August 14, 2012

Illustration for The New Yorker

I reached a bit of a career milestone this week with the publication of my first illustration for The New Yorker. This one was for a review of The Bourne Legacy, with Jeremy Renner taking over the lead role from Matt Damon. It's out on newsstands now! Click here for more info on the project.

"The Rose" Illustrations

This is 1 of 9 illustrations I made for The Rose bar here in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Please click here for all of the images and info about the project.

Newborns and Toddlers and Work, oh my

Wow, it has been one busy summer! Especially with my 18-month-old (Parker) running around the studio, and my new son (Chase) being born in June. The kids and the heavy workload help explain my lack of blog posts during these last 7 months or so, but it's mostly because my new website is a bit of a blog / portfolio-site hybrid. So I haven't had as much of a need for the traditional blog format (sorry, Blogger). But I'm going to at least try to find a more useful and less redundant function for my "News" section. There will likely be much less info on each project here from now on, with the bulk of the specifics living on my main website. So be sure to click through whenever there may be a hunger for more info and images on any specific project. And I'll likely be posting a lot more experimental, non-commissioned work here from now on.

Here's a brief list of clients that I've been working with over the last few months: The New Yorker, Hemispheres, Garden & Gun, Men's Health, Cisco, Gilroy Gardens, Inkling, The Rose, Pacific Natural Foods, Death & Co., Penguin Publishing (3 book covers, 160 interior illustrations) as well as a handful of branding projects, website designs, book pitches, and label designs. Some of these are ongoing projects, so I can't link to them or post any info quite yet. But soon!

December 11, 2011

Reworked Illos

Lately I've been going back to some existing illustrations and reworking them until they felt like a new piece. Some of the drawings were made for clients as elements of larger pieces, but they didn't feel quite finished enough on their own. And others have been finishes that I just wasn't quite happy with for one reason or the other.

I'm approaching these pieces as experiments with adding digital and textural elements, and as a means of taking drawings that I've been indifferent to and giving them a sort of second life. I've been coloring my work digitally for a few years now but have only recently been taking texture more seriously as an element of my finished illustrations. I feel like it helps ground the digital elements with a more organic feel. See below for a few examples..

December 9, 2011

Sketchbook stuff

These are some relatively recent Sketchbook additions. I've been shamefully neglecting my sketchbook the last few months, so I'm making a concerted effort to make more frequent doodles. Be sure to click "Read More" below (on the Home post) to see the rest of the images...

December 8, 2011

Studio Pics

New studio pics! Click the image below to see the rest:

November 18, 2011

Logos for Music, Pizza, and Cocktails

The Pink Garter Theatre here in Jackson Hole was in need of some re-branding, as well as some new branding for some of its new entities.
They'll be opening up a high-end cocktail lounge next year called The Rose — which is being consulted on by David Kaplan & Alex Day of Death & Co fame — and this past Spring they opened a great pizzeria called Pinky G's downstairs from the venue. We used the graphic of a rose to tie all 3 logos together, since the original incarnation of the Pink Garter Theatre used a flower-hatted showgirl as their sort of mascot (click here to see what I mean). This is also where the name of the bar comes from, in case you couldn't guess..

I'll be posting more info and a peek at the initial rounds of these 3 designs (PGT, The Rose, and Pinky G's), individually. The other 2 logos were made for more of the business side of the 3 entities. 

November 4, 2011

"Carter Country" logo design

is is a new logo I designed for Mark Carter, a decidedly bad-ass pro snowboarder from Ten Sleep, Wyoming. He's starting a brand called "Carter Country" that won't be just an extension of his snowboarding life, but also his off-season life as a worker on his 60,000 acre family ranch in Wyoming. This dude is no joke: he's a hunting guide, an avid fisherman, he herds and brands cattle, fixes fences, owns a .50 cal (among many other guns), and jumps dirt-bikes into barbed wire (yep, really happened).

September 22, 2011

Harley Davidson ad in Playboy

An ad I worked on for Harley Davidson is out on stands now (a double-page spread), in the October issue of Playboy magazine. It's to promote the new Harley Davidson Playboy Key Club, which is a collaboration between the two brands in the form of concerts, parties, and other exclusive events.

I created all of the illustrations individually and handed them off to the ad agency to collage around the main content of the ad. There will be 3 more ads as well, incorporating more drawings that I have yet to complete. See below for a sample of some of the individual drawings:

August 11, 2011

"Aquavit"—Death & Co. menu illustration

New illustration for
the "Aquavit" section of Death & Co's summer menu. Those poor Vikings lost their oars and had to use bar spoons..

August 10, 2011

WheelHaus Logo Design

This is the final logo design for WheelHaus, a company that is designing and producing high-end RPT's (Recreational Park Trailers). RPT's are recreational vehicles designed as temporary living quarters and vacation rentals at campgrounds and RV Parks. But compared to the typical RPT—which looks much like your average mobile home—WheelHaus actually uses innovative design, high quality materials, creative space management, and a passion for sustainable building practices. Their "Wedge" cabin design would actually fit better on the cover of Dwell magazine than your normal RV site catalog.

I'm currently working on their website design as well. We only have a landing page up for now, but you can see a preview of some of the cabins: And you can see a small sample of other logo concepts that didn't make the cut below. (The original name for the company was "Rolling Cabins")... Banner Illustrations

Inkling just launched their new site design, complete with a scrolling banner that I illustrated: Inkling is a company that makes interactive textbooks for the iPad, so the idea behind the banner was to illustrate a range of some of the subjects they cover (History, Medical, Music & Art, and Business), and to have the banner scroll behind the iPad while changing the image on the screen to a relevant book subject.

This project took about 3 weeks from start to finish, since there were so many individual pieces to figure out. One of the hardest parts of the project was just figuring out how all the pieces fit together. But the challenge made this one extra fun to work on, and more rewarding in the end.

They also printed these out as actual banners for the Inkling headquarters. I'll post some pics of those once I get them. Be sure to click on the images above to see them much larger for some of the cool detail.

June 17, 2011

Yoga Today artwork & design

My friends at hired me to design and create artwork for their new Gift Card. They also got me to create the initial design of their new e-store, which consists of mostly scanned or photographed elements that were collaged together to create an organic, tactile design—in contrast to their more clean, crisp main website. All of the hand-drawn looking type was actually scanned from some old books and pieced together (including the "yogatoday" on the Gift Card).

So if you find yourself hunched-over and stiff from sitting at your computer all day (like most of my days), go ahead and sign up for some online yoga classes.. or buy some for a friend! Many of the classes were filmed here in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming, so you'll feel transported away from your normal online viewing context.

June 16, 2011

"Portrait of Georgia" invitations

I was hired by the Georgian Embassy t
o create an illustration for an event invitation. The event—called "Portrait of Georgia"—was held in the beautiful Kogod Courtyard of the Smithsonian Reynold's Center for the 20th Anniversary of the Georgian Independence. The event included projected works by Georgian photographers, a performance by the Georgian ballet, as well as food, music, and dancing for the large crowd that showed up to discover Georgia for a night.
They requested that I somehow combine a drawing of the building itself—the same one that houses The National Portrait Gallery—and the Georgian flag. The roof over the courtyard is quite striking, so I originally tried a different angle that included it. You can see my first 2 sketches below which weren't quite working well enough. We decided on the more straight-on shot of the entrance with the flag behind the columns. They actually do hang giant, narrow posters between those columns, so this wasn't much of a stretch.

Wal-Mart posters

Yep, it's been quiiiiite a while since my last post. I've been super super busy with work, and also helping out as much as possible with our amazing, 4-month-old baby boy, Parker. So my posts have been a bit on the back-burner as of late, but I'm hoping to remedy that starting today. I have quite a lot of new work that I'll be posting about in the next couple of weeks—both illustration and design stuff—so stay tuned for more info.

These 2 poster illustrations were made for Wal-Mart's "QuitNet" quit-smoking campaign. The client wanted to show how quitting smoking isn't just good for you, but also for the planet. These 2 ideas were already conceived of and approved before I was even hired, so there wasn't too much wiggle room for me conceptually. But they were for a good cause and certainly fun to work on, plus I was happy to be collaborating again with my old Art Director from the Key Bank campaign a few years back. Thanks again, Noel!

March 7, 2011

"Work In Progress" pieces


Last August I took part in a live art show at Full Circle Frameworks and Gallery here in Jackson Hole. It was called "Work In Progress" since all of the artists involved worked on pieces right at the show, in front of everyone. I was a little hesitant to participate at first, since I'm used to working on all of my stuff alone in my studio.. with only my wife occasionally looking over my shoulder. But I realized it would be a good thing to break out of my cave for a change and feel the pressure of a bunch of judging, prying eyeballs.

Well the show was super fun and I produced a piece that I was pretty happy with (the 2nd one above). I did prep the wood panel ahead of time by collaging all of the paper onto it at home, but then I brought my pens, pencils, markers, and tape to the show for all of the live doodling. A good friend (and patron) of ours ended up buying it right at the show, and commissioned a sister piece as well (that 1st one).. which I worked on at home, out of the public eye.