Tag Archive for 'Spicy'

Making Bank

Why can’t making a living be as easy as twisting off the top of a jar of Jalapenos and downing them down by the spoonfuls? How come one can’t earn bank by drinking gallons of Tabasco Sauce and chasing it back with a shot or two of Salsa? The answer…nothings that easy!

Unfortunately, money just doesn’t rain down on us like hail in a thunderstorm…you either inherit it if you’re lucky or in most cases, you have to work for it. It’s the same story with us Graphic Designer/Illustrators…so, if any of you out there reading this would like to hire a very talented, extremely easy going, creative individual, with a kick ass portfolio and resume, either in a full-time or freelance position…drop me a line, we’ll gab and see what I can do for you.

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Spicy Is As Spicy Does

And we now return to our “Artzee Fartzee” Post It Post already in progress.

You know what I really miss about television from the 80’s and 90’s…the intros to the commercial breaks. They were definitely more polite. For instance, let’s say when “ALF” would go to commercial, usually an “ALF” logo would come up on screen and you’d either hear an announcer or the voice of one of the cast members say, “ALF will be back right after these messages.” And then when the advertisers were finished trying to sell you their wares…the network would politely announce, “We now return to ALF.” What the Hell happen to this practice? I know, I know…shows cost more to produce so that now there are more commercials and less time for even the show let alone the politeness of greeting you back after having been rudely interrupted with advertisements, but dammit, I miss that! Hell, no one did it better than NBC on Saturday Mornings when they’d have their sitcom stars do the tags in between the commercial breaks. You’d have Rudy from the “Cosby Show” or Blossom from “Blossom” letting you know that “The ‘Smurfs’ will return after these Commercial Breaks,” and so forth.

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Heat Wave

So…in this time of economic uncertainty, when unemployment is at an all time high and the future of one’s financial stability seems bleak, wouldn’t one like to find some way to earn a buck for simply putting on display one’s naturally born talents…no matter what they be?!

Such is the case in today’s “Artzee Fartzee” Post It Post.

I’ve been a hot sauce and spicy food fan going on a couple of decades now. The addiction started as a mere lad in elementary school and a half eaten jar of salsa. Having never had a taste of this delicious spicy vegetable mixture before that day, my taste buds were open to a world of taste sensations that I’d never thought possible. From spoonfuls of salsa to bottles of Tabasco to eventually eating jalapenos from the jar with a fork…my obsession grew…as did the Legend!

If I could only harness my ability to withstand all that is firey and edible and channel it into some sort of profitable business for myself…I’d be on the road to Economic Freedom. Soon I’d become filthy rich, pay off all my bills, buy the actual “Back To The Future” Time Machine DeLorean, and then hire “Duran Duran” and “Depeche Mode” to perform at every single one of my parties that I’d throw…of course I’d stash some away for a rainy day…a cloudy day…a sunny day…or merely just a breezy cool afternoon. Until that day, when my taste buds and cast iron stomach step up to the plate and start providing financially…I guess I’ll have slum it and attempt to work for a living!

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!

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!

It’s Magically Delicious!

Recently J&S Foods asked me to design a hot sauce label inspired by “Harry Potter.” As a fan of the Chosen One, I was definitely looking forward to this assignment. Like any fan, I’ve read the books, seen the movies, watched the DVD’s a countless number of times, and am eagerly anticipating the next flick and the opening of the Universal “Harry Potter” Theme Park in 2010. So it was a pleasure to get a chance to dive in and put my own twist on the Hogwart’s universe. Since it wasn’t going to be a direct take on the subject, I gave it the hot sauce twist. With that in mind, what else do you call a boy who gets his magical power of flight by ingesting hot sauce and farting fire…what else than “Harry Pooter” of course. Again, like the “Obama” Hot Sauce label I designed, I decided to do it in a cartoony style so that the label would be a bit more fun than if I had tried to do it more realistic. I started with a pencil drawing that I scanned, cleaned up, and colored in the computer.

After coloring him I placed him in his natural environment, zipping amongst the clouds high above Hogfarts…the institute for gaseous studies and emissions…or something like that.

Now the illustration above is great and all, but a label it is not…yet. What makes it a label, is the labeling…so I proceeded to add…labeling. After a bit of info here and a tad bitt more there, faster than you can say the magic word “SuperSonicIdioticBrainDefectedDisconnectedOoweyDeweyDaffyDeweyDumbbell,” the hot sauce label was finished!

So with this project completed, now all I can do is sit back and wait for the next movie or hope that J.K. Rowlings comes to her senses and writes another book. You know you want to J.K…oh yes…you want to!

Inauguration Day

So in honor of Inauguration Day, I thought what better time to post the artwork that I’m posting today.  Right after the election J&S Foods asked me to draw an “Obama” Hot Sauce label for them. Their request, “we want Obama riding a Donkey dressed as Uncle Sam with a map of the United States in the background.” So with that in mind I went to work and did just that. I decided to draw Obama a bit cartoony instead of realistic, so that it was different then the previous hot sauce label designs I had done for them. I mean hell…if you got a man riding on the back of a donkey dressed as Uncle Sam, might as well make it cartoony, right? Also, I wanted it to be more of a caricature of Obama rather than a portrait of him.

Below are both my initial rough concept sketch that I did as well as the pencil drawing that I did for the hot sauce label. As you can see in my pencil drawing, I followed my sketch pretty closely. I don’t always work this way with my hot sauce label designs, usually I will just go right into the computer and start composing the design there. However, because I decided to go with a caricature, I wanted to draw it out first to make sure I got it exactly the way that I wanted it before taking it into the computer.

From here I composed the rest of the design in the computer and colored the pencil drawing as it was drawn. In the background is the electoral map of the United States, colored as per which states voted for which candidate.

Above is the original version of the “Obama” Hot Sauce label that I did. After the client reviewed it they decided that they wanted to move the donkey’s hat and place it on Obama’s head. So after some tweaking and alterations, I came up with the design below which J&S Foods approved and accepted.

So there you go, the Hot Sauce changing taste buds one drop at a time.