Friday, August 19, 2011

Going with the Floe...

About time I posted something (been sick in bed most of the week.) I've been working on a few odds and ends, including a splash screen test for a mobile gaming company. Not sure if it'll lead to an offer, but I like how it came out!

(Never mind that yetis and penguins are unlikely to cross paths for a multitude of reasons...)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Sayonara to the Space Shuttle

Today was the final launch of the Space Shuttle. As shuttle Atlantis rose into the cloudy Florida sky, the line of continuity from the earliest days of the NASA also came to a close. It saddens me that, try as I might, I never got to see a Space Shuttle take off, though it was a great experience to tour the Kennedy Space Center and see the shuttle, tank and booster rockets mounted at the launch pad.

The Space Shuttle was new & exciting when I was a little kid, it was to be the "next step" after the Apollo moon missions. I was intrigued by all things aviation and rocket-related, and was excited by Space Shuttle missions even after the tragedy of Challenger. The Space Shuttle, the Hubble telescope, the Mars rovers, it was and remains today amazing to me what we've managed to achieve.

I understand that the shuttle is outdated, and that with the space station complete, it's usefulness is outweighed by its cost. I hope that NASA doesn't give up on reaching the Moon again or Mars within my lifetime. The delay in developing a next-generation craft, or a clear mission plan, worries me. But even with all of the crises America and the world are facing today, I believe it's important to humanity to continue to explore space and other moons, asteroids, planets, and beyond. Even if it stayed in Earth orbit, the Space Shuttle represented to me the commitment to exploration and adaptation to living in space that is vital as we all advance into our future.

(My illustration above was done to commemorate the true story of a small bat that latched itself onto the tank of the Shuttle Discovery as it took of on a mission in 2009. He hung on as the Shuttle launched, as long as the camera was able to track him!)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Rainy days...

Today seems like a good time to post one of my newest illustrations, seeing as how "winter" seems to have made a comeback in the middle of May here in S.F. Hoping all this drizzle burns away soon, I hate having to remember my umbrella!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Funkybat Store launches today!

Huzzah! Today I wish to invite everyone to check out my latest online creation, The Funkybat Store! This is my (for now) modest storefront on the web, offering some of my more popular merchandise which was once available only at WonderCon and APE. Now my creations are available for sale 24/7/365! I've got my T-shirts and stickers and some magnets right now, and I plan to offer prints of my illustrations in the future.

Go to to pick up what you missed from the cons! I'd love to hear feedback from customers & potential customers on what they'd like to see added, after all this store is for all of you as well. I'll be revising it as I go along, as I'm new to the online retail scene.

Next thing on the horizon will be an *all new* I'll be launching a revamped version of my site later this month, I'll keep everyone posted via this blog and my Facey Spaces and other social media. I'll also be uploading a lot of new stuff I haven't put out anywhere online as well. In the meantime, check out the store:

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wondercon - it's that time again...

Spring is here, and as often follows here in San Francisco, Wondercon is soon to follow. I will once again be selling my wares in the Small Press section, table number SP50. Come by to see my newest work, as well as a chance to pick up that favorite print or T-shirt that you spotted after you ran out of cash last time. I'll be premiering a new series of themed prints, as well as some new standalone creations. I'm looking forward to showing my stuff and picking up some new work by the multitude of artists I both already know & discover anew each time I go to one of these gigs. Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Digging D.C.

Enjoying the familiar sights and seeing old friends back in D.C. One thing I always miss out in S.F. is the multitude of *free* museums that Washington has to offer. One particular item I've wanted to see for a while is up in the Smithsonian's American History Museum:

Yes. The "painting within a painting within in a painting" of one Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, D.F.A. that once hung over his TV show "fireplace." I was psyched that a phony painting of a phony pundit would actually make it into the Smithsonian, especially since he's one of my favorite humorists. (The "painting" was actually created via digitally photo alteration - I was hoping for at least acrylic.)

Aside from that, there were lots of other new exhibits that I'd been looking forward to, including a big section on the history of various forms of transportation and highways/railways, and a coin and bill exhibit that included an actual $100,000 bill. I suppose before reliable wire transfers, you had to shuffle your promised "gold" around one way or another. Oddly enough, in the transport exhibit I learned a lot about the history of the Port of Oakland and its transition from longshoremen to containerization.

Anyhow, I love D.C. and miss my friends here, but after a couple of weeks I'm looking forward to getting back home (though not to the rain.)