do you live in Seattle? have you heard of Hopscotch (april 23rd & 24th) ?
well, it’s a beer and scotch tasting festival (good work, Sherlock) and although I have never actually attended said festival (though there is word of me working at it this year..) it’s supposed to be amazing. so, why am I making a post about this? because, for the second time, I’ve been in charge of creating the “fashion” shirt for the event and figured i’d share my labor of love. let me say this: i cannot take responsibility for the digital art itself – but i can take credit for the design:
let’s hope it sells! no wait, let’s hope it gets put into production first and foremost! and if you need to buy tickets in advance you can A. visit their website or B. visit the retail store i work at a couple times a week (located @ 3412 Evanston Avenue North // Seattle, WA // 98103). this really isn’t THAT big of a deal, but if you know anything about anything to do with color separation for screen printing – you will understand taking 56 layers down to 5 layers was no easy task.
bottoms up, i’ve earned a cocktail.
there’s a few horseshows coming up in the next few weeks here in the greater Seattle area. i just made this poster for an upcoming event on the 23rd of April. special thanks to Lola and the Northwest School of Animal Massage for making this possible. now all i need to do is figure out a way to get me and my horse to compete in this event. anyone feel like donating to the jessi & Corvester horse show fund?
[digital poster design to be printed on a large piece of vinyl]
this poster was made in February 2010 for a fundraiser supporting LLS (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) *thanks and congrats to Rachel and Arlene Vaskevitch for supporting and participating in the cause.
[illustration + digital application]
i made this poster in early November 2009 for local band, Lost Weekend. they just released a new album, so visit the link because Rich knows what he’s doin’.
please meet The Foghorns. they are a local-ish seattle band. the –ish is because the band was originally formed in wisconsin, then it moved to brooklyn, then it move to iceland, and now it’s in seattle – and i have no idea where they’ll end up next. how do i know them? i know them through a friend. and then another friend. and then those friends became part of the band. and then we went on an epic road trip when The Foghorns toured the US to promote their newest album, A Diamond as Big as the Motel 6.
if you haven’t caught on by now, The Foghorns move around a lot. this means that band members have come in and out and their sound has evolved greatly over the years – the one constant has been the founder, main song writer, and lead singer, Bart.
i could go on and on about The Foghorns since i spent four weeks on the road with them and a good two years attending their shows, making their posters, and singing along to their songs. this band is the reason i know anything about band photography, concert posters, and designing album art. a lot of the work that i have featured on this site is related to The Foghorns and i do have to say a big thanks to The Foghorns, because without you (all of you, both past and present members), i wouldn’t be where i am today. that said, i also have to say, they are pretty awesome, so go on now, click on that little link and have a listen. you’ll be a big fan, i promise.
p.s. this is the tip of The Foghorns iceberg. there’s a whole lot more to come so i’ll do my best to pepper in their posts in moderation.
another assignment for school, but it was my first concert poster. i’m in a poster mood. watch out.
[hand drawn illustration + digital application]
my best friend, Katie, started her band ‘Blue, Pig.‘ a couple of years ago. i designed this poster for their very first show. the venue was actually pretty cool, the turn out was more than decent, and i couldn’t have been more proud to see her, finally, singing on stage. she has an amazing voice.
we became best friends ten years ago in high school. i remember whenever i would drive anywhere i would always play music in my car that i knew she would sing along to – for the selfish reason that i just wanted to hear her voice. you may consider me bias, but when you hear her sing you’ll understand just why i would do such a thing. she’s beyond incredible and if she ever joined American Idol (vomit), i’d like to think she’d really blow the other contestants out of the water. will she ever join American Idol? no. she has no interest in selling out. she’d much rather go about it the natural way – being broke and devoted and relying on word of mouth to bring her ‘success.’
i respect her decision to do so because American Idol, really? don’t get me wrong, i love to watch the auditions (for entertainment purposes), but beyond that i have no interest in watching somewhat capable singers become super duper stars over night. i’ll admit it: there are some amazing voices that appear on American Idol, but.. but.. it’s just a form of celebrity i have a hard time understanding or supporting. but, sigh, to each their own.
[digital illustration + photography]
p.s. if you are wondering why the band is called ‘Blue, Pig.’ then you should watch this movie.
truth: i made this while i was still in school. why share it here some three years later? well, the story isn’t that long or interesting, but i’ll tell it anyway. the day this poster was due, i had pulled an all nighter drawing and coloring it by hand. pulling an all nighter was not uncommon at school. i probably pulled at least one a week (most of the time – i’m not exaggerating – i think i was considered an ‘over achiever’), but i pulled them because i was and still am a professional procrastinator.
in any case, after this all nighter, for the first and only time in my ‘career’ at Parsons, i slept through class. in my defense, the class began at 9:00am. i lived a 20 minute walk away. and i tried to catch some sleep starting at around 8:00am. now, you don’t just SLEEP THROUGH class at Parsons. for one: you are only allowed 2 absences per class (on the third you are considered for a FAIL and on the fourth, you might as well just consider yourself a good-for-nothing) & for two: if you do decide to use one of your precious absences, you don’t use it on the day a project is DUE. that is a big fat NO NO.
to my memory, this was the first absence i used up in that particular class – so when i came to class the following week (with my tail sheepishly tucked between my legs), my teacher was the only one to see this piece and she barely even gave it a glance. i’d lost a night’s sleep over this! so, posting it here is me not standing for her ‘glance.’ i may be three years too late, but so be it.
so, no, this is not an actual poster for the band ‘Architecture in Helsinki,’ but i at least wanted more than one person to ‘glance’ at what cost me a night’s worth of sleep. selfish? perhaps. understandable? absolutely.
[pen + colored pencil + sharpie on watercolor paper]
this poster was made in December 2009 for a fundraiser supporting LLS (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society). my friends joined Team in Training and they are at it again (for the fourth time!) – i don’t think you understand the commitment (and energy, time, motivation, yadda yadda) involved – you run, you bike, you swim – many hours a week on top of having a full time job, social life, and lest i forget getting in those ‘eight’ precious hours of sleep a night *a big shout out to Rachel and Arlene Vaskevitch for supporting and participating in the cause.
[illustration + digital application]