April 8, 2011Comments are off for this post.

Spring Fling 2011

Last weekend I completed "Spring Fling 2011", a photo collage art project featuring all 27 of my son's first grade classmates. Just before Thanksgiving my brother-in-law and I photographed the children in the classroom. I explained my job as an art director for advertising, and told them that they were all "Talent" or "Models" for my project.

Slideshow presentation of creative process to the class.

This morning I went back to unveil the final product via a Big Screen Presentation complete with music. I described the "client presentation" process, and told them they were the clients. They were very good clients, since they liked everything. I gave them each "leave behinds" of an 13 x 19 archival giclee (archival poster print suitable for framing) and a personalized 5x7 image with a link to this post. It is really fun how excited the kids are when they see themselves on the screen for the first time. They were very well behaved, though, as Mr. Grass, the principal, sat in on the presentation.

This is the final installment of a 4-part series. Last year I created a fall scene named "Fall Fun 2010". Two years ago I did a summer scene called "Summer Break 2009" and three years ago a winter scene titled "Snow Day 2007". Each artwork featured a castle to represent the school name, Castle Heights.

March 15, 2011Comments are off for this post.

DW Drum Kit OSX Icons – Vol 1

The other day on a transcontinental flight to NYC, I was playing with some of the imagery I created for the Drum Workshop Kitbuilder 2.0 project that launched in January.

The result was this set of twelve high resolution 512 px Mac OS X icons that look (and sound) killer in the dock.

My friends at DW were also gracious enough to let me distribute these icons. Let me know what you think.

March 14, 2011Comments are off for this post.

2011 Lakers Pride Poster Contest Winner

I had a pleasant surprise a week ago, when the poster I designed for my kid's cub scout pack won the grand prize for the 2011 Lakers Pride Contest. This was a regional competition sponsored by Staples and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Staples sent each competing Scout pack a poster kit that consisted of 24 white squares of fabric, a bunch of colored markers, and a gift card for additional supplies. I created a modular design that allowed the various den leaders the ability to have their Scouts work on squares independently of one another to contribute to the big picture. The final results were stitched together with ribbon and submitted to the competition. Now that's team work!

At the award ceremony, Lakers player Lamar Odom met with the pack, and presented them with the $1,000 prize. The poster will be on display at the Staples Center for the remainder of the season.

Now, if only Kobe can stay healthy, we've got an excellent chance of winning the NBA Championship for another three-peat. Go Lakers and Pack 91!

I was unable to attend the ceremony due to a work conflict. Thanks to the anonymous parent who sent me the photos.

July 9, 2010Comments are off for this post.

Emotions Book

The Emotions class photo project is now available as a book published on Blurb. I've added a new "hipstamatic" film light-leak style image for each student. I've also set the lowest price available so I can assure you Kelli and I are not making any money from this. Just a labor of love.

If you haven't used Blurb, I encourage you to make your own book. Their Booksmart application practically does it for you -- with templated styles to choose from. Order it with the paper upgrade. The quality of printing is fantastic.

June 16, 2010Comments are off for this post.

Emotions Photo Project

Yesterday morning I completed an "Emotions" photography project for my daughter's 3rd grade class.

Last Thursday, I went to speak to the class about advertising. We discussed modeling and making emotional expressions with our faces. We brainstormed a lengthy list of emotions, and then stepped outside to take some pictures. Fellow class parent Kelli Martin and I photographed each child doing various emotions in a marathon session yielding hundreds of photos. Poor Kelli's arms were so tired!

I selected nine images for each student, and then cropped/retouched into an 8x10 grid for printing and framing. Four fun versions were created: color graded, distressed, gradient map illustration, and cartoon.

I returned yesterday morning and presented the imagery to the class in a fun Keynote slideshow that included their images, and a clip of video showing several of the students doing their expressions.

In addition I supplied each student with a printed poster of their classmates (shown above), and links for digital copies to share with their families.

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