Thursday, June 28, 2012

Nanner Ketchup

A necessary second post for the evening for a little vector catchup. I've also provided a little 'behind the scenes' pic for your viewing pleasure. Every shape in this sticker is really two shapes overlapping with two different colors and slightly different paths. Organizing things this way allows me to counter the anxiety involved in stacking all of these elements.

There's Always Money in the NannerStand

Monday, June 25, 2012


More accessories. Fun fact: I've only successfully tied a necktie about a dozen times. I still need to consult an online video to make it happen, but it's fun to try new things.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Stickers as normal, tomorrow...

Just had to finish up this piece for vectortuts+. I don't know if I made the deadline, or if I posted in the right place. Aw geez...I forgot to link to this blog. Flustered. Tired. Work tomorrow. Sleep.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Proof of Life

An extremely rough thumbnail of some text inspired by the accidental creative. Below that, my sketch for the upcoming Character Design Jam at Vectortuts+. That needs to get done before tomorrow. I'm thinking red and yellow for the color scheme. It's so weird to use alternate color palettes.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


The simplicity of this one shouldn't be understated. It was one of the first times I ever opened Inkscape with only the most vague idea of where to go. I basically sketched this one out inside the program.

Trying some new things with eyes. I plan on doing something similar to this for the upcoming vectortuts+ character design showcase. Guess I had better get started on that...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Finished yesterday's lotus flower. It took a bit longer than expected, but I'm really pleased with the end result. Today's new sticker is based on a quick sketch of a lunar moth. I've been wanting to do this for a while, but I needed the right context.

Monday, June 18, 2012


Channeling the awesome ideas of the people at TokiDoki. This sketch needs some refinement before it gets to be a vector. For now, I have some Photoshoppery that should get finished before work begins tomorrow. Lotus flower and Chocobo should post tomorrow.

Sunday, June 17, 2012


A request. With the basic shapes in place, I have something I can make into a sticker. Gonna have some fun with this one.

Thoughts are a bit disjointed at the moment, but I've been looking into something new with isometric grids. Spoilers: it's Disgaea-related! I hope this time I can actually follow through and make it happen.

Heard of this Pokemon Conquest game? I need to play this right now. Thanks, Audrey Drake.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Double Sticker Day!

I like what happened with both of these. And, you know, they both took a lot longer to do than expected.
Clefairy in the tall grass is definitely one of my favorite stickers so far. It was a challenge to put everything together, but previous experiences allowed me to match the final product to my original vision. I can't say that's how it always works out.
The spiral was just a lot of fun to make because it didn't turn out all that well at first. There was a ton of visual tension and strange points from all of the path edits and resizing that occurred. What came out was a very fun and interesting design.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Empty yourself...

It was a good day for art. I caught up a bit on vectors and updated my Dhalsim sketch. I can already see some improvement to my creativity (if that makes sense).

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sketchbook pages are filling up...

Couldn't get to the vector portion of tonight's stickers. But these ideas are coming up a lot more easily than usual. I'm going to go ahead and recommend "Keys To Drawing With Imagination" by Bert Dodson. Seriously, check it out if you want to flex your creativity.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A proven method for losing pencils...

Experiments with new styles. It's me. I like this one a lot better than the other.

While building this vector, I stumbled upon a new way to organize the more complicated elements. This has allowed me to create thick/thin line variations and overlapping shapes a lot more easily. Learning! Yay!

And yeah, I've wandered around my work space for countless minutes looking for pencils conveniently stuck behind my ears.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Actually a dream I had recently...

I hold-over from last night. I really liked the results of that little exercise, and wanted to do one of the other ideas. I consider the experiment a great success, based on the fact that I actually did it. I love type, but I am scared to death of hand-lettering. It always takes me so long to get started that I sometimes...don't.

Monday, June 11, 2012


My work time has become a precious commodity. This has forced me to become a little more productive - at least, I hope that's the case. Some things have just had to go on the back-burner, but this project continues on.

Thinking more and more about my perceived limits and boundaries, I realized how fear plays into my art. I've become so self-conscious with regards to being original, unique, and talented, that I stop working entirely. I'm not great at drawing. I accept that. But I can only get better if I keep at it without worrying about pleasing everyone.

Experimenting with type today. I used my templates for my thumbnail sketches. Each one started as a phrase which was then fit onto a unique wave grid and broken into negative shapes. In some cases it worked well. Others became jumbled. They were all so much fun to do, though. From top to bottom: "ROBOT KISS", "MORE BETTER", "DANK!","MY JAM", and "PLEASE TO ENJOY".

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Horsea. One of my favorite Pokemon. I have a bit of soft spot for this water type - some nostalgia for my terrible Pokemon teams from the red/blue days (Lapras, Vaporeon, Slowbro, Seadra, Blastoise, and Articuno on the same team as I recall). Since then my grown up Horsea (named Galford after the American ninja of the same name from Samurai Shodown) has been a staple of my Pokemon team nerdiness.

The silhouette style is a new thing I'm trying out. I like the way it turned out. The wave pattern turned out pretty awesome as well. I can't say this will be the last Pokemon thing I ever do. These little creatures keep coming up in my sketches from time to time.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Twisted Up

So behind. This sketch will get some refinement with pens, then a re-scan and live trace. In this case, I could definitely use the Bezier pen, but I'm curious about the results I can achieve with other means (that's also a lot of time for one sticker when there are so many left to do).

Friday, June 1, 2012

What Happened?

My warmup sketches eventually turned into a full-on project. I have no idea what this thing is or where it came from. What I do know is that it was created by a part of my brain that has only made brief cameos lately. This is the sort of weird experimenting that can lead to cooler, more risky designs. The lack of sticker hurts, but I suppose it's a trade-off.