Oct 22, 2016

Christmas Cardinals Shirts on Amazon

I am happy to learn that 3 of my Christmas birds art images were accepted to Amazon Merch for use on t-shirts, including my newest Christmas design. This artwork features a two red cardinals, a bluebird, and a chickadee on a fence decorated with holiday garland. So if you're looking for some holiday apparel consider one of these. They're available in men's, women's, and youth styles in several different colors. Click a shirt below to see more options.




Oct 21, 2016

Coffee Mugs Featuring Animals

I was just thinking about how many people enjoy beautiful artwork but don't have the money or wall space to buy original paintings or even prints. There's only so much space on your walls. But there are so many ways to enjoy art without owning an original painting or fine art print, from calendars to coffee mugs. Practically everyone drinks coffee or tea, or at least keeps coffee mugs on hand for guests who do. Who doesn't own a coffee mug, after all? So why have a plain black or white mug when you could use that mug as a canvas to display some artwork?

Many people are already starting their Christmas shopping. Personalized coffee mugs are just the right size and price for stocking stuffers. So, for the animal lovers you know, how about a coffee mug featuring artwork with their favorite animal, personalized with their name, or the name of an event or date of special meaning? Mugs for dog lovers, cat lovers, horse lovers, bird lovers, duck hunters, deer hunters, and more.

Texas State Bird & Flower Artwork Finished

The Texas state bird is the mockingbird, and the state flower is the Texas Bluebonnet, also known as the blue lupine. 

In a previous blog post I shared my progress on my Texas state bird and flower illustration. In this first image below I've made more progress on it, shading in the colored areas. But the outline is still a harsh black.

In the second image is my finished artwork. Here I've thinned the outlines a bit and colored them to match the colored regions.

 As I mentioned in my California state bird and flower blog post, this is a style often used in traditional 2D animation films that helps soften the outlines and give the artwork a more elegant and sophisticated look. Here's a detail closeup giving you a better look at the outlines.

I'm currently adding this image to products like t-shirts and will post again soon to share some of those products with you.

Oct 17, 2016

Progress on my Texas bird and flower art

In one of my previous posts I shared my new line drawing version of my Texas state bird and flower artwork featuring the mockingbird and Texas bluebonnet. Here I'm making some progress on a color version.

In this first image I've blocked in the main colors of each area.

Next I've blocked in the color gradients forming the basic shading and highlights. I did a little color shift on the banner to better match the color of the flowers.

Here's a little closeup of an area showing the blocked in colors.

Next will come the blending of the colors, and coloring the outlines to match. Then I'll have the finished artwork! I'll share that next time.

Oct 16, 2016

New Shirts for Horse Lovers on Amazon Merch

As you may have noticed in some previous posts, I've been adding some designs to Merch by Amazon, which is Amazon's own POD (print-on-demand) service for t-shirts. Previously I had added the NC and CA state birds artwork, and my vegetarian and vegan cows shirts. Now I've added some horse designs for all you horse lovers out there.

I just recently joined Amazon Merch, and don't have many shirts up yet, but have already had my first sale! So I'm going to start my horse shirt list here with the one that sold, my


 This shirt comes in men's, women's, and youth styles. Color choices include white, black, asphalt, slate, and silver.

Next up we have my popular western quarter horse artwork. I made two versions of this. One says "western guy" for men and boys, and another that says "western girl" for women and girls.



Both the "guy" and "girl" version are available in youth style, too, for younger boys and girls. Colors choices are yellow, silver, and white.

You may wonder why I decided to add my artwork to Amazon when I already have shirts available on Pixels.com and in my Zazzle store. The main reason is to give you more options of where to buy. I would recommend Zazzle as your first choice because products, including shirts, are fully customizable. Maybe you don't want the words "western guy" or "western girl" on your shirt. Maybe you want "I Love Quarter Horses" on it, or someone's name for a gift, or the name of an event you and your horse participated in, or maybe no text at all. On Zazzle you can completely personalize it. However, many people have never heard of Zazzle and don't have accounts there. We all already have enough names and passwords to remember. For some people, the last thing they want to do is register with yet another site. So, that's why I added Amazon. Nearly everyone has an Amazon account! So if you don't want to join Zazzle to purchase items there, you can now easily buy my artwork on shirts using your existing Amazon account. I'll be adding more stuff soon.

Oct 12, 2016

New Virginia State Bird and Flower Artwork

In my previous post I created a new version of my Texas state bird and flower line art drawing. I was going to work on the color version next but got sidetracked when I remembered that Virginia has the same state bird and flower as North Carolina, the red cardinal and flowering dogwood. Since I'd already completed the NC line art and color version, I decided I could fairly quickly make a Virginia version. Of course I didn't want the two state images to look exactly the same so I took some of the flower elements from NC and added a new bird and state banner.

Here's the line art version I'll be adding to products you can color like a coloring page.


And here's the color version I'll be putting on products if you want an already finished image for shirt, hats, coffee mugs, etc, that you don't want to color in.


I'll post again soon when I have these images available on products!

Oct 8, 2016

New Texas State Bird Line Art Drawing

If you've been following my blog you know that earlier this year I did artwork for the 50 state birds and flowers coloring book published by Fox Chapel Publishing. I'm also making some variations of those images to use on products other than coloring pages. I created to variations of the coloring pages already, one for the California state bird and flower image, and one for the North Carolina state bird and flower image.

I had planned on doing the Florida state bird and flower image next but Hurricane Matthew barreling through the state recently I figured the last thing Floridians are interested in at the moment is a coloring page t-shirt. So, out of respect for the victims of this tragic storm, I decided to move away from the east coast and go to Texas.

As I mentioned in previous posts, one of the big advantages of working digitally is to be able to reuse elements of one piece of artwork in another. The state bird of Texas is the mockingbird and the state flower is the lupine, or Texas Bluebonnet. To create a line art image of the Texas state bird and flower, without copying the image used in the coloring book, I took the bird from the coloring page for Tennessee, which also has the mockingbird as its state bird, and the lupine flowers from the Texas image.

Here's the original Tennessee state bird and flower image used in the coloring book.

And here is the original Texas state bird and flower image used in the coloring book.
So I took the mocking bird from the original TN artwork and modified it slightly (tilting his head a bit), and I took the Bluebonnet flowers from the original TX artwork and moved them around to different positions. I then added the text and banner and removed the border. Here is the resulting artwork.

Now, without the border, I am better able to use the image on t-shirts, coffee mugs, and throw pillows. Now, if you have no desire to color these products in yourself, I am in the process of making a color version. So stay tuned for progress on that one!

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