Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Disney Store 25th Anniversary Illustration

I was so honored to contribute to the Disney Stores 25th Anniversary Celebration by doing this illustration that is in the store right now. It was used on several items including a limited edition lithograph (2500 of course).
When conceiving this, I was inspired by some beautiful, somewhat wonky vintage Disney Greeting Cards like this one:

Most of all, I wanted to do something that captured a nice representation of Walt Disney's characters in an energetic and joyous way, in a neutral environment that allowed all of these wonderful characters to co-exist if only for a moment. The "magic cyclone" in the middle seemed like a good focal point to bring everybody together representing the unifying essence of Disney. This was such a fun project! I just got back from my local store where I bought a few items to store away for posterity. 
If you're wondering if I still get a thrill when I walk into a Disney Store less than 2 miles from where I grew up and see my art on product and signage all over the place...the answer is yes....yes I do.

By the way, the image above varies a little bit from the version that went into production...see if you can spot the difference.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Thou Shalt NOT Should on Thyself

I developed this graphic a few years back for a friend who co-wrote "The Shack" which is a best selling fictional book that challenged my thinking about the heart of God as presented by most mainstream churches. This was one of his favorite sayings to dismantle the fallacy that God isn't as obsessed with our so-called religious obligations as we are.... and he thought it would make a good T-shirt.
This particular design didn't fly as you can imagine....maybe the color choice? The splatter? Hmmmmm.....I can't put my finger on it.....