Mega Christmas!

Mega Christmas, everyone! I made this illustration in Flash/illustrator for my Christmas card this year. Everyone loved it, so I’m sharing it online now, too. Mega Christmas! I mean Merry Christmas!

Agent # 417

I have been collecting bottle caps for a while now, with the intention of making art with them. This past Winter, I made a huge Super Mario sprite out of various bottle caps for my friend, Dan.

I gave it to him for his Birthday.

After making the Mario one, I knew I had to make one for myself. It was going to be of MY favorite video game character: Mega Man. I set out collecting the bottle caps, and friends were giving me bags at a time. Everyone thought I was a weirdo, but that’s fine.

This is a 40″x60″ plank of wood. It’s huge and heavy. I had to have somebody pick me up at work to bring it home.

Here I am, spray-painting the background. I decided to go with a sort of explosion looking thing, but keeping it clean and simple with solid lines and bold colors.

Round 1 of the blue spraypaint is done. Seriously, this thing is as big as me.

I taped off the rest of the areas and finished the spray-painting. I was pretty pleased at this point with the background.

There are 417 bottle caps, including the bullet. This took more than just a few hours to lay all these out on the floor…

…and another few hours to move them from the floor to the spray-painted wood.

I wasn’t super pumped with how the yellow background was showing through, and a few of my friends noticed it, too. I had to color in the background areas where it was yellow as I glued the caps down. This took a really, really long time…

…but I got it finished, and I Love it. Seriously, Mega Man is as big as me. Awesome.

Agent # 417, named after how many bottle caps (pixels) there are in this thing.

Here’s a banana for scale.

Thanks for viewing this, but don’t ask me to make you one. I’m never making bottle cap art again.

Link to the imgur album

Daily Drawing Book

Here’s a Daily Drawing Book that I started in April. I told myself to carry this around wherever I went and draw one thing every day. No other rules. Just draw one thing every day. Some stuff had very clear inspiration and I took a lot of time on, and others, I just sorta stuck to the rule and had to draw something that day. Still, though, I feel like I came up with some great ideas, some awesome drawings, and as a whole, it tells a story. Like a visual journal of some sort…

Click here to view the entire album of daily drawings. I’ve already started the next book. Click on the thumbnails of my favorites below to open them in a new window. Please post a comment if you like any of these and if you viewed the whole album, too.

Daily Drawing 1 Daily Drawing 5 Daily Drawing 7 Daily Drawing 13 Daily Drawing 16 Daily Drawing 21 Daily Drawing 22 Daily Drawing 32 Daily Drawing 45 Daily Drawing 47 Daily Drawing 49 Daily Drawing 65 Daily Drawing 67 Daily Drawing 68 Daily Drawing 81 Daily Drawing 93 Daily Drawing 98

Rainbow Dreams

Happy Boston Pride! I had a dream about making an illustration of a fox with a rainbow tail meeting a grey wolf… so I listened to music all day and drew it. Click on the thumbnail to open the illustration in a new window.

Fox and Wolf

Tell Me What You See…

Almost everybody can look at abstract everyday things like clouds and wood grain and see things like dragons, monsters, cartoon characters, but it’s not every day that you see something like this:

The Cabinet

When I saw this, I blurted out to my friends, “Is it just me, or does the stain on that cabinet look like Snoopy, ya know, getting a blowjob?” They all turned around and pretty much agreed with me while cracking up laughing and saying it was the most random thing they’ve ever heard. I can’t help it if I’m super random and thinking about those kinds of things all the time. Oh, and I’m sorry if this illustration ruins part of your childhood (This illustration might not be safe for work, errr, your childhood, so click on the black-bar thumbnail to view the full-sized image in all its… glory):

Snoopy and Woodstock

This is what I saw on that cabinet and I knew I had to illustrate it. I think I will start looking for art everywhere I go in everything I see, like cabinets, dirt, clouds, and when I’m taking a break from doing work staring at the ceiling… maybe you should, too.