Book Cover Art for a Self-Published Title

Self-Publishing Project Gets the Royal Treatment

A local author asked for my help with his debut novel last year. A retired entrepreneur, he serializes his fiction work on social media and has quite a devoted fan base. I was thrilled to work with him and to get his first book pulled together into a self-published title his readers could finally hold … Continue reading

Open Art Call For Women's March on Washington 2017: Blue Banner

Women Artists Come Together For A Cause

America’s women and their passionate friends will dress in layers and gather on the Mall in Washington D.C. on January 21st, the Saturday after the inauguration. The event will bring attention to the recent increase in hurtful and insensitive discourse that has left many Americans feeling marginalized, objectified, and even threatened. The folks organizing the … Continue reading

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Dominant hues of green and gold

Photoshop Turns 25-ish

It’s been a quarter century since the first version of Photoshop was released as part of a scanning software package. Back in the late 90s I was thrilled to be able to clip and clone my way through image files where backgrounds didn’t cooperate, and passersby or telephone poles photo-bombed seemingly non-stop. It wasn’t until … Continue reading

Fortieth Birthday Poster Artwork

Classic Literature-Themed Birthday Poster

A good friend of mine hit the big four-oh this summer and her mother asked me to produce poster artwork for the dinner party. Her original idea was to create a collage, but she decided it would be too much work, so we settled on a single baby picture and a reference to forty years … Continue reading

Neck Label For Home-Brewed Beer

Label Artwork For Home-Brewed Ale

Well, it’s just a batch of home brew so it doesn’t need an entire identity and marketing campaign. But it’s nice if it has a label so you’re not stuck trying to Sharpie some tiny abbreviation on the cap, or worse—scribbling the batch date on a strip of blue painter’s tape and sticking it to … Continue reading

Día de los Muertos Artwork

Organic Symmetry in a Cross-App Illustration

As I prepare to make some sugar skulls this year, I thought it would be fun to start with a primer. I found this tutorial and couldn’t resist. I approached this piece a little differently than did the author of the tutorial—a professional illustrator. I don’t think there’s any right or wrong way to execute this … Continue reading

This one shows the polaroids on a warm grey background

Photoshop Treatment With a Very Specific Application

A friend is preparing to paint her house, and she asked me to help her with some color palettes. I told her I could apply the hues in Photoshop so she could get an idea of what looked good with her architecture. Of course, I couldn’t leave it at that. Anyone who has friends who … Continue reading

Cover art for Sean Davis' memoir of service, loss, and healing through art therapy

Book Cover Design Takes Home the Gold

Ooligan Press acquired the manuscript for this memoir late last summer, and I was embroiled with eighteen other projects at the time. It wasn’t until a few days after Christmas that I woke up in the wee hours of the morning and realized it was the perfect time to get to the heart of Sean … Continue reading

Hung Far Low

Art & Advertising: Portland’s Loyalty to a Chop Suey Sign

The American Advertising Museum once took up a storefront in Old Town. Its kitschy collection included Bob’s Big Boy, Buster Brown, Mr. Peanut, and the Jantzen Diving Girl in her red tank suit. I visited in 1999, five years before it was shuttered, and I became infatuated with its collection of Volkswagen magazine ads with … Continue reading