Part of living in a city is to embrace the hometown heroes. The Carolina Panthers stadium is 20 miles from our house. It was time to embrace Charlotte and the home team a little more than I had. This piece was developed to help me creatively dive into the culture of Charlotte.
Much of my workflow is based on screen printing and color overlays. This first version was stepping outside of this limited realm for a spell. What could be done with blend modes and more colors? Could I branch out from two and three colors and still have it live in the family?
The "heritage" color version was built trying to play more to the Carolina Panthers color palette. Starting this version on a vintage brown helped to take a little punch out of the colors. One thing that I think helps this version stand out over the full-color version of how color overprinting influenced this piece. Simulating printing on brown color paper, the blue would have sections that were removed to allow the brown to show through. The final layer of deep navy blue layer's opacity was dropped to 90% to simulate overprinting with a transparent base. If you look, the deep navy now has several shades helping to give additional depth without having to print more than two colors.
These illustrations of John F. Kennedy and Margaret Hamilton were created to provide visual support for Premier Inc's CEO, Susan DeVore presentation at Values conference 2019. In her presentation, Susan points to how constant innovation and standing your ground and being ready to pick up the pieces when you're told not to worry, can, in fact, alter the course of history.
These illustration were done using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
So many characters to love. So many characters killed off. This project started as one idea and turned into an excuse to work on portraits. Adobe Illustrator is my preferred environment. Being able to scale everything is beautiful. However, there is a lack of depth and grit due to the qualities of vector. Everything is typically clean. Many designers and illustrators turn to brushes to add some nuanced or very apparent texture to their work and lines.
Creating brushes is not a new thing. But they all typically looked and acted the same way. I wanted to create brushes that were far more expressive and something the marketplace lacked.
Knowing who gritty and aggressive, these brushes were I had the idea to combine my love of portraits with this brush making effort. These portraits would not be pretty or flattering once the brushes were applied. So finding the right faces would be necessary. Enter Game of Thrones. With so many characters being killed off at breakneck speed, I had quite the list of gritty, grizzled characters, who'd been killed off. I felt the combinations of the two were a perfect marriage. So I started with characters I had come to love, and once they were killed off, I added them to a list for a portrait.
You can see the original portraits, done in Adobe Draw/Fresco, and how the brushes were added. Some lines are more nuanced, and some are meant to be larger and in your face. There are more to come in this series, but here are four characters I loved and lost along the journey.
Goon: Last of the Enforcers was slated to make its American debut Sept 2017. Violent Gentlemen Hockey Club hosted a screening and an accompanying art show for the debut.
Mark Brickey and Violent Gentlemen asked me to produce a print for the show. I worked up two colorways and ultimately decided on the orange and purple version.
This is available as an 18" x 24" Giclée print from VGHC.
Andy J Pizza stopped by Charlotte, NC in early 2018 to share with AIGA Charlotte. This illustration was made to share on Twitter about the upcoming event with Andy. It started as simple twitter banter, and after a day, I decided to take the idea and develop more interest in the event.
Knowing Andy's love of pizza I wanted to create an image that tied my "little birdie" comment to Andy and pizza. Growing a bird watcher, I wondered how they got named. Looking at Pepperoni as spots on a pizza, I decided to design the bird to have a breast that resembles a slice of Pepperoni pizza. And thus the Spotted Pepperoni Warbler was born.
Dogs are a greater source of happiness than some realize. Mostly those that don't canine family members. Tank was one of the kindest dogs I ever had the pleasure to meet, wrestle and play tug-a-war with in the backyard. He passed a few years ago and when my friends shared the news I devastated. I did this portraits as a reminder of the wonderful friend we all had found in this tender creature.
Here is a process video showing the design and illustration of this piece.
This is a commemorative poster for the 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival. Hopscotch is a 3 day music festival that showcases over 160 bands. This years headliners included De La Soul, Spoon, St Vincent, Valient Thorr, Death and Mastodon. Check out the Hopscotch site for more information on the event.
The concept was to show a familiar shape, the guitar, in a new and unfamiliar way.
2 color Screen Print
Edition of 30
Inspired by one of my favorite bands; I reworked a sold out poster celebrating The Avett Brothers stop In Wilmington NC for the annual Azalea Festival. Originally an 18"x24" gig poster, it has been reworked to be a 12.5x19” art print. The goal here was to illustrate elements specific to the band. Everything from Seth’s necklace to the patterns on the banjo and hidden in their collars.
Who hasn’t been confounded by love at some point in life? The concept for this gig poster was to hint at the bitter-sweet nature of love. To accomplish that, I chose to showcase an attractive figure with a sadness to her.
The band’s name is handwritten to reconnect viewers with their own love letters. Personally, when letters are handwritten, they’re usually more sentimental and cherished.
This was a self-initiated printing experiment. The goal was to print two colors giving the appearance of three colors. The type treatment was done from scratch to take advantage of the overprinting.
You can read more about the process here.
In 2011 Mute Math were touring in support of there upcoming album, “Odd Soul.” The concept behind this poster was a reflection on the album name. Thinking about “What does a soul look like” led to “What does an odd soul look like.” In true New Orleans’ fashion, they performed in suits. Suits and souls were the premise of the design.
Production Specs: Hand pulled, 18” x 24”, 3 color Serigraph on Pop Tone Lemon Drop French Paper.
A self-initiated project to support StandUpForKids.org. The organization’s goal: bring awareness to the number of children living on the streets in our country.
The finger print is a human element that identifies who we are. However, there is much more than blood and water that make up our bodies. Squint and see what lies within the fingerprint, a lion. The lion’s face represents inner strength and determination. I wanted to give a new identity to those fighting to stay alive and those fighting for a better tomorrow.
12.5″ x 19″
2 color screen print
3 editions of 50 were printed.
The Old & New Project is a collection of designs and illustrations based on contemporary interpretations of Bible passages. I had the privilege of contributing a piece to the third installment, Turning Points. Acts 9, Saul on the Road to Damascus was the passage I was asked to illustrate.
Please check out more on about The Old & New Project. Be sure to look over the other contributions to the project and help support their fantastic work.
Local gypsy rocker, Justin Lacy approached me to design a poster for their new album. Eventually, it was a limited edition screen print as a reward for their Kickstarter campaign. The concept of the poster boiled down to mermaids being the gypsies of the sea.
Justin compiled a video of our talk, process and concept behind the poster.
Beta Radio approached me to design a memorable poster celebrating the release of the bands first full-length album. It had been a ten-year process for the record to be made, so the stipulations were that the poster “could not suck,” and it “has to have metallic ink.” After talking with the band, I decided to move ahead with a record-centered concept. Using records instead of balloons lent itself perfectly for the idea of “release.” The seven balloons represent the album name, Seven Sisters, and the escaped balloon foreshadows the album’s release.
Seeing that Brent Holloman loves his vinyl records, it was fitting to use records instead of balloons in this concept. The album is entitled Seven Sister, and there is one record for each sister. What always happens when you have a balloon? Inevitably they make there way out into the world whether you mean to let go or grabbed by the wind.
It is an honor to have this poster included in the book by Tim Booth. Be sure to stop by and see all the other talented artist showcased in this book, “The Wall: Modern Day Music Posters."
Death is inevitable. It’s the one thing in life that does not discriminate. You are going to die. The people you love the most will pass away as well. Yet, we fight, fear, despise, ignore and even try to escape death. We need to get a grip on death because our perspective on this subject shapes our perspective on life. Our understanding of Death shapes how we live our lives.
Winner of the Silver Telly Award
Elderly Man: Ken Beals
Man in Black: Nate Panning
Written & Directed by: Parrish Stikeleather
Story by: Joey Connolley, Audra Blake, Parrish Stikeleather
Cinematography by: Joey Connolley
Boom: Kevin Stauss
Grips: Carson Goslee, Audra Blake
Gaffer: Brandon Shaw
Editing: Parrish Stikeleather, Joey Connolley
Color Correction: Joey Connolley
Title/Graphics: Doc Reed
Me And My Shadow by Helen Morgan