Pattern Play

Been playing around with some rough sketches. Working on daily exercises to try some new things. 2 hours, pencil, pastel, mixed media & digital.

Portrait Bust Study

Another experiment from today. I'm really having fun with these. 

Seeing Red

Been a while since I had time to just play around. For today's experiment I cranked out this fun odd little piece which I'm calling "Seeing Red." Seems fitting for an article about being pissed off, eh? Your vision goes wonky and you are clouded by evil red dagger eyes!

Mixed media and digital.

Conch Experiments

A summer full of design work and an early fall with travel, I'm more than excited for a few months back at the drawing table, experimenting and fleshing out some personal projects that have been nudging me restlessly from the sidelines for the better part of the year. Starting out with some quick pattern tests. 

Camp Festival Calgary 2014

After about a week over the pond in London and Brighton I touched base in New York for a day only to head right back out for Camp Festival in Calgary by friends from FITC and Bram Timmer. When we landed Sunday it was a comfortable 70 degrees but by Monday it had dropped to 30, and what we thought would be a docile flurry turned out to be a full-on snow storm. "Snow in September!" was the incantation. But snow aside, it was a total blast—the weather only enriched the experience, perhaps only making it more "Canadian?" I really can't say enough good things about this event. Thanks for having us, Calgary.

Jaume Plensa's sculpture outside the Bow and the beginnings of the September snow.

Jaume Plensa's sculpture outside the Bow and the beginnings of the September snow.

Reasons to be Creative 2014

A very big warm hug to John Davey and family, Dot Lung, and everyone else who made Reasons to be Creative possible again this year. And most of all thank you to everyone who generously gave me an hour of their attention, you rock.

This was my second year at Reasons and I really love the family vibe it has tucked away in Brighton. Pals From Form did an incredible job on the titles this year—everyone needs to pay attention to these guys. They add the most charming handmade quality and care to everything they do ... Not to mention they are just delightful humans. 

I really slacked on taking pictures on this trip, but here's my lone snap of the pebble beach where I spent many an hour taking calm walks. Brighton, you're ok. 

Totem

New piece, graphite & digital. Prints coming soon for new project.

Design Exchange Boston

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!

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TGD Magazine 3D

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! 

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Unused portrait by James Macari.

Unused portrait by James Macari.

Vice x DC x Warner Bros x SDCC Batman Arkham Knight

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. 

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