Tiny Sketchbook part II

I have been trying to sketch regularly because I notice when I don't, all my work suffers. I can't loosen up, or get out of my own head, I swim around on the computer and never solve whatever design project I am working on. Plus, it's fun. :)


Tiny Sketchbook

A few months ago my friend Salli sent me this tiny scketchbook made by Kata Golda. I decided to pick a theme for it  - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band. If we ever needed the Summer of Love, it's now. It's an amazing album cover, probably because they hired artist/graphic designer Sir Peter Blake. The photo set for the album cover is pretty amazing, all those life size cut outs (well before photoshop). As I have been sketching, I keep thinking of how fun it used to be to open a new album and check out all of the art work while you were listening to the music. 


With summer approaching, travel and being outdoors is in the air. This is a snippet from a client project I am currently working on. The New Yorker has a great article about living and working out of a van in the latest issue. I love reading about people that are working remotely. A couple of years ago, I worked with a couple of web developers that were living and working out of their van (I imagine this would also be a real test of any romantic relationship). As a person that has been working for a long time, I love seeing how work is changing and how people are trying to find alternatives to the 9 to 5 office job (not that there is anything wrong with that - office jobs offer a lot of perks that those of us on our own wish we had). There are a lot of freelancers living and working from the road now, and while I am sure like everything in life there are downsides, it looks fun. Enjoy the article!

Spring is on its way!

Over the weekend the sun came out in Portland. It has been so long, I think many of us forgot what it actually looks like. Needless to say, a lot of Portlanders are getting really excited to be outdoors again. There is so much to explore. The Japanese Garden has been expanding and will soon have a gorgeous tea room (incidentally, my mom has a photo in their 2017 calendar, go mom!). Many of us are fantasizing about hikes in Forest Park. This drawing is for the coloring book I am working on and is inspired by a hike in Forest Park that overlooks the St. John's Bridge. Since everything I am doing is black and white lately, I had to add some spring color. 

One indoor fun thing to do right now - check out this show at Land Gallery on N.Mississippi if you are local. I have three studio mates that have pieces in the show. I

The one that didn't make the cut

I was cleaning my folders today and was looking over some of the other design options for Rally Pizza. It was down to this design and the current branding. I was having fun with this race car track shape that was also reflected in the type face of the logo. Ultimately I think the branding that was chosen was the right choice for the restaurant. It feels like it matches with the food and the decor and the overall vibe. Have you eaten there yet? It's delicious. I went last week and have been craving the pizza ever since. 

Post Holiday drawing

Like most people, I was having trouble getting back into the swing of things today so I forced myself to listen to happy music and drew this guy. Food Carts! Portland food carts produce some of the best food in this town. We have everything from sushi burrito's to home made ice cream. We are so lucky to live in a town full of great chefs and people that love to cook (and eat). 

Process/Tilda Swinton/Orlando

Have you checked out the new women who draw directory? It's pretty cool! And it's full at the moment - darn. I spent the other day thinking about what woman I would draw for my directory listing (when it takes submissions again :)) and I immediately thought of the film  "Orlando" with Tilda Swinton (yes, it's also a book by Virginia Woolf). It is a beautiful movie and I am a sucker for period pieces. But it's also a beautiful story about gender roles. I also thought of trying to get away with a submission of David Bowie in drag, but I don't know if I could get away with that. Incidentally, I know this doesn't really look like Tilda Swinton - she is really hard to draw. Her face is exquisite and it's difficult to capture. Here is the sketch that I started with on the left, and on the right, the result after I inked it and added digital color.

Alumni Magazine, Fall 2016

I just finished the design of the 2016 Alumni Magazine for Catlin Gabel. It features an interview with one of their well known alums, and one of my favorite directors, Gus Van Sant! These photos aren't that great, I'll post digital images soon. 

Tote Bag Map of the Catskills

This map turned out pretty cute. This was a commissioned map for a wedding that my client had printed on tote bags. They are going to fill them with goodies for guests. Such a great idea.

Rally Pizza Website is live!

Congratulations to Little Green Pickle for doing an amazing job on the site. Branding and Illustrations by moi. It looks great!


Titanic Project

It's been a while since I was feeling excited about a personal project. Sometimes it's hard to find the time, especially in the summertime in Oregon when everyone is cramming in as much sun and socializing before the rain starts. Recently, I started getting into the history of the Titanic. It was sparked by reading a book about the Lusitania and going to Victoria Bar a lot, which has the most beautiful painting of The Titanic on the back wall (sorry, I don't know the artist's name and apparently he doesn't have a website, but if you are in Portland go to this bar, it's a work of art). So many famous people were lost on this ship. I think the stories of class and money from this sinking are especially relevant in these times. I had no idea the Astor's made their money here in Oregon as fur traders (booooo). Astor, Astoria, I don't why I didn't put it together before. Anyway, please follow along as I post more drawings and nerdy history facts over the next few weeks in between client work (which comes first :)).

Sketchbooks are awesome

Any time I am stuck on a project I realize it's because I haven't taken the time to get off the computer and do enough by hand. I think we forget sometimes that the computer is just a tool, the real design is often done by hand elsewhere where an idea was sparked. I recently picked up "Typography Sketchbooks" by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico, I highly recommend it. It's fun to see people's process or stuff they draw when they are just free to create. I have hundreds of sketches in my studio, a lot of them on random pieces of paper that are now in a giant pile on top of my book case. I can't part with them, they are almost a diary of sorts. Here are just a few.


Lots of fun projects in the works right now, but so pleased to see this one printed and bottled. I can't take credit for the lightbulb illustration, that is the work of the very talented Grady Mcferrin. I worked with Patrick McNeil to turn this into a clean black/white/silver/gold label design. And it was our first opportunity to apply the new branding for Patrick McNeil Wines that we have been working on for several months. Really loving this one!

Paris, je t'aime

I recently created this 'map' of Paris as part of a proposal for a coloring book.  I am thinking of selling individual coloring book pages of cities like this or creating a calendar. 

Paris_Sketch_BWOutline .jpg

Alumni Magazine Design

I have been working with Catlin Gabel to redesign all of their collateral so that it looks consistent, on brand (and fun). I recently designed their alumni magazine, The Caller. We decided to use the back spread for old photos of students and ask people to call or email the school if they recognized people in the photos. A woman contacted the school after she recognized herself as a child in a photo from 1968. It made her day, and ours. 

Society 6 stuff for sale

Society6 is selling pouches now!. Artists only make like a $1 off of them, but oh well. It still looks cool. :). I also have a new print of Oregon up in my shop. Check it out!