Monday, November 24, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Unicorn Skull (A T-shirt)

A while back my friend Erik Guiterrez told me about this website Threadless ( which is a web site that sells t-shirts designed by any one with an internet connection and the free time to do so. The shirt designs are selected by the members of the site by voting on the pieces, and as long as more then 50% likes them threadless will print the shirt. The winning designer gets 1500 US dollars and 500 Threadless dollars, plus an additional 500 dollars any time that their design is reprinted. This sounded like a fun away to get my art out there and potentially make some money.

Coming off of my Peter Thomas T-shirt creating high, I decided to create some shirt design (this being the only one that I have finished or developed in the last 3 or 4 months). So I did some sketches and based off of a suggestion made by Laura to do a unicorn skull.

Here is the unicorn skull sketch.

Here is the finalized version that I did in illustrator.
I didn't do the little star sparks because I thought it was too silly and whimsical plus i though it didn't make sense with the rest of the piece.

Here is what i submitted for review on Threadless
See next Blog for how i did


My Submission

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Mario Pumpkin Painting (PART I)

Last year I painted a portrait on a pumpkin and it sparked my new interest I have with acrylic painting. I like the idea of painting things on non traditional canvases and things that are temporary. It is also more fun to paint a pumpkin as apposed to gutting it and carving it, though I don't get any kick ass roasted pumpkin seeds so there is a trade off.

A while ago Laura and I went to the San Jose Art Museum to see a show about Robots (which had some great pieces but we both thought it wasn't laid out that well in the space the museum had). When we were there we went to the gift shop we found this book "I Am 8-Bit" (which Jason is borrowing at the moment, i wonder if he knows he still has it?) which was filled with fine art based off of old arcade and Nintendo games which Laura and I found to be really fascinating, and sparked an interest in me to create my own video game based art work.

So I painted Mario and a boo on the pumpkin figuring it seemed more Halloweeny then simply having Mario on the pumpkin alone.

If I can find the time i want to paint Princess Peach with a Boo looking up her skirt on the other side.