvious, this image is inspired by the famous "Hope" image of then-Senator Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign, except reflecting my attitude towards the current President-elect instead.
Despite the subject matter, I think the final result turned out pretty well. So much so that I decided to test the waters of selling a design on TeePublic.
Monster of the Sky
A modification of a mock concert poster. This is inspired by the song Monster of the Sky by Stereo Alchemy, which is itself inspired by a poem by Lord Byron. I really liked how this image turned out, but wanted to have a version of it that was text-free. I also found the faces of the band members in the hurricane to be distracting, so removed them as well.
Original is 11x17, gouache on bristol. This version was modified in Photoshop CC.
Here's one I've been working on, off and on, for quite a while, just for fun. I made it completely in Illustrator, but I used as reference this photo. It's sort of a weird combination of different techniques, because it incorporates a few different styles I've learned to use in vector illustration during the last couple years.
Drawn in Sketchbook Pro, painted in Photoshop and Illustrator.
Based on a photo I found in a magazine of a model standing in the branches of a dead tree on a beach. Though still all pencil sketch, this is a composite image - I drew the tree and background separately from the angel, at different scales to maximize detail, then combined them after scanning.