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light

Yesterday, I went to the Taft Museum of Art for the first time. I was so inspired by the beautiful works within that I sketched this real quick just outside of the museum. It started as a 10 minute pen sketch and then when I got home, I added the watercolor. I liked the way the light rested on the building, and tried to capture a bit of that. I am still trying to master the art of light and it's relationship with others. One day. One day.  

 

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a bit of sketching in Indy

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a bit of sketching in Indy

It's been a while since I've done a watercolor sketch. Too long of a while.

Yesterday, in between coffees, I decided to take a little time out for ol' sketchy. I came across this abstract drawing I did a few weeks ago while in Indy for work. While waiting for clients (in between stage rehearsals), I sketched this out mostly as a means of keeping myself awake. There can be a lot of sitting and waiting when working corporate events, so it's always good to bring something to keep your brain going when needed. I'm glad I had my trusty sketchbook that day, because I really like how this abstract piece turned out. Also, I successfully kept myself awake. :)

I had a little bit of downtime to explore Indy, too. I even got to hang out with my best friend from childhood, which was a lot of fun. Actually, every time I go to Indy, I end up having a lot of fun. What a great city.  

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stage design: pampered chef national conference

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stage design: pampered chef national conference

What a crazy, incredible year! I've been lucky enough to have had quite a few opportunities to do work for some really cool clients. And so, naturally, I'm super excited to share this new work with everyone - as it was months in the making! 

Just to give you a little background here, Pampered Chef held its annual National Conference at the Rosemont Theater just outside of Chicago, Illinois this past July. Every year, their consultants come together for this event to share their love for everything Pampered Chef. To help make this event be as super awesome as it could be, I worked closely with the Strategy, Staging and Design teams at my company to develop the initial stage concepts/looks for each general session. In additional to working with those (internal) teams, I also simultaneously worked with creatives from the Pampered Chef team to develop set looks that suited their specific needs. And the result is what you see below!

The overall theme for this year's event was Gather 'Round. Each day used similar colors (pinks, glitter(s) and gray) and materials but the graphic and scenic elements were designed differently to create a robust, unique look for each general session. This helps create a fine distinction between each session for the attendees.  

General Session 1 was largely inspired by chevron shapes. A combination of hard and soft pieces were used in harmony to create a layered effect. Bogo lighting can be seen on the stage sides and top center to further carry the look of the day. The speaker support (screen graphics) also reflect the inspiration of the day.

Geometric circle shapes and patterns are what drove the look of General Session 2. Varying sizes of Chinese lanterns covered in glitter dangle from the stage ceiling. Circular patterned hard panels line the legs of the stage with semi-transparent fabric draped behind to create textural contrast. The speaker support uses similar elements graphically to enhance the circular, geometric theme.

For the Awards Session, glitz and glam were the driving themes. The butterflies are symbolic of blooming/achievement. Lush swags of gold and silver fabrics are used in the background and foreground to create a rich, dimensional space for attendees and presenters to stand, enter and exit. Balloons, although not visible in the 3D render, are netted against the ceiling above the theater seating; these are to be used as a finale to the evening. 

General Session 4 is inspired by hexagon shapes. Floor and ceiling supported hex clusters are used to create visual interest in space and aesthetic. Each cluster is made up of colored, semi-transparent and opaque shapes. Soft fabric columns are use on stage right and a large sheer fabric is used on stage left; both work together to create an asymmetrical tone.    

*Although these weren't the final set or speaker support looks the client landed on for the actual show, they were a great start/foundation to the 2015 final event look! I'll be sure to post some photos from the show at a later time! It was there that I was the lead on-site Grpahics Operator, which is a whole other ballgame compared to the set design stuff! Fun times! 

Ciao!    

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Ebowlas

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Ebowlas

These t-shirts were designed for my bowling team (my company party had bowling tournaments at Axis Alley in Newport, Ky). We had the best team name there ever was: The Ebowlas. Our tagline was, "Bringing everyone down!" We actually won 1st place for design in the t-shirt contest, so I was pretty excited about that!

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world's best art

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world's best art

My super talented nephew, Ethan, made this for me recently! It's the Incredible Hulk standing in front of some seriously big buildings. Notice the one on the far right says, "World's Best Art." Love!

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199C

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199C

I'm participating in BLDG's 199C annual exhibition this year! 199C is an art show that celebrates the baseball, Cincinnati and Opening Day - featuring works from many talented designers and artists in the area. Here's a sneak peek of my piece. Come to the exhibition if you want to see the whole thing. :) Click here for more info.

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farewell friend

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farewell friend

One of the most talented illustrators I've had the pleasure of working with is retiring from my workplace at the end of this month. His name is Gary Kramig, and he will surely be missed by all. As a send-off gift for his retirement party, a co-worker had the brilliant idea of putting together a booklet that contains drawings and blurbs from all of us. This was is my contribution...a really awkward digital collage. I think it fits him, though. Ha!

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mugs

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mugs

Messin' around at the house with a friend. The drawings were inspired by microorganisms.

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