Monday, October 25, 2010

Ottobar: New Wave Dance Party

This is the most recent poster that I designed and illustrated for the Ottobar here in Baltimore. I really love the cover to New Order's Power, Corruption & Lies album. It features the painting "A Basket of Roses" by French artist Henri Fantin-Latour, which was the inspiration for this cover. I have blood dripping down the hand to symbolize the dance battle. The rose is fragmented to represent the different styles of the featured artists. 

Waiting for the Sunrise Mixtape

It's funny how things come together sometimes. I once posted on here that I really wanted to work with Erykah Badu and one day it happened. After working with Badu, she asked me to make a Yoko Ono mix-tape for her. Being an Ono enthusiast I happily obliged to Ms. Badu's request. Below is the final result. Here's to hoping that Yoko Ono will want to work with me next!

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Disco Ball at the Ottobar

Here is a poster that I designed for the Ottobar in Baltimore, MD. The poster is for an event called "The Disco Ball" which is an all 70's themed disco/funk dance party. I wanted to bring the funk and this was the result. I also hand lettered the words "The" and "Ball". These are the three color options I came up with. I love them all but lean more towards the red fro and the purple carpet.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Free Yo Mind/Film Fest Frenzy/Throwdown

Here are three semi-recent pieces. The first one, "Free Yo Mind" is for my tentatively titled book "Baptized in Fonk". The second piece I did for Baltimore City Paper's Film Fest Frenzy issue. I've always wanted to illustrate a special issue for the City Paper and wasn't asked until recently to do this for them. I love the way it printed and wish that I could have done some spots to go with it. Maybe next time. The third piece I did for Baltimore magazine's Charm City Chatter column. The piece depicts the "Throwdown" between Baltimore chef Rodney Henry and Bobby Flay. Apparently they were recorded for Flay's "Throwdown" show and they baked quiches. 

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Baltimore Love Project/Madonna Party/Force Fed

Here are a few pieces that I finished this week.

The first is for my friend Michael Owen's Baltimore Love Project fundraiser called Innovate Love. The name of the piece is called "Neighborly Love". To innovate is to make changes in anything established. "Neighborly Love" is about breaking the mold and reconstructing. What would happen if our neighborhoods were able to co-exist, bond and build on the foundation of love? When I think of Baltimore, the city that I live in and love, this is how I imagine it.

The second piece is a piece that I did for the Ottobar in Baltimore for a Madonna/Gaga/Britney dance party. I took elements of each person and created a super-human/diva/pop-star. The face of Madonna, the bald head that Britney sported for a minute and Gaga's glasses.

The third piece is a personal piece I did entitled "Force Fed" that will soon be a part of a book project that I'm working on with Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins aka Declaime. I'm hoping to call the book "Baptized in Fonk".

Monday, March 22, 2010

New Bmag and some personal work

The first piece below is my latest for Baltimore magazine. It was chronicling the SNOWPOCALYPSE that we experienced here in Baltimore last month. The second piece is a piece that I did for my wife for our anniversary. The phrase is from a Flamingos song by the same name. This song is "our song" as a couple.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Baltimore Magazine: Murder Ink Readings

This is a piece that I did for Baltimore Magazine's Charm City Chatter column. This write up was about the public readings of Anna Ditkoff's Murder Ink column that runs in the City Paper (that I work for).

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Prince VS Madonna VS Michael

This was done for the Ottobar's (in Baltimore) annual Prince/Madonna/Michael dance party. The idea is that Madonna, Michael and Prince are the foundation of pop music, much like the color wheel is the foundation of color. While designing this I thought of the colored circles on cans of spray paint. As a result, I decided to add some spray paint to tie it all together, along with some symbols to evoked royaliy and religion (naturally). 

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Baltimore Magazine: At the Rodeo

For this month's Charm City Chatter column I was asked to illustrate the Professional Bull Riders invitational that took place downtown. I was really excited to do this one because it meant that I got to draw a cowboy and some plaid.