The Two of wands

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.

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Canal Market District posters

We recently had the opportunity to create a poster for the newly opened Canal Market District out in Newark, Ohio. This poster pays tribute to the once flourishing economic and agricultural past. 

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The posters were screen printed in CMYK by Jess at Upright Press right here in the capital city of Columbus, Ohio.  

The posters were sold at the dedication event on May 27th and all proceeds go to helping fund the Canal Market District. There was a huge turn out and we couldn't have been more excited to see people lining up to buy posters and other merchandise that we designed to help promote the cause. More on that in the weeks to come! 

 

 

Pinchflat

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Every year in the late spring a few local business help promote up and coming artists and designers with a bicycle themed poster show known as Pinchflat. 30 artists, 30 posters, 30 bucks. The show is hosted during gallery hop in the short north and is split up between Wildgoose Creative and Paradise Garage. 

Typically they have musicians preforming, beer on tap and a good crowd around the posters. This year was no exception. 

 

As someone that started out my career in screen printing and letterpress, this event holds a special place in my heart. This year there was a wide variety of approach, in both printing method and illustration style. 

 

Here are a couple of my favorites:

Jeremy Slagle - 3 color Screenprint

Jeremy Slagle - 3 color Screenprint

Carl Filer - 2 color Screenprint

Carl Filer - 2 color Screenprint

Sam Russell -  3 color Screenprint

Sam Russell -  3 color Screenprint

Over all, it was a really fun show with some stunning work! 

I’ve never submitted a poster to Pinchflat, but after seeing all of the great stuff this year has really inspired me to submit in the future. 

See you next year!

Read more about the event here

 

DKNG

 

Not always, but, every once in a while some really great, nationally recognized, designers will come through Columbus, Ohio and offer up a little bit of insight into how they got where they are and how they do what they do. Recently, poster designer/illustrator team DKNG rolled through the CSCA meet up at Gateway Film center. They had a poster pop-up shop where dozens of fans and fellow designers crowded around. They brought their best work and a friendly attitude. 

 

As a former screen printer I was floored by the quality and detail applied to each print and we even chatted about process and logistics a bit. They brought over 20 different prints to sell which made my choice difficult to say the least. I had it narrowed down between space and camping…I opted for the former because, well, I have a thing for space stuff. 

 

 

Later…

There was a short introduction and a drawing for a chance to win a poster. And wouldn't you know it, I won the camping themed poster from their explorer club series! 

 

During the talk Dan Kuhlken and Nathan Goldman took turns speaking about their backstory, rise to fame and process. After it was all over they even had a little time for some Q&A. 

Over all, this is one of the best design related talks that I have ever been to. These guys are humble, hard working designers that just want to make good work for good people. I couldn't help but to admire how they are so transparent about process and their willingness to share. If anybody deserves to be in such a good place, it’s these guys. 

 

Check out more of their work at: dkngstudios.com