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Tiny Tabasco

Several years ago while employed at my previous job, my main responsibility for the most part was designing Textile repeats & artwork for the Tabasco Sportswear Collection and various other apparel collections. However, occasionally I was asked to do other side jobs as well. One such case was when I took on the project for Tabasco of illustrating portraits of the members of the TEAM Tabasco Golf Team. The drawings were printed on labels of mini Tabasco bottles. The plan was for the golfer’s to hand out their bottles as promotion for the team, the hot sauce, and the sportswear collection as well.

Even though I had drawn several portraits, only four were produced to my knowledge. As for the design of the label, I was told specifically what it was to look like and that I had to use the notorious font…Brush Script! This font should be put out of it’s misery, hung up to dry, and given severance package along with it’s walking papers. I fought to use another font, but after much debate…I had to ultimately do what I was told. My apologies to all Graphic Designers out there for the use of this font.

Below are the drawings of the Golfers that did make it onto bottles. Click on them to view them larger.

These following three portraits were not made into mini labels.

I don’t know for what reason the three unused portraits weren’t used, but here they are in all their glory for your viewing pleasure.

I’m happy about how the drawings came out, I think that each of the golfer’s likeness was pretty spot on. If I were to have done these portraits today, rather that close to 10 years ago, I think that they’d only be that much better. Despite that, I’m proud of the final drawings…so enjoy!

Nice Day For A White Wedding

Several years ago when two of my friends got married, Ron and Emily, I draw and painted for them a wedding portrait for their gift. I drew the whole thing in pencil and then decided that I would paint it in water color and accent it with color pencils for some of the details. But before I put brush to paper, I did a small little Color  Concept Sketch to work out the color, just in case I didn’t like the colors that I had chosen in my mind. He is the comparison of one of my Color Concept Sketches that I did and the Final painted piece.

So there you go, I stick pretty closely to what I had established in the Color Sketch. It was definitely my guide when executing the Final Portrait. I was invaluable when it came to doing this piece because I was going for controlled chaos, and being the perfectionist that I tend to be, I wanted to keep unhappy accidents down to a minimum.

By the way, just a reminder, I am a Freelance Illustrator/Graphic Designer…which means that if anyone out there that would like me to illustrate a portrait for them, I can be commissioned to do so. First, head over to my Gallery and check out my other portraits I’ve done, then contact me to discuss me taking on the project. Just thought I’d mention it.

Man…That’s Just Fowl!

Here’s another illustration that I pulled from the vault for all to see.

This is a Pointillism Rapidograph Ink drawing on Illustration Board that I did when I was in college. The assignment was to cross two items, one a living creature and the other an inanimate object, and then find a word that links the two images perfectly. So I choose a Toilet and a Pelican…and what better word than “Fowl.” I don’t remember how exactly it came about that I decided to choose those two specific items, but what I do recollect is sitting on the floor of my parent’s bathroom sketching their toilet. Now that’s dedication for you. I rather enjoyed illustrating this piece, despite the countless number of dots and time that it took to complete it.

Until next time.

From The Vault

So recently I was going through a stack of old drawings, searching for something specific when I came across one of my old sketch books from college. Like most artist, you tend to have numerous incomplete sketch books. I know that I would often buy a new one before the last one was completely filled to the brim. There’s something about cracking open a fresh blank sketch book…especially if it’s one of those book bound type, that’s special. I just start thinking about all of the possible drawings and doodles I’m gonna do. However before I’d get to them, I’d move on to another new and shiny book. This particular book I carried on me most of my senior year in college. I would sketch in it from time to time in between classes or simply when I was bored. I thought I’d share with you a few of those drawings just for fun.

This was a quick Self Portrait that I did…being that this was a little over ten years ago, I don’t exactly look 100% like this anymore…Damn you Fathertime…you wicked, wicked man!

This was just some random sketch I did of a picture of a model that was in a magazine I was looking at.

This is a pencil sketch of the subject of a painting that I did later that year for my Intro to Painting class. Below is that final painting to see a comparison.

Stay tuned, if you like these, I think that I’ll Post more of these type of College drawings from time to time. I’ll dive into my vault and sort through them and see what I got that’s worth displaying here for you to see.

The Force Is Strong With You!

In my continuing campaign to post more examples of my illustrations from concept thru creation to final birth…I wanted to share with you artwork below.

Like any guy from my generation, especially one that has both feet in the deep end of the pool of Geekdom, George Lucas’ “Star Wars” Universe…precisely that from the original trilogy, has always been a strong influence on me. For my own personal joy, I choose to illustrate four characters from those movies. The stylized Gouache paintings I illustrated were done on Watercolor Paper and measure 5.5″ x 7.5″.

Each one of the paintings started off as pretty detailed and tight pencil drawings on Tracing Paper. Working on tracing paper in this manner was a hold over from my college years where I was taught to do all thumbnails on Tracing Paper for some reason…I still not quite sure why. From there I made Photocopies of each of these drawings and did Color Comps in Prismacolor Color Pencils. A majority of the time I nail the colors I’m gonna use on the first try. Occasionally I may tweak the colors a bit either in another Color Comp or during the painting process itself. From there I work rather closely at trying to match those colors in the Final Gouache Painting. I think I was successful.

“Darth Vader” Pencil Sketch, Concept Color Comp, & Final Painting

“Boba Fett” Pencil Sketch, Concept Color Comp, & Final Painting

“Stormtrooper” Pencil Sketch, Concept Color Comp, & Final Painting

“Jabba The Hutt” Pencil Sketch, Concept Color Comp, & Final Painting

Click on the Pencil Drawings and the Concept Color Comps to view them larger.

I plan on doing more paintings in this style either in Gouache or in a digital format because the style really lends itself to the vector Illustrator format. I’ll keep you updated here. May the Force be with you!

Man Of Steel

Faster than an speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound…is it a bird? Nah! Is it a plane? Nope! It’s Superman…sort of!

Several years ago I had an assignment back in college to illustrate any current affairs topic of my choosing…the stipulation…I had to us a pre-existing famous piece of artwork as the inspiration for my design. At the time, Christopher Reeve had just suffered the tragic spinal cord injury that put him in his wheelchair and left him paralyzed. With the time that followed, his perseverance to survive against all odds, I saw him more of a Superman than ever before…and I believe he did too. “Man Of Steel” is a 5.5″ x 7.5″ Gouache painting on Watercolor paper.

My inspiration was Pablo Picasso’s painting “Girl In The Mirror.” There was enough tenderness and…no pun intended, self-reflection, that it certainly fit the subject matter that I was trying to illustrate. I went for a more literal translation of the piece and switched out the Girl and here reflection for Christopher and his rather super mirror image.

Above is also my original Pencil Sketch for the painting that I drew on tracing paper then blew up to the appropriate size before transferring it to Watercolor paper and laying paint to paper.

This illustation is probably one of my favorite pieces that I’ve done. I was really proud of how it came out.

Retro Resort

Over the past ten years of working in the apparel industry I’ve designed numerous textile repeats. Below are two versions of a Retro Tabasco Hawaiian Resort shirt I designed called “Bottoms Up.” What inspired this repeat was the 60’s. That time period had such a great design aesthetic and with “Bottoms Up” I was trying to capture that Atomic feeling.

This was my First Version of the design that I completed. It contained many more fluid shapes as well as an Atomic Star element that my boss insist that I remove for the Final Version.

In the Final Version I was told to add a bit more color along with the removal of several elements. I feel the design still captures the look I was originally shooting for.

Drink Up!

Tattoo…Da Plane Boss, Da Plane

I’m a big fan on the the tattoo TV shows “Miami Ink” and “LA Ink,” not that I have any tattoos or plans on getting any inked on my skin, but I do appreciate the artwork that tattoo artist create. When I was coming up with new designs for our TYVEK Wallet line at my previous place of employment, I thought I’d present the concept of doing one based on tattoos.  Ed Hardy’s designs, which are tattoo related in nature, had not hit mainstream at that time so I thought that we’d be hitting the ground running with this popular trend. So with that in mind I sketched up the concept design below.

Like most of my sketches, I work pretty closely to my original concepts when it comes to working it up in the computer. I started by sketching out some pretty tight pencil drawings of the individual elements, scanned them in, and then colored them in Photoshop before laying out the wallet design.

The above were my initial color versions of the design. Like the “Rockin’ Guitar” design I posted yesterday, nothing gets by without some tweaking, changes, and alterations…and “Tattoo” was no exception. I won’t bore you with all of the incremental changes between the major ones, but I will share with you the significant ones. After a couple of nips and tucks to the artwork and layout, my boss decided that he wanted to take the design in a different direction, a more monochromatic direction. Below are the results of said demands.

I think that the above version works…it’s just different. However, since my original concept was tattoo art, I still prefer the first version which more strongly captures that feeling. The changes didn’t stop there…after reconsidering and some overt nudging on my part, my boss wanted to revisit the first version…but with some further…modifications.

On the Exterior Artwork, the Winged Heart was replaced with a Lion’s Shield, ribbons were removed, wording changed, etc. The major change was on the Interior Pocket Artwork where the Coy Fish and Lotus Flower were completely deleted and a large Flaming Dagger became the focus. Even though we returned to some of my original ideas, I still lean toward my first attempt.

The elements from this wallet were then worked into a Textile Repeat and placed into various apparel templates as potential future clothing concepts.

So there you go, my first attempt at being a tattoo artist…all-be-it in Photoshop, but a tattoo artist none-the-less.  Enjoy!

Rockin’ Guitar

It’s been a little while since my last post so I wanted to make sure that I got something up here for everyone to see and enjoy.

The last couple of days I’ve been organizing and backing up some of the artwork that I completed during my last few weeks at my previous job. I had done a series of different designs that were printed and were intended too be printed on TYVEK paper and fashioned into designer wallets. One such piece was titled “Rockin’ Guitar.” Like any design or illustration, it went through countless changes and alterations until it was completed and in the can. The more hands and opinions that deliberate over a design, the more likely it is to mutate from version to version. With “Rockin’ Guitar” the changes were more on the color side rather than the design. There were probably about a dozen different subtle versions, but instead of pasting them all up here I thought that I’d show you just a couple of the different color ways.

Above is the Original Thumbnail Sketch that I did to show my concept and how the design would lay into the wallet template. After the concept was approved I moved right on into the computer and began to execute and illustrate the piece. The powers that be requested that the design be multicolored and bright like a rainbow. I was also told to add several more guitars to flesh out the design. Below is the first colored version I completed.

This is the Full Design that wrapped around from the outside right into the interior of the wallet.

Above is the Exterior Artwork of the wallet as it would appear.

This is the Interior Artwork of the design as it would appear when you opened the wallet.

However, after countless changes in the details of the design and several major color alterations, I arrived at the version below.

I prefer the colors in the final version over those in my original coloration, but miss many of the details that my boss elected to remove. Such is the life of a Graphic Designer/Illustrator!

However, the design did not end there. We were working on new designs for our apparel line as well and since I had the elements already drawn and illustrated, I worked it up into a Textile Repeat to be used on both Lounge Pants and Boxers.

Besides the Textile Repeat, I also created the Lounge Pant and Boxer templates that I placed the artwork into. Click on the apparel above if you’d like to see them larger.

Enjoy and keep Rockin’!

Quantum Leap Accelerator

Two years ago I designed a “Quantum Leap” T-Shirt for my brother-in-law Cary for his Birthday. Why “Quantum Leap” you might be asking yourself? Well, when I was younger and Cary was merely dating my sister, it became our weekly ritual. He’d come over to my parent’s house, sometimes with a package of Twizzlers in hand and we’d sit back and enjoy the time traveling escapades of everyone’s favorite Quantum Leaper…Dr. Sam Beckett and Holographic pal Admiral Al Calavicci. So it sort of became our thing. Hell, he even gave me a pair of “Quantum Leap” underwear for Christmas one year…okay…they weren’t really officially licensed “QL” wear, they weren’t “Quantum Leap” in any sort of way.  Rather it was an incredibly nasty gag gift of pseudo-stained underwear that he had taken from his dad’s underwear draw and wrapped very festively for me. So there’s a history of each of us giving each other “QL” merchandise, even when there was no merchandise out there to give. So a couple of years ago for his birthday I decided to design a T-Shirt for him with our favorite subject matter.

Above is a photo of Cary opening said Birthday T-Shirt and grinning from ear to ear.

The story doesn’t end there…fast forward….um, I mean…Quantum Leap forward to a little over two years and here is where the saga resumes.

I was contacted by an individual named Tom Soliva through my Flicker account where I load a majority of my artwork…and one piece of that portfolio is this design. He simply asked, “Is there anyway someone could buy one or more of these shirts?” He explained that there was going to be a 20th Anniversary “Quantum Leap” convention coming up in Los Angeles at the end of March and that he was sure that many fans would love to get a shirt with my design on it. I thanked him for his kind words and interest in my artwork but informed him that “unfortunately, the design was done solely for my own pleasure and not for profit. I do not own the rights to the photographs used in my design and therefore can not profit from them.”  With that he informed me that he would bring my T-Shirt design to the attention of the Convention planning committee.

A couple of days later I was contacted by Brian Greene from “The Leap Back,” the official “Quantum Leap” 20th Anniversary Convention.

He informed me that they had gotten permission to use the photos that I used in my design and would love to be able to use the design on T-Shirts for the convention. After working out the details with Brian, I decided to allow the design to be used because all the profits made from the shirt as well as from the convention itself were going to be going to charity, The Starlight Children’s Foundation.

So if you’d like to purchase a T-Shirt with my design and also help out charity, below is the link that will take you there. Not only has the design been applied to T-Shirts but it has been placed on almost every type of apparel imaginable as well as Mugs, Clocks, Aprons, Bibs, Teddy Bears, Etc…Oh, Boy! So there’s something for every “Quantum Leap” Fan.

CLICK on me to view “Quantum Leap” items

All merchandise is being printed through Cafepress and remember, not only do you get a cool design, you’re helping out Charity.

One of the coolest thing about this situation is the possibility that “Quantum Leap” stars Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell, and show creator Donald P. Bellisario might see and appreciate my design. Being that I’m such a big fan of the show and it’s special place in my childhood memories, it’s an honor to be able to come full circle and in my way, take part in the monumential 20th Anniversary Celebration. I will not be attending the convention and will not personally be able to meet and greet with the stars and creators, but knowing that my artwork will be there is enough.

If anyone out there that is reading this and is going to attend “The Leap Back,” I would love to hear about your experience and whatever comments anyone involved with the show had to say about my design. If you wanna send me any photos from the convention of Scott, Dean, or Donald wearing or simply you wearing the shirt with them, I’d appreciate and love it. I’d post a follow-up story and post your photos detailing your experience. Also…if you feel compelled and wanna send me an Autographed Photo by any of the individuals attending the convention…that would be super. Hey, you can’t blame a fan for trying.

I hope you enjoy the design and hope to hear back from you.

Snowball Fight

In my last Post I showed you my card design from this past Christmas. I thought you might like to see another of my past “Artzee Fartzee” cards that I did. So jump into your DeLorean suped up with a Flux Capacitor, Time Circuits, and a well fed Mr. Fusion, floor it to 88 and screech it to a halt at your holiday destination of yesteryear…2005!

The concept was a snowball fight between me and my wife. Below is the Original Concept Sketch that I did that includes an additional drawing of an unused concept for the back of the card. I nixed the idea of using the bottom sketch in favor of a thrown snowball illustration.

From the above sketch to the Final Pencil Drawing, not much changed. I enlarged the sketch and redraw the illustration much cleaner and tighter.

After the drawing was completed I scanned it into the computer, cleaned it up, and passed it through the Photoshop blender where I mixed in some color. So I pressed the puree button, waited for it to spin and whirl, then poured it out. Presto…Color! The color not lining up was intentional. I wanted it to be offset. I’m happy with the results.

I placed the artwork into a rectangular envelope shaped layout and added snowballs I had drawn separately. The back of the card was basically the Holiday Greeting, which my wife and I signed before stuffing them into envelopes and mailing them off.

Click the artwork above the view it larger if you’d like. I was overall happy with the illustration and design of the card. Had I to do it over again, the only thing that I’d do differently would be to have designed an envelope with it to mail it out in.

Wow, it’s almost Feburary and I’m still talking about the Holidays…go figure!

2008 Christmas Card

Each year I Design and Illustrate a new Christmas Card to send out to a majority of my friends and family to celebrate the Holiday Season. The last couple of card designs I’ve done have featured my “Artzee Fartzee” characters based on my wife and me, so this past Christmas I ran with that idea again. The card’s final layout differed from the original concept that my wife and I discussed. She said, “Hey why don’t we make a card this year that’s shaped like an ornament and it opens to reveal the card.” So with my wife’s suggestion in mind, I did just that and began drawing our new card.

I wanted the gag to be that when the card is folded you think that Troy is holding the Mistletoe over the head of the character based off of my wife, but when you open the card…SURPRISE! So the punchline is revealed when you open the card. After I finished the pencil drawing I took it into the computer and colored it in Photoshop. I stuck to the original Ornament design and worked it up that way initially.

However, after I had printed and mocked a version up…it didn’t fold and stay closed the way that I had intended. That, and the cut and folding time was a bit more than I wanted to spend on it. Christmas was fast approaching so my deadline to get all of our cards printed, addressed, and sent out via the United Postal Service was looming. Below is a video of how the card was to look and be opened. Click on the video below and enjoy!

So with the layout of the card not working exactly as I had envisioned it, I quickly decided to go with a much simpler square design. Not only was it easier to cut, but it also had less fold line to have to deal with. I think the Final layout works much better, even though the original concept was a bit more fun. I may revisit the ornament design in a future Christmas Card but I’ll have to tweak it to make it work a bit better than it did. Below is the Final layout.

I also did an alternative “Happy Holidays” version to send to our Jewish friends. They were the only ones who got this version, so they should consider it a Collector’s Item. One day…some day…maybe…possibly…it might just be worth something on eBay.

Below is a video of how the Final card looked when it was opened. Click on the video below and enjoy!

So there you go, that was my Christmas Card this past Holiday Season. Now I’ve only got less then 365 days until I’ve got to come up with yet another one drawn, printed, cut, folded, signed, stuffed, addressed, stamped, and sent out. I could start now planning for it or…put it off ’til this November…I’ll see what I can do, but until then…Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!