Thursday, December 29, 2011

Pig Post - Went to Market

Happy Holidays everyone! I've been wrapping up the work I've been doing for a client these past few months, and while I'm pretty much done, I'm also spent! I figured you wouldn't mind if I took this week to have a holiday from the comic; but I'm also hoping my Pop won't mind if I share his Christmas present with you guys.

I made watercolor pig illustrations for everyone in my family, and each one was of the "Little Piggies". My Pop, ever the bargain hunter and savvy shopper, naturally received the Piggy that went to Market.

Have a great New Year, and we'll see you next week!


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Larry's Directions

Many of my regular readers probably have seen this illustration already since it was the illustration I made for my 2011 Holiday Card, but it being Christmas and all I wanted to put it up for all the rest of you to (hopefully) enjoy.

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope wherever you are you are enjoying good company, good food, and good times!


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Employees Only - The Christmas Album

I usually try to make my own gifts every year because...well, I'm always broke. But the nice thing about making your own gift for someone, especially the people who have everything they want anyway, is that they can't buy it anywhere else.

Regrettably, I often wonder if I'm doing my friends and family any favors by giving them my home made stuff. Usually they're the ones to give me feedback like, "Ian, this sucks" or "Wow...really?" before I send out my product to customers and clients. So, not having that review process means I'm sending out my gift cards untested, and I always worry it sucks... but hey, it's the thought that counts, right?

Anyways...Merry Christmas!


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Employees Only - Sugar Plum Dub

With Christmas music there is a strange desire to mix the old with the new, and dubstep has taken its shot. Hearing some of these songs, I can't help but wonder if holiday plays and recitals are going to have dubstep performances in the school gymnasiums that used to have Nut Cracker and the like...and if those performances will be awesome...

Seriously, have you seen this video? I think the dance part of dubstep is the most exciting part of the music.

Probably not the best music to sleep or dream to though.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

2011 OPPC Company Holiday Card

An Instagram of the final product.
Click this photo to see the illustration on my portfolio site!
Once again I'm lucky enough to say that my employer asked me to work on the company holiday card! It's quite a big honor, especially given OnePoint's continued success and growth across the country into new markets means that more people get to see my artwork!

This year's illustration really came out well, which I think is due in large part to the great feedback and direction I got from the company about what they were hoping to see. The simplicity of integrating an illustration into the company's logo really should have been something I thought about long ago, but it just goes to show that you never can run out of ideas...even for a holiday card in a very specific section of the pharmacy industry!

For any of you who work with me at OPPC, thank you for your support and kind words for this year's and all past years' cards!


Thursday, December 08, 2011

Employees Only - Upgraded

To really pick up on what's going on, you should visit last year's set of comic strips, titled the Christmas Caper, wherein Santa was drugged so the Mix and I could save on travel expenses to Alaska. Naturally Santa would be a little resentful when he figured out what happened, and this is why I'm more than happy to leave him no reason to skip out on my presents this year.

For the discerning Employees Only reader, you'll be amused to discover that I wrote "Jo! Jo! Jo!" on Santa's coffee cup. This is why they pay me the big bucks people.


Thursday, December 01, 2011

Employees Only - Gift Wrapping

Hot Cockles was apparently all the rage in Victorian times as a Christmas game. Put simply, you rest your blindfolded head on somebody's lap while everyone else hits you and you try to guess who they are. One site I visited said that the practice was even more "festive" during Medieval times, in which you'd be standing blindfolded in the street while people hit you - but I didn't come across any other sites to corroborate that. At any rate, the Victorian version was used to flirt...making "Hot Cockles" a precursor to Spin the Bottle I suppose. I'll let you think about that without any more help from me.


-Next time you complain about a game of charades, remember what the alternatives used to be!