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Never Forget 9/11

In 2001, I was a second year student in the Graphic Design program at Algonquin College. A few weeks after 9/11, we were assigned a small project to create an illustration using a barcode. There were barcodes made out of everything: animals, people, cars, food, etc. With the tragedy of 9/11 so fresh in my mind, I turned two barcodes on their side and used the numbers as the exact date and time that each tower was hit.

CORALINE Vinyl Soundtrack

I’m thrilled to be a part of Mondo‘s release of CORALINE on deluxe limited edition vinyl. It was a honor to work on – I love the 2009 stop-motion film and I’ve always been a fan of the the works of LAIKA Animation Studios.

Check out the artwork below and sample a track from the score. More pictures to come.

Photos courtesy of Mondo

G1988 + Cartoon Network Adventure Time

Stoked to be a part of Gallery 1988‘s official Cartoon Network Adventure Time art show.

Even more stoked that my poster made the flyer!

I went a bit crazy with their arms; which is exactly what my favourite thing is about the show: Finn & Jake’s NOODLE ARMS!

Noodle Arms
18 x 24″ Screen Print
Numbered edition of 35
$60

It’s the first poster I’ve designed after quite some time, and I couldn’t be more thrilled that it’s for Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time. The show opens on April 3rd, 2014. If you’re in the area, be sure to check it out!

The Comeback Kid

I’m excited and humbled to be featured in an article called ‘The Comeback Kid’ in the latest issue of Applied Arts Magazine for winning my second AACE award.

It was somewhat of a personal interview focused around my struggles with balance; and how I’ve learned how important it is to slow down, take a break, and enjoy life outside of work.

As designers/artists, we are always on the hunt for the next big project. But don’t be afraid to turn opportunities down. Rest. Relax. Recharge. Read a book (that’s not about design). You, and your work, can benefit from it.

Read the full article below – click each image to view larger.

Bueller?… Bueller?

2012 was a great year. I participated in various art shows; created posters for Mondo, Acme Archives and DHM; attended New York Comic Con for a poster signing; and even managed to win a few awards. I was really killing it.

Enter 2013.

Vanish.

Anyone?

Bueller?… Bueller?

It’s been close to a full year since I’ve released any new artwork.

So what’s the deal? Where have I been?

Truth be told: I needed the break.

I didn’t recognize the signs at the time, but I started to burn myself out. The toll of working so many ‘side projects’ while simultaneously working advertising contracts caught up with me.

What started as a hobby, suddenly grew into a second full-time job.

Design. Print. Sign. Pack. Mail. Repeat.

I was working ALL the time. It became too much for me to handle by myself.

Subsequently, I backed out of all art shows and poster commitments.

Don’t get me wrong, I would love to design posters for a living; but sadly, this avenue of my career never reached the point where it could pay for all the bills.

That’s not to say 2013 has been a quiet year; on the contrary. I actually managed to cross off two major milestones: I got married and bought a house. Now on weekends, instead of crushing it on my computer, I’m crushing my wallet at Home Depot.

I’ve also taken the time to explore different avenues of my career.

Over the summer, I took on a Design Director role at Tribal DDB. I managed a design team on digital projects for brands like McDonalds, AVEENO and Canadian Tire. It was a huge learning experience.

Recently, I came back to work with my friends at Juniper Park. I’m on various accounts, including eos, where I’ve been designing patterns and illustrations for different types of packaging (dedicated post to come).

Do I miss art shows and licensed posters? Definitely.

Will I get back into it in the near future? Absolutely.

In fact, I have a handful of ideas that are waiting to come to life; including one big idea that is starting to take shape.

That being said, 2014 is quickly approaching. I look forward to starting a new year with something that I lost focus of: BALANCE.

I want to continue to explore different paths of this crazy industry, but more importantly, I want to live. I need to make more time for myself; to relax and recharge, to read a book or two, and spend more time with family and friends.

Ferris Bueller said it best:

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Love at First Flight (3 of 3)

Go back to 1: Intro, Overall Theme, Invitations & Logo
Go back to 2: Venue, (e)Motion Sickness Bags, Food & Decorations

Ceremony

Our officiant, Daniel Brereton, was remarkable. He willingly played along with our vision right from the start. He came dressed head to toe in a full pilot uniform, which we rented from Malibar Ltd.

He also customized his opening speech:

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome aboard. I am your Captain, Daniel Brereton and on behalf of Shaun, Michael and the rest of the crew here at Love at First Flight airlines, I want to welcome you aboard flight 09/03/13 service from St. Lawrence Market in downtown Toronto to Who Knows Where! We are currently flying at about 249 ft above sea level, however our ultimate cruising altitude will depend on you….and how much you enjoy yourselves this evening.

Our flight time will be about 15 minutes, but remember, this is only one leg of a journey that will last a lifetime.

Please ensure that any baggage you may have brought with you is safely stored. (Looking at Shaun and Michael) Let me repeat….please ensure that any baggage you have brought with you is safely stored!

Wedding Favors

Wrapped inside square kraft paper boxes, we gave away our favorite treat, Bounce Spirulina & Ginseng Balls.

Acknowledging that most people have no idea what the hell spirulina is, Shaun wrote a mini three panel brochure explaining the benefits of this foreign dietary supplement. We held it together using airplane shaped paper clips.

Attire

The two of us were styled by Hudson’s Bay style guru, Vaughn Stafford Gray. We wanted to match, but not wear the exact same thing. Vaughn helped us choose the perfect colours, textures and fit. #bespoke

Mikey:
Jacket & Pants: Gian Paolo Mazzotta
Vest: Theodore 1922
Shirt: Brooks Brothers
Tie: Eton
Shoes: Hawkings McGill

Shaun:
Jacket: Biella Collection from Theodore 1922
Vest: TopMan
Pants: Surface To Air
Tie: Eton
Shirt: Brooks Brothers
Shoes: Ted Baker

Passport Station

We set up a station where guests could take their own professional-style ‘passport’ portraits.

Our cat, Abby, came dressed to the nines. We had to find someway of including our little beast in the evening!

I bought her a dress; had a photoshoot; then printed a life-size cardboard cutout.

She hung around the photo station for most of the night.

Entertainment

I’ve always been a firm believer that if a drag queen shows up at your door, you know it’s a damn good party. Which is why we surprised guests with Toronto’s own, Katinka Kature.

At the stroke of midnight, she burst onto the dance floor dressed all in black as a sexy flight attendant, lip-synching to Toxic by Britney Spears.

Yes, she even had a costume change.

DJ Kevin Ritchie doing his thing. Best. Music. Ever.

End Result

There was laughter. There were tears. By the end of the evening, every last (e)motion sickness bag was consumed. Honestly, the night was a huge success.

A week after the wedding, I received a handwritten letter from my Aunt, Debbie, thanking us for the wedding. Aren’t we the ones who are supposed to send out thank you cards!? I’d like to share part of it:

March 9, 2013 – A day I will never forget. What a magical, beautiful and wonderful event. I have never been to a more moving wedding in my life. You couldn’t have done anything different; the venue, decor, music and food; everything was so unique. A true reflection of Mikey and Shaun. You have a bunch of wonderful friends who love and care for you both so much. Thank you for letting me share your special day with you. I will never forget it.

So that’s it! I hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse into our special day. We truly are blessed with the most loving family and friends anyone could hope for. I consider us both lucky for not only the endless support from those around us, but to live in a country that recognizes marriage equality. All you need is LOVE, people.

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