Having recently completed cutting the cord, we're now saving $63 a month / $756 a year! Now I'm going to tell you exactly how we did it!
Music to my ears.
Top 16 Albums of 2016
- Glass Animals - How to Be a Human Being
- Bernard Fanning - Civil Dusk
- MONO - Requiem for Hell
- Explosions in the Sky - Wilderness
- Mogwai - Atomic
- Hammock - Everything and Nothing
- Wintersleep - The Great Detachment
- Richard Ashcroft - These People
- Alex Lloyd - Acoustica
- The Lumineers - Cleopatra
- Lapsley - Long Way Home
- Russian Circles - Guidance
- Tall Heights - Neptune
- Wild Belle - Dreamland
- RY X - Dawn
- Flume - Skin
- Flume - Skin Companion EP 1
Top 20 Songs of 2016
- Youth - Glass Animals
- The Way I Do - Bishop Briggs
- Square Hammer - Ghost
- River - Bishop Briggs
- Get Out - Frightened Rabbit
- Million Reasons - Lady Gaga
- Amerika - Wintersleep
- Poplar St - Glass Animals
- Magnificent (She Says) - Elbow
- Touch - Shura
- Ophelia - The Lumineers
- Heater - Flume
- This Living Wage - No Hope/No Harm
- Swim - Dan Croll
- White Noise - Ella Vos
- Spirit Cold - Tall Heights
- Mississippi River - Wild Belle
- Higher - The Naked and Famous
- We Can Be Real Again - No Hope/No Harm
- No Answers - Amber Run
I've wanted to create a cool apparel and merchandise design for a while now to honor Finnegan and one of my favorite dog breeds, the Brittany! While most still refer to them as the Brittany Spaniel...
This just in... Grey Ghost Society is the top selling design on Redbubble...
I'll start by listing my favorite bands of all-time, like Rob Gordon in High Fidelity...
I recently worked on the full re-branding for the Derek Witham Insurance Agency, Inc. (DWIA) in Malden, Mass. The project included a new logo, brand colors, brand fonts, responsive website on the Squarespace platform, and social media integration with Facebook, Google, and Yelp.
Starting off with research and brainstorming, the logo exploration took 1-week. After the client signed off on an approved logo, the website and social media integration took another week.
Going from no online web presence to having a full functioning website that directs traffic to email, phones, and reviews on Google, Yelp, and Facebook has already made a tremendous impact since launching. Keep in mind, this was all started and finished in 3-weeks with the website being started and launched in roughly 2-weeks!
You can view the full DWIA website at WithamInsurance.com
As a life-long Pearl Jam fan since 1991, I didn't think it was possible for me to actually pick a favorite song or even make a list of favorites, but I did the unthinkable...
Really cool to attend the Hour Detroit Restaurant of the Year celebration and award presentation last night at Torino in Ferndale, Michigan! I've never seen something I've worked on unveiled before. Honored to be a part of the March 2015 issue thanks to...
Grey Ghost Society Weimaraner apparel and merchandise is finally here! Click through to read more!
Updated: October 06, 2015...
*This was originally supposed to be a 2-Part post, and that didn't happen. But, I did learn a few things I'd like to pass along...
Just found out that I'm featured in the Dribbble Gift Guide 2014! Ampersand in Stain / l'esperluette...
This is a perfect example of my ideal project and how I work as an artist. I created 100% of the campaign for the new Michigan Bicycle Safety campaign. The goal is to raise awareness for drivers to give cyclists 5-feet when passing...
I recently had the opportunity to create the brush script logotype for the Cass Park Village neighborhood which will be located in The District Detroit...
While working on a commissioned painting this week, I came a cross an old notebook from high school that had a design and saying in it that I made up in the early 90s...
The most often asked questions I see are about what tools an artist is using, and I'm not talking about Adobe software. While some try to downplay their markers or brushes, but as with anything, it really is important to use the right tool for the job. With time and play, you'll come to have your favorite uses for certain things and will have your go-to brush or markers, but knowing where to start or what tools to use sometimes seems to be a secret society among artists and designers.
Today, I'm going to share with you the tools I use... the ACTUAL tools I use. These pics are of my personal brushes, pens, ink, and paper and I can vouch for them or I wouldn't use them or bother to write about them. The following links are the items in my toolbox that I use on a daily basis.
In order from top down and linked to buy on Amazon via my affiliate links:
01. Sharpie Stained
The black pen (2. Pentel Pocket Brush) and black brush (4. Yu Ming by Connoisseur, Super White Cloud) are my go-to favorites, but I switch it up all the time. My favorite papers are HP Matte Brochure Laser Paper - 43lb, 160gsm (I think this paper has been discontinued and it may now be HP Matte Brochure Laser Paper - 40lb/150gsm, not sure) and Canson Pro Marker Layout (or their XL version, which is a little less expensive and easier to find).
The Sharpie Stained is a new addition to my toolbox, and I've used it a TON over the past two weeks. I think it has the best nib next to the Pentel Pocket Brush. The Sakura Brush is equally as good as the Sharpie Stained, but for finer work. I'm not a fan of the Pentel Color brush... too much squeezing of the barrel to get a decent ink flow. For all of that trouble you're better off using the real thing.
Here's a full shot of my most used tools with links to Amazon for everything else that wasn't listed above.
When I'm going to hunker down for a few hours, I don't mess around and get right to it with brushes, sumo ink, clean water, and plenty of paper towel for all of the messes about to ensue. My thicker/bolder work is done with the Yasutomo Traditional Chinese (Sumi) Ink - Ultra Black mentioned above and I rotate through all of the Connoisseur and Bill Buchman brushes, thought the Super White Cloud is my favorite.
Over the next parts of this series, I'll go into more detail on each of the brushes, brush pens, and paper.
Now, go make a mess!