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Brew Link Brewing 2019 Beers

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Brew Link Brewing Company and I have been building a brand for the past few years. I have designed many cans and bottles for them and this year was no different (you can see some of last years here). Currently available in 8 states and winning awards for their unique beer collaborations, Brew Link is growing. Growing so much that this year they moved their tap room into a much bigger building that houses a tap room, restaurant and decked area. Over the past 12 months they have released many new beers and I have designed cans for five and bottles for a limited edition collection. Here are the details:

1. Lucid IPA – an India pale ale with Citra and Mosaic hops.
2. Vermillion Jack – a red India pale ale, mixing a red ale with a hoppy IPA.
3. Just One S’more – an Imperial milk stout with lashings of chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers.
4. Apple Sauced – a farmhouse special ale infused with apple cider.
5. Pretty Pretty Awkward IPA – a milkshake style India pale ale with pineapple.
6. Limited Edition Ivory Stout bottles – The favorite brew has been remixed with rum, wine and bourbon barrel aging as well as a twist of orange, coconut and blackcurrant.

With moving venues and expanding we made a few less beers this year but the brews remained unique and fun. Designing for Brew Link Brewing is a pleasure. The freedom they afford me as a designer is refreshing. They work hard and push the envelope in the craft beer scene, I’m hoping 2020 will be another great year for this brand.

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Vans custom sneakers and bag design

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Recently I designed a hand drawn doodle pattern for a pair of custom vans sneakers and a backpack. I designed a large scale doodle featuring typography and characters of all shapes and sizes. I wanted to use black and white for a good contrast of imagery, creating a striking look to the products. I wear Vans myself so getting a pair of custom vans with my art on them was pretty cool.

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Mellow Minions

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After working with Illumination Entertainment on a previous project I was hired to tackle design for the Mellow Minions. I created vector Illustrations of the core Minions characters in a new line art style. The work was created for Illumination Entertainment Consumer Products & Universal Studios, Japan. The Japanese team took the artwork and applied it across a large range of products sold exclusively in the Universal Studios, Japan resort. I was amazed at how many products sprouted from just six character illustrations. I believe around 35 products have been created fro this collection to date. I’d like to give credit to Sean Millard for helping me keep the minions on model. See full details and products here: http://wottoart.com/portfolio/mellow-minions/

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Illumination Entertainment

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In late 2018 Illumination Entertainment commissioned me to create two large mural wall pieces. The pieces were designed as interactive coloring walls celebrating the Minions and Despicable Me franchise. I was tasked with creating art for the girls room section of the exhibit. The walls are focused on the themes, space and imagination. These huge spaces are filled with doodles and characters from the movies, including Agnes, Fluffy, Gru, Minions and many others.

The art is part of a traveling experience called “A Minion Perspective” that has begun in Shanghai, China and will continue exhibiting across Asia. The art was created digitally and spans across a 26′ wall of digital screens. Visitors can stop and color in key characters and elements, once finished they appear on the large screen to make up a community coloring wall. It was a huge undertaking but thoroughly enjoyable. See full details here: http://wottoart.com/portfolio/illumination-entertainment/

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Redbubble Branding

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In 2018 I was asked to create some custom branded packaging for Redbubble. Redbubble create store fronts for artists to sell products globally. They have been supporting my art since 2008. When they asked me to contribute I was happy to oblige. The design was based around the branded slogan “Find Your Thing”. I put forward a set of roughs and from those my doodle style was selected.

The limited color palette and freedom to build vector doodles related to the theme made this project special. Each doodle was created as vector and slowly I filled the large space needed to accommodate all of the packaging. I didn’t want to take the easy route and create a tile-able pattern with repeats. Redbubble’s artist community is made up of thousands of creative individuals so I wanted each doodled element to reflect that.

Redbubble were a great creative team to work with and really did give me a lot of creative freedom. They sent me a nice batch of samples and the final product was very successful. I will continue to sell through Redbubble’s platform and I am thankful for their commitment to independent artists.

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So Many Beers……

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I’ve been working with Brew Link Brewing Company for years now. I have designed their logo, their merchandise, their tap room, tents and other beer related items over the past few years. In the past few months the brand has really grown. Spanning 8 states and winning awards for their unique beer offerings. Their craft beer is really great, mixing traditional brews with some frankly, funky flavors. They have been so busy this year that I haven’t been able to post the designs I have created for their cans. In the past 6 months I have designed 8 new brews. Insanity!

Things have moved so fast and I haven’t had a minute to post much of an update. So here it is. Eight new beers, eight new designs. Let’s get this boozey party started:

1. Flujo Cuántico – a tequila aged sour with lime and sea salt!
2. Pineapple Hurricane – a pale ale mixed with lashings of fresh pineapple.
3. Hole In One – a collaboration with Al’s Donuts. A sour ale mixed with actual jelly donuts!
4. Ronaldo’s Hef – a clean Hefeweizen named after a very special man.
5. You Cereal?! – an ale mixed with your favorite lucky cereal!
6. Doodles – a very hazy Indian Pale Ale.
7. Imagine – a crisp premium lager available as an exclusive summer release.
8. Ugly Little Spud – a sour beer with kiwi and green matcha tea!

As you can see that’s a pretty unique list of beers! Designing the cans to go with these beers was immense fun and seeing this brands growth makes me smile. They work hard and push the envelope in the craft beer scene. There is definitely more to come….

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