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WSU Faculty Exhibition

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Sycamore Bark

The Washington State University’s Art Department is holding its biannual faculty exhibition this fall. I am showing a selection from my 2007 installation, A Safe Distance. If you are in the Pullman/Moscow area, come out for the opening on Friday, August 28th at 5pm. The work will be showing from August 27th through September 26th.

Little Funny

Thursday, August 6th, 2009


The summer has flown by, but I have a few little somethings to show for it. The first example is a set of three mini-comics I made for the Little Funny project in Minneapolis. A prominent side-project to Big Funny, which is a huge (48-page, 3-feet wide) all-comics newspaper in blatant defiance of the notion that print is dead, Little Funny swings to the other extreme with a series of 29 different tiny comics collected in random assortments of 6 minis and sold for $2 out of a retired and repurposed cigarette vending machine. My comics are issues 25, 26, and 27, and tell short, wordless stories about Mountain Man.

The Little Funny comics will be available alongside the Big Funny exhibition at the Altered Esthetics gallery in Minneapolis. The opening is tomorrow night, August 7th, 2009, from 7-11pm, at Altered Esthetics, 1224 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413. So all you Minneapolites (Minneapoloids? Minneapolans?), show some love and buy some comics!

Welcome to cloudyco.com!

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

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After a lot of thinking and planning, and not a little bit of fussing, cloudyco.com is alive! I’ve felt for some time that I’ve grown away from The Bunch of Monkeys Workshop moniker, and so a little under a year ago, I started my journey towards a new name.

The transition started in January when I invited six great artists to help me launch the Cloudy Collection letterpress print project. After that turned out more successfully than I could have hoped, I realized the beast was loose and we were on our way.

A couple weeks ago I silently launched CloudyCloudy, the home for my paintings and drawings and sculptural work. I see my commercial work like illustration and design as living on a continuum with my fine art work, so some pieces that I have made destined for a gallery may show up here on cloudy/co, and other work that some might consider illustration may make sense over on CloudyCloudy as well. Wherever you find my work, I hope it sticks to your ribs. In a good way.

And now today I launch cloudy/co! If you are considering hiring me for a project– as an illustrator, designer, or as a consultant in some capacity– take a look around and let me know what you like. No project is too big; none is too small. We just have to find the right fit.

In the meantime, you can follow official cloudy/co blabbery on twitter here, or you can listen to my sporadic personal outbursts over here (and my latest posts from this twitter account show up on the right of this page.) You can also sign up for my mailing list over on the right of the page.

I hope to hear from you soon!

Hovels & Hideaways

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009


The second edition of the Cloudy Collection is now available! This newest set includes art from Vera Brosgol, S.Britt, Elio, Vincent Stall, Scott Campbell, Bwana Spoons, and me, David Huyck (my print pictured below).

Get yourself a set for just $35 with free shipping to the US and Canada.


Earth Day Promo at Cloudy Collection

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Hey, check it out– we’re doing an Earth Day promotion at the Cloudy Collection: $10 will be donated to the Nature Conservancy for each print set sold tomorrow, April 22nd, 2009. That’s in addition to the $250 we are already sending them!

See more at the site!

Cloudy Collection is GO!

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

It’s been several months in the making, but I have finally launched my latest project: the Cloudy Collection!

Cloudy Collection: Volume I: Edition 1

A little while back I had the notion that I wanted to make some letterpress prints with my college friend, Harold Kyle, of Boxcar Press. Then I was also thinking that I know a lot of artists who I’d love to make art with. The two great tastes tasted great together, and the Cloudy Collection was forged in a flaming furnace of fiery, um, flames. Or on a big fat Heidelberg, really.

Prints are on sale now! There’s all kinds of other exciting information about the project on the site, so please take a look.

Happy 2009!

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Happy New Year from Idaho!

The happiest of New Year’s to everyone!

The past year was rough on a lot of the country and a lot of the world, but I can’t help but be optimistic. Besides the long-awaited departure of a certain someone with the initials GWB, and the corresponding arrival of Mr. BHO, the extended and expanding Huyck clan had a good year.

In March my older brother made me an uncle. In August my younger brother got married to an awesome woman. And two days before that wedding, my amazing wife gave birth to our pride and joy, Susanna Elnora Huyck, who weighed in at 9lbs 1oz, and 21.5in long! All my photos and videos of her are on Flickr. Susanna has been a constant source of hilarity, joy, and drool, and without even attempting to avoid cliché, she has changed our lives.

It was a great year for drawing things and making stuff, too. Thanks to all who hired me, or invited me to participate in a show, or just brought their kids over so I could draw coloring book pages for them. I count myself lucky to have such wonderful clients!

And of course there is the relocation to Idaho (see above illustration.) We are very excited to be in our new home in Moscow, ID, and I will begin teaching in two weeks in the art department of Washington State University in Pullman, just across the state line from here.

And speaking of the above illustration, if you like the card, please download the PDF and print it out!

Thanks to you, 2008!

And welcome, 2009! We expect great things!

- DH.

"A Magical Mask"

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

Just a brief note to link to an article on the Craft Magazine blog that talks about the San Francisco Plush You! show. Look for the mention of “a magical mask.”

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 31st, 2008

I almost forgot to post about this mask I made for the San Francisco Plush You! venue, double punch. And what better day to post a mask than All Hallow’s Eve? See more in this Flickr set, including in-progress shots.

Now go eat some candy!

Hall of Ween!

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

This in-store Halloween decoration project for a national chain of stores was super-fun to work on. I sat in at Imagehaus and under the creative direction of Jay Miller, I created “Ween the Candy Fiend”, who lurks in the candy aisle, ready to share has last piece of candy with you. Ultimately, the client went with one of the other designer’s “safer” directions, but I still loved the project, and I had a great time at Imagehaus.

See more in this Flickr set.


Plush You!!!!

Monday, October 6th, 2008

It’s that time of year again: the fourth annual Plush You! show at Schmancy in Seattle opens Friday October 10! The opening runs from 5-9pm and will be up for a month. BONUS: This year, there will also be a San Francisco venue as well! WOW! I have sent different work for each place, but the work I did for Seattle is up on my Flickr page.

I have not stayed in the habit of regularly making plush toys out-of-season, but every time Plush You! rolls around, I have a great time playing with my big boxes of random felt and fabrics that I have collected. I use it as an opportunity to try out an idea, or as an outlet for something that has been on my mind. This year, I wanted to make wearable things, so I created a set of three Cryptid Crowns: Nessie, Sasquatch, and Yeti.

I also designed some labels for the crowns. I think I almost have as much fun designing and making the labels as I do making the actual plushies!

P.S. I just posted a set of haikus to the blog of Adam Rex, children’s author and illustrator extraordinaire. The poems I wrote seem to have a familiar theme…

Proud Papa!

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

My wife and I welcomed our baby girl, Susanna, on Thursday, August 7, 2008, at 2:09 am. She was 9lbs 1oz and 21.5in long. Both Mama and baby are doing fabulously!

Thanks to all of you who have written to congratulate us– I may or may not be able to get back to you all individually, but know that we hear you, and we appreciate your support!

Much love,


Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

Related to this earlier post, the sign I (quickly) made for the My Yard Our Message project was in the top 50, and thus has been dubbed a “winner!” (look for “DH.” about two-thirds down that first page) It looks like you can buy this and other yard signs for about $15 each through the site. Cheers!

Radio Nerdvana

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Teh awesoem radio show, This American Life, posted a t-shirt contest a few weeks ago, and last night the muse visited, so I drew up this entry. See it on cream as well, below.

10 Years Ago…

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

I really should be working, but I need a break for myself. I just saw Claire Robertson’s version of this meme and I thought it would make a good break/distraction:

Back to basics comic meme

Draw a ten panel comic about what you were doing ten years ago. Put pen straight to paper – no pencil, no computer, no planning, no starting again if you make a mistake. Simply draw, scan, publish. Tag some people who you’d like to see do the meme too. Oh and if you want to do it even if you haven’t been tagged you are most welcome!

So, here’s me 10 years ago:

(Click for larger/legible version)

(Click for larger/legible version)

If you’re listening, I tag John, Adam, Elio, and Meg to do their version. And don’t feel the need to wait to be tagged (I wasn’t after all.) Anyone else going to bring it?

Lego Factory

Monday, July 21st, 2008

No, not a factory made out of Legos (aw, shoot.) Yes, the factory where Legos are made (yay!)

(via BB)

My Yard Our Message

Friday, July 11th, 2008

I was pleasantly surprised this afternoon to find a yard sign I designed used as an example on the Walker Art Center’s blog. The sign is for a project here in the Twin Cities to get some citizen voices heard during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul this year. I haven’t lived in St. Paul for very long, but even I know that this is a Democratic town (the Minnesota Democratic party is called the DFL for Democrat Farm Labor, and St. Paul is historically a strong labor town)– it’s no wonder they’re having trouble finding volunteers to work at the convention.


Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

This is just a quick note to my brothers (and sisters, real and in solidarity) out there who loved Legos growing up in the 80′s. There is a tantalizing sequence of Lego sets starting around the one-third mark of the movie– beginning with the space sets and moving through the castle and pirate sets. That era pretty much covers my childhood obsession with Legos.

Pictured above is (one of?) the first space sets we had around the house, from which the coveted “LL928″ brick arrived. My brothers and I would always find a place of prominence for the “license plate” on the space ships we built. The back of the ship, when you built the set from the instructions, opened to release a small moon buggy. There are other gems and triggers for the memory in the photo gallery as well. I can smell the musty basement and feel the rug burns on my knuckles from swooping our creations around.

Nostalgia is such an insidious elixir! I will not buy more Legos until after my daughter (due any day now) is born!

(at Gizmodo, via BoingBoing)

Two of my Favorite Things

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

It’s like getting chocolate in my peanut butter! This American Life + Chris Ware =

(via Coudal)

Air Bear Video

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

This little bear (kind of looks like a dog to me) has appeared on the streets of New York. Until now I’d only seen photos, and I loved the idea, but now, seeing it on video, I love it even more. The ferocity of the beast is enhanced by its tremulous stance when the air pressure is too strong.

The grates on the street are air vents for the subway tunnels. Whenever a train goes by, the pressure wave of air in front of the train shoots up through the grates and inflates the sculpture. It’s a brilliant and creative use of otherwise lost energy. I wish I had thought of it! (of course, the Twin Cities don’t have subways, so…)