Made these a while back and forgot to post them here, my poor neglected blog.
Posting this happy accident here so I don't forget it. I love it when this stuff happens.
Made a little animation experiment today.
This old dog learned a new trick. Here's my first experiment creating a piece completely digitally. The dawn of a new era for me? Not quite yet, but who knows what the future holds. For now, this is definitely another tool at my disposal which I'm stoked about. My friend Kyle Webster makes these great Photoshop brushes and that's what I used to make this piece.
Recently, Hadas from Israel emailed me some pics of a mosaic she made based on my old Jimi Hendrix illustration. I love it and was always a bit curious what my work would look like as a mosaic.
Here's some more character development for my kids book stuff.
I recently worked with Google and 72andSunny to create portraits for a project commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. As a nod to the 1990 protest known as the Capitol Crawl when activists with disabilities pulled themselves up the steps of the Capitol Building, the artwork was featured on staircases throughout Washington, D.C. More info can be found here.
A while back I decided to take a stab at writing & illustrating a kids book. Client work seems to come first so this little project has taken a back seat, but I work on it when I have time. So, I'm still busy dummying the book out, but did some painted tests from the character development stage. Did these back in November but forgot to post them here. Better late than never, I guess. Pretty sure this is one of those projects that I'll need to make time to work on it instead of trying to find the time.
I recently passed the one year mark of having a separate studio from where I live. The previous 12 or 13 years had me working from home, but when my house started filling up with my children, the need for the studio increased as my work productivity decreased. It was only supposed to be until the kids were in daycare, but it quickly turned into a better situation overall so now it's a long term thing. Being able to turn off work when I leave for the day and just be Dad at home, and being more productive and more focused has been pretty invaluable. All my worries about the extra costs, or wanting to work all the time, or not being at home for every hour of every day, quickly washed away after I settled into the new routine. I highly recommend this move for anyone in a similar situation.
This past summer I was commissioned by Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland, OH, to refresh the label artwork for their line-up of craft beers. GLBC is a brand that's critically acclaimed with a regional cult following and it's the first time they've refreshed their brand since opening for business over 25 years ago. The branding refresh was handled by the great team at Brokaw. So many of the labels have connections to Ohio, as well as personal connections to the brewery's owners, brothers Pat and Dan Conway. My job is to help showcase these stories in an interesting way all while remaining true to their roots as they get ready for expansion on national scale. Here's the reveal of the first 5 labels.