Sunday, July 10, 2011
This is another illustration I did for Metro International. The article was a piece on the rise of nerd culture, and it's dominance in mainstream pop culture. It's a subject very near and dear to my heart, of course, and it was fun getting to come up with all the different geeky stuff I could put into a giant pile. In the distance, you can see the gathering storm, as jock culture rallies its troops for the inevitable backlash...
Here's a quick, last-minute poster I did to advertise a viral video contest. My goal was to illustrate the steps involved in the contest, and leave room for essential text, in an interesting and engaging way. I was really against the clock on this one, but like so often in the world of design, the best solutions really do come at the 11th hour.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
My biggest editorial assignment yet! This was a full page illustration for the magazine Popular Mechanics, in an article on the imagined future of space tourism. They wanted to see modern tech illustrated in a retro style. While I usually pull visual elements from old-fashioned sources, I don't often draw science-fiction, or even ultra modern technology. As is probably pretty evident, I watched a lot of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Wall-E for inspiration.
It was a fun change of pace, and I really hope to get more of these assignments (pardon the pun) ... in the future!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Here are two variants of a poster I did for ska band Bigger Thomas. This is another piece in my ongoing campaign to improve the quality of ska and reggae aesthetics in the 21st century. As with my previous ska posters, I pulled elements from classic punk and mod imagery to reconnect the bands' sounds with their graphic roots.
I had originally designed it horizontal, and then learned the club needed it vertical. I cant decide which works better, so here's both!
Here's a quick(one evening) spot illustration I did for Metro International newspaper. It illustrates an imagined device that turns a baby's screams into pleasant music. The editor suggested a muzzle of some sort, and I did my best to soften it with cuddly curves and powder blue coloring.
Metro International is a worldwide newspaper based out of Sweden, so look for this latest illustration in an exotic, far-flung location near you!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
First, a quick update. Back in February, I left my job in the t-shirt biz for the greener pastures of social gaming. I now work at Zynga, the company behind Farmville, Mafia Wars, and just about any other game you play on Facebook. Our studio here in Baltimore makes Frontierville, and it is my job to create the graphics and assets you see in the game. While I may not post too much from my day-career on here, play Frontierville online and you can see some of the viral items, collection pieces, and feed images I have contributed.
Now that I've caught everyone up to speed, let's move on to new art! I've got an absolutely massive backlog of Dr. Sketchy's drawings that I've been meaning to scan, but this time I had combined pressure from both the Dr. Sketchy's crew and the model(fellow Illustrator Paige Pumphrey) to get me off my ass and over to the scanner. You can see pictures of the session, and examples of Paige's fantastic work on the Dr. Sketchy's blog, here.