This sketch of a superhero roller derby girl was created for a client’s animation project which didn’t end up going past the concept stage.
There were of course a team of roller derby girls, each with their own powers, signature color and element. This girl’s element was obviously “water”.
I liked how this turned out, and it was fun to work in this more realistic cartoon style. I also enjoy coming up with variations on a theme, so I was looking forward to developing the rest of the characters in the group.
This t-shirt illustration was created for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District for a student campaign they were running. The odd color choices were used as they were the branding colors for the campaign.
This illustration was intended for a black t-shirt, with just 4 colors being used for the printing (blue, yellow, orange and white). Continue reading →
Limited palette sketch for a t-shirt illustration project. The client requested a concrete riding trowel with a character riding it like a hot rod. I went with the classic hot rod goon approach to the character and a fun, loose style to the line art.
I went with a limited palette to keep the screen printing costs down (just 2 inks used here, black and white on a red shirt). I’ve had a lot of fun working with these reduced color drawings lately, and I find they help focus and tighten up the art. They also just look super cool with less colors!
This project never went past the sketch stage, the client went MIA on me but I really liked this sketch and had to share it.
This cartoon logo featuring a cute cat was created for an indoor playground business, “Sherby’s Playground”. The cat and the name of the business were both inspired by the owner’s pet cat. Continue reading →
This cartoon logo featuring a muscular gorilla was created for cleaning service provider “Klean Kong”, and was also my first project from Mexico.
This project actually came about after the client found out that another designer had used my artwork for a logo and passed it off as their own creation. The client, once discovering this, was fortunate in that the artwork in question was available since the original client didn’t pay the balance due and therefore the artwork copyright was still in my possession.
Beyond that, the unscrupulous designer did a very poor job of ripping off my artwork, so the client also hired me to clean up and update the logo as well.
Because the final logo needed to be printed in a limited manner of cleaning supply tools, I developed the character from the original full door version to this limited palette 2-coot version. The client and I both loved how it turned out.
Personally, I preferred the version where I added the mop to the gorilla’s hand, but the client vetoed the decision. She said, “We don’t use mops”. I doubt they use gorillas either, but that didn’t stop her from including one in the logo!
This cartoon logo featuring a soldier in military gear (machine gun and cigar firmly in teeth, of course) was created for a military gamer who wanted a custom logo for his online identity.
The client approached me with simple, candid project details: “I’m a black guy who games online with a bunch of white guys”, and with a nod to the Token cartoon character from South Park, his gamer name was created. And he wanted a cartoon logo to match.
I knew from the start I wanted to include actual tokens in the logo, which with the military theme I thought had a fun “spoils of war” angle, not to mention general gaming use of tokens — checkers, anyone? the play on words was a third layer of meaning in the illustration. Piles of gold tokens with spend machine gun shell casings came to mind. Continue reading →