Mandala Sugar Skull – Block Print & Tanks

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Etsy Products, Journal Entries | No Comments
Mandala Sugar Skull – Block Print & Tanks

Inspired by the ancient Eastern symbol of the universe, the Mandala Skull embodies the essence of a pure mind and spirit. It is said that the mind is “a microcosm representing the divine powers at work in the universe.” “The Mandala Sugar Skull” combines that eastern philosophy with the sugar skull which is prevalent in ...

AID-AM – You’re so cool

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Journal Entries | No Comments
AID-AM – You’re so cool

AID-AM is a wrap. I sat down with Mark Brickey and AIDPodcast this morning and I can guarantee that the conversation will not disappoint. As Mark put it, we are two hillbillies cut from the same DNA cloth of the south. As you could imagine, there are many twists and turns on this road to ...

Straw Castle on AIDPodcast-AM

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Journal Entries | No Comments
Straw Castle on AIDPodcast-AM

On Monday Morning, August 4th, I will be sitting down with Mark Brickey for the 6th installment of AID-AM (the younger brother Adventures in Design Podcast, which is in its 43rd episode). If you are not familiar with AIDPodcast, it’s one of the premier design related podcasts. AID demystifies the business of freelance design and ...

Miller High Life / Harley Davidson – Time Lapse Artwork

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Journal Entries | No Comments
Miller High Life / Harley Davidson – Time Lapse Artwork

As the Miller High Life / Harley Davidson Artist Series of collectible cans campaign comes to a close, I thought I’d put together a little time lapse video for the creation of my “Long Live the Pursuit – Eagle” design. I love that I have had the opportunity to work with the folks at Miller ...

Adding Realistic Textures to Digital Illustration

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Journal Entries, Q&A | No Comments
Adding Realistic Textures to Digital Illustration

I was recently asked : How do you go about adding realistic textures to digital illustration? I think the best way to add texture to your digital art is to create custom texture from your own surroundings. I thought answering this question would be the perfect opportunity to create a video tutorial on how I ...

Music City Original – Block Print

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Journal Entries | No Comments
Music City Original – Block Print

I know it may be a Nashville stereotype but every so often, you find yourself fitting comfortably in that stereotype. Take for example those embroidered western shirts, I love those things. I have quite a collection that I’ve picked up from local thrift and vintage outfitters. Some of my favorites are the styles coming from ...

Buyout rights for design

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Journal Entries, Q&A | No Comments
Buyout rights for design

I was recently asked : I had a large company ask me to design and print a poster. They asked about how much I would charge for buyout rights for the design. Insert :: blank stare :: here. Do you have any advice on this topic? So yeah, I have a lot of experience with ...

Straw Castle vs/ Under Armour

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Journal Entries | No Comments
Straw Castle vs/ Under Armour

Over the course of 2013-2014 I’ve collaborated with Under Armour on 15 or more new designs. These designs span across many of their product lines from hunting, fishing and even The Wounded Warrior project. Ever so slightly, some of these products are making an appearance on shelves. These are amongst the first to be released. ...

Explore Music City – Block Print

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Journal Entries | No Comments
Explore Music City – Block Print

I’ve had a great spring and summer so far this year here in Nashville. I’ve participated in a number of local events across the city. It’s always great getting out and meeting so many new and exciting people. One of the things I love the most is interacting with the folks who stop by the ...

Champagne of Beers – Woodblock

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Journal Entries | No Comments
Champagne of Beers – Woodblock

As some of you know, earlier this spring Miller Highlife and Harley Davidson released their cobranded Artist Series High Life cans and I was a contributing artist for this project. For more information on this project feel free to check out the portfolio post about this project. With the success of this project, Miller came ...