Month: June 2013

  • The Art of Seeing What’s Not There, Or, Imagination

    Yesterday, my daughter — who has been a constant source of amazement for me lately — decided to take a fake cardboard guitar we made for her and stand on the coffee table in our living room to give a brief, private concert.  (She didn’t end up singing because she apparently has early on-set stage […]

  • iOS 7 and Flat Design

    After so much scientific proof to the contrary, maybe — just maybe — the world is flat. No longer are we trying to capture realism with Apple’s former vanguard in skeumorphism.  No longer are we slapping a ton of gradients and drop shadows everywhere.  No way.  That’s the past.  The future is flat design.  And […]

  • The Paradox of Privacy

    You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.  You can’t both possess it and enjoy it.  In it’s most literal sense —  once you eat the cake in its entirety, you no longer “have” it in the same way that you once did. In this age of social media, the outcry for privacy in […]

  • Art Critics Everywhere

    Art critics — they’re everywhere. As a Graphic Designer, it’s difficult to be hired to design something because of your field of expertise, only to be criticized by someone who has no idea what he is talking about.  Immediately the old adage, “everyone’s a critic” comes to mind.  It’s not the criticism that bothers me. […]

  • The Fear of the Blank Page

    Even before I began to compose this, I didn’t know where to begin. At the beginning of nearly every illustration, I have a fear of the blank page. And isn’t that the point?  For all the planning, outlining, themes, topics, and elements of a composition — whether it be for writing or art or whatever […]

  • Illustrators and Inspiration

    I am a proponent of all individuals needing inspiration no matter what they do, but especially illustrators. Why?  Because inspiration is what ignites the motivation and passion to achieve something.  Without inspiration, a political speech would lack fervor.  Without inspiration, doctors might do more harm than good.  Without inspiration, I am convinced that most things […]

  • An Impression of the Art of Illustration

    When reviewing various Illustrators, I noticed a common theme: impression. Because individuals vary in their perceptions of the world around them, we see the expression of those perceptions come through art — and in all media, whether it be modern sculptures, painting, digital media, and even through what I’d consider the craft of social media. […]

  • The Beginning Starts at the Beginning

    So, for a while now, I’ve been doing this graphic design freelancing thing.  Last year it was my main gig.  This year, I actually joined a company based in Washington where I’m helping with some technical migrations for DNS and email.  Interestingly, it’s during this time that I discovered exactly what I want from and […]