Illustration and poster design for “The Enchanted Toy Shop,” a children’s holiday dance recital produced by Day-to-Day Dance in Blaine Washington. The characters on the poster depict the costumes and dancers in the performance.
Poster and event production: “2016 Procession of Light: Solstice Celebration and Ceremony” was the inaugural Downtown Bellingham Solstice event I created and co-produced with a half-dozen collaborators on June 20th, 2016. The event featured a concert, healing arts practitioners, a half-mile procession of light to a nearby downtown beach , Glass Beach, and a sunset ceremony by the water.
THE PRESS RELEASE:
Procession of Light: Solstice Celebration & Ceremony
Monday, June 20th 2016 6:00 – 10:30 PM
All Ages • Suggested Donation $5
Café Bouzingo 1209 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham • (323) 380-8545
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/headlamp/136267310116160/
Facebook group page: “Carry The Light Bellingham” https://www.facebook.com/CarryTheLightBellingham/
Music by Devin Beu, Ruby Flambé, David Loudon and Dean Evenson.
Featured speakers to include Glacia Rain, Dudley Evenson and Chicken Phoenix.
Ceremony by Sara Thornton and Susan Powell.
At the inaugural Bellingham Procession of Light. we celebrate the Summer Solstice with a Concert at Café Bouzingo, followed by a Procession of Light from Café Bouzingo, south on Cornwall Avenue about 1/2 mile to Glass Beach on Bellingham Bay. There, we will mark the advent of Summer and Solstice, the longest day of the year, with a ceremony blessing our Native Waters. Themes of transition and transformation; community and gratitude; honoring our land and waters.
CONCERT & GUIDED MEDITATION
at Café Bouzingo
MUSIC by: Ruby Flambé, Devin Beu, David Loudon
GUIDED MEDITATION by: Glacia Rain — “Higher Self Integration”
GUEST SPEAKER: Dudley Evenson, Soundings of the Planet
POETRY by: Chicken Phoenix
NOTES: We will have some kids’ activities; healing arts practitioners; henna, body and face painting art for the procession; live painting, and some snacks will be available at the event.
PROCESSION OF LIGHT
Walk from Café Bouzingo to Glass Beach.
Bring a candle, flashlight, head lamp, LED’s or glow-stick – and your inner light, of course! And walk with us in procession to Glass Beach on the Solstice: longest day of the year and first day of summer.
South from Café Bouzingo
1209 Cornwall Ave,to “Glass Beach;”
End of Cornwall on Bellingham Bay
(about 1/2 mile)
SUNSET CEREMONY: “Healing Our Native Waters”
CALLING IN THE 4 DIRECTIONS: Susan Powell
CEREMONY by Sara Thornton – “Blessing Our Native Waters” We gather in community to meditate and pray for the health of our sacred waters, especially our Native Waters.
MUSIC by Dean & Dudley Evenson, Soundings of the Planet
Close the evening with community, acoustic music at the beach, sharing inner and outer warmth, gratitude for this life, hope and vision for the future.
Billboard design for the opening of Hideaway Pizza’s (Tulsa OK) first restaurant in Arkansas, based in North Little Rock. Billboard is 12 ft high x 48 ft wide.
This is a super fun promo I illustrated and co-developed with my longtime friend and marketing director for Hideaway PIzza in Tulsa OK, Janie Harris to be implemented for Hideaway on social media.
This promotion coincided with the 2016 NCAA basketball tournament – we will pit 2 pizzas a day against each other and have fans on Twitter and FaceBook vote on their favorites. Our timing is such – with one face-off a day – our Pizza Sweet 16 winner will coincide with the national NCAA championship winner.
We’re also doing t-shirts and coloring pages of the tournament bracket.
Stone River Music Festival is a 3-day event with camping that takes place in Chandler Oklahoma the 3rd Weekend of September. The various campground areas have distinctive names and I was asked to create signs reminiscent of national park signs, created as 2-color silkscreens on a white flashing. These are templates that were made into silkscreens with the final signs cut out of wood in these shapes. Client – 2014 Stone River Music Festival
On August 8th, 2014 I had the honor of being asked by two close friends of mine, Brad and Bronwyn Martin, to officiate their wedding. It was so much fun. The first thing I did was get on YouTube and watched all kinds of ceremonies, religious and non-religious. Not only to get a feel for what the officiant does, but the entirety of the ceremony.
I was asked to do a 10-15 minute ceremony; spiritual but non-denominational; with a theme of family and community. I never in my life envisioned doing such a thing, but when the phone rings: you answer! This is the invocation I wrote for their ceremony:
With the families and friends of Bronwyn and Brad’s gathered here today – we are reminded that marriage is not just a union of two people.
Marriage is a unification and blending of circles; a merging of families; rings of tribes coalescing as one – symbolized by the wedding rings and vows that will be exchanged here today.
As you all know, this love thing is very big – its boundless – it has the ability and capacity to grow continuously, every day in ways large and small. That is so powerful. If you love one another, and love the world, love will find a way. From you. And to you.
Love fills in the gaps and provides the glue when the stresses and realities of life want to pull us apart. Marriage is the ultimate balancing act. Accountability and Forgiveness. Be firm in love – but let go of attachments . Well, except to your mate, of course — the ultimate attachment!
Your actions and reactions are no longer yours alone – they affect your mate; your child; your family and by extension, your community. When all your actions matter, every moment matters. And everyone matters. Life is enriched by being aware and conscious. You find yourself in a state of gratitude, because even when times are hard, your have love. And love will get you through.
Growing your love is growing your consciousness. You develop empathy and want to be supportive. You give and receive. You are no longer singular as individuals – you are singular in unison. You become more aware of the other one’s needs – more conscious. To be there when your lover needs you. To have patience and forethought. To practice honesty and acceptance. To see each other through life’s challenges and changes, and to share and celebrate the gifts and rewards of Love. Marriage. Family. Shared dreams. Creating a home. Nurturing. Support. Co-creation.
Marriage is not just about what “I” want. Realize, that your partner, your mate – has given themselves unto to you fully – all of their trust and faith and sense of security. Unconditional Love. Your mate has just voted you most awesome person in his and her life. Your mate is offering you — and only you — the most they have to offer. This is – most awesome.
Marriage is a serious contract. We all know it takes more than just love to sustain a relationship. It takes Cooperation. Patience. Accountability and Perseverence to ride out all the obstacles that life throws at us: Every opportunity brings its challenges. Every challenge brings opportunities. To grow in love. To test love. To strengthen love. And today, we strengthen those bonds by uniting the rings, to bind man and woman together as husband and wife.
When my friends Cynthia and Neil asked me to design the logo for their new dental design lab they’re opening in Anchorage Alaska, I asked ‘What’s the name of it?’ ‘Spectrum,’ she said.
We talked about it some more. I asked if she had any specific concepts, visuals; references to style that might guide me with some initial concepts. Aesthetic guidelines.
That’s when Cynthia said ‘Well, we’re quality – kind of like a ’boutique.’
I never would have associated ’boutique’ with a dental lab, but there it was. And that immediately expanded the scope of creative possibilities, beyond the strictly clinical world of dental labs.
Of course, I’m immediately flooded with c-r-a-z-y ideas. For some reason, the Dark Side of the Moon cover, with its spectrum image flashed in my mind. Really ‘dental’ image, right? Turns out, Neil – who is a highly trained master craftsman from South Africa – had the same idea. And that was the impetus for the design.
Ultimately, we tried to take it away form the literal visual connection to the album cover. A little too over-the-top for a lab. Reversing the color scheme and making it white diminished that visual connection. Initially, we tried one tooth in order to somewhat mimic the pyramid from the cover. Something monolithic.
But then we moved away from that idea, precisely because it was so monolithic. Having a row of teeth – instead of one tooth – is more like a spectrum. I think we ended up with something cool – at least different from a lot of other dental lab logos circulating out there.
Final artwork is vector-based with transparencies created in Adobe Illustrator. The comps were created with shape layers in Photoshop. On the wide panorama, I applied a ‘zoom blur’ on the spectrum image, set at draft quality (instead of high quality). The draft version creates a more pixelated view, which I felt gave a ‘light particle’ look. The zoom-blur applied at 10 percent, in effect, gave a subtle twist to the beam of light, which also gives that effect of the light being refracted.
HempSquatch is an education and awareness campaign promoting and advocating for the myriad, sustainable and beneficial applications of industrial and agricultural hemp. Like the Sasquatch, hemp is greatly misunderstood and not seen for what it really is.
My partner Megan Guppy and I wanted to rebrand hemp. Something clearly distinguishable an apart from recreational marijuana. Something fun and healthy, with a history and a story. Something mythical and eternal, rooted in the legends and mysteries of the Earth. Like the Sasquatch. Those were Megan’s ideas, and my job was to communicate and visualize the possibilities. And that started with developing the character.
One thing we knew we wanted was to have HempSquatch striding forward in the same iconic fashion, as is the Sasquatch purportedly captured in the Patterson-Gimlin film from 1970. Below, you can see several different pencil drawings, and the final sketch which was then scanned, traced and illustrated with vectorized shapes in Adobe Photoshop.
Once we finalized our Hempy Hero, HempSquatch, we developed the color scheme and logo font choice; and applied it to business cards, round stickers, bumper stickers, and t-shirts.
We are also developing several concepts for hemp education and awareness publications and books, including a series of HempSquatch origin stories, tracing his hemp roots back to ancient times in China, India, Japan and the Americas before the Europeans came.
HempSquatch was made for social media and Facebook – we get to have fun and create memes from time to time on the HempSquatch Facebook page, as well as addressing late-breaking news regarding the slow but sure process of hemp legalization in the United States; and the myriad uses and applications utilizing industrial and agricultural hemp. by people in countries from around the globe.
Chuck Kitterman of Square One Map Company in Bellingham WA specializes in travel and recreation maps of the Pacific Northwest, Oregon, British Columbia, Canada, and Washington State including his popular Chuckanut Recreation Area map.
I have put together several map covers for Chuck, who had a branding system and look in place with his map covers: graphic, colorful, highlighting specific landmarks, all rendered in a clean, minimalist style. Like the maps.
He wanted a website that resonated with his existing, branded look and we implemented a WooCommerce map store into his WordPress-based website, which has immediately (literally and figuratively) reaped dividends.
Hythane Company is an alternative fuel company dealing with various engine combustion technologies. They wanted a ‘look’ that says they are state-of-the-art technology company promoting and developing the implementation of clean energy technologies.
As described on the Hythane Company website, their ” . . . main technologies are the OptiBlend, which converts diesel generator sets to run on up to 70% natural gas in place of diesel, Carbon Nanomaterials, which improve mechanical and electrical properties of materials, and Hythane Fuel (sometimes referred to as HCNG), which dramatically improves emissions and efficiency over standard natural gas engines.”
Musician/Producer/Composer Anna Schaad-Montgomery is a classically trained violist who has expanded her musical horizons to create a style blending elements of blues, bluegrass, what I would call ‘swampy-Americana’ and classical music. A charismatic live performer, she’s performed across the country and Canada; featured on KING-5 TV in Seattle; as well as having headlined sold-out shows at the Mt. Baker Theatre in our hometown of Bellingham, WA.
Anna and I have been able to work together to develop ‘the complete package.’ She is super-creative, and also likes to welcome in creativity to accentuate her concepts, so its always a highly collaborative process when we work together. We’ve been able to design 3 CDs; do several photo-shoots; posters and promotional pieces; logos; stationary, business cards, envelopes; and a website together.
Hideaway Pizza, based in Oklahoma, is a successful pizza chain of restaurants, delicious pizza, and satisfied customers delighted to be able to take some merchandise home. Also, special events such as new restaurant openings or big sporting events, we will design special, limited edition shirts for the staff to wear. Here are some of the shirts we have done.
I provide a variety of services for Hideaway Pizza as their needs require: menus, advertising, social media memes, web graphics, in-store displays, signage, sandwich boards, billboards, t-shirt designs, cups, mugs, hats, refrigerator magnets, pizza boxes, and more! Here is a sampling of the many projects I work on with Hideaway Pizza.
Jasmine Greene Band, based in Bellingham WA, plays mostly covers and some originals, with an amazingly diverse repertoire encompassing several genres, and featuring hits from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s to the present day, led by their charismatic vocalist Jasmine Greene. Jasmine likes a semi-retro look – a sort of blend between 70’s funk-soul and the high-fashion magazine style of the era. We also have been blessed with very good photography to utilize in our materials.
Hideaway Pizza, with 15 restaurants (as of 7/2014) in Oklahoma, has been in business since 1957, and touts its longevity with a branding scheme that puts emphasis on creating a retro look, employing many photos from the company’s archive of photos from the late 50’s, ’60’s, ’70’s, ’80’s and continuing into the new millennium. One of our key images is what we call “The Kissing Couple”; if you look at the cover on the right side, you can see the original owner and his wife sneaking a kiss in the restaurant. He is also featured as in the background image on the back page; the smiling, screened-back pizza tosser.
Because some of the restaurants serve hard liquor, and some don’t, we utilize several variations of the menu at the various restaurants, depending on what they carry in the bar. Finished size: 6 inches wide x 9 inches tall, printed on plastic paper.
Hideaway Pizza, based in Oklahoma with 15 restaurants in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas, has bars in most of their restaurants. Some have a full bar; some are beer and wine only; and not all of the restaurants carry the full roster of beers or wines. So, we have to put 6 different variations of the bar menu. Hideaway Pizza’s branding is heavily reliant on its longevity, having been founded in 1957, so our overall design scheme is retro; and very simplistic. Red, black and white are the primary branding colors of the company. Actual (folded) size is 6 inches wide x 9 inches tall, printed on plastic paper.
The Hideaway Pizza family of restaurants is based in Tulsa and has been “Oklahoma’s Best Pizza” since 1957. These are 8.5 x 14 menu pages/panels that insert into a black menu holder and sit inside a clear plastic laminate sleeve. Hideaway Pizza has as part of its branding identity a tie-dye look, so we incorporated that – softly – into the backgrounds of the menu. The dreadlocked cartoon character prominent in the menu is ‘Kahuna,’ the logo/mascot of the company. The menu design and production involves cutting out and image optimization of both food photography, and photos of the employees that get utilized in the collaged menu covers. Collages are also a long-term staple of the Hideaway Pizza branding program, gracing not only the album covers, but the walls of the restaurants themselves, where local patrons and celebrities alike adorn largescale collages in the dining rooms.
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