Friday, February 25, 2011

Sketches by JJ

Although most of my art is created digitally these days, I still take time out to put pencil to paper -- for projects like this or just for the simply joy of sketching. It's an important part of my process, and often provides ideas that are carried over into final TOOMASOOBA illustrations. You can see specific "Before & After" examples on this page, if you'd like.

Anyway, here are some recent sketches that I thought I'd share!

Click above for a larger view of these critters.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Shop Tooma

What's that you say? You didn't know there was a TOOMASOOBA Etsy shop? Well, shoot! Check it out here, or click on the widget to the right. Shirts, prints and stickers are currently available...more cool stuff coming soon. I promise!

Fun Fact: My sister and bro-in-law are the shirt models.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Creative Kick in the Pants

I took a trip to Dallas this weekend to hang with some friends and also to do a bit of "research" on the local art scene. Turns out there are some pretty rad shops and art + craft groups in the area -- if you're in the Big D, be sure to stop by We Are 1976 on Henderson and keep an eye out for anything Etsy Dallas and ArtLoveMagic is cooking up!

Anyway, we stopped by ArtLoveMagic's Underground 2011 event on Saturday night and it was a blast. Tons of folks doing their thing live, selling art and chatting it's always awesome to see fellow artists, illustrators and designers working their magic and to be a part of that energy. I headed back home Sunday afternoon full of inspiration and ready to get cracking on work of my own. Always a good feeling.

To the right are a few quick pics from the event...check 'em out!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

More 4 (AFTER 5)

Well, the 4AFTER5 show is officially over and we're marking this one down in the "success" column. Sold some pieces, met some new folks, and got to share our art with Shreveport. On the exhibit's last official day, our friend (and film whiz) Matt Weeks got some footage of our pieces and interviews with us 4A5 dudes.

It was a long (but exciting and rewarding) day, and we're glad to have gotten a video record of the exhibit. When the piece is all edited and whatnot, we'll be sure to share!

Travis in the hot seat.