Thursday, June 22, 2017

making merchandise - the happy pantry way...

Well, it's probably the way a lot of people do it.  We do all the designs and figure out the sizes we want the product to be and then we send all of that information to a company in China and have them make it all.

Here are some pictures they sent us - we're running low on the tote bags we made last year, so we're getting a new, bigger order - and with a couple of additional designs!

 This is one of the bags we originally ordered from them, and it's sold well enough that we needed more!
 This is one of our newer designs - we did a very small run on them back in December, and they've all but sold out - so we decided to get a bunch.

 This is another of our newer designs that we had a small run of in December - this one completely sold out, and quickly - so we had to get more.


And then there's this onion.  This is part of our original three tote bags for Happy Pantry.  And it's one of our favorite designs.  We just didn't like how, this time, the colors turned out.  Luckily the company works with us to make sure the quality is up to our standards, so they did a couple of different versions (above) which were not to our liking, and finally figured out that instead of doing the standard screen printing, that they would use a heat press - and the results are below:


It is exactly like our drawing!  It translated almost perfectly!  So we're excited to get them in.  They are currently on a slow boat - and should be in by the end of May!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Doctor Strange

I remember really liking Doctor Strange when I was young.  I feel like I read a lot of those comics - but I couldn't tell you a thing about them.  I have no idea who he is or what he does.  I know there's magic and that he lives in....um, an apartment on the same block as the cosby show...?  Or, at least, that's what I remember....

So maybe I don't know anything about Doctor Strange.  But a movie came out - and I drew this shortly before hand.  Hopefully the movie holds up to the comic book....that I have no recollection of.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Choco Strawberry!

One of our favorite stock illustrations is the Chocolate Strawberry that Tracey did.  Can you believe this was done in Adobe Illustrator?  I think it's pretty crazy.  From where these programs were, to what they can do now, it's incredible.

In the right hands of course.  And this is an ode to one of our favorite desserts, the chocolate dipped strawberry.  It's also one of the best stock illustrations we've created!

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Happy Pantry: eggstatic about Eggster, I mean Easter....

Easter is coming - and that always means two things.  People giving something up for Lent and probably cheating as often as they can on that, and eggs.  Lots of eggs.  It's something with the spring, and how every single creature on the earth is pooping out an offspring, but eggs are a big deal for Easter...even though, if you think about the whole Christian angle, which is supposed to be the biggest part of it all - eggs don't really fit in. 

Maybe if it was loaves of bread and fishies that everyone talked about and ate and hid around the yard....but no, it's eggs.
 The bad egg is the egg the kids don't find until a few months later.  What's too bad though is that if they left it for just a little while longer, it then could be eaten as one of those horrible 100 year old eggs that people dare each other to eat.  Gag one down today, won't you?
 Eggs don't wear glasses.  But nothing is worse than eating a mean that was made with eggs, and biting down on a piece of shell.  Unless it's a piece of glass, because that is worse.


This is also a bad egg.  When you buy a carton of eggs, there's always one that's cracked.  But only if you don't check on them.  They probably go bad from neglect...

Happy Egg-ster!

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Computer screen logos

I did some work for a company called Epek.  They wanted a series of icon/buttons.

This page features two of my illustrations (the three on the left) - along with some reference to show how similar, but different they were.

They didn't like any of them.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Charlie Brown drawing

I thought this would be kind of funny.

This was my first pass...


I changed it around a little bit in the final line art.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Lollipoop

I was working on an illustration for our possible children's book.  We're thinking of an alliterative alphabet book as the first Happy Pantry book on the market.  We've finished almost half of the alphabet - and we're on L - so I was brainstorming things with the first L food that popped in my head and that was a lollipop.  I did a bunch of drawings before thinking how funny it would be to have a lollipop on a toilet and called it lollipoop.  And the magic that followed pretty much drew itself.


Of course, since it's a little on the juvenile side, it was rejected immediately as a Happy Pantry drawing, but will live on in our hearts and eyeballs as the one that flushed away...

Thursday, January 12, 2017

toilet paper

There comes a time in a toilet paper roll's life when he realizes that things are going to get a whole lot worse...

This is a small section in a bigger illustration.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Happy Pantry: Coffee Time!

This is one of our original Happy Pantry images.  We knew we loved coffee and wanted to explore every aspect - starting with the containers that help us keep from being burned and help us transport said magic elixir from creation to our mouths.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Happy Pantry: That's one chili pepper!

It's getting quite chilly again, and that necessitates the pulling out of heavy winter gear.  Even hot stuff like chili peppers have to bundle up.

We usually refrain from the cheesy pink cheeks which seem to be very prevalent in kawaii illustrations - but this is one of the few times it's called for but only because the cold makes the extremities extra freezy.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Whatcha Eatin' Adelia?

 Whatcha eatin' Adelia?
How rude!

I was developing Adelia a few years ago as a cute penguin - and my version of Hello Kitty if I was to design a cute girl character.  I even got as far as development on a children's book as well as a handful of illustrations - but stalled out when I drew the Squaremania characters (Paddy Panda) as a supplement to Adelia, and then they quickly eclipsed her in my interest.

I went to a children's book illustrator meeting where I had an editor look at my portfolio.  She didn't get Adelia and said that kids would question why she didn't have a mouth (because she wasn't designed with one because she doesn't need one...not to mention the fact that the more I developed her, the less like a penguin she looked).  So I went home and redrew the top image with the bottom one and added a mouth.  So it's possible for her to have one, if she needs it - but I don't think she needs it.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

New episode of Spongebob this weekend!

This weekend there's a new episode of Spongebob!

I drew a tooth.


Lollipoop rough

It's tough being a lolli - especially when it comes time to poop.  Skinny butts always slip through the hole...but better when one sits down than once one has commenced....



This is very clearly a Happy Pantry rejected illustration...but I knew that going in. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Happy Pantry: Cyber Monday Sale!

Everything is still 20% off at www.happy-pantry.com - all you have to do is use the code: cupcake

The sale ends today at midnight!


Friday, November 25, 2016

Happy Pantry Sale!

To celebrate the holidays - not to mention black friday, small business saturday and cyber monday - we decided to have a Happy Pantry sale - our biggest one ever!

Everything is 20% off!  All weekend long - the sale expires on Monday evening at Midnight!  So don't delay!  Happy Holidays from Happy Pantry!


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Burr-eat-toes!

So we think of a lot of things for Happy Pantry - some of them are really good (if we do say so ourselves) - and sometimes we come up with Burritoes....that's Burr-eeee-toes.

It's no good.


Monday, October 31, 2016

Charlie Brown: I got a rock!

It's strange and hilarious that whenever Charlie Brown goes trick or treating, everyone else gets candy and he gets a rock. I thought about this last night and had to draw this...
 Why doesn't Charlie take it upon himself to do some tricks?  It IS trick OR treat...if someone gave him a rock, they're daring him to retaliate.  At some point they'd get the hint and the joke wouldn't be so funny with all the Snoopy doo on their porch.  At least Charlie Brown should take Snoopy on walks and dooks on all the lawns of the houses that rocked him.

Also - what kind of parents live in these houses that would give a little boy a rock for Halloween?  Especially when they give candy to all the other kids.  He lives in a messed up town.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Even more Happy Pantry Tote Bags - No Coffee, No Talky

We've been busy!  We not only got more of the tote bags we already have in stock - but we added this new bag as well!

No Coffee, No Talky is one of our best selling illustrations - so it was a no brainer that we made it into a tote bag.

They're available on our website - http://www.happy-pantry.com for only $10

Monday, October 24, 2016

Negan's Bat

"Lucille" or "He took it like a champ"
It was a brutal episode of The Walking Dead...we knew something bad was going to happen, but it was worse than anyone thought.  I thought about drawing this all night, so I had to get it out and on paper (via photoshop) so I could move on.

I thought about including spoilers, but meh, I'd figured people should find out what happened by watching the episode, not looking at lame drawings they had the misfortune of coming across...

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Cake Expo is next week!

Can you believe it's already here?  Del Mar Fairgrounds - October 29th and 30th!


 
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