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What beautiful windows you have….
Brewlink and I have been working together for a few years. The projects we do together are always fun. They make exceptional beer and I help them brand it. With Brewlink we have always tried to push the traditional beer branding into a new, cheeky almost silly brand voice. As part of that ideal I was asked to design some window decals for the Tap room in Indiana.
Decals can be tricky because they are hand applied to windows and have to withstand a good weathering. Which is why we made them as complicated and detailed as possible 🙂 Wrap It Up did a great job of applying these monsters to the windows. Four huge windows, chock full of doodles. Look closely there are funny little details hidden in there. If you are in the area, drop by and buy a beer and support these awesome people.View Full Post
Happy Holidays from the good folks at Redfield Records!
Redfield Records are a record company in Germany who love my doodles. I previously designed promotional materials for them and this year I was asked to design their official holiday card. They wanted a simple yet reflective design to send out to all of their bands and contacts. We decided on a doodle of characters all symbolizing the different diverse aspects of their business. We trickled in some characters that are holiday favorites too. The message was simple and the card came together nicely.
These clients are always the best. Easy to work with, allow creative freedom and send you goodies once the job is complete. It’s also awesome to know that my art will be sent out to hundreds of people all over the globe to wish them a “Happy Holiday”.View Full Post
The cutest bounty hunter you’ve ever seen!
San Diego Comic Con 2016 Panel
This year I attended San Diego Comic Con as part of the TeeFury artist panel. As a member of their artist panel discussing ‘Artist Self Promotion’ I met some really cool artists who I respect and admire. Alongside me was Karen Hallion (artist/illustrator), Tom Hodges (comic artist and illustrator), “Artist Abe” Lopez (artist/illustrator), John “Captain Ribman” Sprengelmeyer (award-winning illustrator/syndicated cartoonist), Austin “RebelArt” Frankel (artist/illustrator), and me shared our experiences as pioneers in the pop culture apparel world and provided practical advice on building an artist brand. Along with our rambling Abe conducted a live drawing of a fan-suggested designs.
A Q&A followed with some great questions from the crowd. Highlights of the panel included this golden nugget of advice from Tom Hodges “Never be afraid of art direction and critiques. Artists are stubborn & don’t realize they are trying to help you sell.” RebelArt’s “That artist thick skin is something that I think drowns a lot of artists. You can’t give-up.” Followed by “I don’t like hands and faces…I’ll draw you faceless and handless…” All of the artists were awesome. They had a very humble attitude, which made me feel comfortable. The TeeFury after party was an extension of the panel with laughs and art related stories galore. It was a pleasure to kick back with art people who’s egos are fully in check and who’s experiences were similar to mine.
During the weekend TeeFury also gave out my ‘Cute Hunter’ pin design as a SDCC2016 exclusive. I had a chance to walk the convention center floor. I got lost in the mass of collectable toy releases, amazing posters and awesome cosplay. ComicCon is always a great experience but this year provided a different perspective. I also got to meet some truly awesome people along the way. Hopefully next year I’ll be asked back and get to relive the experience.View Full Post
Race Point Publishing release their Skull Sourcebook featuring wotto art.
Race Point Publishing recently released their Skull Sourcebook. Referencing many artists, genres and symbols of the dead, this book is an in depth look at the skull. Skulls are one of the oldest symbols of our world, rich with cultural resonance and significance. From the origins of Aztec skull art and the Jolly Roger that was hoisted on pirate flags to the sugar skull for Mexico’s Day of the Dead, skulls have a wealth of source history and, of course, a long line of artistic tradition. Skull Sourcebook features hundreds of different skull images and artworks.
I was one of many talented artists to be asked to contribute to this book and was honored to be placed amongst some of my favorite artists ranging from the tattoo world to modern art giants. They selected several of my Day of the Dead skull pieces to showcase in the book and I am credited in the back pages with a small bio. When I received my copy of the book I was super happy to see other artists I know included. It’s always great to see your peers represented.
If you are into skulls, just getting started drawing skull or just want reference material this book is a great resource. It’s available in all the usual online places and comes highly recommended by me.View Full Post
My Third Win at the Site Where it All Began.
Threadless has a special place in my heart. This is because a. I got my love of T-shirt design from there and b. I met my wife through that site! After an eight year hiatus I got my 3rd print, have to say it felt pretty great. I first got printed back in 2008 with my first ever submission to the site “I’m with…”. My second win, ‘Thou Shall Not Steal’ was a little later that year. So after many submissions and a lot of high scores I finally got a 3rd win with a design submitted to the Sublimation contest!
The new winning design is called ‘Many Layered Doodle‘ and it features a mass of layers filled with themed doodles; houses, dinosaurs, the ocean and monsters. This is the style I am most well known for and as an all over sublimated print it works very well. Threadless has changed a lot over the eight years, with a core of their catalog going to print on demand. The one disappointment in winning this time was that Threadless no longer do exclusive staff photography for the winners, so the images were all mocked up in Photoshop, which isn’t nearly as much fun. I did however get samples and the tees, cushion and tote bag were all printed very nicely.
The design is available in tees, tanks, pillows, tote bags, wall art and phone cases! Threadless and I go way back and the brand has been a big part of my success. They will always bring good memories for me and I’m super happy to be back there.View Full Post