The last time I gave my website a makeover was in 2014. About time for a new look, don't you think? Take a look around and explore the newness!
My creative tendencies extend outwards to cooking, as well! I love thoughtfully prepared food.
Every year for the summer solstice, I bake a "sun cake." Basically, It's just an upside down cake using seasonal stone fruit (my favorite). In the past, I've used peaches... but this year, I thought, "Hey, why not change it up a bit?" So here we arrive at an upside down cake with nectarines and blackberries. It still looks like a sun, but maybe it's more of a sun setting on the horizon, with those blackberry-stained jewel tones. What a lovely way to end the longest day of the year, with a big slice of cake and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Happy Solstice, y'all!
The Sidewalk Arts Festival is one of my favorite events of the year. It's such a good excuse to get outside and get messy with chalk. This year, I tried a different application technique with the chalk... It involves grinding the chalk into a fine powder and adding water to create a paste. The chalk went on a lot smoother and had a painterly look. The colors appeared more vibrant too. Give it a try yourself!
A few days later, I was surprised to see my square on Buzzfeed! They did a lovely write-up about the festival here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/davidmack/sidewalk-art?utm_term=.myO7OwZxKG#.pgllwo9Ojm
I had the pleasure of designing a logo for my friend Danny Teran, who just opened his latest restaurant: Millie's Cuban Cafe. Located in Brooklyn, New York, the restaurant serves as a tribute to his mother. That's her on the logo! When designing the logo, I wanted to create something with a retro vibe, similar to something you might see in Havana.
I've worked on branding projects for Danny before... Check out The Wheelhouse.
Don't ever let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life. #posivibes
My father is very handy. He can literally build anything you want. When Britt and I bought our new house, we knew we would be spending a lot of time on our front porch. It is the South, after all! We just needed some seating. Of course, Dad was happy to oblige. He built some rather sturdy benches for us. The only thing they were missing was a personal touch. The solution: I painted this folk-inspired design right onto the wood. The bright ochre color really pops on the white-washed wood. And look, Minnie approves too!
A new year. A fresh start. A time to begin again! I'm proud to announce that I kept my resolution for 2016. Last year was great. I got married, bought a house... I can only imagine what's in store for me this year!
And what better way to start 2017 than with some super fun lettering? Happy new year!
In my last post, I talked about the design work I did for my wedding. Well, guess what? It doesn't end there. There's my rehearsal dinner, too!
My wedding's color palette was very clean: white and greenery. So I wanted the rehearsal dinner to be colorful and bold! My florist really set the mood with jewel-toned candles and luscious floral arrangements. Hand-lettered agate slices served as place cards for my guests.
There were little gift bags for my guests, which were full of little Savannah-inspired treasures. I made these by using simple paper bags, which I dressed up by adding a little bit of greenery and stamping with black wax. Take a closer look at the wax seal - it's my astrological sign! Proud Libra over here.
We did it - Britt and I made it official. We're married!
Our wedding day was a blur. We spent countless hours preparing for it, and then it just flew by! I wish I could go back and relive that entire day. Fortunately, I have beautiful photos by my friend and talented photographer Mackensey Alexander to remember it by.
I've done a lot of design-y things for other people's weddings. Paper goods, mostly. It's one of my favorite things to do, actually! And for my wedding, I knew I had to go ALL OUT. After all, as an illustrator and a designer, I really wanted my wedding to be a reflection of me.
First of all, Britt and I collaborated on the invitations. Britt created a tarot-inspired illustration for our save-the-dates. I designed and hand-lettered everything else, including a logo that could be printed on different things: napkins, to-go cups, you name it.
Also, I needed some good signage! My dad built some sandwich boards, which I hand-lettered on. To make them extra special, I added a bit of gold foil.
I really did have so much working on all the details of our wedding. I would love to do it all over it again. So... if you need some design work done for YOUR wedding, you know where to find me.
The Wild Honey Pie produced this lyric video for the band Walking Shapes, which Mo Ghayour and I animated. This animation was my first venture into lyric videos, and I'm very pleased with the end result. Like a mentioned in a previous post, pairing music and art together is always a pleasure.
The Wild Honey Pie commissioned me to design this poster for an upcoming show, featuring The Eastern Sea, at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. I just started working with The Wild Honey Pie last week, so expect more pieces like this one in the future. ALSO - there isn't much I love more than the harmony of good music and good art together.
An editorial illustration I recently completed for a womens' publication. The article was titled "How Technology Might Be Ruining Your Sex Life."
A few weeks ago, Britt Spencer was invited to set up a booth at Wizard World Atlanta. He was kind enough to let me join him, so we packed up some prints and headed to Atlanta.
Above are some of the prints I was selling at our booth. I created the "Science" proof to accompany Britt's book Journey by Starlight (a beautiful graphic novel & great read), which turned out the be the most popular item we sold!
Overall, super fun weekend. I'm definitely looking forward to attending more conventions in the future. ICON or SGCI 2015 anyone?
Of all the bestiary that adorn the objets d’art of the ancient Near East, none has had so long, nor so eventful, a life as the ibex. First appearing on Samarran ware about 5500 BC, the ibex was among the earliest of the animal images to be seen on Near Eastern pottery. The ibex remained a popular symbol in Mesopotamian art possibly because of it's long, branch-like anters, resembling the Tree of Life - a symbol of fertility.
The ibex received a contemporary look for a new t-shirt collection I'm designing based on the symbols of ancient civilizations.
With a little help from printmaking expert Britt Spencer and his screen press, the ibex design was printed on multiple shirts, included mens' & women's styles. There's something particularily satisfying about wearing my own designs; I've already begun designing more to screen print.
Here's a design I did for all you moms out there, especially Barbara Snow - the most wonderful mother and my very best friend.
Moms - THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO!
I've done a couple of designs in the past for Adele Wolf, a burlesque performer and a friend. The art direction is always super flirty and fun, so I was really excited when Adele contacted me to create another logo for her expanding burlesque business.
The gallery below is a collection of doodles and fun lil' illustrations I've done so far this year.
Hope everyone is having a great 2014 so far!
This year, I wanted to do something really special about the way I wrapped my presents. I had never played with linocut prints before, but I thought this would be perfect opportunity to give it go. After several hours of block-printing craft paper, dusting salvaged pinecones with gold glitter, and a lot of meticulous wrapping, I felt like a regular Martha Stewart DIY Goddess. In the end, I had a bunch of really beautifully wrapped boxes that my family was admittedly a bit apprehensive about unwrapping. Check out the process below!
Now I just need to figure out how I can outdo myself next year...
In the past, I've had the pleasure of designing promotional art for one of my favorite bands, The Last Bison. I was so pleased when the band commissioned me once again to do the cover for their Christmas EP.
The main reason I love working with The Last Bison is that they always ask for designs that really challenge me as an illustrator. Every time I've created work for them, I always come out with a super complex illustration that I'm really proud of.
Here's a link to previous work I've done for The Last Bison.
I love doing the artist swaps at Ten Paces & Draw. It reminds me of when I used to do them with my friends on DeviantArt. I was pretty young then, maybe 13 or 14, and most of my friends were older - they all seemed successful and talented, and I was just elated that they wanted to collaborate with me. So when the girls at Ten Paces told me that this swap was going to be a combination between working illustrators and students, I jumped onboard immediately. I love a bit of role reversal. Not only that, but the theme was pretty cute, too: we were asked to pick any random hashtag to base our sketches on.
The sketch I received was from MICA student Kate Seltzer, with the chosen hashtag of #bookporn. These swaps are all about having fun, and that is exactly what I did with Kate's sketch.
To see Kate's sketch accompanied by mine, check out the entire swap over at Ten Paces & Draw.
On the topic of books and porn, I've seen a lot of shirts over here in London that say "GEEK" and "NERD." These shirts are from Topshop, one of Britain's huge fashion retailers. Are nerds sexy now? I've always thought so.