Flattered as always to take on another cover for Michael Goesele, Diane Rice and the fantastic team at Newsweek.
This time we had a whopping 2 days to create an image with an Air Force Medal of Honor. Unfortunately I found out really quickly it is illegal in the US to buy one, or even own one, if it was not given to you or a member of your family.
So our scrambled solution involved cobbling together a really close stand in from jewelry charms and a key ring from the craft store. The ribbon part itself was it’s own challenge. Thank goodness for the kindness and uber quick response from Jennifer at Etsy store TextileArtLace. She had a roll of the most perfect vintage moire sky blue silk ribbon she was willing to overnight to me the next day.
Finally, Nicki Longoria hit up the Army surplus in search of the one Navy dress uniform we could get on Adam’s arm. Yep, Adam was our hand model.
Super happy for how it all turned out. Thanks again Michael and Diane for letting us tackle another.
In early May we were asked to quickly turn around a cover image for the WSJ on a story about psychedelic drugs. BUT… No Tie Dye and No Lava Lamps. The solution? The beautiful hand of Jasmine Roussell holding a glowing swirling capsule.
Ultimately, the paper went with the safe version but we had to try just a little to make it more psychedelic with some colored gels. Oh well, we have that one for us.
When we got asked to create the Oprah “O” out of cats and dogs interacting with each other, we quickly got all of our Ghostbusters quotes out of our system and came up with as many scenarios as we could using model cats and dogs. Some of the cats were less than stellar looking, so our stylist assistant Nicki Longoria got to work with some paint and brushes to bring them to life.
Super excited to get the latest issue of PDN in the mail and see the below photo in the winners gallery for their Objects of Desire contest. Thanks PDN and huge thanks to Karen Williams and Clark Miller for letting us make a bouquet of sunglasses. Also thanks to our fantastic hand model Myan Aljets.
Woo Hoo! Graphis 2018 Photo Annual is out. Happy to share we got two Platinum (one for a single one for a series) a Gold for a series, a Silver, and a couple Merit awards. Below are the platinum award images. The single is the Scotch tape that was shot for Wired, and 3 of our Popular Science 2017 covers won as a series.
It’s been a while since we posted any of these, but collection of Os for O Magazine has grown. Here are a few new ones we made over the past year. It’s always fun to try and figure out different ways to interpreter the special shape. Thank you Scott Lacey for allowing us to tackle it so many times. The Bonsai O is in the current March 2018 issue out now!
The inspiration came from a few places, but mostly it came from trying to keep our frozen margaritas from melting too fast while on a sunny Austin patio. While brainstorm sketching on printer paper as the sun beat down on our table, we propped some paper up next to our water glasses in an attempt to give the margaritas some shade. The shadows that hit the back side were beautiful, both sharp and soft, crisp and fuzzy. It reminded us of Ruth Bernhard, like if elements from her 3 pieces “Lifesavers”, “Doorknob”, and “Configuration” were all melded into one image. Although these were all captured in camera, they have the feel if of lith-prints or vintage still life photos.
We took a iPhone shot of the paper and carried it around in our heads for almost 9 months, till finally the idea crept back. So one afternoon we taped up a sheet of printer paper, and spent time making shadows…and margaritas of course.
And here’s the picture from that day on the patio.