I had the pleasure of working with the fine folks over at The Rib Whisperer to develop their new logo for all their BBQ sauces, rubs, and spices. It's really cool to see an idea go from a sketch to an actual label on a bottle of BBQ sauce. You may have seen Trace Arnold on the History Channel traveling the country with his big smoker. He is known for his big personality and his big cowboy hat. He also owns a local BBQ joint called 3 Stacksin Frisco, Texas. Here is what I came up with for their design:
Happy New Year!! 2014 was a great year! I am working hard to get 2015 started off on the right foot. I have a lot of new things in the works I can't wait to share.Here are a few images from my phone from the last few months:
I went to the David Dike Fine Art Gallery in Dallas last night for the opening of the Jon Flaming show - Oil On Canvas -Paintings of the Texas Oil & Gas Industry. I have been following Jon's work for a couple of years now and I was finally able to see it in person. It was also great to actually get to meet Jon and his family. They are such nice folks. The show runs until December 6th. If you are in Dallas get over there and check it out! The west Texas themed paintings are just my style!
I had the privilege to help Chet Garner of the PBS TV show The Daytripper design his new shirts. I created the text and Chet and his design crew finished it out! I think they turned out pretty cool. You can get one here.
Here are 7 new t-shirts I created for my shirt company, Tumbleweed TexStyles. The font and text themed shirts have been so popular for the last few years I figured I'd throw a few Texas versions out there. You can purchase one HERE.
Last week I took a few days off from school for some "me" time. I needed to clear my head, get some inspiration, and meet some new people. Last spring I discovered that Circles Conference was going to be going on in Grapevine, Texas, which is just about 30 minutes from my house, so I signed up way back in March. My co-worker Fred Rodriguez also signed up. We are both really interested in the foundations of design, the business aspects of the design world, and making connections with fellow creatives. Well, this conference did not disappoint. The conference was set up with guest speakers throughout the day, with a Q/A panel after lunch. Here is a list of the speakers:
I will not go into all the details, but each one of these speakers had a great message and some really good insight on being creative and making your mark in the design world. They had some really cool vendors set up in the overflow room - WarStics and The Giving Keys were my favorites. Printed Threads was there doing live screen printing too. Really cool! They had a great after party at the end of day one where dinner and drinks were provided! I met some really cool people from all over the country.
I was also able to meet a few people that I have followed for a while through blogs, Instagram, and podcasts. It was really cool to connect with these guys over some small talk. Really great guys and super talented artists.
Everyone here was really friendly and open. It was refreshing to not have to deal with the "artists egos" floating around.
I really didn't know what to expect from a design conference going in as a rookie. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I got inspired to keep plugging away, try new stuff, and shoot for the stars. Please take a few minutes to check out the Circles Conference website. Maybe I'll see you there next year.
I have always had a fascination with campers and travel trailers. I love the idea of hitching one up and taking a trip in a vintage Airstream. Maybe some day. Above is a drawing I did a few days ago of a truck camper. I'm not sure what text or font I want to go with this image yet. I'll be heading out to Lubbock this weekend and thought this might get me in the mood for a change of scenery for a few days on the South Plains.