3 months ago Ralph Lauren commissioned me to work with their Denim & Supply store here in NYC and transform it into a world of my own- no prompt, all personal (so expect a lot of nature and a few bowler hats).
This includes a:
-30’x80’ mural that will wrap around the exterior of the building
-3 large window installations
-limited edition t-shirts (sales benefit the SVA MFA Illustration scholarship fund)
-Work hanging throughout the store.
-Creative marketing campaign that will be heavily based on social media
The total package centers around a unique world of mysterious characters and metaphoric symbolism. It’s a 360 experience: all of the imagery relates- mural, windows, shirts… and eventually the online content.
It’s much more individual artistic commission, fashion collaboration, and a bit of philanthropy (t-shirt sales benefit the SVA MFA Illustration scholarship fund), than commercial advertisement.
Stay tuned for a gazillion more updates…
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Instagram, Twitter: @seejbdraw, #ArtWallProject #DenimAndSupply
“& Sons” 10″x14″
New illustration for a Los Angeles Times book review of David Gilbert’s latest novel, “& Sons”.
“A fictional story about a fictional author who embodies the idea of the “quintessential New York writer.” His gloomy presence is at the heart of “& Sons,” whose most notable achievement is its portrait of that most respected and mysterious of artistic types: the great novelist. The character’s literary success and the way he achieved it — by isolating himself from his family and mining their lives — has shaped the fate of anyone who’s ever loved him, including his sons…”
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of joining a long, long list of artists who have lent their craft to the works of William Shakespeare. So far in the series we have hit the obvious choices, Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
These book covers are actually for a new series of study guides to help students (and really, anybody) better understand what the heck The Bard was trying to say. The plays are printed in full alongside a “modern” translation so the cool kids in high school can follow along when Romeo-o-o-o hollers at J-Boo. KIDDING. It’s not that modern.
The last image is an alternate for Romeo & Juliet (before the final layout was decided upon). Really enjoyed diving into these covers and finding my own way to interpret the timeless classics.
Cover illustration for the Texas Observer. The focus of the issue is an article about Woody, but it also happened to be their fall book review so the goal was to combine those two points into one piece of art. I think it’s fitting, scrawling Woody’s famous guitar quote “this machine kills fascists” across the cover of a book; education and knowledge are the real defenses against evil.
“Queen of The Jungle”, 24″x32″
“Queen of The Jungle”. Forget kings and servants….
It was a real honor to be asked to be a part of the Frogfolio calendar this year. Many, many thanks to Jim Burke who always makes this project one of the highlights of the illustration year. To be a part of it is humbling to say the least. If you are not aware, the one and only stipulation for this project is the art must include a frog, beyond that it’s completely open ended. Unfortunately the calendar is a promotion tool for Dellas Graphics and cannot be purchased.
“Getting Closer”, 24″x32″
Oh man, incredibly excited to be asked to contribute to NPR’s annual calendar this year. It took a few years after moving here, but for awhile now I have become a WNYC/NPR junkie. Like many New Yorkers, I turn to the radio more and more not just for news, but to learn interesting stuff and, in some ways, find comfort; it always seems to be the voice of reason when you most need it. There is something timeless and magical about listening to the radio and frankly no one does it better than WNYC.
Thoughts printed in the calendar: “NPR is a reliable companion. By nature, radio has a sense of nostalgic romance. Listening late into the night to the unique voices, thought-provoking programming and music gives us knowledge. Many times, public radio has made me think differently, or given me an idea. It nurtures free thinking and innovative dreams.”
Finally putting up some nice photos of the mural Clay Rodery and I painted at Tar Pit Coffee Shop in Greenpoint, BK. The mural is gone now (ah, temporary art…), but you should still go buy a nice cup of coffee. Thanks to my photographer Collin.