Instagram Post: Concepting a House-like Mailbox


Our new home still has the previous owner’s name on the mailbox. Only because they painted it on though. So here’s a few of the sketch kick’n around the house outlining a plan to fix that. First the “wrong shape” sketch followed by the more realistic-shaped sketch.




Fan Art Mashup: Wolverine vs. The Walking Dead


…visual notes created one evening while chill’n



Recently I was introduced to zines at the “Grand Rapids Zinefest.” And, honestly, walking into the event I had no idea what to expect. Yet by the time I left I was dying to make a zine. In fact, I was ready to mass produce and offer ’em up for $0.25 a piece. Unfortunately, various projects blocked those efforts and I’m still waiting to take a proper swing at it.

So until time permits I’m offering the following piece. Which amounts to ,well, an inside joke. One between a certain amazing artist :) and myself. Anyhow, the piece below was drawn directly onto a single, folded, letter-size piece of paper and illustrated with a brush pen. Plus alil’ Copic action. Otherwise that’s it. Enjoy.

The tiny, epic cover.
Learning the instruments

Okay, lets go. Vroom. Vrooming. Vroom. Screeeeech. Om'n.

Wanna make your own? Well here’s folding instructions for a tiny 8-pager like the one above.


So feel free to download the instructions shown above (“8-Page Zine Folding Instructions” / 1MB .jpg) or go digital with the templates below.

» InDesign CC “8-page mini zine template (480KB – compressed .ind)
» Illustrator CC “8-page mini zine template(473KB – compressed .ai)
» DWG “8-page mini zine template” (22KB – compressed .dwg)
» PDF “8-page mini zine template” 
(55KB .pdf)

Happy zining!

PS gets used for good…around the house no less!

How often do I get to use my PS skills around the house? Oh, never. And how can PS be used around the house anyhow? Well, right now this is my only example. These extremely tattered instructions…


…or maybe “destroyed” is a more fitting word. Anyhow, I decided the next step should be to digitally piece these back together. Because tape was a fail waiting to happen. So after about an hour ‘s work the results were as follows.


Reasonably clean instructions, considering the source, that’ll lower pulses next time there’s a gazebo assembly party.


(Visual) Notes Following Dinner


© 2016 Umami Design Studio

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