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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

New Project: FUTURALBUM

FUTURALBUM Logo

After three months of planning, working and waiting, I am so excited to finally announce my latest collaborative design project!

In a similar vein to Old & New Project, FUTURALBUM features a huge list of my favorite designers from around the world, each creating new artwork for awesome rock, rap, pop, country (broadway musical?) albums of the past.

With just a few guidelines, each artist has the freedom to create whatever he/she wants, and based on the feedback I’ve gotten so far, that process has been a great breath of fresh air for many who know all to well the anxiety that comes with pending client approval.
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Pete Seeger’s Banjo

Pete Seeger's Banjo

Download Free Print: Pete Seeger’s Banjo

Pete Seeger will always remain one of my personal heroes. It’s not his political activism that necessarily draws me to him, but rather how much he valued the things in life that really matter; how he truly believed you can change the world by getting people to sing together. I admire his commitment to working people and human rights, but it is his 70-year marriage that places him above others who I respect, into a special group of those I aspire to be.

Every time I hear him speak he manages to say something so wise it moves me instantly and stays with me permanently.

I once heard him say the happiest people he’s met are those who are hurting in some way.

At the time I was hurting pretty bad, and it was incredibly moving to hear someone else who understood how on earth I could be so completely happy.

Flaming Lips

Flaming Lips

Today my old friend @blueskyfalconer suggested “underwater unicorn with flaming lips at night time” for my reader-suggestion #CollabFriday illustration.

Why do i keep getting suggestions like this? How many times do I have to tell you people that I am not actually on drugs?

Not even legal ones!

Whatever… I liked the Flaming Lips part so I put on some Yoshimi and here you go.

Love collaborating on Fridays! Check out other collabs from past weeks.

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

lucy in the sky with diamonds

Today my #CollabFriday partner is @citrushearts (aka Bree Walk) who sent me this polaroid of her nephew who she said loves The Beatles and especially Yellow Submarine…

As soon as I saw this photo the opening riff to Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds was playing in my head…

[NOTE: For some reason the animation isn’t working unless you click the image. Click it to see dancing ladies.]

Announcing: Old & New Project

Old & New Project

For CollabFriday today I’m announcing my most recent BIG collaboration: Old & New Project

This past year I’ve been able to meet several Twitter connections face-to-face for the first time. It’s a pretty cool experience picking up with friends as if you’ve been that way for years.

I was especially lucky to meet up with Jim LePage at last summer’s WMCFest. We’d already featured one-another’s work on our respective sites, and with the overwhelming amount of shared passions it was really only a matter of time before we joined forces on something big.

What was really cool was how we’d both already dreamed up a similar idea independently from one another—to do a collaborative biblical-themed design project with skilled graphic artists from around the world. Read more

Ape Swanson Pyramid of Greatness

Ape Swanson Pyramid of Greatness

Today’s CollabFriday “What should I draw” is a combination of ideas from Adam & Chelsea. Who suggested Ron Swanson and a gorilla, respectively.

Made perfect sense as far as I’m concerned.

Ape Swanson Pyramid of Greatness Desktop/Phone/iPad Wallpaper

iPad, iPhone, 1280×1024, 1680×1050, 1920×1080, 1920×1200, 2560×1440

About CollabFriday

Each week I like to randomly collaborate with whoever is willing. Fridays will rotate reader suggestions (i.e. “What should I draw today”), spontaneous collabs via Twitter w/fellow artists/photogs/illustrators (“who wants to collaborate today), and artist interviews. Follow on Twitter and Facebook so you can participate next Friday!

Rico Suave

I was once quite romantic.

In 8th grade I even made a tape of Bryan Adams’ “Everything I Do” for Sara Spittka using one of those old school push-play-and-record-at-the-same-time cassette decks and our VHS copy of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

Little did I know our two-week affair was already over (the Bryan Adams tape was probably the final nail in that coffin), and despite my excellent hand-holding skills she now liked some other guy in our class who was better at basketball than me. So I hung my head in shame and shoveled the driveway so I could practice my three-pointers and pray that a new girl might attend our Christian school the next semester.

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Space Trilogy

This week’s CollabFriday project was one heck of a challenge!

I received a handful of random photos from Cleveland photographer Caroline Moore, and T.J Walsh (who you may remember from his Odorifous interview) sent me a shot of one of his paintings.

After a bunch of random experimenting, I ended up with what reminded me of sci-fi covers from the C.S. Lewis “space trilogy” that I read 20-or-so years ago.

Does anyone know who the illustrator was from this edition of the series?