New Works August 2020

Hails, friends and family and foes! It has, truly, been a hot minute since an actual update happened anywhere other than Facebook and I apologize profusely for that fact. Related, I am in the midst of migrating off of Facebook entirely on a personal level and will not be conducting business through the medium moving forward, outside of already established arrangements.

Billionaires need the guillotine and I am done passively supporting them in an effort to make a name for myself or funnel a few dollars into my bank account or form relationships or whatever else. So, expect to see more updates here and a lot less of me there.

That said, I have a heaping helping of new works to share with you all since my last post here!

I wrapped up this logo for Riff Lizzy Crownsmiths. This crew crafts really remarkable and wearable crowns made of crystals and stones and trinkets, they are really gorgeous works of art – worn or sitting upon a mantle.

It was fun and interesting to work outside of my typical dark and angsty efforts to come up with something sort of ethereal and whimsical.

Riff Lizzy Crownsmiths: Etsy | Facebook | Instagram

I’m incredibly proud of this album cover I wrapped up for the dudes in Brazen Wretch. I handled logo duties for them a couple of months back and they hit me up to handle cover art duties for their release. The brief was loosely referencing and open to my take on the Hermit and/or Death Tarot card. The original art is centered, based on that brief, and then I went to town with treatment of the logo, art, and album title to tie it all together. This is easily one of my most favorite final products for the metal world, to date.

Be sure to check out Brazen Wretch on Facebook to find out when release is happening and everything else up until then and following.

BLÅK is a one man punk flavored post black metal project from Minnesota that I caught wind of a while back and have, admittedly, been kind of obsessed with. Something about the music just strikes all the right punk and black metal and grind/dbeat cords for me. It’s a worthy offering from a single man, no two ways about it.

I put together this logo to represent how I feel when listening to the output and what I would imagine a proper logo to be for it and am glad to have it received so graciously by the man behind the project. I anticipate more new works from BLÅK in the relatively near future.

BLÅK on Bandcamp.

This is a logo I wrapped up for the metal review and news website The Metal Wanderlust. They mentioned their previous logo felt a bit too black/pagan metal flavored and wanted something that encompassed those things while highlighting and referencing death metal and other extreme metal music styles. This is what I landed on and in with minimal revisions, they accepted as their new logo.

They put the logo together with some banner artwork by way of Ranarchy Rannible Ector and it looks spectacular all thrown together. Looks as though there’s a heavy Facebook presence in relation to their website, especially when it comes to the logo and artwork, so be sure to like and follow.

The Metal Wanderlust: Facebook | Website

This one was an interesting project to work on. I am familiar with and aware of the increased crossover of dark metal, industrial, noise, etc scenes meeting with the trap, rap, hiphop, boombap, and backpacker scene. But this was my first time working with a client who operated heavily in both realms.

Active in the local metal scene and on his own efforts as a rap/MC artist on the darker side, I was briefed with wanting something sort of crossover death metal and symmetrical that would still translate for the rap, hiphop, etc scene that resided in the darker corners. We landed on this, which might look not too terribly different from a lot of my work, yet was an exercise in new styles and techniques for me as an artist.

At any rate, this was a fun project to work on that I am actually really proud of compared to a lot of other logo work I’ve done.

And NON seems to show no signs of slowing down.

NON: Facebook

Taking a side road from my usual dark and gnarly work, I was commissioned by a long time homie to do a painting for his wife who is in remission from cancer. Her favorite flower is the Dahlia and her favorite colors is in the oranges.

I got to work on a 12″ X 12″ piece of wood for this one. This is the first time I’ve painted a piece in a couple of years, so it didn’t come without some reminders of how paint and marker work together. Ultimately, I was very proud of the overall piece and pretty into how I treated the nonexistent border. I painted the whole piece and then took some sand paper to the border and followed it up with laying the ink border on top of it.

I think the piece stands out on its own, but with the addition of the sort of hazy border it really pops.

I’ve been offering pet portrait commissions for a while now, but they are the kind of work that has to “hit me”, so to speak, before I can really address them and get into them in earnest.

This is the most recent pet portrait I’ve completed. This is Piper.

Good doggo is good.

Get in touch if you’re looking for a pet portrait.

Lastly for August 2020, I’ve been working more in digital realms for artwork. Taking assets and ideas and images and combining and editing them to come up with original pieces suitable for album covers and so forth.

I wrapped this one up recently and I’m pretty proud of it. It takes some digital and algorithmic work and doubles down on edits and hand edited color levels to deliver a true stand alone piece of art, bar none.

To date, this one has not been claimed and is still available. Get in touch if you’re looking for new album cover, merch, or advert art and think this would be a good fit!

Lastly, I took part in a for fun competition to redesign a log for an already existing entity, once again. This time it was a redesign for Tinder. The Community Of Metal Designers is a great group of talented cats and there’s a wide variety of works submitted for this fun competition. Go vote for your favorite with a react and/or comment.

The Community Of Metal Designers: Tinder Logo Redesign Competition

I have a lot more work forthcoming that I can’t wait to share and I’m excited to announce a Discord server with plenty of channels to get involved with if, you too, are tiring of Facebook or other social media platforms. Stay tuned for the next update if this is you.

As always, thank you for coming along for the ride, entrusting me with work for your project, and supporting me all the same.

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