If there is one thing I love more than anything else in life, it's a good show poster. If all I had to do was create and print posters the rest of my life, I'd be set.
Musicians release music. Whether it's a single, EP, a full studio album, or just digital download, there's gotta be something to look at. Check out my collection.
Typography is just as much about image as it is, language. Which is more important, often depends on the context, like all design. The following examples are clearly in favor of the "image". Not all logos are meant to be read, even if they say words. I know that sounds crazy but often times the most functional or the most interesting concept is not necessarily the most conventional. I think many designers sacrifice visual interest to maintain legibility which has it's place in the function of a design but when made the prominent role of text either in an advertisement, magazine, poster, etc, you ultimately leave the overall image very passive and therefore, easy to overlook. I create typographic solutions by re appropriating stylistic elements seen throughout music and film. Psychedelic letterforms reminiscent of The Grateful Dead, Jimmy Hendrix, and even some of the 60's 70's horror films like Suspiria, create strong directional yet dynamic compositions that make an audience travel letter to letter. Black Metal bands have a tradition of particularly intricate yet refined logos that although maybe near impossible to decipher, balance and symmetry make them dynamic and eye catching. Those are just a couple examples. It seems tedious but actually creates an overall more interesting statement that will last longer with the viewer. Even if they cannot read the title of your event, your clear legible website, venue, date and time will tell them where to find out more and what to expect. I believe that although certain visual tropes are popular primarily within subcultures, they eventually find their way into new demographics through creative implementation. I'm losing so many points with subculture right now for breaking down their aesthetic so... you're welcome.
Why don't you draw nice stuff? I do. It's called commercial art, and as you can see, it's not really the vibe I'm trying to curate here.
I'm not really a spiritual person nor do I practice witchcraft, however, I think we can all agree, tarot cards are pretty cool. It's pictures and metaphors which is basically the whole idea of illustration. No I didn't do a whole Tarot deck, though I would like to get around to it. Until then, here are the four scariest cards you can get from a tarot reading... supposedly.
This is my rendition of a few of my favorite Aesop's fables, from my childhood. Graphite, watercolor, india ink, and pen
A collection of digital and traditional paintings, collages, glitch work, and other various things.
Art and design are all the same to me but I know there are people looking at random images on here thinking "What's his angle?" Now, to be perfectly honest, I really don't have one. edgy? ...eclectic? ...maybe? This is really just what I like to do. However, businesses of all kind need visual presence and that can mean a lot of different things. You could be the most cutting edge organization with the most innovative product/service since indoor plumbing, and a genius marketing plan but if you look like shit, I can't imagine it being as great as it could be. Banners and graphics for social media, merchandise, logos (duh), and thats just for starts. These days the general population is already being smothered with such a high bar stimulus that keeping someone's attention might seem nearly impossible. I know some people have a strategy that is based more on statistics and tend to treat reaching new audiences like they're herding sheep. There are plenty of people that will go for that. I eat at McDonald's and have a phone plan with Verizon so I'm included in the sheep populous to an extent. But rather than going about your strategy like a sociopath or a serial killer, I find it's best to just make a brand look good. Not condescending and not painstakingly calculated. The way I see it, people like things to look good and depending on the nature of your business, probably follow a certain aesthetic outline. Either way, you need the look first. This is a small sample of my experience... outside of... you know, album art and show posters. I'm a millennial so I just called it "Branding". You get the idea.