The Hunter

This is a piece that Mindy and I created for my brother as a Christmas gift. It is based off of a piece of 1920’s illustration of a German hunter that I wanted to use for a Cougar Hunter shirt for him. Our family has had an ongoing joke about my brother’s prowess at the bars and I wanted to commemorate it in some form. Spending less time in the printshop then I used to, I felt that this would be easier than printing a line of shirts for him, but those may get printed someday.

{I know “couger” is misspelled. I didn’t feel like changing it for you}

Having recently visited the Masters of Impressionism exhibit at the De Young Museum I wanted to have the piece be fairly colorful and impressionistic yet masculine. I think we pulled it off pretty well. I painted the background and penciled in the figure, Mindy painted in the main tones. I then exaggerated the shadows and highlights and outlined it all in paint pen. Mindy put on the final touches and added some bleeding tissue paper collage to give it some texture.

Colorado vs. UTL


My family and I ventured out to Colorado a couple of weeks ago to visit my sister who was living in Vail. The skiing wasn’t great so we spent a lot of time visiting various towns in the area. In all we saw a little of Denver, Vail, Bever Creek, Avon, Eagle, Red Cliff, Leadville, Steamboat Springs and Breckenridge. It was a great opportunity to get a feel for each town as I have always considered moving to Colorado. From a graphic design stand point there isn’t a whole lot of opportunity in most of those towns. From a skiing stand point there is a whole lot of skiing to be done in that region. At an excess of 5000 acres, Vail is the largest ski resort I have ever skied. After half a day of skiing, my dad and I barely laid a track on 50% of the mountain. Denver excluded, all the towns we visited had a very small year round population and catered largely to tourists. There isn’t a demand for in-house designers or constant work flow. There was however a bevy of vintage signage and odd gas station names. I didn’t get a chance to explore Denver, but I am sure there is some designing to be done.


{It must have meant something different in the 1890s : Leadville, CO}


{Movie Theatre in Steamboat Springs, CO}


{My Brother and the Kum & Go : Leadville, CO}

P.S. If you are ever in Steamboat Springs check out a store called, URBANE. They sell some cool brands (Obey, Upper Playground and RVCA) and feature the work of some very interesting, young, local artists. The work that was hanging while we were there was detailed compositions made of layer cut vinyl created by Michael Benninghoven.