Guy Fieri Shows up to The Surfin’ Burrito

Guy Fieri and Cory McKay

This was a fun project that involved me heading to sunny Cancun, Mexico. It ended with Cory, the owner of the Surfin’ Burrito, having the one and only Guy Fieri¬†show up to do an episode of his show featuring the restaurant.

The job was to help with a new way of branding The Surfin’ Burrito’s popular donkey mascot. We started off brainstorming a few potential t-shirt and character ideas.Surfin Burrito Early Sketches

This kind of throwing ideas at the wall not only brings up a lot of potential new ideas, but its also a lot of fun! From there, we focus on what the client wants first. In this case, it was the mascot and one solid design.

Once we have a strong idea of the direction of the character, I’ll draw some final pencils and created the final art. I used Adobe Illustrator to do the final inking. Then colored with it as well.

The initial rush was to get a T-shirt printed quickly to be ready for Guy Fieri and his popular cooking show Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives! Check it out yourself! It’s Season 26, Episode 6.

Do you have a project that’s in a rush? I can definitely work when crunched for time and offer reliable quality work. Give me a chance and we can make some amazing work like this together.

Check out my portfolio for more artwork and be sure to email me at any time if you have any questions!

My Latest Illustrated Marijuana Storybook

Sinbad the Strain Hunter is just about finished. It’s an illustrated marijuana storybook in which I made the art as well as the book design. So the last bits are little things like designing dropcaps, the back cover lettering, etc. This is all through the writer Dana Larsen though, who I did the art for his Hairy Pothead book on.

It’s looking great and I’m excited to see it go out in the wild. This was a long work in progress, I was working on this while also colouring the History of Cannabis in Canada book which was a huge project to completes. This Sinbad storybook though included lots of things that took me more time than I thought like character design and composition. It was tough at times, but totally worth it.

In the meantime, here’s another piece of art from inside the book. Sinbad working a sweat with a certain kind of terror flying above. I hope you’ll check it out when it arrived at a local headshop near you. Check out my other illustrated marijuana storybook Pothead Books for some other work by me.

I have more projects on the way as well which I’m super excited about. Namely, a marijuana board game. I’ll post more about that next week. I’m still chipping away at making this site something people can actually go through and easily see my art with. It’s all a work in progress though. I’d been involved to hardcore with projects lately that I thought I really should spend a bit more time and actually uploading some of the work I’ve so feverishly been working on.

Anyways, thanks for reading and I hope that if you hear anyone is looking for any kind of illustrated or graphic design work, you send them my way. Especially motion graphic work actually! I’m really enjoying that and appreciate any gigs I get that allow me to explore that more.

Elite Cannabis Packaging

Illustration of Wolf for Elite Cannabis Packaging

Recently, I’ve made some limited-edition cannabis packaging for Toronto-based shop, Elite Cannabis. A fun project, they asked me to make it same style as my old Cannabis Culture Magazine art. The work here is 100% vector made (from pencils originally, of course).

In a future post I’ll walk through a bit of the process.

This was a lot of fun to work on, I’d never heard of Elit Cannabis before, but am always a sucker for designing fun packaging like this. It was oddly similar to the Cranimals dog food packaging art that I had made years earlier.


Some of my Work

Check out more of my work– including illustrations, graphic design, and motion graphics– on my portfolio page.

About Me

I’ve been a creative consultant for over 14 years, designing books, magazine, story art, webpages, motion graphics, store signs– you name it.

Multimedia– bringing a whole brand together– is my passion. I’ve had many satisfied clients over the years and hope you’ll be one of them.

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