Friday, December 30, 2011

My Artwork on the Ice

 The logo hanging in the rafters...
 ...flanking center ice...
 ...ready to be skated over at the face off...
...and above the goal as well.

My fiancee and I attended our first Knoxville Ice Bears game last night and had a great time. She has decided hockey is her new favorite sport...not because of the game itself but because of how the fans are during the games. She gets an absolute kick out of their love of brutality and brash chants.

I, on the other hand, enjoyed watching some hockey and seeing my 10th Anniversary logo plastered all over the Knoxville Civic Coliseum as well! I knew it was going to be on the ice but had no idea it was hanging from the rafters as well. I must say I was pretty excited to see my artwork being used so much. I had a great time creating the logo and am loving all the use it is getting from the team. They also happened to move into sole possession of first place in the SPHL last night too, so I'm glad that my logo is part of such a strong season as well.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Skating by my logo

Well, I should say attempting to skate by my logo. Anyway, I've spotted my Ice Bears 10th Anniversary logo again. This time it was on the boards at Holidays on Ice at Market Square. To all those who, like me, spend most of their "skating" time stumbling around, don't crash into it too hard. Thanks.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Welcome to Coach Fuente

Here is the introduction piece I did this weekend to introduce the recruits to new U of M football coach Justin Fuente. I had fun playing with some different techniques on his photo to give it that high contrast/lightly desaturated effect.

Monday, November 28, 2011

A couple new U of M pieces

These are a couple pieces I did over the Thanksgiving holiday. The top one is for those recruits whose teams won their state title. The bottom piece is for all those who helped with the official visit weekend the U of M had a couple weeks ago. I'm currently working on the Potential Student Athlete Questionnaire as well as some other pieces. Working with the Tigers certainly keeps me busy, but I can't complain when it's for football.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

U of M Postseason Good Luck Pieces

Here are a couple good luck pieces to send out to recruits whose teams are fighting their way through the postseason. I had a lot of fun with both. The bottom piece is one of a series of three with a different going out after each playoff victory. I particularly like that one because the picture at center is one I took when I had the opportunity to watch the U of M take on MTSU from the sidelines. I was able to take my family to watch the Tigers play UAB this past Saturday as well. Although they didn't win, we had an awesome watching the game.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Several New U of M Pieces

 Tulane Game Review
 20 Reasons #10-Internship Opportunities
It was a real challenge to create this piece as they wanted me to incorporate all the logos of the companies into the piece somehow. I was brainstorming for this one when I came up with the idea of making the logos shape the "M" in the Tigers logo. I thought it was an interesting solution with a fairly solid turnout
 Coach Congratulations
 Team Congratulations for Undefeated Season
(I know I'm partial to Lombardi quotes, but I'm a Packers fan. What do you expect?)
Tough Season
This piece was one of my favorites from this week. I really spent some extra time looking up inspiration before I got to work this past weekend and I think it helped a lot in adding some new flavor to the pieces like the one above. I went away from the grungy fonts and went for a crisper look on this one and I believe it turned out very well. I had three different versions of the background, this being the one they liked. All in all it is one of my favorite pieces of the season so far, which I am happy to say. As a designer, I always want to keep replacing what I think is my best piece with something newer. It helps you to know you are growing as an artist.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

10th Anniversary Logo on Ice Bears Rink!

A lot of artists want their artwork to be hung on a gallery wall...
 ...I prefer mine on the rink!

Check it out, the first glimpse of my 10th Anniversary logo on the ice at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum (lower right of the pic). I can't wait to go to a game to get a better look at it in person. It is still an insanely awesome feeling to see it like that. To give proper photo props, here is the link to this photo on the Ice Bears website. After I go to a game I will post photos of my own.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Happy Halloween from the U of M...

...and Good Luck piece that I really like how my typography turned out on. Why not?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

New U of M Game Invite & Good Luck

 Good Luck #9
 Good Luck #10
ECU Game Invite
I decided to change things up a bit this week with a couple pieces I've been doing pretty regularly for the Memphis Tigers. I was working on finding quotes for these two latest Good Luck pieces when I thought about just changing things up a bit to give the potential student athletes who are receiving them a change of piece. I decided to take the picture out of the background and put it to the side and separate it from the texture/quote area. I like the way they turned out and the team did too.
For the Game Invite we decided since that this game would mark the halfway point we would change things up just a little to once again give the potential student athletes something somewhat new to look at. I went with a straight on vertical layout but still kept the kind of movie poster quality to it. It was a bunch of subtle changes that ended up looking like pretty spiffy. I am now looking forward to meeting the team in Murfreesboro this next weekend and rooting them on against the Blue Raiders!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

New U of M Work

 C-USA Bowl Tie-in Poster for U of M Recruiting Room
 C-USA Player of the Week Template
Game Review of the Victory this week!

I had to throw in the game review I got to do Sunday after the Tiger victory on Saturday (which I listened to in its entirety via the interwebs while designing for the same team. Now that's what I call dedication). I'm also extremely excited to be headed to Murfreesboro next weekend to meet the team, coaches, etc. and see the Tigers take on the Blue Raiders of MTSU. Other than that the other two projects on here are a couple I did this weekend that I was really happy with how they turned out. I am also working on a logo for their "PAWS" (Preparing Athletes for Winning Success) right now that I will post once it is finalized. Lovin' the sports design more and more!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

More work for the Memphis Tigers

 Happy Birthday Mailout for Recruits
 Business Card Back
 Business Card Front
"Great to See You" - A mailout coach's will send to high school's after visiting them for a game.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Some new items for the U of M

Here are a couple new pieces I created this past week for the Memphis Tigers. The top is an "On Our Radar" piece that will be sent out to current high school juniors that they have their eye one. The bottom one is to inform recruits of where to catch Tigers on TV each week. The one above is the first one I created. I'll be meeting the team in Murfreesboro to watch them take on the Blue Raiders of MTSU in October. I'm looking forward to meeting everybody then!

Monday, August 29, 2011

More Work for the U of M

 Good Luck Mailout #2
 Good Luck #3
 Powerpoint Background 1
 Powerpoint Background 2
 Powerpoint Background 3
 Powerpoint Background 4
 Powerpoint 5
Intro Mailout for "20 Reasons to Choose Memphis". 

I will be doing one of these every week until Signing Day, detailing another reason why recruits should choose the U of M. The Powerpoint background's are for coaches to use when they give presentations in potential student athlete's homes later on in the recruiting process. I am also working on revamping the Football Department's business cards. More work to come! They are certainly keeping me busy!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Several New U of M Pieces

 Boys on the Bluff Info Sheet
 Coach Spotlight (Larry Porter)
 Congratulations to Recruits
Good Luck for Recruits

It has been getting pretty busy for me with stuff for the U of M. Here are a bunch of projects I worked on for them last week. They especially liked the Good Luck to be sent to recruits before their big games, as well as the Boys on the Bluff info sheet. It was nice to start putting that logo into action. There will be plenty more U of M stuff soon!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Boys on the Bluff Logo

Here is my latest project for the U of M. The task was to create a logo designed specifically for local recruits who decide to stay in Memphis and play for the Tigers. Coach Porter had coined the group as the "Boys on the Bluff" and so I brainstormed off of that. Of course, as I continued to sketch on the idea of "the bluff" the Hernando DeSoto bridge kept popping into my head. Therefore, it is featured in the center of the stylized football shape. By adding the tiger stripes to the bottom of the logo I was attempting to connect university to city like the idea of the group. It was a challenge to create, but I am glad that the guys at the university ended up liking it!

Friday, August 12, 2011

U of M Season Invite

Gotta love when the head coach gives your work the thumbs up...maybe it's because I included him in the invite. Or maybe he just thought it was overall awesome. Either way, here is a season invite I created for the U of M to send out to recruits. While I was doodling ideas for this one the phrase "Come feel the roar" popped into my head because of the the tiger mascot. So then I had a little fun with the font to echo the phrase. I once again had a lot of fun creating this one. I mean, it's designing for football. Does it get any better?

Sunday, August 7, 2011

U of M Name Tag

It has been a couple weeks since I have posted any new work, but I recently just got a part time gig working for the University of Memphis Athletics Department. I'll be designing flyers, mailers, and other things mainly for recruiting purposes. Here is the outcome of my first project. I had to design a name tag to be used for when potential student athletes come for tours, games, etc. It was a fun little project and the guys at U of M loved the turn out. I'd have to say I am satisfied as well. I can't wait to post future projects from this season up here. I am currently working on a season invite to be sent out to potential recruits. Keep a look out!