Friday, June 24, 2011

Working on mexico idea

This is a draft of one idea- an Aztec owl.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Trying out mobile blogger

Well, trying it out. If this works i will try to post more inspirations as i have them.

For now, celebrating dads day with the boys at the pool.

Two designs for book derby

Hi whomever reads this, prolly no-one. I have two designs up for the derby. Please give them a vote, or if you don't have a vote, some kind comments in the blog would be good. I'm not sure if I want to keep doing this blog if there's noone reading it but me :).

Here's the first. Walk the Plank (Click here to vote)

Here's the second: How to Live Forever (click here to vote)

Monday, June 13, 2011

1.. 2.. 3..

This week's derby is "Red", and as usual, with two kid b'day parties to go to (not my kids), I frittered the weekend away doing dumb things like watching kids have fun, grading, and prepping for summer classes this week. So I was late to the derby contest. I was working on several ideas, but they never gelled right. This one I just bit the bullet and finished to get it in the derby. Not my best, but it's good enough, and hopefully it will get over 100 votes before it is done. Or is rejected. But since Woot has made a mint off of a cookie monster design, I think it's also relatively safe in the realm of parodies. But I never know.

So it is up for votes here.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Another great derby design

I should post more often. Especially when I come up with iconic, good looking designs that aren't retreads of some old half-baked idea. This one is for a anthropomorphic food derby, which going into it sounded like one where I'd get my ass kicked pretty soundly from the designer gods that are now regular entrants into the derbies. While I consider myself having decent skills for what I do for a living (neuroscience/animal behavior), I am nowhere close to the level of such woot greats as Bassanimation, Walmazan, SpiritGreen, and Patrick Spens.

So I take it as a great success when I can do something that stays in the top 20 in a derby. This one was a take on the Reservoir Dogs movie. However, there are a lot (and I mean a LOT) of hot dog designs out there, which rendered my first concept undoable. However, I thought of another iconic way to play it out, so here it is. It's early in the movie, when Mr. Pink and Mr. White go at each other, with Mr. Blonde looking on.

The reason Mr. White has a red splotch on his shirt is because in the movie, Mr. White has helped Mr. Orange into the warehouse after getting shot. So he has blood on him. Should I have swapped the bottles of condiments to make it seem like Mr. Pink has already gotten some ketchup on Mr. White? Sure. But it makes less sense since it would also appear I was "Lucasing" the movie and having Mr. Han Solo Pink shoot first, which didn't happen. So I left it. Also, I got calls asking for a light silver shirt, since people don't like white shirts, but that also looked silly since the nice thing about this concept was the stark B&W nature of the design. Plus, if I had made it on any other color, I'd have to color the hot dogs at least white, which would have been an extra ink color. I like it as it is. It's up for votes, but if you're reading this blog, you prolly already voted for it. But I'll take any comments you might have!

Voting can be done by clicking here.