I drew a little history of chocolate book for one of my finals. I tried to address it in a new way by keeping it a little surreal. I also designed a packaging to hold the book that looks like a chocolate wrapper (definitely inspired by the Mast brothers on that one)
Compound Butter: The Junk Food Issue
This year I was talking with a friend about combining our two passions, art and food, into one product. We decided to start a magazine in which the topic changes each issue, but the theme is the same: works of writing, photography, and art that are inspired and motivated by a love of food. The articles inside are all very personal accounts of what junk food means to them, what effect it’s had on their life, and how it deserves to be celebrated and explored. Myself and others created work for about 2.5 months to go inside and its been a major labor of love.
What I’ve posted pictures of are some spreads from the prototype issue I just finished designing. We’re working on fixing some problems and improving the content before we find some way to put it up for sale at the most affordable price possible. We’re also working on a website so stay tuned!
Compound Butter features the work of:
This is one of all time favorite paintings by one of my all time favorite artists, “Flood” by Aron Wiesenfeld. His earlier work probably had most of an effect on me, especially this painting which I can’t really describe why I love so much.
As far as other artists, I’m really crazy about:
Tove Jansson, Michelle Fleck, Kevin Lucbert, Hergé, Robert Montgomery’s recycled sunlight pieces, Charles Huettner, Parra, and Taro Hirano’s photography series called “Pool”
Reblog from my personal tumblr because I thought the question was relevant for my work.
Upcoming cover for Compound Butter magazine’s junk food issue.
Prototype issue will be finished within the week, with the finalized first issue launching later this month.
Done in colored pencil.
Testing Kyle T. Webster’s Screentone brushes on a photo I found at a flea market. They’re a really great deal so check them out!
Also, new work coming this month. It’s been a long time due to the fact that I only had one drawing class this term (paying my dues)
"This shit is getting old"
Messages made out of paper.
Here’s a memory from when I was a bored teenager and things were kind of easier.
ZAFTIG #8 - Abundance
Illustration & Essays ZAFTIG issue #8 “Abundance” is live, with a delightful cover by Taryn Gee
I contributed a piece to this zine that just got released. Check it out!
"The skater scroll"
I took a media experimentation class with the Clayton Brothers (Please check them out - it’s worth it) and was given the opportunity to choose the topic and medium for a large project we would work on most of the semester, so I dedicated myself to visiting different skate parks in and around LA while taking reference photos, exploring the environments around the parks, and seeing the different types of skaters that occupy them. It was definitely something out of my comfort zone to tackle a project this big and I failed pretty hard in the beginning. I have a tendency to be very precious and controlling of my work and it really wasn’t working with the content. About a month ago I totally restarted the project and it turned into this, which I’m pretty happy with.
I worked on glued together pieces of Rives BFK with micron pens and printmaking ink, and the total size of the piece is a little more than 15 feet. If any of you are in the LA area and would like to see the piece in person, then stop by the Art Center College of Design student gallery in Pasadena where it’s on display all summer :)
Here’s the final for my textile design class where I designed a pattern based on skateboarders in Venice Beach. The bottom photo is the final version printed on fabric which we received yesterday.
Here’s a stop motion animation I did for class. This was the first time I’ve done any sort of video so excuse the lack of skill! Maybe someday I’ll get better at animating.
I hope it entertains you at least!
A piece I’m working on that is going to be veryyyyyy long.
I feel that I’ve been working on a group of larger projects that will take till the very end of the term to finish, instead of last time where I was just producing smaller pieces every week. I know I haven’t updated as much as I would like, but hopefully next month I’ll have some cool (and some of my largest to date) pieces to show.
Until then, if any of you are interested in progress shots or a million pictures of my cat, follow me on instagram!