Tutorial: How to convert your hand-lettering into vector shapes using Adobe Shape

Stuff you’ll need if you want to try the techniques in this tutorial:  A smartphone or tablet running the Adobe Shape app A copy of Adobe Photoshop CC and/or Illustrator CC A Creative Cloud subscription (in order to make use of CC Libraries) . Here’s an FAQ page. (Sorry to any legacy Adobe application users. This tutorial relies on features only found of the Creative Cloud Libraries.) Hey kids, there’s …

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Trying not to try too hard

James Taylor’s Zen-like lyrics to “Secret O’ Life” wound up in my head one evening while my sketch pad was at arm’s length. The result is what’s above…which was easier said than drawn, which is sort of the point of the song. “The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time. Any fool can do it, there ain’t nothing to it. Nobody knows how we got to the …

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Big Man Small Car

Un uomo e la sua automobile blu

I love the proportions of man to machine in this painting from a vintage photo I’ve had hanging out in my files for a while. I think it may actually may be taken in France or the Netherlands but the title sounds better in Italian, as do most things.

Ode to Helvetica

If one font can be responsible for one’s choice of career path, in my case it would be Helvetica. This is just a playful tribute to Max Miedinger and the Haas foundry.

Who says door hangers can’t be sexy?

One of our ISP clients requested we design a printed sales piece to accompany a door hanger campaign they’ll be waging in a neighborhood within their service area. They wanted something generic, but themed around a rocket motif, which has meaning for them because part of their name in Italian means “rocket”. I did some retro looking posters for them a few years ago which I liked for their …

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The play is the thing

I’m lucky enough to have some uber talented relatives, most notably my cousin David Wally, playwright, former movie mogul and Facebook political soul mate. David is producing his second play, “In & Out: The USofAlienation” in association with Brian Rasmussen at Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks and I’ve been helping out with the promotional materials design. We also collaborated on the design for his previous offering “Six Degrees of …

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A recent excursion out the front door and down to the bike shop, yielded these cell images.

New Work

This category of new work is a journal of sorts chronicling the roller coaster ride that has always been and continues to be my spiritual evolution. It’s no small thing. It’s a working out of some difficult equations. Some heavy lifting, some loosening of the grip, some wriggling free. Trying on new clothes, new lines, new colors, new textures. Click on the image to enlarge.

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