Believe it or not, I really like “The Notebook.” I’ve seen it more times then I can count. I think everyone dreams of experiencing a love like Noah and Allie had. I worked really hard on it because it is such an important movie for me. It turned out to be kind of a trippy graphic, but I like it because it’s so unique.
Not Quite My Tempo
Whiplash is one of my favorite movies of all time and I consider it to be a modern-day classic. This film is amazing in the sense that it makes its audience care about the very niche world of JazzPercussion. Regardless of if you have any interest in this genre, I think you will love this movie. Whenever I explain the plot to those who haven’t seen it, the premise makes no sense to them. It’s one of those movies you just have to see to understand. I would be so bold as to say it has one of the most powerful endings in the history of film. I’m very happy with this design, and I feel it accurately conveys the maxim of the movie. To reach the pinnacle of any profession you must put in the effort and be willing to sacrifice everything.
Ice Cream Packaging
This is a green tea flavored ice cream packaging which I made for my final project in my Illustrator class at UCBE. It is a real item which is 3 inches tall and has a 7.5-inch diameter. I took a picture of it and lightened it in Photoshop.
I am not a tennis fan, but as a designer, we are often asked to create graphics for things we have no knowledge of or don't interest us. This was a project challenge I created for myself to design something outside of my realm of interest.
Graduation Cap Decorating Party
A friend of mine is graduating from UCSD and is promoting a Graduation Cap Decorating Party and asked me to create this Facebook event graphic for her.
My Mother is from Boston and while I've never lived in the New England area I love the city and feel somewhat at home there because of my family ties. Every 4th of July my parents turn on the Boston Pops Independence Day concert and I thoroughly enjoy the patriotic music, especially the 1812 Overture. Since the holiday is coming up, I created this poster which I'm very proud of.
St. Raymond Roar T-Shirt Compass
St Raymond Church commissioned me to design a t-shirt logo for the leaders of their "Roar Children's retreat." This is the third t-shirt design I've done for them and they've been very happy with my past designs so they gave me carte blanche on this project. Since the theme of the retreat this year is "safari" I thought a logo that incorporated a compass would be appropriate. I came up with two ideas for this logo and they choose this one.
Say Anything... Updated
I’ve always loved the movie “Say Anything”, and my favorite part of the movie is the iconic boombox scene. As a homage to this film, I decided to update its poster with Lloyd holding an oversized iPhone which displays the album cover from Peter Gabriel’s “So” which contains the song playing from the boombox, “In Your Eyes.”
jetBlue Faux Advertisement
One day I was looking at stock photos for inspiration and I saw the image in the bottom left-hand corner of the beach superimposed on a suitcase. At that moment, I noticed how a modern suitcase somewhat mimics the clamshell form factor of a laptop. I thought it would look cool to put a computer screen in the top lid of a suitcase, but this composite wouldn’t make sense on its own. From there came up with the tagline “business or pleasure” which is associated with air travel and decided to insert it into an airline ad. Doing this gave my design the much-needed context it needed to make sense to the viewer. I choose JetBlue because it’s my favorite airline and I find their color palette appealing.
Florence + the Machine Fan Art
On Mother’s Day, I was in a downtown boutique and I noticed a poster advertising an upcoming “Florence + the Machine” concert. Truthfully, I’m not familiar with their music, but I enjoyed the design of the poster from an artistic standpoint. When I arrived home I decided to search for other images associated with the indie rock group and was quite impressed. A lot of their cover-art is inspired by classic art movements such as Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Psychedelic. I was then inspired to use a picture of their lead singer Florence Welch in my own design.
Les Misérables Composite
I consider Les Misérables to be one of the greatest stories ever told and I adore the book, the movies, and especially the musical. I feel it encompasses the whole human experience and I often describe it as simultaneously the most beautiful and depressing piece of art ever created. This is a composite of several images associated with the musical and 2012 movie which represents my love for all iterations of Hugo’s literary masterpiece. At the top of the poster, I applied my favorite quote, "To love another person is to see the face of God.” This is my favorite quote because true love calls us to be more God-like. To love unconditionally, to put another’s needs before our own, and to extend grace and forgiveness to those who have wronged us.
Zulu Chronograph Homepage
Zulu Chronograph is a fake company I made up for my Visual Design Principles Class. It’s a luxury watchmaker in the same vein as Breitling Aviator Chronometers. This a homepage mockup website advertising an Air Race to promote their brand.
Vector Realism Drawing
I’ve always been impressed with realistic vector drawings created in Illustrator. I’m not as familiar with illustrator as Photoshop, but I wanted to change that. I thought doing a vector realism drawing would help me to grow as a designer since it’s one of the more difficult things to do in Illustrator. Most people start out with cutlery because the look of light reflecting off metal is easier to replicate. However, this idea seemed too pedestrian for me. One day I was doing some research on Jeff Koons and realized his iconic metallic rabbit was similar to the look of light shining off of cutlery. I then drew this two-dimensional balloon animal and used the gradient mesh tool to give it a 3D look. After I was done, it reminded me of the “Wham-O” toy advertisements of the 1970s. I then implemented their retro color scheme into the background. Obviously, The price of $1.49 for a balloon animal is absurd, but I thought it was a funny joke that no one else would get but me.
Zulu Chronograph Poster #2
Zulu Chronograph is a fake company I made up for my Visual Design Principles Class. It’s a luxury watchmaker in the same vein as Breitling Aviator Chronometers. This a Poster I had printed up for the assignment. I had to come up with two versions of the poster and this is the one I did pick.
Vermeer IKEA Ad
One of my projects for my Photoshop class was to make 3 modern advertisements out of famous pieces of art from the past. I inserted this IKEA Pello chair into one of Vermeer’s early masterpieces ”Christ in the House of Martha and Mary.”. I put the same chair in two other pieces of art which you see on this page.
Van Gogh IKEA AD
One of my projects for my Photoshop class was to make 3 modern advertisements out of famous pieces of art from the past. I inserted this IKEA Pello chair into Van Gogh’s ”Sorrowing Old Man.” This design also accurately depicts the way you feel after shopping at IKEA all day. I put the same chair in two other pieces of art which you see on this page.
Marcel Dyf IKEA Ad
One of my projects for my Photoshop class was to make 3 modern advertisements out of famous pieces of art from the past. I inserted this IKEA Pello chair into one of Marcel Dyf’s paintings “Claudine.” I put the same chair in two other pieces of art which you see on this page.
Fight Club Movie Poster
My Final Project for my Photoshop class was to redesign a poster of a movie of my choosing. This is a design merges the faces of the Narrator and Tyler Durden from “Fight Club,” who are (the movie came out in 1999, but spoiler alert) are the same person. I had to use a ton of vector masks to get Brad Pitt’s and Edward Norton’s faces to match up. After I was done with that I converted it to a “smart object “ and gave it an “oil painting effect.”
Pink Floyd Psychedelic Poster
I think anyone who’s familiar with Pink Floyd knows they are the quintessential psychedelic rock band. I grew up listening to them because my Father is a fan and I really appreciate the visual experience of their concerts. This is just a project I made one day for fun that’s really strange, but it’s Floyd so I think it works. It has some references to their songs/albums like; Money, Shine on you Crazy Diamond, The Wall, Dark Side of the Moon, and of course their iconic prism rainbow.
LA Congress T Shirt Design
This is a t-shirt design that St Raymonds hired me to create for their youth ministry leaders to wear as they attended the LA Congress this year.
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
This is a very literal design of the song, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by George Harrison. Eric Clapton played lead guitar on the track but is not formally credited. Harrison composed the song based on the first two words he saw when randomly opening a book which was, ”gently weeps." Even though Clapton is not formally credited, no one doubts his contribution because it is ranked as one of the greatest guitar solos of all time. I used vector masks to get the hardware on the guitar so close around the eye.
This is the darkest design I’ve ever done and is quite an aberration from my usual designs. I find it ironic that we find the human body so beautiful (in some cases) on the surface, however just underneath that thin veneer of muscle and skin it gets pretty ugly. I think of this as a kind of metaphor for the “mask” we wear in public. We are all severely flawed and broken people, but we try to convey to the world we actually have it all together. This graphic shows a very handsome and well dressed man with his disgusting internal organs exposed. If you look closely his heart is make of stone and there is a golden key in it. This represents his internal conflict of wanting love but fearing the vulnerability he must display to obtain that love.
Golden Gate Girl
This is another double exposure design which I just thought would look cool. I thought the red hair of the model and the color of the Golden Gate Bridge went well together. This is by far one of the hardest graphics I’ve ever produced. I spent about 31 hours on it and finished it in 2 days (48 hours). It was a difficult project but I learned a lot. I’m always trying to push myself as far as I can because I find those times of struggle are where you see the most growth.
Basic Needs Drive
A friend of mine was organizing a “Basic Needs Drive” to collect supplies for the needy and she asked me to design a flyer to print in her churches bulletin to ask for donations from the congregation. As you can see, I had to fit a lot of text in a fairly small area and create a designing that would not impede on the legibility of the text. My attention to detail really shines through in this piece because it took hours of leading and kerning to get the text layout perfect. The event turned out to be a huge success.
Mary Kay Flyer
This is a flyer I made for a friend of mine who sells Mary Kay products. I changed her picture and name to protect her privacy.
I designed this T-shirt logo for a teen confirmation retreat for my local church.
Vincent van Gogh Mix
One of my favorite painters is Vincent van Gogh. His style very much conveys his mood and state of mind while still retaining a realistic impression of the external world. This is a composite of twenty-one of his masterpieces.
Frida Kahlo Mix
This is an amalgamation of Frida Kahlo paintings which I seamlessly blended together. I find her art unique and designed this as a homage to her offbeat style.
This is an advertisement for the St. Raymond Church Bulletin to compel it parishioners to donate candy and other goods to “Operation Gratitude,” an organization which sends care packages to our troops and first responders.