Friday, November 11, 2011

If you just feel like getting a head-start on your Halloween paramecium costume for next year you can get complete instructions at the Projects section of We decided to throw our hat in the ring for Make's 2011 Halloween Contest. Here's hoping!

Had some fun last night showing the boys in our den some of the fun things you can do with photo editing software such at Photoshop. From making freaky old time photos to turning yourself into Jack Nickleson.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Here Come Da Crypto!

Cryptosporiduim, that is. A very long word that seems to grow longer when you are sewing it on a costume! Don't invite her over for your next pool party.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Good Evening Ladies and Germs...

Well, it's that time of the year when we fire up the glue guns and try to remember how the sewing machine works. This year the kids have expressed a desire to be germs for Halloween and here's the run-down. The youngest will be a Paramecium (pictured), next up will be an ameba and finally the oldest will don the diarrhea inducing apparel of the dreaded, Cryptosporidium, the scourge of late summer that closed the pools early. What could be scarier?

The food vacuole is left open at the gullet for her stash of treats.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

On with the linework!

Got approval and moved on to creating the linework in Illustrator. Some of you will notice the scissors.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Pedro Spot - Round Two

Needed to have a quicker read on the letter writing aspect of the illustration. So here's round two on the spot.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A New Pedro Spot

Got another Pedro spot to do for Boys' Life's Hitching Post section. Thought I'd bring you along for the ride and post the rough sketch as I wait for approval/changes/suggestions...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Black Ops Team

Illustration for an article on trained sea lions and dolphins performing "depth" defying feats!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Ode to Pie

I think that I shall never spy
A poem as lovely as a pie.

A pie who owed it's very life
To loving chefs, a man and wife.

A tasty pie both wide and deep
with a slice that would make a surgeon weep.

A pie with a crust to tempt the gods
with a filling inspired by Sweeney Todd.

Poems are written by fools such as I
But only the Johnsons can make a pie
(this good!)

Friday, June 3, 2011


These guys showed up on my son's shirt in the Disney photos below so I thought I'd post a better look. This was a character I came up with many years ago and had the opportunity to revisit him recently.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Friday, May 20, 2011

Pee Wee for August

My First Ornament

This was my first ornament sculpted on rotation to Keepsakes. I just received a sample and it actually works! It's an exclusive gift when you join the Keepsake's Collectors Club and won't be on the shelves.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Super Dave

Ran across this old pic of my son. Ripped and obviously, seriously against evil he looks ready to fight for the American way.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Some After Shots of The Kid's Bathroom

Here are a few shots of the kid's bathroom after much stripping, scraping, sanding, coughing, painting and praying. The only thing left is the tile floor which we decided to have professionally installed. Just a hint if you are planning on having a tile floor installed from The Home Depot. The job title, "Flooring Expeditor" isn't very accurate. We did, however, deal with a totally awesome Flooring Specialist named DJ at the store at 95th and Metcalf. Very helpful and actually did, in fact, expedite things very nicely. Kind of wish he also was the Tile Installer because that has yet to be done.

The Longboard

The current issue of Make Magazine has a nice little tutorial on making your own, simple longboard. At 8" by 4' it's a smooth, easy ride. I ordered the wheels and trucks from Amazon and didn't notice I bought the "Bigfoot" brand which are about twice the size of regular wheels. Because of the wheel size the board looks like a regular skateboard enlarged on the Xerox about 150%! I threw my daughter in there for scale. Anyway, the polyurethane is now dry and the weather is fine. I imagine once school's done there will be surfing in the streets!