Art Night Zine, Issue 2 with Mike Giant

Every Wednesday night in Boulder, CO. the always inspiring, Mike Giant hosts art night, and some incredible people show up. Some of these open studios are dedicated to making zines, with everyone contributing art to fill the pages. 

Here are some spreads that my art appeared on last week. The zine took on a life of its own, and ended up being 40 pages. Too much fun!

Photos by Mike Giant

Process to Design Black & White Graphics

I begin by making an outline of the image with a light box and a sharpie marker. I move slow to make sure the lines are clean and consistent. Also it's important to connect the intersecting lines at this stage so when I transfer it to vector I'm able to pull my corners easier.

Next, I block in parts of the image in solid black to compose a balanced image.

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Then, I add the remaining detail before it is made into vector shapes.

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This is the final, vector image ready for print.

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Son of Scorpio

I've been working to define an illustration style based on a process. I have settled, for now, after a lot of experimenting. I've tried just pencil and paper, paint, ink and collage to define a style. I found a combination of paper and ink plus the computer is a fun place to work because it's limitless. I can start out with a blank page and draw the image. Then, take it to the computer and manipulate it further as vector shapes. I like the vintage look of something having aged and been printed a long time ago when inks bled to make curved edges, nothing is exact. I am inspired and learned a lot from the work of Simon Walker, LAND and Mike Giant. Son of Scorpio is the name of my new set of drawings.

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Orlando is Love

The other morning I woke to find a direct message on my Instagram account from a designer I really respect in New York City. It was Rafael from Alfalfa Studio. He asked me to contribute a design to his activism effort #orlandoislove. I chose to illustrate a portrait of Darryl "DJ" Roman Burt II, who lost his life June 12, 2016. It's sickening to think about the night that unfolded in Orlando. Spread love, not fear and hate. Here's my small contribution.

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