Blog relocating...

I'm relocating my blogging to the new Koelle Art blog, where both Annie and I will be combining our blogging efforts.

Please bookmark the new blog and check it often!


Koelle skateboards. Rad.

Popdeck, a skateboard design contest site, recently launched a new site called Deckpeck. Designers upload skateboard and wheel artwork, and customers order the skate decks directly from Deckpeck. It's awesome for artists and designers to get their own boards made, and it's awesome for skaters to get cool decks and support the artists, who split the profit with Deckpeck.

Check out my Deckpeck store at koelle.deckpeck.com

My decks are $50 each.



The verdict is in, the writing's on the wall, the Top 10 are announced, and mine didn't make it.

Thank you so much to all of you who supported my efforts and helped spread the word by emailing, posting, blogging, and flat-out spamming your friends and family. Thank you for helping promote my design and my work in general—you know who you are. You are wonderful people. Congratulations to DBH for getting a ton of free advertising and for picking some cool designs aaaaaaand some not-so-cool ones.

And of course, congrats most of all to the artists who have now have a fighting chance.


DBH 10K: Drawing: Time Lapse Video


DBH 10K final drawing process video coming soon...

I'm working on editing and exporting the time-lapse video captures of the final drawing process in Photoshop. Check back soon for the video!

And here's a straight up black + white + gray version. I've always been a big fan of grayscale.


Design By Humans 10K Contest: Help us win $10,000!!!

Where would we be without t-shirts?!

Just look at all the wonderful things you can do in a tee!! Play sports, listen to music, make music, make art, pounce like a cat, accidentally kick someone with cleats on, intentionally yell at someone on your cell phone, levitate in a void... the list goes on! This design is a celebration of the T-shirt, incorporating full-size all-over front and back printing. Color variations are endless—the blue-ish coloring here is just one possibility.

Annie and I (mostly I) worked on this double/front+back t-shirt design over the past week or so (whew!) and it's now up for voting at Design By Humans for the DBH 10K contest. It's a winner-take-all contest (as in, winner takes $10K), and we'd sorta kinda like your votes. Three rounds of your votes, to be exact.

Here are the details:

Contest Selection Process:

The DBH staff will announce the top 10 semifinalists on September 8, 2008 at DesignByHumans.com. Semifinalists will be chosen based on a variety of factors including originality, creativity, ingenuity, votes, and the artist's efforts to promote their design.

Top 10 Semifinalists - Sept 8th - Sept 14th (Midnight, PDT)
Once the top 10 semifinalists have been announced on September 8th, all of the votes received by these 10 designs up to that point will be reset to zero. The 10 semifinalists will then compete against one another for an additional week to see which 5 designs will continue on to the final week of voting. The 5 finalists will be chosen solely on vote count.

Top 5 Finalists - Sept 15th - Sept 21st (Midnight, PDT)
The top 5 finalists will again have all of their votes reset to zero and will then go head-to-head for one final week of voting.

Winner Announced - Sept 22nd
The design with the most votes at the end of the Top 5 Finals week will be declared the winner and will be awarded $10,000 cash! The winning design will be produced in 3 color options (on 3 different shirt colors) and sold in the DBH store the following week.


Show the Koelles some love! Please:


- POST on your blog / Facebook / wherever about our t-shirt design up for voting and include a link to the voting page

- EMAIL US with the link to your post

- Each and every blogger who emails us the link to their Koelle-post will be entered in a drawing to be one of 50 (yeah, fifty) randomly chosen to win FREE signed + numbered art prints of the design (both front + back artwork)!

- If our shirt wins the grand $10K prize, we'll also randomly pick another 25 (uh- huh, twenty-five) bloggers to receive winning shirt FREE!

-We will notify all winning bloggers by email.

So, please vote and spread the word, and you just may end up with some free and fancy Koelle artwork and some uber-cool expensive t-shirts! And a really big thank you from us...

Love, Chris + Annie (+ Marshall)

P.S. If our shirt wins, note that it will be printed in 3 different color versions (3 different color tees, different color inks). I'll post a few more color variations here, so if you really dig one or the other, shoot us an email and let us know.

I'll be posting time-lapse video captures of the final drawing process from start to finish very soon!

In the meantime, here are a few more images of the my initial/in progress sketches, and some pics showing size, placement and details:


Annie's latest tee on DBH: Coleoptera

Congrats again to Annie for another awesome Shirt of the Day at Design By Humans!


Life. Family. Work. Art. Future.

Yeah, those are big words, big things. And they've all been feeling very real at this point in my life. As of a month ago, I have officially left my full-time position at Portland Studios. It goes without saying that I'm missing seeing and working next to such great friends daily, but it is such an exciting time for myself, for Annie, for us as a family.

I'm pursuing my personal artwork more fully, and of course, so is Annie. I'm doing freelance illustration and design work, as well as working part-time with Greene Photographs, doing photo retouching, post-production, and design work. I feel busier than I've ever been, and I know Annie feels the same, especially with us both having to keep Marshall from destroying the house and himself. But really, it feels great, knowing that doing our art, doing our work is truly a team effort now. We've both got quite a few upcoming art shows in the works, over the next few months, and even more exciting personal projects brewing. And we'll be starting a new blog very soon—one that we will actually update regularly—to keep our friends, family, and fans in touch with the daily life and work of the Koelle family.

If you feel so inclined, go ahead and bookmark our sites, and if you want some Koelle art to hang on your wall or the wall of someone you love, shoot us an email.

koelle art shop
royal buffet

Much love,
Chris + Annie + Marshall


My shiny new website!

At long last, I finally have a real website. It's pretty fresh, so you can expect a few improvements over the next few weeks.


Coolest shirt ever.

Go vote at Design By Humans so Annie's latest tee gets made. This is going to be oh so awesome.


Joseph M. Prospero


New DBH tee by Annie

A is for Annie!
A is for Apple!
A is for Acquire!