Q: What's all this?
A: I had the honor of designing and illustrating wedding invites, RSVP cards, and a map for Nicolle and Jon, some extremely talented friends of Factory North, complete with two hand-made alphabets just for the occasion.
Q: Is that Spanish? What does it say?
A: It says: "We want a world without borders!". This is a tee-shirt I made for myself and my partner so that we could express our support for refugees and immigrants around the world who are forced out of their homes by economics, war, etc. If you want one too, go here. No one is illegal!
Q: Some branding?
A: Yep. A logo and some fun packaging for a select line from Oregon's Ananda Medicinals. Stay tuned ... more to come!
Q: Whaaaaaaaat is this?
A: The Beatles White Album is on Spotify now so why not start a new series of drawings inspired by some of the songs?! Yup. Stay tuned, more to come!
Q: What's going on here? Tell me please.
A: Evil Rainbow. Web-comic in the works. He's a rainbow. He's a jerk. Stay tuned for more. And go here to purchase a sticker if you'd like!
Q: What's this about? They're all blue!
A: I know, it's because the original drawing was called Out of the Blue, Into the Black. Based on the Neil Young song Hey Hey, My My. Then I decided to keep going with it and make more illustrations based on his lyrics, with the simple color limitations and just the one object per image. I'm doing this to practice editorial illustrations because I want to attract more editorial work and I want to be good at it. And it allows me to listen to more Neil, which is good.
Q: I live in Portland, can I buy this as a post card and mail it to friends and family?
A: Heck yeah! It is a 5 x 7 digitally printed post card, printed by Jakprints, and it is available for purchase here! Get at it!
Q: What's the meaning of this?!
A: It's an ongoing, self-initiated project where I draw the crazy, cosmic, sometimes psychedelic stuff my 3 year old son Milo says. The drawings are made specifically for Instagram but eventually shared elsewhere.
Q: Who is Five Eight?
A: Only the greatest band you've probably never heard of. These guys blew my mind and my ears drums, and even scared me a little bit, way back in 1994, and ever since they've been putting out the most energetic and vulnerable rock and roll on the planet. Ok, that's biased but I love this band. And this is a poster for a show at The End in Nashville, TN...Music City, y'all.
Q: Whoa! What is this?
A: Only my piece for the Love For Sale group exhibition at Land Gallery in Portland.
Q: What's that?
A: It's a Talking Heads themed Valentine's show!
Q: And you drew a sperm and semen themed, LP sized, rainbow colored, something or other thinking that this could be your awesome contribution to a show filled with your peers, heroes, mentors, and design-crushes?!
A: Yeah, I guess.
Q: What the hell is wrong with you?
A: Not sure.
Q: Do tell, what is Broth Bar? Also, I hate when people start questions with "do tell", so pretentious sounding. Anyway, go ahead.
A: Broth Bar is Portland's first dedicated bone broth cafe, and it is also the second project of the amazingly talented Tressa and Katie Yellig who run Salt Fire and Time, a community supported kitchen. I was lucky enough to be tasked with branding the business and developing collateral that gave it an elevated feel and could stand on its own next to SFT products, which will be sold in the cafe.
Q: So what is this and why is there a city balancing over the edge of a diving board?
A: Jeez, so many questions! I dont know, its just some imagery that was fun to cram together. It makes me feel like there's a little bit of serenity in the nice city scene but also a feeling that it all could come crashing down at any moment. It's temporary. Everything's temporary. It's something made just for fun, ok?! Buy it here if you want! Please.
Some simple coffee-related illustrations for Coava's new website.
Q: I just clicked this, what's it all about?
A: Great question! This is lettering and pattern design I did at Factory North for a local Portland hair salon called Flux. Cool huh? They like it. This was lovingly and smartly and awesomely art directed by Tyler Segel and Nicole Sakai, the head wizards over at Factory North.
Q: Looks like a logo for a metal band, what's going on here?
A: Great question. It's a special edition coffee mug I made Coava Coffee Roasters in Portland.
Q: This looks like a record cover, is it?
A: Yep. This is a cover illustration that I did for some San Francisco musicians The Mukluks, to be used on their first release.
Q: What's Record Hounds?
A: A quick little branding project for some friends' pop-up record store in Louisiana. Also, the dog illustration is an accidental reference to my friend's dog Gunny who passed away long ago. Happy accidental immortalization!
Q: What are these?
A: These are some editorial illustrations done for Willamette Week, for an article about artisan cidermakers. Art direction: Kathleen Marie.
Q: What is all this?
A: This is a selected bunch of illustrated items I made for Roman Candle while working for Factory North. There's lots more where this came from so stay tuned for new pics when they land. Or just go to Roman Candle, get some great food, and look around.
Q: Posters right?
A: Yep, posters. All of these were what I consider "fun stuff" at work. And "fun stuff" at home too.
Q: What's up with this?
A: It's something made just for fun, putting different objects in odd situations together, and practicing new illustration techniques. Definitely my favorite kind of thing to make. Like it? Buy a print here.
Q: What is GoSkatePDX?
A: Check it out here.
Q: Is this what you made?
A: Yep. They asked for something skate related or Portland related, so since I don't know shit about skating, I thought that a huge, classic looking 503 (the Portland area code) would be rad, AND it would be great practice for honing my painting skills.
My design for Art Takeover 2013. Thirty artists and designers were asked to create a piece based on an original Timbers Army chant to be screen-printed on a classic felt pennant. It was a rad show with lots of great work, and they raised alot of money for a great cause! Check it out. Photos by Cameron Sandage
Q: So what's this thing?
A: Something I made just for fun. Late nights, gettin' weird, you know. You can buy it here if you want!
Q: If someone was confused about this, what would you tell them?
A: I would say that this is an attempt at crowd-sourcing content to answer questions about the connections between one's identity and the place where you live, or where you are "from". Eighty-one Facebook friends were asked ten questions about WHY they live where they live. I then used the info from a few of the questions where the answers were more interesting and made some illustrations and a small zine, as well as some "thank you" postcards for the participants.