Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Supersoaker Car Illustrations

In recognition of the 20th anniversary of my career as a freelance illustrator and animator, along with the 30th anniversary of my hire as a toy designer and illustrator, I'm posting images of my work both current and historical. 

Here are some designs I developed for the Supersoaker Turbo Racer.  The prototype worked really well, though (as I recall) it had a little trouble staying on the ground... 

Monday, October 7, 2019

Recent Illustrations

Over the summer, for a company devoted to nursing products, Lansinoh Laboratories, I developed a series of illustrations and an animation depicting optimal breastfeeding technique.  This job was not exactly typical of the kind of work I normally do, but they liked my work depicting their products, apparently, and gave me a chance to do something different. 

Friday, October 4, 2019

Supersoaker Man

Then there's this weird Supersoaker...  An action figure that, by pumping his head, actually shoots water from his own Supersoaker.

I developed the design of this one, too...  

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Blast from the Past

In the beginning, Supersoakers were invented by Lonnie Johnson and developed by Bruce D'Andrade.  Back in 1992, working for Bruce at Professional Prototypes, I designed the look of the Supersoaker Bow (among many other models), using actual paper and pencils.  

When I first learned Autocad, I set myself the challenge of reproducing that design to practice my new skills...  

Though I once had my very own Supersoaker Bow a long time ago, it also long ago disappeared.  Only very recently did I find another on Ebay, after years of searching, for it's likely the rarest (and probably weirdest) of vintage, first-generation Supersoakers.  

This year, 2019, is the 30th anniversary of my getting hired by Bruce at Professional Prototypes.  Time flies like an arrow!  And fruit flies like a banana.