I spent the past semester building out a unique deck of cards that felt different then the usual method of mirroring the graphics to be seen the same from either direction. I wanted to explore the idea of two or more different shapes that married together to create interesting formations in the small space of the card. Each suit has a particular gradient and color palette and each number is married together across all suites by slightly altering the shapes to create a new design.

This has been an incredible experience. And I’m so stoked that I was given the chance to have them professionally printed.

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Thank you Sarah Carson for taking these photos! Definitely check out her work, she’s incredibly talented!

“But I have infinite tenderness for you. I always will. All my life long.”

Emma

The film Blue is the Warmest Color is unforgettable. Completely. It’s an emotional rollercoaster and hyper sexual, like any first love can often be. Regardless of the gender of the two characters, it’s utterly relatable on so many levels. It took me quite awhile to get around to watching it. I ended up missing it in theaters, because naturally my life goes out the window when I’m in school. But one Saturday morning I realized it was added to Netflix and knew I had to watch it.

I usually work on my computer when I watch any movie. I even worked while watching Lars Van Trier’s Antichrist. I have no idea how, because that film is so incredibly frightening and intense. But with Blue is the Warmest Color I decided to allow myself to just sit and enjoy this movie and I’m so thankful I did.

When our last project in our Poster class came up I knew I had to create a poster based around this film. I’m not particularly excited about the current poster. I have nothing against it. It just doesn’t blow me away. So I stumbled across a photograph of Lea and Adele that I assume was used as promotional material and used a unique Photoshop technique that allowed the color to look hyper real and punchy. I’m incredibly happy how it came out.

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First assignment for our poster class complete! We were asked to choose one of five quotes, brainstorm an overall concept and build out a 16×21 poster. I went through three quotes until finally making a break through in my brainstorming with a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead
where there is no path and leave a trail.”

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My concept was based around early pioneering and heading west, but it wasn’t until a classmate made me realize that it felt more like pioneering into space than on earth. Touche! The things you don’t realize! After many iterations I chose to use a radial grid for the quote itself to lead the audiences eye in a unique way.

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We were given a fun assignment in our Special Topics class where everyone in class picked a letter out of a hat and was asked to incorporate Pacific NW flora and fauna into that letter. Since this project wasn’t graded I decided to give myself only two hours from concept to completion. I came across these creeps, burrowing owls.

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How could I not make my poster around them. They’re ridiculous. They’re one of the only owl species that hunts during the day. And they nest is old tortoise and prairie dog holes. So cute.

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I’ve been so incredibly busy the past few months. I’m so thankful that my wife is so supportive through me establishing myself as an artist and a designer. Because being married to someone who sits on their computer a large majority of the day is thrilling as all of you can imagine! haha.

I’ve been so lucky with the freelance opportunities that have come my way over the past year. In November a friend recommended me as a videographer to the Rat City Rollergirls, Seattle’s rad girls derby organization. After a couple of emails and a meeting the contract was signed and through all of December I dove into creating a highlight reel, a commercial that air through Comcast and four team intro videos that are shown on the megatron(!!!!) in the Key Arena.

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The highlight reel and the end of the commercial consists of footage that was taken at Key Arena during their last season.

2013 Highlight Reel:

Music credit: Florence + the Machine – Kiss with a Fist

Commercial:

Music credit: Pony Time – Hex on You // http://pony-time.bandcamp.com

Team Intros:

Music credit: Beastie Boys – Intergalactic


Music credit: Fort Minor – Remember the Name


Music credit: Peaches – Boys Want to be Her


Music credit: The Runaways – Cherry Bomb

More to come!

A close friend, Sean Balko and I had the privilege of creating a music video for the Seattle band Stereo Sons. I got inspired by a video I saw on vimeo and the concept snowballed into what is now the final piece. I couldn’t be happier with the result.

2 test shoots
1 shoot with the dancers
1 shoot with the lead singer
1 shoot for the overlays
227 layers in After Effects

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