You're the Bomb

I've gotten so used to (happily) slaving away at handmade cards for all of my family & friends' birthdays and holidays that it never dawned on me to save time and energy by illustrating them digitally instead. So, for my mom's birthday I designed a simple illustration as a clear and concise way to convey how cool I think she is. It may not be pen on paper, but at least I incorporated a grunge pattern texture to give it a bit more of that handmade vibe.

Adobe Illustrator + Photoshop CS6

Hey, Brother

For the brother who has consistently managed to squeeze an Arrested Development quote into e.v.e.r.y. s.i.n.g.l.e. conversation we've ever had. Happy Birthday, ya rube. Steve Holt!

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Side note: For the most part I've always relied upon the safety of traditional realism (via dimension/detail/color) when it comes to rendering figures and portraits, which can get to be pretty stifling and unimaginative. So I've actively been sketching people (particularly males, since my entire portfolio is deluged with females) with more fluidity and without dimension, because capturing the likeness of someone/something is a far more challenging endeavor without any shading to shape the features. Buster Bluth, with his uniquely doughy features and pseudo-double chin, was an exemplary case study in this regard.