Sunday, July 10, 2011

Rise of the Nerds

This is another illustration I did for Metro International. The article was a piece on the rise of nerd culture, and it's dominance in mainstream pop culture. It's a subject very near and dear to my heart, of course, and it was fun getting to come up with all the different geeky stuff I could put into a giant pile. In the distance, you can see the gathering storm, as jock culture rallies its troops for the inevitable backlash...

You Are Hollywood

Here's a quick, last-minute poster I did to advertise a viral video contest. My goal was to illustrate the steps involved in the contest, and leave room for essential text, in an interesting and engaging way. I was really against the clock on this one, but like so often in the world of design, the best solutions really do come at the 11th hour.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Popular Mechanics

My biggest editorial assignment yet! This was a full page illustration for the magazine Popular Mechanics, in an article on the imagined future of space tourism. They wanted to see modern tech illustrated in a retro style. While I usually pull visual elements from old-fashioned sources, I don't often draw science-fiction, or even ultra modern technology. As is probably pretty evident, I watched a lot of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Wall-E for inspiration.

It was a fun change of pace, and I really hope to get more of these assignments (pardon the pun) ... in the future!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hub City Stompers/Bigger Thomas

Here are two variants of a poster I did for ska band Bigger Thomas. This is another piece in my ongoing campaign to improve the quality of ska and reggae aesthetics in the 21st century. As with my previous ska posters, I pulled elements from classic punk and mod imagery to reconnect the bands' sounds with their graphic roots.

I had originally designed it horizontal, and then learned the club needed it vertical. I cant decide which works better, so here's both!

Metro International

Here's a quick(one evening) spot illustration I did for Metro International newspaper. It illustrates an imagined device that turns a baby's screams into pleasant music. The editor suggested a muzzle of some sort, and I did my best to soften it with cuddly curves and powder blue coloring.

Metro International is a worldwide newspaper based out of Sweden, so look for this latest illustration in an exotic, far-flung location near you!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Dr. Sketchy's Part 3

First, a quick update. Back in February, I left my job in the t-shirt biz for the greener pastures of social gaming. I now work at Zynga, the company behind Farmville, Mafia Wars, and just about any other game you play on Facebook. Our studio here in Baltimore makes Frontierville, and it is my job to create the graphics and assets you see in the game. While I may not post too much from my day-career on here, play Frontierville online and you can see some of the viral items, collection pieces, and feed images I have contributed.

Now that I've caught everyone up to speed, let's move on to new art! I've got an absolutely massive backlog of Dr. Sketchy's drawings that I've been meaning to scan, but this time I had combined pressure from both the Dr. Sketchy's crew and the model(fellow Illustrator Paige Pumphrey) to get me off my ass and over to the scanner. You can see pictures of the session, and examples of Paige's fantastic work on the Dr. Sketchy's blog, here.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New Stuff Soon

Where does the time go? I've got new stuff coming very soon!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Decrepit Youth

This is a CD cover I designed for the New Jersey punk rock band, Decrepit Youth. They had an image in mind for the front cover, which I hopefully recreated faithfully, but their name and logo were too fun to not throw in my two cents. Luckily, the band also liked the idea of a geriatric mosh pit, so we used it as the back design. They definitely have a throwback, 70's style punk sound, so i wanted to make sure the album cover itself looked a little frayed around the edges.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Perfect Pour

Here is my latest TimeOut New York Illustration, on time as promised. The article is a non-beer drinker's guide to NYC beer drinking. The concept is pretty straightforward this time: a hip, in-the-know bartender, producing the perfect golden pint for three soon-to-be converts. Being sadly out of the loop when it comes to hip New York bars, I based this one loosely on Baltimore's own Brewer's Art.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Williamsburg Candyland

Here's an illustration I did for TimeOut New York's "This Week in New York" section. I held off on posting this one because I wanted to get a scan of the actual magazine page, with the Candy Land board snaking around section header. Unfortunately, I never saw the final, so I'm a bit late to the party with my own illustration.

I'll have another TimeOut New York illustration to post soon. It'll be current too, I swear!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Clash Tribute

So last week Baltimore was hit by a totally badass thundersnow. The accumulation wasn't much by most standards, but it was absolutely crippling by the usual Maryland standard. I spent my two days off working on this poster, while watching Tears of a Black Tiger and Django on Netflix. The inspiration is pretty straightforward in this case.

There's something about the combination of punk music and the outlaw imagery of spaghetti westerns that I really love. I don't think I've got it entirely out of my system yet, so let's see where this goes. I really tried to loosen up my inking style with this one. I want to be able to capture movement and energy, while maintaining strong, iconic lines. Hopefully this is a good step in the right direction.

If you're in Baltimore, and you are a fan of rocking out, I suggest you make it out to the show as well. Maybe I'll see you there!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Secret Lives of the Unemployed

Hey Everyone,

Sorry for the delayed write up on this one. Overtime at work, plus freelance, plus roommate-hunting completely wore out my ability to keep staring at computer screens. I've got some new stuff to post soon though, so--as always--hang tight!

This was a pretty quick and dirty assignment. I was approached to contribute to a serialized blog-form story about the lives of unemployed Brooklynites. It sounded like a fun project, maybe something I could get a bit more abstract with. I usually take my finals to color, so this was also a good opportunity to let my black-and-white ink work speak for itself.

The stylized water is influenced by the many tropical beach scenes I get to draw at work.

Band Logo

Here's a logo I created for Florida-based rock band Str8 Jacket.

Christmas Commission #2

Well, it's been a very fun and (sorta) relaxing holiday. Alas, it's time to get back in the game. I've got a few pieces to upload now, and a couple projects in the works now, so stay tuned for more updates!

Two years ago I drew a house for a man who worked across the street from me in Columbus. Here is the long awaited follow up to House #1. I usually draw straight into the computer with a Wacom tablet at work, so it's nice to get back into some ink and brush work.