Weekly Inspiration for the Week of January 27, 2019

This week has been off to a tough start. Another cold for my son Leo made Monday a non working day, and now I’m playing catch up. I did however, finish my latest postcard mailer that I can’t wait to send out to all my potential future clients. I’ve learned that when things aren’t going the way you want them to, you just have to take a second to re-calibrate, and then try another way. Persistence is the only word that matters as a freelancer. Here’s the things that have kept me going this week…

  • Music Inspiration:

    Junius Meyvant - Across the Borders: Finally a new album from Icelandic folk singer/songwriter Junius Meyvant. My wife and I first discovered his music while travelling around Iceland on our honeymoon and his beautiful voice and soft melodies fit perfectly with the gorgeous landscape around us. Everytime I hear him, it brings me back to that place and for that, I will always be a lifelong fan. This album might be his best yet, with heartfelt lyrics and real bloody passion packed into every song.

    Royal Canoe - Waver - Discovered this album on a random whim, and am so happy I did because I love the cool laid back vibe of this album. Been playing it constantly in my studio while I sketch. Check out the song “RAYZ”, a definite future indie rock classic.

  • Artistic Inspiration:

    Gaston Pacheco: Gaston’s artwork has such an unbelievably smoothness to it. The characters are lush and the color palette he uses is so welcoming and makes every detail pop. He is also amazing with isometric style and creating unique perspectives. I can’t say enough good things and I love to see the newest creations he comes up with. Check out his work at www.behance.net/gastonpacheco

  • Screen Inspiration:

    Bob’s Burgers: I have been a fan of this show since the very beginning. Somehow, each season they are able to keep coming up with incredibly clever plot lines and exceptional jokes. This is not only the kind of cartoon I’d want to write on, but one I’d want to create as well. The characters are so relatable and remind you of your own family in different aspects. If you’ve never seen this show, then now would be an awesome time to start the binging!

  • Other Inspiration:

    Joel Sartore: This photographer has been compiling a “photo ark” of every animal species in existence. My son and I love to scroll through the animals in which he captures with incredible precision and detail. It’s very inspirational to see all the different kinds of life that thrive on our planet. We are sometimes so wrapped up in discovering life on other planets in our universe that we forget how unbelievable our own planet is and that there is still much to discover here as well.

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

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!