So like I said in my last post, I got married in June. Of course I just HAD to do everything myself when it came to the invitations, programs, RSVP cards, Save the Date's, etc. So here is what I did:
So that's that! Let me know if you are interested in me designing your upcoming or future wedding!
I got hitched this past June and so I figured I'd share what I did for my groomsmen gifts. I wanted to do something a little different than the usual monogrammed mug or flask, which are very cool and all...but just not my style. I thought that something my guys could hang on their walls would be perfect. Afterall, that's what I do for a living, draw stuff, so why wouldn't that be my gift to them!
I knew just what I would do after seeing some very neat posters on Pinterest where they took the characters from Star Wars and made them cartoonish. Click here to see these...they are pretty awesome!
The idea evolved and I ended up sitting down and figuring out who each of my groomsmen would be if they were in the story. Then I got all sappy and gave a speech at the rehearsal dinner about how life is like Star Wars and you have your Han Solos, Chewys, Obi wans, yadda, yadda, yadda, that make up the story of your life. I know it was geeky...but I'm a dork, so what the hell.
Anyhow...here is the poster, which ended up being a huge hit and getting lots of laughs...much success!
I've been cranking out tons of custom websites lately and a few are finally live, up-and-running!
1. Moto Sushi Grill & Bar - www.MyMotoSushi.com
2. Brian Stumpe for City Prosecutor - www.VoteStumpe.com
3. Capitol Coupons Magazine - www.CapitolCoupons.com
I have a few other sites in the works as well, so check back soon!
I finally saw the Nicholas Winding Refn's film, Drive, the other night and had to draw something in response.
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't seen the movie yet, you might not want to read the rest of this.
The driver (played by Ryan Gosling) in the aptly named Drive reminded me a lot of Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro's character) in Martin Scorseses' film, Taxi Driver. Both drivers are quiet, conflicted, and exhibit a sort of "Holden Caulfield" mentality about saving innocent children from a harsh underworld. And of course, the climaxes of each movie come with a vigilante bloodbath. The good guy turns out to be a bad guy, but is really acting for the good of others...you know, that whole thing.
For the illustration, I wanted to reflect the two characters. I started with depicting the them facing each other, but that sort of looked like a stand-off where there was about to be a battle between a guy with a gun and a guy with a hammer. Not the point I wanted to get across.
So I scratched the first draft and concentrated on the famous Taxi Driver scene where Travis talks to himself in the mirror, "You talking to me? I don't see anyone else here...so you must be talkin' to me!" I took a few liberties to make the picture work better; such as moving De Niro's distincitve mole to his left cheek. In one draft I had the word "DRIVE" written on the wall in blood, but I decided that was too literal so I added one of Palantine's (the politician from Taxi Driver) political posters with "We Are The People." I thought that motif fit both characters and evoked more thought.
Let me know what you think!
Here are some sketches and an early draft:
Looks Great! launched a Salon de Jour's brand-spankin'-new website last week, www.SalondeJour.com.au! This shabby-chic design features all the components of a modern website along with interactive features such as online booking.
Salon de Jour is a full concept O&M Salon only using products free from Ammonia, Parabens, Sodium Laurel Sulphate, Sulphates and Petro Chemicals. Delivering world class products and services at neighbourhood prices is just the start to what you will find upon stepping through our doors..."Because looking great doesn’t need to cost the Earth."
I recently stumbled upon a website called www.prizes.org. The concept is solid: People post design contests, questions, writing assignments, etc. and award a winner based on the best work. This is similar to a website that I contribute to frequently called www.designcrowd.com, but it incorporates more than just design.
Well, the other day I made my first submissions to prizes.org to a logo contest for a bag company. "Gourth Bags" was looking for a fresh new logo to go on their backpacks, briefcases, handbags, etc. Here are the two logo designs that I submitted to the competition:
As it turns out, the winner was selected and that was that. Or so I thought. I started getting emails about the comments submitted to the contest that it was actually a fraud. What the contest creator did was submit his/her own design as a different user and select it as the winner. The result being that the owner of Gourth Bags was able to view over 500 logo options and steal a lot of designers' ideas without paying a cent. They essentially gave themselves the $800 of their own prize money and browsed all of the submissions to steal our ideas.
Prizes.org caught onto this and investigated the issue...but nothing was really resolved. The contest creator claimed that they were not in fact the same person who had won the competion. Thus, nothing could be done.
I will probably submit more to prizes.org contests...but I will definitely be watching out for other scams like this. As a freelance designer, getting your work stolen is one of the worst things that could happen. We do things like this to make our living. And when we are molested like this, it really sets us back.
As an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, I wanted to express my feeling of the monumental season they completed in 2011. I chose to depict this panoramic view from the dugout of the team's celebration. There are many other scenes/depictions that could show the celebrations and different moments in the playoffs. But I felt that this really captured the essence of baseball...a bunch of men turned into children in the moment of winning the big game. It isn't about the details of the stadium or the players, which you could get from a photograph. This is more about the overall feeling of the moment, lost in pure joy.
This scene is actually based on a photograph that was taken in Milwaukee after the Cardinals defeated the Brewers to win the National League Championship. After seeing the photo, I knew this was the perfect basis for what I wanted to convey with my artwork. I began working on the illustration the day after they won the NL pennant, but was not able to complete it until the Cardianls actually won the World Series...I had to know what to put on the jumbo-tron, haha! If they didn't win, I was considering making this an "anytime" win, maybe against the Cubs or Royals.
But fate worked it's magic, the Cards won the Championship and I knew how to finish off the work. Then with some finishing touches, I felt it needed a little extra something...so the "rally squirrel" had to make a small appearance just one more time!
www.StackedFestival.com.au launched yesterday along with the promotional poster. I was approached by the promoters of this Australian music festival in Wollongong to first design a poster based on a "pearly gates" concept. It was to be in a very modern cartoonish style. They wanted a couple angels in their likeness and big, old looking gates...very heavenly and all that.
I feel that the result of the poster and website is very successful and my clients seem to be extremely satisfied! Sponsors and an updated line-up still need to be added to the poster to fill the spaces on the right and left.
Check out the live website at: www.StackedFestival.com.au.
The poster is viewable on their Facebook Page here: http://www.facebook.com/stackedfestival
As well as on this website: http://www.looksgreat.biz/illustrations.html
This is an illustration I completed today as my take on the whole vampire craze in America the past few years. Admittedly, I am a True Blood fan...but all the other stuff is overkill (pun intended). Seriously, writers and creatives, get a new idea instead of beating a dead horse so deep into the ground that (fill in your campy vampire cliche here).
I cannot wait for that incredibly cheesy "Twilight Saga" to be over and the rest of the genre to take a long, much needed sleep for a decade or so. You too, Sookie...as sexy as you are.