Thursday, December 24, 2009

Saturday, December 5, 2009

(V) A Very Morty Christmas

The Non-Permanent Parliament is presenting a very special Morty FIVE-PART EPIC for the Christmas season! As of this writing, only the first part, a kind of prequel, is up. Look for four more between now and Christmas. Watch the first part by clicking HERE. Don't forget to rate what you like and leave a comment!

(GD) New T-Shirts in the shoppe!

Hey gang- TWELVE new designs have been added to the shop! All of them made in the US or Mexico! If you'd like a design on a different kind of product, please let me know- you're definitely not limited by what you see. The shop can be found at

Sunday, November 15, 2009

(V) ZOMBIE 2!!

The latest from the Non-Permanent Parliament features the continuing adventures of Zombie Bruce, this time with his office staff. Click here.

(GD) Mission Bikes Advertising

Below are some design projects I recently completed for Mission Bikes here in San Francisco. They're hosting a track stand competition at the upcoming SF Bike Expo, so I created a flyer:

I also designed a series of three spoke cards- cards that can be fitted between the spokes of a bicycle wheel that, in this case, serve as advertising for Mission Bicycle Company (the black logo goes on the back of each card) as well as indicators of which heat each rider is registered for:

I also created the graphics for an email blast announcing their Christmas sale:

Mission Bikes designs custom-made, personalized bike experiences for city riding. Their bikes are light and their sales staff is friendly and knowledgeable. They're also committed to selling crafts made by local, bike-friendly merchants. Their site can be viewed here.

(OPP) Ryohei Hase

This guy is AMAZING. Check out his site by clicking here:

Saturday, November 14, 2009

(I) Dos y Dos/My Process

I love when illustrators break their process down on their blogs, so I thought I'd do the same with a recent project I worked on. I was hired to do four character designs for a Spanish-language kids show called Dos y Dos; they're considering expanding into printed material- books n stuff. Below is how I created one of the character designs.

So first thing I like to do is grab some pictures to draw from. One of the guys on the show- Bayardo- is a friend of mine, so, with his permission, I lifted a few pictures from his Facebook profile:

That's him on the right. Then I make a sketch that's as true as I can make it to the picture I'm drawing from:

I'm working fast, so it's not crazy true to life, but I'm making an attempt to capture as much of his likeness as I can, and I'm getting a sense of what makes Bayardo's face distinct. I like B's chin- it's definitely distinct- and his face is longer, his eyebrows more defined, than the other male actor's. These aren't the only differences, of course, but my end product won't be all that detailed, so I just need a few keys.

Now it's time to approach the final drawing. I took a picture of myself in the pose I want for the drawing- I decided B would be holding an umbrella:

My picture includes my whole body, and it's hi-res enough that I can zoom in to look at areas I want to focus on. Then I draw the sketch for the final:

Then I scan it in to Photoshop and clean up the lines- I want them clean and dark, but I want to still get a sense that they're hand-drawn, that a pencil was involved at some point in the process. Sometimes I'll ink them and convert them to vector lines with Illustrator, but I wanted something rougher on this:
With this design, I can easily take out the white areas and replace them with colors, then add a background and I'm done:

And the final group shot:

Friday, October 30, 2009

(I) Happy Halloween!

A friend and I played Mr and Mrs Macbeth, yeeeears ago- I recently found a sketch I'd done of us, so I colored it and sent it to her as a Halloween gift.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Thursday, October 1, 2009

(GD) All In The Timing Poster

A good friend of mine is producing All In The Timing at Mira Loma Black Box Theatre, and commissioned me to do the poster art. (Can you say "commissioned" if it's free?) I'm pretty stoked on it.

(GD) Henley Street Theatre Logo Redesign

I was recently asked to do a redesign of a logo for a theater in Virginia; I guess whether they're actually going to use it is still up in the air. Above is the original, and below is my idea for the letterhead, as well as variations on the logo itself.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

(GD) Woman in Black poster design

I'll soon be appearing in a play called, "The Woman in Black", a good old-fashioned ghost story produced by Second Wind Productions here in San Francisco. I designed this poster idea without knowing they were WAY ahead of me. Now it's the Photoshop equivalent of a doodle. I still think it looks kind of cool.

(GD) In-Store Signage Design

Mission Bicycle Company in San Francisco's Mission District just added a whole bunch of merchandise, and I was commissioned to design some signs for the new products. Now I've got some store credit to spend- woop woop!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

(OPP) 1001 Journals Project

I was asked to create some pages in a journal that's traveling the world as part of the 1001 Journals Project. I didn't scan my pages, but there is some amazing work on display at the site. Check out journal 3118. The picture included here is just one of the incredible pages created by my buddy Jefferson, and I was honored to have been asked to participate.

Friday, July 17, 2009


The latest video from the Non-Permanent Parliament is on display for your viewing pleasure. Access it and all the NPP offerings by clicking here.

Monday, June 8, 2009

(OPP) Matt Gaydos

Matt Gaydos is a brilliant L.A. artist currently busting out work on two different web comics: Boozenose the Clown and Rent Control. I love this Guy!!

Friday, May 29, 2009

(I) Happy Destroy!

A commissioned piece for his and her t-shirts to wear on an upcoming birthday trip to Hawaii. Robots rule!!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

(GD) Business Card Design (Stars)

Here's a recent bizcard design for a client whose only specification was that he wanted "five stars in a spiral" somewhere on the card. I decided to draw the stars, making them rougher, messier and more playful than shapes created on Illustrator; the stars get smaller and darker as they "recede" in their spiral. The flip side is simple, clean and professional. (The card's like a mullet- business in the front, party in the back.) These are my only proposals for this project, as he liked them right away- niiiiiice!

Monday, May 11, 2009

(I) B is for Baby- S

A commissioned design for a baby I don't even know! That baby's gonna be stoked!!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

(GD) OwlHenry Tees in the shop!

For diehard OwlHenry fans, the "weird owl thing" logo (also known as Blake), can be purchased on a variety of items in the store. Please remember that the stuff in the store is not limited to what you see- please request other colors or styles and I'll hook you up. OWLHENRY FOREVER!

The OwlHenryStore can be accessed at any time in the "Bio" section of my website,, or by clicking here:

(OPP) Imatoy- Be A Superhero!

My friend Tobias will make you into a superhero. What's cooler than that?? Seriously...Check out his site:

Monday, April 27, 2009

(I) Bees

A friend commissioned me to make a logo around the phrase "BB21", a personal code between her and her husband. I chose to draw the B's as actual honeybees in the couple's likenesses.

Sidenote: A friend asked me why I dislike drawing pupils and irises. I honestly have no idea. I do draw pupils in certain situations, but I guess with animals it's different. Not including them here gives the couple an animal-esque feel without taking them too far away from their actual human likenesses.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

(OPP) James Jean

Comic book fans may know James Jean from his unbroken line of covers for Fables. He also did a Sally Jupiter pinup which appears several times in the Watchmen movie. *Stepping down off the nerd horse...* James Jean is an incredible talent and one of my most powerful influences.

Friday, March 20, 2009

(OPP) Beautiful handmade goods from Alissa Haight Carlton

Check out my friend Alissa's brilliant handcrafted pieces. Amazing.

(GD) Morty T-Shirts

For the Morty fans out there, I've added a couple of new designs to the store for purchase. And just in case someone wants to buy one, please let me know if you'd like a different style- buyers can adjust the color, but not what they want the design printed on. Order up!!

What's Morty?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

(I) Zombie!

As you may know, I'm down with zombies. I am not alone. A friend recently commissioned me to create himself as a member of this most decayed of creatures. Check it:

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

(I) B is for Baby- E/W

Two more friends recently had a baby boy, whom I had the pleasure of meeting several weeks ago. A new baby means new baby clothes, so here are the latest B is for Baby designs. I'd like to thank whoever asked if I was creating designs for the initials of the baby...I didn't even think of that. And now it's ALL I think about.