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 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!