I'm letting illustration take a bit of a backseat this month while I focus a little more on typography. There's much that type can do when it's left to do what it does best. It's interesting how many patterns and compositional solutions can come up out of nowhere.
I've been thinking a lot about takeout plastic bags and minor annoyances lately.
Personal experimentation on a fictional coffee advertisement.
I ran out of coffee and it was a sad day.
I can vividly remember my long nights in the studio in my college days cranking out project after project with Wu Tang blaring out of my computer. These guys have gotten me through a lot of long nights and I am so grateful for their existence. I thought I would show my appreciation with a little badge design. Maybe one day I'll commit and get these printed and out into the world.
A P P R O V E D design for Richmond rock-goddess Sammi Lanzetta. These bad boys are off to print and will be available soon.
Details on how to snag one soon, until then, check out Sammi here.
Cover artwork and promotional imagery for D.C. based ERR0R The Producer's Bruno Mars flip.
Give it a peep here. Listen to it. Seriously, it's been in my head all week.
This Summer's been pretty dang bananas. Moving to Seattle has shaken up my visual language and has allowed me to develop some different techniques and perspectives in regards to illustration and design. Here are some samples of where I'm headed.
Screenprinted poster for Every Time I Die's "The Coin Has A Say" off of their Fall 2016 release Low Teens.
Initial identity for D.C. based ERR0R The Producer. Definitely my most fun project to date.
Give him a peep.
Initial identity for D.C. based audio producer/engineer Ryad Chaoui.
Shoutout to Futura and Avenir Next Condensed baybee.
Shirt designs for the College Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute (COBE) at Virginia Commonwealth University. These shirts were given out to Freshmen the Fall of 2016 to promote COBE and their THRIVE residency program. Learn more about these amazing individuals here.
Things got a little wet and wild after I picked up some duck cloth and decided to find out how screen printing patches would turn out.
I'm a huge Dungeons and Dragons, and overall tabletop roleplaying dork, and I've started to notice that a lot of merchandise that is marketed to this demographic is not so great. You'll find a lot of lazy puns, like a shirt with CARPE DM written on the front in Comic Sans. With these first two, I decided to try and give tabletop roleplaying a little bit more love. I brought these two to a tabling event my last semester of school and they just flew out of my hand. When I get around to it, I'd love to make a whole series of D&D themed patches, shirts, coffee mugs, etc.
These next two came out of my recent head-first dive into hip hop. Summer's here and this is the time you'll usually find me with my face in my computer, with the 36 Chambers pumping directly int my brain. I didn't get a chance to print the Kendrick ones. Hopefully one day I'll finally delve into embroidery and bring these bad boys into the Prime Material Plane.
This is an experiment with composition using bold typography and kanji characters. The characters roughly translate "to strike back". This experiment is preparation for an upcoming T-shirt project.
Like all great journeys, this project began with painting a monkey on a wall. Back in January, one of my good friends Mike invited me to sit in on his shooting of a music video for the Virginia band Devolver. There happened to be some house paint lying around and Mike asked me if I wanted to paint something on the wall. Never having done so, I literally jumped at the chance. The band was super into the imagery and thought it matched their over-all aesthetic and theme, so I suggested that I do some work for them.
I started sketching out different versions of what I'd painted and came out with something I was super happy with. So, I started playing with some type and eventually ended up with a quasi Gorillaz/ Anime package, which looked pretty rad, but didn't really mesh well with the band's aesthetic too well. So, I set that aside and kept on cooking.
Eventually one morning I was dicking around in Illustrator and came up with this skull mark that threw me in the direction I was looking for. I'd been researching some old Gothic typefaces from classic 80's horror novels and this gave me the perfect excuse to use one. Keeping in mind the band's theme of "devolve" and leaning on different cave-mane-esque imagery I cooked up shirt's, stickers, and a cover idea that conforms and complements each individual element.
Not to mention this band kicks a good amount of ass and you should definitely give them a listen.