Saturday, December 4, 2010

December Art Walk

First off, just want to say a big thank you to everyone who came by my table Wednesday night! As this was my first foray into displaying my work to the general public, I was a bit nervous and apprehensive about going through with it. In the end, I'm happy I did and I'm so glad I was able to share my work with everyone. I honestly thought I would only get a handful of people who were interested and maybe 4 people who were willing to part with a few dollars in exchange for one of my prints. I am honored and thankful for all the support shown to me that night. The warm response has really encouraged me to keep doing what I'm doing.

With that said, I am planning on having a more formal showing of my work sometime in the near future. And it won't be limited to just prints! If you want to be in the know of all the latest news and updates, just send me an email at heythereallison[at]gmail[dot]com and I'll add you to the mailing list! I can't wait for you to see where I go next!

Sunday, November 7, 2010


BlackYard, a group of four Swiss illustrators and designers, creates some of my favorite work. What's even more impressive is that their portfolio is filled with more show-stoppers than you can shake a stick at. I can't believe I'm just now blogging about them.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Lion, Bringer of Death

Lion, Bringer of Death
Here's an illustration a did a bit ago. It's the first of a series. I've really been trying to simplify my illustration style lately, presenting drawings cleanly yet cleverly. Come to think of it, this is how I would like to approach all aspects of my life. No fuss, all swag. I'm a work in progress.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Dueling Banjo Pigs

I came across this blog while making my daily trip to Drawn! a couple weeks ago and thought it would be fun to participate. Basically all you do is submit a picture of a pig and a banjo and they post it to the site. Here's my contribution. What good fun!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Grove Bamboo iPhone cases

I realize I've kind of been on an iPhone kick after getting the latest iteration a little over a month ago, but I can't help it. I'm a fan. I've been wanting a wooden iPhone case ever since I had the idea of wanting an iPhone. These bamboo cases by Grove are beautifully crafted and deliciously designed. You can choose between two shades of bamboo, and either a silver or black bezel. They even have a wide selection of artist designed laser etchings for the back of the case, or you can submit your own artwork. Pretty cool! I like the idea of having artwork on the back for better gripping if nothing else, but like everything else in my life, I'd be too afraid of getting tired of it in the long run. I think I would opt for the plain case in dark bamboo with a silver bezel if anyone out there wants to purchase me a birthday gift. I'll pretend to act surprised.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

iPhone 4 wallpapers

So, folks, the moment you didn't know you were waiting for has finally arrived! My iPhone wallpapers are here in full 640 x 960 resolution - great for your iPhone and even better for your iPhone 4! There's a bit to choose from so you're sure to find something you like. And if, for some reason unbeknownst to me, you don't, you can email me with requests. Talk about 100% satisfaction guaranteed! Hop on over and git you some!

Friday, June 25, 2010


SoccerThis is a soccer illustration I made.

Monday, May 31, 2010


Way to knock my holy freakin' socks off! I just realized I've been featured on Plus63, your one-stop shop for Filipino creativity on the net. A big thank you to the gang over at Plus63! You can check out the mention here.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Across the Sea

Across the Sea
So, I decided to jump on the Lost art band wagon. It actually didn't start as a Lost piece, but that's where it ended up. You may or may not see how some of these elements were originally intended in a future post.... or maybe we'll flash forward, transport back to the past, rewrite history, come back to present day, go back to the future for good measure and come back to yesterday just to see how it all unfolds, refolds, and unfolds anew. Maybe.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Patch Together: Zeus Almighty

Zeus Almighty I created a character for the "Greek Mythology" challenge at Patch Together. It's like Threadless, but for toys. You submit a design, people vote, most popular designs get produced. It was fun creating turnarounds for one of my characters. I really want to draw more. It feels so rewarding. But enough chit-chat, GO VOTE FOR MY DESIGN!

Thursday, April 29, 2010


Oh my gepetto! Four awesome books were awaiting my arrival from work today. I have to give myself a pat on the back for these smart purchases. I've been gobbling these up since I got my grubby paws on them.

I Am Plastic is jam packed with designer toys. I'm talkin' JAM. PACKED. It gives a comprehensive view of toys from around the world from leading, as well as lesser, names in the industry. Although it doesn't give much information on the individual designers themselves, it provides plenty to look at there's nothing to complain about that.

American Trademarks is not your momma's logo book. The diversity between all the marks included really sets it apart from other literature on the subject. While there are some simple designs similar to the Japanese municipal flags that got plenty of attention about a year ago, there are even more illustrative logomarks with lots of hand-drawn typography to boot. Sweet, sweet eye candy.

Ed Emberley's Make A World are the drawing books I grew up with as a kid. He is so clever in his execution and very easy to follow in his direction. Not only that, but he demonstrates how to draw a gazillion things in very few pages, making the book light and thin, easy for a little kid to pick up and manage. Everything included in the book is drawn with 15 basic shapes, creating a simplicity and cohesiveness throughout all of the pictures. It's no wonder I'm turning back to this in my ripe age. This legend of a man's got ingenuity oozing from every orifice!

Rework is brought to you by the heads behind 37signals. It gives great advice, information, and inspiration on starting a business, staying motivated, work ethic, creativity--in short, being a better creative who knows how to manage and market his work. It's written very colloquially, so you feel like you're having a conversation with those who have experience and have gone through the things you are going through or want to get through. The book is broken down into short, easily digestible sections so you don't ever get the sense that you're being lectured at. Moreso, it gets you thinking about the subject so you can start developing your own ideas. Before each section there's also a nice little typographic illustration to introduce the new topic, each of which could easily be turned into a motivational poster--minus the cat hanging from a tree branch.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Red Bearon

The Red Bearon
For those of you who haven't already caught him in my portfolio, I present to you "Red Bearon"! He has 1 point of articulation, a dashing grin, and his favorite plane in tow. Yowzas!

Ingela P Arrhenius

Talk about making all of the same things I love in a style that I adore. Ingela P Arrhenius is my new favorite artist. Done.
(Thank you, grain edit.)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mr. Fancypants in...

Mr. Fancypants
Check the 3-D version here.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


I was in the middle of working on something when this lion begged me to put a face on him.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Ursa Major in 2-D!

Space Panda art
I thought it would be nice to do some 2-D art to accompany my 3-D art of the same character. He was a lot of fun to recreate. I hope to do more like it.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Argentinian Llama

Here's a llama I created from Sculpey and some acrylic paint. In Argentina, there's a tradition in which llamas are dressed up in blankets and scarves. I learned that from "The Amazing Race." See this and lotsa other new work recently uploaded to the misc section of my website! Have a look-see!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


So, I know my doodles aren't that hot, but c'mon, scanner! Cut a girl a break!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Exotic bird

Exotic bird
A quick doodle that started out with a peacock in mind.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


So, I'm trying this new thing. I don't want to say too much in case it doesn't come through, but I still want to keep a record of my progress. Hopefully that's not too vague.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Network Osaka

Have you heard of Network Osaka? I've had his Adobe video sitting on my desktop for some time now and often turn to it for an instant burst of inspiration. Since then, I've forgotten what a wealth of goodness his website is. ...until today. A lot of his print stuff is hit or miss, but I love the simple/Swiss stylings that he seems so at home doing. Most of all, his logo is pretty baller.


I'm just now realizing speedometers can be sexy little pieces of design. All the elements for greatness are there. A combination of numbers, letters, color and a sense of hierarchy give the gauge tons of potential.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Zombie Dog

Zombie Dog
I painted this pup about a month ago, but never took his picture for fear of stealing his soul. He was a regular dog just before I snapped this photo. His snout, ears, and melty face could use more 3-dimensionality. It's a learning process. Click the pic for more views!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Peat Duggins

Why, yes, Peat Duggins. Yes, I will have your children.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Font Aid IV

The people of The Society of Typographic Aficionados and Font Aid IV have put together a font full of ampersands... and I'm a contributor! The best part? All proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders to benefit the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Nothing like designing for a cause to get your noodle going.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Feel The Beat

Feel The Beat
Look at this cheesy thing I made. I laugh at myself for creating such a thing.

Oops. I did it again.

I'm probably the only one who finds any artistic value in this whatsoever, but thought I'd post it here just to catalog it for my own records. Hooray for accidental art!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Dan Stiles

I'm really loving the work of Dan Stiles. His geometric simplicity and retro-modernism strike so many chords with how I want my own style to develop. His color palettes are pretty bodacious, too. I've especially fallen for his Feist poster. Too good!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Bear Run

Bear Run
This is the first in a series of animals exercising.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Here's a wooden action figure I wrapped up last night. The pic isn't so hot, but I couldn't keep this little guy to myself. There'll be better shots of him when I take portfolio pics. I think it's the best thing I've made yet. I love that his arms move and his head turns and you can even pull him apart for extra gore and fun! I can't wait to make more movable pieces. If this is the kind of work I do when I'm procrastinating on other things, this is the kind of work I should be doing for the rest of my life.

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Greater Good

Here's an illustration I recently completed. Its about smaller parts coming together in support of a greater good. More or less, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Based on my scientific research, I've found that 3 things in life improve the quality of anything they come in contact with. Those three things being wings, bears, and bacon. Having them all together in one place just might be the greatest good of all.

Saturday, January 16, 2010


Dream Discover Grow
Lately I haven't been as productive as I would like. I blame the frigid weather. My painted objects have been at a standstill for weeks and I haven't been drawing as much as I would like. On a more positive note, my brother and I beat New Super Mario Bros. and collected all the star coins. Oh. That's where my time has been going. The picture above is for something I've been working on at work.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Matthew Lyons

Beautiful movie title screens from Matthew Lyons. The typography is spot on with his retro style of illustration. Really genius idea, too. Since the movies are all made up, he can really show off his skills in pairing type and narrative without having to be bogged down by preconceived opinions about a particular film. Wish I could bottle these up and take a swig of his talent.