Here comes the rain again! I feel like I moved to Portland and not Santa Barbara. At least with this weather I feel a little more comfortable going into creative cave mode to finish projects. I realize now more than ever I need to hone in on my goals and really focus. I’ve been a bit scrambled lately and trying to accomplish bits and pieces of too many different kinds of projects. That kind of energy makes you feel frazzled and not centered. It’s time I take a deep breath, meditate a little and stop having FOMO over projects that I’m not currently working on at the moment. Here’s the inspiration this week that’s been helping me keep this focus…
Bonobo - Fabric Presents Bonobo: Well this was an awesome surprise of an album! I’ve always loved Bonobo and expected more of a downbeat vibe but I found that this album in particular had me groovin while I was drawing away at my computer and time was just flying by. Some songs had me in a trance while others made me bob my head but it’s definitely a journey of fantastic beats that are stellar for illustration work. I highly recommend this one! Check it out here…https://www.fabriclondon.com/store/bonobo.html
Vok - In the Dark: I talked about Vok just recently a few weeks ago to let you all discover the magic of this incredible Icelandic band. As mentioned before, my wife and I listened to them throughout our journey around this magical island and it was the perfect soundtrack to the epic landscapes, glaciers, and waterfalls. Now, in my studio… listening to their newest album and I’m instantly transported to their world again. The lead singer’s voice just melts into my brain and I’m taken to a cosmic place. They are definitely one of my favorite bands out there at the moment and this new album does not disappoint. Check them out here… https://soundcloud.com/vokmusic
Glenn Harvey: This week I wanted to highlight an illustrator that everytime I scroll through Instagram and see his work, I instantly know it’s his and it always really inspires me. He is also the only other illustrator I know that labels himself a “chillustrator” and I’m pretty sure we’d be friends if we lived in the same city. Glenn’s work is filled with bright and dreamy color schemes that go with his cool, surreal, and conceptual worlds that he builds. He’s an excellent character designer and I love how he puts his characters in unique places and perspectives. If you want to see his work check it out here. https://www.glenn-harvey.com/
John J. Custer: I also wanted to highlight this week another illustrator/art director that has me super inspired as well. Not only is he completely killing it for the New York Times but his own design and illustration work is really incredible. I especially loved a recent project he did where he designed some really badass skateboards for Side Project. His colorful fingerprint designs are super rad. He seems like an awesome person to collab with. Check out more of his work at www.johnjcuster.com
Working Moms: My wife and I were recommended this show by one of our family friends and we’ve really been enjoying it. Even though as a parent it feels a bit close to home, it definitely finds the funny quirks and issues that come about as a working parent. Being a freelance dad has taught me so much and to find shows that help me relate to this is super helpful in me continuing my quest as a creative freelancer. Check out the show on Netflix. It’s also hilarious!
Salvador Dali: There has been no bigger artistic inspiration in my life than Salvador Dali. When I was in college I basically channeled him and his energy from the heavens. I read all his writings, trekked to his house in Spain, and visited every museum where his work existed. I filled notebooks of surrealist sketches. Then, as I evolved as an illustrator, his influence grew less strong. Recently, I’ve started to look back at those sketches and realized that even though he deeply influenced me, I was really creating work that was fluid and had no ulterior motive than just the act of creating it. It felt freeing and like I was coming alive. So, I’ve decided to re-examine my surrealist side and possibly update some of those old sketches with my new modern thinking and creative process. I’m looking forward to seeing what comes of it!
That’s all for this week! More inspirations to come every week! Stay tuned!