December 26, 2012

Father John Misty

Here's a little portrait I painted of Father John Misty for my sister this Christmas. His album Fear Fun is pretty fantastic if you haven't checked it out!

December 4, 2012

Wilderness of Manitoba tour poster

Show poster I drew a little while back.

November 13, 2012

The Pug Emperor

This guy was a much bigger undertaking than I was expecting! "Oh I'll just paint a silly picture of a Chinese emperor and his harem of pugs, it'll be fun!" Between all the colour changes, the patterns, the background, THE PUGS! It started to drive me a little crazy. Still can't decide if I've finished. Here it is for now!

November 12, 2012

Don't Wake Daddy VII: Apocalypse How

This is a painting I did for a show taking place in Hamburg, Germany! The show is curated by Heiko Muller, who I've been a huge fan of for quite some time now. It's also featuring tons of amazing artists and I'm honored to be included.

Opening: December 1, 2012, 8:00 p.m.
December 1 - 22, 2012
Feinkunst Krüger
Kohlhöfen 8
20355 Hamburg
Telefon: +49-(0)40-31792158
Participating artists:
Atak, Anthony Ausgang, Oksana Badrak, Dan Barry, Jana Brike, Chris Buzelli, Daniel Cantrell, John Casey, Belicta Castelbarco, Paul Chatem, Brendan Danielsson, Danielle de Picciotto, Justin DeGarmo, Alex Diamond, Mark Elliott, Elmar Lause , Sebastian Feld, Charles Glaubitz, Kelly Haigh, Thorsten Hasenkamm, Gregory Hergert, Ryan Heshka, Natalie Huth, Charlie Immer, Gragory Jacobsen, Colin Johnson, Boje Arndt Kiesiel, Ti Kunkit, Sean Lewis, Carolin Löbbert, Jon MacNair, Mia Mäkilä, Moki, Brendan Monroe, Sergio Mora, Chris Mostyn, Heiko Müller, Skot Olsen, Anthony Pontius, Wolfgang Sangmeister, Raudiel Sanudo, Marcus Schäfer, Kim Scott, Michael Slack, Allison Sommers, Nathan Spoor, Fred Stonehouse, Collin van der Sluijs, Christian Rex van Minnen, Marco Wagner, Eric White

March 26, 2012

Wilderness of Manitoba - Island of Echoes

Front Cover

Back Cover

Inner Sleeve

Inner Sleeve

Template Layout

Delaware House EP Cover

The past year has been very unproductive on the art making front unfortunately. I had the opportunity to do a lot of road tripping and meet lots of fantastic people so I wouldn't call it wasted time by any means but I hope to get back into this more. While working as a counselling supervisor this summer (when only have one week counselling experience in my life previously o_o) I had the great fortune of working with my good friends The Wilderness of Manitoba for their upcoming record Island of Echoes. It was pretty interesting balancing these jobs but I'm so pleased it all worked out and had this opportunity. It's a fantastic album and a huge leap in sound comparatively to their previous work so needless to say I'm psyched about this! It was a lovely challenge to represent the expansiveness of the record and hopefully I did it justice.
A few notes on the images above:
The two paintings were toss ups for which would end up being the cover. In the end we decided on the summer scene because it represented a side to the band that hadn't really been expressed visually before and also spoke for the great summery tunes throughout the album.
The second painting is the back cover and partially channels a nightmare that Will told me about set at Elk Island. This was a really tricky painting to pull off, it was very hard for whatever reason to get two separate colour schemes to work together but also remain distinct from one another. The outer winter scene is also comprised of colours outside of my comfort zone so there was a lot of second guessing and over painting.
The inner sleeves, disc art and Delaware House EP cover are all drawings from my sketchbook that I coloured and edited within photoshop. The type was also all hand drawn and arranged with photoshop as well!
Excited to share this, the record is out September 18th!

January 16, 2012

Flowers In Her Hair

I've been in school without breaks since Kindergarden and living my life for the first time without it has allowed me to realize a few things about myself. Namely that I am not a productive person. I need a deadline or a reason to make something and I get very little satisfaction out of producing something solely for myself. Instilling passion and drive into your everyday life is a noble pursuit and I think with time and maturation I'll hopefully get there. So if you have a project in mind and think I'd be a good fit, feel free to contact me, I'd love to hear it!

That being said I haven't totally been sitting on my bum. I've done a few drawings for friends, recently designed a friends record, I'm in the midst of painting and designing another friends record, had an old painting that I spent a long time touching up in a show (above), making and designing mixes for friends (above) and just spending a lot of time with my great friends who I'd probably go crazy without.

The future hopefully holds a collaborative project I'm really excited about. A road trip through the good ol' USA, and fingers crossed, teaching english in Japan starting in the summer.

I hope everyone who drops by here occasionally is doing well and is finding satisfaction in whatever pursuit they're after. It's hard and confusing figuring out what you really want out of life and I'm really struggling with that at the moment. I think that you end up learning a lot about yourself though, and end up having much more to say and offer other people. All the best everyone!