creative plurals in floral

Those lovely tropical orchard’s– so exotic.

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bottlecaps! design work in progress

bottlecap-designs-blogHard at work on, among other things, a minicomic about bottlecaps.  In this comic, I am going to have to draw a lot of bottlecaps. Not wanting to get into weird copyright issues, and because it is more fun to make things up, I invented my own brands and flavors of bottled soda.  I also studied real world bottlecap designs.  (Did you know there are people who have whole Instagrams full of pictures they have taken of bottlecaps?  There are.)   This was a surprisingly difficult challenge.

From the top, the cap designs for Lychee Flavor Fizz Wiz!, Old Fashioned Ginger Malted, and Lime Shiver.

I picture Fizz Wiz! as a brand of soda that comes in a whole ton of different fruit flavors, some pretty exotic, and uses one cap design for all with just the typeset word changed.  Sort of like an imaginary Jarritos.  Now that I think about it, I should put the exclamation point on the wizard hat.

The Old Fashioned series may be similar– a series of sodas in old style flavors like Sarsaparilla, Green River, Birch Beer, etc, with the old fashioned mug design on each cap with either the name of the flavor or the color designating the contents.  Ginger Malted is not a flavor that actually exists, as far as I know, but I bet it is pretty tasty.

And Lime Shiver is just a great soda in my favorite flavor– a terrific mixer with a tot of Brazilian sugarcane rum.

(Left the pencil in this scan to show how the designs fit into the circle of the top of the cap.)

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last year/this year

The first big macro garden walk of the new year (so early!),  yielded a number of images, some of last year, some of this.  In these two 4 x 3s, that means last year’s oak leaf hydrangea,


and this year’s ghost crocuses:


The little purple tipped, purple veined ghosts are in bloom in Kekionga now, too.  This is more than just a February thaw– it’s an early spring.


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camera bag love

dsc_1986Feeling a fair amount of love for my new camera bag tonight after its first successful outing earlier in the day.

Cool things about my new camera bag:

  • Bought it cheap on sale in the hunting department at the local Big Box Sports Store.
  • It’s not black and doesn’t look like a camera bag.
  • It’s the right size for a bunch of different combinations of cameras and other gear I want to carry around.
  • It seems sturdy and has lots of useful pockets.
  • I was able to customize it with stuff out of my parts boxes in the studio–didn’t have to buy anything else to get it looking pretty cool.
  • Now it has a lizard on it.
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a banner day

Considering moving into the modern world and getting one of those way cool retractable convention banners. The final version will be in full color and look really snappy and polished if I do it right. But before the process gets to that point, I have to come up with a decent design. 

And, as I discovered this morning, this is far from easy. It’s way worse than coming up with a cover for a comic!  Here are the two finalists at this point.  If you have a preference, don’t be shy. And please excuse the moderately crummy photographs.

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arrows1-blog arrows2-blogSpent an hour or so yesterday with a brush and sketchpad, drawing directional arrows for an ongoing project.  If you are in need of a distinctly hand-drawn directional arrow, not guaranteed to be completely straight, drop me a line (comment, email, FB message or whatever) and I can send you a full sized file.

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animal world (two quarters)

Animal World.
Two Quarters.
Pink Elephant.

(Count this as a critical success.)

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morning haiku

A 100% increase in home coffee brewing capacity leads directly to a corresponding increase in early morning poetry output.

  • Coffee grounds in wet brown
  • filter. Do not dump them all
  • over the kitchen.

Or maybe a not-a-haiku is better:

  • Coffee grounds in wet brown filter:
  • Please do not dump them
  • All over the kitchen.
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reference photographs: bottle caps

bottlecap10-blogI need to learn how to draw a bottle cap, fast.  Here are some photographs I took this afternoon to use as photo references.  No idea whether these will be more useful at the drawing table (on my tablet? printed out?) than the actual bottle caps, which I am keeping to use as models.


For some reason, all these bottle caps are from tasty Mexican beverages.  You can guess which one I consumed.


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best of the drawing of the day: the observation unit

theobservationunit-straightened-blog“Got no idea what’s going on here,” the cartoonist said cheerfully, not bothered in the least to have drawn a scientist-type character looking out from a picture frame set into the side of a large Mysterious Animal (or possibly a Horrible Creature).  Is the Observation Unit a real thing, possibly a robotic Trojan Horse contraption for scientific research, or perhaps a metaphor for the Human Condition?

Because sometimes I feel like I’m riding around inside a giant beast that is bounding around the landscape as I look out and watch and take no control whatsoever.

(This is an unplanned drawing, hashed out in the scritchy-scratchy pen without the help of any pencil lines, and then fiddled with pretty seriously with both natural media corrections in whiteout and marker and with the 5 Pixel Paintbrush in post.  I find the 5 Pixel PB just about equals the lines made with the TWSBI Eco EF fountain pen on a 400 dpi Drawing of the Day.)

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