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Power Ranger + Texas Ranger = abomination.

New submission now highly vote-able over at Threadless.

Let’s go, team!  Hype it up, hype it up! Waaaaaaay up!

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Hazard a vote, why don’t you?

Today I have two tees up for voting and goshdarnit, you better believe they could use some love.  In unrelated news, Alien Invader was “reckoned” right to the curb at shirt.woot today, thus signaling the renewed tradition of my Wootables to kick the can as fast as they know how… Like they’re in some special hurry for Tee Shirt Dinner or something.

The first one is especially eager for some attention, considering that if it wins it will not win the standard $2,000 offering from Threadless, but rather $10,000.  To reiterate… !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The second tee at Design by Humans does not stand to bag quite such an absurd bounty, but seriously, rent is rent.

Again, to reiterate… !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That is all 🙂

In which we are still being alien invaded

So, as you may have noticed, yesterday the wonderful folks at shirt.woot.com began selling my “Alien Invader” design on their lovely site.  But now, where’d it go?  Seemingly, those halcyon days of alien invasion are behind us, because if you know anything about woot it’s probably that they feature/sell an item for a mere blink of an eye and then it’s gone… lost in the shifting desert sands of the internet for all time.

Or IS IT?

Fear not, gentle reader.  If you’d still like to get your hands on the Alien Invader shirt it lives on until such time as it is either sold out or becomes wildly unpopular with the wooters, in which case it gets booted from the site.

Greetings, Wooters

Hello and good day!  Thanks for visiting my blog.  My name is Brian, you may remember me from such woots as:

Navy Seals:

Scrap Hunt (aka The Gearassic Period):

Wind-up Wildlife Encounters:

Live Wire:

I hope you didn’t hate any of them too much 🙂

Thanks again for stopping by and have a great day!

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For all you non-wooters of the world, my exciting news of the day is that one of my glorious benefactors, shirt.woot.com, has printed one of my designs and it is now up for sale!

Alien Invader:

Beastie Boys!

Not those Beastie Boys.

So a little while back, shirt.woot asked some of its artists if they would like to submit a black & white character for use in their New Year’s MashUp tee.  I decided to draw a tyrannosaur unicorn with caterpillar arms. . . in a tux. . .  They didn’t use it, which was a shame, but I enjoyed the settings I had used on the brush tool and whatever so I doodled a few more Creaturely Mistakes of Morhology and came up with these fellers below.

Grippely F. Creeper:

Bateye Tuskerfluff:

And, of course, the nasty forerunner bugger:

In other news, it appears that my first new job of 2010 may be designing a map for a pirate treasure quest themed scavenger hunt.  Fun!

So, it appears that my first new job of 2010 may be designing a map for a pirate treasure quest themed scavenger hunt.  Fun!

The things we do when we lack things to do…

Also known as, This Recession and All its Buddies can at Least Buy Me Breakfast.

Anyway.  I have been lacking client work lately.  There has been, as they might say, a dearth of client work.  And, left to my own devices, as they say, I have seen fit to spend my time doing all sorts of things that are–they might say– unproductive… For instance, I have been catching up on my reading (about 2,000 pages in the last three weeks thankyouverymuch).  But mostly, I’ve been making foolish stuff like the following.

Dinosaur War - Work in progress

Turtle Transit Authority - WIP

Something Strange, as they say...

Speaking of reading.  One of my recent reads was Cormac “Turbo Buzz-kill, as they say” McCarthy’s The Road.  Good book, but dire.  Nightmarish, as they say.  Jiminy Cricket.

 

 

WOOT!

The lovable rogues at shirt.woot.com have purchased and are now selling my Navy Seals design.

I love it when that happens!

I am especially excited about this one because it sold out on its big day yesterday. Historically, I’ve always felt that my designs for Woot flopped a little bit with the wooting public, mysterious creatures that the wooters are. 🙂  BUT, this new one seems to have done pretty well, so maybe I will be able to quell the standard mad dash to The Reckoning that my wootables seem destined to make.  Think I can fit one more bastardization of the word “woot” into this post? We’ll see.  In any case, sold out or not, Navy Seals is still available for now by means of a super special secret ongoing sale page, and will remain so until it becomes unpopular enough to be kicked out of the wootersphere* forever and for good. Hopefully not next Monday.  Anyway, here she is:

ARTISTS NOTE: I am, in fact, aware that the animals depicted in my illustration bear a far closer resemblence to sea lions than seals. The decision to render them as such was made simply because I thought they looked better that way. Artistic license and all that. My apologies for making the world a tiny bit dumber :P

ARTIST'S NOTE: I am, in fact, aware that the animals depicted in my illustration bear a far closer resemblance to sea lions than seals. The decision to render them as such was made simply because I thought they looked better that way. Artistic license and all that. My apologies for making the world a tiny bit dumber 😛

* – Yup.  I get a cookie.

The Height of Insanity… Insanitee? Nay! Resist the puns, Brian!

MORE Threadless submissions.  Will this craziness ever end?!  “Close Enough” has been put into the running and seems to be off to a healthy start, and I just submitted “Sneak Attack,” so keep your eyes peeled for that bad boy as well.  Of course, “Close Enough” is also available for clicking on and such at emptees.com as part of The Greater Apparel Pimping Initiative of 2009.

Close Enough

Sneak Attack! - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More

Imperial Update

Adjusted the Emperor Penguin illustration…   Again.  This was all actually before I learned that sea lions –NOT seals– have visible external ears.  Haha, some things just never quite want to cooperate.  Anyway, hopefully this will be about it for this guy.  Also, I added some new goodness to the sidebar to the right if you care to check it out.

Emperor Penguin

Serendipitous Contact

So a couple winters ago my buddy in Madison gives me a ring and says I have to check out this band he found.  He says they’re called the Great Lakes Myth Society.  I figure with a name like that they certainly deserve a shot, so I look ’em up and discover that what they are, in essence, is everything I ever hoped Michigan/Great Lakes themed music could or should be;  A rich warm pub lodged like an ice-pick in the heart of boozey geographies and northern folk lore.

Anyway, over the summer I got a booth at the Shadow Art Fair in Ypsilanti with a bunch of shirts and posters for sale.  Later on in the show a vaguely familiar looking guy* comes up and begins to inquire about my freelance availability.  He says he needs some shirts for his band.  His band is called The Great Lakes Myth Society.

* Timothy Monger.  I had been to a couple shows, but it was dark and he hadn’t been wearing a hat.