Saturday, November 29, 2008

Bereavement Fare

This is something i did for the Independent a few years ago. I think it was my first effort with the Wacom drawing tablet.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Snowmen cards

After a little prodding, I decided to have a go at making a set of snowmen Christmas cards. I initially bought a note card set at Staples but they were quarter-fold and didn't look that great. I hate those perforated edges. So I'm printing them on some nice white card stock that I have at home and they'll be 5.5" x 8.5": proper Christmas card size. There are three images so I was thinking I'd do a set of six (two of each image) including envelopes of course. I priced card sets on the interweb and I think $14 is a fair price for the set. I also had a t-shirt request for the Highlander Snowman so I might look into that over the weekend. I've got a little hobble tomorrow so the cards probably won't be in the shop until tomorrow evening.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Highlander the Snowman: revisited

I made a few digital tweaks to this one. I was a bit heavy with the ink in the original drawing so i lightened up the electric bolt outlines in photoshop as well as added some colour which, i think, gives it a lot more razz-a-ma-tazz. Also opened up the space around the broom so it is better defined. The snowmen card sets are a-go and should be available on the Etsy shop by the end of the week.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Snowman Scissorhands

This one has a few splashes of water colour in the original drawing.

To do:

1) doodle new doodlepalooza banner    

2) doodle clever check-mark graphic

Monday, November 24, 2008

Highlander the Snowman

Jabba the Snowman

Turning fifty

My friend turned fifty last week (Happy birthday, Brian!) so I decided (less than 24 hours before the dinner party) to do a commemorative linocut. It was a bit of a rush job but it turned out pretty good. If I had more time, I would have been more careful with the lettering which looks a bit sloppy but I was pleased with the profile. It took a while to get a decent print because I haven't printed anything in a few months. I might do few more of these and post them on the shop sometime this week.

Blog noob

Since I became under-employed a few months back, I been thinking about developing a professional website to serve as a portfolio for my print design work. I had a gander at my (now defunct) site and frankly, I wouldn't want anyone to see it. By current internet standards, my home page from five years ago looks and feels like a musty Victorian tome. 

Unfortunately, the new site is still in development stage and won't be up anytime soon. I'm pounding through the "Flash for Dummies" book and meandering in the latest version of Dreamweaver, trying to reacquaint myself with web development. I started doing corporate websites 10 years ago but gave it up to seek my fame and fortune in newspaper design and layout. As Service Canada can attest, that career path didn't pan out like I thought it would.

So now I'm looking for work, doing a little freelance, upgrading my skill-sets, and getting back into drawing and painting. And, apparently, starting a blog. (Lord knows the internet needs another one.)

This will probably be the longest entry on the blog. The point of this space will be to post doodles, sketches, linocuts and paintings. Doodlepalooza is a spin-off of my Etsy shop Linopalooza where I've been selling linocut prints since March of this year. And, yes, I will use this space to shamelessly self-promote my wares.


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