Local Characters is an ongoing personal project I created to have fun with of all the random people and situations I’ve wandered across.
Oldish Man and the Sea
Rock N’ Rollers
Concept comic cover and logo for an exhibit at the Exploratorium Museum. Created by Chad Allen, the comic tells the story of a blind assassin navigating her way through a near future. The comic itself is designed to be enjoyed by both sighted and visually impaired audiences.
The exhibit includes a recorded audio dramatization of the comic, and the intent is to eventually make an illustrated version that includes tactile elements that will make the book easily accessible.
Boost Mobile / Rejected Emojis
Like most clients, Boost Mobile didn’t have a giant budget for social content. So we had to come up with creative ways to make fun and engaging content that didn’t need a boatload of money to execute. This content series was based around the idea that there’s a vast amount of emoji’s that got approved, because they have a use. Well there’s got to be emoji’s that got rejected because they’re essentially useless.
7-Eleven / 7Now
We created a series of animated shorts for the launch of 7-Eleven’s new delivery program, 7Now. For the project, I worked on setting the style for characters and backgrounds that other illustrators would follow. Since these would be only be viewed online, the design style needed to be bold and easily readable at small sizes, while fun enough for viewers to stay away from clicking the dreaded “skip” button.
7-Eleven / 7Rewards
For the re-launch of the 7Rewards program from 7-Eleven, we created a series of animations. I helped set the style and tone for the animations by creating various characters, objects, and background pieces. The main character themselves were supposed to be semi anonymous archetypes, but I tried to design personality into their details.
The animations themselves unfortunately never ran because of app delays due to bugs, which by the time they were resolved required a change of direction for the promotional materials.
I don’t often get a chance to help design (or re-design) a brand from the ground up, but I love to tackle logo and identity design whenever I get the opportunity. Distilling a business down into a simple and understandable logo-mark and type system, is both a hard and rewarding process. Also, I’m a big believer that no matter where the logo design direction ends up, it should look cool on a t-shirt.
Automaton focuses on media agnostic production, whether it’s motion based content, a program initiative, interactive project, or an experiential experience. They exist to help make it a reality.
This logo is meant to hit pretty heavy on the idea that a business/agency is essentially unlocking the minds of Automaton to bring their project to life. An added does of retro-futurism within the logo-mark and type help make it fun to look at.
Pilatesmith is pilates studio focusing on combining the traditional pilates principals with the added challenge of heat. Forging healthy bodies in the process.
Form & Pixels is a small and versatile interactive shop that sometimes exists. Whether helping another agency/businesses to conjure their projects into existence, or working on their own digital projects, this talented crew is always making something interesting.
Given relative free reign to make something “cool”, this logo is based around the idea of meteors crashing into a planetary body, creating something new in the process. Playing with the idea that they often work with larger institutions for a brief period of time, while still leaving their mark.
Designed for a talented friend’s burgeoning photography side business, I just wanted to create something clever and simple. Also, I was selfishly interested in making something that would look awesome on a hat. I’m still waiting on that free hat.
Clear Green is a environmentally focused startup, created to help other businesses and industries rework their energy usage. The goal is to get businesses to lower both their carbon footprint, as well as their energy costs.
StudyMark is a healthcare focused startup created to help pharmaceutical companies find people to partner with for medical trials.
I’m a big believer that even small local business deserve good design. Created for an old friend, this logo was designed to be easily readable on the side of a work truck. So every piece of it had to be super simple, clean, and bold. Because there’s no room for design subtlety when trying to read/understand from a moving vehicle.
Whenever a project comes along that allows me to do a bit of finished (or unfinished) illustration, I make whatever time I can to create something hopefully rad.
Sprite / Sprite Boy / Test illustration for a re-imagining of the classic character for a modern campaign.
Style test illustration for a series of aquatic themed pieces for a crypto currency exchange.
Game of Thrones / Compendium / Navigational Icons
Portraits / Matt
Eye of the Sandman / Movie Poster
Hero Factory / Various
Pre-vis work for a Mike Tyson pillow fight game
Little Me / Base Animation Illustrations
Keyframes and Roughs
Illustration When the project calls for it, I try and take a little bit of time and sketch out a nice keyframe or mockup. A lot of times it’s really helpful to get across a concept internally, to the client, or vendor. Photographic comps are great, but what happens when you just can’t find the photo you need, or the photo sources have perfect framing, but the mood of the lighting is way off. A bad comp can help kill a project, a good sketch can help save it.
Expedia / Expedia Interns / Various
Toyota / Camry Effect
Expedia / Various Keyframes
Toyota / Prius Hum / Print Sketch
Colorist For a period of time I got to live out my childhood dream of working in comics. I was the main colorist on Deadpool for a couple issues, got to briefly mess around with some X-men, and did some pick up colors for a couple other books. My time didn’t last too long though, because I quickly realized that something that I’d always done for fun, was quickly becoming work. I still work on comics every now and again, but I make sure that it’s only for fun.
Deadpool / Various Issues
Idiotic Ideas / Retouching I tend to carry a sketchbook around with me wherever I go. For the most part, this sketchbook is generally filled with exceptionally stupid visual puns that have no useful place in the real world. For my own amusement, I’ve decided that a lot of them are so dumb that they need to be shared. So with the help of Instagram, Google image search, and a whole lot of Photoshop, I’ve started to take some of them out my sketchbook.