Phalanges First! A Safety Poster.

Having studied design, I just love looking at classic posters from the 30’s–one of my favorite styles is the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project posters. I love the crisp colors and bold cut-out-esque shapes and clear imagery on many of these posters. I tried my hand at creating a poster in this style today that caters to the artist community at large. I quite enjoyed painting the letters!

Protect those phalanges, folks!

Protect your hands! You Draw with them!

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Ice Cream is a Dream (On a Hot Day)

There’s nothing better than having a super cold delicious ice cream on a really hot day. I spent much of the day adventuring and meandering through downtown Pasadena at the Make Music Pasadena Festival which featured hundreds of different bands performing at different little venues. It was fun to check out, and I really admire the charm and classic architecture of old town Pasadena–it’s quite a cute area. I’m thinking I’ll take another trip to go sketching in that area sometime. Today I’ve got a cute little ice cream guy to share.

Keep it “cool” folks!

Japanese Ice Cream Poster copy

Happy As a Clam

Lately I’ve been a bit tied up with work and freelance projects, in addition to planning new large-scale art projects (more on that later)-so I apologize for not updating as frequently as I am used to doing. One project I’ve been working on recently is designing fabric patterns. The pattern I created for today features a little walrus under the sea who is ” as happy as a clam” as he is swimming surrounded by them. There is also a “warm” and “cool” colored version of the patterns as well.

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Russian Around

Today’s illustration is a vectorized rendition of the St. Basil’s Cathedral (Собор Василия Блаженного) in Moscow, Russia. I definitely wanted to use as many vivid colors as possible especially considering that the building itself is just so colorful.

I’m going to be working on a few more pieces this weekend to have more posts for next week. I’ve just been so busy Russian around and stuff.

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Sushi Bike Helmets

Summer is the perfect time to go out and ride a bike, and I’ve seen a lot of people out on bikes lately. When I was a kid I had a bright yellow bike helmet. It was rather plain and I remember wishing that I could make it look more exciting somehow. Recalling this, I thought a bit about the design of bike helmets and tried my hand at designing some helmets that looked like sushi. It could be seen as silly, but I think it’s important to create design that fills everyday life with a bit of charm and makes those everyday experiences more unique.

Anyway, what could be more fun than pedaling down the street with a giant tamago (egg) or tako (octopus) on your head? Below are some illustrations of my design ideas:

Sushi Bike Helmets! For safety as delicious as the fishes of the sea!

From the top: Tamago ( Egg) Helmet Tako (Octopus) Helmet Unagi (Eel) Helmet

From the top: Tamago ( Egg) Helmet
                          Tako (Octopus) Helmet
                          Unagi (Eel) Helmet

The sushi bike helmets in action!

To the Races!

Yesterday was my little cousin’s 6th birthday! She’s a HUGE fan of Pixar’s Cars, and I have always loved the Monaco Gran Prix Racing Posters from the 30’s and 40’s. When Cars 2 came out, I really loved all the cool posters designed advertising all of the different cars racing around the world. Each poster had a different, unique style depending on the location of the race, and I noticed that some of these posters visually referred back to the Monaco posters. The inspiration:

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The drawing: