Meet Dust City Wood Stickers

Meet Dust City Wood Stickers

Meet the makers of the wood sticker, Dust City Wood Stickers out of Denver, Colorado.

Authentic Art

Authentic Art

So many great artists are the victims of infringement and the sad part is you'd probably never know it. Sometimes THEY won't know it either. Find out some tips and tricks on how to identify authentic art and ensure your money is going to the artist.

Cotton Bureau : Road Tripper

I'm very lucky to have another design available for pre-order on Cotton Bureau.

You'll recognize the illustration from my Road Tripper sticker design that's been selling really well in my Etsy shop. For this shirt design, I simply removed the text to make the focal point the van, adventuring off into the sunset. 

I have lots of great road trip memories and still love me a good road trip. Sometimes to the point where I wish the journey was just a little longer. What I love best about them, especially going with friends or family, is that you get a chance to connect, to tell stories, and have little to no distractions. (Unless you're driving of course). And even when you're by yourself, it can offer some great solitude and down time.

What you're favourite part about them?

Happy Camper : Cotton Bureau

Some exciting news hit my inbox yesterday; My Happy Camper design was chosen to join Cotton Bureau's fabulous catalogue of t-shirts for 2 weeks. 

What does that mean exactly? Well, it'll be available for pre-order on the Cotton Bureau website for 2 weeks. Since I've currently locked down 16 sales, it'll definitely print (12 was the minimum) but, it's only available until May 16th at 8PM so go grab one here while you still can. If you were a little late on the ball, go forth and put in a request to have it come back!

Sold as stickers, buttons, and - soon - patches through my Etsy shop.

Sold as stickers, buttons, and - soon - patches through my Etsy shop.

A little history on this design...it was originally inspired by my top selling Happy Camper design shown here and I adjusted it to suit the 4 colour screen printing process. I almost think it got even more vintage-y with the 4 colours which is awesome. What do you think?

Generally speaking, I wanted this design to bring back feelings of childhood and summer's away, camping among the trees and under the stars. I know it does that for me so I hope it does that for all you outdoor lovers out there too.

On top of it being sold at Cotton Bureau, it's also currently being sold on Redbubble on a number of items as well as stickers, buttons, and (soon) patches through my Etsy shop.

3 Ring Circus : Sticker Pack

Limited Edition 3 Ring Circus, 2016

Limited Edition 3 Ring Circus, 2016

I launched a colourful new sticker pack today inspired by my 3 Ring Circus art print I illustrated last year and my youthful obsession with candy.

These guys are 3 in the first (of possibly many) volume(s) of quirky ring pop characters and only 50 sets are available. 

I've also made available a one-of art print that you can purchase with a sticker pack complete with stamp of authenticity, signature, and edition number. 

Check out my Etsy shop for more details and let me know what other stickers pack YOU want to see in the comments below.

HOT ART Wet City : Eat Yo Self

Statler and Waldorf from the Muppet Show

Statler and Waldorf from the Muppet Show

Confession: Statler and Waldorf's sit in the balcony of my brain—mocking, criticizing, and laughing with each new idea I have.

Who else has this dilemma?

I used to listen to them a lot, thinking they knew best. (Sometimes I still do) I see them as my protectors who are saving me a lifetime of shame, embarrassment, and humiliation.

However, when I listen to them as much as I do, I find myself yearning and wondering 'what if'. That's when you know you have to tell them to shut up and sit down.

While I haven't found a way to get rid of them all together, I have learned to care less about what they think. I hear their criticisms and warnings but I try new things anyways, which really helps silence them - especially when I succeed. And even when I fail, I tell them that it's still a success because I know what doesn't work for me or maybe I know a better way to execute an idea now that I've failed. It's really a win-win.

A couple of weeks ago, a friend encouraged me to submit art to an art show at Hot Art Wet City. And of course Statler and Waldorf had a hay-day to know that I was entertaining the idea since it was completely out of my comfort zone. 

Even still, I kicked around some ideas and spent a good week or two developing and executing concepts. In the end, I had 4 strong concepts that I was really happy with and submitted for review and approval. Whether I was approved or not, was definitely not the measure of success on this project since that part of it was out of my control. The real success here was actually doing it and loving the results; Knowing that my little engine "could".

Low-and-behold, my pieces were approved and I was asked to drop off framed and unframed copies before the end of May. 

Take that Statler and Waldorf!

Here are the details for the event. I'll be there on June 3rd for the opening reception so hopefully you are too!

Art, Clarified

While this ad campaign has been running for quite some time, I've personally never seen it before so I had to share.

What's beautiful about it is the absence of story. No words. Lots of gorgeous asymmetrical white space. And great visual balance on the page. It helps that they had a strong design concept. Anything more, anything less, and it would have lost all impact. It's an art in itself. Well done Y&R.

Y&R advertising campaign  for KelOptic, Paris, France

Y&R advertising campaign for KelOptic, Paris, France