Monday, May 9, 2011

Drawing Teeth

Teeth are fun to draw. They are shaped like tiny aliens, tentacled underwater creatures, or controversial modern sculpture. Using Kilgore dental study models as reference, I designed a number of t-shirts for my class over four years of dental school. To celebrate graduation and our shiny new DDS degrees, here all the designs in one extensive blog post.

This would be a great game for an arcade or dental office waiting room. I just have to clear up a few copyright issues:

Though it looks like your typical set of wind-up teeth, this is actually a functional complete denture:

The little guy in the background is jumping on a rheostat pedal, which is used to control the RPMs of the high-speed handpiece ("the drill," for those not up on proper dental terminology):

I had the cover of "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" by the Flaming Lips in mind when I drew this: 

Unfortunately, this last design was never printed on a shirt. Apparently the rapper Lil' John has limited commercial appeal: 


  1. Congrats on the DDS, and major kudos for the drawings!

    My girlfriend is a dental hygienist, so she (to an extent) sympathizes with your schooling. It's like pulling teeth, isn't it?


  2. The Pac-Man logo won me over. Congrats!

  3. Yes, following popular opinion, I am also a fan of Plaque Man. I think you must be by far the coolest dentist alive. My dentists aren't particularly funny or creative. You take the cake.

  4. Thanks! Luckily, sometimes pulling teeth can be fun.

    Book Florist: " far the coolest dentist alive" sounds like a good catchphrase for a business card or storefront. As long as the patients have no demand for humility.

  5. I reveled reading it. I require to read more on this subject...I am admiring the time and effort you put in your blog, because it is apparently one great place where I can find lot of reusable info..

  6. I think this would be a great game for an arcade or dental office waiting room.

  7. I gotta have you make me some shirts. You are awesome, congrats on graduating.

  8. Plaque-man seems like a marvelous t-shirt design. It's cute and funny. I have to agree with the rest. It's definitely a crowd favorite. =)

  9. There is in fact a pacman clone game called "denture man". I recall it well, when I was younger and was a nice place to be.