Monday, January 31, 2011


Something I doodled cuz I can't sleep. I always liked mechanical animals, so here's a ratbot. I don't know if it'll ever get on a design, but at least it's moderately done in case I need something for a theme. Perhaps gonna add it looking at a robotic cat. Or something.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Good Luck Rat of Karni Mata

Based on the rats of Karni Mata, finding one of a very few number of albino rats among the normal black rats is considered good luck. In addition, you have to go barefoot into the temple, so having a rat run across your foot is also considered good luck. Vote here!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Mandala of Life

A more ambitious, abstract derby entry. A mandala is a sacred circle in hindi art, where patterns and images radiate out in concentric rings. I decided to imitate one form, that of sand, by making the elements sand-like.

Vote here

Friday, January 21, 2011

New design for the Star Derby

Here I have tried to capture stars DOING something, rather than just a pretty picture with halftones. It's silly, but it's what I do best (cartoon illustration). Tried also to do variation in the background as well to give it more visual interest. Link for voting to be added after submission.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Two designs for the Fire Shirt Woot Derby

Here are two designs I will be subbing in the Fire derby starting on Friday. Click the images to vote!

The first is called "Dances With Fire" and the second is obvious, "Meteor Shower"

Monday, January 10, 2011

01/11 Mouse Tron

A random drawing at the doctor's office led to this. I wasn't trying to do a Tron design, it just came out that way. All of this was done in Photoshop using my new Bamboo Tablet. Currently 5 colors: gray, blue, white, red, and pink. Black is the shirt color. I still need to give the mouse in the middle a gray treatment and invert the front wheel colors (red/black). But overall a nice sketch almost fully realized.  Tron Mouse finds a new way to keep other mice away from his cheese.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

New Recognizer

The original Tron movie, one of my favorites, had the iconic Recognizer symbol. But there wasn't a similar vectorized version of the new Recognizer.  I proudly have an old-school Reco on my MacBook Pro, so it looks like it is capturing the lit up Mac logo on the lid when opened.  So I made one for the new Reco as well.  It's a vectorized file, so it reproduces razor sharp. The gif below has been sampled so it doesn't look as good.

01/02 VelociTron shirt

This didn't win. Heck, it barely broke 90 votes, while the other entry that was similar won it all. I think it's superior in every way to the winner, but that's the nature of the derby. The first shirt always wins, and I was driving from Chicago to Philly.  So I figured I would share it on the blog, since it was so good.  Note I dated the above entry to when I actually submitted it.

Only one kid soul commented on the shirt in the thread. If you want to do so (and make me feel good), feel free to go over and say so here.

01/09 Finding a way out.

Another year, another derby shirt. This is a new take on a classic joke shirt- the tux shirt. Only I replaced the flower with a bride, and had a circuitous pathway for the groom to get away. There is only one solution (though you can go through the bowtie two ways), but a hint: if you find yourself tracing the lower buttons, you're not getting away anymore :)

Voting link here