Thursday, March 31, 2011

BFA Project Final

Here are some quick shots I took of my BFA piece printed out. Better ones will be coming in the next week.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

2011 Chattanooga Football Billboard Sketches

Here are a bundle of sketches I've been working with for my next project with the UTC Mocs. Some of these designs will hopefully be coming to a Chattanooga billboard near you some time in the near future! Since these are still in process, feedback is appreciated!

Monday, March 21, 2011

UTC Kids Club Comic Online

Check it out! I created this comic for them last month and it is now up and running on the kids' club section of

Friday, March 18, 2011

Process of Mocs Caravan Logo

It's been a lengthy process making this logo, but as I near completion I thought I would take a moment to show the process in coming up with the final design. Above are the original sketches in my first go-round of ideas for the logo. Some early idea discussion came about of using a bus for the whole caravan theme; however, in my sketches the idea of the train seemed to fit better both with UTC as well as Chattanooga's history. Next, came the inclusion of the coaches, which I tried in two versions, with bodies and without. Through my discussions with the folks at the UTC Athletic Department we decided that showing their full body would work best as I had included some little hints in there as to which sports they coached. From there we then decided to try a version of the new train logo UTC just recently had developed and thus came this next round of sketches:

After this batch was done, it was decided pretty quickly that the 3/4 view was the winner, as it was instantly recognizable as a train whereas the front on view felt a little weird. We also decided to take the text out of the train and move it below (as well as move the coaches down there to) to come up with a 3rd and hopefully final design. With this in mind, I then went in and began work on the final version, and also began to work with the different city names, as "Birmingham" and "Atlanta" present different challenges. And now, I am here:

Here are a couple versions of the final logo. As you can see there is a 5th member in the caricature crew, that being the chancellor of the UTC who we decided to add during the last sketch phase. It has been a fun project, and I am pretty happy with the results. It was fun to delve into caricature work on this one, as well as combining my graphic and cartoon styles into one piece.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

BFA Progress (Page 2)

BFA Progress (Page 4)

Here is the top and bottom that make up the last page of my BFA piece. I enjoyed the night time backlit color scheme. All it needs is a little cleaning up

Mocs Caravan Logo Sketches

Yep, I sketched with the help of the mighty fine people at Crayola and their wonderful 64-pack of wonderfully colored wax sticks...or crayons as we like to call them. These are part of a little revising I'm doing as I create a logo for the UTC Mocs Caravan logo. They are looking for a logo to promote their coaches travels around the South for their respective programs. I have some caricatures already developed and a couple early concepts I haven't posted. These sketches incorporate the new train that is in the UTC logo package. They wanted me to try the sideways version you see at the bottom. I think it looks really cool, but have left it without Scrappy at the wheel or any coach caricatures because that seems to be the best way that concept works. The top concept will have Scrappy leaning out the conductor's spot and the coaches atop the smokestack.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A BFA in Process Shot

I thought I'd take a moment to show a sort of before and after shot of how my BFA piece is coming together. To the left you see how I start out a panel, dropping in huge splotches of color with a much larger than need brush. Then, after lots of refining with smaller brushes, you get a panel that looks like something to the right. Also, this is a nice sneak preview of page 4 of my piece :)

Friday, March 4, 2011

BFA Progress

The top image is the first two sets of panels for page 2. The bottom two images are the top and bottom of page 3 respectively.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

2011 UTC Football Schedule Poster (Sketches)

I'm currently having a lot of fun with this project. How could I not? I am designing for my favorite sport: football. These are my current digital sketches for the Chattanooga Mocs 2011 Schedule Poster. I am looking forward to starting on the final version soon. Right now we are working out the finer details of players to use, wording, etc. It's been a blast so far and I can't wait to post the final product!

My Billboard Format!

Yep folks, my artwork was plastered across Chattanooga a couple weekends ago. The UTC Basketball team had a "Blackout" game against Furman on the 21st of February and I was part of a massive promotional campaign that was thrown together in 5 days. I learned about the project on a Wednesday and had about a 24-hour turnaround. The top image was the design I liked best of the three I created for them to choose from. Once I sent it to the people at UTC they made a few tweaks per the billboard companies guidelines to give you the 2nd image you see. My gradient date and fading outlined figure were lost, but it is still cool to see my work on a billboard! This particular picture is courtesy of my fiancee, who grabbed a shot of it off Brainerd Road on her way to work.