There's not a whole lot to say here, except WHAT?!? Chapman at Sea, my handmade collection of beach-going goods, was featured in the July/August issue of Foam Magazine. So stoked!
Silent Night is one of my most popular designs and now it's being produced in leather and bamboo by the nice people at Grove. Like all their cases, the iPad case is an eco-friendly, quality product. The bamboo feel great in your hands and even though it's really protective, it's not too heavy.
It comes in black and london tan leather. I've had the tan version for about 6 months and I'm very happy with it. The leather is that nice type kind that gets better with age.
Check it out here:
T-shirts.com might be the biggest shirt site you've never heard of. At least I had never heard of them, and when I asked some of my artist pals about them, they had never heard of them either. And yet, when you visit their website, it's pretty impressive. They have a lot of shirts, almost anything you could ever want actually. Then there's the name, T-Shirts.com, which seems like the best possible and most obvious web address to go to for any shirt buying needs you may have.
A few months back they approached me to be part of a new concept they were launching - a section of their huge site devoted to individual artists. I was obviously excited and happy to be a part of it. On July 31 the artist section officially launched. To start off I've made the designs below available and I plan to add a lot more, so there should always be something new there. As time goes on there might even be some exclusives.
Aside from the new artist section, T-Shirts.com has a lot to offer. I personally love the vintage tees they have. Check out some of my picks of the best ones below. That NASA design is really calling to me right now, I may have to get myself one of those. To check out the quality of course.
This week woot is having their Beach Bums sale, offering a special selection of shirts with summery themes. I have 3 designs up in the sale. Woot brought back 2 of my previously printed ones and contacted me for a brand new one as well. Click on each design for a link to the "buy it" page.
Classic and Si Turtles! were both printed before and both printed really well. The watercolors on Si Turtles! came out so nice. Sometimes I'm not completely sure whats going to happen when my watercolor based designs go to print. Since I don't usually have too much control on that end I just have to hope it'll all work out, and this one really did. All the blue shades blended together so well. Anyone looking for a design of mine, I recommend this one. And I got bleach all over my old one, so I'm personally glad to be able to get another.
Then there's the brand new one, What Lurks Beneath. I spend a lot of time in the ocean, and I love it, but I always have the feeling there might be something bad lurking around that I don't know about. I was surfing once and my friend said "We probably don't know half the stuff that's swimming underneath us." Probably true. I don't go looking for that stuff tho and so far it's never bothered me, so that's good.
I mentioned a couple times here and there that there was a special project I was working on during the past few months. Well it's happened now and here it is! It's a bamboo iPhone case made by Grove with my "Feathers" design engraved in it.
In case you don't know about Grove's products, they make one of the best, if not the best, iPhone & iPad case out there. They're all made by hand in Portland, Oregon. The cases are beautiful, feel like quality and are eco-friendly as well.
It was such a good experience. They don't just make and awesome product, they're an amazing bunch of people as well - really nice, really good at what they do. The whole process went so well and it was such a pleasure to be involved (even in in a small way) with them. If you need a case, this is the place to go.
Here are some more views of the case. The design is laser engraved into the wood. It gives it a nice texture and it feels good in your hand. I was also surprised how thin and light it is too. I'm generally not a fan of phone cases because they make the phone too awkward, but this one... This one is right. This is one I will happily use.
Still working on wooden canvases. I'm enjoying using my hands more in making art. Obviously working in photoshop requires hands too, but somehow it's not the same. It's nice to put a pencil on a surface and whatever mark it makes is the one you're stuck with. No erasing, line smoothing, adjusting. It's honest.
This is a series done on pieces of balsa wood. I also have a surfboard made out of balsa wood. It seems like there's a connection between sea & summer and balsa. So this series is a happy, bright set. Simple patterns and warm summer colors.
They're about 4 x 6 and are in my Etsy shop. Each one is matted in a bright white mat.
I did a design that I submitted to Threadless a couple years ago called "Best Knot Sail Here." Part of it was a happy whale character that I really liked. A lot of times I'll have these characters that are cool on their own, but need to be developed more to make a good design. This guy was one of them, and I didn't know what to do with him.
So I tried painting him in watercolor in my next wooden block piece and I'm really happy with how it turned out. I'm slightly less happy that I can't take a photo that makes it look as good as it does in person... but that's how it goes. Still, he makes me want to do a series of sea creatures. I'm going through my sketchbooks to find all the other abandoned critters from the past.
8 x 12 Watercolor and graphite.
It's been difficult to get real quality computer time lately. So more than ever I've been relying on traditional means of making art. This is cool because it's gotten me to try something I've wanted to for a long time: painting on wood. It's one of my favorite looks, I love when the wood grain shows through the image. It just gives it an extra dimension, makes it feel warmer and somehow more "real."
I've messed around with wood painting in the past, but not seriously or for any length of time. I have an attention problem. Something that makes me avoid sitting down and really working on a thing... Once I start, I'm happy, it's just before that that is difficult. There always seems to be something more fun to do...
Anyways, here is my first ever real attempt designing on wood. I found these pre made wooden blocks at the art shop. They just under an inch thick, so they stand on their own and don't warp the way wooden sheets from home depot sometimes do.
It's simply called "Feathers" and is done in graphite.
Toolsies.com is a really fun site that allows you to get to know artists by seeing the tools that they use in their craft. I think it's a great concept and I was so happy to be featured on it recently. Below is a picture of my stuff, but if you want to know more about each one and what it means to me, you'll have to read the article.
I spent a really beautiful evening at the beach last week. Winter is finally over and Florida is getting back to that topical heat that I love when I'm in the ocean. Hot sun above, turquoise water all around, on my board - one of the best feelings ever. The water here in south Florida is often so clear you can see everything on the bottom too and well, it's just amazing. I love it.
So on this really mellow night last week I went out as the sun was setting and everything was beautiful. The waves were really small, but me and my longboard are good with that, and I got back that happy feeling I've been missing all winter.
Since that feeling is directly responsible for a lot of my drawings and style and such, I thought it might be worth sharing. When I'm stuck on something or can't draw a thing, spending some time in the ocean clears it up pretty well. Looking forward to a long summer, full of art and surf and warm sea.
In making this piece I got kind of attached to the characters. I really started to feel for them, think about how they struggled to get through their lives, living in the harsh conditions that they do. And I spent way too much time staring into the porcupine's eyes. So as a result, I really like this design. In a way it's a lot different from my normal style, which usually focuses on water. This is all about what happens when that water is gone. I'm happy to say it's available now in my shop.