Here are a few of the projects that came to fruition in July. First is a poster for my buddies in The Sidekicks. They love basketball and gave me free rein, so obviously I featured a basketball-playing dog.
Next, I was commissioned by a new apartment building, The Danforth, and local marketing folks, Polite Society, to create a print for a contest that was raising money for the Humane Society, Country Doctor, and Artist Trust. Along with two other artists, I was asked to create a print the conveyed an idea of local community. Having lived in Seattle my entire life, the image of folks flocking to green space at the sign of first sun--May or June, has always been stuck in my head. Everyone tends to be a bit more smiley, talkative, and spread out in parks and beaches with cheap prosecco and rosé. The design itself was inspired by the Eames film "Powers Of Ten", which shows an overhead picnic scene in the first few seconds of the film. The print is 12 x 16 and limited to 12 copies that were all distributed via the contest.
A couple months ago I found a pretty ugly late 90's Leica point and shoot film camera for $50. I finally finished a roll and thought I'd share some of the gems.
As with every month, here are some of my favorite photos I took throughout July.
The first project of June was one of the coolest I've gotten to do. I consider the Eames House one of the most special places on the planet for a variety of reasons, so I was thrilled to make some pins for them.
Next, for the second annual For The Love Of Plants art show at the Volunteer Park Conservatory, I designed a three-color screen print featuring some potted house plants stacked high. It's an 18" x 24" print limited to 50 copies, and available here.
Next is an 11" x 17" show poster for my pal Sera Cahoone. It celebrates the anniversary of her first record, using my illustrated version of the album cover.
Every July 4th, I put together an anniversary party in the park for my shop. It's usually a pizza party, sometimes a softball game, but always pretty fun. I also create a poster for the party and here's this year's!
Lastly, here are some of my favorite photos that I took throughout the month of June.
A little late, but here are the highlights from May. First off, a three color screen print for Godspeed You! Black Emperor at the Neptune Theatre. I decided to take a sort of film noir-y approach to the poster and used dots and halftones for shadows to keep the poster to three colors. A couple prints are available via my webstore.
Barsuk Records, the label responsible for releases by Death Cab, Nada Surf, and Rilo Kiley, recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. To commemorate it, they asked me to design a shirt. The Barsuk logo is a dog holding a record in his mouth, so my design (with the original logo in the center) is a variety of animals doing the same. The label even made a pack of buttons with all the animals on 'em. You can purchase the shirt right here.
This year's Sasquatch! Festival over at the Gorge Amphitheater featured Bon Iver, The National, Anderson Paak and a whole long list of other good stuff. I designed a few shirts for the festival's merch and this is what they look like!
Early in the month I snuck off to the very photogenic Kauai and took a whole bunch of photos. Here are a few...
In addition to those Kauai photos, here are the other photographic highlights from the month.
Each year, Porchlight sells a ton of turntable slipmats in the shop, our online store and via Etsy. Every now and then, I like to bring a new design into the lineup and this month I finally found some time to do so. The Tree Ring slipmat is a way to bring the outdoors inside.
Next up is a show poster and t-shirt for Sera Cahoone. The shirt is based off of a design I came up wtih for Sera a couple months ago and the poster is a brand new timber wolf.
April also brought a super fun pin design for Clif Bar. They asked me to design a tiny little pin version of their chocolate chip bar. They debuted at a collaborative event with Clif Bar and Ebbets Field Flannels.
Like most folks, I'm a big fan of photo booths and a bit bummed by their digital replacements. I started drawing up my own version based on one of the very old booths from 50+ years ago. Then I went on to see if I could design three other prints with the same 4 colors. All are available over at closebyshop.com
Lastly, here are some photos I took during the month:
In addition to recapping all my design projects each month, I've started to share more of the photos I take. Here are some of 'em from March:
Next are some pins that I designed for the 19th ave sweet shop Hello Robin! The pins are based off of their delicious ice cream sandwiches:
A few months ago I designed some pins for the startup, LOHO, who are developing new tights for all shapes of bodies. They reordered this month and wanted some new backing cards, so I took the floral route:
I finally found a little bit of time to make some pins for fun--and just in time for baseball season. I designed a couple Ken Griffey Junior jersey pins based on some of the old school Mariner color combos. They're available at in-store at Porchlight and online at Close By if you want one!
First up, I designed this three color, 18" x 24" screen print for Gogol Bordello's sold out show at the Neptune Theater here in Seattle. I decided on a mustachioed man, loosely based on the band's lead singer, dancing along some clotheslines, making his way to a guitar.
Every month I take a lot of photos--a lot of which are shared on Instagram, but a lot of others that stay stashed on my computer. Here are a few of my favorites from the month.
Between Porchlight and my own web orders, I ship out a few packages a day. I designed some shipping bags to spice up all the orders.
I've got some work up at Board & Vellum, a great architecture firm on Capitol Hill. I was beyond happy when they asked me to to hang a show in their small gallery space. Half of it can be seen from the street on 15th ave, and the other half inside the office. If you'd like to purchase a framed piece, head over here.
A few projects came to physical fruition over the month. The first is for the 80-year-old camera shop/Seattle institution, Glazer's. They've been in the camera business a long time and have always had a simple, clean brand image. They asked me to design a couple things in my own style, that weren't necessarily aligned with their logo.
Next up, I designed the show poster for the fundraiser "Dancing On The Valentine", which is in its 13th year of raising money to fight leukemia and lymphoma. This year's show is a collaborative effort covering the songs of the Pixies and Breeders. This is the poster:
The last piece of work is a personal project I gave myself--a three-color 18" x 24" print with a bunch of different smiling animals, inspired by midcentury children's books. It's for sale right here.
The chances of being drafted by a Major League Baseball team are slim. Of all the high school and college stars drafted, only 10% of those folks make it into a Major League game--but Joe Beimel pitched in close to 700 games over 13 years in the Majors with 7 ball clubs, including the Mariners here in Seattle. Not only that, but the guy has his own Dodger bobblehead.
Earlier this week, I stopped by Joe's new venture in Los Angeles--a performance and arm training facility for baseball players. It was a real pleasure to hang out and chat with the notoriously reliable lefty, nice guy, and now-business-owner about all the aforementioned as well as our mutual love for punk bands like the Bouncing Souls. Here are a few photos of Joe and the brand new Beimel Elite Athletics.
December brought the Holidays and a bit of last minute deadlines. I worked on a lot of projects that can't be shared with the public yet, but you'll see 'em next month!
This first poster is a four-color screen print for Industrial Revelation's show at the Neptune Theater in which they were playing all of Bjork's "Homogenic". I included each main instrument in the band resting in some snowy woods, with a Bjork-Swan looming over it all. The nice folks at Broken Press managed to print these perfectly on short notice in time for the show.
Tomo is one of my favorite Seattleites and a great musician. Again, I wanted to make this winter themed and knowing that Tomo has a sweet corgi that he loves, I thought putting a silhouette of man and dog together would be a nice fit.
Lastly, I added another print to my Midcentury series. This airplane window seat was inspired by the now-defunct, but very colorful Braniff Airlines.