Category Archives: Graphic Design

3… 2… 1… Blastoff!

Picture it, Long Beach, 2011. I had decided that I was going to design a papercraft rocket ship to accompany my new Mr. Roboto papercraft. It was much more challenging to create than the Mr. Roboto, as I wanted it to have that classic bulb shape at the top and angular landing gear. After a bit of trial and error, I was able to pull it together pretty well, if I don’t say so myself.


Now it’s been a few years since I put one together, and I was riding high after my successful Kickstarter campaign, so I thought I’d cut out a new rocket using the same material that I used for my Mr. Roboto pledges [they were made with photo paper rather than just plain old cardstock]. I popped the computer on to pull the file up, but much to my surprise, the file was gone!

I proceeded to dig through all of my back up disks and archives. Anywhere I would have put the file, but much to my chagrin, I couldn’t find it. I was a little heartbroken at the thought of having to start the process over from scratch, but then I remembered that I had uploaded a JPG layout to the Costco Photo site [initially I was unhappy with how it printed because I didn’t like the color and was going to go back and adjust it, but never got around to it… it takes about 3 hours to cut one of these suckers out, so I really had to be in the mood to do it]. I logged in, and thankfully it was still there [bless you Costco! #Costco4eva].

I still needed a proper source file [Adobe Illustrator] so that I could make color adjustments as needed, and maybe play with the design a bit [à la Graffiti Pride-bot]. And thus began the process of redrawing the pieces in Illustrator. Granted, being able to scan the print [I couldn’t save the JPG back from Costco Photo, lame, so I had to print it to scan it] was a much more desirable process to having to break apart my first model [which I still have, remarkably] and scan the individual pieces, especially since I had made modifications since then.

So, long story short… I made a rocket… again!

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If anyone is interested in a FREE PDF template so they can build their own, just shoot me a note [on the instamagrams, twitterzone, facespace]. Or if you don’t have the time, or are just plain lazy, and would like one made for you, we can haggle a price… ;D

Kick Started

Kick Started

I was super excited to announce that my Kickstarter project successfully funded [on September 16th, to be exact]… so excited that I totally forgot to post about it! I know, priorities… but as I’m gearing up to start sending out rewards, I just wanted to reflect for a second on the project…

I have to say, I was a little surprised at how the project was actually funded. I thought that I was going to get a lot more lower-end backers [at the 10$ level] from the people who have been sending me messages about wanting stickers <Crickets> Apparently these folks only wanted stickers when they were free, which was a bit of a bummer.

However, on the upside, the bulk of my backers went with the higher level rewards [YAY!], which was super cool and unexpected. Granted, I was then obligated to spend the past month putting together Mr Robotos.

It was an interesting process, and I give many thanks to those who did support the project, and I’m looking forward to sending out the rewards!

Friday the 13th Deaths at a Glance

Ki Ki Ki Ma Ma Ma

So I had the idea for this project last October when AMC was having its annual Fear Fest. They were airing all of the Friday the 13th Movies, and I thought to myself, “You know what, I think I’m going to make an infographic. Because, why not.”

So I set the DVR and slogged through 10 Friday movies that I haven’t really watched since the days of “USA Up All Night.” I did not include the remake or the Freddy vs. Jason films. I was really on the fence as to whether or not they should be included, but after giving it careful consideration, I decided against it.

Anywho, here’s the graphic, and I hope you like it… throw any questions about how I compiled the data in the comments below…

Friday the 13th Infographic

[watermarked because, well, I worked hard on this and I don’t want anyone to rip it off all willy-nilly]


 

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Flashback

… teaser doodle for something I started a few months ago…

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One Hour Project

Earlier this month, I decided that I would play a little more with digital art in the way that I used to when I was first learning how to use Photoshop and Illustrator. Taking images and playing with text purely for fun. I wanted to tap into something that was pure, rough, and not over thought. So limited myself to one hour per piece. Right now, I’m just doing them as I fancy it, but maybe in the future I’ll instill a “at least one a week” rule. Anywho… here is a collection of the pieces I put together in February:

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The last one was specifically for Twin Peaks Day [February 24th was when Laura Palmer was found… dead… wrapped in plastic… thus beginning David Lynch’s tale of small town life with deep horrible secrets… not to be confused with Blue Velvet]. And I may have cheated a little on that one, taking more than an hour if you tally up all the time, but to quote Cartman, “Whateva, whateva, I can do what I want.”