fresh from my pen and mouse: a new johnny o'donnell tour poster

i was very excited to be asked again by longtime collaborator johnny o'donnell to work up the new tour poster for his latest and greatest project, the western canon. hopefully you will get a chance to see them somewhere out there in the vast country plains. you would be treated to something quite pleasant. here is a version of the tour poster and the web version.

who knows where the time goes...?

hello folks,
well i just feel about as terrible as all get-out for my extreme lapse in postings as of late. life sure has been busy, but all excuses aside, i'm back! and i'll be posting some choice bits and pieces of current projects, past work, filler photos, and all things visual in my world.
it's been way too long and quite overdue.

onward and upward.

Who Knows Where the Time Goes - Fairport Convention


fresh from my pen and mouse - johnny o'donnell tour poster

howdy strangers,
sure has been some time since i've posted something new on this here blog. life's been quite full and i just haven't had too many creative releases these days. been quite a bummer. but i did get to work up something that was a lot of fun for my good pal johnny o'donnell. he's about to head out on the road and asked if i could design a general tour poster that will go out to all the venues. very cool of him. he wanted a southern feel to it so this is what i came up with...there are two versions that we decided on. the first one was the more old timey styled one and the second is a more bold, colorized version. he decided he liked them both and is sending them both out to the venues. i'm including the original sketch, as well as what his current album cover looks like to give you an idea of where the character in the poster came from.


fresh from my happy place - the quarterly mélange: vol. 4

once again i was thankfully able to produce the next installment of the ongoing comix series, the quarterly mélange, for la record. as always, thanks to tom child for keeping me in check and on deadline. this piece features two paper works that i made using cut out colored paper and dictionary illustrations passed though a xerox machine numerous times, incorporated with a few digital elements.


fresh from my happy place - the quarterly mélange: vol. 3

it's been a while since last posting. unfortunately been quite busy lately with a new full-time gig. not so much of the free time going around these days. but here is the latest in one of the most fun ongoing projects i've had with la record, the quarterly mélange: vol. 3. this one came together from a blending of previous works that were created for a book illustration, now together again for the the first time.


fresh from my happy place - the quarterly mélange 'mini': vol. 1

it's been some time since my last post, mostly due to the non-stop busy schedule i've been living since the end of the year (and ongoing). unfortunately, the end of the year was when the la record deadline landed for the new issue and i was swamped, so i could only produce a smaller version of the ongoing series, the quarterly mélange, for the comix section. this actually worked out nicely because now i have the option of continuing these smaller versions as their own series. so here is 'the quarterly mélange mini vol. 1'.


fresh from the depths of my mind - sidewalk society ep 7" cover

i was honored to be asked by my friend and co-worker dan lawrence to design the cover of the new 7" ep for his band sidewalk society, which is being released and manufactured by the uk label fruits de mer. this was a fun project for me to really push color more than i'm used to doing, and dan did a nice job laying out the info text real clean for the cover spread. we also had an option of an insert so i designed an A3 (around 11x17) poster that the label would print and include in each copy of the record. it was great working with the original theme but creating something original for the poster. this is a limited edition release with only 300 copies being pressed so get your pre-order in now.

fresh from my happy place - the quarterly mélange: vol. 2

here is the second installment of 'the qm' for la record's comix section. thanks again to tom for putting the section together.

fresh from my pen & colored pencil - free moral agents

this is the redraw of the new free moral agents release 'control this' for the record reviews section in la record's 101st issue. if you don't know about this band, you really oughta.

fresh from my pen & mouse - black mountain & the black angels

for la record's 101st issue i was asked to create a double spread illustration of the bands black mountain and the black angels, who are on tour together. i really enjoyed working with the symmetry of the two page option.

fresh from my pen & mouse - 'the use of regret' book cover design

i was very happy to be asked by my friend greggory moore to design the book cover for the novel he has been writing for the last 10 years. i had fun coming up with the concept for this and working with greggory on fitting it so succinctly with the situations in the book. it's been a long process towards completion so we are both really looking forward to seeing the physical copy of this very soon.

fresh from my hands and ears - soundwalk 2010 installation

for this year's soundwalk event, i wanted to take people back to simpler times with a rocking chair, a porch (unobtained), crickets and a bug zapper. thanks to kamran for the blue lightbulb and kim for the use of the rocking chair.

fresh from my hands and ears - TAM installation

visual output also includes physical installations so the next two posts will be of two that i've created recently (using similar materials). FLOOD was asked to curate the torrance museum of art for a weekend in july of 2010, so in addition to inviting other artists to participate, each member of FLOOD came up with their own piece to display in one room together. my piece was titled 'water and oil' and featured a soundtrack resonating from the tubes of field recordings of the open ocean at night and the oil rigs of signal hill. here is a link to a track using some of those sounds.

fresh from my pen - johnny & ann's wedding invitation

i was truly honored when johnny o'donnell and ann hadlock asked me to design their wedding invitations. the drawing is of the actual church where they got married in mexico. here is a pic of how they came out.

fresh from my colored pencil - la record review covers issue 100

so the always-right-on folks at la record decided that for their 100th issue (and beyond) they would have the issue illustrators redraw the cover of the records that they would be reviewing, instead of just printing the actual covers. brilliant! so i had some quick fun with these. they are (in order) avi buffalo, magic lantern, brown & blue, and fraction.

fresh from my pen/blade/mouse - ty segall

this illustration of san fran's one-man-band, ty segall, was created for la record's 100th issue!!! (congrats to them) most is a physical collage with some mouse manipulation added. it was printed (very unfortunately) in black & white, so here for you now is the proper full-color version.

fresh from my recap - productive explosion

it has been way too long since my last entry. this is mainly do to how busy i have been over the last few months...busy being productive! posts to follow will include some of the recent designs and illustrations i've had a good time working on.


fresh from my mouse - another for johnny

here's the lastest poster installment for good 'ol johnny o'donnell. there is a definite casual nod to the inspiration of art chantry in this design. thanks art and as always, thanks johnny.


fresh from my happy place - the quarterly mélange: vol. 1 for the new la record comix section

well, i have to start by thanking tom from la.record for the hugely appreciated twisting of my arm to come up with something for the magazine's new comix section when the mag comes back with a Life magazine sized quarterly issue of goodness this month. (pick one up at {open}) the result is the first installment of 'the QM'. there will also be more frequent web comix coming soon on larecord.com.
tom, this one is for you.