At the beginning of the project - Dylan and I sat down and talked about the stories and inspiration behind the album. There is a strong theme of duality and balance, throughout his lyrics. Dark versus light – the decisions you make may seem grey and luck can be a factor. Life has so many decisions to make and the path you are on may be cloudy, only to reveal itself when you reach the destination. Incorporating these ideas into the art in symbolic ways – blending old and new for a more timeless look was my intent. Dylan LeBlanc, Jonathan Oliphant and all the folks at Single Lock Records were a joy to work with and this project was one of my favorites. The album (Dylan’s third) is phenomenal and has some familiar voices on it - both Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes and Paul Janeway from St. Paul & The Broken Bones contribute. Released January 2016 - and available here.
Worked with Golden Construction in Birmingham, Alabama to develop a comprehensive overhaul of their current brand – starting with their logo. Their previous mark was a generic icon building. Golden is a very progressive, modern builder - and the mark they were using was somewhat limiting. A bold, geometric approach would better reflect their current direction. This gallery shows some of the concept process, as well as the final dimensional icon.
Album art for first LP from: St. Paul & The Broken Bones. ORDER IT HERE.
About St. Paul & The Broken Bones: Paul is a young man who began wailing straight out of the womb, and most folks would agree that he hasn’t stopped since. “Oh what a set of lungs that child has,” they’d say, “he must be destined for something special.” Not wishing to disappoint, and being a good young southern boy, Paul began singing in church, stretching those vocal cords with an eye toward becoming a man of the cloth. As it turns out, however, the cloth didn’t appreciate young Paul’s affinity for dirty jokes, Prince, and Tom Waits, and he was inclined to search elsewhere for co-conspirators. He began plying his trade with whomever would have him, and happily, folks were mostly impressed by his efforts. With a wholly re-imagined take on the sounds he’d grown up singing and seeking, Paul recruited a rag-tag band of loveable weirdoes, visionaries, and hacks to help him harness the power he now knew he possessed. Under the nom du guerre St. Paul and the Broken Bones, the motley crew roams the countryside looking to get cabooses shakin’, faces meltin’, and brothers and sisters everywhere testifyin’.
- Work done for Eric Clapton’s 2014 World Tour
Many thanks to Scott Peek at Standard Deluxe for giving me the opportunity to work with The Legendary - Eric Clapton.
The man is a living legend: Eric Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist, and separately as a member of The Yardbirds and Cream. He ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time"and fourth in Gibson's Top 50 Guitarists of All Time.
Recent work done for Mavis Staples - Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Marches of 1965. Printed by Standard Deluxe.
Mavis Staples will doubtlessly go down in history as one of the greatest gospel singers of all time, the breathtaking voice powering one of America's great family bands, The Staple Singers. From the traditional gospel music of the 1950s to the 1960s protest songs that underscored some of the decade's most dramatic social changes, from the self-empowerment anthems of the 1970s to the soulful love tunes and mature Americana of more recent years, Staples and her family have consistently created some of the best and most inspirational music of the past half-century.
Poster designed for The Civil Wars show in Waverly, Alabama. Design inspired by the minimalist nature of their music and at the same time the fierce nature and emotion of the content of their songs. I usually draw inspiration from the name of the band and then the sound. From the bands bio page: In some ways, music doesn't get much more modest or minimalist than it is in the hands of The Civil Wars, a duo comprised of California-to-Nashville transplant Joy Williams and her Alabaman partner, John Paul White. They travel without a backup band, and on their first full-length album, Barton Hollow, the bare-bones live arrangements that fans hear on the road are fleshed out with just the barest of acoustic accoutrements. Each song is an intimate conversation, and no third wheels or dinner-party chatter are going to interrupt that gorgeous, haunting hush.
Awesome print job provided by the pros at Standard Deluxe, Thanks to Scott Peek for the great job and for bringing The Civil Wars to Waverly, Alabama.
Posters done for Lonnie Holley - Printed by Standard Deluxe.
There are many remarkable things about the artist and visionary Lonnie Holley and only one of them is the vulnerable beauty of this record. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1950, the seventh of 27 children, and claims he was traded for a bottle of whiskey when he was four. At five he got a job picking up litter at a drive-in cinema and left school for good before he was a teenager. In his late 20s he began creating sandstone tombstones fafter the death of his two nieces in ahouse fire. As a child he had watched his mother hunt for what clothing and food she could find and so it was that Holley began to collect materials for his own artworks. Now a father himself – to 15 children – he still lives and works in Birmingham, where he creates pieces that celebrate the area's African-American community and vast industrial heritage. These recordings were made in 2010 and 2011 and it's all completely improvised; each Holley performance is a unique, evolving lifeform and the ones gathered together here sit somewhere between the highly personalised social commentary of Gil Scott Heron, the revelatory folk-soul bliss of Terry Callier and the experimental deep-space blues of Sun Ra. But make no mistake; this is a defiantly modern recording. A track like Fifth Child Burning wouldn't sound out of place in an xx DJ set, while Here I Stand Knocking at Your Door clanks and resonates like the iron and steel mills that once so dominated Holley's hometown. A true outsider art classic, Just Before Music is, unusually, one you might want to actually listen to more than simply admire.
Brand design work done for Nashville, Tennessee’s - Great Peacock - From their bio: “After half a decade spinning wheels on the Great American Highway, through the brutal heartbreaks and dire sacrifices that come with chasing the mythical rock & roll dragon, Great Peacock’s Andrew Nelson and Blount Floyd have finally eased up on the throttle. Like rock & roll as it transitioned from the erratic abandon of the late ’60s to the country-tinged storytelling of the early ’70s—donning cowboy boots and dipping its bucket in the well of American folk music—they’ve put their electric guitars back in the case, rolled their stacks back from 11, and let a serene hush wash over them. Their sound now? Beautiful, unadorned, moving—the bountiful harvest of a deep friendship and an unbreakable musical bond”
Posters done for FLATSTOCK 22 + 38 with Standard Deluxe.
The FLATSTOCK poster show series is presented by the American Poster Institute (API). It is an ongoing series of exhibitions featuring the work of many of the most popular concert poster artists working today. The API is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to serving poster artists and promoting the art form. Both the API and its FLATSTOCK series were organized in 2002 as a result of conversations between interested artists and supporters frequenting the popular web site GigPosters.com. The best concert posters have always captured both the essence of the music they promoted and the spirit of the time in which they were produced. This is as true today as it was in San Francisco during the Sixties. The FLATSTOCK shows provide the general public with an ongoing series of opportunities to see fine poster art in person and to meet the artists who’ve created it – they provide the API with a way to present the poster artists collectively while showcasing the breadth of individual styles they represent.
Work done for the ICC - rebranding and standardization of identity systems. Included in this study: logo / identity, monthly magazine, workbooks and code manuals. The authoritative body in building codes - The International Code Council (ICC) was established in 1994 as a non-profit organization dedicated to developing a single set of comprehensive and coordinated national model construction codes. The founders of the ICC are Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc. (BOCA), International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), and Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (SBCCI). Since the early part of the last century, these non-profit organizations developed three separate sets of model codes used throughout the United States. Although regional code development has been effective and responsive to our country’s needs, the time came for a single set of codes. The nation’s three model code groups responded by creating the International Code Council and by developing codes without regional limitations; the International Codes.
Identity work done Mystical Gateways - a meditation and healing center in Phoenix, Arizona. Design blends visual ideas from Kabbalah and Reiki -starting with symbol systems that incorporate sacred geometry. Westernization of these traditions is often called New Age and generally appears as crystal healing, meditation and yoga.
Rebranding work done for Tucson International Airport. Insight: The aviation industry is modernizing – in design, function and brand. People have raised their expectations for both carriers and airports, and their respective brands must rise to meet them. Observation: Aviation brands are allowing themselves to be less corporate and more real. It’s as if they’ve finally realized the TSA isn’t screening their brands. Even though travel can be a hassle, marketing doesn’t have to be cold, distant or disingenuous.
About the band: The Birthday Massacre (TBM) is a Canadian synthrock band, formed in 1999 in London, Ontario, and currently based in Toronto, Ontario. The current line-up consists of Chibi (vocals), Falcore (guitars), Rainbow (guitars), Owen (synthesizers), Nate Manor (bass guitar) and Rhim (drums).The Birthday Massacre are known for their unique sound. Their style is usually described as Dark Wave. The band list the influences on their music on their Facebook page, including rock, industrial, metal, new wave, 80's soundtracks, horror, fantasy and sci-fi movies. The page also lists some of the band's favorite artists, including Dommin, Aural Vampire, Die Mannequin, Schoolyard Heroes, the Start, Deadsy, The Faint, The Cure, Curve, Tub Ring, Creature Feature, Jack Off Jill, Julien K, Mindless Self Indulgence, The Knife, Depeche Mode, The Corner.
New work for New Orleans Legend and the most ruthless harmonica player in the world, Johnny Sansone. Thanks for the work to Johnny Sansone and Scott Peek.
" Sansone delivers a bare-knuckle punch of harmonica blues from-the-future" - THE TIMES PICAYUNE "You would swear the harmonica is crying real tears" - BIG CITY BLUES
"Raw and dangerous, swamp-soaked voodoo from a stripped down trio" - CREATIVE LOAFIN "Equal parts contempt, resignation and guarded hope drip from his nasal cavity and singe the floor, But its his mind-blowing harp tone that makes these songs. This is a harp album with dynamic class sure to make many best of the year lists" - BLUES REVIEW
From New Orleans to the world Johnny is known for his blistering electric harmonica tone, Award winning song writing, Swamp, Roots, Americana Accordion and Larger then Life stage presence. Johnny's music career has brought him from his early professional years backing up Chicago blues legends, Jimmy Rodgers, Robert Jr Lockwood, John Lee Hooker. To fronting Ronnie Earl's Broadcasters in the 1980's .In the 1990's he was in the front seat to help pioneer the new brand of roots music that was brewing up in New Orleans with bands like the Iguana's, Anders Osborne and the Subdudes. Now after a Grammy nomination. Nine Blues Music award nomination (winning song of the year 2012) .A Juno Award Fifteen Best of the Beat awards, Seven Big easy awards, Johnny continues to forge forward on world wide tours with his band , As a solo artist and as a member of New Orleans super group The Voice of The Wetlands All Stars featuring the leading legends of New Orleans music , includeing Dr John, Cyril Neville, Tab Benoit . From playing with The Edge of U2, To Recording Changui music in Santiago Cuba with saprano sax great Jane Bunnett, To backing up Americas greatest song writer Randy Newman, Film scores for Rodger Coreman, HBO's Treme and countess other sessions, Johnny continues to show no limit to his life's work and love of music.
Poster done for a show at Standard Deluxe (Waverly, Alabama). A little about John: Characterized as a "songwriter's songwriter," American television host and political commentator Rachel Maddow tweeted praise of Moreland's work: "If the American music business made any sense, guys like John Moreland would be household names." Moreland did a part of fellow singer-songwriter Jason Isbell's 2013 national tour. Moreland tours extensively, usually within the Midwest. Three of Moreland's songs, "Heaven," "Gospel," and "Your Spell" have been featured on the TV show, Sons of Anarchy. On a personal note: His latest album is one of the best I have heard in years. If you don’t leave my page immediately and go listen - then you really have to question what you are doing with your life. Hand Screenprinted by: The Legendary Scott Peek at Standard Deluxe.
Poster for The Naked and Famous a five piece indie band hailing from Auckland, New Zealand. The band comprises of Thom Powers, Alisa Xayalith, Aaron Short, David Beadle and Jesse Wood. According to the Young Blood Songfacts, they took the name from a line in UK trip hop singer-songwriter Tricky’s track, Tricky Kid.
After their initial formation in 2008, their debut album “Passive Me, Aggressive You” was released on the “Somewhat Damaged” label during September 2010. The single “Young Blood” debuted at number one on the New Zealand chart - the first New Zealand artist to do so in three years.
Recent work for Shovels & Rope
Shovels & Rope are an American folk duo from Charleston, South Carolina composed of husband and wife Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst. Combining threads from their individual solo careers, Shovels & Rope blends traditional folk, rock and roll, country rock, and punk rock. In 2008 Hearst and Trent recorded and released the album Shovels & Rope as a co-bill under their individual names, not intended to ever create a permanent act. Hearst and Trent married in March 2009 and continued to perform and record their music for their individual solo careers. Hearst released the EP Are You Ready to Die in 2010 and the LP Lions and Lambs in 2011. Trent released The Winner in 2010. In 2012, the pair committed to their joint venture and released an album together under the Shovels & Rope moniker entitled O' Be Joyful, which reached #123 on the Billboard 200. The band made their network television debut playing "Birmingham" on Late Show with David Letterman, January 30, 2013. On September 18, 2013 at the Americana Music Honors & Awards Shovels & Rope received the honors of emerging artist the year and song of the year for their song "Birmingham." As Shovels & Rope tour they typically perform a mix of songs from their solo careers and the combined ventures. Their third album titled Swimmin' Time was released on August 26, 2014 on Dualtone Records and debuted at #20 on the Billboard 200.
First Series of posters done for Vampire Weekend’s 2013 UK Tour - supporting their new album - “Modern Vampires of the City.” The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts. This marks the second time Vampire Weekend has achieved such an historic feat: its sophomore album Contra also debuted at #1 in 2010, making this the first time an independent rock band has entered at #1 with two consecutive releases. Modern Vampires of the City also shattered the previous record for first week vinyl sales, moving nearly 10,000 units on vinyl alone and debuting at #1 on the Soundscan Vinyl Charts.
The story of Dixie Fish Co. began long before we opened our doors in the year of our Lord 2013. Back in an era when one couldn’t even conceive of eating seafood that came from a far-off coast, or—heaven forbid—another continent. You hauled it in, you cooked it, and you ate it. It was simple. It was real. It was everything we wanted Dixie Fish to be. The thing is, there’s already a lot of good seafood restaurants out there, serving great varieties of fish, shrimp, crab and oysters from all over the country. But our ambitions never lay in being just another good seafood place. We wanted to do something different. Because for us, there’s just nothing like sitting down to a plate of fresh oysters, Red Snapper, or Royal Red Shrimp, knowing that it’s fresh from the waters just down the road—maybe even “that day” kind of fresh. Catch it close, prepare it in the old ways, and serve the time-honored tenets of Southern culinary tradition. That’s the Dixie Fish way. But it doesn’t stop there: we source everything we can locally, from family farm produce to Alabama craft beers and more.
Poster set done for two great bands playing the same night in neighboring cities, first set pair I‘ve done. Another great print job from Scott Peek at Standard Deluxe. - The pair was his idea :)
Dawes is an American folk-rock band from Los Angeles, California. Dawes is composed of brothers Taylor (guitars and vocals) and Griffin Goldsmith (drums), along with Wylie Gelber (bass) and Tay Strathairn (keyboards). - If you haven’t listened to their stuff - you should, I love the new album. The Weeks are an indie rock band from Jackson, Mississippi. The band was formed by Cain Barnes, Chaz Lindsay, Cyle Barnes, Damien Bone, and Samuel Williams in March 2006 when they were between 14 and 16 years old. Live performances - not to be missed.
Another great gig at Standard Deluxe, Waverly, Alabama - July 4 - Thanks, Scott
The Felice Brothers got their start as a band playing in the New York City subway. The sons of a carpenter, they would play together on Sundays at their father's afternoon barbecues. They stayed in a little apartment in Brooklyn and would play in the subway stations at 42nd Street and Union Square and in Greenwich Village. The three brothers originally hail from Palenville, New York in the Catskill Mountains. On December 30, 2013, Dell launched their commercial called “Beginnings.” It was made by Y&R, New York advertising agency, and features a cover of The Drifters' hit "This Magic Moment" performed by The Felice Brothers.
The band has five main members: Ian and James Felice, their friend Josh "Christmas Clapton" Rawson, previously a traveling dice player, fiddle player Greg Farley and drummer David Estabrook. At other times, they have featured a horn section in the band, composed of local Hudson Valley musicians. Ian is the main vocalist and plays the guitar and piano. James contributes vocals and plays the accordion, organ, and piano. Christmas plays the bass guitar. Simone Felice was the drummer as well as a vocalist and a guitarist. Simone is also an author, having released books entitled Goodbye Amelia, Hail Mary, Full of Holes and Black Jesus. Simone Felice left the Felice Brothers in 2009. He now leads his own band - The Duke & the King (named after the duo of con-artists in Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn) with Robert "Chicken" Burke. They released their debut album - Nothing Gold Can Stay on Ramseur Records August 4, 2009, followed by Long Live the Duke & King in 2010. Simone released a self-titled album in 2012, and followed that up with an album titled Strangers in 2014.
A series of posters done for the short film: Killzone Intercept, a movie by InfectiousDesigner. The film debuted to a wealth of rave reviews and has climbed to hundreds of thousands of views in a mere two weeks. But the praise for Brian’s film hasn’t been limited to the YouTube comments section. He’s already been featured on the Playstation blog and MTV.com with no signs of the buzz slowing down. Brian was even flown out to Amsterdam for a special screening hosted by Guerilla Games, the developers of the game that inspired the film. Special thanks to Jason Wallis (Photography) and Taylor Robinson over at Six Foot Five Productions.
See Killzone Intercept Here.
One of my favorite video projects, props to Blake Hicks (Art Direction/Editing) and Jordan Sowards (Copywriting/Editing + Sound/V.O.), great collaboration and teamwork - always more fun when you have great creative minds to work with.
About the IRC:
Jacksonville State University - IRC (Institute for Research and Collaboration) facilitates the interaction between the researcher and the granting agency. As part of a learning-centered university, their goal is to provide services for sponsored programs to the faculty, staff, and students at Jacksonville State University –focusing on filling and creating the jobs of the future in fields such as Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Nursing, Emergency Management, and Education.
Cover and interior artwork for the Nahollo Chronicles - a trilogy written by Stephen Gresham. This is probably my favorite project for quite some time, as it marks the first true collaboration between my dad and I. The Nahollo Chronicles are a trilogy set in the swamps of east Alabama. Each book is a journal entry by Jessica Lovelia DeGresse, a woman who has left society and made her home in a cabin by the Nahollo swamp. The books crystalize the boundaries between good and evil, human and monster, love and hate -- natural and supernatural. The artwork was developed to show the duality as a concrete and definable thing. The balance is the journey. I wanted to draw heavily from older styles, using a yellow strike for the duality symbol - and old press type, as well as, engravings to be timeless and somewhat esoteric in form. The images are meant to complement the story and push the reader into deeper translations of what is actually occurring.
The Press-Register (formerly Mobile Press-Register) serves as the voice of the Mobile and Baldwin County areas of Alabama. The region gained National attention during the BP oil spill tragedy that proved to be one of the worst industrial accidents in history. The gulf is still in a state of recovery and is showing signs of returning to normalcy. The following re-branding work was part of an effort to bring all of the people of the region together through a common point of contact. It serves as a reminder of where they have been and how far they have come. The Press-Register is the common connection; serving as a voice of positive change for the future. Thanks to Mark Ervin for the great copy.
Brand identity work for Chef Frank Stitt’s restaurants: Bottega and Highland Bar and Grill.
About Chef Stitt - excerpt from The Alabama Academy of Honor
Frank Stitt III, is a renowned chef, accomplished cookbook writer, and highly successful restaurateur. During the past two decades, he has set national standards for culinary excellence and put Birmingham on the map as home to world-class dining. In 1982, Stitt opened Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham, blending French techniques with Deep South ingredients. Highlands was an immediate success. He opened three more restaurants in Birmingham – Bottega in 1988, Café Bottega in 1990, and Chez Fonfon in 2000. A praiseworthy New York Times article about Birmingham summed it up this way: “There are two eras of restaurants in Birmingham, before Frank and after Frank; it’s like B.C. and A.D.”