Weekly Inspiration for the Week of January 14, 2019

This week started off with me jumping right into my projects only to be halted pretty suddenly by the fever that hit my 2 year old son and a huge rain storm that has hit Santa Barbara. It’s a tricky balance between being a freelancer and a Dad but I’m thankful to have the flexibility to be with my boy when he needs me. Here’s some of the influences that have kept me going through the trying week.

  • Music Inspiration:

    The Oles - Rise: I had the honor of collaborating with this Santa Barbara based band recently for a concert poster. Their music is pure reggae pop bliss. This album has been on constant repeat in my studio as it brings massively good vibes during the rainy weather. Check them out if you haven’t heard them yet.

    Potatohead People: This album has the most fantastic vibe between chill out and headbobbing grooves. I literally can’t stop listening to it. The song “Morning Sun” is a great way to start the day with your cup of coffee.

  • Artistic Inspiration:

    Ryan Snook: I have been a big fan of Ryan’s ever since I discovered his work in Atlanta Magazine. His artwork is colorful, whimsical, and I think we have a lot of things in common. His editorial concepts are clever and he is great with page layout and making compositions that pop off the page. Check out his work at www.ryansnook.com

  • Screen Inspiration:

    Project Blue Book: I have been on a massive History Channel kick as of late and I watched the pilot to this awesome new series about a secret organization that was created by the U.S. Government to cover up their run ins with UFO’s and ET’s. I find it intriguing and mind provoking.

  • Other Inspiration:

    City of San Francisco: I have been working on some label designs for a brewery up in the Bay, and I’ve been doing a ton of research into San Francisco. After growing up in the Bay and always loving the city, I have more appreciation for it than ever since I haven’t lived there since my childhood. I love the art, culture, and architecture. Although it’s changed so much since I was a kid, my heart will always be there, just like Tony Bennett.

    Modern Times: This brewery seems to be pumping out more delicious beer by the week. I can’t get over how many phenomenal beers this place has in the marketplace at this time. It’s really amazing. I just picked up the Nitro stout with coffee and coconut and it’s incredible. The perfect winter time beer! Thank you Modern Times!

    That’s all for this week! More inspirations to come every week! Stay tuned!

Weekly Inspiration for the Week of January 7, 2019

This week I have found myself bouncing around between a bunch of different projects, feeling quite scattered in general. Now that everyone is back to work, it’s been a tricky transition to find my groove again. Here’s some of the influences that have come my way to make this week a bit more digestible…

  • Music Inspiration:

    Trevor Hall - The Fruitful Darkness: Trevor is one of the most brilliant lyricists out there. He speaks in such spiritual deep connections with the Earth, people, and life and it really makes me feel grateful every day when I listen to it. His music utilizes eastern sounds and mixes it eclectically with so many other genres. Each listen seems like a new experience. I especially love the track “Moon/Sun” which honestly I find myself singing at the top of my lungs.

    Vok - Circles: I honestly love everything this Icelandic band creates. Their atmospheric vibe and the haunting voice makes me feel like I’m driving down icy paths past waterfalls and glaciers. It’s ethereal and I can almost see the huldufolk and elves of Iceland rejoicing to the sounds of this music. They put me in a dreamy state and help me to create some of my most surreal visions. It also helps calm and center me.

  • Artistic Inspiration:

    Ghostshrimp: I recently went back and listened to an old Creative Pep Podcast with Andy J. Pizza where he interviews Ghostshrimp, the creator of the world of Adventure Time. I was always a massive fan of this animation series and the world is the most colorful, surreal, and something that every child would want to imagine as a land where adventure can happen. Ghostshrimp is not only a phenomenal illustrator, but his passion for art, creativity, and bonding with other creatives is truly inspirational to me. Check out his work at www.ghostshrimpglobal.com

  • Screen Inspiration:

    Ancient Aliens. I have been binge watching this History network show on HULU and although some of the episodes are a bit coo-coo, it definitely makes you look at things in our world in a whole new light. It also has great story telling and really gives a creative person a chance to think outside the box. Ultra enjoyable and fun!

  • Other Inspiration:

    The Creative Waffle Podcast: I just discovered this podcast on itunes and I’m really enjoying the people being interviewed. I listened to one with football designer and illustrator Dave Flanagan and I loved hearing his story of how he got to work with some of the world’s biggest football clubs. It definitely inspired me!

    Bettina Restaurant: My wife and I got a night out with our friends to check out this new restaurant here in Santa Barbara. The food was made with so much care and they make some of the best wood fired pizza I’ve had. The customer service was superb and its these kind of places that help replenish your soul with good food, good friends, and fun.

    That’s all for this week! More inspirations to come every week! Stay tuned!

Weekly Inspiration for the week of January 1, 2019

Welcome to my weekly inspiration blog. Every week I will be doing some bullet journaling about the things that I’ve found recently to be super inspiring towards my work as a freelance illustrator. I hope they will help others who love to explore and find new things to help them on their journey as creatives.

  • Music Inspiration:

    Toro Y Moi - Outer Peace. Wow, what an eclectic mix of sounds, grooves, and all around incredible creative making music. There is even a song called “Freelance”. Could this be any more perfect!

    Little People - Landloper. I’m not sure how I came across this album but it is so fluid from start to finish. I feel like it’s the soundtrack to my brain when it’s coming up with ideas. This has been on constant repeat for me! Amazing album!

  • Artistic Inspiration:

    Henning Wagenbreth: I discovered his illustration work as the front cover of the New York Times Magazine this past November. His style is super fun, colorful, and whimsical. I’m a huge fan! Check out his work at www.wagenbreth.com

  • Screen Inspiration:

    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2. During the first episode I wasn’t so sure but as you get into the season you realize that they have done an unbelievable job of exploring the world and the characters. Also, the way this show is shot is so beautiful to look at. It’s absolutely mesmerizing!

  • Other Inspiration:

    Creative Pep Talk Podcast. I would be remiss to not mention that I am always constantly listening to this podcast. I listen to it while I work, while I go for runs, or when I’m driving around town. Andy J. Pizza is not only funny and witty, but has excellent insight and is the kind of guy that if we lived in the same town, I’m pretty sure I’d want him to be my best friend! Check it out on itunes!

    My son Leo. Leo is 22 months old and every day he inspires me to be the best father, husband, artist, and human I can be! He is hilarious, precocious, fun, and smart. I love every minute I get to spend with him! Although it’s not easy to juggle a freelance illustrator career while spending time with my son, I’m super thankful of the flexibility I have to be there for him whenever he needs me.

    That’s all for this week! More inspirations to come every week! Stay tuned!