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Juneteenth Fundraising Event

I worked with Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative to art direct their first-ever Juneteenth Celebration fundraiser. The organization, which supports music training for talented young students of color, needed a look that spoke to the energy of the organization’s fellows, while also conveying to potential donors that this new program was trustworthy and worth supporting. I was honored to be able to create a logo and branding elements for the event, in addition to social media graphics and slides to run as part of the event video stream.

I created the event branding to play off of existing geometric branding elements to give a celebratory feel.

 

CMPI needed a sponsorship packet to educate potential donors about their program and convey their impact. We also created images for partner organizations to share on social media to promote the fundraiser.

 

Building on this content, I created slides to run in between performance videos during the event presentation itself. The slides were meant to inspire giving and add context to the performances that viewers were seeing.

Skyline Centerpieces

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.

 

33 of 100

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.

Bearguys

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TigerBlueLady

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Printable Valentines for Dog Lovers

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.

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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!

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Download the Valentines here!

Video Projects

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 ongoing social media marketing campaigns.

 

 

This video was created for Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras’ online celebration of the 2019/2020 season. Since the majority of the spring semester took place online, I wanted to create a tribute to the learning that took place under some of the most difficult circumstances. After combing through countless hours of Zoom rehearsal footage, the results are a poignant glimpse into the connections that took place online during the first months of the pandemic.

 

This project celebrated Chicago Youth Symphohny Orchestras’ Music Director Allen Tinkham in honor of his 20th anniversary with the organization. Featuring interviews, quotes, and photos contributed by alumni combined with items from CYSO’s archives, the video was part of CYSO’s virtual gala in March 2020.

 

This video was created to promote Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras’ 2020 audition season. Using gifs created originally to be embedded in an email, I added music to create an engaging video for social media purposes. The branding highlighted CYSO’s youthful energy and diverse student body.

 

“Snack Buttons” was an April Fool’s Day campaign created for Busy Beaver Button Co. in 2014. The video introduced edible “snack buttons” that could be worn—and consumed—by hungry button lovers 😉

 

Other video projects include this interview with drummer Glenn Kotche and Steelpan history video created using narration and images created by young musicians.