Friday, December 07, 2012

No Junk Mail

I've been super-frustrated with the amount of flyers and other junk mail I've been receiving in the last while. So, I looked online and at a few stores for a nice-looking "No Junk Mail" sign. Unfortunately, I couldn't find one. So, I thought I'd create my own.

It turned out pretty well so I'm offering the high-resolution file to anyone who might like it, for free!

The file is 5 x 7 inches at 300 dpi. Print it on your desktop printer, or at your local photo lab. 

Get the high-resolution file here: http://bit.ly/TLTKcd



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dr. Octopus on Threadless

Once in a while I'll create a superhero illustration. You may have seen my Batman or Iron Man. Because I'm a total nerd for Dr. Octopus, I entered the ThreadlessMarvel Entertainment Spider-man contest.

If you're into scoring Threadless designs, I'd appreciate if you'd consider giving my Doc Oc submission a big, fat 5!

You can score my design here. Thanks!




Monday, September 10, 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Toy Whale


Sometimes, I'm surprised by how small and wonderful our modern world is.


Earlier this year I received an email from 82-year-old Roberto Lou of Guatemala. He created a toy wooden whale, inspired this guy from my free ebook, Do You Know What I Am?


Check out Roberto's video below. You can also view more of his incredible work here.







Thursday, August 23, 2012

Touchdown!

As a fan of the Canadian Football League and Saskatchewan Roughriders, I was pretty excited to get a chance to work on a bunch of spot illustrations for their online fan survey. The survey also included a field goal kicking game at the end which I provided digital elements for.

Check 'em out below! Hike! Hike! Hike!






Friday, May 18, 2012

Two for the Road


Most illustrators and designers love working on gig posters. I think it's because the goal and message is simple — "Come to this show".  Generally, these projects provide creative freedom, coupled with interesting restrictions which tests one's creativity. They are an opportunity to create a great piece.

When Belle Plaine asked me to develop a poster for her Two for the Road tour, I was thrilled. I love her music, had seen her play live, and had recently met her at a little workshop I gave at Creative City Centre.
  
Belle came with a loose concept: show the slightly chaotic experience of a cross-Canada tour.  Belle and her bass player, Elizabeth, fill a car with instruments (including a double bass), gear, and suitcases. With barely enough room for themselves, they hit the road.

As I started sketching and thinking about the design and concept, rather than drawing the car, I thought the poster could represent the vehicle. Filled with  stuff, but also looking outward; experiencing all the things we see and do when travelling cross-country — wildlife, coffee, radio, greasy diners, the foliage, weather, etc.

Because this poster will be used at different venues across the country, we needed to have a way to either plug in details ourselves, or let the venue hand-write them in. The gig posters I like often have the image and type integrated together. With that in mind, we didn't want one big blank area for venue owners to customize. We wanted something a bit more subtle and thoughtful. We think the solution turned out pretty well. 

The project became a labour of love for me. I was so happy when it was well received by Belle, friends on Twitter, and on Dribbble.

My friends Wade and Dean suggested the poster should be silkscreened. I'm happy to share that the girls at Articulate Ink are working on an edition of 200 prints. They do great work and I can't wait to see the finished product. I'll be sure to share photos when I do.  

These prints will be available at Belle Plaine shows and via my website, within a couple weeks.




Sunday, May 13, 2012

A Wonderfully Eventful Three Years


If you look at the date on the post below, you’ll see I had abandoned this blog about three years ago. Life has changed a lot since my wife and I announced we were expecting a baby. 
Most importantly, our son Brin was Born Sept 30th, 2009. He’s a happy boy who loves to run, play with cars, and eat pizza.
Also noteworthy: I became a partner in Saskatchewan’s (arguably) largest advertising agency. However, to make a very long, complex story short, I discovered working at an agency is not for me. So, I quit. Now I work as a freelance illustrator, full-time. 
I hope to use this blog to share some of my experiences and observations about freelancing and illustration. Of course, I'll also share my work. The blogs I enjoy most are those with short, easy-to-read, regular posts. I’ll do my best to remember that. 
I hope you find it helpful and/or interesting.