Harris Hawk Carving

I found a beautiful photograph of a Harris Hawk perched on a cactus and needed to make a carving out of his positioning.

He looked so stoic and cool sitting on this saguaro cactus.  Check out the photographers Flickr photostream here..  tons of excellent photos from Marzipan Bunny.


Here is a WIP shot of the carving..



Here is the linoleum block after carving, coloring the rest green w/ marker, and the leftovers of the yellow ink I was using.




Here is a print on this cool blue paper I found…



Designing a Bass Drum Head

I was asked to design something to put on the front of a bass drum by Patrick Benson.  (Drummer Extraordinaire.)

My only requirement was that it be a stylized image of a tree.

I started sketching and came up with round trees, pointy trees, fluffy trees, boring trees, etc…

Here is one that didn’t make the cut:

Then I happened on a picture of Gustav Klimts Tree of Life painting.. WOW.

So the curls got the better of me and I started sketching along that line.

Finally coming up with this one:

After getting the OK from Patrick, I had to decide what to do w/ this sketch.


  plus photoshop = 

The final files are sent and I’m waiting to see the finished drum head!!!

Thanks again for the opportunity Patrick!!!  This was a super fun project.

Loyola Academy A Capella Choir CD Design

This was an amazing project.   I started working with Zach through Ben Ripani Music Co.

He asked me to design his A cappella choirs’ next CD.

It is entitled Down In The Trenches.

I started with a carving I did based on a sound wave diagram.

I didn’t like the layout and size of the carving.. .

There was an old .ai file I had with a bunch of overlapping circles.  I opened it and worked to get the following.

Here are the images getting printed.