San Diego Comic Con

After taking a couple years off I’m going back to Comic Con. Like usual I’m bringing a bunch of new art goodies to the Grass Hut + Gargamel booth (#4739 for those going). Expect to be blown away by what my booth-mates bring! If you squint really hard to block out their awesomeness you’ll find some new stuff from me along with some radness I made in the last year.

I’m most excited about introducing Hobart (or Hobie for short). He’s based on a Hobie surf monster t-shirt I had as a kid (my son wears it now). I designed the toy and sent it to Naoya of Gargamel to sculpt and cast. It’s a collaboration we have been taking about for a couple years, but none of my designs clicked till this one. In all honestly I have never held a resin cast figure that is this professionally made and full of joy. Naoya is a master! For this first release of 10 Hobarts, I kept the hand-painted color way simple so you could see how awesome the sculpt is. Gawd…I’m so stoked on these!!!

If you like Owl’s Surf Club, you’re in luck cause I’ll have prints, t-shirts, custom painted toys (sculpted by Joseph Harmon), and of course the book that started it all.

Guess what else I’m bringing? Captain America. Yeah, for reals! My son’s only three, but he reads like 5 comic books a day (the pictures, not the words), so I thought bringing him would pretty much blow his mind. I made his costume, that’s why it’s kind of wonky and awesome.

See you there!

Totally Honored

The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies just announced the finalists for this years awards and I’m nominated twice for the same thing. That’s pretty strange, eh? It happened because both altweeklies I worked for last year submitted my cover design work.

Mauitime and the Portland Mercury are two totally different papers and they required two totally different approaches to making rad covers. I’m totally honored to be a finalist(s).

Another Trashy Cover

Every cover is an opportunity. I took this opportunity to do a little beach clean up at Maui’s Kahului Harbor with my family for an hour before coming into the office. In that hour we filled three bags of trash. We only made it about 25 yards down the beach, so there’s still a lot of ongoing work that needs to happen. Hopefully this cover will inspire more people to pitch in. Oh, and I just shot it with my phone’s camera (very unprofessional)!

Out of all the covers I’ve done in the last 3 years (see my favorites here) this one is my #1 favorite. It brought my family together to do something good, it was good for the environment, it inspired action, it communicated the lead story in a snap, and it’s just so freaking beautiful to look at. This is also the last cover I’ll do before leaving my job at Mauitime and moving back to Portland to seek new adventures.

Anhoo, I just want to thank Maui for teaching us so much and letting us have so much fun while we lived here. ALOHA!



My good pal Tripper Dungan curated a show at Grass Hut and it’s Van Themed!!!

Finally right?

He was kind enough to have me in the show along with: Hilary Pfeifer, Bwana Spoons, Martin OntiverosMeredith Dittmar, Brett Superstar, Eatcho, Adrienne Vita, Aaron Barker, Chelsea Fletcher, Caleb Highley, Steve “ManVan” Mathews, and Shawn Wolfe!

If you can’t go see the show in person, go see it online right now >>>>

((( Owl’s Surf Club: The Toy )))

As if making a book for my son Camper about surfing, friendship, and trail blazing wasn’t enough, I made him some toys from the characters in the book. Owl Kahanamoku (maybe related to Duke) and El Capitan (He only speaks Spanglish) have really come to life do to a collaboration with one of my favorite artists in the world Joseph Harmon. Joseph, an epic illustrator, sculpted from some silly sketches I sent him and hand-cast the toys in resin. We then hand-painted a solid collection. Go see the whole collection at the Department of Awesome. I think some are still available in the shop>>>

SPD: Likes my Work

You know this organization “The Society of Publication Designers“? I don’t really, but they just laid a good honor on me. They say I made one of the “Top Alternative Newsweekly Covers of 2011“. Thanks, but I’m pretty fond of these other ones too >>>

Owl’s Surf Club

Last winter a made a book for my son Camper called Owl’s Surf Club. It was a real sweet project to do just for him. You can see it here>>>

Since then I’ve rewritten it and changed up the illustration style to be a lot simpler and smaller for little hands. The kinds folks at Scout Books made the books for me and now I have enough to be able to share with more people then just Camper.

You can pick one up here>>>

Painting Hawaii

Since moving to Hawaii from Oregon I’ve been going through an artistic identity crisis. For the last ten years I’ve been painting pictures of elk, loggers, mushroom hunters, and giants evergreen trees. Now that I live in a totally new ecosystem I have no idea what to paint. It’s not simply that I don’t know the icons, it’s more that I don’t have experience living in this new environment. For example I haven’t caught a single fish even though I try every week, I even broke down and bought a fish from a fisher woman, got it home and had no idea how to clean it or cook it. I treated it like the trout or salmon I know how to deal with and the poor fish ended up smelling and tasting like burnt hair.

So I’ve been trying to start from scratch. I say in my head “I don’t know anything” then try to paint. A lot of ugly work has happened and I’m sure not going to show anyone. However, I finally started down a path that feels right.

Every Sunday I go surf at a beach park with the family called Launiupoko. The waves are totally different from what I’m used to in Oregon. They move different, they feel different, and they ride different. The folks I’m in the water with aren’t they type I’m used to either. A typical surf session in Oregon is head to toe wet suit with a white wet bearded faces poking out. Here I surf practically naked with old buff Hawaiians, slick Japanese ladies, and kids starting as early as 6 years old. What stirs me up the most is how elegant these people surf. They are the most graceful surfers I’ve ever been in the water with.

So these new paintings I’m working on are totally inspired by the beauty of surfing here in Maui. They’re painted on paper stained by local coffee and cell vinyl paint. The ones that are for sale are at the Department of Awesome here >>>

Want an Awesome Shirt?

Last June I whipped up this little design riffing on some old skate/surf company logos for a special limited edition shirt for the show I did with some friends at Hurley’s )(space (read all about it here>>>)

Now the shirt is available for everyone online, so if you like awesome shirts, go get one already>>>

The Department of Awesome

Since relocating to Happy Valley Maui I’ve started a new thing called the Department of Awesome. It’s a blog, an artist residency, and a creative services agency.

Although I’ll continue to post new projects here, the majority of my time will be spent over at the Dept. of Awesome. So start following by clicking the “like” button on the Facebook page >>>