AIGA Always Summer Poster – Cruel Summer

Click here to see the Alternate Version of the CRUEL SUMMER POSTER on WHITE Paper Stock

It’s that time again for the second annual AIGA Always Summer Poster Show & Mixtape. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite shows next to the SkateDeck show we do every year. For those of you not familiar with it, Each artist/designer picks a favorite summer song of theirs and designs around it, and the DJ’s spin the songs during the festivities. This year we chose an old Favorite called CRUEL SUMMER by an 80’s group named BANANARAMA. For both Grease & I, the first thing that comes to mind when we hear this song is the scene from KARATE KID where Danielson and Ali are playing soccer. So that’s where we went with it, and had a blast doing so. So much in fact we thought about doing a series of overprints like this, but then we start thinking about how long it took to do all those portraiture’s… haha! We’ll See.


This poster was a first for Grease and I, in that this was the first time we purposely tried to do an overprint with transparency using the extender. We experimented with the ratio’s quite a bit and pretty much found out that its trial by fire, and also that the paper color and background solid play a pretty big part of it. We actually printed this poster on both Khaki French Speckletone and solid white sheets. Both seem to yield pretty big differences but both had their own special qualities. The White definitely popped more and played better to the halftones in the brighter orange but the khaki soaked up the orange quite a bit letting the transparency come through a lot more. We might try one more color combo with this print just to experiment with the transparency a bit more, so we’ll keep you posted. We’ll post pics of the actual poster real soon.

You can also check pics of the show on @PointShootEnjoy flickr set & on the Jensen Hande Blog.

Also check out our poster from last years Inaugural Event… Tim Armstrong – Wake Up It’s Summer Bitch

AARP Magazine Illustration – Bring The Muscle


So about a month ago, Grease and I were contacted by the AARP Magazine to do a typographic illustration for an editorial assignment about traveling. We were super excited about it until we found out what type of subject matter they wanted, which is when we lost our minds, A 65 Mustang! If there’s one thing we love to illustrate more than any other, it would be Muscle Cars. So we jumped at the opportunity and hit the gas. Below are some graphics of the final piece, an alternate version with a 65 mustang GT 500, and some sketched concepts that we originally presented without the actual car. Thanks to Dian for giving us the opportunity to work on such a fun project.


For those of you not familiar with the AARP Magazine, here are some Fun Facts:

  1. Established in 1958, AARP The Magazine is a bi-monthly magazine published by AARP, which focuses on aging issues.
  2. The magazine is sent to every AARP member, and thus is the largest circulation magazine in the United States; it has held that position since the late 1980s.
  3. Circulation = 24.4 million People.


VOID Magazine Limited Edition Tee Shirt


Surf, skate, music, fishing & eateries… VOID magazine covers it all, in North Florida. I recently ran in to Tye & Aaron (founders of V.M.) in the line-up… though none of us had worked together before, the conversation had come up several times, and seemed like something we were all interested in. So between sets of thigh-high summer mush, we started kicking around the possibility of doing some shirt designs for VOID. I was so stoked on the idea, I couldn’t wait to start sketching. It wasn’t long before before I had a rough line drawing for what you see above. I’m a huge fan of anything detailed/intricate, and given V.M.’s wide rage of coverage in NorFl, an “everything shirt” seemed like a natural fit…

If you haven’t already, check out the new issue of VOID in stores now, & don’t forget to show some V.M. love by picking up one of these crispy fresh tees’, available on their site. – GREASE

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