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Dean Rivet (@rivetrivet) is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Portland, OR. He has three imaginary super-intelligent primates and pilots the Blue Lion in his spare time. His official website is and his illustration blog is

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The Ankhtifi Automaton

| December 1, 2010 | 0 Comments

This is my final character! I couldn’t think of what to do, so why not make a victorian steampunk terminator mummy? I went nuts with custom brushes in Illustrator on this one. I hope you like it! is my illustration blog, is my site, and I’m on twitter as @rivetrivet. Have a Smurfy day! ^_^

Galactic Agent: DRAGONFLY

| December 1, 2010 | 0 Comments

Hey Kids! Meet Patty the Plativarkipus!

| November 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

Ineffective Spy Robot

| November 30, 2010 | 0 Comments


| November 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

Beware the heterodontic Horror of Dimetrodon!

| November 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

Turbo Mer-Man

| November 30, 2010 | 0 Comments


| November 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

Prepare to be conquered. And deep-fried.

Mr. Wheelz

| November 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

It doesn’t seem so long ago

| November 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

…when I loved you, my radio. You promised me so much, but now you’ve changed.


| November 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

Gynoid, of course, is the technical term for “Fembot.”

Foolish humans! Prepare to become slaves of… ARTHROKUS!!

| November 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

The Biomorph

| November 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

This character was inspired by the baby robot that even *I* found disturbing in Daft Punk’s “Technologic” video. This is what I imagine that sweet lil’ baby looks like now. I blew up the head so you can see the stupid teeth I drew. LOOK AT THE TEETH!!!! 😉


| November 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

Meet e133t (“Elite”) he’s a software cyber ninja assassin commando fighter.

Frogenbunny: Science- OR MADNESS?!?

| November 28, 2010 | 0 Comments


| November 27, 2010 | 0 Comments

The color scheme is intended to create a more bird-like shape. The bird’s “tail” takes the place of what is usually superhero underwear.

Drank red bull, got wings~!

| November 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

I banged this thing out before heading off to work.

What does a mechanical frog say?

| November 26, 2010 | 5 Comments

“DIE VEGAN DIE” Starring Duke Hasenpfeffer

| November 26, 2010 | 2 Comments

Duke is an action star, you see, and is not terribly bright. I tried explaining that Vegans are not “Communists from the Peoples’ Republic of Vulgaria,” but he wouldn’t listen to me. No Vegans- or bunnies- were harmed in the creation of this cartoon. They may have high blood pressure now though. Duke Hasenpfeffer loves action movies, red meat and hyperbole.

Zonnebrand the lil’ devil

| November 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

Zonnebrand the lil' devil

“Zonnebrand” is the Dutch word for “Sunburn.” I wanted to name him after something annoying and painful but not too evil since he’s a little impish fellow. 🙂

Smart Phone Goblin

| November 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

I wanted to make a “Kirby-style” monster along the lines of the sci-fi / horror comics of the ’50s, but something current. Atomic energy and space travel were the big themes of their day, so the big deal today is smart phones. I wanted to make a “haunted / possessed phone.”


| November 12, 2010 | 2 Comments

I totally came up with the name just before I posted this. I was going to go with Mecharilla or something goofy like that. I made this in Illustrator, so the gradients and shiny goodness was actually a lot easier than it looks. Anyone know where I can buy some steel bananas?

Zodiak Kid!

| November 11, 2010 | 2 Comments

Meet Zodiak Kid! He gets his powers from a mystical luchador mask that lets him summon the powers and/or forms of the zodiac animals by pressing the stars on the mask. I picked the coolest animals from the Western and Chinese zodiacs, leaving out lame ones like Virgins and Acorns and the like. 😛 LOL I just noticed I left off my own sign! XD

Doc Panzer

| November 10, 2010 | 2 Comments

You know when you come up with a new character, and then you need to come up with a cool name? Yeah, today wasn’t one of those days! 😛

This cat is one bad mother trucker

| November 9, 2010 | 2 Comments

This is my spin on the cool Kung-Fu comics of the 1970s. I had to rush this one out, but I’m getting my workflow in Illustrator pretty ironed out.

Meet Automeris- Heroine. Pilot. Flapper Girl.

| November 7, 2010 | 2 Comments

I wanted to create a pulp-styled hero along the lines of The Spirit & The Green Hornet (basically guys in suits wearing masks), but I wanted to add a unique twist. I hope an aeroplane-flying flapper girl is unique enough. At 3.5 hours, this is the most time I’ve spent on a character, not including research. Again, flipped through Wikipedia for inspiration and came across the Io Moth (Automeris Io)

If your coffee doesn’t taste like MUD it wasn’t GROUND this morning!

| November 6, 2010 | 3 Comments

I woke up this morning and was greeted by this oh-so-chipper little coffee monster! I took a picture with my camera phone, and drew him in in Illustrator, but had to bring it back to Photoshop to get the effects I wanted. True to 30 Characters form, what was meant to be a quickie ended up taking way longer than I wanted. I wanted to ask him his name, but he just screamed, broke through my kitchen window and alphabetized my entire neighborhood. Any suggestions? 🙂

TOKAN, despot of Mars

| November 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

Tokan is taken from the names of Alex TOth and Gil KANe. I wanted to do a robot character, and when I drew the face it had a 1950s look to it, so I ran with that. Since he’s a robot I’d blow off one hand so I wouldn’t have to draw it, which gave me the idea to render him as a sort of “Silver-Age Terminator.” Yeah, sure saved a lot of time creating custom Illustrator brushes for the wires, sparks and smoke. *smacks forehead* I hope you like it! 🙂

If you love seafood and bad puns, you’ll love Scampy!

| November 4, 2010 | 0 Comments

#1 Shavian Warrior

| November 2, 2010 | 5 Comments

Some funky sci-fi for the people!

I wanted to do something along the lines of Aeon Flux- hence the thong. I was stuck for a gimmick though, so I flipped through Wikipedia until some sort of animal turned up, which was a snail. So I ran with that. I did the background and rough pencils in Photoshop, but I did everything else in Illustrator. I added the Shavian script for some additional sci-fi flair. I hope you like it!