Sunday, July 26, 2009

A Productive Sunday

Every so often, Elise and I decide to put a day aside as a "Studio Day". This basically means we work on whatever art projects we have been planning, or procrastinating on, and get our butts in gear and do 'em...or at least start 'em.
Today was one such day! Elise spent most of the day sitting on the couch knitting a scarf she's been putting off completing and I spent a big chunk of the day at my drawing table. She got the better end of the deal, if you ask me...even if that scarf was as tedious as it looked.

So anyway, I mainly wanted to get some good sketches done for a tattoo that someone at work comissioned me for. When I took it on, it sounded like a lot of fun. She's looking for a Cupcake Mafia. I have no clue where this came from, but that's what they wanted (the tattoo is going to be a gift, I believe). There's a cupcake eating a canoli, a cupcake in a track suit and a Don cupcake petting a cat.
I though it sounded like a fun challenge, I was right about the challenge, that's for sure. It was really difficult to find the right balance of anthromorphic baked good with the stereotype and make it actually recognizable for something that no one's ever seen before (or at least I imagine so). I think I did a pretty good job. The canoli eating cupcake was easy. The track suit cupcake and the Don were quite a bit more difficult. Figuring out the frosting hair was driving me nuts. I eventually got the track suit but the Don's hair was not working out. I was trying to make him look like Brando in The Godfather, but since I was trying to avoid faces it wasn't working out well. I had to have the hair do most of the work. After wracking my brain, it finaly hit me. The Simpsons! I googled Fat Tony and viola! The perfect hair for my Don Cupcake!

...or at least I hope so, I have to email this to the client on Monday.

The next thing I got to work on, around doing my laundry, was a new shirt for my Cafe Press Shop. I worked on one design but I think I was rushing it and I was only getting frustrated, so I put it aside and worked on the piece Elise has been after me to put up for ages.

This little guy came out of an old project at school. It was just a sketch for a book mock-up, but Elise LOVED it. Loved it to the point that I can pull it out and show it to her at any moment and she will squeel with delight at the sight of it :)

I redrew it larger, cleaned it up and uploaded it to my shop. I also added a couple of shirts to one or two previous designs.

Check it out!


  1. Love Don Cupcake! Great work!

  2. Come on! If you don't think that fox is 100% adorable, there is something seriously wrong with you.

  3. I love all the sketches, fox included. It's just that I'm more partial to cupcakes and the mafia.

  4. Whoops! That comment wasn't directed at you Gary! Just you know, in general :-)

  5. You leave my friend Gary alone!

  6. Thanks for having my back Goog. Elise can be such a bully at times :-) But she does knit well, makes delicious snacks and is always there for trivia, game and game show night so all is good :-) Will that image be available on a t-shirt Goog? If so put me down for one.

  7. LOL! I'm a meany. I was just showing my mean mean love :-)
    Thanks for understanding Gary.

  8. I'll have to ask if they mind if I use the image once I hand it over. Technically they'll own it, so I'll see what I can do.

  9. I just ordered one of your shirts. Now I'll be one of the cool kids.