Holy Seer

Here is a little logo I did for an Atlanta based recording studio called Holy Seer. This mystical shaman-cat was based off of a feline I know personally (not Bird.)

Logo for Holy Seer Recording

Holy Seer Recording
...and an alternate color combo, with alternate text placement.



Words on Wheels

Words on Wheels is a program that puts poems by Baltimore school children on city buses to promote literacy and the arts. Students at MICA were asked to illustrate the poems. A committee will decide which students' work gets put on a bus in the next couple weeks.

I was assigned a poem called "Blessed Tears" by a Courtney Wilson, a 7th grader at Mount Royal Elementary and Middle School. It's a decidedly dark poem, much more than many of the others. Some of my initial sketches involved lots of arms surrounding a figure. I guess this was the first thing many people thought of... a couple other students assigned to this poem did something similar. I was encouraged to take one of my stranger sketches to final.

Words on Wheels, "Blessed Tears"

I used a brush and ink to create the drawing on different layers of tracing paper, then I scanned in the layers, and arranged and colored them with Photoshop. Here is how it might look with the text and Words on Wheels banner beside it:

Hypothetical layout for Words on Wheels project

Not sure how the Maryland Transit Authority will feel about this one, but I'm pretty pleased. Unfortunately there is not much room to be creative with the type. Also, as usual, Flickr took all of the oomph out of the color in the original file... so use your imagination!


Carcass Week!

What a hectic month I've had! First of all, my boy and I've moved into a new apartment, and moving commanded most of my time these past couple weeks. The apartment came with an adorable cat who was left there (hrmph) by her previous owner. I re-named her Bird... she chirps sometimes.

my cat, Bird

Last week I completed a t-shirt design based on a news article. The article can be viewed here. What's believed to be the world's oldest cemetery was found in Jordan, and archaeologists found fox remains buried next to the human remains, and were treated similarly. This led scientists to believe that the foxes may have been kept as pets.

Ancient Celestial Pet Cemetary T-Shirt
Larger View

Based on this project and the items we moved into her apartment, Bird probably noticed our fascination with skeletons, oddities and the like. The day after Valentine's Day she gave us a gift: a tiny dead mouse!

Bird killed a mouse

She must have known it was the perfect size for the piece I am currently working on for Thesis. I've never tried taxidermy before, but the internet gives you pretty easy step-by-step instructions. I've been a vegetarian for several years now, so it took about an hour to muster up the courage to make the first cut... but after that it was surprisingly easy.

Taxidermy Mouse

Taxidermy Mouse

i've spared you the gory details. the second one is for scale... I'd have to say it would probably be easier to stuff a bigger mouse, but I took what I was given. In a future post, I'll show you what this little guy gets used for.