Let the Fall Begin.

Aesthetically-speaking, Fall is my favorite season at work when it comes to drawing and decorating.

Scarejoe returns!

I drew all of this last year, but I don’t think I ever posted a picture of the final display. I was – miraculously! – able to re-use these foamcores. I just had to clean them and give Scarejoe something “new” to say.



I totally recycled that $7.99 from a previous chalkboard, but had hella fun with the lettering on this. And, yes, that is a Pokemon. That was fun, too.



I’m getting really sick of writing the word “pumpkin,” but had fun doing this one, too.

Sign Dump


So, it’s not like I never finish anything…I do, I do.


Here’s a long overdue sign dump. I figure that sign art gets kind of boring to look at after a while, so I haven’t posted much as of late. Still, it’s interesting to see how much I’ve improved since taking over this position almost two years ago. I’ve learned a lot, I’ve developed style and speed, and everyday I’ve become more comfortable with my abilities.



Sometimes I feel like there’s a latent graffiti artist lurking inside me…It seems to be where my letters and numbers are heading!

Have Some Pie


This is a bit of a WIP, but – for all intents and purposes – it could go up like this so I won’t label it as such.



Behold our new Pastry section topper. It’s a pseudo-parody/homage of a famous local business so I hope it doesn’t piss anyone off. It’ll be easy enough to change it if that happens, but I really hope it doesn’t come to that.



The desserts and crown were done on foamcore primed with chalkboard paint. I’ve had a bit of a troubled relationship with the stuff, but since figuring out that I could prime it working with it has become much more pleasant.

I’m thinking of maybe adding two more small desserts to this, but we’ll see.

What’s Cookin’


I plan on re-doing this someday (as well as capturing a better shot of this) but here’s our new Demo board placeholder:



This was heavily referenced from this Demo Board I found on a Google image search, so credit for this pose must go to that TJ’s artist!

My main reason for wanting to redo this really just comes down to my own nitpicky perfectionist tendencies, but it will do for the time being.



This is, admittedly, a very quick sandwich board. Probably took me about half a shift. It’s not as exciting as it could’ve been, but when you’re pressed for time you just make do and get the art out there.



I picked the most stereotypical “American” foods I could think of…Bleh. So much beige. I am happy, however, that I opted for pink lemonade and not yellow. That may have looked less than appetizing…

The Big O.


I’m pretty much only posting this because it’s only recently that I’ve become confident in my Trader Joe’s font.

It’s not a straight-up 100% imitation of the font, but I think that I’m now, at least, capturing the spirit of it.

What the Punnet


I make produce tags completely from scratch.  No template.  No printer.  I literally cut and paste together each individual tag before throwing it into the laminator.  If it gets lost, that’s it.  No backup.


Since losing our copy shop it must be done this way.  I’ve heard rumors of a printer, but no one seems to be in any immediate hurry to get me one.  Since the process of tag-making takes much more time now, it’s at least given me an excuse to add little touches and doodles.


I mean, why not?  Here’s just a couple examples.



These aren’t terribly original or creative, but drawing fruits and veggies is awesome practice (not to mention really fun!).  And they look more vibrant than the old ones.

Fruit Flag


Memorial Day A-Frame:



I had just today to do this.  Thankfully, I’ve developed the speed and technique needed to bust something like this out in a limited window of time.  This would’ve been impossible for me last year. 


Granted, there are a couple of awkward spots I would’ve liked to refine, but as it stands I’m quite happy with this A-Frame.




Buildings are so not my thing (though I’m actively striving to improve in that area)…



No lie, 90% of the art instruction books I own are on perspective.  It’s never come easy to me.  In recent years – mainly because of my paying art gig – I’ve improved leaps and bounds.  But perspective drawing is still my #1 weakness.  My kryptonite.

Now excuse me while I go blast some Three Doors Down and cry while struggling to draw sports cars driving down a street lined with skyscrapers.  In three point.