Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Pad and Quill

One of my Christmas presents this year was an awesome Pad and Quill phone case. Disguised as a Moleskin notebook, it also offers some good screen protection. Unfortunately upon taking my first picture that needed a flash I found its downfall. The flash hits the wooden part of the case and reflects back into the lens creating a foggy snowstorm of a picture. The photo below shows an example with/without the case.

It's a good case disregarding the flash issue. Luckily I'm not a big fan of using the flash to begin with so I'm sticking with it. They make ones for iPads as well if that's your thing.

Grandpa braiding big sis' hair. Same shot with & without P&Q case

App Happy

Blogger finally made a legitimate app. Consider this a test.

Also check out my 80's family photo. I'm the one with poop in my pants.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Pauline B. Diaz

The toughest woman I know died today after battling with agressive stage-3 cancer. My tough-as-nails, Spanish grandma Pauline, or Mama Pauline to us.

I love you. I will miss you and I am glad I share your genes.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


I've been wanting to do this poster for a while now.

I just listed my replica of Pablo Picasso's "Guernica" on my Etsy page. Each character has been replaced by one of the immediate Griffin family members from "Family Guy". The scene is meant to take place after the news of Family Guy's first cancellation. Check it out here.
Available as a 20x30" poster

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Every time I listen to David Bazan I want to draw him. His nose is so muppet-like I can't help it.
This rendering is practically a photo in comparison.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ron Heathman - Roast Master

Here is a great, short video of True Beans Specialty Coffee's roaster, Ron Heathman. Ron is also known for his 20+ years with the Washington band The Supersuckers. I had the privilege of working with Ron for a year under the reich of Fresh Foods Cafe. Awesome dude and he can roast the hell out of coffee(in the good way).

Keep him working! Buy True Beans Coffee at most CA Wholefoods and at Fresh Foods Cafe.

"Drive fast, take chances."

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


I just tried a feature that Etsy provides that takes all of the info from your friends facebook pages and suggests gifts they would like. Pretty friggin nifty if you ask me. Apparently I need to buy my girlfriend a Lil Wayne t-shirt and Nirvana garden stones.
Pretty helpful if you're stumped on gifts.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


One of my favorite methods of design is using letters to make an object. I like this one especially.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Art Page, Somebody Like Me Please

I made an art page today on facebook. Won't you be so kind to 'like' it. Also, if you own one of the works, then comment on it!

Click the photo to check it out.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Rocketeer Finale

I guess I never posted these photos of my finished Rocketeer helmet. I finished him in June of 2011.

I took the Crayola clayed helmet and started to cover him with spot-putty. I would then sand it down a bit and reapply the putty. As the helmet shaped to what was desired I smoothed it out with finer sandpaper.
After a lot of sanding and turning my hands red, I moved on to painting it.

I started with a base coat of grey primer. I think I did about 4 coats of that in total. Next I painted the outside and inside black. When everything was dry I put the first coat of metallic gold on the helmet to make it look like the gay tin-man. Seeing how lumpy and dented the helmet already looked with the glossy paint, I decided that 'battle-damaged' was the way to go. After numerous coats of the metallic, and a lot of drying, it was time for the details.

The details were pretty easy since it was mostly adding black paint to look like grease, burns or scuffs so making it look 'nice' was not necessary. Before the black paint I added the ends of brads to the outside of the eye holes to look like bolts. When paint time came I grabbed a brush but was soon switching it out for a paper towel to streak the paint. I would muck up the helmet with a lot of black acrylic paint and then wipe it off before it dried, doing small portions at a time. Since I was going with a battle-damaged helmet I started to slice some chunks of spot putty out with an exacto-knife. I would then fill in the cuts with black paint. These photos aren't perfectly lit, but you can see the black scuffs. I made the left side very damaged as if he turned his head from a blast as well as a ricocheted bullet.

I didn't record the final steps of putting in lenses or the inner lining. For the lenses I bought a black tinted motorcycle helmet visor. I cut it to the right shape so it can overlap the helmet. I then placed it in the oven and watched it slowly lose it's shape. I took it out with tongs and then placed it into the helmet and pressed it against the holes. I then adhered it with clear caulk. Unfortunately the oven rippled the tinting a little bit in one of the lenses but it is still ok to look out of. While the lenses dried I added screen material to the vents on the head.
After the lenses and screens were good and dried in place, I used pieces of paper to make a template for sewing. I lined the inside of the helmet with paper and used those stripes to lay a flat model on the ground. I then cut up an old t-shirt in those shapes and sewed them together to make a big pocket. I stuffed the pockets with more fabric and sealed it up. I then took this fabric helmet and applied velcro stripes to the inner helmet and the fabric. This helped to make it stay in place and to be adjustable.

It took over a year to complete, but even with ghetto supplies it worked out, and made a pretty kick ass halloween costume.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

He is?!

I had no idea how good Ryan Goslings acting abilities were until I learned that he was Eva Mendes. Bravo sir.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


I need to learn to use watercolors better. So good

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Homme Boy

Here is a great remix of Little Dragon's Ritual Union by my home boy, who goes by Homme Boy.

go get em tiger

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ohio's Hunting Season

As you've been hearing, Terry Thompson ran an animal preserve. Yesterday he opened all the animals cages and then committed suicide..... or did he? I always like to consider the chances of fowl play. It's a dangerous world out there.

Sunday, October 16, 2011


by Mike Oncley

Friday, October 14, 2011

Peace Riot

Amazing photo by Jay L. Clendenin for the LA Times. The image was taken outside a screening of a film, about the Electric Daisy Carnival, that got a little too rowdy. A great photo of a large divide of lifestyles. I see it as the 2011 versions of the famous flower in a gun barrel photo.

It also makes a perfect desktop background. The photo I posted is large enough to use it for just that. enjoy.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Dirty Designs

Respect to the Dirty Heads for a rad t-shirt design,
respect that was slightly dented after passing Invader Zim, Fred and ICP shirts to catch a glimpse of this one at Hot Topic.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

90's Conquer All

We just got done watching Salute Your Shorts and are going to sit down over a nice warm Kid's Cuisine for dinner.

Happy Birthday to Mr. Jole Sanchez and my dad(he's not in this photo)

Monday, September 26, 2011


This movie blew me away. Great everything! Especially the soundtrack, which I spent a good 10 min searching for a free version online.

 Way more graphic than the preview hints to, prepare to see brains.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Zombie Gnomes

A small step for man, a giant leap for front yards.

Finally, someone tells that flamingo what's up.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011


I've realized something that I really appreciate about Quentin Tarantino. A lot of movies by other directors have those long shoot outs or those bank robberies etc. containing a large gun battle of some sort. These movies tend to have a main character get shot at some point and have some long drawn out death in which the victim is laying in a friends arms getting something that's bothered them off their chest or asking for forgiveness or a number of other scenarios. Lame. Boring. Unrealistic.

Now as for Mr. Tarantino, he is much more forward in his approach. All of the deaths in his films are just a gun shot and they're dead. Boom. Dead. Slam. Dead. It's easy. His one exception was Reservoir Dogs when Tim Roth gets shot and slowly dies the ENTIRE MOVIE. But see, even when he sticks with the cliches he adds a twist to make it his own thing. But looking back, Vincent on the toilet, Marvin in the car, all of the Reservoir Dogs in the warehouse, Hitler in the theatre and so on and so forth. Every death by QT is, at most, accompanied by only grunts and gurgles.

Bravo Quentin, for using your own brain, and sorry it took me so long to realize.

"*cough* *sputter* Tell Vanessa *cough cough* I'll always lover her..... blaaagghhh"
(that last noise can either be the person dying, or my reaction to the played out scene)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Night Spocker

He just wants you to live long and prosper....

Except women, they need to die.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Bucking Bronco

Bucking Bronco
Digital manipulation
by Mike Oncley

Identity Fest 2011

The Music Saves Lives press release for their involvement on Identity Festival featuring two of my designs on t-shirts:

August 12, 2011


Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Black Flags

My girlfriend thought of this one. Luckily I have Illustrator and she doesn't.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Stoked on Stroked

A lot of really good artists, and Stereogum, decided that they all like The Strokes a whole bunch and made a compilation of covers from Is This It.

They are all available for download but it doesn't seem to be working for me. Still possible to listen though.

Music after the jump.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Seven Year Glitch

With this picture, I thought of combining America's two extremes. One side of the spectrum is the US' atomic bomb that dropped a nation to their knees; on the other side is America's blonde bombshell that did the same. The title is self explanatory: a glitch in the photo, a 'glitch' in the title.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Darth Face

Vader likes expensive winter wear.
"The Darth Face"
by Mike Oncley

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Deja Entendu

Listen up.

The Seatbelts "Bad Dog No Biscuits" vs. Tom Wait's "Midtown".

Is it just me or is this the same exact song? A key change and the Seatbelt get away with ripping off ol' Tommy.

They're both damn good anyways.

Monday, July 4, 2011

The Benson Interruption

So Doug Benson has a show called the Doug Benson Interruption. The premise is simple enough, his comedian friends (3 an episode) do their comedy bit as Doug sits to the side and watches. He then interrupts between jokes to comment on what they're saying or just make fun of them some how. I like the show a lot, but it bothers me that they chose that name and premise. The first 2 minutes of the stand-up starts off like Doug is just a heckler with a microphone and it seems like that's what the comedians expect when they come out since most are on the defensive to whatever Doug is saying. 3 to 4 min minutes into the stand-up it just turns into two comedians that are asking each other questions and riffing off of each other. It is like a Chelsea Lately conversation cut down to two comedians and it works well. It's much more enjoyable than the forced bickering at the start of the show. Each comedian ends their set with a Tweet Off where Doug and they read off some of their own past Tweets; also great.

My main point in all of this boils down to the name of the show. Calling it the Interruption only makes the act of Interrupting seem so much more forced. Forced not to just the audience but to the host and guests as well. Although I think they had to figure some sort of premise or the show could never be on the air. Aqua Teen Hunger Force's main pitch was that they were three food items that lived together and got into mischief. No one would go for it so they made them a detective team that solved crimes so they could have an actual story line. Well that idea fizzled off and everyone ended up watching three food items get into mischief like originally intended and it was a hit. I think when stoney baloney Doug Benson walked into the board room and says,
"Yeah, it's a show where I have my comedian friend come on and we just talk about funny stuff."
"Like a talk show?"
"No, like a comedy show."
"Ok.... and then what?"
"I don't know, we read our Tweets?"
It sounds like a disaster on paper/in words, so I'm sure the execs just said "Make some point to it and we'll put it on!" Thusly the Interruption was born.

It's a good show, lots of good comedians on there, but get that Interrupting crap out of there and it's flawless.

Thomas Lennon - Hair Baby
Benson Interruption VideosBenson Stand-UpBuy Doug Benson's New CD

Michael Ian Black - Esoteric Tweet Off
Benson Interruption VideosBenson Stand-UpBuy Doug Benson's New CD

Monday, June 27, 2011

Angry angry Raff

New illustrator project


Thanks Cove for showing me this sweet site.


It matches your face with a pups face! A pup that needs adopting!
The site feels like Portal meets Pound Puppies meets 5th Element.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hey Mr. Tambourine Man

So if Mr. Tambourine Man were to play a song for me, wouldn't it just be the simplest and most boring song ever? He only has a tambourine. I suppose he can hit it on his leg, or shake it for effect, but it would still be pretty basic.

...and isn't it usually girls that play tambourine?

Monday, June 6, 2011

Jonah Sux

Why did Jonah Hex suck so much?

Is it because Megan Fox is in it? Is it because they beat the bad guy pretty easily? Is it because the writing was bad?


Jonah Hex sucked for one easy reason. It looked bad. Every camera angle seemed to be so tight that for all we know, every scene could have been shot in someone backyard. There was a handful of shots from a distance, and even then they were dark or soaked in CGI. If you're gonna have a bunch of explosions and good costumes and good make-up and blah blah blah, I think the scenery should be up to par.
There is also the metaphorical sequence when Brolin fights Malkovich in red dirt that slightly resembles the back part of a construction site. My main point, if missed, is it looked like it was shot by a near-sited boy with a bootleg copy of After Effects.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Threadless submission

Jole easily persuaded me to submit something to threadless.

Hair Do - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More

Little Reds Riding Hood

'Riding Hood'
Digital and Watercolor
by: Mike Oncley

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


New Music

This song is by my friend's band Golden West. The video is so simple but so perfect.

The Duke

Saturday, May 28, 2011


War on Kids

Wow. By far the greatest use of a cheap camera and brilliant animation.


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Stuff it

Stuffed chicken breast sandwich with arugula, havarti, bacon and mayo. Cooking the chicken in the bacon grease was a good idea

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Beet Stem Chicken

Chicken breast and bacon in a mixture of tomatoes, garlic, beet stems and leaves, and a splash of red wine.
I had my doubts but it turned out pretty good.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Dave Matthews and Bleu Cheese

Through past discussions and debates, I have come to the conclusion that Dave Matthews Band is a lot like Bleu cheese. You either despise even the thought of it, or you can't get enough of it. There is absolutely no gray area between the two.
I wonder how Dave Matthews feels about Bleu cheese.