Monday, December 28, 2009

Persian Snow



A project from last semester I haven't gotten around to posting until now, persian letterforms assembled to look like falling snow.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Bon Voyage



Merry Christmas Eve All! My entire family decided to go to church this evening so my nonbelieving butt is finishing up some illustrator projects, I await their return to watch Gattaca . In the meantime here is a piece I did to illustrate my perceptions of travel. I am also excited that it will be appearing in We Saw That Issue #3 (The Travel Issue).

Also, this band emerging out of Minneapolis deserves some love

Monday, December 7, 2009

Target Gift Card Pitch




I presented the idea of making a Target-infused Dala Horse on a gift card and ended up splicing it in to a reindeer for the holidays. The second set is some interesting ornamentation, I am leaning towards to white on red.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Putting Hair in Your Hair and Other Hair Spectacularities






More croquill and ink illustrations for the book of period hairstyles that Lindsey and I are making. These posters will be pullouts exhibiting hair utensils and wigs. Surprisingly, the most difficult thing was trying to fit the objects together in to formations. I tried to vaguely reference Cabinet of Curiosities but I don't know if it came across.

Also, Immolate Yourself is quickly becoming my favorite Telefon Tel Aviv album despite my initial reservations. It started sounding too eighties to me for what I was used to hearing from Telefon, not enough cuts, not enough glitch. However, there are a few key songs that are absolutely epic and impossible to stay away from, this being one


Sunday, November 29, 2009

Explaining Pop Surrealism and Lowbrow Art























I am not a fan of Powerpoints, so I spent too much time designing this for my liberal arts class, The Grotesque. Might make a good zine.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Polychromatic Tiger; A Tribute to Lisa Frank



I went through so many different design ideas with this I'm just a little flustered, I really tried to incorporate more type but it wasn't right for the Lisa Frank tribute part.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Binary Opposition








Revised binary print to be produced web press, gray will be metallic silver. The idea was to create an opposition in the cmyk layer, subvert it, and then embellish. I made my own bit map.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Kafka's Metamorphosis



Final illustration for Kafka's The Metamorphosis. The concept is to provide insight in to Gregor's fleeting humanity as he becomes accustomed to being a gigantic cockroach. His only lonely love is a glossy female magazine cutout that he has framed, she is wearing a gigantic fur coat. In this illustration her coat is made out of hairy cockroaches.

About three shapes replicated mostly for the figure, and Modern No. 20 exclamation points and question marks make up the background. I am loving working in black and white lately, the possibility of making gigantic kip prints of this for junior review is seeming like a good idea at this point.

Finally, Jill Tracy, definitely the soundtrack for this piece:


Friday, October 23, 2009

Why?'s By Torpedo or Crohn's; A Typographic Rendering



This is a typographic rendering of a text of personal importance to me. Whether it is his creative use of metaphors or his frank, bittersweet delivery, Yoni Wolf speaks to my soul. I tried to capture the complexity of the rhythms with the woven typography in the background and pay homage to the lyrics with an imperfect but expressive rendering of the type.

I hope that it did the song justice; small thing that I could do for all the joy Why? has given me.





Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Binary Canary







Also known as the uncann-ar-y. Concept was to create a piece of artwork that would stand up to each CMYK ink being removed in turn. Also, the piece has to subvert itself once the black layer is added, making it an un-canary instead. The 25 percent gray will be a PMS Silver Metallic in print.

*edit* the plaid-like overlay is creating weird optical illusions and making it dirty for some reason

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Little Giant Cover Design



Last time you'll see this damn rabbit illustration, I swear! This is the cover of the textbook I am redesigning, The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Superstitions. I intend to post full spreads when I have the time to make a serious update, in the meantime this gives the overall feel of the book. I am going for an updated 'storybook' feel, thus the illustrated manuscript-esque illustrations paired with the modern functionality of DIN. This is for a comp, so the color scheme might change in the final.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Woven Type




These are bits of process work for a booklet that I am creating. The finished piece will be a typographic rendering of the Why? song "By Torpedo or Crohn's."

Updates to come soon as I am currently designing two books

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Manson



Illustration of Charles Manson and his concubines, digital. The idea of this assignment was to create an illustration that would also look like it was from the time period that the murder crime occurred in. I took a stab at the seventies, but didn't really want to portray psychedelia because of the dark nature of the crimes and the fact thta Manson really wasn't into the drugs as much as he was in to the psychological manipulation.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

20 Jahre Mauerfall



Commemorating twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The fonts are CST Berlin East and West by Verena Gerlach a type designer from Berlin who created the fonts based on the type found in those respective areas. I am still unhappy with the colors, an update may come soon.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Science!



A series of modular figures depicting the broad subject of science. I have been experimenting with a method of coloring in illustrator while using traditional line wo-k, all of the elements are actually vector. The lettering is the only part I am still unhappy with, they are drawn as detailed robots and they just get lost at that size.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Space/Time; A Drama in Ten Dimensions










Yes, the name is a play on the title of Flatland, which I found pretty appropriate for this particular publication project. For this paper I curated a number of articles from Wikipedia that would help explain the first ten dimensions, one per page. The diagrams and photos on each page also involve elements from the environments of the particular dimension. Since I am sure you are burning with curiosity, here they are:
1-3: a line, a line intersected (plane), a plane intersected (cube) {x,y,z-most familiar}
4: your life spread out as a tesseract, a onion-skin of sorts in which you can see every stage of your life at once, also known as time
5: another possible lifeline intersects yours, you can see that alternate reality
6: you can travel through this dimension (fold) to spontaneously reach that alternate reality {I was an graphic designer, and then all of a sudden I was an accomplished physcian}
7: The birth and death of our universe is spread out as an onion skin, in which we can see every stage
8: Another possible universe intersects ours, we can see that universe
9: We can fold to travel to that alternate universe {I spontaneously travel to the universe in which humans are all inside out}
10: All possible lifelines and universes exist as a single point, infinity, beautiful

The final piece was printed on graph paper and bound with silver mylar. Fan-plastic.