WTF Candles is a line of prank candles that change from pleasant or expected scents to unexpected and unpleasant scents. Examples include Fresh Cotton to Dirty Socks, Apple Pie to Dirty Fart and Fresh Roses to Sweaty Butt Crack. Most designs were created for prankcandles.com, but a few were created for Prank Candle’s distributors (thinkgeek.com being one).

I was hired to create an overall package design as well as unique illustrations for each scent. Each illustration needed to be eye catching, consistent and tie the good and bad scents together in one absurd yet easy to understand design.

THINKGEEK: CEREAL TO STINKY BREATH

A thinkgeek.com exclusive. I drew inspiration from Sherman of Mr. Peabody & Sherman and a fake Ren & Stimpy cereal commercial. I enjoy parodies of 50’s commercials that showcase children gleefully consuming either ineffective or harmful goods. His proportions are to make it seem as though his face might explode from sugary bliss and mouth rot.

BALSAM & CEDAR TO SKUNK SPRAY

One of many images made for prankcandles.com. Nature can truly take your breath away. I bent the trees not only to show the awesome power of skunk anatomy, but to lead the eye in a circular motion around the image and draw in the viewer. I’ve never been sprayed by a skunk so I didn’t have that first hand experience to draw from.

APPLE PIE TO DIRTY FART

My first package design for the series helped set a playful tone with simple shapes, bright, but not too intense colors and a sense of motion. Every image features a simple sunburst background to lead the eye toward the subject. In this case, a self propelling, sweet, yet eye watering apple.

VANILLA TO VOMIT

I gravitated toward the idea of vomiting so forcefully you could make yourself spin out of control, only adding to your nausea, confusion and terror. This guy (gal?) is having a rough go of things.  Maybe lactose intolerant? It was important to establish a relationship among the different objects by using browns and greens.