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Artcrank Seattle 2014

July 26, 2014

Once again, I had the honor of participating in the 2014 version of the Artcrank show in Seattle. This time, the show was at the Fred Wildlife Refuge. It’s a nice space and some of the proceeds were donated to the venue.

I had a hard time designing this piece because I had other freelance gigs going on at the time and I was out of town for a few days. I honestly can say that I designed this poster at hotels, planes and layovers. It’s ok, I’m happy with the outcome.

If you are interested in buying a copy, please visit my store.


Final poster.

Final poster.





My original sketch/idea.

My original sketch/idea.

Layover inking in Philly.

Layover inking in Philly.

L to R: Jeff Wilkson, Charles Youel, Jason Grube, yours truly and JC Arenas.

L to R: Jeff Wilkson, Charles Youel, Jason Grube, yours truly and JC Arenas.

The crowd

The crowd.





April 13, 2014

The Sasquatch! Music Festival is coming up and that means I get to do a poster. This year I picked Phantogram. They have a song on their new album called Bill Murray, so I decided to use him for my poster. I had a blast drawing him. So here are two of my favorites, Phantogram and Bill Murray. These are up for sale at my store.



March 11, 2014

I share most of my work over at my Instagram, it’s just easier and faster for me. I usually just snap a pic and in two seconds I can share it, no need to scan anything. However, I decided to scan some pages from my sketchbook  so you can get a better idea of what my sketches look like up-close.

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October 25, 2013

I’m preparing a solo show this next Novemeber 9th at Annies Art & Frame in Ballard. If you are in Seattle, swing by and have a drink or two. I will be showing some original drawings, linocuts and silk-screened posters and more. Here’s the Facebook event, feel free to share it!

See you there!



Bowie Creature

October 10, 2013

Here is the smaller version of the Bowie Creature.  I revisited the initial sketch and inked a new version, more polished. This is an edition of 100, they are a 2-color screenprint, signed and numbered. If you would like to purchase one, go to my store.

Bowie Creatue

Bowie Creatue





First sketch and inked updated version.

First sketch and inked updated version.

Steamroller Smackdown 2013

October 8, 2013

We took part once again in the SVC’s Wayzgoose & Steamroller Smackdown. For those of you who don’t know what The Smackdown is, here is the skinny from the SVC’s website:

“The 12th Annual Wayzgoose will take place at the School of Visual Concepts on September 7, 2013 from 1-6pm. Come see the Letterpress Marketplace, where local printers will be selling their goods, the Letterpress Equipment Swap, hands-on demonstrations and keepsake printing in the SVC Letterpress Studio, and the Steamroller Smackdown, featuring 16 design teams competing to print the coolest poster using a giant steamroller instead of a printing press.
The Letterpress Studio at SVC has always been an intersection of historical and active practice. We are not just another program teaching a lost art; we are dedicated to preserving this craft through active engagement of the community, a de facto working museum. To that end, our inspiration for this year’s Steamroller Smackdown are the other local museums, the keepers of our cultural heritage. This year’s event will forge a link between these conservators of culture and the interpreters of culture: our illustrious design community. Our spirited design teams have been paired with a cultural muse.”

Our team was paired with the awesome EMP Music + Science Fiction Museum. If you haven’t been, you should check it out. During our visit to the EMP, two of the things that got my attention were David Bowie’s costume from Labyrinth and the mask from the Monster from the Black Lagoon. So I came up with a sketch that I think speaks to both things, the Sci-Fi and the Music. And the Bowie Creature was born. Here are some pictures from the process. If you would like to see more, you can also check out the Letterpress at SVC pool on Flickr.

Also, if you like the poster, I made a screenprinted version and it’s for sale at my store.


March 7, 2013

This is a block print of one of my favorite animals, it’s called Pejelagarto. Here are some pictures of the process I took with instagram.

I printed 30 of them on really nice paper, they are 5.5 x 8.5 and are for sale at my store.

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Muertitos Show

October 24, 2012

A few weeks ago I was invited by Revolution Books to do a show for the Day of the Dead. Since this is my favorite holiday I of course said yes. I will be showing some ink drawings and a couple of posters and painting. So if you are in the Seattle area, come to Pioneer Square and say hi. Here is the Facebook Event, feel free to share.

The reception is on November 1st at 6pm. 89 S. Washington Street Seattle, WA 98104, phone: 206-325-7415

Steamroller Smackdown 2012

August 28, 2012

For this year’s SVC’s Wayzgoose & Steamroller Smackdown, the studio decided to continue our theme of mythical creatures. So I decided to do a Sasquatch. Initially, I did a rough sketch of a sasquatch, but I felt it needed something else, so after talking to a couple of friends, we came up with the Stachesquatch.
Here are some pics of the process and the event. We didn’t win this year, (there were some amazing posters out there) but I’m sure next year we will take our title back!

Dog & Pony

August 12, 2011

A few weeks ago the Creative Studio got together and decided to produce a show that would serve as a fundraiser for charity. After a few meetings and brainstorming, I came up with the name Dog & Pony. I thought it was a fun way of representing the quirky spirit of the studio.

The project consisted of 17 teams, two people per team. Each team designed a poster. The posters were printed by the great folks at Capitol City Press. I gotta thank John Currey and Mike Thompson who helped me and the project by donating the printing. It wouldn’t have been possible to do the project without them.

The posters are now for sale at the Starbucks Store located on the 8th floor of the Seattle headquarters. So far this is the only place where you can get the posters. We will look into selling the posters online and will keep you posted. And I will post pics of the rest of the posters, there are some great ones!

Here is the logo and some of the initial ideas I had. The logo stayed pretty much like my initial sketch, I tried some other options but I wasn’t happy with it. So here is the final version. I like.

There's nothing better than a rubber stamp of a logo you've made.

Some of the ideas I had. The bottom left sketch was the one I developed.

Rubber Stamping!

A small description of the project.

Stamping some posters.

My pangolin poster at the exhibit.

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