Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Happy Pantry: cupcake merchandise!

How exciting is it to make products that people are happy to receive?  This is even better than sending Unibomber packages…I don't think anyone was happy about that.  But getting Happy Pantry stuff for your birthday?  It's just the best….if I do say so myself.

Someone sent us this picture of their Ms. Cupcake Happy Pantry merchandise.  Glad they liked it!

You can get yours at www.happy-pantry.com and like us at www.facebook.com/happypantry

We were at LA Cookie Con this last sunday (a special blog devoted to that will follow shortly) - and everyone called our Plush a stuffed animal.  I've done that in the past too, but I've conditioned myself to saying, "Plush"…because that's the term, right?  Others have said Plushie - but those are probably also the same people who say totes adorbs.  And those people aren't right in the head.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Happy Pantry: Aprons

Last year we partnered up with a friend from our softball team to make these Happy Pantry aprons:

And another friend, who luckily for us, has an embroidery machine - so we were able to create the entire thing here in California!

You can buy one at www.happy-pantry.com - they're only $29.99!

Happy Pantry: Aprons

Last year we partnered up with a friend from our softball team to make these Happy Pantry aprons:

And another friend, who luckily for us, has an embroidery machine - so we were able to create the entire thing here in California!

You can buy one at www.happy-pantry.com - they're only $29.99!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Happy Pantry: fun with corn kernels...

Happy Pantry: Teenage Caffeinated Ninja Coffee

 We've been watching a lot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lately.  Not the movie…and not the old cartoon - but the Nickelodeon one that's been running for the last 3 years or so.  It helps that we work at Nickelodeon and that my wife is actually on that show.  But it's a pretty engaging show!  They've done a different take on the characters and have slowly introduced new characters as well as brining in old ones.  I'm still waiting to for Bebop and Rock Steady…which have yet to show up…

 Leonardo was always my favorite - it could have been because he was the leader or maybe, because he had the deadliest weapons (the swords)…or it might just have been that his mask was blue…

The Teenage Vegetable Ninja Peas also had to get in on the action - so I did a quick drawing with them as well.  Leonardo is still the best one there...

Monday, January 19, 2015

Happy Pantry: Plush Cupcake

We're terribly excited that we were able to make a plush from one of our characters - and our favorite little gal at that!  Ms Cupcake never looked so edible!  Well, she did, but now you can actually hold her in your hands and not take a bite out of her.  Because she's made of plush materials.  Terribly soft, terribly cute and all 0 calories.  Because you can't eat her.

www.happy-pantry.com - only $10 on our website - but quantities are limited, so hurry hurry!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Happy Pantry - LA Cookie Con

 LA Cookie Con and Sweets show is on January 25th at the Pasadena Convention Center, and Happy Pantry is thrilled to be a vendor!  There will be chefs, bakers, celebrities and special VIP's wandering the convention hall...but the most important thing is there will be samples...lots and lots of amazing candies and desserts and things to stuff in one's face.  It's a taste bud's dream, and a belt's nightmare.  It should be awesome!!!

Who doesn't have a fascination of desserts and sweets?  Especially the good ol' fashion milk and cookies...or, as some would say, cookies and milk.  It's tasty way to spend the afternoon, or to cap the night before bedtime.

They've already sold out of VIP tickets and regular tickets are going fast - they might even be sold out right now!  If you're not there, you're missing out!  You can still purchase any Happy Pantry merchandise on our website - www.happy-pantry.com - but you'll have to pay dumb ol' shipping...

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Happy Pantry: Apples with guests…in them!

 the only thing worse than finding a worm in your apple, is finding half a worm…!

I did the top apple about a year ago - it fits in our cute kawaii brand, Happy Pantry.  Well, they both fit in the brand - but we're more about cute characters with simple lines and design.  You can check out more at www.happy-pantry.com or like us on www.facebook.com/happypantry.

Every once in a while I want to get a little more painterly, so I took the apple and redid it with a little more shadowing and texture.  It still needs to maintain it's cuteness….and the second apple doesn't have any hidden surprises.

Have you ever found a special surprise in your fruit (or vegetables)?  It's gross when you come upon something like that, but nauseating when you uncover it with a bite…I've never bitten into a bug - I've always found them when slicing fruit open…but I'm waiting for my time….because it happens when you least expect it.

There was one time, in Paris, where we had these fresh amazing salads.  I scarfed mine down, but then we watched as these little tiny green bugs started crawling out of Tracey's salad onto the plate and make their escape.  The salads were a little too fresh…and maybe a little unwashed.  That put her off her meal - but I liked the salad so much I ended up eating hers as well…even with the threat of tiny green bugs.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Here's Johnny...5!

Here's Johnny 5!

I thought, "Here's Johnny" and thought of the iconic scene from the Shining (that not so good movie from the 70s starring Jack Nickolson, directed by the sorta hack Stanley Kubrick)…and then I thought Johnny 5 - so I had to put them together.

So this is what I wasted this last weekend on.  Enjoy.  Or don't look at it.  Or whatever.  It's here.  It made me laugh.

Jack's character wasn't even named Johnny - so it was a reference to the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson - it was how he was introduced…but now it's been so long since that was a thing.  There haven't even been any sidekicks going, "HEY-OH!" - would anyone under 30 even know about Ed Mcmahon?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Happy Pantry is going to LA Cookie Con

We're terribly excited to be going to LA Cookie Con on January 25th!  It's right around the corner and there are a ton of stars and bakers and chefs and exciting people - all who either make amazing desserts or, at least, love them.

Check out - www.lacookiecon.com - it's worth going to and it's only in Pasadena - it's terribly close!

We are debuting our cupcake plushes (I wish we had cookie ones for this show) as well as bringing all our other merchandise.  You can check out our products at www.happy-pantry.com - we're priced to sell!

This is not a plush - but our buttons will be adorned with this illustration!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

What if Pee Wee Herman and Forrest Gump Hung Out?

I had a thought the other day when I heard that Pee Wee Herman was getting another chance at a show.  It's kind of weird how he's this odd grown man - an odd old man now - and he wears these way too small for him suits which made me suddenly think of Forrest Gump - because they have similarly short haircuts, tiny suits, and little intellect.

And what if they were hanging out together?  Anyhow - this is my version of these two characters.  I couldn't stand that box of chocolates line, but it's iconic…I'd like to think that Pee Wee would also have  a snide remark for him if he tried that line on him...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Charlie Brown, you Pinhead!

"We have things of such good grief to show you"

My obsession with Hellraiser has reached a new low.  I did my original Hellraiser sketch:

And since he had a round head, I kept thinking about Charlie Brown and how his noggin lent itself to Pinhead's pins…in his head.

And then to further complete the circle (or the very long stretch), all you have to do is change blockhead to Pinhead and boom - instant crossover.

I looked up some Charlie Brown reference and picked out colors that were in his sunday comics - this one I completely ignored illustrator and did the entire thing in Photoshop.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Hellraiser Chatterer

While Pinhead had his addiction to acupuncture, The Chatterer, while not very talkative, had such a cool look.  Inside one's mouth, it's a horror show.  Have you ever looked under your tongue?  It's disgusting!  Well Clive Barker's imagination brings this out by pulling back the lips and exposing how brave dentists really are.

Anyhow - this is my version of the Chatterer from the Hellraiser series.  I got into them recently and have been obsessed with drawing the characters.

This was sketched out in photoshop, cleaned up in Illustrator and then painted in Photoshop.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Hellraiser Kid

This kid is quite the hellraiser!

An out of control acupuncture session…

I saw that Hellraiser was streaming on Netflix…and within a week I had watched 7 Hellraiser movies!  It turns out there are 9 movies!  And another one (that sounds like  a remake of the first) coming soon.

Here is the original sketch.  I opened it in Adobe Illustrator to clean up the lines and then painted it in Photoshop.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

kid drawings

Developing a possible cartoon pitch
 version #1
version #2

Sunday, April 13, 2014

How did I start buying stocks?

I've always been interested in stocks.  When I worked for Disneyland way back in the forever ago, I had them take a little bit out of my tiny paycheck which would be used to automatically purchase their stock.  With that I got a cool 5 stocks in Disney...because I only worked there for a few months before moving to Burbank to work in the fast paced world of shoes.  Eventually I got my animation job, but at first it was shoes. 

And what goes in those shoes?  Feet.  So many feet...so many unique smells.  Actually - it wasn't a lot of unique smells, a lot of people's feet smell the same.  Bad.  It was strange at how someone would come in to try on a shoe with the dirtiest foot.  We were urged by our managers to put on the shoes for them, they'd just hold their foot out and wiggle their toes in giddy anticipation of me trying to force a shoe that was clearly too small onto their enormous hoof.  After a few too many soul scaring experiences, I just started lightly tossing the box of shoes in their direction and walking to a safe (clean air) distance.  If you have a foot fetish, I'd suggest working in women's shoes, because you get right in there and get an eyeball full of toe fungus and gnarly appendages.  So it cures you of your urges and you never want to look at another foot again.  But that's not what I'm supposed to be talking about...

My five Disney stocks sat and sat and sat.  I didn't do anything to them because I didn't need them for anything, and selling them wouldn't net me too much - When I got them in the first place they were in the $30 range...I checked a few years later and saw (during the dark, Home on the Range and Meet the Robinsons days) that the price had gone down to the mid teens.  It was disheartening, but that's what stocks do.

So I left them.  Suddenly - just 14 years later, I checked out the price for Disney stocks and they were around the $80 range!  Sadly, I still only have 5 of them.

It was time to take a good hard look into stocks.  You could make a lot of money, but you could also lose a bunch.  The big thing is to invest in good companies with good people running them.  How can you tell?  I'm still trying to figure that out - but there are a lot of benchmarks and numbers that are readily provided on sites like finance.yahoo.com.

I had no idea there were so many companies that were trading publicly.  What do you do to find a good one?  Invest time to find a good one?  That sounded like a lot of work, so I just typed in best stocks, best penny stocks, best stocks 2014 and so on.  Each search had a number of websites telling you to pick this one, or choose that one.  It's a horrible way to do it as you're relying on their research with your hard earned monies.

When you're speculating, you end up doing a lot of market watching and start biting your fingernails...as the stocks go down, the tips of your fingers are next to go and if you're (un)lucky enough to choose a stock that's a real dud, feel free to chew through your fingers as it's probably the only way you'll be able to keep yourself from making a mistake like that again.

If you're not trying to gamble (that would be speculating on penny stocks and day trading), then you want to pick up a book like "The Intelligent Investor" by Benjamin Graham.  I have to warn you, it's incredibly dull.  But it'll get you on the right path to choosing a stock (or a portfolio of stocks) that are smart(er) choices.  There's always a bit of risk involved, so start off only using discretionary funds, not your kid's college fund and especially not this months rent.

I only have a small portfolio consisting of 4 stocks.  Every one I've picked so far has gone down almost immediately since I purchased them.  I have yet to eat through my fingers, but it's still heart wrenching when there's no news and the company you purchased suddenly tanks a few dollars a share.  Sticking with good companies, even when their price drops a little bit, is usually a good idea - because the price goes back up...usually...eventually.  Hopefully...!

We'll see how it goes...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

new sketch and possibly a new character?

I finally have a new and improved way to draw!  I got a cintiq of my very own.  I've had one at work for a while, but if I wanted to do any drawing at home, it either had to be awkwardly accomplished on my wacom tablet, or on a piece of paper.  And who wants to draw on paper?  All those trees screaming in pain as someone uses an exacto knife to cut each piece of paper off of it....or, at least, that's how I assume paper is made.  It can't be squished into pulp and then flattened.  Or, what would be a tedious process, trees were broke up into splinters and then glued together.  Or into long thin strips and woven together.

In any case - it's like my food - I don't care where it comes from, as long as it tastes good.  And doesn't give me ebola.  Sadly, even that statement isn't true.  I'm more interested in how my food is treated before it's slaughtered for me - and I can't eat at a fast food restaurant because of their evil ways.  It's my own fault for looking into it.

Anyway - This is the first sketch from my first attempt at working on my brand new cintiq.
This was all done in Adobe Photoshop.

Also - I got this sucker more than 2 weeks ago, but I have an older HP laptop and the technology of the cintiq aren't completely compatible, so I had to figure that out.  Turns out one has to open the back of the cintiq and unplug the cord for the DVI cable and replace it with a VGA cable.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Mighty Yeti logo design contest

My friends over at Mighty Yeti are currently in the midst of their Kickstarter campaign to help fund their first two interactive children's books.

Josh and Jennie Book, the creative minds behind Mighty Yeti, started a design contest where all sorts of adorable little kids sent in their versions of the Mighty Yeti logo.  Obviously it's terrible, but it's great to see the little ones try (fail, but at least they tried).  So the Books called out some of their animation friends and I decided to throw a couple of designs their way:

My wife immediately said I was being rude - but the Mighty Yeti logo is the top half of a cute monster head peeking over the name.  Since you only see the top half, it made me think about what if he was that way because he'd been chopped in a gruesome way (not the pleasant way, not that there is one).  I thought it was a funny drawing, but since they're making children's books, it's not very appropriate, so I had to go back to the drawing board:

I have several under drawings where I was exploring whether he'd be sitting or standing, or if he had a big furry tail...I decided against a lot of those and believed a fun little pose would have him reading one of the Book's children's books...
The rough drawing was created in photoshop, transported to illustrator to clean up the lines and then copied and pasted back into photoshop to color.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Microstock report for July 2013

This is our microstock report for July 2013:

Shutterstock is finally faltering.  We've gone months without uploading a new file and it's finally starting to take effect.  The last two months we've not crossed the $100 payout level, so it takes at least 2 months to squeeze any money out of it.

I guess it means we'll have to start uploading new files - I don't like seeing it so low.  But we have other projects taking priority and, at least for us, microstock was always just an experiment in how much pocket change we could muster.  Turns out quite a bit!

All together our uploads have achieved over $15,700.  Of course that's over the course of years...we started in January 2009 where we had only one sale (so we almost never count that as our first month) and made 25 cents.  So 4 and a half years later we've made 15.7k.  Not bad.  It averages out to about three and a half thousand dollars a year.  Of course most of that was in the first two years where we were uploading a couple of files a week...

Anyway - that's all for now.  Enjoy the chart.  Or don't.  If you're looking to do your own microstock illustrations or photographs, I'd suggest starting with Shutterstock and slowly working your way down the list in the order of money we've made.  Those top three are the biggest for a reason.  They actually sell files - but none as much as Shutterstock.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

quick drawing

I never draw people...so I thought I'd post one quick sketch that I did at lunch on the back of a receipt.

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