Friday, February 14, 2014

lovin' spoonful

It's Valentine's Day, aka the holiday that I am contractually obligated to love as a person in the Greeting Card Industry. To be honest, I'm just not that into it, but maybe that's just because I don't have the same affinity for conversation hearts as I do for other crappy seasonal treats (see: candy corn, eggnog, Budweiser with the special patriotic flag label). At any rate, I made you guys a little valentine, because insanity is the spice of life...isn't that the saying?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

new news

Dudes, my site is all new and shiny! You may have noticed a new header on my blog, but the fanciness does not end there. Thanks to Kate (a seriously amazing friend and all around fantastic person, not to mention a pretty darn talented designer), I now have an expanded portfolio site, complete with a print shop. Take a look! The above designs, as well as five others, are available as 8 by 10 and 16 by 20 inch prints.
Alright, end shameless self-promotion. Next week: back to our normally schedule programming. Coming soon: new designs from Dude and Chick!

Friday, October 18, 2013

pattern pals: halloweenie

I'm really feeling this spooky October theme. It helps that my evenings have been consumed with horror movies this month (why yes, my significant other DID purchase the Friday the 13th boxed set, thank you for asking). We're on day sixteen of our month of terror, which means we've begun to hit some real deep cuts - think 1970s italian psychedelic flicks. It's getting weird. In that spirit, I dove a little more into abstraction for this pattern, with a sort of occult-ish spiderweb theme. As usual, see above for the repeating square, application below. 
Sweet dreams! I'm off to finish CHUD (it's as insane as it sounds, trust me).

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

evil eye

October, huh? Fall really sneaks up on me around these parts - it's still pretty toasty in LA, although early mornings and late nights have that crisp feel to them again, that feeling that makes you pull the covers up to your ears. It's nice, but I have to admit I'm pretty jazzed to be heading out to Boulder this weekend to see my twin brother, and maybe some fall foliage while I'm at it.
In the meantime, in the spirit of the spookiest month, and while I'm in the thick of Scott's our thirty-one nights of horror (more on that later), here's an evil eye inspired pattern. I've been whipping out the old brush occasionally, so this one's got a bit more of a painterly feel. As usual, the repeat square is above, and an applied example is below!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

endless summer

This summer has been mild by LA standards - sunny during the day, cool at night...I think we've used our trusty AC unit once. Until now. It is HOT. Not just wear a crop top hot. More like camp out by the swamp cooler until it's over hot. And so, in honor of this lovely heat wave, which is sure to overextend it's already very limited welcome, a pattern of succulents. I've been meaning to make this sketch into something for a while now, so at least something is checked off my growing list of to-dos.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

xmas in....August

HAPPY HOLIDAYS. Just kidding?
In greeting card world, these babies really should have shown their faces in about March, but they're here now, and that's what matters! Just in time for the NY Now gift fair (going on as I type this - we are being represented by Crow and Canary, in booth 7843), Dude and Chick proudly presents our new holiday offerings for 2013, available single and in cute little boxed sets of six (see links below, if you so desire). I'm sure you all have about 3.5 months before the idea of holiday cards even crosses your mind, but I'm excited now so here you go. Consider these the card equivalent of giving your loved ones a lump of coal and a flask of whiskey.
097 - Mistletoe
098 - Ugh, Christmas
099 - Warmest Wishes
100 - Egg Nog Season
101 - Stressmess Lights
102 - Mad Stack

Friday, August 9, 2013

pins and needles

I could pretend like this pattern has some sort of deeper meaning, but really it's just that I draw bobby pins a lot because they are everywhere in our apartment, and I wanted to put those drawings to good  use. Also, I am slightly concerned about the vacuum that I just bought (such an adult purchase, a necessity thanks to Peg) and how it it will react to sucking a bunch of these guys up, because the application of this pattern definitely bears a strong resemblance to the area behind our couch. 100% excitement in this neck of the woods, can you tell?
Above is the repeating square, below is the pattern applied. Color palette inspo from the great Kate Miss.