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Welcome to my blog! This is where I post my latest work- illustration (I), graphic design (GD), photos (P), videos (V)- as well as stuff I like by other people (OPP- "otha people's pictures"). Check back often for updates, and to show you care.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Zombie 4!!!! (V)

It's been TEN YEARS since the last Zombie film - what?! True! But the wait is finally over: Zombie 4!!!! is out on YouTube, featuring Bruce and his family, who are now fully-formed adult-type people! Watching 3 and 4 back to back is a trip, let me tell you.

I was trying to publish this for Halloween, but some computer setbacks prevented me (which I sailed through with my usual calm and poise). But I think Thanksgiving might be just as fitting. Filming this video with one of my best friends and her incredibly smart, talented, and FUNNY family (assisted, of course, by the inestimable V. Bell, adventurer at large) was truly one of the best days I've had in a very long time. I think it shows. Click the pic below to watch the finished product! YAY!




Monday, November 1, 2021

Alphabet of Horror (Wa Ha Ha...!) (I)

I set myself a task to Insta-post every day of October, mostly with this monster, and I did it! I'm awfully proud of myself, I'll say, and it gave me a taste of Real Illustrator Life, what it means to make decisions to save time: Do I need this? Can I live with that? Also it was great drawing practice for me. I'm already missing October! Happy Best Month, everyone!! @owlhenry

[A: Ash/Army of Darkness, B: The Birds, C: Candyman, D: the Demigorgon from Stranger Things, E: The Exorcist, F: Fright Night, G: the Grady twins from The Shining, H: The Host, I: It Follows, J: Jennifer's Body, K: Killer Klowns from Outer Space, L: La Llorona, M: Midnight Mass, N: Nightbreed, O: Oculus, P: Poltergeist, Q: Queen of the Damned, R: The Ritual, S: Silent Hill, T: the Tap Dance Man/Them, U: Us, V: The Village, W: Watcher in the Woods, X: the Xenomorph from Alien, Y: You're Next, Z: Channel Zero]

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Halloween Radness 2021!

This is the TENTH year of making these birthday portraits of me and my excellent friend Adam. This year the reference is a bit on the Deep Nerd side, but it made me laugh so I drew it out. I've long had a connection to the X-Men, and Longshot and the Mojoverse were some of my favorite characters. You can click here for last year's creation, and follow the links back from there if you'd like. 

HAPPY ADAM AND MIKE DAY!



Thursday, August 5, 2021

F is for Finnegan! (I)

By special request from two brand new dads! I haven't done one of these in five years, but I was honored to get back into the game. Congratulations to Francis and Bear!!

 
To see more, click on "B is for Baby" under Categories over on the right, and there's even a Cafepress store in the Buy Stuff section - woot! 



Saturday, July 24, 2021

MerMay 2021 (I)

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.



Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Queer The Future Logo (GD)

 A fitting post for Pride Month! Here's a few prospective, ultimately unused logo designs.



Monday, May 31, 2021

Trauma Llama! (I)

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!



Thursday, March 25, 2021

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Happy VD! (I/GD)

 Some site-specific Valentines Day cards I made for my incredible coworkers at the hospital. We need all the smiles we can get these days, hopefully these inspired a few.


 

Monday, February 1, 2021

Saturday, January 9, 2021

She Kills Monsters (GD)

Poster design for the latest from Mira Loma: She Kills Monsters, a fully-online Zoom play going up later this month. Check it out!



Tuesday, December 29, 2020

My Holiday Card (Pangolin Magic!) 2020 (I)

 Thank you to everyone who's supported me over the past year. What a ride! See you in 2021!!



Monday, December 21, 2020

Christmas Card Design 2 (GD)

 My mom also wanted a card designed for her this year. I used one of her photos, added a simple design, BOOM! Done and done. 



Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Christmas Card Design (GD)

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

Halloween Radness 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

Vampire Queen Update (I)

 I originally made this portrait for a friend a few years ago. The pets featured in the original have since passed, and she asked for her current dog to be added. Done and done! 

 The original:


 



Sunday, August 16, 2020

Mack Family Enterprises (I/GD)

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!)

  
 
And they said goodbye to an old friend...

Friday, July 10, 2020

Dragons! (I)

A friend of mine has a GENIUS daughter who drew the original piece you see here (scroll on down), and I was moved to create an homage. The color scheme is intriguing, amIright? Just trying to stay sane during Quarantimes. :)



Friday, June 5, 2020

One For Sorrow (GD)

One for sorrow,
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

MerMay 2020 (I)

I actually got this MerMay piece done on time this year! This is a friend whose favorite sea creature is the manatee, with an initial sketch of a manatee below her. I did this all on my tablet! What? Truth.



Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Morty: Life in Quarantine (V)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kFRS3d1GF8

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.