Thursday, December 16, 2010

Invisible Creature

Invisible Creature has always been a studio I've always admired. Experimenting with different mediums, styles, and keeping it fresh, they never cease to disappoint. Check out their website and fall in love with their work as I have. Best thing about them is that they're brothers; inspired by their grandfather was also an illustrator/designer. Enjoy! And be sure to go shopping at their online store. Spend $30 and you'll get this sweet print.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Night Owl T-Shirt Design

This is appropriate... 3am posting of a new design I may print :) Night Owl. Let me know what you think!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Weekend Photography

Just uploaded some new photography on my website and on flickr. Hung out with some old friends and had a blast. Ultimate Frisbee, parks, Jingle Bash here in Dallas, video games, soda gallery... we did it all. Enjoy the pics :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Moleskin | Inspriring Words

Started a new collection of works on my site, be sure to check them out here! These are just some words of inspiration or wisdom that remind me why I got in the field of art.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The King Has Gone Missing

Here is a tribute to Where The Wild Things Are. Enjoy and have a great evening!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Work Smarter. Not Harder.

This was a type treatment I did over the weekend. Was a ton of fun. Watercolor and a brush pen. Enjoy!

"Firework" Katy Perry Music Video

Radium/Reel FX just finished this music video for Katy Perry. Over on my website you can check out the style frames I did for the initial pitch. Hats off to the team who worked on this!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Father Autumn Time-Lapse

Here's my contribution to Seed Deep Ellum Community Gardens. There will be a show in Dallas, TX.

This is a continuation of a monster I originally made called Autumn, but gave this guy a business attire. Making him... Father Autumn :) Enjoy this peace as he's casually hanging out with the leaves and blowing leaves into the air.

Audio by Christopher Smith "Gently, Gently"

Check out the final images of the painting here!

Monday, October 11, 2010

2010 Reel update!

2010 Showreel 2.0 from Christopher Vela on Vimeo.

Updated the reel with some new work I've completed recently! Enjoy and stay tuned for more updates!

Friday, October 8, 2010


Friday Sketch! This monster changes through seasons... and we just happened to catch him at autumn :)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Custom Dunny: Yeti

So I've always wanted a vinyl yeti... of some sort. Made this guy out of white fur and acrylic paints, shot by Jared Brower. Totally fell in love with the lil' guy. He may be up for sale in the future at my online shop, but we'll see :) He's the first of many! Enjoy and I'll keep everyone posted on the new customs!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Romain Laurent Photography... Wow.

Be sure to take a look over at Romain Laurent's Photography. Some really nice motion and clever ideas.

View Romain Laurent's Website

Monday, September 13, 2010

iPhone Wallpapers ... coming soon

Here's a line up of some of the designs I've formatted so far. Hopefully this week they'll be available for a free download on my site!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

iPod nano Watch

Just picked up the new iPod nano, lovin' it. Had heard about people turning it into a watch with some nylon straps. Luckily Fossil carried a Nylon strap that was just the right fit for $20. I feel like Dick Tracy now :) Only if it could make calls now. That would be rad.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Influence Map : Christopher Vela

Man, there is so much influence in my life outside of this. But one thing that has had a huge impact in my work is loving what you do. whatever that may be for anyone. For me... I do love art and design. So here are some big influences that have gotten me where I am today.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Shirts ordered! Pre-Order before they come in!

Well! They'have been ordered and ready for Pre-Order! Head on over to the online store and reserve your shirt today! Take care and hope all is well! New shirts to be printed in the future as well, based on demand :)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Buildings & Vampires

Coworker showed me this little gem. What I love about it is that I was able to look at it and think "Man... just when you think there is no such thing as an original idea... someone does it." Love the simplicity of it, enjoy!

Monday, August 9, 2010

New designs for possible printing soon...

Got some new designs for the next round of shirts I'll be printing. Be sure to check them out! I've got some voting going on at Facebook. These words were a line that spoke to me from the latest Switchfoot album. Definitely an inspiring moment. Enjoy and stay tuned for the shirt to be in the online store within the next month or so!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

DFW Airport | For You

Also wanted to post about this project we worked on, even though it's a few months old.

But this project was special in a sense that all of the food, rocks, smoothies, everything was shot in a stop motion style. We shot all of the products on an acrylic set; rotating them and capturing different angles that way we could composite them in After Effects and animate them wherever we needed to.

Ton of work, but a ton of fun :) Hope you guys enjoy this and see it if you are ever in the DFW Airport!

Autolite Canadian Tire

Just finished working on this project here at Radium. Was definitely a great way to get familiar a little more with Cinema 4D. Style frames were a lot of fun to work on as well. A loose but fun style to animate.

The whole spot was animated in Cinema 4D and then some black and white base renders where composited into After Effects. Once animation was laid out, the team and I painted frame by frame in Photoshop to bring it to life. Hope you enjoy the spot as much as we did here at Radium! Be sure to check out the style frames over on my website.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Interview with Christopher Nolan on Inception

Just saw Inception this weekend and was blown away by the movie. Christopher Nolan definitely proves that he has yet to make a bad movie. In fact, I think this movie has easily made it's way to be one of the top movies of the year. Came across this interview with Christopher Nolan, but be aware, there is some talk about the plot of the movie in case you haven't seen it. Check it out here, and enjoy!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Video Journal #2: Love Sugar Blood

Video Journal #2, enjoy! Song by The Real Tuesday Weld

Monday, June 21, 2010

Save The Gulf | Feather

New treatment. Showing a before and after. The second illustration is showing hope and us contributing to help save the gulf. Enjoy!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Save The Gulf

New illustration using Cinema 4D and Photoshop. Just applying the look and feel that I saw on TV of these animals covered oil. Dedicated to all you animals who are reading this... we'll save the gulf.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Song for William

Here's a video journal I did last night of some footage I took last night. Was pretty dark out but camera held up pretty well with low light. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

New work. New updates. News all around!

Been really busy lately. As you can see, there is new photography, new word of the day illustrations, and also some brand updates through out the store and blog. Not to mention a siting of my One Meal One Day design being printed on shirts! :) Hope you enjoy the new work! Stay tuned for some custom designed Munny's that will be up for sale as well as a few prints. See ya soon!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Thunderstorm | Tormenta Eléctrica

Spanish translation : Tormenta Eléctrica; enjoy!

Website updates

Recently just updated the website, more to come soon!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Every Breath Is A Second Chance

Latest addition to my portfolio. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Bad Penny Opening Titles

The Bad Penny Opening Titles from Christopher Vela on Vimeo.

Here are some opening titles I've been working on for the past couple weeks at Radium. I was responsible for the motion of the titles for the second half of the video. Above are boards of some of the scenes I worked on. Was a lot of fun to work on and definitely see this being a direction I want to keep going in. Hope you enjoy!

Studio: Radium
Client: The Bad Penny
Director: Todd Bellanca
Producer: Kurt Kirchner
Title Designer: Justin Harder
Senior Editor: Peter Tarter
Motion Designers: Byron Slaybaugh, Christopher Vela

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

2010 Showreel

Latest reel for 2010. I'll be updating it through out the year as new work comes in. Head over to my website and enjoy!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Collage Series : Be Quiet and Drive

Here's the latest addition to the Collage Series of illustrations I've been working on. Just an exercise. May start getting some of these into motion soon. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Canvas For A Cause

Here's my contribution to Canvas For A Cause that will be this Thursday at Reel FX. My other paintings are posted on my website, enjoy!

Here's some more info. If you're in the Dallas area, come stop by for the show tomorrow and check out the studio! All of the pieces are $60, so it's all surprisingly affordable, and it goes to a good cause.

Reel FX is hosting the 2nd annual A Canvas for a Cause charity art event one week from now on Thursday, April 1st from 7-10 pm which will again benefit Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. 100% of the proceeds will go to Children’s Child Life Program which is a great cause that helps make the kids’ lives better while they are being treated. All art is $60 and is done by locally and nationally known artists from Reel FX and our friends, partners etc… This year, there is also a silent auction portion where select photography and art will be available for bidding. There will be really cool art and a fun evening for a good cause. We will have apps and wine as well! We hope you can join us for this event.
Hope to see you there

Thursday, March 18, 2010

CVELA Design Store has launched!

The day has come! The store is live and online! Offering free shipping for a limited time, as a grand opening welcome to all :) Felicitous still hasn't come in but will post when it arrives. Take care and enjoy! Visit the store, click here!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Shirts are in! Store coming soon...

Two of the designs are in! Felicitous should be in within in the next week or so. Once they're all in the store will be online and live! Decided to go with bigcartel and will be running the store myself. Stay tuned for the link to the store!


Trolley from Christopher Vela on Vimeo.

First video/short film, Trolley! Had a lot of fun with it, no color correction added. The beautiful Saturday helped :) Enjoy!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Spy Collage

Here's the latest edition to the Collage Series, based on the topic/concept "Spy." As I was developing the idea, I was searching for newspaper articles and came across one that gave this illustration a whole new meaning. Article was on "The Housewife Who Spied for Russia."

Also, there are two treatments, one solely dedicated to the story, and one that was a graphical experiment with texture and elements.


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Updated Website!

Hey everyone, it's that time again where I stay up late for two nights figuring out what to do for the website... and it's live! Check it out here and be on the lookout for a new showreel soon.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

One Meal One Day Contest Update!

Was shocked when I got the email today and found out I won the contest for One Meal One Day! Here is the winning design that was chosen, $500 cash, $100 store credit to RiW, thanks to Red is White for hosting the contest!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

Illustration I did for Laura's Valentine's Day :) Hope everyone had a great Sunday and thank goodness tomorrow is President's Day! Enjoy!

Friday, February 5, 2010


Sketch Friday at work! Topic : Tri-cycle. Enjoy!