February 2, 2010

Here is my first design (that was accepted, lol) on Threadless, up for voting now! Tell me what you think!



Food Product Project

August 23, 2009

As mentioned in Saturday’s post, more as follows indeed and it’s quite scrumptious. A failed project with two distinct looks, never quite saw the light for portfolio inclusion. Maybe in the future, maybe…

The first go-round:


Cutesy and colorful, two names that go well with my design aesthetic! Oooh!




The problem with this design was that the finished product didn’t seem edible enough. The colours weren’t right, the image of shroom too cartoony, etc. I was still in “search” mode, looking for that signature piece of design. I was trying to stay away from the natural look and feel of mushrooms, but alas, maybe I should have went with the norm this time.

Second go-round: NEW! color scheme and logo and visual element

Picture 4

Note: Please pardon the missing fonts, I still need to upload the many many typefaces I lack on the new compy.

Picture 2

Picture 3

Picture 6

The problem with these was I felt it still borrowed too much from the previous design, so I didn’t print them off and re-execute. I chose to use the band of color as a sort of ribbon to be my signature for the product. The colors are better but still not quite there. I abandoned the project, but still look back fondly at making all those images and prints and sketches of shrooms. Good times. Oh and delishus!

Mommy is a Sick Muse

June 4, 2009

MetricEvery artist has their muse. It’s not always easily defined. Music is and will always be a huge influence on my mood, creations, desires, inspirations, thoughts, dreams, fears. No band I have encountered brings me closer to a creative climax than Toronto-based rockers Metric. I have tickets to see them live in one week at the Granada in Lawrence. To say I’m excited would be the understatement of the year.

Metric’s sound is a mixture of electro, dance, rock, post-punk/grunge malaise that will keep you on edge and wanting more. The band’s name comes from their very metered chorus lines in many of their songs.

The final song on their latest album (Fantasies) is titled Stadium Love.
Taken from their website:

Haines explains: “I had just gotten back from Coachella, and I walked into the studio and noticed on the bulletin board that Joules had written ‘spider vs bat,’ i think he had been obsessively watching all these National Geographic animals-fighting-each-other-videos in his hotel room. For me, that phrase triggered an entire narrative that was about a gladiator-style enormo-dome where everything turns in on itself, with every form of aggression on display for spectators: monster trucks ramming into each other, bull fighting, sweaty men wrestling. And then you have these animals completely disconnected from the logic of their natural habitat, so you have a swan pecking the shit out of an elephant and pigs biting the necks out of tigers, and bats attacking spiders. And then in the seats, the spectators are kicking the shit out of each other too. There’s this completely blurred line between spectator and participant, and we’re all trapped in this fucked up Noah’s Ark. The images came to me all at once, and I wrote the lyrics on the spot.”

I realized I posted those pics without posting many details about the trip itself, so here goes. I drove down with my sister Thursday afternoon to Tulsa. We both had never been to Oklahoma before so it was an interesting ride, lots of roadkill and the like. The drive itself wasn’t bad, we did get lost when trying to find the right street to turn off of. We found it eventually in a roundabout way, still made it in plenty of time before the awards ceremony.

They displayed our work on tables and on the walls in the Central Park Center. I was a little disappointed by how they chose to display things. They printed out the low-res images we submitted to them online, so everything was pixellated and gross. Even the award/piece of paper I received had their logo on it pixellated. The food was nice, the bar even better. They had quite the selection of beer and wine.

Six students from Fort Hays won awards in the single entry categories for students. They called our names and we walked up to receive the award. I didn’t realize it but as I got my award (I was the first award presented), they displayed our work on the projector screen in all its low-res glory. Ah wail. My hands were sore by the end of the night after all that clapping; the professional awards took forever to go through.

The drive home was terribly long. We got a flat tire about 100 miles south of Wichita at around 12:00 am. Had to drive the rest of the way home on a donut, which I was informed later was a miracle we made it that far (the spare is ruined). Drove through a hailstorm in Wichita on the way; we didn’t get back home until 9:00 am. All in all, it was an interesting experience and I’m glad we made it back sane and sound.

by Milton Glaser

“We tend to believe that the mind affects the body and the body affects the mind, although we do not generally believe that everything we do affects the brain. I am convinced that if someone was to yell at me from across the street my brain could be affected and my life might be changed. That is why your mother always said, ‘Don’t hang out with those bad kids.’ Mama was right. Thought changes our life and our behaviour. I also believe that drawing works in the same way. I am a great advocate of drawing, not in order to become an illustrator, but because I believe drawing changes the brain in the same way as the search to create the right note changes the brain of a violinist. Drawing also makes you attentive. It makes you pay attention to what you are looking at, which is not so easy.”

Sneak Peek

April 20, 2009

Coming soon to an internet near you, the launch of my new website! It will feature all my portfolio work in graphic design, as well as showcase some of my fine art. I’m nearing completion and will soon launch the “beta” site. In the meantime, take a gander at some sketch work for the site.