Blog Thoughts

I am reading this series of blog posts about how to make a successful blog. It keeps pushing that you have to have a niche or it wont work. I have spent the better part of two days thinking about what niche I fit in. It is chemistry or electronics or cartooning or art or…

What now?

After I quit my horrible job, which I’ll go on about in a later post, I was not sure what I was going to do. I knew I needed some healing time but then what? The healing time took a little longer than expected. Turns out adjusting medication is both trial/error and a lengthy process….

Hardcore Toast on Mars

Nasa has a new program to drum up awareness of their Mars missions (or newsletter). As a result, Hardcore Toast is going to be on Mars. Check it out here: https://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/future

The Editorial Process

Sometimes we need other eyes on our work to help us make good decisions. A simple example, for me, is spelling. I often need someone to look over the words for spelling errors. When I am close to my art the letters are just graphic elements and not actual building blocks of words. Its hard…

I am so sorry Andy Warhol

Like most of America I have seen the Bernie Sanders memes flying around ever since the inauguration. The image of Bernie was uniquely iconic. I am not sure the exact factors that make something iconic but I know it when I see it. Icons are weird little things that can stand on their own as…

That 70’s look

I have two clear designer diseases. First, I collect an unholy amount of fonts. If you have a website that offers free commercial fonts, I will stay there all day or until every font is downloaded, maybe twice. The other equally disease is palettes. If I had a penny for each palette I have copied…

2020 Taking its last swings

Christmas Eve was punctuated by the blood curdling noise of branches ripping though the house. The upstairs bathroom has a seven foot limb hanging from the ceiling. The attic has some very large holes in it. In fact, they are large enough to crawl out of onto the roof (in my skinnier days, anyway). These…

Friday Creative Day (moderate guilt)

When I was planning to quit my job and go out on my own (just before Covid) I decided there were three ways I could go. I could build a medium-sized graphics and advertising firm OR I could run a smaller shop and farm out the work to my very talented friends OR I could…

Sometimes signs are signs

In life, we may receive many signs. Some signs come in the form of visions. Some signs come as actions or coincidences that defy explanation. Or sometimes, signs are just signs. My niece needed two signs for her wedding. She left the task to my oldest child who, nowadays with school and looming college stuff,…

The birth of a ghost

I want to encourage you to turn your doodles into tshirts, mugs, or whatever. Lets be clear that I am not sponsored by any company at all. A short look at this site’s menu will show I use all the sites! That said, I want you to not be afraid to create. Make a RedBubble…