I have traveled across America a bunch of times. I always see the most interesting characters in truck stops and gas stations. This guy was at Arby’s yelling about capitalism and how oppressive it is as he looked for a ride from Nebraska to Colorado.
This is Gus the Eagle. He is the strutting 80s mascot of Georgia Southern Football. I updated him with a fresh coat of paint, bigger muscles, tattoos and some 80s sunglasses. I remember seeing him on t-shirts as a kid and thinking he was cool. I have lived in a bunch of places and Statesboro is one of the best.
This is a friendly short arab trader riding his trusty camel apu across the desert. He has a giant green container of perfume that he is delivering to a customer in Alexandria.
This is the creepy ice cream truck that cruised your neighborhood in the 90s. I remember hearing his spooky music box songs tinkling mechanically through humid air at dusk. He was slinging screwballs, dream sickles, mickey mouse bars and superstars for a dollar.
This is a kid with oakleys, temporary tattoos and red hair. He likes summer pool parties and Elden Ring on Playstation Five. Hey kids don’t get permanent tattoos.
This is a snooty fat fairy smoking and judging everyone around her. She puffs on her long cigarette holder as she buzzes around like one of the three good fairies from Sleeping Beauty.
This is what the UGA school of visual arts used to look like. It was really far from the dorms and close to downtown Athens. I sometimes dream I’m back in school and lost on campus, riding busses to nowhere, tunneling under the school of art, wandering around downtown and on giant hillsides peering down into a massive white stadium with hundreds of thousands of people looking at me. This is an imaginary pop art sculpture I designed a long time ago.
This is a pudgy green monster with fuzzy blue hair and blue jordan ones. He is a friendly fella with blue eyes and a happy smile.
This is an illustration of a nerd showing off his thinking cap. Google is my thinking cap. “Not a word, not a word, not a word now. Quiet, donations, you want me to make a donation to the coast guard youth auxiliary?”
This is a funny monster with a bright red nose, a nose ring and 4 arms. He is smiling as he tunes into conversations with his antenna.
This is an illustration of a blue mosquito that I did a long time ago. I updated it using my iPad Pro. The changes seem insubstantial but they add much character to the design. I added thicker and more detailed legs and added hairs to his thorax and antenna. I also updated his wing detail and changed his buggy eyes. The thing that the iPad does so well is let me pull freehand lines like I would with a pen or brush. This is far faster and easier than drawing them with the curve tool in photoshop or trying to draw them on a wacom intuos in photoshop with brush smoothing turned on.
This is an angry jester monster with tattoos and a sidekick. He is a midlevel goblin clown with a mean streak.