Come Let’s Dance

I’ve spent all my spare time this week working on a project for a non-profit I’ve partnered with in Uganda. Come Let’s Dance is a non-profit, grassroots organization dedicated to empower African youth to initiate positive social and economic change in their own lives and communities. Orphans and street kids in Uganda are the future mothers, fathers, leaders and role models of African society and their hope is to play their small part in breaking the poverty and orphan cycle.

Come Let’s Dance has a huge fundraiser/party in a few months so I did the design pieces. The swirls and framed photos ended up being printed with a spot varnish to give them an extra pop.

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For Dad

This is some art I created for my dad as a Christmas present. I drew the tree while on a hike and he said it reminded him of the pines out in California. He really liked it so I used the sketch to make the whole piece. The words are an excerpt from one of my favorite authors Thomas Merton.

for dad

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gasp

i got this request from a client today:

“I find that the logo on the back is too large. I would shrink it a bit, and move it up.”

wait, WHAT?? make the logo SMALLER? not bigger? SMALLER? wow. i just had to record this moment. i never knew this day would come.

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Simplicity

I voted today…and feel like a burden has been lifted off my shoulders.

Here is another one of my doodles from this week. I saw a flower like this during a hike up near Evergreen with my fiance so I had to stop and sketch it.

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Little bird on my shoulder

A recent illustration of mine. Drawn by hand, scanned and colored in Photoshop.

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Show and tell

Hello again. I just wanted to update with a few random pieces I have created.

a) An invite to a housewarming party that my roommate and I threw when we moved. We both love hotdogs, thus the hotdog hoedown.

b) A drawing inspired by a man I met in Uganda. His name is Sunday and despite many trials (i.e. losing his wife and fifth child during child birth, losing his mother to AIDS, raising his brother’s two children after his brother passed away) he radiated joy more than any individual I met there. He encouraged me to draw and use my art for good and one day return to Africa..

c) A painting representing where I find myself in life and faith these days. “A tree gives glory to God by being a tree. For in being what God means it to be it is obeying Him. It “consents,” so to speak, to His creative love. It is expressing an idea which is in God and which is not distinct from the essence of God, and therefore a tree imitates God by being a tree. The more a tree is like itself, the more it is like Him. If it tried to be like something else which it was never intended to be, it would be less like God and therefore it would give Him less glory. … This particular tree will give glory to God by spreading out its roots in the earth and raising its branches into the air and the light in a way that no other tree before or after it ever did or will do.” – Thomas Merton

d) A painting reflecting my opinion on our culture’s destruction of beauty. Always measuring and comparing.. and cutting deep wounds.

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Johnson Wedding

I’ve been working on designing wedding pieces for Stephanie and Mike’s wedding, which is set for next spring. Stephanie was one of my sister’s roommates in college and one of her closest friends. This one has been fun. I was really given a ton of flexibility as long as sage and pink were involved. I created the background illustration and everything just went from there…

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My very own Logo Lounge

I thought I’d share a collection of logos that I’ve designed in the past couple years. I really love designing logos. I’d say the majority of my logos are for medical practices, but i’ve gotten to do some other general markets as well. Most of these are from the past year, but some date further back. Actually these are just the logos that have actually been used by clients. As usual I have an extensive library of unused logos that I have slaved over and proposed to no avail. Bon appétit.

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Catholic Charities

I just wanted to highlight a sweet project we did at work a while back:

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This was a pro bono job we did for Catholic Charities. We filmed and photographed on location at and around the Samaritan House downtown. The faces you see in these pieces are the faces of homeless individuals in Denver… The message? God is in everyone.

“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me. ‘ ” Matthew 25:40

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