While Adobe Illustrator is the most widely used vector program on the planet, there is always room for improvement. The amazing Astute Graphics offers a wide variety of plug-ins that provide the extra 'oomph' I've always wanted in Illustrator. I was delighted when I was contracted to create a number of examples for Asute to showcase their plug-ins.
PROJECT: Promotional Illustrations
CLIENT: Astute Graphics
The digital depository for all things weird and awesome, Strange Kids Club is a website dedicated to the crazy shows, movies and toys of the 1980s and 1990s. Beginning in 2013, SKC rolled out a new line of stickers called Circle Jerks, paying homage to classic collectibles like Madballs and Garbage Pail Kids.
PROJECT: Circle Jerks Collectible Stickers
CLIENT: Strange Kids Club
ART DIRECTOR: Rondal Scott III
Every Yukon student and alumnus remembers growing up with the Miller Man in all his lumpy, frumpy glory. His last official facelift happened in 1987 and a new one seemed almost impossible. The first step in re-branding the Yukon Public School District was creating a logo. This was a challenge, as Yukon had never actually had a Miller logo before.
PROJECT: School Mascot and Logo
CLIENT: Yukon Public Schools
Illustrator Mike Anderson began Atomukk Pizzeria as a weekly Facebook page that quickly garnered plenty of fans. With the intent to eventually create a collectible card series, Mike reached out to numerous illustrators to help bring some radioactive results to his pizzeria. Mukk yeah!
PROJECT: Character Design
CLIENT: Atomukk Pizzeria
M & M is a successful landscaping business, but struggled with finding its identity in a way that didn’t visually relate back to the generic visuals of grass, trees or shrubs. The owners were hesitant about having a gnome mascot at first; after they saw him, they were on board 150 percent.
PROJECT: Company Branding and Mascot
CLIENT: M & M Landscaping and Lawncare
AGENCY: Single Malt
The Bleeding House, from first-time director Phillip Gelatt, premiered at the Tribeca Film festival in 2011. Phillip came looking for help to bring his Hitchcockian debut to life as a limited edition poster for the crew. Tribeca Films enjoyed the artwork so much, they opted to utilize it for online promotion and marketing.
"The poster art for The Bleeding House has been slowly seducing me ever since I first saw it skulking around my Netflix suggestions." – Horror Digest
PROJECT: Movie Poster
CLIENT: Philip Gelatt
AGENCY: Single Malt
If you've been to one of our ugly sweater parties, you know that we don't let it end at ugly sweaters. Each year we ramp up our theme. Night of the Living Dead Before Christmas was a smash, but nothing was quite so ambitious or crazy as WeihnachtenCon 2012. We decided our ugly sweater party that year would be the ultimate convention. Your ugly sweater (costume) required a holiday twist, so my Kevin Smith hockey jersey required a full-on Christmas mascot.
Additionally, we made passes and signage that paid homage to the San Diego Comic Con.
PROJECT: Kringleklaussen Mascot
Created for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, these illustrations began as part of a larger workforce initiative that quickly took a different direction. However, they found a home the following year in the annual report where lines are magical and can represent numbers or tractors with ease.
PROJECT: Annual Report
CLIENT: Oklahoma Department of Commerce
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Brent McCutchen
At The Beach is a chain of tanning stores that started in Oklahoma. A trio of colorful characters and a series of animated commercials helped them grow and expand into Kansas, Colorado, and eventually, California. After almost a decade in action, the brand underwent a modernization. During this time, character redesigns were also explored, but ultimately never used.
PROJECT: Character Design
CLIENT: At The Beach
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Matthew Grice
In 2014, RibCrib decided to make a big push into social media. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all required content tailored to their users. These particular illustrations became posts that targeted RibCrib's Facebook fans, numbering upwards of 90k.
PROJECT: Social Media Campaign
For the last several years, I've doodled samurai chickens in corners of notebooks and on project briefs. In late 2014, after a huge Kurosawa movie binge, I finally decided to flesh his world out and tell some of his stories. I've always enjoyed the pulp aspect of Robert Howard's Conan stories and how Drew Struzan can capture the essence of an entire movie or story in one image. Maybe I'll find a way to put those two ideas together.
PROJECT: Personal Illustrations
I initially picked up a camera with the intent on learning the basics, to make myself a better Art Director. I figured if I understood how it worked, I could communicate more clearly with my Photographers and get the results I wanted. However, it quickly became a creative outlet for me and I've been shooting ever since.
My subjects range from people to products to places. I focus primarily in portrait, street, product or lifestyle photography.