Category Archives: comedy

Project Preview: Burgess Meredith Album Art.

Just sent the final artwork for Austin band Burgess Meredith’s debut album over to the printer! Here’s a sneak peak at the cover. The album will be out in April, y’all!

Project Preview: Burgess Meredith Album

SXSW 2012 was super rad. At one point, I managed to snag a photo with Bill Murray while drunk at 24 Diner with my friend Cassandra. He was with three of the squarest looking chicks in town and apparently on the rebound. Looking back, I wish we’d stolen him from them and turned the party ship around.

My friend Cassandra, me and Bill Murray. Drunk at 24 Diner during SXSW 2012.

my friend cassandra, me and bill murray at 24 diner. sxsw 2012.

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In lieu of a birthday cake next year…

Pantone Chip Cookies by Kim Neill

how amazing are these little pantone chip cookies i stumbled across on the interwebs? dear god, what a brilliant idea for the graphic designer in your life (wink, wink). for those of you who don’t know what pantone colours are here is an ultra nerdy wikipedia article.

if anyone is interested in baking some of these and giving them to me, here is the recipe from graphic designer kim neill’s website. she is my new hero:

Pantone Cookies by Kim Neill

How to make PANTONE CHIP COOKIES….

FOR THE DOUGH:

I used Mary’s Sugar Cookie recipe from the Betty Crocker cookbook. Super tasty. Recipe here:

http://www.christmas-cookies.com/recipes/recipe196.marys-sugar-cookies.html

Roll dough out between 1/4” and 1/8“ thickness. I find thinner cookies keep their shape better.

Cut 2” x 3” rectangles out of dough (You can cut a stencil from cardboard to trace if you like).

Cook until lightly golden brown, keeping an eye on them as they cook because they cook quickly!

Note on Quantities: If you are filling a Pantone Tin, three batches of cookies will only fill up the tin halfway. They are big tins! To resolve this, I ended up lining the bottom of the tin with folded over bubble wrap just to make the tin look full and happy.

An alternative to the tin is filling a Pantone Mug with Pantone Cookies, which makes for a nice individual gift.

Both Pantone Tins and Pantone Mugs can be found on amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=pantone+mug&x=0&y=0

FOR THE ROYAL ICING:

This is a great recipe to use because it keeps color vibrant, doesn’t fade and dries nice without being too hard. Flavor with white vanilla here if you can. Regular vanilla tends to darken the icing a bit. You might want to adda bit more milk then the recipe calls for to get the perfect spreading consistency. Recipe here:

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Sugar-Cookie-Icing/Detail.aspx

DECORATING THE COOKIES:

Make a big bowl of white royal icing.

Start by spreading a strip of white icing across the all the cookie bottoms and let dry.

Now use what’s left of your white icing to make colors.

I made colors one at a time as I went. Scoop 3-4 heaping tablespoons of icing in a tiny bowl and then color with solid food coloring. This will color 3-5 cookies.

Once you are done with one color, rinse your bowl out and start again.

Doing colors this way keeps the mess down and you don’t have to worry about

what you just mixed drying out.

Don’t worry about matching a PMS color exactly.

I just eyed it and then grabbed the PMS book once cookies dried to identify the right color.

Using a food dye pen, write the matching PMS number down on the cookies.

To make Metallic Chips, use a soft brush or cotton ball to burnish icing surface with gold or silver luster dust.

new gigposters: kanye west, snoop dogg and more!

Snoop Dogg at SXSW 2011 Gigposter

Kanye West at SXSW 2011 Gigposter

a dream came true this past sxsw when i was asked by local production company the electric company to design a poster for snoop dogg. and then there was the kanye west poster. swoon! if you are interested in obtaining one, send me an email, a short run of screenprints are in the works. wink.

the poster below is for a pink floyd tribute show at seaholm power plant here in austin, also put on by the electric company. you can get early bird tickets to the show here. just below that is a promo poster for local dj corsage and her radio program trust the wizard. be sure to check her out on tuesday nights at kpwr.

Which One's Pink Gigposter

Trust the Wizard: DJ Corsage Promo Poster

a great band i took photos of recently, leatherbag, is putting together a show to benefit the recording studio who helped them put together their latest album. hot tracks recording studio is a one man operation run by Matt Smith in a small and awesome east side studio. Just recently, the landlord lost a battle between the city of Austin over the property and the whole section of artist studios, recording spaces and the like will be torn down to put up another :sigh: block of generic condos for some out of town schmucks looking to ‘get a taste of weird austin’. ironic isn’t it?

so come out to the show, if you’re able, and help support one of the many small operations that help keep the spirit of austin alive. all proceeds from the door will go to help hot tracks nail down a new location.

Save Hot Tracks Gigposter

Gigposter for Chris Crofton's Comedy Stand Up

line ’em up and knock ’em down.

oh lawd, babies, it has been awhile since i posted anything new. so sorry! i came back from west texas with mike last week and i took lots of photos with my new lomo camera so look for them soon! in the meantime, some newly finished projects:

 

Tabletop Menu for Swan Dive Bar (Austin, Tx)
tabletop menu design for the new swan dive bar on 7th and red river.

Tshirt Design for Granada Theater (Dallas, Tx)

Tshirt Design for Granada Theater (Dallas, Tx)
t-shirt designs for granada theater in dallas.

Dead Sweetheart's Ball Poster
gigposter for the upcoming annual dead sweetheart’s ball. an anti-valentine’s day show.

Houston Beer Festival Poster
gigposter for the upcoming houston beer festival.

March Soundclash New Orleans Poster
gigposter for the march edition of soundclash beat battle in new orleans.

Wiretree at Stubb's
gigposter for wiretree’s show at stubb’s this month.

Promo Ad for 'You Are The Messiah' Choose Your Own Adventure Book
ad layout for la-based comedian brock laborde’s new ‘choose your own adventure book’ parody, ‘you are the messiah’. available on amazon!

Book Jacket design for Teach for Life
book jacket design for austin community college professor irie glajar’s newest book ‘teach for life.’

Watching the Moon Tour Kickoff Poster
gigposter for watching the moon’s tour kickoff.

Terp2it’s New Tshirt Design is Here!

Terp2it Logo Shirt

there’s been quite a bit of enthusiasm surrounding the toothless hip hop kitty tshirt i designed for terp2it’s new album, ‘half man half beard’. i’m sure one of these shirts would make a great christmas present for someone special!

Finalized Terp2it Logo
terp2it cat illustration

check out terp/chris trew modeling the shirt below.

and while you’re at it, watch this old terp2it video. it’s awesome.

feast yr eyes on some new album artwork.

Album Artwork for Leatherbag

hey kids, been awhile since i’ve posted anything new – i’ve been in a whirlwind of work and it’s been crazy/awesome around here. here are three new album designs for some great artists. the piece above is for local ‘new sincerity’ band leatherbag. it’s actually a reissue of two previous albums they put out. highly recommend checking them out, y’all.

randy ‘leatherbag’ reynolds has impeccable taste when it comes to art and it was a real pleasure working together with him on this artwork, peeling away layers and arriving at this really powerful image. look for more exciting pieces and merch coming from this collaboration soon!

the piece below is for the digital release of mississippi-based, chicken ranch records band starlings, tn. psychedelic bluegrass? dark folk music? you be the judge.

Digital Album Artwork for Starlings TN

lastly, album artwork for the illustrious local comedian/rapper/air sex competition host/social butterfly terp2it (chris trew). terp debuted his new album, half man half beard, at the fun fun fun festival about a week ago, culminating in his shaving half of his beard off. for those of you interested in jumping into the world of comedy and improv, sign up for lessons through chris and his partner tami at the new movement theater.

Album Artwork for Terp2It

gigposter party: christy hays and bridge farmers.

Somebody's Darling and Christy Hays - Ghost Room

my first poster design for christy hays and her sunday best – stay tuned for a tour poster on the way! inspired by roadtrips across the south in stationwagons circa 1965. bridge farmers’ tour kick off takes place at hole in the wall alongside hip hop act betaplayer (i love that name) and a great opening act best love in town.

stay tuned for the grupo fantasma 10 year anniversary poster, tshirts for amanda cevallos (they are so hip!), album artwork for hip hop comedian terp2it (to be released during fun fun fun fest), not in the face album artwork and much much more!

Bridge Farmers Tour Kickoff with Betaplayer

don’t forget, if you are interested in some graphic design, i’m only an email away! i promise i don’t bite!