Projects encompasses long term and short term projects; personal, community based, and commissioned. Below you'll find information and links about these projects.
Kingdom of the Wind: Community Visual Development Project
The Project: The story of a young prince torn from father's arms and away from the great Kingdom of the Wind. Follow the prince's struggle to retake his kingdom from evil forces in this coming of age adventure story of loss, courage, and friendship.
The Challenge: Be part of the tale by drawing, painting, and designing different aspects of the story's world. In submitting to this project your work will stand along side my own in a downloadable PDF presentation of the story (or possibly in a book)
For more on the project as it develops and how to get involved check back here to the projects page.
Draft/Tap Handle Painting
The Project: In collaboration with Red Fish Bowl and Full Pint Brewing, I am designing a painting to fit on a Tap/Draft handle to be placed in a (currently undetermined) bar in Pittsburgh. The official Red Fish Bowl beer "Living Color IPA" will be in a number of bars in the city. Each tap handle is custom designed and painted by a Pittsburgh Artist.
The Challenge: The Project comes with it's own set of unique challenges. First is designing a painting for an unusually shaped object. Second is the nerve of having to make something that is both colorful/eye-catching and something that fits my workflow. Finally there's the challenge of making sure it will last the wear and tear of a bartender's hands. With some advice from a friend I've settled on doing a polyurethane finish, but this is all in the future plans...First I have to paint the thing.
This piece was by no means easy. Lots of sanding and layering. I decided to use spray paint give the base color of the piece an more dynamic look. The piece was held up by a couple of bricks as I worked on each side, doing layer by layer to ensure that the composition was uniform across the entire surface. It was certainly a great challenge project, and I can't wait to see it in use in a few months!
The piece is currently installed at the James Street Gastro Pub (Ballroom) on Pittsburgh's North Side | Subject to change locations throughout 2017