Einat Admony at Leon's

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This Saturday Leon’s Oyster Shed is hosting Chef Einat Admony and her Mediterranean cooking. “Born in Tel Aviv, Chef Admony owns some of our favorite restaurants in New York City’s West Village - Bar BolonatBalaboostaTaim, and the soon-to-open Kish Kash.”

As part of the ongoing Leon's Guest Chef poster series, I drew some letters for the event using a tile pattern found on Bar Bolonat’s site. Then I headed over to Kinko's to hog the oversize printer for some 17 x 22s.

SEPTEMBER 3, 2017

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Interview with Print Express

Welp, I finally rolled out of my hammock, made a cup of coffee and answered some questions for a new design blog in the UK... and I'm in good company! Alexander Vidal and Matt Anderson were the first two interviewed and I'm honored to be their third. If you're interested in reading here is the first question to tease you into clicking the link on the right.

Excerpt:

Q: Can you give a bit of a background as to how you got started as a designer?

It was pretty gradual. I’m sure all designers started drawing pretty young, as did I, but I slowly recognized I could make a living off of design right before college, which made me quickly realize I couldn’t sit in those big auditoriums. I mean I could, but I wasn’t paying any attention… so I swapped majors. From Organic Chem and physical oceanography to art research and practice. I started freelancing around the same time when a close friend connected me with Warner Music. They had me illustrate some merchandise for Wiz Khalifa and Bruno Mars, which spurred a couple more jobs to get me started.

AUGUST 20, 2016

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Saved The Date and Our Chickens

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Cue You and Me by Penny and the Quarters. I got married to the prettiest gal this past March and thank goodness she was patient with me on our Save the Dates and invites.

As everyone knows, it is damn hard to design for yourself. Especially when you're trying to impress all of your extended relatives, (all of whom think you draw animals just for the hell of it). WELL... I drew some more animals for our Save the Date, so I didn't use that opportunity to show them otherwise. I drew our lovely chickens, and by the time we sent the Save the Dates out, we no longer had chickens.

Olivia and I used to have chickens and their names were: Helen (Black Neck), Aretha, Shania, Fox and Beatrix. For an extra dollar, these chickens came with the house we moved into. So not only did we become first-time home owners, but we became backyard poultry farmers (also for the first-time). Every morning we'd wake up to at least four eggs colored blue and beige, and sometimes almost white; we'd feed them "Happy Hen Treats" to keep them happy and every now and then they got their grub on in the yard.

During the floods last year, we tried and tried to keep their living conditions pristine and by day three we started worrying. By this point, there was just far too much water. We cleaned, limed, shoveled, cleaned, scraped, shoveled and limed and nothing could keep the chicken run dry. When a swarm of flies moved in with our ladies, we decided to call up Rustin and Teresa. They came the next day and took them to their lovely acre in McClellanville, where they moved in with the rest of their chickens and became full on free-range!

In honor of these gals and all of the eggs they gave us, we kept them on the Save the Date and our dear friend Jackie Robinson over at 42 Pressed taught me how to letterpress. I was pretty slow, so she took over after I printed ten... but DANG they came out great. (As you can see... Aretha jumped in front of her name when I exported the file... but whatever.) No one understood the card, so to this day I still draw animals just because...

JUNE 1, 2016

LINK: 42 PRESSED!


Check out that letterpressin' tooth:

Petri to Patient

For the past few months I've had the pleasure of working with Kevin Swan, the founder of A Life Story Foundation. Kevin was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in February of 2012 and started the organization months after “to raise awareness, funds, and create action to help eradicate the disease.” A mutual friend connected us and told me he wanted to illustrate why funding and a cure are so difficult to secure. I jumped at the opportunity with Brent Clouse in mind for animation. I had worked with Brent indirectly on a couple of projects while at Fuzzco, including the illustrations for this Zenefits video and several Mailchimp icons, and I knew he'd nail the animations again.

From Petri Dish to Patient launched May 2, just in time for ALS Awareness Month, I hope you all enjoy and spread the word. Below is the full animation and a couple illustrations, including a lab rat that didn't make the cut!

Roald The Lion

Every now and then I get to claim and recycle some of my old designs for personal projects. This little lion has been jumping around the files ever since he didn't make the cut for some Bruno Mars tees and last year Michelle, over at Finkelstein's Center, brought him to plush.

Michelle Jewell makes the best dang toys in town and all of my little cousins have at least one (if not two) of them hanging out in their rooms. I got to spend an hour watching her cut and sew while she worked on another lion for me. She is a sewing maestro and all of her creations take on such beautiful character. If you don't have one of her plush bunny friends sitting near you to chat and drink coffee with, I suggest you click this link and get yourself one! OR get one of those amazing sea creatures she just started making! (We have one and we've named him Theodore and he likes to drink coffee with me, because adults need friends too.)

MAY 16, 2016

LINK: HANDMADE GOODNESS

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