Thursday, March 9, 2017

Dream. Do. Disrupt.

Last Friday, I was contacted by Delphi to aid them in creating something illustrative and personal to their new Chief Technology Officer, Glen De Vos. The deadline was a short one, but working with Matt Benyo, we were able to pull this off because team work makes the dream work! The idea was to come up with an image that tells Glen's story. Glen has just filled the big shoes of Jeff Owens, the recently retired CTO, and this blog is a way for Glen to share his experiences, life, and the future of Delphi. I did the drawing and Matt did the digital portion. We finished it up Tuesday and sent it over and our two contacts loved it. It's always the most exciting thing to work with people that make your job fun and both Aimee and Pam do that for me every. single. time. Grateful doesn't even begin to describe it. Click to enlarge, but also CLICK THIS LINK to see it in the wild and to read Glen's first blog update!

Monday, March 6, 2017

The Rabbit Hole.

Today, my little sister, Shelby, and I decided to exchange birthday gifts. Her birthday is March 22nd and mine is April 25th, but she is really terrible at holding onto gifts. She got me some great ones. She got me Space Jam on DVD, some magic wish dust, an amazing customized Psyduck watercolor by my friend, Crystal, a nice card with some Lush cash, and a Limited Edition Satanic Coloring Book (that isn't as weird as you'd think). I was cracking up. Then, it was my turn. I made my sister a book full of inside jokes and pictures. She loved it. I wrote her a nice note. She cried. I got her some cool gifts, too. I also colored this White Rabbit because Shelby loves Alice in Wonderland. It was how we kicked the gift giving off. I hit a home run with this gift and I knew I would. It's all about the personal, homemade touches when it comes to me. I would pick a card with a nice handwritten note in it over a "thing" any day. Those are the important things; words. I like to extend that courtesy to others when I think about how I can impact their day. She felt great about everything and I did too. Mission accomplished. Happy early birthday, Shelby. I love you a lot. LYLAS. You're my spicy boy.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Rise Like A Phoenix.

A friend of mine has been having some challenges thrown at her that have tested her as a person, but I am happy to say that she is overcoming. She was recently in a car accident that she is lucky to have survived. I know her mom and grandma kept her safe and because of them, she is with us still. As soon as I heard it happened, I went to work. I had to give it my all because I wanted to make sure she was reminded that she is loved and supported by her family and friends. A lot of great people came to aid her, but I needed to remind her that even during tough times, she should always remember to rise from the ashes like a phoenix. This is Fawkes from Harry Potter. What you can't exactly tell is that card is 3D. I made Fawkes using watercolor and microns, cut him out, and glued cardboard under him so he is elevated above the flames I cut out. It looked better (the painting at least) in my head, but I'm shaking off the dust. I was able to give this to her today and she loved it as I love her. Friends are important. Click to enlarge!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

My dad.

Its been almost 4 months since my dad has died and somehow it feels like a day and a lifetime simultaneously. I sound like a broken record when I say that, but it is still not real to me. I still can't process it. I still find myself unable to think about it or else everything gets blurry. When will it ever start to feel real? When do I stop feeling nothing?

I have a friend in France named Elsa. She has kept me grounded through this experience. She also lost her father. She sends me long, thoughtful messages that I take too long to reply to. In one of them, she told me I should consider drawing my dad because it helped her a lot. She would spend several hours just focusing on the details. She said she thought it would help in dealing with intense moments of sadness. I thought it was a great idea, but couldn't bring myself to be creative.

Over the past couple weeks, I have been working at this drawing. Very slowly, I have been focusing on the details and scrutinizing every shape and shadow in my dad's face. Last night, I finished it. I haven't felt such a sense of pride in a very long time. I stared at his face and it felt alive. I wanted to show him the completed portrait to hear him tell me how proud of me he was. I wanted to know what kind of comment he would leave on it when he saw it posted on my blog, but then the harsh, cold reality hit me that he is gone. The realization hits me like an icy wave that takes my breath away and then I am stuck holding a book and staring at a face that I will no longer see again.

Elsa sent me another message and said: the life around you seems to keep going on the same way it used to, but for you it's so utterly different, so you sort of expect the world to be different too, but it isn't. People keep going to work, they still grocery shop, they drive cars; the same TV programs my father used to love are still on TV. It's like the world ended to you, so you expect other things to end, but it just goes on and will continue to do so. It's like the world has absolutely no consideration for the sadness it has caused you, and you are helpless.

My mom called me last weekend and told me she read a bunch of my blog entries and she was laughing. She told me I should get back into writing and drawing again. I did a painting of Jim Leyland in college that my dad loved that I never documented. She said I should repaint him again. This is me taking small steps in that direction.

With Matt Benyo's help with the watercolor background, I created this as a tribute to my dad and his love for the Tigers. It's no Jim Leyland, Mom, but I think it will mean a little more because it's Charles.

So, tonight I am thinking about my dad and his crooked nose and uneven teeth. I am thinking about how he loved a good, well done steak. I am thinking about him whenever I walk past the Donut Shop coffee K cups in the grocery store. I think of him when I walk past the peanuts because he loved them. He is intrinsically linked to so much of my everyday life that there's not a moment he isn't on my mind, but that isn't a bad thing. The best way to keep someone alive is to remember them.

Love and miss you always, Dad. Please, click to enlarge the image below to see it in its full glory.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

"I love ice cream."

My favorite thing was the video that was floating around about Joe Biden loving ice cream. So, I decided to whip up a little doodle of both Barack Obama and Joe Biden enjoying some ice cream together because they are best friends and best friends eat ice cream together.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

I Will Feast On Your Soul.

Been awhile. How you doing, Blogger? I decided to draw a thing for Drawlloween. It's Mia from the newest Evil Dead. I liked the remake a lot. Jane Levy is the best.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Space Man.

I sent a friend of mine some prints and whipped this little card up for him. He lives in England and he received it today! I was really excited and he absolutely loved it! That's what it's all about. I used watercolor, crayons, and microns. I haven't done anything creative in a while because of what is going on with my dad, but this felt good and it felt right. I need to make some more things. Click to enlarge!

Friday, April 15, 2016

My dad is dying and needs your help.

For those of you that don't know, my dad, Charles Phelps, has Pancreatic Cancer and he is dying. We found this out last week. I am in a state of perpetual shock. When they were releasing my dad from the hospital, he told me he had to go back to work. Matt and I couldn't believe this. "YOU HAVE CANCER, DAD. YOU CAN'T." He just looked at me, so wearily, and said, "We have no money to pay the bills." You see, my parents live paycheck to paycheck. They need help. My mom has to stay around the house to keep an eye on my dad. Anyway, he begged me to start this gofundme. If you have a moment could you read it? Or if you could, PLEASE, SHARE IT! We have witnessed some true miracles at work here from friends and family, but also from strangers. Never underestimate the impact words can leave on someone. In these terrible times, could you please consider helping me out? Even if you don't know my dad, I assure you, it would mean the world to him.

Help Charles Fight.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Horror Smorgasboard!

You thought you'd seen something with the Halloween Smorgasboard? Think again. An awesome friend, Jimmy, that I've known since high school reached out and asked if Matt and I would be interested in coming up with something special for him. We dusted off the markers and stepped up to the plate to create the most intricate collaboration piece to date. This thing is packed with REAL horror homages. The amount of time and effort that went into this cannot be overstated, but we were so happy with how it turned out. We took it to Jimmy's house yesterday and he loved it. It was an amazing opportunity and it challenged us in the best way. Click to enlarge!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

People That Suck.

I just finished the series, Making A Murderer, and I am appalled. Man, I have a lot of RAGE because the system sucks. So does Wisconsin. And this guy: KEN KRATZ. If you like him, support him, endorse him, what have you, I'm assuming you're also a Trump supporter. This joke came to me while I was brushing my teeth. Turns out, it was much funnier in my head, but hey, I made art! Click to enlarge!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Tis The Season!

I got to see most of my family today for Christmas Eve and I was so grateful for it. I don't have any money this holiday season, but I know how much sentimental things mean to my sister, Shelby, so I looked Tare Panda up and made this for her. It isn't my idea (I took some liberties with it), but I knew she would love it. I used markers and colored pens. She did love it. Don't forget to share and spread the love. Merry Christmas, everybody. Click to enlarge.

Saturday, October 31, 2015


THIS IS IT! LAST DAY OF DRAWLLOWEEN! I get so emotional. It's bittersweet. Obviously, I am burned out and could use the break, but at the same time, I hate to see it go. October is such a magical month and I love seeing what all the artists of the world take the time to create.

I had to go out with a real bang today, guys. In honor of watching Halloween and Hocus Pocus back and forth today, I put all three of the Sanderson Sisters together. I like them together more than I do apart, but that could be because I am biased and feel that this trifecta works wonders together.

ADDITIONALLY, Matt Benyo helped me MAKE A GIF! I think one of the scariest moments in Halloween is when Jamie Lee Curtis is running back to the Doyle residence after discovering everyone at the Wallace residence and Michael Myers is just walking toward her. So, I wanted to recreate that moment. I used construction paper and photoshop to make the images.

I hope everyone has enjoyed keeping up with me this month. I plan to post some more really soon so stay tuned, follow my blog, and remember, I'm an email away! Happy Halloween! Click to enlarge!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Thriller Night!

Today's Drawlloween is Grave and I decided to do Michael Jackson's Thriller because all of those zombies come out of graves. I know it's a bit of a stretch, but it still KIND OF works. I'm making it work. Remember how Thriller is the best music video ever created? Anyway, I had fun with this and wanted to keep it bright. That's my thing right now. Click to enlarge!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Jackal.

This is the infamous Jackal from the movie Thir13en Ghosts! I actually really enjoy this movie even though it's not that great. The Jackal is the creepiest one. Today's theme for the third Drawlloween list is: Ghosts-A-Go-Go. So, ghost a go go away! I can't take credit for that, Matt Benyo came up with it. I drew this and then added colors and paper textures in Photoshop. No comments about it. I'm trying to do this new thing where I don't say how I feel about it one way or another. Click to enlarge!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Join The Coven.

I'm drained, guys. I don't even have ideas anymore. I'm going off of the third list circulating today which is "World of Witchcraft" and started doodling. I tried to draw like eight different witches from memory; just messing around, but after trying to do all of them, I realized I really liked this girl. So, I took her into Photoshop, used some paper, made some cut outs, and here we are. I CAN'T GIVE UP YET, THOUGH. We're almost at the end of the month. Let's finish strong like Matt Benyo continues to do (I don't know how he's still going. He's clearly a beast robot). Click to enlarge!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

"We are the weirdos, mister."

Day 27 for Drawlloween: WITCH. I had to go with the craziest witch of them all: Nancy from The Craft. Fairuza Balk played one of the most insane witches to grace the silver screen. So, I had to draw her. I then redrew her and cleaned the lines up (the hair was an undertaking). After that, I took it into Photoshop and originally had her face a colored and her hair was purple, but it made her more menacing just having her black and white. Truth be told, I don't like this, but you gotta just push through it. Some days are better than others. Click to enlarge!

Monday, October 26, 2015

"You DARED to argue with ME?"

Who remembers The Witches? That glorious movie from 1990 starring Angelica Houston as The Grand High Witch? Well, I remember it. My mom had us watching it from a very young age. I recently made Matt Benyo watch it and it's actually pretty scary for a kid to watch. Here's a fun fact. Did you know that when the witches are having their meeting in the ballroom at the hotel and take off their wigs, a lot of the extras are MEN?! They wear dresses and makeup, but they're definitely guys. I only just noticed this. Anyway, I drew this sucker. This is the completely unedited image of the witch and then the other is the finished product. Lots of time and lots of layers went into this puppy. That seems to be the way I'm doing a lot of things this year. Click to enlarge!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

"Go ahead, make my millennium."

I lived through the Black Plague AND I HAD A PRETTY GOOD TIME DURING THAT! It's everyone's favorite rude, crude ghost/demon! It's really not Halloween time without him. I danced with him once and smacked his butt, but that's a different story for a different time. Michael Keaton killed this role and I have Beetlejuice pants because he is the best. I made this guy really colorful. Click to enlarge and enjoy beetlejuice, beetlejuice, BEETLEJUICE!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Legend of Zelda.

My sister got married earlier this month. She's the first one in my family to do so. It was a big deal. I had the pleasure of being her Maid of Honor. The wedding was small and intimate and we had a great time. I asked her what she wanted for her wedding present and she told me she wanted me to make her something. She loves Link from The Legend of Zelda and wanted something from Wind Waker. She found these mosaics online and wanted me to recreate one for her with some adjustments. This thing took me FOR-EH-VER; I'm talking 10 hours. It measures out to about 3.5 x 9 inches and I bought a nice floating frame to put it in. I used different papers to make it. I also painted paper and would go over that with paint on a dry brush to give it a sort of stained-glass look. I'm happy with how it turned out (considering I haven't done a cut out in some time). I wish I had taken a picture of her face because when I gave it to her, she lit up. Here's a close up of the image and here's a picture of my sister holding the framed piece up. Click to enlarge!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Come Little Children...

The trio would not be complete without Sarah Sanderson to run amuck. I tried drawing her earlier in the month and it was a DISASTER, but this one actually turned out and I was completely shocked. So, here is the final witch from Hocus Pocus! Click to enlarge!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Pure Imagination.

Day 22 for Drawlloween is CANDY. I said, "What do I do for candy, man?" And Matt Benyo exclaimed, "CANDY MAN? Do Willy Wonka!" Let me tell you, this is, by far, the greatest thing I have ever created. I said that a few times last year, but this really takes the cake. I've worked on this for 9 hours at least. There's over 250 photoshop layers in this. I really put my all into it. I drew him first and then figured out which candy I would use. That's an impressive list, actually. I did: Kit Kats, Rolos, Twizzlers, Sno Caps, Airheads Sour Belts, Runts, Fruit by the Foot, and a few others. I had to include the famous everlasting gobstopper right in the middle of his bowtie. If anyone wants to buy a print, let me know. I am so proud of this and would love for everyone to own it. Click to enlarge to really look into this because the details are where it's at.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

GREAT SCOTT (again)!

I couldn't NOT do something for Back to the Future today! I tried for the past 2 weeks to draw Marty from the movie, as well as Doc Brown, but it just wasn't happening. Matt Benyo suggested I repost or update the Doc Brown I previously created. I wanted to make sure he looked just like he did in part 2. So, this baby has about 150 photoshop layers in it. Lots of work in the details. It's really hard to believe that after today, that movie will no longer take place in the future. I still can't wrap my head around it. Click to enlarge and remember, when this baby hits 88 MPH, you're going to see some serious stuff!

The Fashion Show.

I had every intention of doing Beetlejuice today, but then I tried to draw Lady Gaga as The Countess and it actually turned out alright so, here we are. I think American Horror Story: Hotel is off to an excellent start. I think Lady Gaga is stealing the show. She is eerie and fits in with this show and its theme. As always though, she has to remain bright and colorful when I make her. Here she is at the Fashion Show that was held in Hotel Cortez last episode. Click to enlarge!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Who You Gonna Call?

I just can't deny my love for Bill Murray, guys! However, I know everyone will kill me for this, but I've never actually seen Ghostbusters! I KNOW, I know. I'll get around to it, but I am familiar with the movie and the concept. Anyway, I drew a little sketch of him and colored him in different pieces of cut paper. Click to enlarge!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Do You Love Me?

Do you know who Old Gregg is? If you don't, you should. Old Gregg is one of the greatest characters ever created. I discovered Old Gregg in college. I remember one night I just played it over and over while painting. I used to know all of the words to the almost 11 minute clip, but over time, the essentials have stayed. Old Gregg is a scaly man-fish. The clip starts with Howard fishing and then we meet Old Gregg and it's the most perfect pairing in the world. Watch it HERE and enjoy this for Drawlloween Day 19: Creature from the Black Lagoon. ALSO, Old Gregg has a sister named BAILEY. Matt Benyo made her and you can see her HERE!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Immortan Joe.

Happy SUNDAY! Today, I did something a little different and put my real skills to the test. When I first saw Mad Max: Fury Road in theaters, I was blown away. The visuals, the cinematography, it was just awesome. Immortan Joe really stuck out in my mind and I wanted to draw him. I used a lot of different media to make him: watercolor, gouache, colored pencils, watercolor pencils, regular pencils, microns, sharpies, and some acrylic too. It was a lot of layering upon layering, but after spending a lot of time on it, I think I'm finished. I wanted to post the black and white version as well as the color. Click to enlarge to enjoy all of the finer details.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Wendy? Darling?

LIGHT OF MY LIFE! I'm not gonna hurt ya. You didn't let me finish my sentence. I said, "I'm not gonna hurt ya." I'M JUST GOING TO BASH YOUR BRAINS IN! Today for Drawlloween, it's demon. I think Jack is a little bit of a demon. Obviously Jack Torrance is a fantastic character and Jack Nicholson plays crazy like a friggin pro. I happen to love The Shining. I decided to actually draw and I still kind of have it. I can still sort of draw. Look, mom and dad. Hang this on the fridge. Click to enlarge!

Friday, October 16, 2015


Today for Drawlloween, it's GRAVE so, I decided to go with Zombie Bill Murray from Zombieland. Now, he's not a REAL zombie in that movie, but if he was, you know. I originally drew this and it was really wonky looking, but I fixed it up as best as I could. I wanted to do funky colors because that's what I've been doing lately. Bill Murray is one of my all time faves. Click to enlarge!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

"Satan Has Married Medusa."

I couldn't do Winnie without also including Mary. Mary and her vacuum. Always trying to win Winnie's approval. She's something else. She isn't aware that a Clark bar isn't actually a finger and she has a mouth like a spindle, but man, she makes me laugh. I love that scene where she's watching the baby on the TV and starts wailing. Kills me. Anyway, here's an illustration of Mary for today's Drawlloween: Lotions & Potions (which ties to a witch). Click to enlarge!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Countess is in.

Who's ready for American Horror Story: Hotel tonight? I think the show is off to a solid start, albeit a graphic one. I'm excited to see where this show goes, but around halfway through it usually goes a way I'm not expecting and it doesn't finish well. Let's see if this is different. So far, Lady Gaga is a solid addition to the cast. She definitely has a creepiness about her. I wanted to take the creep factor away with the bright colors. Click to enlarge!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Sweet Transvestite!

Tim freaking Curry. What a GUY. I'll tell you what, if you don't love Tim Curry, I have to wonder what's wrong with you. He's so great. He was born to play Dr. Frank-N-Furter in Rocky Horror Picture Show. I couldn't even get wild and crazy with this one because I wanted it to be a tribute to him. The confidence, the outfit, the eccentricity: I love him in that role. THIS YEAR IS THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MOVIE. I know, so much Rocky Horror in such a short amount of time, but I also did two Doug Jones characters in a row, so, whatever. Click to enlarge and let's do the time warp again!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Moon Prism Power!

Once, in third grade, I stayed home from school because I was sick and puking purple yogi bear fruit snacks out of my nose. I turned on the TV to discover what would essentially change my young life. I caught my first episode of Sailor Moon. Upon my siblings return home from school, I bombarded them at the door and told them all about this incredible cartoon and how great it was! It wasn't long before I had them all hooked. For the better part of 10 years, Sailor Moon ruled everything around us. We bought trading cards, dolls, candy, characters, we started clubs where we WERE the characters. We bought the soundtracks and would sing them as loud as we could. It was great. For Drawlloween today and MOON, I created Sailor Moon using Adobe Illustrator. For the record, I always identified with Sailor Moon and when it came to picking the characters we were, I chose her. Then again, no one tried to fight me on that because I was the oldest. I had a lot of fun making this and I really love it. Click to enlarge and remember: in the name of the moon, I will punish you!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

I Put A Spell On You...

and now you're mine! I wanted to whip up a Sanderson Sister from Hocus Pocus and had to go with the most iconic: Winifred. I wanted to keep it bright. I sketched out a drawing and put that over top of the cut outs. Remember, if you want your own little piece of Hocus Pocus, you can still get one of our Halloween prints for $31! The infamous BOOOOOOK is on it! The hunt for the 13's is still active as well. Read more about that and check out the Halloween print HERE! Click to enlarge!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

It's Just A Jump to the Left!

AND THEN A STEP TO THE RI I I I I GHT! Today on the main drawlloween calendar, it's alien. You know who's an alien? Riff Raff from Rocky Horror Picture Show. I drew a sketch of Riff Raff and wanted to take that into Photoshop and do a bright cut out. I think it's alright. It'll do. The amount of times Rocky Horror has been watched in the past few days is kind of alarming. It's awesome. Click to enlarge!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Don't Eat Anything.

Today's Drawlloween theme is eyeball. I had some trouble with this one. After much debate, I decided to do The Pale Man. I struggled a lot. I wanted the hands to pop. I feel like they do. The Pale Man is still one of the scariest characters ever created. Go watch Pan's Labyrinth if you haven't and pray he never meets your child. His hand-eyes are perfect for eyeball. Although this is bright and colorful, his personality definitely is not. Click to enlarge!