Shirt Illustration – Lamb’s Family Day

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Fun little illustration project I got to do for an October employee event for Lamb’s Tire & Automotive; employees and their families went out to Six Flags for the day (there’s one more flag on the roller coaster in the background, hah).

Just got sent a shirt today! I’m pretty happy with how it came out. I don’t get to illustrate people very often; I’m going to try and incorporate it more into my personal projects. Originally it was an interracial family, but colors were limited later on in the project. Anyway, the kid got the dad’s nose but the mom’s ears.

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Left was my initial sketch, right was the tighter sketch to send to the client for approval. The Dad got a collared Lamb’s shirt, and the Mom got more hair, hah.

If you want to see it, I included the digital version in a gif on Dribbble!

MondoCon III: 2016

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Photo credit: Alison Narro

Third year of MondoCon, third year volunteering! One of my favorite events, and loving seeing the same people coming back every year (volunteers and attendees!).

Aaron Draplin did this year’s identity for the event; merch, shirts, program, beer can, everything! I even saw a baby onesie. This was his second year back, and I’m a huge fan of him and his work, especially since meeting him at Design Ranch a couple of years ago. I may have offered to be his personal assistant for the event… was I joking? A mystery.

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-4-45-38-pmOne of my only purchases from the event was the MondoCon version of the Wall-e print from Tom Whalen. Pretty thrilled with how this print looks, especially since I didn’t care for Kevin Tong’s take on the movie poster back when Mondo did their Disney show. Nothing personal to Kevin Tong; I own some of his gorgeous work as well!

I also got some shirts (including the Industry Print-designed volunteer shirt), a few enamel pins (quickly becoming my new addiction), and stickers galore. Oh, and some AWESOME bar-b-que for lunch, from Micklethwait Craft Meats.

Here’s a great photo recap from MondoCon.

See you guys out there next year.

Six Pack Stories

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I went to a great talk this week. I think my tweet about the event put it pretty succinctly: “Two things I love: beer packaging, and listening to people more talented than me.”

The even consisted of Christian Helms, Mike Van Hall, and Jessica Deahl.

I asked Helms during the Q+A (my original question got asked before I got called on) what the next color of Austin Beerkworks was going to be, but he’s playing it pretty close to the chest. I’m betting purple.

WIP: 80th Anniversary

Here’s a version of an 80th logo for a work client that I particularly liked. It was still in the works, but I had this in mind for larger posters and maybe some embroidered stuff. I also had a simplified version I was working on that wasn’t quite there yet (on the right).

We ended up going in a different direction, but it can live on here!

If you want to check out the final work, click here.

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Austin Monthly Sighting

austin-monthlyI recently created this look for the Agaverama tequila sale at Twin Liquors. Definitely a fun campaign to work on, with the color freedom and subject matter. It was a tiny surreal coming across it in Austin Monthly (I’ll never get used to seeing my work in the wild).

I mocked up a little pin of the agave and put it on Dribbble when I made this ad in July. Then I learned you can’t do gradients on pins. Boooo.

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2016 TLL Car Show: Poster Process

Here’s a look into the process of this year’s annual The Little Longhorn Car Show poster. It was a fun one, and I tried a few new things this year with layout and illustration technique.

First I figured out what the layout would be. I settled on a definite right-to-left, with a dramatic angle (which I toned down to have room for all of the text).

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So initially I tried one angle from another preliminary sketch, but discarded it. It didn’t let me do what I wanted with the background and the perspective of the bar building.

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I then tried a new angle… and stuck with it this time.

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The car base is vector, but then I pulled the individual assets into Photoshop. I painted shading on to the car, and then the clouds with my tablet…

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The ground motion lines were also painted in Photoshop, using perspective guides to help with getting the look and angles right.

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The file ended up being a few different pieces (car, foreground motion lines, building, skyline, cloud, flat background colors), and then I took them all and squished them together in Photoshop.

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I’m pretty happy with how it turned out! You can check out the final full poster on my portfolio website.