Here is a little snippet of a poster I am working on for the Fourstring Brewing Co. Poster show in April. I just sent the files off today and couldnt be more excited to warp this one up!
This piece is a side project exploring form, style and composition. I had to channel the creative expertise from the the “skulls and plants” pro: Logan Shmitt I can’t imagine that I will be drawing too many more of these types of pieces, I’ll leave that to Logan. (seriously, his stuff is crazy good)
Instead of New Year’s resolutions, I always set new creative goals for myself. Last year my goal was to introduce a more illustrative approach into my work. I feel pretty good about that progress and have been trying to sneak more of it in whenever I can on each project. .
I committed to a few illustration based projects in 2017 to build up my illustration chops. However, coming into the new year I want to really dig in and see where I can take it. Which brings me to to my resolution…Just make A LOT MORE STUFF.
I am always on the hunt for new inspiration. Those pieces of art and life that make me want to make more stuff. Recently I started getting into and studying the work of engravings, woodcuts and linoleum block . I happened upon some Mexican woodcuts from the early 1900’s and haven’t been able to get enough.
For the Wonderball Tarot card project I chose the Two of Wands and I thought it would be the perfect chance to apply some of the stuff I’ve learned and of course, I’m always looking for a new reason to draw a skull.
My first linocut. I started screen printing 7 years ago. Since that time I’ve been obsessed with analog process and have always tried to bring parts of that into my work. I’ve also been trying to figure out a way to make limited run art prints without breaking the bank. Thanks to @strawcastle for inspiring me to carve!
If you know me then you know that I’m not really big on drinking. It’s not that I’m against it or that I am trying to make some sort of statement by sitting out. I choose not to because it just isn’t for me. A lot of people have a difficult time understanding that and usually need some sort of explanation. There isn’t one.
Inspired by international coffee day and the Descendents
Working my buns off to beat the winter weather. Really excited to share the finished mural.
This is the second installment of my Synthlandia series, where I illustrate the different aspects of of synthesizers, the noises they make and different functions of both the machines and how we interact with them. This image represents the low frequency oscillations (or LFO) that help to shape sounds. Sometimes they are so low they can fucking melt shit...
Although I wasn't able to attend, I still wanted to express my excitement for Moogfest 2017.
Every year Moog hosts a 3 day festival celebrating all things synthesizers. Beat makers, boutique synth companies and fans come out to celebrate the life and legacy of Bob Moog.
This specific piece represents the different modes and mindsets I go through when I play my synths. Hope ya'll like it!
Over the last several weeks I have been working on my submission for the Beautiful Words poster art show. The quote below is taken from the movie Gummo, which explores the lives of the citizens of Xenia, Ohio after a devastating tornado ravages through the town. The Narrator whispers this quote at the beginning of the film, setting the dark, but somehow still hopeful tone that resonates throughout the film. If you haven't see it, it's pretty weird but I still recommend checking it out.
Skull study. Always trying new textures and techniques. Hope to do something else with this bad boy in the future!
RIP Carrie Fisher
Throughout the year I made it a point to record some of the sounds from my life. Here are some of those sounds.
On my never-ending quest for resources, inspiration and other rad stuff to fuel the creative fire, I sometimes come across something that really sticks out. Recently it's been the Creative Pep Talk podcast. Hosted by illustrator/commercial artist Andy J. Miller, (AKA Dr. Pizza) the podcast covers a wide variety of topics like: staying inspired, building a personal brand and how to know what to make.
There are a lot of design related podcasts out there and lets face it, most of them suck. However, Creative Pep Talk and its sister show Ask A Freelancer offer a unique perspective into the life and working habits of somebody that is in the middle of building a career and a reputation. I can't say enough good things about this show and what it has done for me over the last several months. It always gets me fired up to start making and run my business better and smarter.
Among the array of advice, tips, stories and resources, he interviews some of the best people in design and illustration. On top of all of that Andy's work is killer!
Check it out, like, support, subscribe, donate or just tell somebody about it.