Friday, March 17, 2006

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


First, here is the painted steam critter. I normally paint with acrylics, but I used gouache for this one and also the other steam guy. It's kinda fun. I'm not sure if I'd use it for a real job yet, but who knows, maybe someday.

Second, Happy St. Patrick's Day! My daughter woke me up with a pinch this morning so, to avoid additional pinches, I went to get dressed in my green. I have no green. Nothing but an old green suit. I grabbed an old t-shirt and decided to remedy the situation by making my own St. Patrick's day shirt. Then my kids all wanted one too. So, I made four of them in the half hour before they had to go to school. Pretty lousy artwork, but the kids loved it.

Third, I thought I'd show you the artwork my two oldest kids made for their schools Art Expo. I thought they turned out pretty great.

13 comments:

A. Nonny Mouse said...

Awesome shirts and awesome steam guys (I love the little whistle at top) and awesome cat!

Dennis West said...

I love homemade shirts. Great stuff!

I really like your gouache painting too. For a while I was having a lot of fun experimenting with new mediums, but after a while I started running out of time and decided that I'd better just try to refine my digital Adobe Illustrator technique. I'm pretty happy with the way things are going but every once in a while I get a hankerin for some paint. I always start with pencil though.

Gosh, i'm sorry I'm rambling about me, after all, this site's about you, isn't it? Anyhow, you had once given me some advice regarding paint so I thought I'd follow up with you.

Always inspiring work. It's so cool that you're able to be a full-time illustrator and that you're so willing to share.

Paige Keiser said...

Lovely family! And talented too!

steve said...

What a great looking clan! Those shirts are super sweet. It's also really neat to see all your art framed on your walls.

Looks like you've got some great budding artists! If they keep it up you could more than triple your freelance work by having them ghost.

Best,
Steve

Alina Chau said...

AWESOME Postings!! THe children drawings ae sooo adorable. THey are very talented. And your work is always fun and inspiring!! Love the bug!! TOO COOOL!! Great family T-shirts too! :)

Cedric said...

Cool idea with the shirts! How fun.

TXArtcGal said...

LOVE your colored illo!...and, your t-shirts are great fun!! (I'd love to know how you did that in 1/2 an hour! LOL!). Your childrens' pieces are great as well! Talent definitely runs in your family!

Drazen said...

haha
great pics
your daughter with the thumbs up is quite the character

Courtney said...

awesome shirts and flying guy.

i was in the local barnes and noble type store yesterday with my two year old and husband. while trying to prevent her from destroying the entire store as only a two year old hyped up on chocolate chip cookies can do, i walked past display of children's books where they show the latest and greatest. i let out a squeal and grabbed my husband's collar exclaiming, look, look there's kactiguy's book! congratulations from a blog reading fan and maybe next time i'm there, i'll actually buy shelly. ;)

UM said...

The 'thumbs up' expression on your daughter's face is priceless! What a great idea with the T-shirts. Get your kids to do some too!

ULI

Vinni said...

Man, yer kids R gettin' BIG! That Batman kid is like almost twelve and stuff. And that little girl looks just like your wife. Nice shirts too. Did you make yer brother wear one to work too. Toodles GEE FRANCuois

Knitting Painter Woman said...

What an awesome DAD your kids have! Lucky them. I wish I'd thought of that (and had the nerve to sacrifice plain old T's) when my kids were at that stage.

mojo design said...

Hehe,...got a great look'n family. You must be the coolest dad. I know You must be a hit on Career Day. I actually did a career day thing for my boss's kid's school,...they love watching us draw cartoons.