Friday, December 25, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
The best part of being an amateur artist is that sometimes you get to work with some pretty damn creative folks. I'm currently working on a collaboration with Jasneko, an artist that has taken shirt.woot by storm in the last few months. I'm excited that we're working on something that is part techno steampunk, and part cartoon. Hopefully something to share soon...
Friday, December 11, 2009
Okay, if you know me, you know that I'm at heart a Bioacoustic neuroethologist. Yeah, a mouthful. I love sounds of living things (bio-acoustics), and figuring out the internal mechanisms of natural behavior (neuro-ethology). My favorite thing is hawaiian honeycreepers, since it's the best example of behavioral isolation in the world (Hawaii is 2500 miles from the nearest continent, making it the most isolated island chain in the world). Take that, Madagascar!
Anyways, I've been investigating the inter-island song diversity of the honeycreepers, and I decided for shirt.woot to design a shirt based on my love of the natural avifauna of Hawai'i. The i'iwi (Vestiaria coccinea) is only found on the islands, and is a gorgeous red bird with a very metallic song. Here's my shirt design based on that bird. If you love birds, PLEASE give it a vote if you're a wooter.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Forgot to point out some older designs for the Holiday derby. The one was based on the Chipmunk Song, but got overshadowed by a more realistic chipmunk design.
The second design was one that I really liked, but never took off. It suffered from a very bad half-toning job, which I fixed but never got around to resubbing. But heck, it's a great example of what NOT to do.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
I got it!!!
After, oh, 100 derbies, I finally got an honorable mention for 5-second rule, after I had received a best loser. I am attaching the design that finally won, and the design that was the first version to show what the original concept was. Mostly to show what happens when a design doesn't work, and gets jettisoned for a complete reboot. Success!
First version (jettisoned):
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Another day, another throwaway design. Mostly to try to see how many colors I could create through mixing six colors, and using an illustration I use in my bio class.
Vote by clicking on the design. Overall I'm not terribly satisfied by it- I could have done so much more with it, but I just wanted to sub it before I went to bed. Never a good idea.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
New design- playing off that two brothers tend to be opposites of each other. One is an extrovert, and the other not so much. It's very colorful, and has been likened to the Firefox logo due to the color scheme. Perhaps if I had used a more reddish palate it would have looked different. Sigh.
vote if ya got em here,
Monday, November 9, 2009
Nothing in the shirt.woot derby this week, so I have very little to add in the way of content. So I might as well talk about some old design I liked.
A long time ago, I had an idea for an art series- MechanArt. Mechanical-designed biology illustrations. I have been making them over the years (30+ now), and I've been able to make several into illustrations and shirt. This is the first one, which I always called "Rode Runner". It had a poem that went with it (a haiku actually), and entered both for the yearly poetry collection in my High school. They were supposed to go together, but they printed the poem but not the art that inspired it.
This design took me about a day, converting from an ink/pencil sketch years ago into the digital realm of line drawings. Came out nice too. The background is the only crappy part, one that I should have worked on harder to fit with the overall design.
Monday, November 2, 2009
I decided to sub a design I did for the Deadly Sins Derby all those months ago for shirt.woot. It was a design I worked on for several days, only to realize I was scooped by another artist (another sloth with a jetpack). While mine was not as good, I decided to shelve it in the hope that eventually it would see the light of day. THe current derby of flight gave me that opportunity. While from a simpler time of me attempting a graphics tablet, it's cute for what it is.
Feel free to vote for it if you have a derby vote at woot here.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Okay, this is my grossest entry ever, but I think technically and visually it's my finest work. The brains look really damn photorealistic, and the cartoon whale is very convincing. Aside from the major ook factor, I think it's a mighty fine design. Feel free to give it a vote if you like it.
I had a really good voting count (186, good for 40th place!) for a design I made after my pumpkin one below, but I forgot to pimp it here. One of my cuter ones, sparked mostly due to some drama on shirt.woot when a popular designer got rejected for a kitten in a pumpkin, replaced it with a tiger cub in a pumpkin and rocketed up to 4th place. People were not happy, but at least it didn't get printed. Of courses, since it was one of the "Favored" designers, it'll probably get an HM, but I'm holding out the miniscule hope that my pingu will get tabbed as well. What do you think?
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I think I forgot this design I submitted last week. Don't think it was going anywhere votewise, so I didn't link it up. But I did do some work on it since the contest submission, in the hopes I could sub it somewhere else. Thought it would get the pre-Halloween vote. Alas.
Here's the entry page
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I decided to enter Cameesa's challenge for MS. It's a rather nice design, combining the source of Multiple Sclerosis (loss of insulation on neurons), the neuron signal (action potential) and the urban environment of the race (city). I expect it to be accepted, and when I do, I'll link the support page. If you know someone who has MS, for only $10 (which is refundable if you change your mind), you could put your name down for one of these.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Just found an EXCELLENT website for converting sketches to illustrator. I've been learning this on my own, but this is a nice summary of the pencil sketch to finished illustration. Also, I'm posting this just so I can remember it later :)
GoMediaZine From Sketch to Vector Illustration
Monday, September 14, 2009
Well, guess the entry for shirtfight did get entered, scored a 1.8 with 9 votes, so it died a quiet death. Ah well, maybe I should have really tried. Maybe next time. However, I am working on another silly shirt.woot design, if I can just get it submitted
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Well, this week's theme at shirt.woot is Japan, and I have two designs in. The first is my favorite- Sunset over Fuji.
The other is a silly pig design called Hello Piggy! as a takeoff of Hello Kitty.
If you have votes, please give em to support my designs!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
This week's derby is "blue", so I did blue ice. I got this from my time in chemistry class- methane ice is a snowball that can burn! So cool. I added a heart and made it a pocket size to sell the concept further. If you have a shirt woot vote, give it a +1 if you like it! Feel free to comment too...
Friday, August 28, 2009
Well, I have been working on a design with a blue jay robbing a squirrel, but that's not altogether done. But I needed something for the derby opening, so I whipped something up real quick. The design is to the right. If you have a shirt.woot vote, please click the link below!
Flora as Fauna
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Okay, this week the theme is plants, and since I was trying to give myself a challenge, I wanted to get people to give me weird ideas to have to cater to. A job, an item of clothing, and a shirt color. Of course, most people picked RED for the shirt (ugh, nobody votes for red), but some interesting jobs. It was a tie between a mime and a bank robber, though nuclear plant safety officer was funny. I went with bank robber. So I'm gonna do a bird robbing a squirrel "bank" of its acorns.
I guess the other bird concept would be a penguin mime...
I guess the other bird concept would be a penguin mime...
Okay, I figured I didn't update the website enough. So here goes. Blogging. So why Skektek shirt? I've always been a fan of The Dark Crystal, and since I am a faculty scientist in Biology, I thought the particular Skeksis that was the scientist/biologist would be an excellent name. I picked this name for my woot account, and since I started doing t-shirt design contests under that account, things kinda went from there. Hopefully this will be in addition to the regular website that has my designs from each derby and contest I enter.
In case you want the website, here it is: LINKY