Sunday, September 21, 2008

Small Sketches, Large News

Pawtucket City Hall.

A cat wrestler, plus notes from a meeting.

So, then, I've got a new job coming up, whereupon I'll spend 6 months working on a schooner out of St. Croix. I'm flying down on November 24th and sailing back sometime toward the end of May, so I've got a little less than 2 months to make as much arts as possible. I'm trying to feel like this:
...But I'm actually feeling more like this:

Thursday, September 18, 2008

I Just Wanna Wrap You In My Tentacles

Here we go with another thank-you card. I almost got an anchor tattoo like that once. Thank goodness I went with another design, or I'd just be another Providence hipster with an anchor tattoo!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Jacket Makeover, part 2: Attack of the Bedazzler!

Front-side embellishment... Rev. Al had only a few guidelines for the design and one of them was that crosses had to be incorporated somewhere. He is, after all, a man of God.
Back design after lettering and rhinestones were added. I didn't feel the need to use a lot of rhinestones for the back of the jacket, as it's pretty complicated already.


For the front, I be-gemmed the lapels and crosses. Here I used less restraint. Given that the front design is simpler than the back, I didn't want it to seem like an afterthought. I'm kind of excited about the end result. I've never really done anything like this before, so it was a scary experience. Y'know, new and untested frontiers an' all. I think maybe I will take Lauren's suggestion and decorate a pair of skates next!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Jacket Makeover, part 1

At the beginning of the roller derby season, I was commissioned by one of our two announcers, the Rev. Al Mighty, to overhaul a jacket and "derby that fucker out"- Which is to say, make it loud and embellished so as to be seen from a distance, say, at a championship bout. (SHAMELESS PLUG: The championship is on September 19th! Go to to find out more!)

Anyway, here is the sketch I'm using:

All outlined out and ready to start painting!

Gray and white go on smoothly; neons not so much.

Color is added... plus sparkly gold puff paint! Thank you, Wal-Mart, and thank you, Cranston.

Adding in the lightning. I mixed the flourescent orange with white so it'd be easier to lay in. Plus being lighter and less saturated, it wouldn't compete so much with the rest.

End of day 1. Still to come: Lettering, studs and rhinestones, plus clouds and lightning for the front of the jacket.

My room is a mess!

Friday, September 5, 2008

My New Favorite Card

...with apologies to AC/DC. Also, my mom came over and saw the file open before I'd super-imposed the kid and thought "NERDY DEEDS" was the title of my to-do list.