24 September 2014

Circles Conference 2014

Palace Theater - Grapevine TX

Waiting for the 1st speaker

Hard 8 BBQ in Coppell 



Last week I took a few days off from school for some "me" time.  I needed to clear my head, get some inspiration, and meet some new people.  Last spring I discovered that Circles Conference was going to be going on in Grapevine, Texas, which is just about 30 minutes from my house, so I signed up way back in March. My co-worker Fred Rodriguez also signed up.  We are both really interested in the foundations of design, the business aspects of the design world, and making connections with fellow creatives.  Well, this conference did not disappoint. The conference was set up with guest speakers throughout the day, with a Q/A panel after lunch. Here is a list of the speakers:

The Heads of State - Philadelphia Design Firm
Jay Argaet - Art and Communication Director of Hillsong Church
Kathleen Shannon - Braid Collective
Lee Steffen - Creative Penguin
Doug Bowman - Stop Design
Becky Murphy - Designer/Illustrator
Matt Lehman - Designer
Josh Brewer - Designer at Twitter  
Josh Higgins - Designer at Facebook
Jessica Hische - Letterer & Illustrator

I will not go into all the details, but each one of these speakers had a great message and some really good insight on being creative and making your mark in the design world.  They had some really cool vendors set up in the overflow room - WarStics and The Giving Keys were my favorites.  Printed Threads was there doing live screen printing too. Really cool! They had a great after party at the end of day one where dinner and drinks were provided!  I met some really cool people from all over the country.

I was also able to meet a few people that I have followed for a while through blogs, Instagram, and podcasts.  It was really cool to connect with these guys over some small talk.  Really great guys and super talented artists.

Kyle Steed
Sean McCabe
Jeff Sheldon

Everyone here was really friendly and open.  It was refreshing to not have to deal with the "artists egos" floating around.

I really didn't know what to expect from a design conference going in as a rookie.  I was pleasantly surprised at how much I got inspired to keep plugging away, try new stuff, and shoot for the stars. Please take a few minutes to check out the Circles Conference website.  Maybe I'll see you there next year.




11 September 2014

Texas Roadtrip


I have always had a fascination with campers and travel trailers. I love the idea of hitching one up and taking a trip in a vintage Airstream. Maybe some day. Above is a drawing I did a few days ago of a truck camper.  I'm not sure what text or font I want to go with this image yet.  I'll be heading out to Lubbock this weekend and thought this might get me in the mood for a change of scenery for a few days on the South Plains. 

05 September 2014

Friday Free Day


 Rio Grande headwaters - a long way to the Gulf of Mexico


 Drive to Marathon, Texas


 Gruene Hall on a Sunday afternoon

 Kayaking off Miramar Beach, FL


 Our new Republic of Texas window decals


My red cooler - I never take a road trip without it!

As I am trying to organize some thoughts and get some ideas for posts on paper, I thought I'd post a few pics of my favorite things from the summer of 2014.

Republic of Texas decals can be purchased here

Start your own sticker showcase on a Coleman 54-Quart Steel-Belted Cooler, Stainless-Steel Finish

Ocean Kayak - Just like the one we have back in New Braunfels - Ocean Kayaks Malibu Two XL Tandem Angler Kayak - 2014




02 September 2014

Texas Cow Skull Drawing - Sugar Skull



I went back to work last week, after a relaxing 3 month summer vacation. It was kind of hard to get rolling.......but now I'm back in the groove.  The other day I was able to start going through my list of ideas that I wanted to draw out.  I drew up this cow skull on Labor Day morning.  I've had the idea for a while so it was cool to see it come to life.  The cool thing about this one is that after I drew the outline, I basically just went freestyle to see what would happen.  I kind of like how it's looking. We may use this on a t-shirt or tank in the next few weeks.  I'll keep you posted.  The folks that follow us on Instagram at @shoptwt seemed to dig it.

Materials:
 Canson Multi Media Paper Pad, 60 Pages  - My favorite sketchbook!  The paper is thick and smooth.

 Copic Markers MLB2 Multiliner Inking Pen, Set B-2- My favorite ink pens.  These things do not bleed or erase away.

28 August 2014

Viva Big Bend 2014

Padre's patio - Marfa, Texas

Thunderbird Motel sign south of Marfa

Big Bend Brewing Co. - Alpine, Texas

Gage Hotel patio - Marathon, Texas

Here are a few pictures from our trip out to west Texas in late July.  The weather was perfect, the music was outstanding, and the people are awesome!  Make plans to get down to Viva Big Bend Music Festival next year!

14 August 2014

Deer Skull Painting





Deer Skull #1

I've had this canvas for about 4 months now.  My summer break ends in 4 days.  I finally decide to get this painting for my wife off the ground.  It took me a couple of days, but it is now complete.  The canvas is 4 ft x 4 ft.  I uses a couple of photo references I found from real skulls and photographs from my travels.  It makes me wonder what I could punch out if I really got after it.

29 July 2014

27 May 2014

Texture Press - Ian Barnard



Above is my first image that I've done with my new Texture Press download.  I purchased it from Creative Market.  The best part was that it was only $15.  I have been trying to get this look on my hand lettering pieces for months. Numerous multi-stepped tutorials had left me frustrated and confused until I found this! I'm so excited about the possibilities.  Buy it here. Thanks Fred for the heads up on this one. The photo is from my trip to Marfa last summer. Beautiful!

19 May 2014

Roy Perez Design - Kreuz Market - Lockhart, Texas

Roy Perez - Kreuz Market

My company, Tumbleweed TexStyles was asked to do a new t-shirt design for Kreuz Market down in Lockhart, Texas.  If you follow the national BBQ scene you have surely heard of them.  They are consistently mentioned as one of the top BBQ joints in the country.  You can even order their meat online and have it delivered across the country!! The design image is of their famous pitmaster, Roy Perez.  Roy is known for his incredible BBQ and his sideburns.  These shirts should be available in the next few weeks at Kreuz Market and in their online shop. The shirts will come in white and red. 

15 May 2014

Texas Hats!

 Republic of Texas Hat

 KHYI Foam Trucker Hat

Tumbleweed TexStyles Logo Hat

This week seems to be the week of the hat!  Two large boxes of our brand new Tumbleweed TexStyles hats arrived yesterday in the mail.  I am so happy with how they turned out!! I also launched a new trucker hat for the local Americana radio station - KHYI 95.3.  I was asked by the station to develop a design for their new trucker hat.  It has that kind of throwback from the 70's look.  I LOVE hats and basically wear one all the time except for work and church.  Here's to hats!

08 May 2014

Have A Beer From Here

Have A Beer From Here

New little pen sketch I did yesterday.  I'm sort of obsessed with rays in my designs lately.

24 March 2014

Frisco Arts In the Square 2014


Dallas / Fort Worth friends come out and see me at the Frisco Square - Arts In the Square art show!  I will have a double booth with my artwork and Texowa Designs along with a separate booth for Tumbleweed TexStyles.  The weather is supposed to be gorgeous!  Cross your fingers!  Stop by and say hi!

28 February 2014

El Capitan Drawing

El Capitan

I've been working on some new shirt design ideas.  I have always loved Guadalupe Mountains National Park and El Capitan.  It is one of my favorite places to visit in Texas. 

21 February 2014

18 December 2013

Texas Button and Sticker Packs



I have been a huge fan of Sam Larson of Steel Bison for a while now.  When he came out with a Texas inspired button pack I knew I needed to get those in my Tumbleweed TexStyles shop.  Make sure and check out Sam's awesome artwork in his shop. Follow him on Instagram and Tumblr too. If you love the West.  This is your guy.

16 December 2013

Texas Alamo Sketch

Texas Alamo

New sketch I did last week. Can you find the Alamo?

26 November 2013

Moth Painting - The Arrangement Advertisement Inspiration


The finished product in the $5 estate sale find frame


The inspiration ad


The drawing


 
Adding paint


Adding details


So my wife sees an ad for The Arrangement in a magazine and rips it out and says, "hey, can you paint this moth for me?"  Eh, maybe. Then she scores a frame with an ugly landscape painting on it for $5.  It is a great frame and 4' x 2'.  Then I get the question again....."Hey, now that I found a frame, can you paint it?" Thanksgiving break rolls around and I get the pressure put on so I cave in and paint the moth.  It actually turned out pretty good. Now we just have to find a place to hang it up.  Our house is filled with original art from friends and local artisans.

12 November 2013

Frisco ArtSeen Tour and New Artwork For Our House

 Misty Oliver-Foster

 Misty Oliver-Foster

 Misty Oliver- Foster

T. Scott Stromberg's "Sangre de Christo" now hangs in my house!

A few weeks ago Frisco had the ArtSeen tour around town.  It is basically a couple of days where artists open up their studios and show off works in progress and an inside look at their work spaces.  Some of the highlights were Misty Oliver-Foster's studio.  She is a good friend and one of my favorite local artists.   She has a really cool converted garage studio.  I was also able to pick up a new piece of artwork for our home from another friend, T. Scott Stromberg.  It is titled "Sangre de Christo"  It has a cool New Mexico vibe! We love it!

04 November 2013

Tumbleweed TexStyles Has A New Website!




I am really happy to announce our brand new website for my shirt company - Tumbleweed TexStyles.  If you have been following for a while then you know I started this Texas based apparel company a little over two years ago. It has been a fun ride so far and we hope to continue to move forward!  You can check out our new site right here ----> www.tumbleweedtexstyles.com  Pass it along to your friends and folks you know from from Texas!  Also make sure you follow us on our social media channels.  Thanks!! Jeb


28 October 2013

The Daytripper's Vaya Con Dios Coffee Mug

Vaya Con Dios

Above is a little design work that I did for Chet Garner - AKA "The Daytripper" back in June.  He told me it was for a coffee mug and I never really got to see a mock-up or knew what colors Chet would use.  Today Chet posted these bad boys in his web store.  You can order one right here.  A coffee mug is a new one for me.....but I sure am digging how it turned out! 

23 October 2013

New Shop!




Well folks it was a nice run, but it looks like I will be moving away from selling my photos and art on Etsy.  It's a long story that I may share with you at some point. In the meantime, check out my new shop right here!  I have listed a few of my Holga prints on there to start.  I will add more items in the coming weeks. I'm excited about this new platform and hopefully it will be a smooth transition.  I decided to go with Big Cartel for my shop host.  So far it seems pretty easy to manage. Add it to your favorites, tell your friends, and let me know your thoughts. 

14 October 2013

Small Watercolors




Here are a few of the small ink drawings that I watercolored.  These are really fun to do and don't take too long to complete.  I'll do a few more and see if it can hold my interest.

03 October 2013

Texas Themed Illustrations

Ink Drawings

Small sample  I did yesterday "Queso!"

I'm about to start a series of some Texas themed illustrations. These are in the beginning stages and only 4 x 6.  I'm using these as my practice ones.   I used a Copic pen on watercolor paper.  I still need to add lettering / text and watercolors of course. If they turn out cool, I may throw some up on Etsy as postcards and prints.  I'll update everyone on the progress in the next few days. 

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