Monday, August 03, 2009

IF: Modify

This is my entry for Illustration Friday: Modify. To avoid extinction this Velociraptor's parents sent it for the first day of school following the motto: "Modify...or die." Any other motives for a dinosaur to go to elementary school are open to interpretation. This was also inspired by my 6 year old daughter, who enters first grade soon and wishes all of her classmates (and teachers) were dinos.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

American Gothic - American Doxic

Several years ago I created an illustration I called American Doxic, a Dachshund parody of sorts of American Gothic, the classic painting by Grant Wood. I didn't like how my weiner dogs turned out, so after about 6 months I discontinued the design, intending to someday re-do the dachsies.

I recently completed the new version, using the original background I had created in 2002 with its weenie dog whirligig and bone-pattern curtains but with all new doxies. The farmer's wife also has a dashund cameo and rabbit patterned dress for extra weiner dog fun. This fresh version with either two red Dachshunds or one red and one black and tan and are now available on a bunch of products in my Cafe Press shop.
I framed a print of the new version for myself and it always makes people laugh. I think it is one of my favorites.
The original Grant Wood image and my old version with its weird dogs are also shown here. You can see why I retired the first version so quickly! My mother has an old t-shirt of the original design and gets comments whenever she wears it while I stand by and cringe as she directs them to "the artist".

Friday, July 31, 2009

New on eBay

The previous year or so has been difficult in a lot of respects, and my lack of blogging certainly shows that my mind has been...elsewhere. Kelly's first year of Kindergarten was dreadful. With First Grade coming up in about a month I am very hopeful that it will be a better year for her. She has qualified for special education services at the school, mainly due to her behavioral difficulties. She is too full of energy and too strong-willed and willful for the structure of school. I think she may have sent her Kindergarten teacher into early retirement.

I am beginning to find my artistic footing and passion again following months of distraction. I have begun using watercolors again for the first time in at least a year. For the first time in over two years I am offering original art on eBay; I have two auctions going on right now and ending Sunday, Aug. 2.

The first is this Lederhosen clad Dachshund hoisting a beer and a Bavarian Pretzel:
The auction for this little ATC starts at just $9.99 and can be seen here:

The 2nd Art Trading Card up for sale is a Jack Russell Terrier starting its day with a cup of strong coffee. I love how the expression turned out on this one:
I know it will take folks a while to find my art again after my long silence. I pray they will.
Cafe Press, which was my main source of income until this June, has been where most of my art energies have been channeled the last couple of years. In June they changed their commission policy so that unless customers find and purchase my art directly from one of my links I receive only a 10% commission of their stated price - this is a 75%-80% percent pay cut, the equivalent of being laid-off. I am still selling on Cafe Press but for my loyal customers please remember that unless you come directly to my store at I will not receive a full commission for products you buy with my designs. Cafe Press has in good faith tried to keep my work out there in the public eye by honoring me with a Featured Designer Banner in a pilot program they've begun for Top Shopkeepers. This has been better for my ego than my pocket book, but sometimes knowing your work is valued and noticed can mean more than money. Our utility company disagrees, but I'm working on 'em.

Monday, March 16, 2009

IF: Legendary

Created for Illustration Friday: Legendary. I came up with this idea in a roundabout way - I had been thinking about a Legend Dairy, where legends like Paul Bunyan and Big Foot could go to get their milk and cheese, but whilst thinking of cow logos for that establishment thoughts of Sea Cows came into my head, and then I thought of how some folks believe the legendary Mermaids or Sirens that sailors from long ago reported seeing were actually Manatees or Dugongs...hence this picture of the Legendary Siren singing sailors to her in the night. The background and pose were inspired by one of my favorite paintings, Maxfield Parrish's "Stars".

Monday, March 02, 2009

Illustration Friday

I have been meaning to participate in Illustration Friday ( for about two years now - I have finally taken that first step! This is my illustration for "Breezy" created in Illustrator CS3.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I have one new design on Cafe Press based on the recent controversy about pigs and lipstick: with a pig in pink lipstick and the Palin Pitbull that has proved to be very popular. I am so thrilled to see the pitbull getting such a positive response! I would love to see someone at a rally wearing one of my designs. I've added new bumper stickers and coffee mugs to the selection:

My other design is a dapple-ization of the Oktoberfest Weiner Dogs. I love dapples - they are so gorgeous -but it can be really hard to capture their markings, especially in vector art. I also need do do a piebald. This has been a very unproductive 4-5 days for me, with Kirk out of town and the school issues. I am way behind on email again. Hopefully I can get back into the groove tomorrow. So much art to create, so little time!!

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Politics as UnUsual

Yesterday I decided to make an illustration of a Pit Bull Terrier in Lipstick in honor of the latest political sensation, Sarah Palin. During her historic vice presidential nominee acceptance she mentioned that she is a Hockey Mom, and that the only difference between a Hockey Mom and a Pitbull is Lipstick. First I drew the pitbull, with big brown eyes and sweeping lashes, upswept ears, pearls and a sophisticated, perky raised chin. Of course what really pulls it all together are the bright red lips integrated into what really remains a dog face, yet I think captures some of Sarah Palin as well. I did several versions: Hockey Moms for Palin and Pit Bulls for Palin in versions with and without glasses. My new politics store can be seen here for shirts, campaign buttons, bumper stickers and more. Now my quest is to find a suitable animal to represent Obama. My mother suggests a bulldog for McCain, which actually makes a lot of sense.
I also have another new political design about Community Organizers, another hot button issue of late. Ms. Palin implied that Community Organizers have no responsibilities, which has reportedly annoyed several CO's.
My new design has a logo for Community Organizer which notes: Bringing People Together to Create Change and (yes, it is a big responsibility!). Products with this design are here:
I'm having a lot of fun with my Cintiq, but can't decide whether to move on to Halloween or continue with campaign stuff. Actually, at this late date I should be already designing for Christmas. Oi.