This years holiday card! Gold ink over gold ink hand pulled by me on Poptone Sweettooth. I always have some fun with the card backs too, I was especially happy with this years (below).
I noticed as I was doing this years Holiday card “Five Gold Rings” (coming soon) I never shared last years. So hear it is! Three color screenprint on Poptone Sweettooth. I’ve been doing a holiday card inspired by a line from the 12 days of Christmas song. This is “Four Colly birds” from last year.
I was invited to do a skateboard for Ride On PDX 2014, a show benefiting arts education in the Pacific Northwest. The show is filled with incredible decks from a bevy of talented folks, you can check out all the boards here. You can also buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win your favorite skateboard and at the same time support a good cause. Head on over now before its too late, 100% of the proceeds will be going to art education!
Initially “Cherry Bomb” made me think of lurid mid-century pin-up art. But I wanted to reapropriate that concept for 2002, with a more empowered and Portlandy female icon. My inspiration came Riot Grrrl and punk aesthetic and figures like Kathleen Hanna, Brody Dalle and Poison Ivy. But also from the broader influence of women in music in 2002; Avril Lavigne, AGSFB, The Donnas, Gwen Stephani, Pink, Saraha Hotnights et al.
To celebrate their 30th anniversary Portland’s Widmer Brothers Brewing asked 30 local creatives to design labels for 30 limited release beers. Each beer individually crafted to representing one year in their 30 year history, 30 beers for 30 years. Definitely check out the site to see all the other amazing labels, with great info and sick animations! Also check out the beer itself at your local supplier!
What does design do? This is the question Design Week Portland asked a group of designers to answer. TYou can see my poster and a lot of other awesome ones at Land Gallery and around Portland during DWP.
My piece for the Love For Sale: Valentines Influenced By Talking Heads show at Land Gallery. Opens tonight February 13th! There will be lots of super brilliant work by over 40 artists, you better run run run down there and check it out! Inspired by the song “Psycho Killer”, two color hand pulled screenprint, designed with ink on vellum, torn paper and photocopies right on the screen. Limited edition of 20, approximately 11×14 inches.
Two color screen-printed wall calendar for 2014! Inspired by all the awesome mod coffee cups my parents had when I was a kid. More accurately, inspired by an idealized version of how I remember them, filtered through a haze of romanticized nostalgia. Now I kind of want to design some coffee cups, mostly so I can have them. At the end of the year you can cut the print free of the obsolete calendar and enjoy the print for years to come. 12.5inx19in
I’ve been really bad about so much stuff from last year that never made it to the blog. For example I did this calendar for Crafty Wonderland and I’m only posting about them now. I’ve been just so busy, which is good but I’m making a resolution to be more diligent about posting and sharing.
This illustration is my contribution to Light Grey Art Lab’s super awesome Rolemodels art show and card game. The goal was to express our alter ego in the form of an RPG character. I’m so excited to participate in this show! It was so much fun creating my character and nerding out over my stats, but even more fun is looking at all the other more amazing illustrations by the other artists in the show. Light Grey Art Lab’s card game called Rolemodels: The Battle for Vyk’tornaahl, there is so much amazing art work in it you have to check it out!
Is Ruairi truly mad? Oh yes, but being Bladebound to three Banshees will do that to you. With blood and death he feeds these Sídhe, and in return they ward him from harm and grant him ferocious strength, stamina and speed. Mortals however, shouldn’t live so close to the Otherworld. A lifetime feeding off their power, their constant tormented wails his only companions, have left him dangerously unstable.
I have a whole in-depth back-story for this character I’d love to eventually tell.
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The birds remember, their songs call His name. Knowledge? Justice? Only the initiated may truly understand.
I was super excited to design another birdhouse for Wemake’s Put A Bird In It event for Design Week Portland (check out last years birdhouse). There was an amazing amount talent on display from the participants again this year, I was blown away! You can see the rest of the awesome birdhouses for yourself here! It was a really great event that raised $10,000 to support arts and music education. I got to meet the super nice person who bought my birdhouse so that was awesome too. Check out the recap!
Super big thanks to all the talented people who participated in my workshop on Wednesday, you guys rocked it! You all really made it awesome, I had a super fun time. (Note for next time: I will put out the cookies before everyone leaves not after. I totally spaced on that, very embarrassing.) I was super flattered by all the interest in the workshop, I know it filled up fast and there was over 100 people on the wait-list. I’m going to figure out how I can include more people next time.
The goal of the workshop was to design two print positives only using analog techniques for a two color screenprint (end results pictured above). No computers were allowed. I asked everyone to concept and design a super enigmatic and hopefully weird Forgotten Tarot Card. They really nailed it! Then they jumped into making positives of their design on a worksheet with a variety of techniques, Rubylith, oiled halftones photocopies, ink on velum, cutout construction paper and collage of bits of old transparencies (see an example below). It was fast paced and they had to really trust themselves and make quick decisions embracing any mistakes as part of the process.