Saturday, August 22, 2009

You Can't Win 'Em All

It is always exciting to create work for a new client. Do your research, develop your idea, execute, and present it. Then... the client doesn't choose your design. This doesn't always mean they don't like it, just that they may want to go in another direction. It is all part of the cycle of design. You win some, you lose some. Below are a few pieces that fell into this category.
American Royal Poster Illustration/Design
 Three design/illustrations for a proposed beer label

Monday Morning Doodles

Monday mornings here at Blacktop bring staff meetings, status sheets are passed out, and we go over week's work. This is the moment I begin to doodle. Since I was a child I have drawn on anything that was put in front of me. To some, it may look like I am not paying attention, but ironically this is the way I process information. It has become a great way for me to prepare myself for the week ahead. Below are a few of my "Monday Morning Doodles" from the past few years.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Sketch to Finish: Illustrated Poster Design

This week's post continues my exploration of integrating hand-lettering with my illustration. Along with the poster I've posted my original sketch so you can see how the illustration evolved into the final piece. The need for a quick turn around kept me from painting this in a conventional manner, so it was created using Illustrator and Photoshop, based on the original sketch. I still wanted it to have an "organic" feel, so I created a custom brush in Photoshop and "painted" with it to make the piece feel a little less computer generated.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Editorial Illustration

At one point in my career, I illustrated regularly for few alternative news weeklies around the country. A typical job went something like this: The call would come in the morning with an emailed copy of the story. I would send a rough sketch in the afternoon, and if I was lucky, the finish would be due by the next morning. All this made possible by the wonderful world of email. Fast turn arounds and short deadlines urged me to create a style that allowed me to work fast while still creating compelling work. Below are a few pieces.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Westlake Ace Hardware Poster

Westlake Ace Hardware Poster

Silk-screened poster for Westlake Ace Hardware. I was influenced by the Soviet propaganda posters of the past. The theme of the poster conveyed a message of how to reduce shrinkage in the store.I used a claw-hammer to visually represent the "fight" against shrinkage, along with a red and black color scheme. The claw-hammer is a play off of the Soviet hammer and cycle.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

O'Malley's 1842 Irish Pub Posters

Both these posters were created for O'Malley's 1842 Irish Pub and The Weston Brewing Company, in Weston Missouri. I hand-cut linoleum blocks for an old world feel. Anytime I get the opportunity to go "old school".

Weston Brewing Company
Logo with portraits of owners Corey & Mike

This little piece is used on the bottom of some of the beer packaging.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

La Bella Vita Espresso Label

La Bella Vita Espresso
Label Concept

The Beautiful Life. This was a concept for an espresso coffee label. While not selected, I still enjoyed illustrating and designing it. I continued my exploration into designing and hand-lettered type.