New piece, graphite & digital. Prints coming soon for new project.
See you guys in Boston this September 27 - 28 for Design Exchange Boston's radical event hosted by AIGA! Come hang. I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's thought's around this year's theme of experimentation. Super stoked on my panel with some crazy awesome dudes and dudettes. Details to come!
This post is long overdue. Friends Tina and Ryan Essmaker aka The Great Discontent successfully funded their very first magazine with the support of the almighty internetz, and the result is a completely beautiful inch thick masterpiece of inspiration in design collaboration with Frank Chimero. It's also now available at McNally Jackson in NYC. It was a blast to be a part of the very first issue and work with one of my very favorite photographer's James Macari and editing studio Dippin' Sauce for the portrait. Great job to the entire TGD family. Well done guys. Below are some of the layouts of my feature—they just make me completely giddy with excitement. Thanks for making my scribbles look so damn classy!
I had the immense pleasure and honor of working with Vice over the summer for their event at San Diego Comic Con to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Batman alongside DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. for the launch of Arkham Knight. Each participating artist was tasked to customize a Batman cowl and cape which would be displayed both at Comic Con and a show at the Hard Rock Hotel. This was up there for me as one of the weirdest and most challenging, but also most fun and exciting jobs I've ever had. A massive thank-you to Vice for having me along for the ride in the company of such cool artists like Mike Perry, Conrad Leach, Buff Monster, and Mister Cartoon to name a few. My batman was a witch-doctor-eye-of-providence interpretation. Watching a lot of Game of Thrones may or may not have influenced using a real wild goat pelt for part of the cape for those chilly Gotham nights...
Photo credits to Tim King and Lauren Natalie.
Friends Adaptations NY have opened a gorgeous little Popup Shop in Brooklyn from July 9 - 13, 12-8 PM, 150 Franklin Street, Greenpoint, BK. If you're in the area you should definitely go check out their lovely curation of beautiful vintage furniture and various curated art and products. I'm also extremely excited they'll be carrying two of my scarf designs! They'll both be on sale through the Popup shop but if you're not in the area and would still like to pick one up, they're still available online through my shop.
For upcoming article and art series about tinnitus (that annoying ringing in your ears). Fun fact, according to the American Tinnitus Association, more than 50 million Americans have it.
A fantastic video summary of good times this year at FITC Toronto! Thanks for having me!
Good times with Sougwen Chung, Irene Pereyra, Anton Repponen, Jared Ficklin, GMUNK, James White, Neil Mendoza, Jason White, Stacey Mulcahy, Bermon Painter, and I finally met Yuko Shimizu! Yuko, you're the coolest. Many thanks to the fine FITC crew who expertly put on a kickass time.
All my time has been occupied with design work for the past several weeks since returning from somewhat of a travel sabbatical, and I haven't been able to illustrate as much as I'd like lately, however I do always fit in some experiments just for fun. This one was inspired by some simple Japanese woodblock silhouettes of cranes I've been in love with recently. As of late, more pared down shapes and compositions have been very interesting to me.
Avers from my hometown of Richmond, VA released their debut album titled Empty Light on iTunes yesterday. It made it to iTunes Alternative New and Noteworthy list, very well-deserved indeed. I've already had the pleasure of giving it a few dozen listens as I got a delightful little sneak peak for research purposes...for designing it's cover! It was an exceptional honor to be asked to work on such a special project as a debut album (not to mention a lot of pressure). After a number of rounds and various experimentation the simplest idea ended up being the coolest (at least I thought so—and so did the band.) The title Empty Light reminded me of certain Sunday mornings I spend lazily in my apartment with a cup of coffee. They are my single day to really get up at my leisure and sit by my window to reflect, listen, and just be. I have a number of ornate rugs on my floor, and in the morning the light shines through my windows masking out their patterns in playful patches diffused across my floor.
My first thought was to try and capture this sense of illumination, reflection and even melancholy in some abstract design and the band had also pointed to similar reference. But after a couple tests something wasn't quite coming together. Roger and I were discussing the idea and we started doing a little more research. We discovered the term "Empty Light" is also a term used in medicine when determining brain death with cerebral radionuclide angiography. The lack of intercranial blood flow shows up in the radiograph image as an empty white space due to the lack of blood flow and is referred to as an "empty light bulb." The real medical images of this were eerie and beautiful—perfect really as it—both sad and romantic, all at once. How fitting too that I often feel like an empty vessel myself when immersed in the experience of listening to a piece music. We'd found our hook and one of my favorite tools of watercolor seemed like a perfect fit to simply execute the concept. Avers had asked that we use color, so instead of a black and white design like I may have otherwise been inclined to use, we went with a glowing red and pinks direction with hints of blues and greens.
Below—some early watercolor tests. I actually really love the simplicity of the left green and grey version, but the band had concerns about it feeling too dark and gothic. Understandable, as I had also worked on their last EP cover release which was also just simple black and white using their logo. The right was a more psychedelic approach which I also was digging. The compromise was blending the two and meeting somewhere in the middle.
Below—some initial abstract, plant-like, organic approaches I tried in the very beginning. While I liked their design, pattern, and complexity, they weren't feeling right for the album.