Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras’ Midsommar Celebration was the kick-off concert to celebrate their June 2019 Tour of the Baltics. I pulled from traditional folk embroidery from the region to create summery floral branding for the event.
For Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras’ performance of Edgard Varèse’s Amériques, I wanted to channel the work’s avant-garde complexity and the composer’s inspiration from bustling 1920’s New York.
I created a digital “family portrait” of four dogs as a gift for a canine-loving family. Each dog was illustrated separately, then the four dogs were composited together, printed, and framed.
I created year-end reports for Chicago Community Bond Fund in 2017 and 2018 to communicate the organization’s achievements to funders, supporters, and the public. The report incorporated CCBF’s mission and history, as well as highlighting stories of individuals it had freed from pre-trail incarceration.
I created skyline-themed centerpieces for Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras’ 2018 West Side Story-themed gala. Echoing imagery used in the event invitation, I designed a geometric skyline illustration that was printed and die-cut in styrene. The centerpieces were assembled and lit from the inside for the event. The blue interior created a contrast to the red and black color-scheme of the rest of the event decor.
It’s hard to believe, but I’m not over 1/3 of the way there on the 100 Day Project. The daily drawings have given me a chance to play with different subjects and styles, from single characters, to collections, to patterns, and experiment combining hand drawn and digital illustration. Not to mention that it’s been an opportunity to get up close and personal with a sketchbook, something that I haven’t done in years. Here are a few favorites from the past couple of weeks.
Last year, I created a Valentine’s Day tribute to the creatures who know unconditional love better than just about anyone else: dogs. I designed this set of six printable Valentines based on my life as as the human to two slobbery canines.
Big thanks to my dopey foxhound, Ivy, model for the hound at the bottom right, and our scruffy mutt Murf, inspiration for the top left, who lived up to his illustration just this afternoon by spreading trash all over the house. Good thing they’re cute!
Video continues to prove one of the most reliable engagement tools in social media. Over the years, I’ve created a number of video projects to enhance on-going social media marketing campaigns.
This video was created to promote drummer Glenn Kotche’s appearance with Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. I worked with two students who conducted the interview and then edited it down to share in the days leading up to the concert.
“Snack Buttons” was an April Fool’s Day campaign created for Busy Beaver Button Co.
This video was created as an invitation for Rita Moreno to join CYSO at their West Side Story-themed gala. I wrote the alternate lyrics to “America,” directed and edited the video.
For Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras’ fall 2017 performance, I focused the poster design on composer Lili Boulanger. The art nouveau-style imagery echoed styles popular during her brief career in the early 20th century.
Poster on display on south Michigan Avenue
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras spring 2017 concert featured a world premiere and featured performance from Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche. I created imagery for the event poster that spoke to the themes of Kotche’s piece, “Infinite Tree.” The branding was also translated into web graphics and packaging for the concert DVD.