Monday, October 31, 2005



It's been a while since we've carved a pumpkin, so Jenn and I decided to grab a few pumpkins this weekend. We also picked up a couple pumpkin carving kits complete with tools and stencils. Jenn did an awesome job on the haunted house, while I struggled a bit with the smaller ones and trying to figure out what I'd like to do with the other big pumkin. I think it came out alright, but far from what I had in mind. Not bad at all and I'm sure we'll come off tighter next year. Now this guy, The Pumpkin Gutter, is freakin' tight!

BTW, check out my better half's new blogspot, Dumpster for my thoughts. Have a safe Halloween.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

noodling: 03

I have a lot of fucking sketchbooks. Most of which prolly only have a few pages of drawings. I like to buy sketcbooks. If it has a cool cover, I'll buy it. If it has cool paper, I'll buy it. If they're on sale, I'll buy a couple. I'll buy them, draw a few doodles in 'em, then buy another one thus repeating said cycle.

all images © 2005 Erwin Haya, unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

illustration friday: cold

This weeks illfriday topic is cold. It's cold right now. I'm cold right now. In honor of how cold it is, I will post something I did from my calendar. That's right kids. I'm lazy. Lazy is king. Anyhoo, the illos are for the months of December, January, and February.

The Complete Calvin and Hobbes, by Bill Waterson, that Jenn ordered for me just came in a few days ago. It is my all time favorite comic strip of... all time. Along with the collection of every single brilliant, insightful, and hilarious comic strip ever created is an introduction filled with great anecdotes from Waterson's experience before, during, and after Calvin and Hobbes. And it's freaking heavy! I have at least one thing in common with Bill Waterson. As a kid I, too, wanted to either be a cartoonist or an astronaut. But my dream of being an astronaut where later crushed when I lost all understanding of math beyond fractions and long division (which I actually took in college). Jenn also got me The Quitter graphic novel. She takes such good care of me.

I've been tagged by Carla. I need to post 20 random facts about myself and then tag the same amount of people as minutes it takes me to write the facts. Drumroll please...

1. I consume more ketchup in a week than a family of four can in a month.
2. I believe that cows are ambassadors to extraterrestrial life forms.
3. I have been wearing a lot of brown lately.
4. I lived in Japan for the first three years of my life.
5. I am not fond of spiders.
6. I can't drink milk.
7. I don't like drinking water through a straw.
8. I enjoyed the taste of alligator and frogs.
9. I once flipped-out at a rave and didn't sleep for three days.
10. I view the world as if it where a how to drawing book.
11. I laugh at inappropriate times.
12. I want to be an astronaut and/or ninja.
13. I am a Batman fanboy at heart.
14. I once found a year old carton of unopened milk in the back of the fridge.
15. I was graciuosly asked, by my art school, not to return.
16. I have a ridiculous fear of giant babies who can talk.
17. I am a sucker for dogs.
18. I have an absurd fondness for ice skating movies.
19. I am in love with my fiance, Jenn.
20. I miss Spike terribly.

Tag, you're it.

all images © 2005 Erwin Haya, unless otherwise noted.

Monday, October 17, 2005

thank you

Jenn and I would like to thank everyone for their thoughtfulness and kind words. It has been very comforting. Since coming home without Spike, it's been difficult to accept that he will no longer be waiting for us at the door or following us where ever we go. But we know he will always be with us. And the happy memories of the short time we had with him will always bring a smile to our face.

all images © 2005 Erwin Haya, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

in loving memory

Last night we lost a very special and precious part of our little family. Spike, our baby cocker spaniel, past away. His curious and rebellious nature got the best of him as he tried to explore our parents backyard pond. By the time my sister found him, it was too late.

It was only a few months ago, in June, when Jenn and I first saw him. He was tiny and scared, but it past as Jenn held him on the way home. He even ventured off to sit on my lap as I drove, curiously looking up at the steering wheel. Even trying to drive himself. We named him Spike, after the vampire from the Buffy and Angel series.

We made our new home in San Diego, a few weeks later. Spike was as rambunctious and daring as any little boy would be. He constantly wrestled his older brother, Kinno. And you can see it in his eyes when he was about to make trouble. A notorious panty thief, anything that wasn't nailed down would find its way into his mouth. He was my little shadow who followed me everywhere and wouldn't leave my side. I would, on occasion, accidentally lock him in the bathroom from not noticing that he would follow me in. And since I like to work late at night, he would wait with me until I was done before heading upstairs to bed. He was also our little alarm clock. He just couldn't wait to wake us up to get the day started. He was affectionate and loving, and made the short time he was with us one of the most happiest times of our lives.

Spike, you were the best puppy two loving people could ever have. I hope you know how much we love you and how thankful we are to have had you in our lives. You will never be forgotten. You will always be missed. You will always be loved.

all images © 2005 Erwin Haya, unless otherwise noted.

Monday, October 10, 2005

illustration friday: lost

This weeks ill friday was inspired by a conversation with my fiance Jenn. Basically, a picture popped up in my head of her as a little girl wandering off from her parents with Gunther. Something I'd always do as a kid. Anyhoo, random thought here, random thought there. Illustration finished. I'd be lost without her.

all images © 2005 Erwin Haya, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

surfer girl

It's been 3 months since Jenn and I moved from the Bay Area to sunny San Diego. And I think we've adapted quite well to this new environment. We've been introduced to quite a few delicious indigenous delicacies, from deep-fried burritos to the almighty goodness of carne asada fries, which basically boils down to a large styrofoam to-go box filled with fries and topped with everything you would find inside a large carne asada burrito. My arteries are clogging just thinking about it. Everything is less than a half hour away, including the beach. There are a lot more hills down here, so my trusty Sector9, which is definitely one of my best So-Cal investments, is an awesome way to get around and a great substitute to snowboarding on the off-season. And the warm, sunny weather supports my pants-less way of life. The one thing we haven't gotten around to yet is surfing. What other sport can say you might get eaten? I can't wait to try it out. And I'm definitely not wearing pants for that.

Above is one of the concept sketches for a t-shirt design I'm working on. The project shifted to another one of my designs, so I get to play around with these sketches on my own time. So maybe I'll put it into Illustrator and color it. Or maybe I'll sit around on my lazy ass and think about it for awhile before I get distracted with thoughts of pouring carne asada fries down my pants. What the hell, I can do two things at once.

And on a different note, Melody, you fucking rock! Can you dance at my wedding? I promise to wear pants.

all images © 2005 Erwin Haya, unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

illustration friday: float

I've had this idea in my head for a while now. And thanks to Ill-Friday, I've gotten off my lazy, DVR watching, XBox playing ass and finally put it down on paper. Now I'm back on my ass and writing about it on my nifty ass sketchblog. What can I say? I'm full of sit.

all images © 2005 Erwin Haya, unless otherwise noted.