Monthly Archives: October 2007

NY Metro Illustration: Classroom Laptops

I’ve got an illustration in today’s NY METRO paper accompanying an article about laptop computers in the classroom. It looks like this:

NY METRO illustration

You can read the paper online here.

NY METRO illustration

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shirt.woot Derby Entry

Here’s my entry in this week’s shirt.woot Derby. The theme is “Nutrition.”

Be Strong Eat Vegetables

You can vote on it here.

Update: This design finished in 18th place with 171 votes.

shirt.woot Derby Entry

I sat out the last couple rounds of shirt.woot’s weekly Derby due to Adobe Illustrator problems. This week, I’m back in, though no one seems to love my entry in the “Hallowe’en” contest. It looks like this:

13 Skellytons

You can vote on it here.

 Update: This entry finished the week with a paltry 37 votes.

Shirt Design: Rox O’er Sox

Here’s a nearly-finished piece of art you were supposed to be able to buy on a t-shirt tonight at midnight:

Rox o'er Sox

The idea was to print two shirts that baseball partisans could wear to their World Series parties: the one you see here and one showing the tables turned, with the sock besting the mountain. When I got to this point, though, the client’s legal advisor got a look at the illustration and decided it would rile the MLB’s suer-rats, so the whole project was scuttled. Lawyers! Ruining Americans’ days since 1878.

If you watched the series, you know the Rockies’ American League opponent was only decided in the third act of last night’s seventh ALCS game, so I had to work fast. The last-minute cancellation was all the more frustrating for this project’s short turn-around time. All of a sudden, today’s hectic work schedule was retroactively pointless, and worse: I was up in the wee hours last night sketching this out, when it turns out I could have been reading — and slumbering — in bed with Emily. Ah, well, such is the freelance biz.

NY METRO Illustration: Interior Design

I think I have an illustration in today’s NY METRO paper. (I think; I don’t know. The newest issue isn’t online yet.) It accompanies an article about interior design. Interior design! It only occurs to me now, dope that I am, that my drawing is instead about exterior design. Oh, well, here it is in three stages, from rudest preliminary sketch to final art:

NY METRO illustration

You’ll be able to read the paper online here when it goes up.

NY METRO Illustration: Circus Chef

I have an illustration on the FOOD page of today’s NY METRO paper. It looks like this:

NY METRO illustration

You can read the paper online here, if you’d like.

shirt.woot Derby Entries

I’ve been entering designs in shirt.woot’s weekly Derby for the past few weeks. It’s a good exercise in productivity — and, you never know, I could luck into winning it one of these weeks.

The theme of the first Derby I entered was “Fake Me Out To The Ballgame: Imaginary Sports Logos.” My entry looked like this:

Slo-Poke

It didn’t do so well, earning only 106 votes.

The next week’s theme was “Visually Sound — designs dealing with the concept of sound: music, noise, sound effects, sound waves, the act of listening, audio technology, whatever.” I submitted this hastily drawn entry:

Silent Scream

This one did slightly better, garnering 222 votes for the yellow version seen here, and 161 for an alternate version I did on blue.

The third week I entered, the theme was “Blank Is The New Pirate: Design a t-shirt for an archetype to replace the pirate.” I entered this drawing of Frankenstein’s monster (or, as I prefer to call the creature, “a Frankenstein”) locked in combat with a triceratops. It turned out OK, in my own opinion. The triceratops needs some reworking, but I intend to do just that and make this shirt myself after the 60-day waiting period stipulated in shirt.woot’s Derby entry agreement.

Monster Mash

This one earned a pathetically meager 59 votes, but also, more importantly, the following heartfelt critique:

“the frankenstein one… frankenstein wrestling a triceratops. why? the design is good despite the fact that frankenstein is the property of universal studios and also despite the fact of WHY?”

Three is enough pictures for one post. I’ll put up my 4th, 5th and 6th Derby entries in a couple days, which will bring us up to the current week’s contest. Henceforth, I’ll post my entries here while they’re still in “live” Derbies, and I’ll include links to the page where you can vote for them.