Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Air Refueling...

after my last series of posts: "Top Secret," if you're not quite sure what air refueling is al about, check out this awesome video:

YouTube Link:

Top Secret: Boom Operator Final...

Big thanks to Bill, and all my new friends out at the:

they put up with me slugging paint around, whining, and taking in all that fantastic pictures and memorabilia on display... all the while, recreating their Unit Patch on the walls of their offices...

here is where we last left the unit patch: 


about half way through the work, they decided that they wanted their Squadron numbers to be painted onto the ruddervators:


no problem:


we also decided to paint an outline around the whole patch. the white just wasn't working against the color of the wall. so we used a template, sketched out the shape, and taped it off:


here I am putting some finishing touches on the letters:


and here it is, pretty much finished. just need to do some really light touch-up work in and around the gray boom area. no biggie at all:


and here is your "artist" standing "triumphantly"

 (insert your own words for "artist" and "triumphantly")

again, MUCH thanks to the 171st Boom Operators for letting me take on this project! as always, thank you for your service!!!


Friday, October 19, 2012

Houndogg Designs Facebook Page and More...

quickie post, before the weekend starts:

finally have a link set up to point you in the direction of Houndogg Designs Facebook page:

go check it out, if you get the chance. some fun stuff, with a lot more of the logo design side of my work to be posted in the very near future!

also, it should be noted, i have Tumblr page. i post with pretty random, fun aspects of my life, in picture form:

hope you enjoy!

and, of course, my Twitter feed. loads of fun there:

business page to come real soon! just dotting the T's and crossing the I's:

hope you all have a great, safe weekend!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

BRA Day USA, recap...

Well the Breast Reconstruction Awareness Event was a great time, and a HUGE success for everyone involved. BIG HUGE thanks to Carolyn  De La Cruz, MD for organizing the event, and to The Mattress Factory Art Museum for hosting it. Also to all the artists, sponsors and donors that helped out! Was a really fun night!

To my Sis-In-Law Angie for getting me involved, and to family and friends that attended, you all are the best! Thanks again!

here's a shot of Gertrude strutting her stuff front and center, with MC Carolyn at the mic:


here's my bio page, written by my GF Jocelyn, next to a bidding battle:







this knucklehead:


one more pose for the auction:


and some of the wonderful family that has to put up with me:


hope to do a lot more of these in the future!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

BRA Day USA, Part 2...

BRA Day is tonight! REALLY excited to attend this event, and especially happy to contribute!

part 2, LOT'S of paint:


mosaic-style sun, with big gaps between the painted tile shapes for just enough brightness (ignore the sketch marks for now):


yellow outline on the flowers. paint pen & a steady hand:



tile detail:


almost finished:



well, hope you enjoyed! will try to post a pic or 2 of me and the mannequin we affectionately named Gertrude

Gertrude was a great model to work with. not one complaint!

Monday, October 15, 2012

BRA Day USA, Part 1...

Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day

I was asked a few weeks back to participate in a project for BRA Day USA. painting a mannequin torso!

the charity event will take place this Wednesday night (10/17) at the Mattress Factory Art Museum from 6:00 - 9:00.

500 Sampsonia Way,
Pittsburgh 15212

from the invite:

"Breast reconstruction following mastectomy
can close the loop on breast cancer for many.
Join the UPMC Department of Plastic
Surgery for Pittsburgh’s inaugural Breast
Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day event.

Enjoy an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres,
and fabulous art. Bid on mannequin busts
creatively designed by some of Pittsburgh’s
favorite artists.

Tickets are $50 each. Proceeds will
be used to raise awareness and promote
education for breast reconstruction."

here are some pics from the first few nights of work...

"she" arrives:

mapping out a path for a ribbon:


measuring for a consistent width:




tracing (rather sloppy flowers):



trying to color within the lines:



next... we fill in the blanks and clean her up for the party! stay tuned!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

houndogg designs: informal introduction and quickie DIY

informal introduction, i have a freelance design company that goes by the name:

(i also have a main page currently being updated over at houndogg.com. will be up and running in November)

my wordmark:

houndogg wordmark

my primary logo:

houndogg h

i even fly my own flag:

houndogg flag
future DIY flag, by the way...

so i decided to create a quick DIY shoulder patch. normal steps: scaled to size, cut templates, traced, cut. ready for glue and sewing:




project840 will not be going away. this blog will still be my DIY dump off

lots of great/fun stuff to come from houndogg designs!

thank you all for the support thus far,



Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Top Secret: Day 6

thanks to my lovely assistant Bill, here is the progress:



won't be long now...

however, thinking of making some on the go modifications, and adding more yellow/gold than originally planned!