The take away menu that I created for La Supa Rica Taqueria provides a complete list of their menu and daily specials that captures the personality of the restaurant in a striking way. I utilized traditional "Santa Barbara" fonts and their trade mark turquoise to communicate their brand while maintaining a clean and modern look.
Printed copies will be available at the restaraunt soon!
La Flor Events is a wedding and event focused floral company that has grown through creativity and craftsmanship. Planning a fairy-tale wedding, a mind-blowing party or a perfectly polished corporate event in Hawaii or beyond? If you can dream it, La Flor Events can make it come true! Pairing innovative, creative design with flawless execution, they create moving and stylish events that let you savor every perfect moment.
Logo design, Squarespace website design , art direction, brand fonts and colors, business card design and printing through Moo, and content curation for La Flor Events by Vanessa Olsen, my wonderful wedding designer / planner, friend, and local florist.
Packaging label set for Idyll Horse Farm Lavender products. Labels for 4 oz glass bottle, 6 oz glass bottle and soap.
The concept for this design to was to create something that reflected a California Vintage Farm look with a french twist.
Since 1969, Channel Islands Surfboards has been dedicated to performance and quality through hard work, innovation, and originality. Over the last 43 years, Channel Islands has grown from a local grass-roots operation to a cutting edge organization, catering to the best surfers in the world. It started with hard-core surfing and quality in mind and these guidelines have brought us through four decades of constant change in the surf industry. Channel Islands will shape the new millennium with innovative design and quality as our main focus.
“The driving force behind Channel Islands Surfboards is the demand on design created by the world’s greatest surfers, allowing for the highest performance surfing possible. To provide the most dedicated surfers with the most advanced, performance designs is my passion” – Al Merrick, Designer/Shaper
CI is a privately held organization focused on rider-driven product and manufacturing the best possible equipment available. Located in a state-of-the-art facility just blocks from Rincon Del Mar, the CI HQ represents a foundation for developing, testing, and building boards while providing jobs in Santa Barbara for many years to come.
Channel Islands Surfboards was created by Al and Terry Merrick in 1969. From his birth, Britt spent his days in the factory by the beach in Santa Barbara, from toddling around blanks to sweeping out shaping rooms. Eventually he started shaping alongside his father Al in 1990. He is now the lead shaper and designer for CI and carries on the family tradition of developing high performance board designs collaborating with the world’s greatest surfers. From Tom Curren, to Dane Reynolds, Channel Islands continues to evolve with the highest standard of surfing.
"Named after the fast and powerful falcon that tends to breed on coastal cliffs. This new model connects with the board’s design for fast, powerful surfing and reflects Dane and Courtney’s interest in falconry. Four-channels fuel this all around high performance shortboard suitable for all wave types. Designed for maximum down the line speed, quick transitions, and big rail turns."
Images courtesy of Channel Islands Surfboards.
Web and print art direction and various marketing material concepted and created for Dark Waves. Stay tuned for more!
Check out the website I built on Squarepsace for BREAKERS. All the photography and graphics are custom pieces of art I did for the brand. I also went through many revisions of a logo and icon. Also included is various fliers and menu design. Stay tuned for much more!
Drawing is my favorite creative past time. This is a small collection of some of my favorite sketches. I often draw with just pencil, but also enjoy mixing water colors, paint pens, colored pencils and other mixed media!
Clean and modern typography based logo for Pacifique Swim, a minimalist swimwear line launching in Fall 2015 by Karissa Hochberg and Melissa Ninen.
Make sure to stay updated on Pacifique's launch here.
While many skateboarders have enjoyed the skateboard graphics of VC Johnson over the last 40 years, his other work has largely been tucked away in private reserve, unseen, even by most of his friends and family. This collection of his works in black and white is now offered in gratitude to those who have supported, inspired and, of course, have bought his work, which has afforded him a comfortable life in his hometown of Santa Barbara, California, where he continues to live and work. Still alive and grateful, he thanks you all.
Helping my mentor and dear friend Vernon Courtlandt Johnson has been one of the biggest highlights of my creative career. Court and I go way back, and he was one of the first people in my life to encourage me to do art when I was a young kid. I owe him so much grattitude for always inspiring me.
I created VCJ Graphics on Squarespace and I styled the pages, edited and color corrected his art work, created a custom logo for the site with his traditional stamp and monkey graphic, and helped curate all the different images and categories. I also used the his custom VCJ stamp logo for his business cards.
Please check out VCJ Graphics for more on Court and his artwork.
As a California native and sun lover, I can't tell you enough how important my sunscreen and skin regime is to my health. When Salt Water Diva's approached me to design the label for their new skin care line Live Free Go Organic, I couldn't have been more thrilled. To say this stuff is amazing is an understatement, I absolutely adore using this product and it keeps my skin looking fresh under the harsh sun. Check out more on this product on Spirit Earth and don't get caught in the sun without it! For a list of local stores that carry this product in Santa Barbara, send me a direct message on my contact page.
Thank you David Pu'u for letting me use your image featured in the 2015 DEEP Swim Magazine!
Working on crafts gives my hands and eyes a much needed break from the computer screen. I created this hand made mermaid crown for my Halloween costume this year and its the perfect accent for any sea goddess. Please email me directly if you are interested in doing a custom order at email@example.com.
Photos by the talented Alex Noble at Noble Vision.
Anacapa’s design philosophy translates into thriving community intersections and distinctive private residences. By focusing on the cultural and environmental impacts of reshaping space, Anacapa balances the social responsibility of urban planning and development, while daring to implement unexpected and imaginative functionality.
Established in Santa Barbara, California as Dan Weber Architecture, Anacapa emerged in November 2016, as a way of honoring the collective contribution underlying our design ethos. Anacapa illustrates a connection to the Santa Barbara Channel’s ecological history and stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the local community that has nurtured our vision. Our studio was founded in the Funk Zone on Anacapa Street, a distinct locality magnetized by lively grassroots commerce. This uncontested hallowed ground nurtured our company’s roots and remains fundamental to our creative identity.
Printed postcard design for Anacapa Architecture. 4 inches by 6 inches, matte finish, 4 different versions.
Check out more from Anacapa on their site here.
A few pieces from my series of yarn art that I created for friends and family as gifts. All pieces are made with drift wood collected from the Gaviota Coastline, feathers that have been gifted to me by my artist mentor and friend Vernon Courtlandt Johnson, premium polyester/ nylon yarn and leather adorned with African beads.
Monochromatic paintings created with spray paint and water on watercolor and linen paper.
Various paintings and murals created with acrylic painting, POSCA paint pens, sharpie, and house paint.
Please inquire further if you would like details on a particular piece or have a mural commission request.
Adobe Illustrator vector drawing laid onto a Photoshop background.
For this particular piece, I was inspired by the juxtaposition of sexy and dark. Both Gothic yet Bohemian. The contrast of black, white, and gray with the fuchsia pink really brings this piece to life for me. I intended for my subject matter to have an almost vampire like look with her pale white skin and mouth opened, presenting the illusion that she is biting into something or someone while still remaining an object of sexual desire.
All photos take with my Canon Rebel T1i.
Lifestyle photography is one of my greatest creative passions that I discovered while blogging over 6 years ago. The ability to capture events and moments in time while simultaneously setting a mood through visual aesthetics is a creative journey that not only excites me but also challenges me. All the images categorized in this section represent a piece of my memory and a feeling I had at the time.
The digital orchid still life that I created was my final project for my digital drawing class. Although the style doesn't necessarily reflect my artistic taste, I believe this piece is great example of how far I am able to push my skills in Adobe Illustrator.
All photos taken with my Canon Rebel T1i.
The digital illustration that I created in Adobe Illustrator of Hunter S. Thompson's face was made using a stippling effect that utilizes dots to convey shading and depth. After the illustration of the writer was created in AI, I brought him into Adobe Photoshop to create the custom smoke typography treatment and blurred background. The poster is illustrates Thompson's famous quote "Buy the ticket, take the right" while giving the illusion that he himself is spinning.
A collection of photographs of my many muses. All photographs taken with my Canon Rebel T1i.
Taking photographs of my beautiful friends is one of my favorite creative subject matters. I often dry my inspiration from raw female sexual energy and feel the present of a muse during my creative process.
My inspiration for this piece was based on a dream I had one evening about the painting “The Birth of Venus” by Botticelli. I have seen the physical painting in Italy and had forgotten how much it had moved me in real life until she reappeared to me in my dream. The dream symbolized a lot of what I had been going through recently in my personal life and what I wanted my portfolio to embody. The mermaid I created was not only inspired by the god Aphrodite, but also a combination of my favorite comic book characters. It was very important to either add a splash of water behind the shell or in the case that I choose, glitter and sparkles, because it symbolizes her coming out into the world... her "Ta-Dah!" moment.
Illustration created in Adobe Illustrator and edited in Adobe Photoshop.
SBCC Foundation 2014 Campaign for Student Success first place winner in the digital design competition.
Student designers were encouraged to submit pieces representing the Campaign theme, “Show Us Your Love.” Judging was conducted by a panel of professionals in the field, including Irene Hoffman, Laurence Orr, Jim Rivera, and Melanie Belanger. The most heavily weighted criteria in selecting the three winners was how closely the pieces portrayed or conveyed the “Show Us Your Love” theme while still exhibiting creativity and individuality.
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