Thursday, September 21, 2017

Just when you thought it was safe to drift in the ocean...

It's not safe in the ocean with all those saws lookin' to cut someone.

Just when you thought it was safe to drift off on the cool ocean breeze....

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Can I get a Paw...?

I've been thinking of doing a series of these for a while now - and I thought I finally had time to get one of them.  There are so many options for this parody of the iconic Jaws poster, and I know a lot of people have done Jawas - but I still would like to do my take on that...but first, I give you PAWS!

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Shrek goes Minion again

When the new overlords come, they tend to white wash everything towards their way of looking, doing and thinking.  With Comcast buying Dreamworks, maybe we can expect to see some of this with them?  And why wouldn't they use their most popular property, the minions, to breath some much needed life into the old tired Shrek?

Of course, it's a painful process...and it's a rather painful experience for the ones who have to change.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Shrek goes Minion...

Comcast bought Dreamworks - bringing Shrek and the rest of the terrible Dreamworks cast of characters into the Minions family and Universal.  Maybe this will help them change their stories from something terrible to something watchable?  We'll find out soon enough!  Maybe to make Dreamworks more successful, they can have him actually join the Minions movie!

I'd expect them to not be very thrilled with such a eventuality...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Spongebob: food centerpiece

I did this for an episode of season 9 of Spongebob Squarepants.  It starts as a pile of food, and Spongebob works his magic and turns it into a centerpiece for a wedding.

It's on screen for just a few seconds  - but each picture took a couple of hours, at least, to draw.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Angry Birds and nonplussed Pigs

I'm addicted to Angry Birds.  I don't know they came up with the concept - but having little birds launch into green pigs and destroying precarious structures just keeps me enraptured week after week.

They had a movie that came out based on the game - but I don't know if I need to see that - I'd rather the interactivity that comes with the game.  And it's weird that the movie versions all have arms and's like they couldn't just figure it out with what they had originally designed.  But, I guess, it's easier to emote and to interact, not to mention move about if you have limbs.

Thursday, July 27, 2017


I grew up with Doctor Strange comics.  My parents were big Kubrick fans, and had the Doctor Strangelove movie on laserdisc - they watched it all the time, although I never actually saw it myself.  But it seemed like I was always hearing about Doctor Strangelove, and thought it was a fun comic book thing, only to find that it was some weirdo black and white movie - a very talky one at that.

With the new Doctor Strange movie out, I thought I'd do a bit of a mash up between the two.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Happy Pantry: who likes refills?

Our niece said this one fine morning, and we had to turn it into a Happy Pantry drawing...

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Leo and Jason

 This is from an idea i had to do celebrities as Happy Pantry characters.  The idea was turned down so hard by Tracey that I never did more than this.  I think of it as one of my finest illustrations ever. of the worst.

These have absolutely nothing to do with each other - but I wanted to post them.  So here they are.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Happy Pantry Kitchen Towels

This is one of the first things we made for Happy Pantry:

Mr Latte kitchen towels.  They're available on our website

Go on - fill your kitchen with something cute.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Birthday drawing....

It was somebody's birthday today - so I thought I'd draw them something.  It's funny because if someone asked me to draw something I'd be hesitant and drag my feet, but sometimes an idea hits me and I want to get to it before anything else.

It's just a quick sketch - but this person really likes mermaids - and collects all sorts - so I thought I could do something mermaidy for them.

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, June 08, 2017

Happy Pantry - new merch!

We have a great company we work with overseas to make our Happy Pantry tote bags.  They provided us with an image of them in the process of screen printing our illustrations onto the bags!

We're also getting the Milk and Cookies bags back in stock after completely selling out of our first run!

You can buy any of our tote bags on our website -

Thursday, June 01, 2017


I started working on this amazing show in season 9.  Can you believe Spongebob has been on for 10 seasons?  Here's to hoping it continues indefinitely!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Dooks of Hazzard...

These days there be dukes flying this way and that.  Basically there's a baby and she's always duking it up.  Every day with the dooks.  And she never cleans it up herself, she just lies there and waits for us to do it for her.  Every time.  It's gross.

I actually drew this before the baby arrived and started stinking up the house....

The show kind of stunk too, so it's appropriate....

Thursday, May 18, 2017

ooooooohhhh Alice!

There's this beautiful song in the last (horrible) movie version of Alice in Wonderland.  Danny Elfman has been mailing in some of his more recent compositions (see all of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory...or, better yet, don't see it!) - but this one song is incredible.  And it inspired this ridiculously cutesy illustration:

Here is the song below:

Thursday, May 04, 2017

BB8 and RTD2

It's May 4th - which, for some reason, people have decided is when you post Star Wars stuff.  May the fourth be with you.  It's lame.  But still - here's a new Star Wars drawing I did!


I'm no better than everyone else - follow the crowd everybody - it'll never lead you astray.  At least for drawing a Star Wars illustration for May 4th....

I have no idea why I thought it should say Beep Boop - but there it is anyway.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Happy Pantry: nobody is this peppy in the morning....!

Nobody should be this peppy in the morning....that is, until you smell that sweet aroma of coffee!  What time is it that you wake up?  That's right, coffee o'clock!  Who cares?  Shake off that sleep with a nice cup of tasty coffee.  And smash that alarm clock, he looks too smug that he startled you awake.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Happy Pantry: Celery and Peanut Butter

 Everything was going fine until Peanut Butter's exes showed up...
But even those jellies (and chocos) couldn't keep our two new fast friends from being together.  Why do they taste so good together?  Because sometimes life gives you a win for no reason.  Just enjoy.  Celery tastes like nothing by itself, but add a dollop of peanut butter and suddenly you're in mouth party heaven.  And it's satisfyingly crunchy too!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Happy Pantry: April showers....

April showers are just an excuse to cozy up and hug in the romance!

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Happy Pantry: Apple Fools!

Are we doing it right?
I'm an Orange...........APPLE FOOLS!

That's not funny, but it still makes me smile...

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spirited Away...on a train

No Name was one of the best parts of Spirited Away - sure he became a weird big monster that ate everything, but what a cutie when he was little!!!

So I drew this quick version of him sitting on the train.  He's too cute to hurt anyone, isn't he?  Just don't eat the chocolate....

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Indiana Jones is on the roof

There was a joke we were told as kids about telling someone that someone is dead -

It goes something like, "A kid is away at camp and calls home where his dad answers and immediately blurts out that the cat is dead.  The kid is obviously distraught, and bawling about how they've ruined his camp experience by dropping such sad tragic news and they should build up to it where if the cat wasn't doing well, maybe she had climbed up on the roof of the house but got stuck and maybe next time he called she fell off and was whisked away to the hospital and then the final time maybe then she succumbed to her injuries and passed away - that way there would be some time for him to process it and be prepared for the bad news.  The kid then goes on to ask how mom is doing and the dad goes, "Your mom is on the roof..."

It's a terrible joke with a biting punchline - but it felt appropriate for talking about Indiana Jones and the last attempt at a money grab.  Harrison Ford is SO old now and the movie isn't even filming yet - so he's going to be even older and somehow is going to portray this character that he played 30 years ago?  It just feels like Ford aged out of playing characters like this - so I drew this to mourn the news:

Old Man Indiana Jones - almost done!

Getting close to completion...

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Indiana Jones is how old!?!?

Everyone was excited about a new Indiana Jones movie coming out - myself included - i wasn't so keen on Chris Pratt - but it would be better than the horrible Crystal Skull movie that came out a little while ago that we all hated...

But then they announced that Harrison Ford was coming back to the franchise - to kill it off completely, I expect?

He was great as Han Solo - and it was good to see him back in that - but he moved so much like an old man, and it was a little distracting to see him bumble about all slow like.  And now he's going to be even older and playing what could be an even more dashing character?  It feels like they need to regroup with a younger actor.  Until then, here's what I think it'll look like:

I did a quick sketch with the old man from UP, which is what Harrison Ford is looking more like every day.  Only...with an earring, for some reason...

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Charlie Brown strikes a pose

I did a pose of this with the head the other way, but that struck me as odd - so I turned his head around and he looks a lot better.

I don't remember why I thought of it, but I thought it would be funny to do a version of that iconic illustration of the little girl on the beach getting her bathing suit pulled by a dog but with Charlie Brown.

I wanted to do a stylized version of the two characters and experiment with some new photoshop brushes I found.

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


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...
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