High Art Billboard Project

High Art Billboard Project

I received some fantastic news on Friday and wanted to share.

In June I submitted art for an annual public art project in Indianapolis. The High Art Project Prints ten works of art on billboards and displays them on a rotational basis throughout Marion and the surrounding counties. It is sponsored by the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Fairway Outdoor . For more information go to High Art Billboard Project 


Yesterday I received notice that one of my entries has been accepted for the 2017-18 series! I received the acceptance letter at 5pm on Friday, so I’m not sure which of my works got in or where it will be installed first, but I will add pertinent information as it becomes available.

High Art Billboard Project | Arts Council of Indianapolis

WBAA T-Shirt Design Challenge

Recently one of my designs was selected for voting in the WBAA 2017 Tee Shirt contest!

Per the WBAA page, so head on over and give me a vote!

For my entry, I went with a historical approach, I used Neutra Display Titling for the font because it had a 1920s feel, and stuck with a black and white and red color scheme.

  • Voting will run:   July 24th – August 10th (deadline 5pm).
  • Voting takes place by email or phone – one vote per person.
  • Winning design will be announced on Friday, August 11th (broadcast and online).

WBAA 2017 Contest entry

Source: WBAA TShirt Design Contest | Create Your Own Contests at ShortStack.com


Space card screen print

Throwback Thursday – Space card edition.4 color poster

Heres a poster design I mocked up in the cold end of  2016. I originally drew the moon and astronaut illustrations a few years ago.  I thought they went together quite nicely, and I hadn’t used them for anything, so I scanned ’em in to the old electro-computer-magic-machine-o-macajiggy, brought them together and added the colors. Turquoise,  navy,  gray and yellow on white. I was originally planning on printing these as a 4 color screen print on white paper, but I’m thinking now that if I can find some nice gray stock I would leave out the white and just print the navy, turquoise and yellow and do a run of 30 or so.


Pi-Fi Hot Spots

Pizza + wireless internet = The Pi-Fi Hotspot.

Cheese Pizza Wi-Fi symbol

I just finished a some stickers with two versions of a custom illustration – The Pi-Fi Hotspot. I started handing them out so I thought I’d post them here for y’all to see.


For this illustration, I drew all the vector shapes in Adobe Illustrator with the pencil tool. Eventually I’ll get to mastering the pen tool but for now the pencil tool is working fine. I started with the classic, cheese, and then upped my game by adding some pepperonis to a second version.pi-fi Stickers

Not only did these stickers turn out looking quite delicious, but they are also dairy free, gluten free and vegan. They are on Flexcon Busmark for a high quality sticker that is easily repositioned. Pi-Ff, peperoni

Say Cheesey!
#Pi-Fi  #pizza  #Wi-Fi

Converting colors with RGB.to

RGB.to) is my go to tool when I open clients files, that need colors converted to cmyk.

There are many different ways that our digital files store color, different color spaces (like Adobe RGB, sRGB, CMYK, or CIE L*a*b) and even spot colors like Pantone, or RAL. As most customers want a four color CMYK print instead of the costlier spot color print, output I am most often interested in is standard CMYK. This is where  RGB.to comes in as a color converting tool.

rgb-to, Pantone coated 2276c, greeneryCheck it out in real life on the internet – rgb.to/pantone/2276-c

For this example I wanted to use Pantone’s color of the year – Greenery 15-0343. Unfortunately the color of the year is a fabric color so its not in my solid coated swatch-book. I used Pantone’s color conversion tool (Pantone.com/X-ref) to find the solid coated alternative, PMS 2276c. The Pantone color converter is great but it only converts one Pantone color to another pantone color so it isn’t going to be much help if we are going to be printing the files as CMYK. Once we have the coated version of the swatch we can use RGB.to to convert it.

With RGB.to converting the color is easy, all you need to do is type the color code (wether it is RGB, CMYK, HSL, HSB or Hex) and the code does the rest. The site, by front end developer Carlos Cabo is pretty well thought out. Once the color is converted all you need to do is click on the label and the values are automatically copied to your clipboard.

This site also contains color libraries for HTML, RAL, and Pantone books, although Pantone colors always look different on screen these can give you a ballpark of what they are gonna look like.

Hopefully this site is helpful for all you designers out there. I go there every time i need to convert some colors to make my files print ready. Cheers and Happy designing.

Van Gogh Museum – The French Print Collection

For those interested in the history of printmaking the Van Gogh museum inas an extrordinary colection of French prints from fin de siècle (end of the century; 1890-1905) on their website vangoghmuseum.nl. This remarkable collection is organized by technique, object type, artist, printer, publisher, and subject on the site.

A printer printing pictures of a printer printing prints. 

Fin de siècle means end of the century in French and refers to the last ten years of the 19th century and the first few of the 20th. Fin de siècle is especially notable because around 1890, artists became more aware of printmaking as an art form in and of itself. The big names in modern art at the time (Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin and Steinlen), experimented with woodcuts, etching and lithography, and worked more closely than ever with their printers. These artists have their prints not only used as adverts for cafes and programs for theaters all over Paris as well as gallery shows and books. 

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The collection consists of prints that are more than a hundred years old and every time they are shown in person the museum runs the risk of damaging the prints as they are light sensitive. Luckily for us, the museum chose to upload these prints and that allows for their display in a unique way. displayed as a patchwork of images. Every click changes the gallery order showcasing similarities between different works whether it be in style, subject, print technique or even printer.

Below I offer a small sample of this collection but be sure to view the whole gallery featured by The Van Gogh museum on www.vangoghmuseum.nl!

There are classics like this:

le Chat Noir (the Black Cat)

Le Chat Noir

by Théophile Alexandre Steinlen – 1896


Lesser known works are also available for viewing on the site such as these:

Tête de femme (Head of a Woman)

Head of a Woman (Tête de femme)

by Eugène Carrière – 1895

Les pauvres {The poor) from the series - Bruges mystique et sensuelle

The poor (Les pauvres) from the series Bruges mystique et sensuelle

by Georges de Feure – 1899

Tigre dans les Jungles (Tiger in the Jungle)

Tiger in the Jungle (Tigre dans les jungles)

by Paul Elie Ranson


“The Van Gogh Museum manages one of the world’s most important collections of French prints from the fin de siècle (1890-1905). The special collection is not often displayed in the museum galleries due to light sensitivity, so discover it online now.”- Source: the French print collection

A Field Guide to Typestaches

Wikipedia defines a moustache (UK /məˈstɑːʃ/American Englishmustache/ˈmʌstæʃ/)[1] is facial hair grown on the upper lip. Moustaches can be groomed by trimming and styling with a type of pomade called moustache wax.

typestache on the other hand, is styled by a typographer.  These curly brackets have been selected for display and labeled by designer Tor Weeks.   The brackets look remarkably like their namesake, the Typestache.


From designer Tor Weeks: Typestaches actually started as a wine and cheese party invitation design. Halfway through designing said invitation, I started playing with brackets as accents pieces. It was when I was attempting to choose the right typeface for the design that I had a whole selection of brackets on the page so from there it just took on a life of its own. All I did was have the good sense to stop forcing it to be an invitation and let it be a poster.


This poster captures the perfect balance of quirkiness, whimsy, and simple clean typography– titled A Field Guide to Typestaches, it shows you how each typeface’s definite brackets can be turned into distinctive moustaches, when you turn them on their sides. The best part of all this is the little moniker labeling the typestaches, which personifies each type as a gentleman of sorts.

While the original poster is no longer available, version 2, in gold on black is available here.


Source: A Field Guide to Typestaches | Jeannie Huang




Animating the illusion of life

Illusion of life, purple, animation

The 12 principals of animation are a set of guidelines created by Disney animators Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas doing the 1930s.

This video does a great job of explaining all 12.

  • Squash and Stretch
  • Anticipation
  • Staging
  • Straight Ahead vs Pose to Pose
  • Follow Through and Overlap
  • Slow In and Slow Out aka easing
  • Arcs
  • Secondary Action
  • Timing
  • Exaggeration
  • Solid Forms
  • Appeal

These are a great starting point for UI and motion designers as well as Illustrators an animators.

The Old Picture Internet Site

The Old Picture internet site

www.old-picture.com is home to a wonderful collection of historical photographs. Their collection spans the years from 1850 to 1940. These pictures include images from across the globe, and show in detail a unique chronological slice of our shared history.

Mostly black and white pictures

The photos are organized by year, or by a wide variety of subjects. There are photos of everything from Souix Chiefs to steel workers.
three Souix Chiefs

women martching with banners

a sailor on a German U-boat picture

steel worker picture

man in a buffalo head dress picture

the press room at the Herald

suspended photographer

Alaskan Glacier

Pantone Smoothies

This week’s installment of Pant-uesdays (Pantone Tuesdays) is PANTONE SMOOTHIESa delicious mix of color for your tastebuds and food for your eyes.

Anyone who has ever put fresh fruit in a blender knows that smoothies can be as vibrant to look at as they are delicious. Hedvig A Kushner, an art director in the big apple, takes that love for the looks of a smoothie a bit further and matches the drink to a pantone.

The project so far has over 12 different flavors and they all look delicious. Click on over to Pantone Smoothies and feast your eyes on all the flavors.