Monday, August 29, 2011

Sketch Up #1

I've featured some TOOMASOOBA sketches in the past, but this is the first official entry in the "Sketch Up" series of posts! My doodling rarely happens in one designated spot, so often I'll take a pair of scissors to whatever scraps or important papers I've been drawing on and compile them into one location for future reference...below is a glimpse at a stack of sketches hanging around my office.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Deep Ellum Outdoor Market

So last Saturday, my right-hand man Rex and I packed up on short notice and headed to Dallas to take part in our first ever Deep Ellum Outdoor Market. Despite heavy winds and light crowds, we had a great time. Got to meet and talk shop with some really cool Dallas designers like Fur Face Boy, Durty Laundry and Sleepy Dan -- Check out their work, it's some pretty sweet stuff!

Thanks to the DEOM organizers for having us out!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

And Now, Time For A Shameless Plug!

Hello, dear reader...have you perused the TOOMASOOBA Etsy shop lately? There are a lot of items online these days and even more will be added as the holidays approach. So keep checkin' back for some cool stuff (new shirts, onesies, activity puzzles and more)! Do you have any ideas for TOOMASOOBA merch you'd like to get your hands on? Drop me a line and I'll see what I can do.

Friday, August 19, 2011

TOOMASOOBA Shirts in Action!

Occasionally, I’ll spot a photo online or a shot will arrive to my inbox of someone sporting TOOMASOOBA gear. I always get a kick out of seeing these pictures and I feel all warm & fuzzy inside when I see that folks are enjoying the shirts. Here are a few of those images below...if you have any of your own, send 'em on in!

Logan rockin' the RoBoy at camp.
Keegan in a Tinker shirt...along with her great take on the character!
Matt Weeks caught at the copier wearing Winthrop.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Creature Feature #2: NinjaCat 5000

(“Creature Feature” is a new regular blog staple that puts the spotlight on a TOOMASOOBA creation and information on how it came to be!) 

Silly Little Story: Part Ninja. Part Cat. Part Robot. All Awesome.

Behind the Scenes: Sometimes I’ll begin a piece with a vision in mind, and often it will morph completely into something else...or sometimes I’ll get frustrated and start on something completely different! This image was born out of that frustration and came to me quickly. NinjaCat is an example of a “happy accident” and I’m quite fond of him.

Shameless Plugs: Grab a NinjaCat Block Print or a Sticker Set featuring the 'Cat and his friends!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Inspiration Machine #2: Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Jarrett is one of my illustration heroes! I first came across the work of this MA-based writer/artist almost ten years ago and have been following his books ever since (I've even had the opportunity to chat with him via email and phone several times...pretty cool). I was first drawn to his expressive, energetic painting style and use of color -- not to mention the fun stories he cooks up.

"Punk Farm" and "Goodnight Monkey Boy" are a couple of my favorites, and he even has a great graphic novel series for kids called "Lunch Lady"...another thing I admire about JJK is that he does a ton of speaking engagements for kids and schools all over the place. Dude is unstoppable!

Want to see more of Jarrett's work? Of course you do. Take a look at his website and the Studio JJK blog for some good stuff!

Friday, August 5, 2011


By no means do I consider myself an animator, but last year I decided to take a stab at adding some movement and music to characters in the TOOMASOOBA universe. The animated short that I’m most proud of is featured below…behold, “Getting to Know Boomabot!”

Booma is one of the earliest TOOMASOOBA creations and I guess I’d consider him the mascot of my little world. I also chose Boomabot for this project because the herky-jerky movement I’d envisioned for him lends itself well to my lack of fluid animation skill.

As an added bonus, you can click on the image below for a look at the mind-boggling pre-plan session it took to make this thing work properly…that’s a lot of work for 46 seconds!

The timeline.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Eden's Closet

TOOMASOOBA shirts, prints and greeting cards are now being carried at Eden’s Closet! If you’re in the Shreveport area, swing by the shop on Mansfield Road and say hello to Chrissie and company.

In addition to doing shows, I've been trying to concentrate on getting the goods into retail locations as well. Keep an eye out for more news on where you can pick up TOOMASOOBA in person!