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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.


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