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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.

Applied Arts AACE Award

Last Thursday evening, Applied Arts held their first annual AACE Awards in Toronto. I was nominated (and won!) the Illustration category for my Muppets Electric Mayhem series.

The AACE Awards will highlight the very best of the best in each discipline. All entries will be judged as usual by our panels of experienced professionals, with the winners beautifully reproduced in the various Applied Arts Awards Annuals. But at the same time, the judges will vote on the overall winner of each program. Their scores will be discreetly tabulated and kept under wraps until the gala AACE Awards Ceremony.

Applied Arts AACE Venue

The event was held at the beautiful venue of Artscape Wychwood Barns, which was neatly decorated with all the winning entries from all six of their 2012 Awards: Photography & Illustration, Design, Advertising, Interactive and Student.

I was able to snap a few crappy pics. See below.

AACE Finalists

I didn’t realize I was a finalist until I showed up at the event; I thought everyone that was published throughout the year was a nominee!? So needless to say, I was both shocked and honored to win. Thanks Applied Arts!

AACE Award

BTW, Along a Long Road by Frank Viva is beautiful. I own it myself. If you haven’t seen this awesome book, check it out.

Disney/Pixar Brave Poster

23.11.12 Update: Posters are sold out, but you can now buy one of my artist proofs here.

03.08.12 Original Post: Check out my latest silkscreen print titled ‘Change Your Fate’ inspired by the hit Disney/Pixar movie Brave.

When Acme Archives asked me to come up with a concept in a similar style as my Muppet posters, I decided to use negative space to illustrate *spoiler* that ‘oh crap’ moment when Merida accidentally turns her mother into a bear.

Change Your Fate 1

There was a bit of back and forth with the position and size of the logo. In the end, it was decided to place it smaller in the bottom right corner (above). I have to say though, I think I’m still partial to the larger version (below).

Change Your Fate 2

This piece is officially licensed by Disney/Pixar and is a Comic-Con exclusive limited to 300 copies. Here are more details:

This piece is for San Diego Comic-Con ATTENDEE pre-order for pickup only beginning Monday June 25th and ending Wednesday July 4th. Orders must be picked up at our booth (#5629) at the San Diego Comic-Con. Orders not picked up will be refunded and will not be shipped. Please bring your receipt to the booth when picking up. If you wish to have a friend pick up for you, that is not a problem, just make sure your friend has your receipt. Non-Attendee pre-orders will begin on Wednesday July 11th.

Follow me on Twitter for poster updates, as well as new artwork announcements.

Muppet Autographs

I got my posters signed by all the Muppeteers – Bill Barretta, Matt Vogel, David Rudman, Eric Jacobson & Dave Goelz. Wow! A special thanks to Matt for making this happen.

Dr. Teeth: Bill Barretta

Floyd: Matt Vogel

Janice: David Rudman

Animal: Eric Jacobson

Zoot: Dave Goelz

Muppet Posters: End Result

What better way to end the year then to devote my final post of 2011 to the Electric Mayhem. This was by far my greatest accomplishment of the year. It’s opened up a lot of doors, including a few art shows which I will be participating in at Gallery 1988 in L.A.

For those who missed this Muppet saga unfold, below is a Coles Notes version (or you can read the original post).

In anticipation of the new Muppets movie, I created a series of 70′s inspired vintage concert posters for each member of Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem.

When word of them spread around the Internet (BuzzfeedDWLQuipsologiesFFFFound, and more) they caught the eyes of Acme Archives, official licensee for original art for Disney. With minor changes, Acme sold and distributed each limited edition screen print (250x) on their website.

Here are some pictures of the final posters (Dr. Teeth is missing because I rolled my copies up in poster tubes).

Floyd: Bass

Janice: Guitar

Zoot: Sax

Animal: Drums

Thanks again for your support and best wishes for 2012. Happy New Year!

Muppet Posters: Update

Update: Great news! Posters are now officially licensed by Disney and available to purchase via Acme Archives!

Original Post: First and foremost, thanks again for all the buzz! This project was so much fun; I had no idea it would get such a response.

My original intention was to print a very limited run of each poster. However, due to the overwhelming (and amazing) response I have gotten, I have been advised to refrain from putting them up for sale. I’m sorry to disappoint. The last thing I want is to run into any legality issues with Disney.

Read original post here.