Apartment Therapy, My Bedroom Retreat Contest

Rob's Eclectic & Vibrant Bedroom

The folks over at Apartment Therapy are holding a bedroom design contest and our entry was chosen to be part of the competition. I need to give a shout out to the Twin Cities Ikea store and specifically, a designer named Raven. Her room is what inspired our overall look. Go take a look at the entries and vote on your favorite here. To vote, (You have to have be registered with Apartment Therapy) just click on the room you like and scroll down and click the favorite button on the right side.  The initial round of selecting favorites will close on 4/1 and the top four entries with the most votes move on as finalists. The final round of voting to select the winner, will open on 4/2 and close on 4/3.

Texture Party

This is a collection of black and white contrast textures that I’ve been working on for use in illustrations and other projects. These are surprisingly easy to make but do involve a few steps. You can really use any medium you want and these type of textures could even be created from photos of textures. For my textures, I used a combination of ink, pastel, coffee grounds and dirt and lots of brushing, rubbing and otherwise abusing the paper. Once everything was dry I scanned them in and then adjusted levels and layered some of the textures until I was happy with the result. I use these as opacity masks in Photoshop & Illustrator to create texture. Feel free to use these in your work… just right click the image and save as. Enjoy!

Is This Love

This is a little project I did for a good friend who wanted a print created that she could give to a certain special someone. Without revealing too much and potentially embarrassing said friend, the song lyrics from Bob Marley’s “Is This Love” are the central focus, holding some significance for their relationship as well as the imagery of the African continent.

Is This Love. Rob Metke

Is This Love Sketch

Save the Wolves

I always enjoy Outside magazine articles and happened to run across this one, telling the story of the death of Yellowstone’s most famous wolf, called 832F. She was the alpha female of her pack and was killed legally at the hands of hunters when she left the safety of the park during this year’s wolf hunting season. It struck a chord with me and broke my heart a little. The situation surrounding the legalization of wolf hunting is obviously a complicated one but none the less sad. I urge you to read up on the issue and get involved if you can. This post is dedicated to 832F.


Trust the Process

I had a friend recently tell me that she’s trying to worry less and “Trust the Process”. I thought it was good advice and those words inspired this project. You probably need to be a little design-nerdy to understand the use of color and tie in with the message but the statement alone is powerful. If you want to learn about process color click here.

Trust The Process

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