April
04 / 13
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Cards and Sailboats

Lately, I have been working on some new art for a mini line of cards, some fun new ink experiments, a floral branding for a new logo, and a handful of other digital design projects. Take a peek at some recent work below and thanks for looking!

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March
03 / 26
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Ink Experiments

It feels good to get your hands dirty and I love messing around with different inks and pattern experiments. Here are a few doodles from the past week and also some typography I created which is used in the fun iphone app VRSLY.

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March
03 / 11
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Tropical Flavors

I love patterns and these bright watercolor palettes are getting me stoked for summer.

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March
03 / 06
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Spring

It’s spring in the northwest and the sun is shining! Lately, I have had the pleasure of working on some magazine inserts for World Vision, designing a collection of tee designs for the summer, and also taking a ski break in Whistler, Canada. Take a peek below at a handful of recent images.

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February
02 / 15
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Lately

Take a look at some recent typography and illustration work I had the chance to work on. The first piece is for a book insert on hand-drawn typography and each artist was asked to create a quote for aspiring typographers. The second photos are from BASIC Type, a book showing great type designs from around the globe. The last piece is a sneak peek at a little digital illustration for a catalog cover.

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February
02 / 09
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Tropical

It’s February in the Northwest and lately I’ve been craving some sunshine and swells. For now, I’ll have to make do with tropical patterns and colorways.

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January
01 / 29
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Young Life

It’s been a pleasure getting to work on a few projects the past few years with Young Life. This spring, NW Seattle Young Life is hosting a rad little 5k run around Greenlake called the Decade Dash. The action is sure to be live and the mission to reach students for Christ and support the community is gonna be even better!

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January
01 / 19
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Patterns and Bags

This past week, I have been experimenting with different patterns and shapes. I’m loving these textures and bag samples.

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January
01 / 08
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New Website

I’m stoked to show my new website and other online goodies. Take a peek around and look at some updated projects, photos, and info. Below are some new studio photos of a few projects I’ve finished recently. Thanks for looking!

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December
12 / 31
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New Years

This past year has given me so much and I’m grateful for the experiences, friendships, family, and opportunities that God has brought into my life. Take a peek at a few watercolor and ink illustrations from the past week. The last portrait was taken by my photo g broski, Peter Ballasiotes and the previous photo is from my studio.

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December
12 / 23
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Christmas

It’s that time of year and it’s been beautifully rainy here in the northwest. Take a peek at a few photos and illustrations from the past month.
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December
12 / 18
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Travel Europe

Take a peek at a few illustrations I created highlighting some of the top cities overseas. I’m a sucker for a good color scheme and this particular combo makes me excited for summer and swimming.

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December
12 / 12
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Paper Cuts

I had a blast yesterday experimenting with some new cut paper pieces and inks. It is always refreshing to step away from the computer for a while and get my hands dirty.

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December
12 / 08
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Iconography

Lately, I’ve been super grateful to be able to work on a handful of different projects that range from typography, to iconography, to branding, to font-making, and to a bunch of stuff in between. God has been good to me and it’s always a pleasure to get to show what I’ve been creating in the studio. Below you’ll see some icons I created for a creative studio. The themes are Brand Stories, Community, and Big Business vs. Start-ups. The typography design is a sneak peek into a card I’m currently making and the photos are from a weekend trip to snoqualmie falls. Beautiful!

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December
12 / 01
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Estadio Font Family

I’m super excited to share my first font, Estadio, which is now available online. Estadio is a hand-drawn font family in two different san Serif weights, thin and heavy. I’ve also created a handful of rad little illustrations, shapes, and inked ornaments which are available with the complete family or can be purchased separately. All english letters, special characters, and basic latin are included with each font. More purchase options may be viewed here.

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November
11 / 21
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The Hymn Collection

A months back, I had the great pleasure of designing The Hymn Collection for the rad team at Walk in Love. Their tees are a reminder to love deeply and live like Jesus. The final printing and designs look brilliant! Take a look at all of the tees here

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November
11 / 19
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Lately

Take a look at some work I’ve been up to lately. The first image a sneak peek at my first font that I’ll be releasing next week, the two cut paper designs were created for Nordstrom, and the last type design is for my friends who own the raddest vintage clothing shop in Washington. The shop is called UrbanXchange and they’re having a thank you party for the city of Tacoma and friends on Friday!

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November
11 / 17
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Tengo Suerte Gelateria

I did this branding project a while back but I stumbled on it recently as I was digging through some old work. I still love it! Tengo Suerte gelateria – branding, mobile, stationary, interactive design.

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October
10 / 30
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New Arrivals

Here are a few explorations created for Nordstrom that I had the chance to work on. You’ll notice the incorporation of watercolor never seems to be far off from my work. The last 2 pieces are from an internal guidebook for incoming designers.
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October
10 / 17
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Oregon

Take a look at a few photos from a trip to Oregon and also an unused design from a tee collection I had the pleasure of working on.

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October
10 / 03
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Sneak Peek

Here are a couple scans of some typography I’ve been experimenting with lately.

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September
09 / 18
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Lately

Take a look below at a bunch of random photos and art from the past month. The first piece is an unused design from a tee collection I’m currently working on – super fun! You’ll also notice some typography sketches and a handful of snaps from the summer. Thanks for looking!

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August
08 / 25
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Summer Report

Here’s a little collection of photos from the past couple weekends. There are a few photos from a trip to the Yakima River and some more snaps from La Push. Washington State is so beautiful and I’m always amazed at the different types of scenery we have at our fingertips.

August
08 / 18
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La Push

A couple weekends ago, I traveled to La Push for a little camping, surfing, and hiking through the sand. It was an awesome time with friends and a fun excursion away from the city. Take a peek at a couple photos I snapped of our travels.

August
08 / 11
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Macklemore x JKOE

A few days ago, I got the opportunity to work with the award-winning director and my friend Jason Koenig on the new Macklemore video that just dropped today. I’ve attached the poster I designed and you’ll see some little features in the video credits I helped create. The video is beautiful and the entire team did an amazing job!

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July
07 / 27
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Compendium Cards

I had a great time designing these mini cards for Compendium a little while back. I particularly like the uplifting messages and printed items this company creates. Take a peek at a few of the cards I created below.

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July
07 / 25
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Shillingford

Here are a couple pieces I made for the cool dudes over at Shillingford in Seattle for an upcoming clothing collection.
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July
07 / 22
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Nordstrom

I have an awesome time working and collaborating with my creative team at Nordstrom. Everyone is super talented and brings something unique to the table. Here are a few emails I had the chance to work on these past several months. Credits: All Images property of Nordstrom. Copyrighters – Eric Swecker, Claudia A., Cedar Burnett, Lacey Clemmons, Laura Winger

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July
07 / 21
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July in Seattle

I’ve had a nice time these past weeks enjoying the sun and staying busy. Take a peek at some photos around the city (photos 1, 2 & 4) and also a visit to my friends’ new studio (photo 3). What a beautiful space! I’ve been meaning to upload a handful of new projects to this site – check back for those soon!

June
06 / 27
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Lately

I’ve been so grateful these past couple weeks to enjoy some nice summer days, a little vacation, fun work projects, and to celebrate a year of marriage with my beautiful bride. I am constantly reminded how much God loves me and how fortunate I am. I came across this Psalm today and had to write it down because I loved it so much. “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10

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June
06 / 27
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Weddings

I had the pleasure of working with a good friend on his wedding invites and creating some hand-drawn typography to be printed. A few of my favorite versions are below…
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June
06 / 25
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Florals

I’ve been experimenting with some different types of watercolor patterns lately and put together a few different summer colorways. Take a peek at a few samples below…
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June
06 / 18
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Mexico

This past week, my wife and I got the chance to get a little rest and relaxation in Mexico. It was a nice break from the northwest and the weather was awesome. Take a peek at a couple photos from the excursion.

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06 / 06
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University of Washington

My wife and I tag teamed this fun little project and I’m super excited how it turned out. The Math Academy is a summer camp held at the University of Washington and brings in underrepresented high schoolers from all over the state. It’s always nice getting to work with your friends or family on a project and so this t-shirt design was a special treat. Take a peek at a few of the different versions below.

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June
06 / 06
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Young Life

I grew up going to Young Life camps and have always supported their awesome mission of telling kids and adults about Jesus. It was a pleasure to get a chance to illustrate some posters for their outreach. Take a peek at a few poster designs below.
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May
05 / 14
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Summer Vibes

I’ve been doing loads of experimenting lately with different watercolors, inks, and pattern styles. The sun has been out the past few days in the northwest and you might be able to notice a summer theme in the scans below. Take a peek at a few patterns and some thank you cards I created this past week. Thanks for looking!
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April
04 / 25
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WATERCOLORS

A few weeks back I picked up one of these little watercolor packs (windsor and newton) and have been obsessed! I love the variety of colors you can get so quickly and the brightness of the palette. Take a peek at a couple pieces below.

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March
03 / 28
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Psalms

Here are a few random little pieces that I’ve done throughout the past couple months. I did this first piece a few months ago and based it off of Psalm 63. “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1
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March
03 / 17
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SPRING STILLFRAMES

The northwest has finally seen a few days of sunshine and the first glimpses of spring. I’ve been super thankful for some rad opportunities this winter with work and also amazed at the ways in which God constantly shows up in my life. You’ll notice a handful of random photos below – I’ll try and give a little info on each of them. 1 Some watercolor studies on garments and products. 2 Experimenting with the microKORG and some midi cables. 3 My brother has a deep love for headphones and this is my wife with his latest pair. They’re huge! 4 A day at Alpental with a bunch of bash brothers. 5 Peter Ballasiotes the photo stallion at rattlesnake ridge.

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March
03 / 05
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Lately

This past month, I did a little talk on hand-drawn typography at REFRESH in Seattle. I was grateful for the opportunity and for the talented designers and developers I got to meet. It was also a great experience for me to talk about one of my passions and to get out into the community. Take a peek at a couple other experiments that I’ve been working on and also a commercial featuring my typography work on the Aquafina Flavorsplash bottles.
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February
02 / 21
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Sketchbook Studies

I’ve been grateful lately to be able to dive into my sketchbook a little bit and explore some drawing and calligraphy work. It’s always hard for me to move out of my comfort zone and work at something that doesn’t come quite as easy but I’ve been pushing my self to try some new ideas. Here are some sketches I’ve compiled for you to tak a look at…
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February
02 / 11
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Archive Throwback

I love digging through old images and archives. If you haven’t already, go take a peek at the archives section of this site. I just added a ton of old watercolors, type treatments, and other tidbits.
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February
02 / 07
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A day in the life

I always love looking into the lives of other designers and artists and seeing their daily routine. I thought I’d share an average day in my life and a few photos for you guys to take a peek at…

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8:15 AM This morning I woke up and drove my wife to work. The mornings lately have been chilly and rainy.

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8:30 AM I love breakfast. On this particular morning, I made a little egg concoction with some arugula, garlic, salt, and pepper.

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9:00 AM It’s important for me to start my days off with reading or a quiet time in prayer. You’ll notice some tasty coffee as well. My little stovetop espresso machine works magic and is super convenient for a quick cup.

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9:15 AM This is a photo of my messy office space. I usually start by checking emails and getting some busy work out of the way before I begin cranking on whatever projects I have going at the time.

12:15 PM I love taking my lunch breaks over at my local indoor soccer center for some pickup games. This place also has a bunch of TVs which is nice when the champions league games are on in the afternoons.

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2:00 PM After a quick bite for lunch, I’m back to work creating lists, getting my hands dirty, updating projects online, and trying to stay productive.

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2:45 PM Inspiration, brushes, pencils, and more lists.

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4:30 PM Here’s a little sneak peek into something I’ve been working for a printed card. You can see a bit of my process with the initial ink work and then adding color and additional type pieces.

January
01 / 31
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Lately

Here’s a few photos of what I’ve been up to lately. You’ll see a few photos from a trip to Joshua Tree, a work in progress piece, a bible verse to be used for a postcard, and a photo my wife took of me at deception pass in Washington state.
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January
01 / 31
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Julias Floral

I had the great pleasure of working with Julia’s Floral this past year on a branding for her flower boutique and wedding business. These are a few of the unselected concepts for her brandmark.
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January
01 / 17
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SHILLINGFORD

I had the pleasure of working with the boys over at Shillingford to create some designs for tees, logos, and other accessories. Take a peek at a few of the designs below. For more on their clothing, check out their online shop here.

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January
01 / 03
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Expressions of Joy

Lately, I’ve been obsessing over different color combos, patterns, and abstract stuff. Take a peek at a few pieces from the past month. The top images are ink scans from a little while back and the bottom photos are from a rad trip to the dominican republic this past summer. I’ve been grateful to have a chance to enjoy the holiday break – I feel fully charged and ready to get back into the swing of things! “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
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January
01 / 02
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Nordstrom Emails

I have the great pleasure of working with a super talented group of designers and copyrighters at Nordstrom and I thought I’d share a few screenshots from some emails I recently helped create. Credits: All Images property of Nordstrom, CD Tony Balquin, Copyrighters Eric Swecker, Claudia A., Cedar Burnett, Lacey Clemmons, Laura Winger
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December
12 / 22
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Christmas

This weekend, I had the chance to have a few miscellaneous cards printed for Christmas to give away. Take a look at the card (first design shown) and another a recent piece in matching holiday cheer.
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December
12 / 19
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Lately

Whew, this past year has flown by! It’s amazing to look back at old emails from 2013 and see how God has had a constant hand in my life through everything. I am so grateful for the new friendships I’ve made, the opportunities I’ve had, and my supportive family who are always so encouraging. As we approach the new year, I thought I’d share this rad little quote from Emma Bombeck who reminds us to use our gifts to their full potential, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say ‘I used everything you gave me.” How rad is that? Anyways, here’s a few photos from the past month in the Northwest with a few photos from Orcas Island, Nordstrom HQ, and the Anacortes ferry.
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November
11 / 20
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dibujos pequenos

Right around the beginning of winter, I really appreciate and love the use of bright colors. It’s a beautiful contrast to the gray palette of winter in the northwest. I love doing these little patterns on cut pieces of paper and combining them all together. Take a peek at a few small pieces below.
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November
11 / 15
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Aquafina Flavorsplash

It’s been a total pleasure getting to do some hand-drawn typography work with the team at Pepsi for these new Aquafina Flavorsplash bottles and water goodies. I’ve been waiting to get to show this project for the past few months and it’s rad to see the final result. The playful branding and healthy approach behind the drinks are a refreshing take on the current soda pop market. Take a peek at a couple screenshots below…

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November
11 / 08
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Plain White T’s

A couple months ago, I had the chance to do some title design work with director Jason Koenig for the latest Plain White T’s video. I was stoked for the opportunity, as it is always a pleasure working with the very talented Koenig crew! Take a peek at the video and a couple screenshots below.

October
10 / 25
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Psalms

Last week, I posted a verse in Psalms that had been on my mind lately. It’s a beautiful reminder of the strength and encouragement we can find in Jesus. Take a look below!

October
10 / 16
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GOD IS LOVE

I was super excited for the opportunity to make another t-shirt with the company Walk in Love. Their shirts are a reminder to imitate God by loving others every chance we get. So rad! The design displays the words of love in different languages. In my own life, I have seen God’s goodness and faithfulness this past week and it is a constant reminder that He is loving, generous, mighty, and my Savior. Often times, I struggle to rest in His plan and His love for me by desiring control of my life, leaving me worried and stressed. This verse has been my foundation these past couple of days and is beautiful – “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; My hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.” Psalms 62:5. The photos below are from the very talented Walk in Love team and the model is Brooke Mousetis! You can also find the free iphone wallpaper on their site here.
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October
10 / 11
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Dan Koch

Dan Koch is a music producer, composer, and an all-around rad guy. His work is phenomenal. I have spent a good hour or two listening to his assortment of composed tracks in his music library – such beautiful stuff. Anyways, a few weeks ago I had the chance to meet him and work on his new branding. Take a peek at a few looks for his brandmark.

October
10 / 09
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Nike

Last year, I had the opportunity to do some hand-lettering for the Nike Fall 2013 Womens look book. It was a fun project to work on and I’m finally getting around to showing some samples. Credits Art Direction: Afton Hakes, Emily Duell Photography: Brendan Coughlin

September
09 / 27
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Experiments

I’ve been experimenting with different types of inks and methods lately and it’s been fun trying to get my hands dirty at least a few times a week. Take a look at some stuff I’ve been messing around with and some film scans from a trip to the Dominican Republic I snapped a few months ago.

September
09 / 19
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NORDSTROM EMAILS

This past summer has flown by and although it was hardly long enough, I’m thankful for all the fun stuff that went down. So, in lieu of summer coming to a close, I thought I’d share some Nordstrom emails I had the chance to work on these past months. Take a peek below. Side note: our team is stacked full of talent and if you want to view some beautiful work on a semi-weekly basis, make sure to sign-up for these little digital emails.

Credits: CD Tony Balquin, Copy Eric Swecker and Lacey Clemmons, Design Chris Ballasiotes, all images copyright of Nordstrom

September
09 / 11
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LAKE CHELAN

This past weekend I had the chance to visit Lake Chelan. The weather was gorgeous and the water was cold. Take a peek at a few snaps from the trip.

August
08 / 30
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BLUE SERIES

Lately, I’ve been creating a few patterned pieces that contain leaves, shapes, fruits and other fun objects. This is the first of hopefully many more editions to come – the BLUE SERIES.

August
08 / 30
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Project Process

For the longest time, I had no type of project organization or work process. As you might imagine, this can get hectic in the studio and on the brain. Over dinner one night with my wife, she suggested creating a simple project process template to be used on each new client. Brilliant! I’m sure there’s a million of these floating around the web already, but to have one made for my own specific needs was such a life saver and a blessing! If you want to download the Illustrator file for the template and adjust it to your own needs, feel free! You can download it here: Project Process

August
08 / 30
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The Northwest

Take a peek at a few photos from a roll of film I recently scanned in. The first couple of photos are from a beautiful view of Deception Pass and the last few photos are from a ferry ride in Seattle and a wedding in Gig Harbor.

August
08 / 10
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SUMMER WALLPAPERS

It’s been super fun to see people show interest and use the iphone wallpapers I gave away a few months ago. I created another round of summer wallpapers that can be downloaded in the shop section here. This pack of images includes various typography verses, patterns, and colorful type treatments. Enjoy and share with you friends!

August
08 / 09
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MOBILE SNAPS

Take a peek at what I’ve been up to lately and how I’ve been enjoying this hot summer in the northwest. The photos are from a trip down to pacific city Oregon and there is also a shot of some accessories I recently had made for this rad dude.

July
07 / 19
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Film and Encouragement

I just got a couple rolls of provia 35mm film back from the labs and I’m stoking! It’s always fun to see photos you shot from a long time ago. There are a few photos from Vancouver, downtown Seattle, and the Dominican Republic. The first art piece is something I’ve been thinking about lately: God’s love and forgiveness is enough for me.

July
07 / 12
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Lately

I’m so grateful to be able to get to make art on a daily basis and am excited that a hobby of mine has turned into a career. Take a peek at a few photos of what I’ve been up to the past couple weeks. You’ll notice some pictures from the Dominican Republic on a honeymoon and some photos from my new home in Seattle.

June
06 / 12
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Casetagram

This past month, I had the chance to meet Jennie at Casetagram and design a rad little case for the iPhone. The design is called “Fruits of the Spirit” – take a peek below! My case will be available for purchase at some point in the future here

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June
06 / 07
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Lately

These past couple months have flown by and I’m super stoked to get to share some projects I’ve been working on lately. Take a peek at a couple postcards I designed for Young Life International. They have an awesome goal of reaching kids for Christ globally and sending people out into the world to spread the Word. Rad right? I’ve also had the pleasure of working with some great guys at OVER creating type treatments to place on your iphone photos. The “thankful” piece below is one that will be featured in the app. Thanks for looking!




May
05 / 09
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Radical Kids

I had the pleasure of working with one of my best friends on this fun little branding project. He came to me with the idea of starting a non-profit, afterschool program for kids. The focus would be on engaging activities, solid moral values, and giving the kids a foundation of love and nurturing that they might not receive elsewhere. The program hasn’t begun yet, but when it does, it’s gonna be radical.

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May
05 / 09
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Learning

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to come along side your neighbor and to love them. Take a look at this piece I did with some new, big brushes I bought and keep an eye out for a new pack of iphone wallpapers in the near future!

May
05 / 03
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Sunshine

The northwest has been getting drenched with sunshine lately and last week I took a little time to work outside. I came up with this summery piece with a few constant reminders and inspiration.

April
04 / 22
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Studio Jkoe

Jason Koenig is a very talented photographer, director, and all-around passionate dude who just recently put out one of the raddest music videos ever, Macklemore’s “Can’t Hold Us“. Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jason and his wife Jenny on their new brand identity. Take a peek at their logo below, as well as a few hand-drawn, preliminary concepts.

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April
04 / 22
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Nordstrom Emails

Towards the end of last year, I joined an awesome team stacked with tons of talented designers and writers at Nordstrom. We do emails. Take a peek at a few treatments I worked on this year and if you aren’t already, get on the Nordstrom email list for a bunch of discount goodies. Credits: COPY – Claudia Anastasio, Eric Swecker, Adam Hay CD – Tony Balquin PHOTOS – Nordstrom

April
04 / 05
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Friday Fun

Life has been good lately and I’ve been able to work on and to contribute to some super cool projects. Take a look at a sneak peek for a insert from Jesse Morrow’s new book to accompany his album release. I got a preview of his new cuts and they’re filthy! There are also a few photos from Seattle this past month when the sun was shining. Also, some unused samples of a fun logo I’m working on with Julia’s Floral.

March
03 / 22
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Lately

It’s always a pleasure to get to share what I’ve been up to lately – take a peek at some design work I’ve been concocting (you’ll notice I’ve been stoking on florals), a super rad verse that was on my heart a while ago (Proverbs 3), and one of the outtakes for the new album cover of some very talented dudes called The Brilliancy.


March
03 / 08
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Florals and type practice

It’s almost spring now and these first 2 months of the year have flown by! I’ve been grateful to be able to stay busy and have time for some design and art experiments. Take a peek at a commissioned typography piece that I recently completed and a two-tone floral pattern.

March
03 / 08
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Flashbacks

I was flippin through some old stacks and came across some fun watercolors from a while back. I’m loving the patterns and free-flowing lines.

February
02 / 19
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Lately

Lately, I’ve been working on some fun brand identities, tee designs, and some other experiments. I’m super excited to share them with you all, but for now take a look at a few photos from deception pass and downtown Seattle. Thanks for looking!

January
01 / 31
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HOME

Some patterns based around the theme of Home. Everyone has different trinkets and tools in their homes and, often times, you can tell a lot about a person by what they store in their place… “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” John 14

January
01 / 30
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concepts and unused logos

Take a peek at a few samples I’ve been working on the past week or so – these logos weren’t used for the final branding but I still like them nonetheless!

January
01 / 25
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WINTER

It’s been awfully cold around here lately but the days are slowly getting longer and brighter. Take a look at some stuff I’ve been up to lately. You’ll notice a sneak peek at a super fun project I had the opportunity to do with Nike Womens, some photos in the snow at Suncadia for a wedding, and other random snaps.

January
01 / 16
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January in Seattle

Take a peek at a couple goodies from this past month – you’ll notice an outtake from our “Save the Date” print. Stoked! The photos were taken by the talented pballasiotes.com

January
01 / 03
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Two thousand thirteen

2012 has been great. Looking back, I’m amazed at the ways I have seen the Lord work in my life and in the lives of others around me. This blog of art and photos is a constant reminder to me of all the things I’m thankful for and is an awesome way I can share the stuff I’ve been working on and learning. Take a peek at a few photos from the past month – you’ll see some photos from discovery park in Seattle, a few old sketchbook finds, my walk home from work and the space needle. Thanks for looking and thanks for the encouragement!

December
12 / 14
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Little Book of Lettering

Last year I got an email from Emily Gregory saying that she was compiling artists and designers for a hand-drawn typography book. I jumped at the opportunity and am super excited with the book’s final result! The hardback book features tons of solid artists and was published by Chronicle Books – you can find it on amazon for 17 bones. Little Book of Lettering

December
12 / 12
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Whatever is Lovely…

Take a peek at a few snippets from some projects I’ve been working on lately. You’ll notice a tee design sample for Shillingford Co, a cut paper piece, and a little verse of inspiration. “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, think about these things.”

December
12 / 03
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Lately

I’ve been very thankful lately with great friends, family, opportunities, and seeing God work in my life. Take a peek at few things I’ve been up to these past weeks: some packaging experiments and a thanksgiving trip to beautiful Fox Island.

November
11 / 14
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General Paper Co

This past month I had the opportunity to work on some branding and art direction for a rad online art shop called General Paper Co. They’re based out of New Zealand and from the sound of things, will have some awesome prints and goodies available online soon. Take a peek at a few concepts and hand-drawn logos.

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October
10 / 31
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A FEW GOODIES

This past week has been full of fun things including: having an arts/crafts day with this guy and this girl, taking on a couple fun projects, and having some fun halloween festivities. I’ve included a few recent photos and scans.


October
10 / 19
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walk in love

A little while back, I got an email from T.J. Mousetis asking if I was interested in doing a tee for his clothing company walk in love. I was stoked on the opportunity and even more excited to find out the message behind the brand. Their clothes are a “reminder to imitate God by loving others every chance we get – no strings attached.” How rad is that? It was a pleasure working with these guys and they’ve just released my design online: here

October
10 / 17
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Canon TX

I love getting photos back from the lab. Just recently, I picked up a roll of developed Provia that I had shot a couple months ago. You’ll see a few photos from discovery park in Seattle, the sculpture park downtown, and my brother.






October
10 / 15
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NEW PRINTS

There are a couple new prints available in the shop section to keep your house interior looking colorful. Check back in a bit for a few more prints and a couple rad bible verses.

October
10 / 05
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Hairs on your Head

Lately, I’ve been working on getting some prints made, some tees designed, and trying to experiment with some different illustration styles. I love this pattern below because it reminds me how God makes each and every one of us unique, but we are all his loving creation. He knows us inside and out. “And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Matthew 10:30. The other pieces are random bits from the past few months and the last photo is a 35mm film shot from the Seattle Public Library downtown…awesome stuff in there.



October
10 / 03
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September
09 / 18
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Lately

These past couple weeks in Seattle have brought more sunshine and several rad, last days of summer. I’ve been grateful to be able to work on a handful of fun projects – take a peek at what I’ve been up to the last week. You’ll see some sketches for a tee I’m working on with Shillingford, a woodfire pizza oven! (photo: Angela), a Nordstrom wedding campaign, and a few other goodies.

August
08 / 29
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Nordstrom Campaign

I’ve been super grateful for the opportunity to work on this campaign for the Nordstrom Shoe Clearance sale this past month. I created the illustration and typgraphy for the piece with Art Direction from Toby Milner and Moon Chang. Take a peek at a few screenshots below and some versions that didn’t make the cut but are pretty rad too. Edit: Recently, this campaign was featured in the book BASIC, which highlights nice typography from around the globe.

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August
08 / 27
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skateboards and apps

I was super excited to contribute to this rad skate app – ONE UP. More details to follow but from the looks of things, this is gonna be a filthy project!

August
08 / 27
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underwater captures

Soooo these past couple weeks of summer have been awesome and I’m so grateful for the sun. Check out some photos I took with my latest gadget gift – an underwater housing! I’ve always wanted to experiment with one…and then my girlfriend got one for me. STOKE! Take a peek at some photos from the first day of getting wet…

August
08 / 17
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Monsoon Bicycles

I was super excited for the opportunity to come up with a few logos for the new Bamboo bike company, Monsoon. Take a look at a few of the explorations and check out their site: www.monsooncycles.com

August
08 / 14
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Summer days

Take a peek at some photos from the past weeks – sea fair action and Tacoma boat fun!
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August
08 / 14
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NORDSTROM

I’ve been very blessed these past couple months to work with some awesome designers at Nordstrom in Seattle. Take a peek at a few projects I had the chance to work on. One other note: there’s a new campaign coming out in a few weeks that I’m super excited to share, using some of my hand-drawn typography! Stoke!

August
08 / 03
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The West Coast

I’m so thankful to be able to enjoy these sunny summer days on the west coast. Take a peek at a few photos from the past week. The first photo is a commissioned piece I recently completed on some huge cold-pressed watercolor paper. The other photos are snaps around Seattle, Long Beach, and my office.

July
07 / 27
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Lately

Summer has been a blast and it’s already feeling like it’s going by so fast! I’ve been blessed with some great stuff to work on and God has been teaching me how to rely on him more everyday. Take a peek at a few photos from the past week…

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July
07 / 11
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Summer Patterns

Here in the Northwest we’ve been totally blessed with some awesome days of summer this past month – I thought I’d share a couple summer patterns that I’ve been working on. Lately, I’ve been trying to get some new prints available for the shop. I’m planning on releasing some bible verse prints for free in the next couple weeks or so – keep your eyes peeled! Thanks for browsing!

July
07 / 11
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Handcrafted Originals

I just ordered this stylie little stamp from a print shop in Seattle for some of my original editions and custom work. I’m stoked to try it out when it comes!

June
06 / 22
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06 / 13
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Patterns and Tissue Snips

I’ve been experimenting with some things lately and thought I would share some pieces. The first work is a pattern experiment with different hand-inked typefaces and the photos are an experiment with cut paper. Side note: the photos were shot on 120 film with an Holga.


June
06 / 12
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Young Life

Take a peek at a couple postcards I designed for Young Life International. They have an awesome goal of reaching kids for Christ globally and sending people out into the world to spread the Word. Rad right? I’ve had the pleasure of working with these guys over the past few years and also volunteering for their camps.

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June
06 / 07
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Landscapes and Artscapes

Take a peek at a couple snaps from this past week. I’ve been blessed with tons of amazing friends and opportunities – it’s always a pleasure getting to share photos and work with all of you!




May
05 / 26
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School in the sun

I snapped this shot waiting outside of the University of Washington. The Seattle campus is super rad in the spring.20120526-170043.jpg

May
05 / 25
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Scans and B/W film

I got a black and white roll back from the lab and it turned out pretty filth! I’ll post some more scans in a bit, but for now enjoy a little teaser and some other ink scans from earlier this week.

May
05 / 21
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Learning to Drive Manual

I feel like I have learned a lot the past couple weeks and I’m continually amazed at the ways the Lord teaches me. Take a peek at a few photos from the past couple weeks. The first two photos are of my girlfriend learning to drive stick, the second is from a weekend bachelor party to Lake Chelan, the third is my new/retro shred stick!




May
05 / 16
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Ink Stains and Photographs

What a great week it has been in Seattle! When the sun is shining, nothing beats the northwest. Take a peek at a few newer works from the lab. The photograph was shot in Tacoma with a plastic Holga and printed on some rad photo paper.



May
05 / 02
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Psalm 25

Take a peek at this new piece using some primary colors. The full verse goes a little something like this: “Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” It’s awesome to know we have a Teacher who loves us unconditionally.

May
05 / 02
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Digi Snaps

A few photos from the past week or so. You’ll notice a little book I picked up from my grandmas house that studies classic block typography, a photo from the JUSTICE concert at the Paramount theater, and a photo of me testing out some rollerskates hahah. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to take photos and share them!

April
04 / 27
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Love Triangles

I’ve been working with some inks, watercolors, and typography as of late. Check out this piece using a few more colors than I’m used to. Enjoy the weekend friends!

April
04 / 25
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Eyes on the Prize

Take a peek at a new piece and an older photograph from california. You can see some of my pencil process photos in the previous post below. Tonight I’m heading to the Breakbot and Justice show – stoking!

April
04 / 24
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Lately

As of late, I’ve been out enjoying the northwest sun and snapping photographs. I’m planning to launch a little webshop this week that will have some freebies and some pieces for sale as well. I’m thankful for all the great things happening this past week.


April
04 / 13
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Brighter than Before

The sun has been shining this past week in Seattle and as you can see, I’ve been on a theme of being a light in the darkness. Take a peek at a few pieces that might be an encouragement to the end of your week. Also, I plan on getting a little shop up on the site with some freebies and desktop wallpapers. Get stoked!

April
04 / 06
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Joyful Hearts

Take a peek at a few pieces that I’ve been working on lately. This coming weekend is Easter and I feel like God reveals something new to me about Christ’s death on the cross every year. I’m so thankful to be able to do what I do everyday. This past week I’ve been scanning in a bunch of new stuff so expect some more updates in a bit!



March
03 / 28
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Photos with Peter

A couple of weekends ago, I went out snapping photos with my brother Peter and he took this nice shot of me. I’m stoked to have my family live so close and be able to hang out with them!

March
03 / 23
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Around Seattle

A couple of photos from this last week. The sun has finally poked its head out of hibernation and everyone in Seattle has come out to play! I’ve been blessed with some awesome opportunities and each day is full of rad surprises. I’m thankful!

March
03 / 19
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Quality Peoples X Siotes

I was stoked to have the chance to work with the clothing company Quality Peoples on their new summer collection. Take a peek at one of the tees I worked on and browse their entire collection: here Update: this tee is now available to purchase at needsupply.com

March
03 / 09
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SPRING PATTERNS

This past month I have learned so much and I feel like God is teaching me something new everyday. I have been blessed with awesome opportunities and I am so thankful to get to share it with everyone. I picked up a little mini watercolor tablet the other week and I’ve been obsessed with tiny little ink patterns! Take a peek at some photos from the week. Thanks for looking!


March
03 / 02
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Let’s go to the fair

Here are a couple more snaps from the roll of film I got back last week. I can’t get enough of that 800 iso grain and washed-out vibe. I’m lovin it!


February
02 / 29
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PERFECT LOVE

Read this verse a little while back and thought I would do a post about it – 1 Corinthians

February
02 / 25
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A COLLAB

I did a little collaboration with my girlfriend – she snapped the photo on some old 800 film and I did the type treatment. I think it turned out pretty rad!

February
02 / 22
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Film from the Lab

I had a leftover roll of 800 film that has been sitting in my camera for the past couple months and I finally got around to finishing up the roll and developing it. The snaps turned out pretty rad! A few photos from the summer and from a recent day-trip.



February
02 / 20
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Ocean Currents

Compiled this little piece after a fun trip out west – Genesis 1:9

February
02 / 20
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Cruisin the Coast

I took a rad little day trip to the coast this weekend and my girlfriend snapped these shots of me chasing seagulls and messing around. Does she have a good eye or whaaat!?

February
02 / 18
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Skate Break

I’m super grateful to have the opportunity to do what I do everyday. The Lord has been faithful and I’m so excited for what the future holds. I snapped these pics on a little skate break…
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February
02 / 12
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02 / 10
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Notes and Lists



I love all the apps and gadgets to help keep track of lists and to-do’s, but nothing beats a good old fashioned, hand-written note…

February
02 / 08
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Centennial Park Cruisers


My brother Peter and another friend and I went down to Centennial park this past week for some cruisers in the sunshine. Feels good to get out and about!

February
02 / 06
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Postcards and things

Need a postcard for your grandmas birthday? Petiteposte has got the Ballasiotes card hookup! This rad Swiss company asked to feature some of my art for printed and digital postcards. Take a peek here www.petiteposte.com

January
01 / 30
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Pinterest Friends


My sister sent me a link to some of my work being pinned on Pinterest! Wow! It’s been a blessing sharing my work with everyone. Take a peek and view more

January
01 / 19
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Snow in Seattle




I’ve been stoked with the snow we’ve been having the past couple of days in Seattle. Everything goes a little bit slower when you can’t drive anywhere and have to stay cozy in your house. I snapped a couple photos while we were cruising…

January
01 / 16
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Light in the Dark


Matthew 10:27 – What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs…

January
01 / 09
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Holiday Greeting Cards


I just finished some greeting cards for a rad printing company out of Switzerland called petite poste. I have a new reason to visit Zurich now, other than the delicious chocolate!

January
01 / 06
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A NEW YEAR




I had a blast on new years eve and spent the day in gig harbor exploring my old stomping grounds!

December
12 / 28
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This Christmas Season






It’s been a total blessing getting spend quality time with family and friends and eating great food this Christmas season. The past month of December has been chilly in Seattle and the mountains are finally getting a little coverage! God is continually revealing himself to me in new ways and I am grateful for the talents and gifts he’s given me. 2012 is gonna be FILTHY!!

December
12 / 15
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Rad Bible Verses





Lately, I’ve been reading the Bible and highlighting verses that are meaningful to me. Here are few verses that I’ve been stoked on recently and have bookmarked. Take a peek!

December
12 / 04
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Lately





I’ve been very grateful this past month to be busy with new projects and snapping a bunch of photos! A little while back, I compiled some hand-drawn typography for a book to be out next year – the first image is one which will be featured. The other photos are from a great trip to SF this past week.

November
11 / 20
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Studio De Luz




I just launched a new design site called De Luz, which is a spanish translation to “of light”. It was a huge undertaking but I feel the first version is a great accomplishment and success. Take a peek around the site and get stoked: www.studiodeluz.com

November
11 / 08
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Time to Celebrate


My honda just recently broke the 300 thousand mile barrier, stoking!


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11 / 02
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October
10 / 22
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The workshop



A few tools of the trade and little trinkets that keep me busy. As of late, I’ve been workin on compiling a bunch of images to be featured in a book later next year. More on that in the future!

October
10 / 12
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SWELL PATTERNS



I’ve been working on a bunch of random stuff lately and am just gettin over a little cold! It’s gettin chillier in the Seattle and I’m feelin the effects of the rain! I’m grateful for what I get to do everyday and share it with everyone. Here’s a few pieces I’ve been working on lately…

October
10 / 03
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Fall is coming



Take a peek at a few new pieces I just scanned in. I’ve been exploring some hand-drawn typefaces and other typography experiments. Super fun!

September
09 / 27
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Lately





A few things I’ve been workin on lately and a couple photos from my trip to central america. Siaaaaack! ps. the ride and that plane was the sketchiest flight I’ve ever been on! We made it back in one piece though!

September
09 / 26
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Imperial Motion

I’ve had the great pleasure of getting to know the Imperial Motion guys for some time now. I thought I would compile some photos, designs, and projects I had the chance to work on. You’ll notice some shots from the Spring/Summer Imperial Motion collection; a few tee designs; and a handful of studio photos I snapped. SB Goetz art directed these shoots and the other projects as well.



A few of my tee designs recently just got printed for the Spring/Summer Imperial Motion Collection – Take a peek at the Prefontaine. One side note, I found this photo in my grandmas photo album and knew I wanted it for a tee. If you look closely, you can see my dad running in third place for the Foss Track Team.

Check out this stop-motion video I shot and edited in our office in Tacoma.

September
09 / 23
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bienvenidos a honduras


The island of Roatan had all kinds of entertainment

Our breakfast on the island usually consisted of fruits, fresh juice, rolls, tortillas, beans or pancakes

The hotel swimming pool near where we were staying, complete with a pelican waterslide

The beach near our house, they light these wood tee pees on fire at night…\

September
09 / 22
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Honduras part II


The house where we were staying. If you look in the background you can see the water tub where clothes are washed by hand…

A plane at the airport to Roatan…we didn’t get to ride this plane. We flew a small 5-person plane…yikes!

We had some lunch at a rad little natural river and waterfall

There are tons of little mini markets like this one in Honduras. Many of them have either Pepsi or Coca Cola painted on their store…

The pool and front yard of the place we were staying…

September
09 / 22
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pencil puddles


A new piece experimenting with some graphite and driplets. Ballasiotes – 2011

September
09 / 22
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Gettin Hitched


My friend Nick Casanova is getting married this spring and I couldn’t be happier for him and his fiance. I took this snap of Nova a few months ago for his Etsy account.

September
09 / 21
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Featured sites


I just got back from a rad trip down to Honduras and was excited find a bunch of nice emails in my inbox from different websites and people. It’s been a huge blessing to get to share my work with everyone. I’ll post some shots from my adventures in Central America in a bit. For a now, take a peek at a few of my features on some sites… lindsey lieufayandcodesignworklife

September
09 / 07
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Matthew 7:13


I’ve always loved this verse and have found it inspiring in times of idleness. This is the full bit: Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Also, I’m heading to Honduras for a couple weeks so expect some lagging on new blog posts!

September
09 / 01
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Side Table



I just finished staining a stylie little side table that I put together this past week.

August
08 / 30
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Wallpaper


I was cruising through my flickr the other day (look here) and found some cool images I created a while back. This piece is one of my faves…

August
08 / 23
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Journal







A few pics from a roll I got back a few weeks ago. A little trip to the Big Island. Also, I picked up a little journal at the Ballard market the other day and have been loving to write down my thoughts and verses.

August
08 / 22
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back from Oregon



Just got back from a little trip to Cannon Beach and the weather was super nice! I even got to test out my kite.

August
08 / 18
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Lately



A few pieces that I’ve been workin with lately…

August
08 / 17
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Sunsets


A new piece for the summer. I just got a Miter saw the other day and have been playing around with some furniture shapes and ideas. I’ll post some snaps in a bit!

August
08 / 16
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Saws and Screws



I’ve been playing around a lot lately with some power tools and reclaimed woods. Take a peek at this little bench I made the other day…

August
08 / 09
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MORE AMPERSANDS


Take a peek at this little experiment I did today

August
08 / 07
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Overlaps and Transitions




I just got back from a little vacation and am feelin refreshed. Here’s a little somethin I’ve been puttin together. You’ll notice I’ve been using a lot of scissors and glue lately…

August
08 / 06
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Ballard Fairs and Summer days




A few black white snaps from the Ballard Seafood Fair….

August
08 / 05
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….AND HER


I got a few rolls back from the lab the other afternoon and have slowly been sifting through them…this one is special to me.

July
07 / 29
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Light Leaks and Holgas




Got some shots back from the lab that I shot with an Holga and was pleased with the light leak action going on. Take a peek at a few shots…

July
07 / 27
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LATELY






A few random images and pieces from this summer. I just got a roll of 120 film and some black and whites back from the lab. Expect some scans soon!

July
07 / 25
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Discovery Park



An afternoon at Discovery Park a few weekends ago…

July
07 / 22
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July
07 / 19
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July
07 / 18
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LAZY AFTERNOONS





A few random photographs from this summer…

July
07 / 17
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Spice Rack


I love to cook and explore with different spices and flavors. This is a piece highlighting some of my favorite cooking accomplices. Expect some scans of photos comin up in the future, I just finished a couple rolls of medium format and 35 mil film! Stoked!

July
07 / 15
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The road less traveled by…


I’m stoked to enter a new chapter in my 24 year-young life: Today was my last day as a full-time employee working for an awesome web company in downtown Seattle. I’ve learned so much working there but felt it was time to move on and dedicate more of my time to my design and art work. At the time it seemed like a crazy decision but the more I prayed about it, the more I felt like it was the obvious choice for me. I feel God gives us gifts and it is our job to use them. Here’s a verse I found in Matthew that got me pumped… “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

July
07 / 14
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July
07 / 10
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CELLPHONE SNAPS


A few celly snaps from the last month in Pioneer square and around town!…Tacos from the best taco truck in seattle, El Camion!

Lattes are the best at our local coffee shop Zeitgeist. It’s just a minute from our work in pioneer square. My brother is showing me his foam…

Skating home from work on my bros deck

Chess in occidental park


The french toast feast at Portage Bay in south lake union.

June
06 / 26
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June
06 / 21
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CON AQUA



I snapped a few photographs this past week of my younger brother, Peter – take a peek!

June
06 / 21
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EXTRA BITS AND CARDS


I thought I’d post a little compilation of some stuff I’ve been creating lately…expect some photographs in the near future. Also, I’m working on an upcoming summer project with photographer/style dawg/blogger/rad dude AJ RAGASA…stay posted!

June
06 / 19
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INKS, PAPER, SCISSORS…



I just scanned in a handful of fun new projects and experiments I’ve been working on – I’ll post them in a bit. I’ve been super stoked to be working with some rad people doing a magazine interview and a hand-printed tee for spring 2012. Here are some sneak peek images from the weekend, the first is a type treatment for the city I live in, and the second is a photo of my little studio desk.

May
05 / 25
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Featured Sites



I’ve stumbled across some of my artwork on different blogs and sites this past month. Take a peek at a few rad new friends…

May
05 / 16
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Giving Everything to him



These past two weeks have been pretty hectic and I have definitely been feeling the stress of everything going on in my life. Here are a couple pieces that have been layin around. I have been working a lot with different mediums and am loving it! I feel so blessed to be able to create and design everyday. God is good.

May
05 / 07
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Greeting You is always New


Chris Ballasiotes – 2011

May
05 / 07
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Summer Time…Almost




I’ve been working on a bunch of cool new projects lately and just recently picked up a few mixed media materials for some future work. Pens, brushes, fresh inks, glue sticks, assorted papers, and a bunch of other goodies! Take a peek at some pieces I scanned in this week. The first in a little experiment I was playing around with the other afternoon and the second is a photo I snapped in germany a few years ago.

April
04 / 05
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Maxim – May 2011

I was stoked to get the chance to illustrate a feature in Maxim Magazine (May 2011) on Fast Five’s Jordana Brewster. My watercolor typography and drips can be seen throughout the article on Jordana. Check back in a bit for some more spreads from the feature.



March
03 / 26
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Grocery Lists


Before a trip to the supermarket – Ballasiotes 2011

March
03 / 20
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Spring is Here




Ballasiotes – 2011

March
03 / 14
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March
03 / 12
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JOHN WOODEN QUOTES




I was stoked to read John Wooden’s “7 Things to Do” the other day. I created a mag sample from a couple of items from his list. Also on the list: Make each day your masterpiece. Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible. Build a shelter against a rainy day.

March
03 / 11
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Lately…





I just got a pack of new inks that I’ve been testing out – take a peek at a few random pieces from this past week.

March
03 / 08
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March
03 / 05
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WATERCOLOR EXTRAS & TYPE




I have had a fun past couple of weeks! I went and visited some friends in LA and San Diego, I was contacted by a fun mag to do some design and typography work, and I’m loving to be living and working in Seattle! Sooo here are few pieces that have been laying around – the first is a typography illustration about the Thought Process that goes into a piece of art or design and the second image is a shot of Spencer Goetz of Imperial Motion from this past summer, the third image is title “Beauty”.

March
03 / 03
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Inspirations and Features


If you haven’t checked it out already, take a peek at the new design aggregator designspiration.net. You will always find some inspiration to get the morning started. I was stoked to stumble across some of my work featured on the site. Big ups to Shelby White for putting in the time and creating this rad resource.

February
02 / 23
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BALLASIOTES X IM


A few of my tee designs recently just got printed for the Spring/Summer Imperial Motion Collection – Take a peek at the Prefontaine. One side note, I found this photo in my grandmas photo album and knew I wanted it for a tee. If you look closely, you can see my dad running in third place for the Foss Track Team. Ye!

February
02 / 10
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SUMMER COLLECTION – IMPERIAL MOTION




This past summer I had the chance to photo the IM spring/summer 2011 collection. Take a peek at some still frames from the shoot and go take a peek at www.imperialmotion.com for more.

January
01 / 30
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January in Ballard


Sometimes you have to appreciate the beauty of a drizzly winter day in the northwest. I took this photo a few days ago during a mini shoot around the city. Lately, I have been working on some typography pieces, a few commissioned design posters, and a bunch of design work for the web. Keep your eyes peeled!

January
01 / 25
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December
12 / 28
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…LAST YEAR


So much has happened this past year and I am blessed. God is good. Lately, I have been working on a variety of different design and art projects, as well as web work that is keeping me busy. I love what I’m doing.

December
12 / 28
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December
12 / 08
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STYLE YOUR SOLE




This past weekend I was in Tacoma for an art Benefit featuring several local artists, hosted by Toms Shoes and Bleach. Each artist had blank Toms they could rework and paint on in any way they wanted. I created a couple fun colorways pictured above. Here are a couple photos from the night – thanks to sb goetz for the photos.

December
12 / 07
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December
12 / 07
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Oregon Part Deuce





I featured a couple photos from this roll a little while back but just got around to scanning in some higher res versions. These are courtesy of a trip down to Oregon. Ye!

November
11 / 22
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Snow Days



Today was the first snowfall in seattle and it is pounding! Luckily, I don’t need to drive anywhere and am warm and cozy. Take a peek at a few new pieces I’ve been workin on.

November
11 / 19
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A shot in the dark




I have been up to a lot lately…trust me. Check back in a bit for some new art scans and prints

November
11 / 15
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Big city cruiser


A film photograph taken in downtown Seattle – lately, I’ve been takin the bus but I want to find some other ways to cruise around the city

November
11 / 14
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35 mil in Oregon




I scanned in a roll shots from a while back…take a peek. I like the first one in particular…I got a little frame overlap and a crazy light leak in the same shot! A happy accident….

November
11 / 10
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Round 2



Here is a little dose of watercolors and 35mm snaps…

November
11 / 06
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C’est la vie




Sooooo I finally scanned in a batch of 35mm snaps from a summer trip and am just getting around to posting them. I took all the photos with a small little rangefinder camera I found at Goodwill. As you can tell, the camera has some focusing issues, but I kinda like it like that…haha. The watercolor finishing touches add a little bit of fun to the images as well. Enjoy!

November
11 / 03
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Illustrations

A selection of illustrations from the past year…

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November
11 / 03
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A few of my favorite things




Lately, I have been working with a zillion different typefaces and just recently started getting rid of the ones I never used. I created a little model to show a few of my faves, categorized by family and class. Whaaaat?! Yeah, I know…crazy. The other images are random bits I have been working on.

November
11 / 01
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IMPERIAL MOTION + SPRING PHOTOSHOOT



A few months ago I had the chance to shoot the spring/summer 2011 collection for Imperial Motion. Here are a couple shots from the afternoon. Take a peek at their site: http://imperialmotion.com/

October
10 / 31
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WULFPAK + THE DILLER ROOM


If you are in Seattle on the 20th, be sure to stop by Stellas + The Diller Room for a fun night of remixes and rowdiness. This is the flyer I created for the event – now go post it on your classmates.com profile!

October
10 / 31
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Halloweener


Yesterday I celebrated halloween with friends and djed a little party in Seattle. The action was intense and our costumes were filth! Thanks to Placent for the photo!

October
10 / 27
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DAWG POUND



I found a few random shots that are definite keepers…

October
10 / 27
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LIGHT + MAGIC



I just finished reading a super inspiring book called “Wild at Heart” and it gave me some of the raddest words of wisdom ever. “I want to hurl myself into a creative work worthy of God…I want to love with abandon and stop waiting for others to love me first.” -Eldredge

October
10 / 21
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AS OF LATE…





I’ve been on a watercolor terror as of late – check out a couple little bits from the past week. Finally, got some time in the studio….

October
10 / 15
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October
10 / 14
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October
10 / 14
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RECAP


I like the idea of taking pictures of what we eat. It looks nice and it alwayyyyyys makes me hungry. Look at some of the food and drinks I’ve dominated in the past week or so. Get some!

October
10 / 14
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SOLAR ROLLERS


The new place I’m living at has a little garage that works perfect for a little studio/workshed. It feels rad to have a little getaway to let loose. Check out this nice watercolor piece – Solar Rollers.

October
10 / 13
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DOWNTOWN HOLGAS


A new (well the print is fairly old) snap from downtown Tacoma. I don’t care what people say, Tacoma is a fun little city with tons of great bars and local spots. Although, I’m not sure how I feel about paying for parking…

October
10 / 10
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the Nations foundation


The Nations Foundation is a film group that documents and films several snowboarders who are following God and also get nastyyyyy on the snow. I recently had the chance to create their new website while working for Mable Design and Imperial Motion. Take a peek at their new site – get some: nationsfoundation.org

October
10 / 10
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TYPE TREATMENTS




Recently, I have been doing a bunch of graphic design work and web projects. Take a peek at a few of my latest type treatments, photographs, and ink works. I also just relocated to Seattle which is super exciting aaaand I just ordered a canon film/print scanner from the web the other day – expect some handmade works and film photographs comin up in the next week. Thanks for lookin!

October
10 / 10
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EASY DOES IT…


I always love seeing new rad tees and well designed clothing. I recently made a t-shirt sample, “Easy Does It…”

October
10 / 03
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September
09 / 27
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August
08 / 23
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GOOD NIGHT


Lately, I’ve been taking a bunch of photographs while the sun is still shining. I got a b/w roll back from the lab and I should have some scans in a bit. For now, take a look at this recent ink piece I created called “Buena Notte”.

August
08 / 22
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August
08 / 21
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GRIZZLY BEAR MODERN


Be sure to check out Grizzly Bear Modern – they have excellent taste in design, art, and food. Last week, they did a feature about some of my work here

August
08 / 20
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LOOK WHAT I FOUND…


I was cruising through a thrift shop the other day and found a rad little Canon Rangefinder camera. It’s a Canonet 28 and it might be one of the coolest looking cameras, ever. I’ll post some photos once I get them developed.

August
08 / 18
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PINA COLADAS AND SUN RAYS





Last week I traveled to Hawaii for a little relaxation and some shredding. The trip was super nice and the beaches were golden. Take a peek at a few photos from the trip.

August
08 / 17
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FEATURED ON QUALITY PEOPLES



I frequent the QUALITY PEOPLES blog every other day and was stoked to find my work featured on their site. Go check out the blog if you haven’t already – it features rad surf photos, inspiring designs, tees, and many other goodies. Thanks Ed!

July
07 / 20
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Hot and Humid






This past weekend, I traveled to Eastern Washington to do a little photo shoot. Here’s a couple outtakes from the weekend…I will post a few more later.

July
07 / 19
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SASQUATCH MUSIC FESTIVAL



A few shots from last month at the Sasquatch Music Festival. Favorite parts of the weekend: Atrak, Simian Mobile Disco, BOOKA SHADE!, eating homemade Jluu BBQ chicken, sippin zippies, and meeting new friends.

July
07 / 13
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Easy Summers



Summer is finally here in full effect and I’m stoking! This coming weekend I am headed to Leavenworth to shoot some photos for the upcoming IM collection and we are renting a 5d Mark ii. Filth! Lately, I have been doing a lot of little design projects and personal promotion, accompanied with ongoing web projects and assignments. Check out these two bangers I am in love with…

July
07 / 02
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Light up the sky



Take a peek at these older shots from a backpacking trip through Europe. It’s raining in Washington, and it’s July! Get your fireworks ready – we’re gonna light up the sky.

June
06 / 29
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BUSES AND BURRITOS


My friend Richard has the naughtiest VW bus ever! Check out Burrows and Alyssa cruisin through SD – the shlump boys were kind enough to let us stay at their cozy cottage last year. Thanks my dudes! The photo above is an holga print.

June
06 / 27
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SB Goetz



If you’ve seen any of the latest items from the IM collection, you will notice that each piece is filthy! Spence has been bringin the heat lately and don’t plan on him lettin up anytime soon. These shots were from a roll of provia I shot in the studio. You can browse some of his stuff here: www.imperialmotion.com

June
06 / 22
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AUTO SHOPS AND BASS DROPS


This shot is from this weekend – Brooke’s car broke on the highway and we had to go to the shop. We also saw some “artsy” bikers cruising through Fremont on the way to the Solstace Parade. Sun’s out!

June
06 / 17
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BETTER IN BLACK AND WHITE





Man, what a wonderful past couple of months. I’ve been blessed with great friends, weekend trips, new clients, and food. Check out these bangers I just scanned in from a previous roll of Black and White film. The photos are from a trip to Oregon and some clamming at the coast. Seriously?! Yeah, I’m serious. Now, go turn on the TV and watch Greece beat Nigeria!

June
06 / 15
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PORTRAITS FROM THE PAST



I’ve been lucky enough to be able to shoot some rad dudes over the past couple of years. One afternoon, skateboarder and artist Ryan Stangland stopped by the IM Studio for a few portraits. This is one of my all-times! The second photo is from a shoot in Seattle with Adam Crew.

May
05 / 25
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HELLO DE LUZ



Yeee! My bros and divas, lately I have been slaving to finish a bunch of rad multimedia and web projects so I haven’t been updating this blog very often, but I recently created a little portfolio site with some of my latest projects at: deluzmedia.com. Take a peek and see what I’ve been up to the past six months. Expect some more photos coming soon and if you live in washington state, go to the sasquatch music festival! Atrak, BoysNoize, Deadmau5, Kid Cudi and Simian Mobile whaaaaaat?!

May
05 / 11
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CLAMS + OCEAN SHORES + PORTLAND




I just got a black and white roll back from my local photo shop from this past month. Take a peek at some of my shots from Downtown Portland and Ocean Shores – we went razor clamming!

May
05 / 04
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SUMMER BABES


It’s already May! Lately I’ve been visiting friends in Seattle and working on some fun new concepts for different projects. Check out this recent piece I just scanned in. I usually don’t use faces or women in my work, but in this case I felt she just fit with the color palette – I’m kinda stoking on it at the moment.

May
05 / 02
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FUN WITH THIRTY FIVE




I’ve been slowly scanning in some 35mm shots I took while traveling through Europe. I captured several rolls so the process has been a bit time consuming. I love these shots in particular – a trip to Cinque Terra.

April
04 / 27
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SOONER THAN LATER…


Lately I’ve been making some larger water color pieces and experimenting with different shapes and colors. I also have been collecting some frames and hanging some of my new work. Stay posted for a few digi snaps of the framed pieces. Ciao!

April
04 / 26
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WASTING TIME…


This photo comes from a roll of 120 film I shot a couple months ago. I was using an holga and captured the still frame directly in front of the new Seattle Center Skatepark. This man looks to have been walking home from the store and decided to take a little break while browsing the skaters get after it.

April
04 / 21
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MASKS VOILA


I’m excited about this piece because of its color and watery texture. I’ve been using a lot of warm colors lately if you can’t tell. Masks Voila2010.

April
04 / 21
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A WORK WEEK

At the IM offices, we work hard and have fun – take a look at this little montage I recently put together. If you look closely, you can see my fingers typing at an insane pace. The song is a Sneaky Sound System Remix. Ps. I really like the IM intro logo…

April
04 / 20
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SUNSHINE


Here’s a new piece I finished last week and finally got around to scanning it. I used some different inks and bigger brushes for this one, as it is a fairly large print. I’m pretty excited how it turned out and just had it mounted. I’ll post some photos of the framed piece in a few. Ye!

April
04 / 13
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Baby, Baby…


I went to portland this past weekend and it was filth! Take a peek at the friends section for some random photos of the weekend. Anyways, I got inspired and went through about 25 sheets of watercolor paper when I came back. That stuff isn’t cheap either. Here’s a couple pieces from a large stack of work. Baby, Baby2010.

April
04 / 13
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SOLAR GOGGLES


My friend Marguerite used to call sunglasses “solar goggles” – she was special. Lately, the sun has been shining and the babes are coming out in full effect! In my work, I’ve been opening up my color palette and trying to experiment with as many summer colors as I can. Solar Goggles, 2010.

April
04 / 12
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Let’s get TOGETHER


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April
04 / 01
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Yes, No, Maybe

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I’ve been super inspired lately by hand-drawn type and nice letters. Check out this piece I just finished on some heavy stock paper, using a few inks and brushes. Yes, No, Maybe – 2010

March
03 / 25
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PAPER MOUNTAINS

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I thought I would share a little sneak peek of a project I’m working on – cut pieces of paper, some tape, scissors, inks, heavy papers, brushes, and a little love. I’ll post a better image once I get rollin!

March
03 / 25
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THESE HANDS

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Check out my latest watercolor piece featuring a little different take on the classic english phrase.  These Hands – 2010

March
03 / 24
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LETS CARPOOL

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Carpooling is rad. Check out these two scoot shredders tag teaming in Seattle! Another photo from a series of Holga shots – 2010.

March
03 / 23
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EUROPA CIRCA 2009

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Here are a few more shots from a recent batch scan. I like the feel of these photos, they have a vintage vibe – 2009.

March
03 / 21
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DEVELOPED AND OUTDATED

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March
03 / 21
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SUMMER IN THE NORTHWEST

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If you live in the Pacific Northwest, then you know why summer in the NW is the raddest place to be. BBQs, outdoor concerts, festivals, wakeshredding, and of course, the babes!

March
03 / 16
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SNAP AND STEER

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I took this photo driving home from seattle, while trying to stay in my lane. If you look closely, you can see I took another photo on the same exposure, leaving a overlay effect of trees and some other stuff. An holga shot with 120 film – 2009.

March
03 / 13
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SUNSET CLIFFS

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A day at sunset cliffs with my little mf film camera – 2009

March
03 / 11
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PATTERNS IN TIME

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A compilation of some little paper cuts and doodle drops. Happy thursday my friends. Ps. if youre on flickr – check out the RRR Project pool here: FLICKR. I have a few pieces in the group and everyone’s work is super rad.

March
03 / 09
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WORDS FOR SPRING

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Spring in Washington is pretty rad. Check out this little poem/work highlighting what spring on the west coast is really about. I created the mixed media piece above using a relatively old film photo I shot and some brushes and inks.

March
03 / 04
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SAN DIEGO

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Last year I went to visit some friends in San Diego and get a little time in the water. This is a photograph of Raleigh in front of his house in SD. It was shot with my little plastic holga and printed in the darkroom.

March
03 / 04
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Molte Bella

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I went to Artco a few days ago and picked up some thick new paper and found some cool ink. I’m also trying out some different ways of working with watercolors. This is a fun little doodle with beautiful color.

March
03 / 04
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FUN WITH PHOTOGRAPHS

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Well…I have been trying to use some old photos I had laying around to create some mixed media work. The quote I used about “brown eyes” is actually from a musician named Andy Davis. He has rad style and songwriting skills AND he comes to visit Gig Harbor every so often. AndyDavis

March
03 / 04
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LATELY…

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Lately, I have been super busy working on various web and miscellaneous projects. I’m happy to be back in the studio scanning and uploading new doodles and fun stuff. Here are a few of my latest goodies…

February
02 / 26
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February
02 / 23
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CANVASES + PAINT

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The other day I went to Home Depot to pleasantly discover they sell “mistake paint” by the gallons for only $5! I picked up a gallon for a particularly large canvas I was working on (almost 4 feet tall!). Here’s a snippet of the canvas.

February
02 / 22
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February
02 / 20
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A DAY AT THE OFFICE

During the week, I work at a rad little clothing company called Imperial Motion. Check out this stop-motion video of our offices in Tacoma. Also, I just picked up a new computer which is pretty meaty – expect new videos and motion graphics in the near future.

February
02 / 18
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Shakas and singlefins

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I’ve recently started browsing the Shakas and Singlefins blog on the daily.  It features the beautiful photos of Ryan Tatar and other artists. I created this little piece using an holga photograph I shot, some watercolors, and some tape.

February
02 / 11
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February
02 / 11
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LOOPS AND HOOPS

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I’ve been on a painting terror as of late. Check out this acrylic + ink bombshell. Yee!

February
02 / 04
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HAITI LOVE & SUPPORT

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Everyone hopes for comfort and prayer in a time of pain, and no one needs them more right now than our friends in Haiti. I created this little piece using only a couple bottles of ink and a fine brush. I especially like the hand-drawn type.

February
02 / 02
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Chop Shop

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I’ve been utilizing my scissors, paintbrushes, and acrylic paint lately. Stay posted for Volume 3 of the series of booklets. Volume 3 will consist of cut pieces of paper and different mediums. I’m excited! Welcome to my Chop Shop…

January
01 / 28
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Paper cuts and acrylic stuff

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I just picked up a ton of new paper and some fresh ink. I’ve started to incorporate cut pieces and shapes into my work and I’m amping on the shadows and depth they create. These are couple pieces as of late.

January
01 / 27
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Ink patterns

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I was messing around with some new, blue ink I picked up the other day. I created this piece on heavyweight paperstock.

January
01 / 26
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TIME OF THE SEASON

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When designing the “Send Love to Haiti” flyer, I went through several ideas before coming up with the final concept. One idea I had was a watercolor theme – I like this rough draft in particular…

January
01 / 26
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THIS VALENTINES DAY

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This is a flyer I did for an upcoming giving event and benefit show. The overall theme is “Send Your Love to Haiti”. To create the flyer, I cut up pieces of paper stock and painted each individual section with fun patterns and designs and then taped them all together. The top type was created with sumi ink and some brushes.

January
01 / 21
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taking some time

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Here’s a little demo of some recent pieces i’ve been working on. Lots of colors, paint drips, and fun shapes. Yeee! I’m also working on a poster for a Haiti benefit that is lookin pretty rad…stay posted for a sneak peek.

January
01 / 14
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Eye Contact

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Lately, I’ve been working on some freelance web projects and tryin to edit some little videos to post…hopefully. This piece is called “Eye Contact” – kind of a fun take on meeting a diva for the first time.

January
01 / 11
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Inspiration

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This is a view from my work desk – if you can’t tell, I like to load my tack board with all my latest doodles, watercolors, and inspirations. Notice the different pages and photographs from the little booklets i’m making…!

January
01 / 07
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This past year has been filthy – I’ve been blessed with rad friends, family, and relationships.  I recently put together a little vid with some of my highlights of two thousand and nine, including a spring break to vegas and california, a backpacking trip through europe and to oktoberfest, and a few surprises!  Go check out the friends section to watch the full video…

December
12 / 31
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VOlume 1 + Volume 2

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Be sure to take a peek at the new Digital Magazines that I recently uploaded to the site. Volume 1 and Volume 2 are filled with different illustrations, medium format photos, hand-drawn patterns, and new doodles.  Looook….  Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

December
12 / 30
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OVER THe mountains and through the woods…

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A few months ago, I was lucky enough to travel through Europe for a month.  I took my little canon 35mm film camera…a “Canon TX” for the photographers.  Here’s a couple of shots from the trip.  For the full photo goodies, view my flickr…

December
12 / 21
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ROCK THE BOAT

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I’ve been super inspired by this new pattern book I picked up the other day. I’m making some fun desktop backgrounds and iphone backgrounds. Yeee boyeee. This particular pattern is an ocean inspired theme…Rock the Boat!

December
12 / 17
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wulfpak music

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Take a look at a recent branding for the dj group I play with: WULFPAK. We have a show on January 7th, at the Rendevous in Seattle which will surely be bonkers. I’m the lad on the left – my brother took the shots.

December
12 / 17
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…And never let me go

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Check out this piece I just finished – I used acrylic paint that was super watered down, as well as heavy paper stock and ink pens. “Hold Me”

December
12 / 01
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SCANS & WATERCOLOR

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I got a bunch of new projects and little doodles scanned in.  Here’s a couple that I like…

December
12 / 01
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BIG, BAD, AND RAD

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Here’s a new t-shirt I recently designed to hopefully be printed! Let me know if you like it…

December
12 / 01
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A FOUR PACK

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Take a peek at some recent hand-drawn type and fonts I’ve been playing with. A nice “Four Pack” for your viewing pleasure…

December
12 / 01
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December
12 / 01
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TICKET SCALPING

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I was contacted by City Arts Magazine to do a piece on Ticket Scalping and the effect it has on the sports and music industry. Here is my take on the issue – I had fun with this project, as you can tell…

December
12 / 01
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URBAN OUTFITTERS FEATURE

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My tee design for Imperial Motion, the “Stay Classy” was recently featured on the Urban Outfitters website as well as their Top 10 Newsletter.  It’s the shirt of the two old men – I was stoked when I captured the shot in Italy and IM wanted to use the shirt for their product line.  Yee!

December
12 / 01
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A WHALE TALE

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Several years ago, we had a baby whale swim by our house and jump around in the salt water.  I always think that sea creatures have more fun that other animals.  This piece tries to capture the fun from the ocean and my memories.

-Chris Ballasiotes

December
12 / 01
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BOO YAH

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This is a little watercolor doodle I created on the back of a sketchbook cover.  Notice the texture of the paperstock – I kinda like it.

December
12 / 01
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BALLET BENEFIT

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Ballet is cute – this ballet benefit supports two ballerinas who are traveling to summer ballet camps. The auction proceeds go to their travel needs, Funds for Bunds! Yee son.

December
12 / 01
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DRIPS AND DROPS

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A theme that may be recognized in most of my work is watercolor drips. I’m amazed at the beauty of combining colors, with pens, and dripping paints.

December
12 / 01
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WATER CONSERVATION

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Check out this piece I did while in an Environmental Safety class. Yeah, I was brainwashed…no pun intended

December
12 / 01
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A SKATE EXCURSION

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A while back, I traveled to Eastern Washington with the IM Skate team for a little tour they were having. I tagged along for fun and got some fun shots with my Holga.

November
11 / 27
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PLD PHOTOSHOOT

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I recently had the chance to shoot photos for the PLD 2010 line this past month.  We took photos with a few different setups, including a studio backdrop which was setup in the woods!  In this shot is Anna – she is very beautiful.

November
11 / 27
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A time of THanks

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I’ve been blessed with rad relationships, family, and support. The Lord is good! -Chris Ballasiotes

November
11 / 24
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TEE SAMPLES

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I always love designing tees and trying to keep up with the rapidly changing fashion world.  Take a peek at some tees I’ve illustrated over the past couple months.

November
11 / 24
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CITY ARTS MAGAZINE

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A month ago I had the chance to illustrate an insert for the emerging Seattle City Arts Magazine.  The article was discussing the current temperature of the art world and the themes evolving in design.

November
11 / 24
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PENS & INK

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As of late, I’ve been proper obsessed with hand-drawn types and and special fonts.  Expect some new type and doodles comin up…

-Ballasiotes

November
11 / 11
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SWEDES ARE NEAT

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This shot is from a series of photos for the PLD Hats website.  Krista looks super euro/swede to me for some reason, I don’t know why.  I love this picture because of the sun rim lighting her face and the contrast of the orange beanie with her blue jacket.  I thought a little marker action on the print would add a nice touch.  Update: I just finished a shoot for PLD ’10, stay posted for more photos…

November
11 / 01
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HOME SWEET HOME

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As of late I’ve been creating images and illustrations on different color paper stocks.  I enjoy using different kinds of pens, markers, and watercolors to change the feel of the project.  Here’s four images that I created as a special set.

October
10 / 01
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DENIM PHOTOSHOOT

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Imperial Motion is coming out with some denim that will leave your legs warm and your style rad. Check out this photo shoot I did with the boys at IM.

January
01 / 23
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SPRING FLING

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I’ve been super excited about the new inks I have been working with. Check out my latest little project

January
01 / 05
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THANKS

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My name is Chris Ballasiotes and I am a creative person by nature. I love jesus, my friends, music, and my family. Thanks for taking a peek at some of my works.

January
01 / 08
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Samples

A brief selection of some web and design samples created for Nordstrom, Sesame, Streamified, and other clients. Thanks for looking!

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