Friday, January 28, 2011

Father and Son

I did a version of this with a mother helping her son learn to walk...but I wanted to redo it with a father and son.  Mostly because I did both illustrations for Dreamstime (a microstock illustration/photography site) and their monthly contest.  This month the topic is help:
The original illustration had a crib, so I moved the father and son into the living room.

I'm also uploading this to the Illustration Friday site because the topic this week is Surrender...and instead of walking, the father could be teaching his kid how to case he runs into any baby bullies in the day care...

Thursday, January 27, 2011


I did this for the Dreamstime contest this month - the topic is 'help'.

In my head I thought of someone who was helpful and immediately came upon the idea of a closeup of a firefighter racing to a fire.
And because this was for a stock illustration site I did the entire illustration in Adobe Illustrator.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Squaremania: Green Lantern

It's Green Lantern...squared!  Evil Doers turn into fraidy clucking chickens at the sight of  Lil' square Green Lantern.

I did this illustration based on the Hal Jordan Green Lantern (at least his costume from the comics...I don't think Hal Jordan was ever this shape).  I was going to give him a six pack but Ryan Reynolds proved (by sporting them in the Green Lantern movie trailer) that it looked rather silly.

And anyway - Green Lantern was never about the muscles, but rather flying around, being an intergalactic superhero and fighting all things yellow.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Squaremania - Stinky Tea

This is the color version.
If you find a skunk as you're stirring your tea, I'd consider getting a new cup...

Monday, January 10, 2011

squaremania - Stinkin' tea...

So far I've finished the drawing of the skunk in a tea cup:

 and I'm currently working on the color...

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Squaremania: Important Family Meeting

It might feel like deja vu because I'm posting an illustration that I put up over a month ago...but I've gone back and made some changes.

The first thing I did was combine the version of the panda with his frog ear hat on:
It was sort of cute, but I felt that it distracted from the overall message of the illustration - because all you could see was that ridiculously adorable hat...

Anyway - the original always bothered me.  I thought it was a little too plain - so I ruffled up the bed sheet a little (it's not a straight line anymore, and the sheet now extends below the bed frame.  You can't really see either of these things, but it does help to break up some of the monotony).  The most important thing I did was add the picture frames.  I was originally going to put a mobile up, but I thought it would have been too complex and distracting, so i went with the pictures.  And even though I fully colored them, when finalizing the picture I wanted to push them further into the background so I desaturated the color and added the oval shadow.

And now it's done!

Friday, January 07, 2011

Squaremania - lil' Superman

Here's a Squaremania version of Superman:

This was done in Adobe Illustrator (lines) and Photoshop (color).

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Shark faces...

I did a shark illustration for Dreamstime last year.  I've separated out the shark from the rest of the drawing and added a variety of expressions for the different stock illustration sites.

These are vector drawings done in Adobe Illustrator
for Shutterstock, Dreamstime, Istockphoto, Fotolia, and Vectorstock

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Squaremania - lil' Batman

A couple of years ago I went to the Vinyl Toy Network (which has since been renamed Designer Con) which was a convention for some really cool art and toys.

I was getting things ready for an art gallery I was doing (summer of 2009 at Nickelodeon Animation in Burbank) and decided that one portion of my gallery would be popular characters in my style, that a series of vinyl toys could be based on.  Out of that I did a lot of characters from Marvel, DC to Freddy Krueger and IG88 (a robot bounty hunter from Star Wars).  They were all a sort of bobble headed kid versions.

For that same gallery I was exploring square animals which eventually turned into Squaremania.  And I had always wanted to do some human characters as well, but just ran out of time for the gallery...and since I had such a good response to the animals, I kept going in that direction.

Over the christmas break I did a couple of rough sketches and decided that it would be fun to do a series of Squaremania versions of my favorite superheroes.

First up is Batman:

I'm going to add a different background to better suit the character...but since I just finished painting him, I thought I'd put him up on the blog.

Batman also fit's this weeks Illustration Friday topic of "resolutions" - as we all know, when his parents were murdered he resolved to dress up and run around in tights to avenge their death.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Squaremania: Kitties for Adoption, the cleaned up version

I played with the size of the panda a little bit so that way he would be bigger than the kitties.  I think I'm going to add some sort of background in there too - so I've printed it out again and I'm going to flesh out what's going on around them...

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Microstock report for December 2010

This is our microstock report for December, 2010.
Shutterstock led the way again.  It was the first time in a while where it came down to the last couple of days whether or not we would cross $100 for the month.  But then two ODs were sold on the 29th (ODs are worth $2.70 each)...and all was right.

It's been the same story as the last few months - we haven't had time to upload many, if any, images for the stock sites - and so our numbers are slowly going down.  We uploaded a couple more images this month, but they were really a combination of older vector illustrations.

Veer has our smallest portfolio (only 2 downloads this month, but each was worth $7.00) - but only because 20 images were turned down this summer due to open shapes and I haven't wanted to spend the time uploading them again.  Cory Thoman, who got me into selling stock illustrations, has recently signed up with a couple of newer agencies, so I'm probably going to sign up with them as well...but only if I can find the time.

If you see the rest of my blog, I've been working on my proprietary projects, so making generic illustrations hasn't been a priority...

But maybe in the new year - I've missed watching an illustration take off and sell like booze and hotpants.
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