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April 3, 2012

Sky is a Bowl

I can't recall exactly how I came to find Miguel's work…but I know that once I found it I immediately bookmarked it so I would always be able to go back to it. The playful nature in the forms, the way he interpreted movements, expressions and colors grabbed me instantly and set into motion my imagination.



Having become friends with Miguel I can see a lot of his heritage fused into his playful drawings. Each line has a purpose, every character is loose and full of life. It's such a rarity to find artists / illustrators / designers who throw care to the wind and let there hands do the talking and who are excited about sharing / creating.

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March 28, 2012

Music = Art = Music

If you are like me you often create late into the night accompanied by music you can get lost in and let your hands go free. I think it would be impossible for me to create without these soundscapes becoming soundtracks to each line I draw, each thought I have, each revelation and with every finished creation. Continue reading »

March 23, 2012

Let's Get Nostalgic: President Doodles

I started doing a drawing a day back in November with some friends on instagram. It started as a way for me to challenge myself everyday with some repetition and also to get more comfortable with being less perfect. My process for this challenge is pretty simple… I just try to stretch myself with materials, subject matter, time constraints, etc. I have found a great love for working in collage and incorporating drawing, typography, and construction paper. Like I said it's a unique opportunity to break out of client work and explore materials and myself at the same time.



I often go to thrift stores looking for different things that I can use in pieces that I am making. I find pulling from the past and combining it with what I naturally do gives work a nostalgic feel that I love. On one adventure to some thrift stores I came across a Presidential Flashcard set from the late 70's. It came with fantastic renditions of presidents on the front and interesting facts on the back. I was immediately drawn to the period clothes, hair and grooming styles. Continue reading »

March 20, 2012

Awareness of Moment

Brian Rea is probably hands down my favorite illustrator / designer / maker. He was an illustrator for the New York Times Sunday Styles column "Modern Love" and worked closely with Chris Silas Neal. Together they had some of the most stunning illustrations I have ever seen. The drawings were so loose and pure that I couldn't quit staring at them.



He also works with hand drawn typography a lot and installed a mural at the Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona, Spain that explored visions and fears. I am particularly drawn to his honesty in his fear pieces. I am sure that we all share some of his fears and it's great to see someone unfiltered. Continue reading »

March 15, 2012

Points of Interest

The summer of 2011 Nicole Lavelle road a bike made of bamboo from Alabama to San Francisco. Saying it was a gigantic accomplishment would be an understatement (at least by my terms). I am fascinated by her hand drawn typography and observations that came out of such an adventure.



She says that the work is compiled of words and ideas that were a collaboration between her and strangers that she met along the path through middle America. Every one of these hand drawn posters completely crush me in the best possible way. They are so direct, so honest, and are like a photographic snapshot of each moment on this journey. Continue reading »

March 11, 2012

Relentless Optimism

I stumbled upon Chad Kouri's work awhile ago through Will Bryant's website. I believe they had done a collaboration on a project and I was completely refreshed from the colors, textures, and style of Chad's work. I am particularly drawn to his wonderful collages and use of very minimal layouts with them. I read a quote somewhere that basically said it's not what is on the page, but what's not. When I look at Chad's work my mind is free to roam through each piece and create my own realities surrounding what it means, what it doesn't mean, etc..



Not only does he do amazing collage work but he also gets down with some mean hand drawn typography. I really love how he collaged his doodles, drawings, typographic designs and scrap pieces of paper for the Write Now: Artists and Letterforms. Whenever I can see an artists process it makes me feel pretty normal about all the things both internally and externally I go through to create a piece. Seeing the visual thought of working through a problem tends to inspire my process and shines new light on the directions I can take.


March 8, 2012

Personal Greatness

I have been a huge fan of James Victore for awhile now. He has made a living in the design world by doing exactly what he wants and by not compromising. I love his perspective of clients being comrades, loving what you do, and putting yourself in your work by making it personal.



Victore's work is filled with scribbles, scratches, and lots of personality. It rides the edge of being in your face and being transparent. He is one of the original doodlers. One of the original rebels waving his middle finger to advertising companies who think "we are stupid."

I was very excited when he opened up a Q and A through his website where designers, illustrators and anyone else could write in to get his advice. He has taken on subjects like Self Doubt, Creative Burnout, All-nighters, etc… It's been very inspiring to have someone who has done such great work take on questions that all makers have had at one point or another. I will end this post with a quote from James in hopes you will visit his site, watch his videos and be as inspired as I am.

"No one can stand in the way of your personal greatness" -- James Victore





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