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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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new work

Check out some of my latest design work! These pieces were designed for a local company called Zephyr Blowout Salon. It's located in Hyde Park (Cincinnati), just 1 town over from where I live! If you don't know what a blowout salon is (like I didn't), it's where you can go to get your hair washed and styled. 

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reflection sketching

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reflection sketching

I've started to do this thing where I read a book, then I reflect...think about it for a while...about the characters, their environments, the parts that I stick in my mind the most. I then write a little blurb about the it and do a watercolor sketch, too. It's generally a reoccurring vision that I have about the story, something that I keep thinking about whenever I reflect back on the it and it's characters. I feel like when I perform this new found ritual, I am closer to the story...that somehow, by recording and writing and sketching, it becomes a part of me and my history, my world, my story. And I really like that.

For the book that I just finished a couple weeks ago, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, a folding chair is all I'm left thinking of. I can't tell you why, though, you'll have to find out for yourself!  

Looks for more of these little "reflection" sketches in the future. I doubt my appetite for reading and sketching will subside anytime soon! 

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new(er) watercolor sketches

I've been at it again. Practicing watercolor sketches in my studio (above) these past months. I bought myself a nice set of Schmincke watercolor half pans mid year and let me tell you, they are much better than the child's watercolor set I'd been using. But, duh.  

Maybe one day, I'll work up the courage to do a big painting. 

Look familiar...? 

This one is an old sketch with new color. The streets of Amsterdam. 

I did this one after reading the book Like Water for Chocolate. Tita and her (what I imagined to be an) amazing Mexican kitchen got me all inspired. 

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year in review

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year in review

Well, the Kuhlmann family has had quite an interesting year this time around! We thought we'd share it with our close family and friends by sending out a goofy holiday card that doubled as a year in review (info?)graphic - letting everyone know what we've been up to as of late. I think we got some pretty good laughs out of it. You can see more detailed photos of the card here!

Here's the Kuhlmann family, up close and personal. But not that crazy squirrel. How'd he get here?

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cards on a whim

I was rushing around a few days back for a holiday party and had to make a few Christmas cards on the whim. This was my favorite! 

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on creative downtime

I've had some downtime lately and I've really been trying to spend it smartly. After reading Assignments for Yourself on Design Observer this morning, I was inspired to try something new: A self assigned digital collage! Rules: None. Deadline: None. Client: None. 

With my spare time at work, I'd normally watch mind numbing software video tutorials. Which is of course good, for sure. Sometimes, though, a creative needs to just screw off and put something together that has no real purpose or that makes no sense. I feel like so much of what I do relies on purpose and/or functionality, but boy is it fun to create without it. 

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(new) summer work

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(new) summer work

Woah. This summer. Pure craziness. However, I did make it through alive and I've got some pretty cool stuff to show for it! 

For the last couple of months, I've worked with my Design and Creative Directors at Iacono Productions to develop a design look for speaker support for the annual Pampered Chef summer conference. Total, there were 4 different sessions I needed to develop a look for. After those designs were pulled together, they were applied to 3D set renders so that the client could get a feel for what these designs would actually look like on stage. Check out these gorgeous set renders created by a CAD designer! 

This is the session 1 design. It was used to kick off the event on day 1. Fresh and summery, eh? 

The design for this one actually changed a couple of days before the session, so it ended up being designed a little bit differently (by someone other than myself) than what you see above. It was used on day 2 in session 2. 

This is session 4 which was used on the last day of the event. 

And this is session 3, designed for the awards Gala. This look was also used on the 2nd day of the event. 

I actually got to travel to Louisville for the event to help with graphics operations, too. It was there that I was able to see my designs come to life in the real world, and it was pretty freaking cool! Check out some of these photos from the event! If I remember right, I think there were about 4,000 or so people who attended! 

This is what the backstage areas looked like. So many cords, wires, monitors, laptops, etc. It's like a command station or something. In case you were wondering what types of stuff I did while on-site, you can see me in the top left of the frame in the picture below...I'm talking or doing something with my hands. I was there watching a seasoned professional (the guy sitting next to me) cue the show in hopes that one day, I'd be able to do the same. Also, I did a lot if designy tweaks and stuff on a laptop. 

That's me up there on the top left, saying god knows what with my hand. 

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playing around

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playing around

You may have seen in a couple recent posts of mine that I've been trying my hand at (real, not digital) watercolors here lately. I even tried to illustrate my pup, Lulu. Didn't really look like her but eh, whatevs. :) 

Here are a few more I've added to the ole sketchbook...just playing around and practicing. Maybe one day when I get good enough, I'll do a really (purposefully) nice piece. The sketch above is of a drawing I did of a building downtown a couple months ago. I just recently added the color, though. I think it's an apartment building about 1.5 blocks away from my office. The one below is supposed to be the Carew tower, also downtown. The very last one is sketched after a photo I found on the internets. I love dated motel signs. So fun. 

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best feelings

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best feelings

If you've glanced at my blog before or follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram, then you probably already know that I like to draw. Buildings, people, patterns, dogs...whatever. Every once in a while, when the cosmos align just right, I get the chance to simultaneously draw and get paid. When that happens, it's really pretty much one of the best feelings in the world. It's special...like building a house with your bare hands and whole heart and then someone saying, "That's a really pretty house. Can I live there too?" That made more sense in my head, actually, but I'm not sure how else to explain it. 

So recently, one of these types of opportunities came across my path and I was, and still am, pretty psyched about it. I was asked to do a full cover illustration of Writer's Digest magazine to go along with some illustrations I had previously done for the interior feature package of the July/August issue! You can see the cover above along with some close-ups and interior shots from the feature package below. 

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