I was contacted by Aaron Barrel, co-editor of Poetry Northwest to create a cover in honor of the venerable literary journal’s 60th anniversary. After a brainstorming lunch, we agreed upon a concept I offered that would make use of sampled fragments from the magazine’s vast back catalog of issues—mostly from the first decade—and take the typographic form of the celebratory number in a reflective, modern approach.
brush, ink & digital
I was contacted by Kevin Craft, the editor in chief of Poetry Northwest magazine to create a series of illustrated poet-in-action vignettes, an update of sorts to a series by Edward Gorey from the Spring 1964 issue. They were a blast to work on, and it is an honor to even be mentioned in the same breath as Mr. Gorey.
A selection of illustrations and type lock-ups created and used for the 2014 & 2015 Seattle Mariners "True to the Blue" television and print advertising campaigns.
PBJS / Gates Notes
Illustrations that explore the idea that storage is as integral a part of an energy solution as production, to accompany a blog post by Bill Gates on Gates Notes. I hear the client was very happy with the results.
brush, ink & acrylic
An illustration interpreting the poem, One Man Band, by poet Bob Hicok for a recurring feature I helped originate for the end page of Poetry Northwest, a bi-annual publication with a 50+ year history. The feature, named Back/Draft, gives an artist the opportunity to visually interpret a select poem from the current issue.
Heckler Associates / PF Flyers
16 x 20 in. / giclée prints
Artwork based on smashed PF shoe boxes, to brand a Los Angeles PR firm’s environment for PF Flyers product endorsement celebrity photo shoots.
A sketch of one of my favorite jazz legends, the multi-instrumentalist, Rahsaan Roland Kirk.
Digital Kitchen / The Leonhardt Group / Valve
Digital artwork I created (a long time ago) under direction of The Leonhardt Group based on their design for the initial packaging and launch of the seminal video game. I had to learn how to prep the file for printing a fluorescent spot color in a Photoshop yet to have those features built-in, and use old tricks to create the 3D effects. These were the days before most agencies had their own skilled Photoshop staff.
To be honest, The Leonhardt Group's initial design for the package was better in my opinion, but they apparently received focus group pressure to give it a "Terminator-style" 3D look, and I did my best not too make it too slick.
acrylic paint & varnish on shoes
Painted for an art exhibit at Soil Gallery (the artist’s cooperative, which I am proud to have been a founding member). This was the second of two pairs that I painted to look like the right and left lobes of a brain. The original pair made enough of an impression at my 1995 interview with the fledgling Digital Kitchen, that I was offered the job.
An ongoing series of drawings that started with my participation in the annual drawing exercise #Inktober (with a few older ones mixed in). Along with trying to do a drawing a day for the month of October, I also challenge myself not to pencil out the drawing first, and just draw it straight away on the page. Sometimes, if I'm not happy with the results, I'll just draw it again until I feel like I got it right . . . whatever "right" is.
Some have already been sold, but you can find most of them for sale in the Purpose & Co. Shop. Don't hesitate to drop me a line if you're interested in a particular one and I'll check to see if I have it . . . or I may just be able to draw you a new one.