Hosted by Brakeman Design on October 7th, 2016 for the Kalamazoo Art Hop, this show featured ten experimental ink drawings on 11"x14" and 18"x24" sheets.
I've worked with the People's Food Co-op of Kalamazoo in a variety of capacities since 2011. As a part of Brakeman Design, who have been the keepers of the evolving PFC brand and identity for decades, I regularly contribute illustration, design, and consultation for a diversity of formats and purposes, from in-store signage to event promotion and branding.
Brakeman Design was contracted by DKI to create a campaign promoting downtown business and place-making. Working with Brakeman, I created many drawings over the course of several seasons that depicted the places and faces of Kalamazoo. Reminiscent of New Yorker style illustrations, they capture a simultaneous big-city feel and small-town intimacy.
Working with Brakeman Design, I have had the opportunity to design and submit poster proposals over the years for K-College's annual play series, Festival Playhouse. We workshop several designs for each play as a team before eventually finalizing one with K. Here are several of my favorite initial submissions.
Temporary Arrangement and I go back a long ways. Two of their three members attended Loy Norrix high school and the University of Michigan with me. My illustration and design for their first album, Minor Conspirators, echos a confluence of shared experience, humor, and aesthetic approach.
A project for Jryven Web Design and their client, Kalamazoo Youth Development Network (KYDNET), the following images were designed for print as a single handout overviewing the organization's goals, philosophy, and impact in a graphic and concise way.
I was contracted by Timothy J. Bartik, Senior Economist at the Upjohn Institute, to design the cover and create cartoons for his book, From Preschool to Prosperity: The Economic Payoff to Early Childhood Education. Free to download online, this short book puts the economic and data-driven case for early childhood education in plain and accessible terms. The artwork mirrors and amplifies that accessibility.
Studying abroad in Florence, Italy, I took a drawing class in which I endeavored to re-animate the figure sculpture that seemed to accompany us ubiquitously throughout the country. The cross-hatching technique I developed served as a basis for my now-preferred approach to comics.