I can't say what directly inspired me to do these, other than idea I had been floating around in my head. Also, I will take any opportunity to use Moon related imagery.
Wednesday, December 30
Wednesday, December 16
Monday, December 14
I made this fella for my friend Bill's birthday. It's my first ever attempt at sculpture. I've always wanted to try it out, ever since I first started reading Toyfare magazine and they had the little tutorials on how to customize action figures.
I sculpted it with Super Sculpey, then used wire for the teeth and claws. I painted it with basic acrylics, then used a Liquitex glaze. Other fun fact! I've read about it for year, but never had an excuse to do a paint wipe. I mixed a bit of black and brown paint with water then slathered it all over the Sasquatch, using a paper towel I wiped away the excess leaving the paint/water behind in the little notches and crevices. It worked pretty well for my first time.
Bill named him Bobby, and he is now at his home among his menagerie of faux-pets. And special thanks to my beautiful wife for the awesome pictures, more after the jump.
Posted by Justin at 2:07 PM
Thursday, December 3
I posted the logo I used in this a while ago. I wanted to show you a companion piece to see the logo in use. This concept didn't make it to production, but I liked it alot. I tried to create something that engaged our audience to not only look at the ad, but participate in the event.
Posted by Justin at 4:38 PM
Wednesday, November 18
The initial design and layout was done in InDesign, then I exported that to a PDF and mucked it up in Photoshop.
Its pretty straight forward, I'd always wanted to do something in this look and I think I did a pretty good job.
Posted by Justin at 4:40 PM
Tuesday, November 17
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Wednesday, September 23
I made this poster for the first in a series of classes at Harper College called "Tower Records Goes To College" my good friend Scott organized classes taught by a bunch of us former Tower Records employees. One of my best friends, Tom Joniak, was going to do a class about American Hardcore music. Unfortunately, his class didn't meet the registration minimum and was cancelled, but the rest of the classes are still on track. Since this idea was pretty last minute, I haven't had the time to do them for all of the other classes yet. I won't be able to for the Fall courses, but with more lead time I'll do my damndest to get a poster made for each class in the spring.
I did this entirely in illustrator. I dig it alot. It was pretty heavil inspired by the posters Olly Moss did for A Life Well Wasted. I absolutely love Olly's work and I hope it doesn't feel like I'm ripping him off, because that wasn't what I intended. I just dig his style alot and its a look I've always wanted to try my hand at.
I'm for sure going to do two more of these, one for my class (about Star Wars) and one for my friend Kiel's class about Chiptunes.
More information about the classes can be found here.
Posted by Justin at 4:18 PM
Wednesday, September 9
I created this really quick, based on an idea I had floating in my head for a little bit. I was directly inspired by some work I was doing at the tribune involving diagonal lines, and the letter treatment was developed from basically messing around in illustrator for a long, long time, and is similar to another treament I did for something at work (i'll show you eventually). This is just a quick and dirty concept, no real direction, just something I thought was fun.
Posted by Justin at 3:24 PM
Monday, August 24
Wednesday, July 22
Wednesday, July 15
Apparently this has become a ghost-centric blog. I guess I just really like drawing ghosts, and I would like to actually post some more legitimate works. I don't just draw ghosts, I do have a for reals job. Anyways, I thought this idea was adorable, and I think I was right.
Posted by Justin at 7:37 AM
Friday, July 10
I was digging around the interwebs and came across KhangKhong.com, a website that one of my teacher in college ran. They held art jams, someone would suggest a topic, gather reference material, and package it up. Then anyone could download the zip file and create an image based on the theme. The theme for this particular jam was Spock. So i made a pair of images that I thought would look neat on a t-shirt, albeit a girls t-shirt. I made these half in photoshop and illustrator, a long long time ago. I'm gonna guess 2003, but could be sooner.
Posted by Justin at 1:17 PM
Monday, June 29
Monday, June 1
Haha! I told you i'd post some real design work! I did this for an event in Chicago to celebrate Barack Obama's inauguration in January. It was feature on posters, banners, flyers, print, web and television advertisements. I drew inspiration from Obama's immaculate creative direction from his campaign using the Gotham typeface as well has the established PMS colors. I wanted there to be definate "Obama" visual cues without aping his style entirely.
Posted by Justin at 2:47 PM
Thursday, May 21
Wednesday, May 20
I don't want this to become a an all ghost blog, but when I get ideas. I have to do them. Otherwise i will forget. I will probably start posting some for reals design work soon. Also, i started a new technique with this one, so i'm adding a higher res version of it than i normally would because you wouldn't notice the newness on the smaller file. Enjoy!
Posted by Justin at 4:57 PM
Monday, May 18
Wednesday, May 6
I've always wanted to draw an ambigram. I was never confident enough in my drawing skills to try it out but I am extremely confident in my arranging of blocks into geometric patterns. So I came up with this one, if you can't read it, it's my name:
After that, I figured I'd try and be a little less narcissistic and maybe do one for my wife, this time with a little color and rounded edges:
Posted by Justin at 5:19 PM