Thursday, June 9, 2011 Muppet shirt contest.

Here is the finished scan of the painting. I added a lens flare (I know, cheap photoshop filter) and a couple of color adjustments. I'm trying to enter it in a t-shirt contest on so come on over and vote!

I'll edit this post as soon as I get the design uploaded to their site so you can vote. The internet reception in the green room isn't wonderful today.

Here's the edit: I just managed to upload the file to They should let me know if it is acceptable pretty soon. After that, please vote! I'll post the link as soon as I can.

Edit 2: It is up on Threadless and waiting for your vote. 5 is good, 1 is bad. Just saying.

Thursday, June 2, 2011


Here it is, in all its geekery glory. This project went so much faster than I expected. Thanks to Google searches for helping me with the costumes and thanks to really small liner brushes for Gonzo's shirt. The original art is 9" X 12", but I never used a brush bigger than my #6 round, which is pretty small for this kind of thing.

I will be making a few prints for portfolio purposes (nice alliteration), but if anyone is interested, I could get a few extra. Let me know.

Moving Right Along...

Just a little bit more. I went with the blue suit for Kermit to contrast with all the warm colors of the TARDIS.

Anyone catch the double meaning of the post title?

Process work

Okay, I really don't recommend the way I work to anyone else. Most artists I know suggest working across the entire picture in general at first before focusing on detail. That's a GREAT idea...just not my natural way of doing things. *sigh* Anyway, after I started painting the background to look like the TARDIS, my brother suggested I add another Doctor to the mix. Since I had Gonzo as Matt Smith and Kermit as David Tennant, the two most recent Doctors, and only Fozzie as an older Doctor, Colin Baker, Ian wanted the 4th Doctor, Tom Baker, included. Tom is the most familiar Doctor from the entire series, after all, but who could fit in the space available? Rizzo the Rat, of course.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Pencil work

I was doing my regular, non-art, job yesterday and had a strange idea for a mash up illustration. With Star Wars Weekends dominating Disney's Hollywood Studios lately, I felt the need to pump a little alternative sci-fi into my life. Also, I found the amazing work of Greg McCullough recently. He does these rich and colorful oil paintings of Disney characters, including a very cute Minnie Mouse as Princess Leia in Jabba's palace. Out of all the character prints that are available, McCullough's work are among the best...and Muppet stuff is among the worst. Sad face. Anyway, my hope is to elevate the quality of Muppet imagery and tap into the possibilities.

Since my blog is theoretically about the process, here's step one: Pencils. I started sketching without any real thought aside from including Kermit, Fozzie, and Gonzo. Because of Gonzo's penchant for bowties and silly hats, he became my choice for the 11th Doctor, portrayed by Matt Smith. Kermit is a good fit for David Tennant's 10th Doctor; slim, looks good in a suit, and Fozzie ended up as Doctor #6, a la Colin Baker, because the cravat is a perfect match!

More will follow as I render the characters in watercolor. Keep checking in. It won't take so long this time!