Monday, January 23, 2012

I've added some t-shirts to

Check them out. also allows you to pick your shirt colour.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Another shirt up on Riptapparel this Friday, January 20 will print this on a shirt as many times as they have to.

The shirt goes on sale at 12 a.m. Friday, January 20 for only 24 hours and for only $10 a piece. They also have children's sizes.

So get ready to rock out with some groovy teens - and a dog - with this limited editions 'concert' tee.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Just in time for Friday the 13th

A travel poster inspired by the original "Friday the 13th". Watch out for those machetes.

And here are a couple of other movie-inspired travel posters. Can you guess the film?

Click on images for larger views and print information.

Lovecraft/Cthulhu shirt up at Jan. 14 for 3 days

Another glow-in-the-dark shirt will be up at starting midnight Saturday, Jan. 14.

It pays homage to H.P. Lovecraft's monster Cthulhu, as well as a certain bounty hunter from a galaxy far, far away.

The shirt is only $11 and will be gone after Jan. 16th.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Step-by-step pulp painting

Let me first start off by saying that I have no art instruction and much of what I have learned is by trial and error or reading blogs. Keep this in mind as you read through as I'm sure there are plenty of things I did wrong, or in an painful, roundabout way.

I had the opportunity to create an original painting for the wall at Sapling Pictures. The client was great to work with and knew exactly what he wanted.

The painting was to reflect the pulp novel covers of the early and mid 20th century.

I was provided with some background for the story that involved a car chase, plane, thugs and an airport in a foreign country. I started out with some sketches:

I received some feedback and returned with another sketch that would be closer to the final layout:

From there is was on to collect reference shots (which often involves taking pictures of myself). A lot of the detail images were provided by the client:

Next was to compile a finished sketch. I usually draw each element separately and then combine them in Photoshop. This is when I add the greyscale colours.

This is submitted to the client and feedback is given. There were a few rounds of revisions on this as we went through hair, wardrobe and pose for the lead woman and wardrobe for the lead male. Plus the addition of text and its placement.

When all was approved, I sent it off to get printed on canvas. This saves me time and frustration, rather than transfering it to canvas myself. I got a sepia image printed so that I would still have all the values there:

This next step didn't go quite as planned. I wanted to do a wash of a warm colour that I thought would help in the shadows of the people. I did it a bit too strong and a bit too red:

The next few images are all progress shots I sent to the client:

And here is the final. I used a water based paint pen for the text and outline. The rest was done with acrylics.

(I regret not having the painting professionally scanned.)

That's it. Pleae don't think of this as a tutorial. As I mentioned before, I have no formal training so a lot of what I do would probably make a trained artist cringe!

New Doctor Who shirt on Tuesday, January 10

On Tuesday, January 10th, will be printing another shirt of mine. This one is Doctor Who inspired. Again, I went for a subtle reference, something that doesn't scream "Doctor Who". My brother was a huge help on this one. He knows more about the good Dr. than I. He was able to provide me with the idea and text. Thanks Bro!

Rememer, Tuesday for only 24 hours, then it is gone forever. Oh, and the shirts are only $10!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Very cool logos by Justin Van Genderen

I first came across Justin's work from seeing his Star Wars Travel series. His latest creations take pop culture and put a sofisticated spin on some I.D.s. Check out some of his prints too.