Category Archives: Hand-Lettering

Pumping Small Iron

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“Physical fitness” was never my forté.  As a kid I was usually the last to cross the finish line for the mile run (typically ending in a gasping walk).  My bicycle is sitting in my garage, slowly collecting layers of dust.  Small inclines terrify me.  I am weak, my friends; the toughest muscle I have is my creative one.

But you know what?  I ain’t getting any younger.  And since it doesn’t appear that Portland will have a shortage of delicious foods and beer any time soon, it seemed about time I start leading a healthier lifestyle.  And what the hell would happen if the zombie apocalypse came?  I’d be in deep shit because I can do like ZERO cardio.  So, I joined a gym.  Ah.  Mah.  Gah.

Going to the gym has been hard, but weirdly addictive.  But also, it’s been pretty funny.  So naturally, I had to comic about it.

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Are those goals slightly unrealistic?  No?  I thought if you drew it, it came true.  Anyway, I’m really looking forward to my powerful right arm.

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Comic // Chat Rooms

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Ahhhhh…..AOL Chat rooms.  Hours of idle time squandered away with LOL’s  and inappropriate remarks from strangers.  ♫♫♫ meeeemmmories ♫♫♫

Other favorite chat rooms from that era usually included “Smashing Pumpkins” or “Ska vs. Punk”.  It wasn’t until five or so years later the Friendster began, then < MySpace < Facebook.  Prior to all this of course were words that were written by actual hands grasping actual pens or pencils on stuff called paper.  Does anyone pass old-timey notes in class anymore?

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The End

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Hand-lettering!  Maybe not blowing it?

Feast your peepers on my newest piece for:

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The End is a new group show opening at the Pony Club Gallery on Thursday, December 6th.  If you’re in the Portland area, stop by the gallery and check out great work by lots of local artists and illustrators.  BEFORE THE WORLD ENDS.

For first Thursday the Compound Gallery is also showcasing The End of the World, so if you’ve been craving an unhealthy dose of apocalyptic artwork, this is your special night.  You lucky dog.

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Sketchbookin’

Through all the projects I’ve been working on (official or self-created), I’ve still managed to spend a portion of time drawing in my sketchbook.  Once a reluctant sketchbook doodler, I now often find myself unable to resist the urge to draw.  This usually happens at, oh I don’t know, 1 AM on the couch when I should be sleeping, ignoring whatever I’ve got on Netflix.

Over the last couple years I’ve filled almost four sketchbooks.  Four!!  That may not seem a lot to your usual sketchbook junkie, but for me that’s astronomical.  Previously, I half-heartedly filled maybe OH I don’t know, one or two over ten years.  I was a lazy artist.

The thing is, even though I’ve become more busy in my creative career than ever, I’m drawing more than I ever have too.  Sketchbooks are an integral part of the creative process, and I can’t imagine not using one now.  A great deal of my finished works started as little scribbles in my sketchbook.  That’s right, little ugly, small scribbles.

Lately I’ve been fooling around with hand-lettering.  Or maybe I’ve been foolishly hand-lettering?  Like maybe I should put the pen down?  I’ve seen some hand-lettering by wizards that are so good I shudder; I think for now I’ll enjoy wallowing around in my Apprentice Level.

While watching the super creepy tv series American Horror Story, I discovered this beautiful font used for all the title sequences.  This typeface is based on the handwriting and lettering of early 20th century artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and it is art deco perfection.  Swoon!  Swooning all over the place.

I bet a certain somebody (self) will be using a similar font for a certain future project (wedding invites!).

Adult Babysitting Vol. II // Progress

 

Still plugging away on my comic, Adult Babysitting.  Since deliberately taking more time with this issue, I’ve been really enjoying exploring new layouts in this wonderful art form we call COMICS.  And of course, I’m still laughing the whole time.

Adult Babysitting: Vol I was recently reviewed in the Portland Mercury, much to my surprise.  See the article here.

And if you STILL haven’t picked up your own copy of Volume I, visit most any Portland comic shop or place an order before I run out!

Poster // A Better Cycle

I was asked to design the above poster by my friend Clinton, who is part owner of local bicycle shop A Better Cycle.  Although my bicycle is currently collecting dust in a dark corner of my garage, they gave me a nice tune-up many moons ago.

If I were you, I’d do what the flyer says and drink their free beer and eat their free food.

ABV2 // Nightmares (Progress)

Here’s another strip for Adult Babysitting: Volume II about the requisite nightmares that come along with the job.  It gets worse.  So, soooo much worse.

I’d been away from the drawing table much more than I wanted to last week, so I’m looking forward to putting in a good 80 million hours in the studio to make up for it.

Work / Play

Recently: I bought a large format sketchbook for the first time since I was a teenager and had a lot of fun torturing myself with all this lettering.

Lately: summer is in full swing in Portland, and it usually becomes difficult balancing Work/Play during this time, so we pepper in some studio hours when we can between all the barbeques and the sunshine.

Last week was my birthday.  I looked like a Lady for a good couple hours:

Jake was super sneaky and gave me a very generous gift:

GUH!!  So sneaky.  I gotta watch what I draw in my sketchbook from now on or I’ll end up with some Unicorn on acid or a really tired Battle Badger.

And don’t forget, THIS WEDNESDAY!

This will be fun.  Hope to see you there!

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Another true account about the harrowing lives of bartenders and customer service!  How do we sleep at night?  Someone should do a “clinical study”.

Adult Babysitting: Volume II is slowly but surely coming along.  Look for more glimpses of this issue soon.

Hand Lettering // Portland

It is the middle of June.  At this moment, it’s raining, it’s kinda chilly outside, I’m wearing a hoodie, and the heater just kicked on.  Seems about right.

Also, if you missed our collaboration work at Farm in May, Brooke Weeber and I will be showing a handful of our favorites next month at Gigantic Gallery.

We are showing with a whole bunch of awesome Pacific NorthWest lady artists, including:

I’ll have a few other works there, including a new piece.  Reception will be Thursday, July 5th, from 5:30 – 10:00pm.