Friday, January 28, 2011

Cool Crewnecks

Crewneck sweatshirts have been making a comeback in the past couple years. They add a sense of class that a hoodie could not, even with a crazy screen printed graphic on the front. Here are a list of some crewneck sweatshirts that I personally like and think are worth the money. I tried to get as many different styles as possible. It is wintertime, so it's good to stay warm while looking good.

I personally just like the phrase from the company Sober Is Sexy. The design isn't great at all, but it has a positive message which was interesting if you're into that sort of thing.

Should I work for free? designed by Jessica Hische

This is a nice little chart made up of entirely CSS and Html that was designed by Jessica Hische. If you ever wondered if you should work for free or not, well here's some help. You can go to the website and download the chart in case you ever end up in this dilemma again.

Inspiration: Stuntkid aka Jason Levesque

I came across the artwork of Jason Levesque last week and really liked it. It's predominantly filled with illustrations of women with a many pieces using a pastel palette. He does have prints and original pieces for sale. Below are some images that I favor from his portfolio. To view more work go to

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

365 Days of Creativity -Day 25 & 26

Day 25 - Sketch.

Day 26- For this on, I created an instant band name and cd cover. Here were the rules for this. 

 Random Album Cover

1 - Go to "wikipedia." Hit “random... Read More”
or click
The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to "Random quotations"
or click
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days” or click Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 - Use photoshop or similar to put it all together. Make sure it’s a square. 500 x 500 pixels is ideal.

I played with a bit in Photoshop and it was fun to do. The quote came from comedian Mitch Hedber. It originally was, "I like rice. Rice is great if you're hungry and want 2000 of something."

The original photo was this.

Monday, January 24, 2011

365 Days of Creativity -Day 24

This is the Darth Vader design that I was working on. I call it "Oakland Vader". I was listening to a Swollen Members song where "raiders" and "darth vader" were rhymed and the concept hit me. Also, I think it fits since it's still football season. I recreated the shield, the font, and of course I drew Darth Vader's head. It was a fun little concept to work on.


By no means am I a Star Wars geek. I don't understand the whole Star Wars obsession, because it's an okay series. Entertaining, but not worth going gaga over. Darth Vader is a badass character in general, so that didn't bother me. BUT if anyone from the Lucasfilm Ltd or anyone has a license rights to Star Wars characters, I would create some really good designs.

365 Days of Creativity -Day 21, 22, & 23

Day 21 - I thought this was a cool idea and I think I have a base of an idea that needs to be fully complete. "Graffiti Ninja"

Day 22- I came up with a good concept and sketched it down and plan on revealing that at a later date when that design is complete. This time I just sketched this.

Day 23- I'm currently working on this concept I have that you can't really tell, because it just looks like a Darth Vader head. I think even if I give a hint you can guess what I'm trying to do.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Swollen Members CD artwork Contest

The Canadian hip hop group Swollen Members had a contest for their fans to recreate their album covers. They're planning on rereleasing these cds and giving the chance to give back to their fans. The deadline is Feb. 10, 2011, so there is time to work on it. The downside is they retain all the rights and you do win a pretty good package, but I'm not sure if you get credit for the album cover artwork, I would hope so. By the look of the submissions, it does not look like there's stiff competition, but at the same time I'm not sure if they have been updating the gallery. This is what the website has to say about their prize package:
"The prize packages will consist of SWOLLEN MEMBERS  CDs, records, a t shirt, a poster and stickers and hats and t shirt from RED DRAGON!! (RDS)….and of course…YOUR AMAZING COVER AS A PART OF THE SWOLLEN MEMBER’S LEGACY….Your art will be a part of our history!!!"

Here is a video to give you a little bit more detail on the matter and here is the link to view.


Friday, January 21, 2011

Aces by Leon Ryan

I thought these illustrations were quite clever. Leon Ryan has his Ace of Spades illustration for sale as poster. You can buy that here:

Thursday, January 20, 2011

365 Days of Creativity -Day 20

Just wasn't feeling all creative and then last minute I tried to come up with a quick Native American design.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

365 Days of Creativity -Day 19 Scubrella V.2

I worked on this concept previously(click here to view), but I was not too thrilled about it. Here is the latest version, which I think is a bit simpler and is cleaner. I played around with it as a one color and full color design. Who knows if I'll actually print or resubmit it to a design contest.

MEGA Mario Man available at RIPT Apparel 1/19 Only

This t-shirt design was very nicely executed and brings back the nostalgia for all those Nintendo lovers. I know for me, this is great and brings memories of playing both Super Mario Bros. and Mega Man. You can only pick this up for 1 day at Ript Apparel Buy this shirt while you can, it is definitely a heater. The artist Baardel aka Mike did do a really good job in my eyes with the pattern of Mega Man incorporated to create the original Super Mario.