Food Fortunes is a playful take on tarot that helps you answer the question, "What's for dinner tonight?" This is a deck of 78 illustrated cards and a 16 page booklet including a v mystical backstory and instructions on how to divine a meal from the spirit realm. Published by Chronicle Books and released on February 23, 2016.
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Photos by Tim Lampe
I was real jazzed to be asked to illustrate the results of Tumblr Music's 2015 Bloggers' Poll. A select group of music bloggers on Tumblr are sent a survey that asks for their favorite albums, songs, artists, videos, etc of the year.
I worked with Nate Auerbach & Seth Shamban at Tumblr to illustrate the top 10 albums of 2015 as picked by the music bloggers. We decided to create an animated gif of this little tableau of a record listening session. Each record stacks from the 10th place to the 1st place album.
My aim was to reduce each album into a sort of icon that would be recognizable to fans in a flash. I listened to every album to get a feel for them. Then I listened to each album again while I was drawing their representations.
I've included the animation and each album individually. Here's a key to the albums:
10. Drake — If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
9. Courtney Barnett — Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
8. Empress Of — Me
7. The Wonder Years — No Closer To Heaven
6. Tame Impala — Currents
5. Father John Misty — I Love You, Honeybear
4. Sufjan Stevens — Carrie & Lowell
3. Grimes — Art Angels
2. Jamie XX — In Colour
1. Kendrick Lamar — To Pimp a Butterfly
In 2014, Tumblr started an agency called Creatrs that helps connects brands with artists. In 2015, Creatrs connected me with vitaminwater. We all worked together to create a series of ~branded content~ that vitaminwater then posted to Tumblr and other social media platforms.
One of the greatest things about this project was that when I sent initial sketches over, one of the biggest changes vitaminwater asked for was for me to "remove the logo and product from the illustrations." Which is, like, the opposite of most feedback? So they really wanted me to make work that was "my work," you know? It was so great and a ton of fun to work on.
I've included some of the sketches and inspiration that I sent initially, so you can get a lil glimpse at ~my precious process~ because everyone is just dying to see an illustrators process lol.
In December 2015, I worked with Creatrs to design an exclusive shirt that would be mailed out to all of their clients. The project ended up changing directions halfway through, and the final result is something we were both super happy with (top two images).
I've included two of the concepts from before the direction change (bottom two images) because I think they look cool and I'm proud of them <:^}
For this project, I set out to make a mascot for creative people (this was originally a client prompt, but the project lost the need for a mascot so it became a ~passion project~ for myself). "Creative People" are notorious for staying up late to get things done, and I like the idea of the Moon up there cheering us on. So I turned the moon into a mascot called Manny the Moon.
Join me now on a journey through time and space where we will explore my process for creating our beloved mascot, Manny.
Manny the Moon is also available as an enamel pin in the shop!
I worked with the design director at Atlanta Magazine, Liz Noftle, to create two spots for their Jan 16 issue. When Liz reached out (after seeing my work on Instagram!) about this project, I had just moved to Atlanta, so I was v excited to get some ~local work~ for ~my portfolio~ but I was more excited about the chance to work with Liz (a Boston-to-ATL transplant) on some pseudo-scientific-health-remedy-themed illos.
I've include my original sketches/rationales so you can see ~my oh so precious process~
Cool thanks for reading my online website!
In addition to the 2015 Bloggers' Poll, Nate Auerbach & Seth Shamban also reached out to me to work on the 2015 User's poll for Tumblr Music. Tumblr users were invited to complete a survey detail their favorite music of the year.
Nate and Seth paired me with Jason Oberholtzer (of I Love Charts fame) to create a jukebox that cycles through the top 20 albums as decided by the survey. I drew the jukebox and every album cover, and Jason put together the animation.
My aim was to reduce each album into a sort of icon that would be recognizable to fans in a flash. I tried to listen to every album to get a feel for them, but I couldn't make it through a lot of them tbqh <:^}
I've included the animation and each album individually. Here's a key to the albums:
1. Twenty One Pilots — Blurryface
2. Halsey — Badlands
3. Adele — 25
4. One Direction — Made in the AM
5. Justin Bieber — Purpose
6. 5 Seconds of Summer — Sounds Good Feels Good
7. The Weeknd — Beauty Behind the Madness
8. All Time Low — Future Hearts
9. Drake — If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
10. Lana Del Rey — Honeymoon
11. Marina & the Diamonds — Froot
12. Bring Me The Horizon — That’s The Spirit
13. Kendrick Lamar — To Pimp a Butterfly
14. Grimes — Art Angels
15. Tame Impala — Currents
16. Troye Sivan — Blue Neighborhood
17. Carly Rae Jepsen — Emotion
18. Ellie Goulding — Delirium
19. A$AP Rocky — At. Long. Last. A$AP
20. Oh Wonder — Oh Wonder
I worked with Katie Bassett at Adobe to make some stickers for their app, Aviary. You can download the app on your smartphone, and the sticker pack, "Junk Food," is available as a download in the app.
I've included some lil jams I made too so you can look at them haha ok thanks
As part of the Low Residency MFA in Illustration program at Hartford Art School, we travel to different US cities. After our visit, we are tasked with creating a piece that captures our "reaction" to that city. These are my reactions to SF and NYC, respectively.
Outsiders is a TV drama about three clans living on Shay Mountain in Kentucky. The show is set in present day, but the clans have occupied the mountains for over 200 years. They have their own language, laws, religion, social structure, symbolism, etc. The challenge with this project was for me to get into the minds of these families and create art as if I was one of them.
First I created a runic-style alphabet that I used across every piece. I then did a lot of research on Northern UK (where the families are supposed to have migrated from) clan symbolism and traditional American secret societies. Based on the research, I decided to create a series of clan banners—one for each family. Each banner tells a piece of the history of the family that the banner represents.
The word "ged-gedyah" roughly translates to "hell yeah." The families say it all the time and it's a big part of their culture. I wanted to create a piece that you might see hanging in one of their cabins—a tribute to their culture and history.
Another big part of the culture on Shay Mountain is tattoos. Every family member gets their first tattoo when they're 16, and the keep on getting them. I picked four tattoos—one each from four different characters—and combined them to create a representation of the family they belong to. Then I brought them to life with ambient animation.
I was extremely pumped when I got the email from Meleah Rutherford at Nike Global Tees asking for two youth girls shirt designs.
Meleah sent along two personal drawings of mine (that she saw on Instagram!), a phrase that Nike wanted on shirt, and asked if I could draw the phrase in the style like the associated drawing. The requests/results are below.
This kind of thing is the perfect way for a client to communicate to me what they hope to see, and the best way for me to know where to start with the design. Obviously, not every project is going to be able fit a mold like this, but if there is a tight deadline or anything like that, this is wonderful.
When Keith Frankel at Firecraker.me asked if I had availability to make an internal poster for the company office, I knew I was gonna want to make room in my schedule. Keith and I are friends (both from permanently and voluntarily displaced from Alabama and, at the time this was designed, both living in Boston), and Keith has great ideas.
For this particular project, Keith had pushed his team to get a product launched on a super tight deadline and he wanted to show his appreciation by having a poster designed and printed for everybody on the team. "Have you fed an engineer today?" was his line, and his only direction was "just make it about food and use our company colors." That's my kind of brief! Then his only edit was "Can you switch the hot dog out for a piece of salmon nigiri?" That's my kind of feedback!
I was asked by Creatrs to design and illustrate the header and footer of their holiday email (a sort of digital holiday card they sent to their clients). They wanted something that used both the Creatrs logo and the Tumblr logo (their parent company) and that carried a narrative through both.
The email mockup shown here gives you an idea of how the narrative played out to the viewer. First, all you see are the lights on "tumblr" flashing, but after reading the email, you realize that a mischievous Creatrs logo is unplugging/replugging the lights.
I've also included a lil early concept that didn't make the cut—the Tumblr and Creatrs secondary marks personified and sitting on Santa's lap, asking for everything in the world.
This is my contribution to Artcrank's show in Boston in 2014. The final application is a 18"x24" 2-color screen print on real nice Neenah paper. Hand printed by James Weinberg in Somerville, MA.
I went through a lot of initial ideas and sketches for this piece, and I've included some of them here. I knew this project was going to be super visible, so I wanted it to be 10X better than anything I'd done at that point. Because of that, I basically tried to do something grand and super detailed and all that jazz and it was stressing me out and locking me up. I was actually drawing the Citgo Sign (a Boston skyline fixture) in Illustrator to use as a template for a different Artcrank concept, but when I finished I thought "hey this could actually be good and not bad." The bicycle was also a template I'd drawn in Illustrator for an even different Artcrank concept. So I abandoned all the other ideas, jammed two sketches together and made something that I'm super proud of.
Photographs by Tony Luong
I was VERY THRILLED to get to draw the cover for the Boston Compass (issue #69 lol)!!! I tried to do some illos for them when I first moved to Boston back in 2012 but it didn't work out. Then for my final act as a Boston Punk™ I got to do the cover of the Compass—so poetic and tough and 2 tru. I've included here a photo of it and a mockup because the mockup looks crisp and good. thanks
This is an oldie but a goodie. I worked with Aaron Cohen at Eat Boston to illustrate and design the poster for his event, Food Trucks Watertown. The event name was chosen because of the initials—F.T.W.—which is an old school tattoo thing that means "Fuck the World" and a new school Internet thing that means "For the Win." I decided to go with the former and create something like an old Americana flash tattoo with a food truck instead of a globe and a spork instead of a knife. I hope you like it ok thanks
via the Yellow Pig Day website: Yellow Pig Day is a daily collaborative art project celebrating our country's wide array of bizarre national holidays. Each day is randomly assigned to an artist who creates whatever they want based off of that theme.
I was assigned "National Train Your Brain Day," so I drew a woman reading which is basically the same thing as making your brain do pull-ups so I also drew the brain doing pull-ups. cool l8r
TYPEFIGHT is an ongoing online competition between designers/illustrator/letterers, where two artists design the same letter and the community votes on them to determine a winner. I had been admiring the project for a while when I was asked to participate, so I was very pumped. I was even more excited (and nervous) that I was going up against my BFF and professional-mentor, Chris Piascik. Chris has basically taught me everything I know and really helped me learn how to navigate being an independent creative. We're always showing each other sketches and in-progress shots of projects we're working on to get each other's opinions. I was super hard with this project to keep it a secret! But we did, and we didn't see the other's piece until TYPEFIGHT posted them. I won btw <:^}