I worked with La Brea Bakery to create over 20 images for their new line of Take and Bake breads. They created a very spiffy interactive website using the images that you can browse in the few minutes it takes to bake a loaf of Take and Bake bread. The site shares ideas to make dinnertime more fun.
I can give an honest and unsolicited endorsement that every single variety in the line is delicious. A perk of the assignment: I got to eat every loaf that I drew!
I worked with Williams-Sonoma to create some illustrations for a line of salsas with a loteria card theme. Loteria cards are used in a Latin American game of chance, similar to bingo, and are traditionally illustrated with a distinctive painting style and font.
I have spent many summers on the Chino Farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California. Each season the Chino family grows hundreds of varieties of the most gorgeous fruits and vegetables. In addition to providing their produce to top-end restaurants in the area, the family runs a small roadside farm stand that has provided fresh produce for the community for decades.
Getting a chance work at the farm and get to know the wonderful Chino family and their wide and diverse community of friends and customers has been one of the most important and cherished influences on my life.
The sensory bombardment of the vegetables and fruits laid out at the farmstand mixes vibrant colors and textures and patterns with the most delicious smells and tastes. All my vegetable illustration is inspired by my experiences on the Chino farm.
My vegetable illustrations have been mentioned in the LA Times, Remodelista, Apartment Therapy, and 7x7SF Magazine.
Sunset magazine featured these chickens in their 2011 Holiday Gift Guide.
I created this set of 12 botanical illustrations using hand-carved blocks. They depict various types of wildflowers.
Aesop Cop is one of my favorite projects to-date. Written by the amazingly talented Franklin Crawford, the series riffs on oddball small-town crime by turning real police blotter reports into Aesop-styled morality poems, illustrated in an old-school fashion. My illustrations plus Franklin's incredible wit and talent and bizarre sense of humor elevate petty theft, shoplifting, strange noises, and loud-noise complaints to an almost mythical realm outside of time.
There are some projects that are more fun than others, and then there are projects which are so frikkin' cool that every time you think about them you grin and want to work on it some more. Animal Creator is one of those.
All the images to the left were created using Animal Creator's easy interface (a screenshot of the interface is shown at bottom).
Animal Creator is an iPad app developed by me and the incalculably awesome Sam Madden. Using a library of real animal parts, you can create your own all-new crazy mix-up animal. Based on the parts that you've chosen, the animal is assigned a unique name and also a unique sound. You can color in your animal and email your finished creation to your friends, or post it directly to Facebook. You can also go further and place your animals in a number of different settings, resize them and flip them and arrange how you wish, and even add text and small icons.
There are many best parts about this project, but one of the highlights is watching the little kids in my life play with their app and create their own new animals.
I did all the art-related tasks for the app, and Sam did all the programming-related ones.
Harn Soper has a big vision: to prove that big farms can sustainably care for the community and for the environment while remaining economically healthy.
That’s why he’s transforming a portion of his family’s 1,000 acre Soper Farms in Emmetsburg, IA, from producing commercial corn and soy into farming organic vegetables, free-range chicken, and grass-fed beef.
His vision is to create a 21st century farm rooted in traditional farming practices, working with natural systems but using technology to good advantage.
Over the past two years, I have worked with Harn to develop visual identities for his parent company, Soper Farms, and New Shoots, the company which sells Soper Farms products. I created the label design for Soper Farms first product, Heirloom Popcorn (which comes with a spice pack! Genius.) and had a very fun time creating the farm store’s Grand Opening poster.
I’m honored that my fruit and vegetable prints are used throughout the website and branding and that my products are being sold in their farm store.
Comics and illustrating stories hold a great fascination for me because of the levels of complexity the narrative adds to the illustration. It is challenging and rewarding to find the right style, the right pacing, the right angles, and the right mood of the illustration to perfectly fit the story.
These are the same reasons I love storyboarding for film. In that case, I also have to take into account the restrictions of film and the vision of the director, which adds additional layers of complexity to the project.
This handmade book was created in conjunction with the band Cake. The book illustrates the lyrics to the song "Bound Away," from their album "Showroom of Compassion," which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. Each book comes with a CD of the single, so you can follow along while you read the lyrics.
The book is a real hands-on production: hand-carved linoleum blocks are hand-printed on hand-made paper and hand-bound into an edition of 1,000 books each autographed by the band.
I created all illustrations and the CD design. The immense amount of production work was done by a legion of volunteers. The band members helped in many parts of the production work.
This collection of bird and flower illustrations started as some quick sketches. I soon realized that I liked the feeling of them, and so started expanding on the theme. There are now a couple dozen illustrations, 12 of which I've letterpressed printed in as a gorgeous 2014 calendar.
Do you suffer from thinning hair? Unsightly bulges? Itchy eyes? Feminine hysteria? Screaming children? Poor oral hygiene? You need Reverbotron 3000! Its patented Reverbotronics penetrate deep into problem areas to cure what ails you.
Reverbotron 3000 is an art project structured as an iPhone/iPad app. It pokes fun of the rise of smartphone apps as technological cure-alls, Reverbotron 3000 consists of a number of "vintage" advertisements which make wild claims about ability of "the patented Reverbotronics of Reverbotron 3000" to solve everyday problems. In reality, R3000 actually does nothing except vibrate and display advertisements.
Programmed by the incredible Sam Madden.
Midori Farm is a small organic farm in Port Townsend, Washington, which specializes in fresh vegetables, plant starters, and their own line of fermented products. I worked with farmers Hanako and Marko to create a new logo and also some new label designs for their product jars.
The project was a lot of fun, and a great bonus was that I was able to taste some of their products. Everything was delicious, but I have to give a special shout-out to their kimchi, which was absolutely fantastic . Because their products are perishable they do not currently ship orders, but Washington folk should definitely try all their flavors at various local stores.