A few years back I moved to Arizona. One of the first things I did once my family relocated, I searched through images and Pinterest pinboards of things to do and places to go and locations that absolutely must be seen to believed; by one that lives in Arizona. On this list; hiking the red rocks of Sedona, spelunking the crevasse that is the Grand Canyon, careen down the glass-like smooth surface of slide rock and hike the Superstition Mountains (and if you get lucky you may stumble upon the gold of the lost dutchman mine). The visuals of the Superstition Mountains are flat out amazing. The fact that mountains could seemingly sprout out of the desert with a near vertical face, thousands of feet in altitude gain and picturesque views…flat-out amazing. So I put together a thumbnail of a sketch three years ago and finally had the time to start illustrating and […]
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I’m a native Nevadan and graduate of the University of Nevada. This means that each winter when my alma mater’s football team packs up and heads to a bowl game to finish up their football season; I understandably get a little excited and nostalgic for the formative years I spent in Reno. This year, Nevada is playing in the Arizona Bowl in Tucson (which I will make the short drive from Phoenix to see) and I hope we can watch them get another win for the season to come out over .500. For the past 3 years I have been doing illustrations to mark Nevada’s bowl games. A personal project. An homage to my state and my college. I really do hope that they can find a way to bring back the excited kind of play I was able to see when Colin Kaepernic was our starting QB. But until […]
I was recently exploring some more expressive hand-lettering as part of a larger branding exercise and these are just some hints of what I can share at this point in the process.
I put together this hand-lettered lockup together recently for the city of Reno for their ARTown summer festival goings on.
As I have progressed through improving my ability with hand-lettering, I have often used the 12 points of the Scout law as the theme for practicing. This past winter, I revisited the 12 points of the Scout Law that I started my hand-lettering journey with. With this revision I explored new finishing techniques, lettering styles and thumbnailing and sketching processes. It was an extremely helpful project with regards to my process and personal style. The project was culminated with the creation of a limited edition poster combining all 12 points of the Scout Law.
This series of hand lettered illustrations was my entry into the worldwide lettering communities 36 days of type. Over the course of 36 letterers, designers, 3D specialists, web designers designed custom alphabets and submitted them to the community. I combined my submissions together in this limited edition (run of 36) poster. The great thing about this project is that it brought so many cross disciplinary specialists together to for a global community of creatives that are passionate about design and typography.
A set of hand lettered and illustrated skate decks with good advice. Listen to these words of advice and they will take you places.