Monday, September 28, 2009

Stickers by Me

I decided that in order to properly pimp my blog, I should make some stickers. So I did. So far I have 3. I love the retro feel that they have.

Hope you like em!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Name my Mascot!!

So for a while now, I have wanted to take my interest in character design to the next level and actually make a 3-dimensional model of one of my characters. Well, I decided that my break from school would be a perfect time for me to undertake this project! And I am going to keep you guys updated! How lucky are you?

I started with a design, I tried to keep it simple since it is my first time. Below is my first little sketch that I did. Basically it is a sleepy monster who wanders around in a kind of zombie-state.

After I was satisfied with the character, I put it into illustrator and made a vector illustration. I also did a little bit of coloring and shading in photoshop.

The next step is to make a character design sheet that includes front, back, side and three-quarters view. Then I gotta make an intial model and then a mold. I'll keep you guys updated.

Oh yeah! I need a name for this little monster. Leave a name in the comments section with a short explanation if you like. If I choose your name, then I will give you one of the vinyl versions of this guy that I make (they are gonna be sweet and very official) for free!

Monday, September 21, 2009

A Solid Gold[en] Celebration

First and foremost, I would like to extend a welcome back to bad puns from the Daily Hat; you were missed. Saturday's in the fall mean one thing for me: time to watch lots and lots of college football. Every year there are lots of touchdowns scored and with that many touchdown celebrations performed. Most of the time they are boring and unoriginal, but every once and a while, we encounter a student athlete that "gets it." They understand that football is all about entertainment. Golden Tate, a Notre Dame wideout, "gets it."

During Saturday's game against MSU, Tate scored a touchdown, but he wasn't finished. He knew that a touchdown needs a super-sweet celebration and there was no way he was gonna dissapoint.
Sidebar: What is it with football players and the band? There is some secret dislike here. Stanford/ Cal anyone?
So Golden Tate gets the very first Daily Hat Award for Excellence in Punking Band Geeks. Congrats and keep it up!

One of my favorite parts of this video is how disappointed that Sparty seems with Golden's decision. He may be a meat-head, but the big green dude is a sensitive meat-head who doesn't appreciate bullies like Tate.

Sunday, September 20, 2009


I can only imagine what was going through this guy's head right after he walked into that beauty school. You gotta love how they wouldn't let him leave.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


I hope there are still a few people that check the hat for updates. I know I haven't updated in about 3 week (geez!), and I'm going to blame it all on school. Well, school is over (for now) and I have a TON of stuff that I am planning on putting up here in the next few days so LOOK OUT! I've got a pretty wide range of stuff that I am going to post, from simple illustrations to packaging, to and entire branded campaign. So keep your eyes peeled (that saying is disgustin btw) and your face intact, because hopefully my sweet ass design skills will melt it off! Wishful thinking probably, but you never know.

These are illustrations I did for an art director at school. They are for a company called "One Laptop One Child" that gives poor children in africa laptops so they can get on the internets and waste time like you and I. Okay, they probably give them laptops for educational purposes. Anyhow the ads came out really well and props to Lauren Boyd and Michael Williams for the art director and copy(respectively). I hope you like them!

I love character design and had a lot of fun doing these. So if anyone needs any illustrations, holler at me!