Earl’s Kitchen, an upscale restaurant chain out of Vancouver, BC Canada, asked us to paint some wall graphics in their downtown Denver location that would help direct folks to the upstairs bar and patio. I did not design the graphics, just did a bit of painting for them. We were painting on smooth tile so it took a bit of work to make sure the paint would adhere properly. The client wanted the restaurant graphics to have a distressed look so that’s what I did. Turned out pretty good, I dig it.
The folks at Breckenridge Distillery are working on opening their new retail store at the distillery in Breckenridge, CO. I painted their logo earlier this year in their new restaurant about 12ft wide. This time I was painting their logo 4ft wide but four times within the retail space. Two logos on the dark wall and two logos on the light wall.
The painting was done using a projector and some basic house paint from the folks at Ace Hardware.
By the way, if you haven’t been to Breckenridge Distillery or if you haven’t tried any of their spirits, I highly recommend it. Great flavor, high end flavor, and always goes down smooth. Awesome folks working their as well.
A student from the Rocky Mountain Lineman School approached me with a new project. Him and his fellow school mates want to paint some lineman graphics on a 40′ x 8.5′ storage container. Sounds like a fun and challenging project. Here’s what I came up with for a design. This project should be going underway as soon as we get some nice weather here in Colorado Springs. Can’t wait!
Jersey Joe headed to Brooklyn, two blocks from Converse Rubber Tracks, to bring his street art talents to the side of Grand and Union. Rooted in the middle of Williamsburg, the piece features a mix of Chucks, fall colors, and characters. I love seeing an artist really shine, good stuff Joe. Cheers.
I absolutely love art. I absolutely love design. And I absolutely love combining the two. I think it’s the perfectionist in me that likes applying a grid system to art. What I don’t love though, is sitting in front of my Macintosh for hours on end everyday. I recently noticed that I’ve been spending way too much time designing graphics in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and not enough hands on work. Catch my drift? I find myself now and again thinking “CONTROL – Z” when I goof up something in the real world. Gotta get away from this freag’n brain washing instrument and back to the real thing.
My goal is to get more into an analog state of mind. I sort of get the impression that this whole digital era completely detaches us from what it means to be human. I’m hoping that in the next few months I’ll get away from so much digital design and more involved with physical hands-on design such as letter press or screen printing. I find that when I’m able to work with my hands (verses a keyboard or mouse), I find a stronger sense of reward for accomplishing a creative design. With that said – this whole computer information age sucks you into an alternate reality, giving you the misconception that all this online nonsense is real. What a joke!