Sock monkeys, poodles, and baton twirlers: recent design & illustration projects!

Personal projects:

I’m working on a Facebook cover photo and icon set for my friend Dan, a photographer. The cover photo incorporates his orange-dyed pets, him, and his fiancée; his personal icon is just him.


If you’re wondering why the poodle has orange ears and the shih tzu has an orange mohawk, it’s because they dye them that way:


^ For serious.

Freelance wedding projects:


^ This is one of my Day of the Dead wedding invitations. If you’d like these for your special day, click on the link!


^ I’m crafting a vintage-imagery blue-and-red nautical set for Colleen and Jeff as my gift to them.


^ The sock monkey set is new to the scene. These are actually the first takers. I’m glad they found a home!

A day job project: 

Most of what I do during the day is incredibly straightforward (I have a gallery on Behance of the bestsellers), but occasionally I have a special project that’s fun. Like the yearly Blue Sapphire project:


^ This is the front (full chest).


^ This is the back (about 5″ wide across the shoulder blades).

Personal illustrations:


“I hate flowers. I paint them because they’re cheaper than models and they don’t move.”
– Georgia O’Keefe


“When I was a little kid we had a sand box. It was a quicksand box. I was an only child… eventually.”
– Steven Wright


“Wise men say forgiveness is divine, but never pay full price for late pizza.”
– Michaelangelo

Happy Tuesday, everyone! 

Design Inspiration: Album Covers

The recipe for my obsession with Spotify is “enthusiasm, with a soupcon of regret that I didn’t discover it earlier.”

Always on the lookout for new jams, I’ve been playing with the radio feature, and I’ve been struck by how much I like the album covers.

Here are a few of my favorite cover designs, all from bands I’d never heard of before in my life:


^ The hand-rendered type! The weird band name! The bleachy-looking scribble overlay! The bizarre photograph that looks like Old Gregg from Mighty Boosh:


I clap my hands in glee at the whole thing.


^ The sexy Avant Garde-like typeface! The shooting star! The colors! The outfits! The shine on the outfits!


^ Another geometric typeface (top), mixed with a weird retro font at the bottom. Awesome. The flame graphic is some very cheesy Photoshop, but how cute is this girl’s hair? What an adorable moppet!

Can we get another picture of her? Yes. We can.


I can’t tell if I want to be her or to adopt her. Maybe both.

(Whoops. Research shows she’s actually 24. I think we’re going to have to go with be.)


^ The typeface looks a lot like the art deco font American Horror Story uses. I like the religious icon imagery and the collage-y nature of it. The photo reminds me of the Dita Von Teese Harper’s Bizaar shoot:


I love vintage dames forever.

Alex Clare The Lateness of the Hour

^ I love this illustration. It looks like an etching or a scratchboard or something. It’s surreal, balanced, whimsical, and nostalgic, somehow, all at once. The font is, I believe, pointedly clean and dull — specifically so you can focus on that great drawing. (Also, I know I wasn’t about to make this about the music, but this album is so good.)

Foster The People Torches

^ So fluffy I could die! Why are their hands on fire? Do some have growths? Look at the character in the front, just to the left of the guy whose head is on fire — HE IS SO HAPPY!

Bat for Lashes The Haunted Man

^ We’re going to wrap up on this album cover because wow, that’s an awesome photo. Great lighting, cool details, and some very, very precarious hand placement. I love that they haven’t ‘shopped out the veins in her hands, or the smile lines around her nose, or what appears to possibly be a hint of pubic hair. Daring shit! I love it!

Hope that visual inspiration is enough to keep your train chugging for another day, Internet. If you have any favorite recent album covers, feel free to leave a comment!