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, 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...

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.
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