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
BrewLink Brewing Company recently released their Double-O Chocolate Milk Stout beer in a can that I designed! This one was a lot of fun to design. A beer with cookies in it is pretty unique and it deserved the same treatment for the design. Parodying the famous chocolate sandwich cookie was the clear design choice. Paying respect and homage while also poking some fun! The cookie characters were designed to look crazy and out of control. As is a packet of cookies had torn out of their wrapper and jumped head first into this yummy stout.
Working on these cans is a pleasure and each one gets it’s own little narrative. What’s the point in making up characters if they have no story? This beer was available in a limited edition run and sold out in 3 hours. The owners put some of that down to my can design skills. I’ll take that credit but the beer is pretty delicious too! Stay tuned for more from myself and the BrewLink squad!View Full Post
31 Days, 31 Inkings
Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. Jake Parker created Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.
This year I finally decided to take on the challenge. It was tough but I did it, only falling behind for one day. The challenge of drawing something unique each day is not easy but it’s a wildly creative journey. One I thoroughly enjoyed. I’ve always liked to draw just because, not because I am getting paid or because someone asked me to, just because. I have found some of my best work has come out of those times. This challenge created 31 pieces of art, I don’t like them all but the ones I do like I really like. The time pressure is intense and that can create really great stuff. It can also make you forgive many errors and faults just to get it done before the sunsets.
They were well received too. I’ve been offer cash for individual pieces and two people have asked to buy the entire sketchbook! So a challenge that was inspired out of being creative for no end reason has turned into a popular set of art spurring new commissions and interest. Funny how doing something you like can give you that result. If you haven’t tried a challenge like this, I highly recommend trying it. The images featured here are 6 of the 31 inkings. To see the full set take a gander at my instagram account HERE.View Full Post
A Favorite Stout Gets a Facelift!
Working with BrewLink Brewing has been a whirlwind of success, with many designs being requested and hitting the shelves in remarkable timelines. This has been a lot of fun for me. With plenty of creative freedom and cool beer names to design from the work doesn’t seem that “worky” at all. With this roller coaster of a journey I am happy to report that the beer I’m designing for is pretty darn amazing! So much so that demand often outweighs supply.
From this peak of success came the idea to take the most popular beer to date and mix it up just a touch. The white stout has always been a fan favorite and having tasted it, I can see why. For the anniversary of the brewery the guys decided to release a special limited edition white stout. ‘Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial White stout’ was born and everyone was pretty excited about it. This time round the design got some fancy treatment in the form of a bottle and metallic gold label.
I was pretty nervous to see how this one would come out, being the first bottle. I’d always envisaged that one day my doodles would cover a beer bottle. The metallic ink was a stroke of genius and the whole thing came out very cool. Now to get my hands on a bottle to sample…..View Full Post
Pretty Pretty Awkward, Pretty Pretty Can
Milkshake and craft beer. That’s right, milkshake and a tasty I.P.A beer. BrewLink Brewery are not scared to try new things and inventing beer oddities is kind of their thing. So when they asked me to design their latest can I was happy to oblige. This beer goes by the name ‘Pretty, Pretty Awkward, Milkshake Indian Pale Ale’ which is exactly what it sounds like. The beer contains hints of peach and mango as well as a sniff of vanilla and fructose which gives it a unique taste.
For the can I wanted to go cheeky and playful. I also wanted to play off the Milkshake vibe of the 50’s. I took inspiration from the ‘Let’s all go to the lobby’ campaign of movie concession stands and twisted it up. The milkshake is running away with the peach while the chubby mango gleefully follows. It was a funny image in my head and it translated pretty well onto the packaging. To date this is probably my favorite can for the brewery. Judging by the early success of the beer it looks like the fans are loving it too. Job done.View Full Post
Art Cases now available from a new partner!
I recently joined forces with the phone case manufacturer Artscase to make more of my designs available. They have a large selection of my art available in all phone case sizes. As with all of my recommended vendors I asked for samples before featuring them on my site and social channels. They sent me a package containing the three cases shown here in the photo.
All three cases are very well printed with vibrant colors and smooth application. The colors also match the artwork very closely, which in my experience is the main issue when printing cases. The thing I like most about their cases is how thin and snug fitting they are. Although thin they are also very tough. I twisted one pretty hard and it bounced right back into shape. Many other phone cases I have owned or seen tend to snap under such poor handling. Bravo Artscases. If you are in the market for a new case for your phone or devise you should check them out.View Full Post