Tuesday, May 12, 2009


This weekend I went to the Awards Ceremony for the Student Competition at the Society of Illustrators in New York City. It was so cool! New York is so huge! I really liked the Society. Most of the work that was hanging in the show was just awesome. One of the speakers said that there were almost 5,600 entries and only 144 entries were selected, so it was definitely an honor to be there. Unfortunately, the Veggie Monster did not make it from Ohio to New York in one piece. His can opener fell off and his arm broke apart, but luckily there was an armature underneath so it appeared to be together. I didn't get to see it before the opening, so it sat like that throughout the show. The next day I got some superglue and put him back together, but unfortunately some veggies are still missing and the paint is chipped. Needless to say I wasn't very excited about that, but I positioned him strategically in the case so it doesn't look that bad.. But all in all, fun trip!

(Above) Times Square in NY.. We took a double decker bus tour. Sounds corny, but it was pretty neat. A good way to see the city in a day.

(Above) Information about the exhibit.

(Above) Me and Veggie Monster, after I fixed him.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Stuff-you-find-in-your-pocket Monster

This is a new piece I've been working on. It's only about 2 1/2 inches tall, and it's a keychain. I've been calling it the "Stuff-you-find-in-your-pocket Monster"... (I'm also working on some packaging for him, so I'll post that once it's ready.)

Here is some progress. He's pretty much just a blob dressed in random things you would find in your pocket. (So he is naked in the picture above..) I can safely say I have found all of these things in my pocket before.
(Above) A side view..
(Above) A back view.
And this is what he looks like head on.

Stuff-you-find-in-your-pocket Monster contains:
2 Tootsie roll wrappers (Lemon and Cherry flavored)
1 pop tab
1 match
2 thumbtacks
2 nails
16 cents
6 buttons
2 different headache medications
1 bank slip (pretty low balance..)
1 stamp
1 straw wrapper wad
1 pencil
1 CVS card
1 earring
1 Q-tip
1 paperclip
1 key
1 movie ticket
1 snickers wrapper
1 fabric sticker
6 centimeters
4 digits of my phone number
1 Gum wrapper
A bunch of string
and 3 fish eyes (now, I have never found those in my pocket, but how else would he see?)

Happy Hunting..

Veggie Monster

Okay, so the sculpture in this picture is a piece I did last year called "The Veggie Monster". It won a scholarship in the 2009 Annual Society of Illustrators Student Competition, and if you are in New York anytime between May 6th and June 6th, it will be on display in the Museum of Illustration gallery. But anyways.. I was browsing through my files and found this picture. This is an alternate shot.. I was doing some experimenting with putting him in an environment. I like to think of what else could be hiding in the other cans... This might become a series.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Just Goofing Around..

Now, I know this isn't a masterpiece. I was just kidding around with Brad (my fiance) and I whipped out my version of an 80s bar chart telling him to make something cool. It's the end of the semester and we're both doing the final push thing. So... hopefully I will make something cool sometime soon, too... and then I'll post it up here. Haha...

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Easter Eggs!

Oh, they joys of decorating Easter eggs. Everybody in my family finds an excuse not to decorate and eventually wanders away from the table. For some reason the color wasn't dying the eggs very well and the crayons weren't coloring right.. so no masterpieces this year (ha). I wouldn't really consider this my artwork, but I'm spending my weekend on Easter so enjoy!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Creature from the Black Lagoonie-O's (more)

Here is the finished Creature figurine that would come in a box of Creature from the Black Lagoonie-O's. He is only about 2 inches wide (I made sure he would fit inside a box). Now onto the cereal box illustration..