I sent out the call on my Insty, @owlhenry, and four people responded in ten minutes, so...four MerMay portraits! Click the image to fully inspect these wonderful people.
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Monday, May 31, 2021
This llama's been THROUGH it, y'all! A couple of my coworkers gave me the idea for this one: at the hospital, we give trauma patients code names, to speed up the process of getting them the care they need. They go alphabetically, so if you come in right after "Trauma Kangaroo" and right before "Trauma Mouse" you'd be Trauma Llama. Fun, right? Sure. This trauma llama's got a bunch of stuff you can buy in my Spreadshirt store - click the link on the right, and feel free to suggest products you'd like to see, or other designs that aren't in there. Woot!
Friday, April 30, 2021
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Sunday, February 14, 2021
Monday, February 1, 2021
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Monday, December 21, 2020
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
My dad asked me to design his Christmas cards this year, a very high-profile gig for me. I'd shot some footage in October of him surfing at his favorite spot, but it wasn't enough to edit into an interesting video like last year's, so I grabbed some stills and made five different cards for him. Sweet!
Sunday, November 1, 2020
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
This year's portrait of me and my birthday twin Adam is somewhat bittersweet, as that monster guy just recently moved away to be with his family for a bit. Miss you, buddy. Also, he NAILED what we're supposed to be this year. Like, guessed immediately! That guy...
This is my ninth year of portraits. Check out last year's portrait by clicking HERE, and you can follow them back from there. Happy Best Month, all!!
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Sunday, August 16, 2020
Some pieces for one of my favorite families in the world, who've been busy at home under Quarantine.
I got paid in jam! WORTH IT!!
Kidchen is now open for business - it's like "kitchen," except run by kids! (GENIUS!)
Friday, July 10, 2020
Friday, June 5, 2020
Two for mirth,
Three’s a wedding,
Four’s a birth...
Our family recently said goodbye to a true warrior in the fight against breast cancer, and I miss her every day. She was one of my favorite people on the planet, truly. I couldn't find a sympathy card I liked, so I made my own.
Friday, May 29, 2020
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Morty's back! After a five year break, Sir Mortimer returns - just in time to Shelter in Place!
For those of you just meeting Sir Huddlesworth, some background: twenty years ago, I got to play Hamlet in a small production in New York state. One of the actors knew a producer of the Laurence Olivier film, and when I met said producer after the show, he said to me, "You remind me of a young Laurence Olivier...you have a WAYS to go..." It was such a perfect thing to say, in so many ways, and as I told the story to various geniuses, we began to riff on that quote until it spun out into this old, grumpy character, a veteran of the theater with a variety of grudges, and fantastic experiences that may or may not be real, but who cares?
My first Morty video was made twelve years ago, as part of an application for the SF Sketchfest that year. I heard nothing back from the 'fest, but that experience of filming over the course of a long afternoon with two of my oldest friends became one of my most treasured memories, and it made me want to make more. This is Morty's 20th video! Woot.
This video is not meant, in any way, to diminish the experience of those struggling under the weight of Covid-19. As a frontline healthcare worker (an Emergency Department RN), I know firsthand the damage this disease has caused, the suffering both physical and mental. It is, however, important to find relief in joy, in shared experience. If this video brings a smile, my work here is done, and done with great pride.
Friday, April 3, 2020
Friday, March 6, 2020
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Friday, November 1, 2019
I typically start with reference pictures. I find things on the web for details, and I'll model the particular pose myself:
Then I go work with some blue pencils. I'm not quite ready to do this part on the tablet, but I'm getting there. I don't know what it is about blue pencils, they just allow me to be bolder and messier:
Usually inking the initial drawing is the hardest part, it's actually kinda terrifying. But this time I scanned the blue pencil drawing onto my tablet and used that, and now I'm hooked! So good! Usually I have to do a bunch of work to separate the blue lines from the inks in Photoshop, but the tablet allows me to use different layers, and to create nice clean lines that are perfect for the next phases:
Then I block in colors and start thinking about where the light should be coming from:
Then I spend a bunch of time adding details n stuff, usually whilst watching some terrible horror movie or other:
Maybe a total of 12 hours, start to finish? A true meditation for me, and a delightful Halloween surprise for her. Happy Best Month, everyone!!