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, 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, January 19, 2017


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 - 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


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 - 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!

Monday, October 10, 2016

New Episode of Spongebob this Saturday

I prop designed this next episode of SpongeBob.  It was my first episode of season 10.  Below are a couple of the props I designed.  I believe I did the entire episode - there are a few reused props from previous episodes, so I didn't technically design everything....

The egg from the 3rd season of SpongeBob makes it's return in this Saturday's BRAND NEW Spongebob epsiode! The episode is called WhirlyBrains and is probably on at 10:30 (but check your local listings!), and probably has nothing to do with eggs. I added that shadow line to the existing prop design!

 SpongeBob's television has been seen in many episodes - but it's never been broken in half.  So this is one of the harder props I designed for the episode.

Anyway - check out the show - new episodes every Saturday for the next few weeks!

Monday, October 03, 2016

Saturday's SpongeBob SquarePants is ALL NEW!

Hey guys,

Turn in to Nickelodeon to watch a brand new episode of Spongebob Squarepants!  It's at 10:30 am, and I did the prop design for this episode!

Here's a sneak peak at what you'll see, if you look close enough:

I've learned, now that I've been on SpongeBob for over a year now, that this prop has too much information on it - for something zipping across the scene (you'll have to watch the episode to know what I'm talking about), it only needs the picture of the onion for the viewer to understand what it is.  The words are superfluous.

Why is a sack of onions zipping across the screen?!?!!?  TUNE IN this Saturday to find out!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

I'm working on Spongebob...!

I've been working on Spongebob since not for that long.  I did a lot of freelance at first, and have transitioned into full time in March.

This is one of the first props I designed for the show.  It's fantastic to see something that I designed painted and composited into an episode of one of the most iconic and popular shows ever.

It starts as a simple drawing in a storyboard and then goes to a designer (in this case, me) and is designed and cleaned up in the style of the show.  Then it goes to paint (which used to be ink and paint, but they started making the designers clean up their own work a few years back on most shows), and all of it is sent overseas to be animated.

The second picture is because I was drawing Plankton, and thought how much he looked like Mike Wazowski from Monsters I drew them together...
And finally, just because I happened to have it - here's a storyboard vs fully designed prop.  Look for it in episode 958!  Whichever one that'll recognize it because of all the bulletin boards...

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Happy Pantry - bow ties and forks

I use this image on my business card.  When we were planning on what to include, I wanted to draw a Happy Pantry character that I felt best exemplified myself - pokey hair and glasses.  The fork was perfect!  Only - I would never be able to pull off the bow tie look.  So while it works for the fork, I'd look rather ridiculous.

I also kept trying to play with the pun - what a fork (instead of dork)...but it doesn't quite work, so we never posted it as a drawing by itself...until now!  But without any crap puns.  Better no pun than crappy pun.  Unless that particular crappy pun cracked me up...
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