If you're in BK, swing by the Adaptations NY showroom. They have a beautifully curated selection of vintage decor, apparel, and homewares. You can also pick up the Tiger Scarf there. Limited quantities. Also available for purchase in the online shop.
More experimenting and sketching for 100 Girls Project. I'm spending no more than a few hours on these latest ones as I really just want to get a bunch of ideas out quickly. Girl 21, mixed media and digital. Had some leftover neon yellow acrylic paint from another project I decided to try and get rid of, but in the end I decided to mute it. 'twas a bit too intense for a Wednesday afternoon.
Been playing around with some rough sketches. Working on daily exercises to try some new things. 2 hours, pencil, pastel, mixed media & digital.
Another experiment from today. I'm really having fun with these.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just for fun I made a couple tote bags with some a beetle friend. I've been experimenting with some simpler, rougher line art illustrations and wanted to try one as a screenprint. We only have a few at the moment as these were really just for a good time, but there are a few available in the shop if you're so inclined! Just for the funny fun-funs.
The Tiger Scarf is finally here! This piece has been in the works for nearly a year, after long talks and prototyping with new production partners, sample-making, and then finally the long wait for the final hand-sewn pieces. For whatever reason, my imagination often manifests itself in technicolor through my illustration, which over the past 5 or 6 years has been in stark contrast to my own personal style, which consists of an entirely black closet. For this scarf I wanted to make something that I could feel excited about wearing myself—how very selfish I know! But something wasn't feeling quite right about carrying products I wouldn't use myself. The result of this experiment were the the bold black and white patterns of mister tiger's stripes. The chiffon is light and semi-transparent, just in time for this brutal New York winter to end—the first signs of a glorious spring are already peaking around our gotham corners.