Saturday, February 28, 2009

Distances Record Release

4 color show poster: Silver, and 3 shades of blue with a 40 to 60 edition print

I have to say, it is hard to come up with a lot of concepts that deal with the idea of traveling and moving away to somewhere else. After a album cover, promo poster, and two shirt designs, I had to come up with a show poster that didn't have what all of those had...... suit cases, air planes and birds.

With this, I sketched out 5 different ideas before I came to a solid one, which typically doesn't happen often when I make show posters. This poster is a tip of the hat to one of my favorite comic book artist, Dan Clowes.

One thing I mentioned before about the Distances Record cover is that I wanted to capture, three moods. One in passing, one in embracing, and one in going alone. This poster is about being being lonely. I tried to show it the same way Clowes did. Empty streets, empty bench at a bus stop. I just drew it all at a overhead perspective so I wasn't ripping Clowes off totally and did it in my own way.

So Soupy of The Wonder Years contacted me told me this great idea for the record release show. He wanted me to design a envelope that looked like it went through the mail, being sent to the record release show. I was pretty stoked about the whole idea. Even so, when we talked about the return address, he wanted to use 123 Fake street, as a simpsons reference. So 38 of those were printed and 30 will be available to everyone at the record release show, first come first serve, and the other 8 go amongst the band, Chris at No Sleep Rec, and I.

See you at the show!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Society of illustrators (Student show)

Convention to Innovation

I have been holding this info out for about a week and I am pleased to announce that I will be showing at the Society of Illustrators student show again this year. Last spring I have met so many people that I have stayed in contact and randomly ran into at ICON5 that summer as well.

This year will be in as just good company because a few of my friends, and new friends that randomly comment on my blog also got into the show. These people worth mentioning are Jiyoung Roo, Tim Durning, Kali Ciesemier, and Maria Filar.

Congrats on everyone who got in! I will see you in New York in a couple months....

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Beta Version is up!

The Beta Test Version of my Website is up!

also changed my blogspot's address to match it.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

The U ARTS ELY Senior Thesis Experience

All 4 Finished Senior Thesis Projects, printed, matted, and ready for the final mark up for corrections...

Ever since I first saw the Senior thesis show as a freshmen, I had high expectations of what I would have wanted to do for the ely. I had a lot of ideas, but many weren't that great to begin with. I wanted to do CD covers, but as the years went by, I settled for doing my senior thesis on Record covers. While CD covers are a wonderful thing to create, I find that the images are to small when they are on display on the wall, and don't attract much attention. Also, the markets are shifting for the record industry period and records tend to outsell CD's.

Before I started my senior year I talked to a few of my friends whom have graduated from the U Arts illustration department for tips when approaching the Ely. One friend suggested that I could either go above and beyond what was necessary for the project or go with the standard amount they are asking for to save me time and headache. Another friend of mine gave me the solid advance that I shouldn't view the project as the end of means or a masterpiece or the piece that will break you into a career, but instead to view it as another project and just put in enough to make a great piece your proud of. I guess the thought of this advice was to suggest that I shouldn't worry to much going into the project but to look at it as a nice piece you are working on.

When it came down to proposing my project, I threw in several ideas I wanted to explore. I wanted to screen print all of the Ely Projects, use metallic inks, die cuts and create mock ups. After the first senior thesis piece was created, it was clear that in the 4 month period we were all given that none of these things I would have wanted to do for the final would fly. It just wouldn't have worked out with in the time I had or with the economy I had to work with. So it is sad to say that my pieces are just pseudo digital silkscreen prints matted on a wall. I even wanted to silk screen on top of my digital prints but due to the satin heavy weight quality print I am using, the ink wouldn't have sticked.

A lot of what the teachers say about the ely is true. You make leaps and jumps in the way you draw and paint images, and watching my peers grow along with yourself was an amazing experience. Now almost four years later, I reflect upon how my artwork was and I am glad that I choose to go through the University of the Arts to learn how to become an illustrator. With the advice I was given and the books I had been suggested to have read, I am confident even more so that even in the hard times, I will make it through.

Here is the first Ely Piece that I worked on 4 months ago. It went through one round of sketchs and NINE rounds of revisions.... So it is safe to say that there maybe no changes to this ely, but I won't hold my breath.


Full Spread - Click here to enlarge

Detail Shot - Click to enlarge

I will post all the Ely's the day after the show's reception with shots of it hanging.


Friday, February 13, 2009

ELY Senior Thesis in progress part 4 of 4

Ely #3 - 95% complete.....printing this in a few hours....

Ely #4 - Cropped in preview of the finish

I will give a synopsis of the 4 month journey that is the U Arts Senior Illustration Thesis, in the next day or two.

Back to work!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

No Sleep till.....

No Sleep Records Promo Poster

I was hired by No Sleep Records to do a silk screened poster, as a promo for their record label. This is the final piece, but the type may change in the next two weeks before I physically print the piece. (they may have more bands on the label)

Also, this piece has a little more significance since one of my teachers asked me to do a digital demo for her sophomore class at U Arts. They were all polite and full of questions about the digital process. Plus I had drawn the piece that morning and finished it that morning for the class.

I love it when a piece turns out great!