I designed some tote bags for my friends over at the best comic book shoppe in St. Louis, Star Clipper. Initially I had a bunch of varying terrible ideas but I ended up doing a little tote bag dude strolling along doing his thing. I knew it'd be printed in two-colors so I started to figure out how that could work: I always have this book laying around nearby for inspiration. I love corporate cartoon mascots -- there is something about animating a twinkie or carburetor, or a gigantic baseball or gasoline pump or 2" x 4", with googly eyes and a cocksure grin that warms my heart, and mysteriously makes me want to spend money. (Spammers take note) I used that same fake charcoal effect to try and emulate the era of advertising when Mr. Products' textures weren't so slick, even though their motives were. Below is a close-up:
As pictured, I eventually changed the soda can in the original design into a Japanese soda bottle, since they sell those at the shoppe. I didn't change anything else because I needed to preserve my secret plan for taking this job on: to force Star Clipper into selling hot dogs.Go get a tote bag and cram it full of comic books!
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Our good friend Baseball came to town last week but our good friend xTony Jx left town. Here's a pair of shoes I painted to commemorate the happiness/sadness of both events. We'll miss you Tony! Acrylic and Varnish on Wal*mart "Athletic Works" deck shoes ($6.47).