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Ani Difranco Poster

Ani DiFranco Poster

This Ani DiFranco poster is actually the very conception of what would eventually become FUTURALBUM. During my final weeks at my last job, I discovered Flickr Internet Archive Book Images, and since Ani’s show was our next upcoming event, threw together this quick design just for fun.

It was one of those instances where you see some sort of image you can’t help but make something cool with it, even if it only gets a few minutes and you know no one might ever see it. Sadly that was the case here, as this poster never saw light of day (hopefully you’ll still make it to the show).

Sometimes a piece of work without the inherited anxiety of trying to please someone else—even if thrown together quickly—can be the most effective. It is that magical thing where the purity of creating is imposed upon the creation itself.

It was such a simple design and reminded me of my early days as a designer… which got me wondering what else I could do with that Flickr archive… Naturally I went overboard and jumped into plans for FUTURALBUM the next week.

Today it is pretty cool to see all that’s transpired because I took 10 minutes just to do some fun design work.

New Exhibit: Ghosts & Figures

Troy DeShano Ghosts and Figures Art Show

I’m extremely proud of my recent art exhibit at THE BOX in Traverse City!

My painting style is extremely time-intensive. Just finding the salvage lumber to use as canvases is a lot of work in itself, then the steps involved perfecting the curves of each line, experimenting with painting techniques, and fine-tuning until each piece becomes what it should can take weeks or even months.

So since I went back to full-time employement, and my wife started her second bachelor’s degree it has taken over two years to find enough inspired free time to complete just enough paintings for this little show.

This new series Ghosts and Figures explores the human body in a sort of self-therapy to address personal neurosis I’ve developed while coming-of-age in a fundamentalist Christian culture where the body (female in particular) was implied to be inherently evil.

The process and resulting work have honestly given me a new, healthier framework for understanding the complex connections between the physical body, sexuality, psyche and spirit.

Here are some shots from the show. Big thanks to my friend Janelle for these great photos.
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Lyle Lovett Gig Poster

Lyle Lovett Gig Poster

Well no sooner do I post about my exciting new job for a creative startup company, that I’m afraid to announce it has already ended. Anytime you jump into a startup you run the risk of it never starting up at all, and sadly that’s what’s happened this time around.

At least I was able to throw together a few posters this summer. That Brandi Carlile poster with the beer goddess illustration is something I’ll always be proud of, and this concert poster for the Lyle Lovett show in Traverse City turned out pretty cool too.

New Job and New Brandi Carlile Poster

Brandi Carlile Gig Poster

I started a new job recently as the Art & Design Director for a local event production company. Many friends have asked about it, but I have not had time to share any details about the change publicly, since I began right in the midst of our busiest (read: crazy) season and had to jump in with both feet—which honestly is the best way to do anything.
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