Friday, March 14, 2014

Cover Illustration for the QBP 2014 Catalog

I was asked by QBP to create a map of the US showing the bike races that take place across the country. The riders in each location are riding bikes accurate to the type of race/event they are in. Click the image to see a larger view.


Friday, March 22, 2013

Mayor's Day Poster


I was asked by the city of St. Paul to create an event poster/giveaway item for the Mayor's Day of Recognition for National Service, an event honoring the AmeriCorps volunteers of St. Paul. I worked with the marketing department on a design featuring historic and well-known city landmarks, and elements symbolizing the important areas of the AmeriCorps: health, education, economy, and environment.

I'm really happy with the final design. It was a quick turnaround and I had to go from a sketch to a final in less than a week. The hand-drawn quality of all the components works well with the textures. I'm excited to see the final print!

Art Director: William Tully
Designer: Bill Ferenc
Printer: Big Table Studio

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Feature on the MPLS Egotist


Last Friday I was featured on the Minneapolis Egotist in their Fresh Meat Friday blog post! I'm very honored to be selected and very humbled by the write-up:

"The thing that stands out to us isn't just the high level of craftsmanship and the fact that he is able to effectively explore multiple different styles; but, it's also how memorable the work is. Often it's the kind of visual illustration and design that sticks with you for quite some time after seeing it."
Read the whole post, and check out the work the selected to display, on their blog: MPLS Egotist

Friday, February 22, 2013

Perfect Pair - A Font for Hand-setting






Looking for something fun, creative, and original to do for your current or future sweetheart? Emma Trithart and I have joined forces to create a handset font and other fun graphic assets just for you! With Perfect Pair, you can create you own custom greeting of eternal love in your favorite vector editing program. 
Check out the samples above, then purchase the EPS file from our BigCartel Page! It’s only $1.00 and you’d be supporting Emma and I to make even more fun fonts and graphics in the future. 
Check out more of our work on our website : The Perfect Pair

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Doodle!

Is it still a doodle if I used acrylic paint? I made this while tutoring my art student today!

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Astronomer

             
Full Illustration
A detail!

My first promotional piece is finished! My main goal with this piece was to just pack it with detail. Lots of textures, lots of little pieces, and lots to look at. I would agree with anyone who said that there is too much in this piece, but I love how many things are going on. It tells a good story about this astronomer character. 

The depth and scale in this image is very important to me. There are several layers of dimension from the main orange cat in the front, to the table of books, to the astronomer, and then the back wall. What I like most is that the figure feels so small in this space... that's a pretty forced analogy to how we should feel as living creatures on Earth. We exist in this vast universe and we're such a tiny, insignificant blip among all the stars and planets. Another interesting point, that was brought to my attention, is that all the animals in the piece aren't setting foot in the room with the astronomer. They're other living creatures (aliens?) observing from another room (a galaxy?) in the house (the universe?).

I should call this piece THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE... or I WANT TO BELIEVE. A silly throwback to one of my favorite TV shows. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Coffeeshop Doodle

Waiting around at a coffee shop. It was -10 degrees this morning so I drew this bundled up guy!