My Number One Fan requested a t-shirt design featuring Baba Yaga for Halloween, and who am I to deny her? I was surprised by how many people don't know this ragged queen of witches, a figure I'd grown up with, flying around in her pestle, gathering up souls and taking them back to her chicken-footed house in the deep, dark woods. She's worth looking into, for sure. Below is the final project, and some process shots for a deeper look at how I make these things.
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!!
Friday, November 1, 2019
Monday, October 21, 2019
I was a little late with this one this year, doesn't mean I don't love this big monster any less. Happy birthday to us both! Click here to see last year's, and you can follow the links back to 2012 when I started these Halloween portraits. Happy Best Month, everyone!
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Another poster for Mira Loma Theater! And look at that main title lettering, riiiiiight? Made it myself on the 'pad, y'all! See last year's poster by clicking here, or click "Show Posters" over there on the right to see more...well, posters I made for shows.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
I transferred to the ER one year ago! I couldn't have gotten through this past year without the seven incredible people I trained with, who inspire me and give me the courage I need every damn shift. To show my appreciation for my gang - my Crazy Eight - I made this design and had it printed on stickers from moo.com. If you're curious, that's a flying Uncrustable, which is a very popular snack at the hospital. And he's smoking a cigar, because everything is kinda just nuts at our job, including us.
Friday, July 19, 2019
Monday, June 17, 2019
My first video! Starring Autumn Fuentes, Mason Stone, David Tenenbaum, Virginia Bell, Hilary Mackenzie, and Maret Orliss, all household names these days, of course. This was shot on a loooooong day just after my senior year of high school! What? True story. Click the image below to enjoy a tale of love, loss, and betrayal. DRAMA!
Monday, May 20, 2019
Thursday, April 18, 2019
You've all been like, "How do we get more facial movement out of this dude?" And I'm like, "Stand up comedy, bruh." Possibly the most terrifying thing I've done. Click the photo below to watch me skate the edge of a tonic-clonic while I babble about the weather, taxi cabs, French bulldogs, and my (possible) boner. This was my final performance for a class I took in New York City, hosted at New York Comedy Club for an audience of friends and family. I was so nervous I'm surprised I was even intelligible. Enjoy?
Monday, April 8, 2019
Thursday, March 21, 2019
A couple of friends and I took the 30 Day Music Challenge on Insty, posting a song a day based on the daily prompts. It was...less fun than it seemed like it was going to be, but I got to do a smidge of graphic design. Follow me! @owlhenry
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Sunday, October 21, 2018
It's that time once again, friends: the best part of the Best Month, my birthday! And also this monster dude's birthday! Here's me and Adam dressed up for the Ween in costumes from one of my favorite movies of all time. Check out last year's if you wanna. Also, a quick apology: I really tried to draw Adam as the alien from Aliens, and I'm really sorry that the world won't get to partake in that brilliance...ah well. Happy Me Day, everybody!!
Friday, October 12, 2018
It's hard to believe it's been FIVE YEARS since my last zombie picture! Shocking. Here's one for my best nursing school buddy and fellow Shitbird Brigade recruit. Happy birthday, my dude. (And for more zombie stuff, click on "zombies" to the right over there.)
Monday, October 1, 2018
Sunday, September 16, 2018
The annual poster design for Mira Loma Theater! This one's for The 39 Steps, a comedic adaptation of the classic Hitchcock spy thriller. Click on "Show Posters" over there on the right side of your screen for past designs.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Monday, July 23, 2018
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Honored to design the postcard for my stepdad's upcoming Celebration of Life. One of the most important people in my life, he taught me so much about so many things, not least of which the absolute magic of shared laughter, that pure bullshit jag that makes life that much easier to deal with. I'm glad his suffering is past, but I miss him every day. Hum you, Beau Beau.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
A commissioned piece for a veterinarian friend. The last of her client's trio of pets passed away recently, so this is some art to commemorate them, whom she affectionately referred to as the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and...well, you get the idea. Happy to help!
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Friday, March 30, 2018
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Several years ago, when a friend was making her way through her dissertation, I made a series of extremely relaxing tracks for her to unwind to. Now on SoundCloud! Click here to enjoy.