Archive | June 2012

Animals Gone Wild!

This isn’t fit for human consumption. Or, it might be.

Either way, you’ll never know.

After reading this post, I felt it necessary to create something that highlighted the ridiculousness of censorship at times. While I do agree that censorship in some cases is warranted, the photo in question is being banned from Facebook over a little nipple. Come on, we’ve seen more that during the Superbowl.

Why not censor animal private parts? Everything else is censored.

Oh Baby!

Oh Baby! Everyone’s pregnant! Alright, maybe not in your social circle, but in mine. I’ve reached that point where all the late 20 somethings/early 30 somethings I know are gettin’ knocked up. Yup. I’m old. This project was inspired by all the folks I know who are having babies. Congratulations!

John Muir Inspired Surreal Geometric Landscapes

This series was inspired by quotes from John Muir. His experiences in the wilderness were deeply spiritual, even transcendent and it’s evident in his writings. Muir is said to have died of a broken heart three days after congress made the decision to damn Hetch Hetchy Valley, the place John Muir loved more than anywhere else on earth. You can read more about John Muir here and about Hetch Hetchy here.

It might seem like a strange pairing, landscapes and geometry. My goal was to try to tap into that transcendentalism and spiritualism by creating surreal scenes that evoked those feelings both through imagery and color. I started with landscapes that I had photographed and paired those with vector graphics I created and then over-layed images from space (which I obviously did not take). There are lots of layers of transparency and blending to try to create richness and depth. Hope you like! Here are the final images. They are large so if you click on them give them time to load.

Wilderness Doorway

“Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.” -John Muir

Interconnected

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” -John Muir

Undiscovered

“Hidden in the glorious wildness like unmined gold.” -John Muir

Universal Portal

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” -John Muir

Neon Dream

Have you looked around? Its a neon revolution! This project was inspired by the traditional ” I ♥____” graphic cliché (with a twist) and the second coming of the neon revolution. If you haven’t noticed, take note and you will start to see it. Neon is everywhere. Just Google, “Neon Trend” if you need further proof. I used a modified font (no hand lettering this time around) and layered it over a photo that I had taken. Voilà! Neon Dream.

Viva Barcelona!

This project was inspired by the gridded streets of the L’Eixample section of Barcelona. I have to thank Annie over at Blunt Crayon because without her post I would have never discovered this gem. In her post she included some photos of this section of the city and when I saw it I instantly thought, “Letters!” and I knew I needed to create something. I used Google Earth and Google Maps to put together a composite and using unaltered building forms spelled out B A R C E L O N A. Do yourself a favor and take a tour of the city here. You can also click on the image below to load a larger view.

Hope you enjoyed. As always, if you have any questions on how I did this or need advice on making your own, just holler! Thanks for reading and remember, today’s ideas become tomorrow realities.

So Say We All

If you’re a fan of Battlestar Galactica (I know, nerd alert) then you might recognize this phrase. All joking aside, Battlestar Galactica is the best show ever and its not nerdy in at all. All the episodes are on Netflix streaming. Check it out. For this hand lettering exercise I went the route of very precise, laying out everything on graph paper to ensure consistency amongst the forms of each letter. It makes me want to create my own font. Even if I’m not qualified. Here is the in-progress sketch:

And here is the final product. I was trying to achieve the look of letterpress using photoshop, since sadly I don’t own a letterpress. The end result is clean and simple, not over designed.

Hope you enjoyed. As always, if you have any questions on how I did this or need advice on making your own, just holler! Thanks for reading and remember, today’s ideas become tomorrow realities.

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