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/View Full Post
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/View Full Post
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.View Full Post
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….View Full Post
Little Brave is a start up company creating apparel and other products that inspire and bring a smile. Aimed at kids of all ages this brand was looking for a very simple, cute aesthetic. Kawaii art felt right and after a few idea rounds they decided to go with a very simple vector kawaii look.
I was commissioned to make 24 designs ranging from a golf ball to the state of Texas, all in a simple cute style. Less is always more in these kinds of projects. It was tricky to break down the items into simplified, yet appealing characters. A few months later and we had a full set of art. You can see some of the collection here on my site.
The brand is still building their website and presence but as soon as they launch I’ll be snagging a couple of tees for my kids. Cute stuff. Now I’ve got to go draw some skulls and stuff…View Full Post
A few years ago We Play Loud indoor playgrounds opened. I created the branding for this cool start up and painted two 24′ murals in their flagship venue in Lake Forest, California. In late 2017 they opened their second venue in Huntington Beach. I was commissioned to paint two more large scale murals for party rooms. They had to be designed in illustrator first and presented to the client. From there they were painted onto the walls. The background area was hand doodled with no preparation.
Drawing something freestyle directly onto someones wall is pretty nuts but this clients trusts me and allows me the freedom to get as creative as the brand allows. These characters and doodles have taken on a life of their own and are heavily featured in Birthday celebration photos almost every day. Bringing a smile to kids faces and allowing me to bring unique branding makes We Play Loud among my top clients to work for. I suspect more venues will open very soon as this brand gains more and more popularity.View Full Post