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FUTURALBUM Wrap-Up

FUTURALBUM Design Wrap Up

This week, my latest collective design project FUTURALBUM comes to a close (at least for now). I launched this album art design project in January of this year, with about 70-or-so contributors lined up, and ended with over 150 incredible album covers published from 100+ international designers!

As always, it is a ton of fun organizing a digital design project like this, and especially cool to watch the great variety of talent exercised in totally unique and creative ways. The response from both contributors and followers has been overwhelmingly positive, and I owe so much to each of the designers who volunteered their time and gifts to make it a reality.

Rather than rambling about my own observations, I asked a handful of FUTURALBUM contributors to share a few of their personal favorite designs from the project and what exactly stood out about each. Read more

A Decade Without Balls

No Balls Courage

So today is my 37th birthday.

Obviously thirty-seven is not one of those generally celebrated, monumental birthdays. I mean, it’s not launching into a new decade. There is no surprise party or black balloons. I’m not getting my drivers license or the right to buy smokes or drink beer or anything else (am I?).

No, birthday number 37 (like 8, 14, and 22) is one that just happens. Nothing really special other than the fact you’ve survived another year.

Which, actually, for someone like me is pretty sweet.

Because once you’ve been dead or nearly dead, surviving another year is something to celebrate.

And even though 37 is not really special, for me it’s actually something… well… interesting, at least.

Because on this day exactly 10 years ago, I had the last of my testicles removed.
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Kim Gordon on Making Art

Kim Gordon Quote Making Art

From Kim Gordon’s memoir, Girl in a Band:

Maybe that’s why for me the page, the gallery, and the stage became the only places my emotions could be expressed and acted out comfortably. These were the venues where I could exhibit sexuality, anger, a lack of concern for what people thought. The image a lot of people have of me as detached, impassive, or remote is a persona that comes from years of being teased for every feeling I ever expressed. When I was young, there was never any space for me to get attention of my own that wasn’t negative. Art, and the practice of making art, was the only space that was mine alone, where I could be anyone and do anything, where just by using my head and my hands I could cry, or laugh, or get pissed off.

Jesus Sweats Drops of Blood · Old & New Project

Jesus Sweats Drops of Blood

We recently published another round of Bible art & illustration for Old & New Project. This time Jim & I invited some of our favorite past contributors to create new artwork for Holy Week.

I was personally able to contribute a piece this round. This image for “Sweat Drops of Blood,” from the story of Jesus prayer of anguish in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-45; John 17). It is a familiar story found in all four Gospels (Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-45; John 17)

This is available for purchase, and as with all Old & New prints, proceeds go to an awesome charity. Buy one today for a friend and help out a good cause!

The Accidentals “Spirit Animals” Poster

the-accidentals-spirit-animal-poster

I got to do this cool poster for hometown heroes The Accidentals. After a couple rounds of back-and-forth, a “spirit animal” idea came to be.

The band has included this poster among the “perks” for their Indiegogo campaign raising funds for their first west coast tour. Get one for yourself and be a part of something special!

AND be sure to check out this fantastic young band when they come to your town this year!

The Accidentals Poster Detail

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BAFTA Best Film Posters by Malika Favre

Malika Favre BAFTA Program Cover Design

I think it’s pretty obvious why Malika Favre is one of my favorite illustrators. I was stoked to see she’d been commissioned by BAFTA to create art for each of the Best Film nominees for their program & poster designs this year. I always love the simplicity in her work, and the subtle hidden messages in these are especially cool.

Limited edition signed prints are available for purchase.
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