My favorite times riding a bike have often come when heading place to place in the small Colorado towns I've spent a lot of my life in. One of the best excuses to hop on the bike will always be to grab some brews from the local store. It's that small town nostalgia that inspired this design.
The last lines of America's National Anthem not only serve as a reminder of the great history and resilience of our country but also apply to its interior. The wildernesses found in America truly are the land of the free and home of the brave.
This series of ink and colored pencil illustrations was sparked by an interest in hand drawn typography and inspired by brilliant Sanborn Fire Insurance map typography published between 1880 and 1920.
Each drawing grew organically starting with minimal sketching, and the final piece is a combination of Micron pen lines, and color from Prismacolor colored pencils, two of my favorite mediums when working by hand.
These illustrations were created as part of the BeWilder BFA Show.
Minard & Sons
Man vs. Wild
A larger version of this Illustration can be found on my Flickr
Digital Design & Illustration
BFA Senior Design Show
BeWilder was the culmination of 5 years as a Graphic Design student at Western State Colorado University (formerly Western State College), created during my senior year. The final 12 piece collection was my first chance to create specifically for a gallery space, and was a joint venture with 3 other artists. BeWilder became the name of the show because of the inspiration I receive from spending time in the wilderness when I'm feeling lost or uninspired.
Collabarating Artists: Bailey McLean Laura Heck Mark Mitchell
The grand lodges of the National Parks have defined a generation of rustic American architecture, and also inspired me while growing up as my family traveled the west visiting America's most famed National Parks.
Links below will take you to the full size image on my Flickr.
The world's grand cycling tours all have a day nicknamed the Queen Stage. It is always the most difficult stage and the biggest challenge for the riders of the entire tour. When the the USA Pro Cycling challenge brought their weeklong race through the mountains of Colorado it took the Queen Stage to a whole new level. The 2nd stage of the inaugural race was dubbed the most difficult day of any professional stage race in the world, as over the 131 mile route from Gunnison to Aspen riders had to ascend 2 separate mountain passes in excess of 12,000 feet.
USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Western State Athletics
Posters created to promote Mountaineer athletic events during the 2011-2012 academic year while I served as the athletic department's graphic designer.