I’ve been a professional graphic designer and web development manager for over 20 years. I have expert knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite, html, css, and various other digital illustration and design programs. I am an avid illustrator working both digitally and traditionally. In my spare time I spend as much time with my wife and kids as possible. When I am not doing that, you can usually find me at the gym trying to strangle people in Jiu Jitsu class.
MY WORK HISTORY
Lead design, content management and user interface development of corporate web site. Team leader for complete re-design and integration of client portal system. I have worked comprehensively with vendors, internal staff and senior management to complete various web initiatives on time and within budget.
Around Comics Podcast
Around comics was a weekly comic book news and review show hosed nby three lifelong comic book fans. The shows popularity grew quickly and although production has ended it still ranks as one of the most popular comic book podcasts on iTunes.
Windy City Comicon
The Windy City Comicon was a private fan convention that featured over eighty creators from the world of comics, Comic Book Vendors, Publishers and more. It was the first comic book convention to be hosed in the City of Chicago in nearly 20 years.
Fitness Factory Outlet
FitnessFactory.comManaged a wide range of promotional tools and marketing initiatives including newspaper advertising, mail-order catalogs, corporate identity items, trade show booths, logo design, photography and video production.
Developed various creative print materials in support of catalog, retail and wholesale sales.
I AM GOOD AT
UX/UI/WEB DESIGNWed development, User experience, Compliance, SEO, content management customization.
HTML/CSSHTML5, CSS, customization and development.
MARKETINGSocial media marketing, networking, product launch, business synergy, logistics.
ILLUSTRATIONTraditional, digital, pen and ink, marker, logo design, editorial illustration, cartoons.
PHOTOGRAPHYProduct photography, portraits, lifestyle, project direction.
BROWSE MY RECENT WORKS
GRUNT! Supply Co. logo
GRUNT! Supply Co. is a developing brand of MMA, Jiujitsu, and martial arts clothing and accessories. The company wanted a design that evoked strength and power. They CEO loved the idea of a silverback gorilla as their brand image so I took that and developed the black-and-white illustration based on a very formidable looking ape. Once that was set, we designed the typeface for the actual company name. I decided on a comic-book style action balloon to give the design some energy as well as get across the idea that this gorilla is he mascot and spokesman for the brand.
Bangkok Ready t-shirt design
I’m a big MMA fan and as such I am also a big Joe Rogan Podcast fan. Listening one day the term “BANGKOK READY” came up sort of as a joke when talking about a fighter whose coaches were pumping him up and telling people that his Muay Thai technique was so good, he was “Bangkok ready” or ready to fight in the birthplace of Muay Thai – Bangkok, Thailand. Former UFC fighter Brendan Schaub laughed about this and said the term would make a good shirt. I decided to play around with a more serious take on it.
Battle Pug is an online webcomic created by artist and writer Mike Norton. Mike hired me to help him set his webcomic site up using WordPress.
After discussing his needs we I developed an overall aesthetic and key graphic elements for the site as well as set up a customized template design for Mike to use when uploading new episodes of the award-winning comic.
Battle Pug has gone on to win numerous awards including a Harvey and the prestigious Eisner award for best web comic.
World famous comic books artist and co-creator of the hit television show The Walking Dead, Tony Moore needed help designing a fresh look for his online gallery and store.
the challenge for me with this site was to create a functional site that was able to feature the hundreds of samples of Tony’s work, as well as have the ability for tony to add new products to an online store.
After some research we decided upon using Squarespace.com to build the site. Once an overall aesthetic was agreed upon I was able to set everything up so that Tony could easily manage his online presence, art gallery and store for his millions of fans to enjoy.
Batman Boo Commision
A commission piece. Batman has always been one of my favorite characters and of course Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns is the high water mark for Batman comics. While the Batman vs Superman movie might not be much fun, I wanted to convey a little humor in this piece. Sorry Supes, but Batman is my guy.
In the gallery of pictures, you can see the progression of this piece from initial sketch to final colors.
TOOLS: 11″ x 14″ Bristol | Tombow Pencil | Speedball ink | Photoshop colors
11″x17″ print on archival paper.
Not sure why but the idea of Rogue from the X-Men being covered in tattoos is interesting to me. her powers make her skin untouchable so having them covered in ink says something, I’m just not sure what exactly. I made this print for sale at comic book conventions a few years back. It was a very popular design.
TOOLS: Adobe Photoshop | Cintiq
This was a logo for a voice actor. He wanted something that he could use on business cards and that producers would remember.
Initially he wanted some sort of icon, but I convinced him that the most important thing for producers to remember about him was his name, not a random symbol associated with his logo. Instead of a “Mike swoosh” he needed a stylized rendition of his name so that potential clients would always remember him.
We went through quite a few renditions before landing on the final design.
TOOLS: Adobe Illustrator | Adobe Photoshop
Logo and business card design for a local Property Service company.
This was an update from an existing (poor) design. I wanted to create something more modern and flexible.
The company has gone on to use the design and aesthetic on door signs, flyers, and we are in the process of redeveloping their corporate website www.cuttingedgevillapark.com
TOOLS: Adobe Illustrator | Adobe Photoshop | Wacom
I was hired by an independent company to develop a line of t-shirt designs for the mixed-martial-arts / UFC community. After a few months back and forth this vanity project came to an unceremonious end. The people that hired me decided to move on to another project and did not want to finish paying me for the work I completed.
These were a couple of designs they asked for specifically. I was not happy with how these came out but it was more from their direction than my process.
If you hire a designer, let them design. If you want to be a designer, go learn on how to be one.
Lombard Falcons redesign
My children both participate in the Lombard Falcons Youth Sports League. It is a great kids spots programmed one my entire family has supported. I played for the Falcons as a kid and happy that both my children enjoy participating.
The league has adopted a version of the NFL Atlanta Falcons logo for their own design.While it is a great logo, there are a bunch of other teams in DuPage County that call themselves the Falcons and use the same logo with varying color changes.
I decided to take it upon myself to try and create a new Lombard Falcons logo. One that would give us our own unique identity as well as update the feel of it with a more relevant design.
Unfortunately the league has not decided to use this design. I can understand, they have dedicated a lot of resources to using the old logo. I might just make up some custom shirts for my family to wear.
I designed this logo for my friend Skottie Young. He is an incredibly talented comic book artist and writer. A few years back he was offered the chance to help re-create the classic Wizard of Oz stories in comic book form. Since then he has gone on to win multiple Eisner Awards and have the collected editions on the New York Times Best Sellers list. I like to think that it is all because of my logo design but I let Skottie think it’s because of him.
Now there are multiple hardcover collections and every time I walk into a bookstore I can see a little piece of my artwork there. I’m extremely proud to have had an itsy-bitsy part of the project. To find out more of the OZ collections check them out on Amazon.com.
Truth be told, Skottie and I worked on the design together for a while before we were able to decide on a final look that accomplished everything he wanted.