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Tiny Tabasco

Several years ago while employed at my previous job, my main responsibility for the most part was designing Textile repeats & artwork for the Tabasco Sportswear Collection and various other apparel collections. However, occasionally I was asked to do other side jobs as well. One such case was when I took on the project for Tabasco of illustrating portraits of the members of the TEAM Tabasco Golf Team. The drawings were printed on labels of mini Tabasco bottles. The plan was for the golfer’s to hand out their bottles as promotion for the team, the hot sauce, and the sportswear collection as well.

Even though I had drawn several portraits, only four were produced to my knowledge. As for the design of the label, I was told specifically what it was to look like and that I had to use the notorious font…Brush Script! This font should be put out of it’s misery, hung up to dry, and given severance package along with it’s walking papers. I fought to use another font, but after much debate…I had to ultimately do what I was told. My apologies to all Graphic Designers out there for the use of this font.

Below are the drawings of the Golfers that did make it onto bottles. Click on them to view them larger.

These following three portraits were not made into mini labels.

I don’t know for what reason the three unused portraits weren’t used, but here they are in all their glory for your viewing pleasure.

I’m happy about how the drawings came out, I think that each of the golfer’s likeness was pretty spot on. If I were to have done these portraits today, rather that close to 10 years ago, I think that they’d only be that much better. Despite that, I’m proud of the final drawings…so enjoy!

Quantum Flux

“Last night, Darth Vader came down from planet Vulcan and told me that if I didn’t take Lorraine out that he’d melt my brain.”

So as I wind down this series of “Back To The Future” inspired “Artzee Fartzee” Post It Posts, I thought that I’d give a nod to my other favorite Time Traveling partners in crime other than that of Marty and Doc…but rather the duo of Sam and Al. As I mentioned once before in a Previous Post, “Quantum Leap” was definitely amongst one of my favorite television shows I watched in my adolescence. And like with everything that I like, I tend to want more of it…but in it’s original form. It saddens me that Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd will never be saddling up in their trusty DeLorean and crack the Space Time Continuum to peer at Hill Valley at various moments along the time line…but will Dr. Beckett…that possibility could still exist. There have been past attempts or talks at bringing “Quantum Leap” back as either a series of movies or even a spin-off series following the adventures of Sam’s daughter Sammy Jo Leaping through time tring to find and rescue her dad. Alas it seems like both options have stalled in their progress, and as of yet, no new Leaps. Unlike “Back To The Future” that suffers from a few hurdles if it were to continue it’s stories with Marty and Doc (ie Michael J. Fox’s illness, the fact that the actors have aged beyond their ability to play their characters even in their older incarnations, and let alone that the characters came full circle and it felt complete), “Quantum Leap” doesn’t suffer from this issue. Both Scott Backula and Dean Stockwell could play their characters at their current age without affecting the storyline or any type of continuity issues and as fans we were treated to a cliffhanger of sorts with the series finale. Dr. Beckett is still out there do what Dr. Beckett does best…leaping. Please, oh please can the powers that be, please give us at least one more adventure with our faithful duo!

So as “Artzee Fartzee” Troy attempts to rectify his Faux Flux Capacitor debacle with his hopes of traveling through time via Quantum Leaping…I hope you’ve enjoyed this series. Please come back and visit for more “Artzee Fartzee” Post It Posts and if you feel compelled to do so…tell a friend about my artwork and these Posts…ah hell…tell two, I don’t mind. Hope to see you back…to the Future…um Present…I mean, right back here at my site, next time that is!

AIGA 2008 Design Summit

As you’ll notice from the drawings below, neither of them really have much to do, if anything to do with the subject of this, my 17th Post It Post. I’ll get to the drawings a little bit later…but first, let’s talk about the AIGA 2008 Design Summit.

The AIGA is an organization for Graphic Artist and Designers. This past Tuesday, December 16th, the New Orleans chapter hosted a Design Summit at Loyola University. It basically was a 3 hour panel discussion about what we as a community of Graphic Artists could do to help with the recovery of New Orleans in this Post-Katrina environment. The panel was made up of several of the founders of some of New Orleans’ leading design firms. Many of them discussed their personal and professional experiences dealing with Katrina and the state of Graphic Arts now here after the big storm.

As someone who has felt like he’s not really been part of any type of Design or Illustration Community, it was an excellent experience for me to be surrounded by like minded individuals. At my previous job, I was pretty much isolated from the community as a whole. For the longest time it was only me designing and drawing in an office by myself until they eventually hired someone else on full-time. So for all of my time there, we were pretty much an island to ourselves. Now as my situation has changed, I want to make an effort to become part of that world that I had felt like I had been denied previously.  I’m still contemplating joining the AIGA, I’m leaning towards it. I’m also going to look into if their are any organization in New Orleans like the AIGA but for Illustrators and Traditional artists. The thing is that I’m both a Graphic Designer and an Illustrator…I’m a Graphic Illustrator so to speak. No matter what I decide about membership, I definitely plan to attend future AIGA events that are open to the public.

So hearing each of the panelist speak, I definitely got a feeling for them, and hope to be able to interact with many of them here in the near future. New Orleans is a great town, despite all the negative images and stories that are put out there…it’s something worth saving and making strong once again…if not better.

And now for the Post It drawings.

I’m a big fan of the classic Rankin & Bass Christmas specials. I must watch them all every season. Without them, the Holidays just aren’t the same. Of course the granddaddy of them all is “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” So I couldn’t let the season pass without having Troy and friends confront some of the North Pole’s favorite Misfits. So enjoy Troy’s confusion with Rudolph’s ability and His Canine Pal’s frank discussion with Charlie and his Box. So as you can see, they definitely don’t have anything to do with the subject of today’s post, but I had fun drawing them.

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Etc.

The absolutely unbelievable happened here late last week…Thursday December 11, 2008 to be specific, New Orleans and most of Louisiana experienced the rarest of rarieties…it snowed. It SNOWED! This little corner of the South was turned into a Winter Wonderland. It was a brief but very welcomed early Christmas gift. Thursday morning I woke to a barrage of phone calls and text messages telling me to look outside. Some messages simply stated, “It’s Snowing!” 

    

The common thread shared by all were the exclamation marks, whether in text form or in the sound of their voices…the excitement and thrill was definitely there. For those of you out there that are graced with such wintery frozen events each year, what you don’t understand is that an event like this doesn’t come around that often, seriously does not come around that often. There was a very brief snowfall in 2004 on Christmas Day…more sleet than snow, but I was out of town for said event. Then before that in ’93 another sleety snow moment occurred. The closest we ever came to what I would call real snow was back in the 80’s, but it was nothing like what transpired last Thursday. As I ran out onto my balcony, I had my breath taken away by the shear joy of the visual stimuli that was bombarding me. Snow! Real Honest Wintery White Goodness! It was coming down in sheets, quickly covering rooftops, cars, lawns, and anyone that ventured out into it’s downfall. I spotted a couple of kids that had obviously never seen snow in their life run out of their front down, pause a moment, then scream in excitement at the top of their lungs, “OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD, IT’S SNOWING, IT’S SNOWING!” They paused again and followed it up with, “IT’S LIKE HEAVEN!!!” There’s definitely no denying the joy those two kids felt, and it definitely was shared by all. The local news interrupted programming to follow the unexpected weather phenomenon until it’s bitter end, when the snow stopped, sleet commenced, and then eventually began to melt off.

In this 16th Post It Post, I wanted to show Troy’s excitement (and mine as well) for this Frozen Treat. I also sketched out Troy’s Canine Pal amongst the Icy Powder. I haven’t drawn him much and plan on showing a bit more of him in the Posts to come.

Though it is sad that the event came and went and not even a sign of it’s occurrence still exists with us other than our collective memories and the countless pictures we took, I am still overwhelmed that we were lucky enough to have been given this little treat. It’s been a hard year and it appears that the times ahead might be just as trying, so what the snow gave us down here in New Orleans was a chance to stop, breathe, and play like a child one more time. It was a very welcomed and much longed for break. Below are a few pics I took of my Winter Wonderland and the fun I partook in it. Enjoy!

        

            

I miss you snow…please came back soon!

The Gift Of Groove

This Post is gonna be a little different then my previous ones.

This weekend, Friday & Saturday (Nov. 21 & 22) in New Orleans, many local shops are participating in “GIVE: The Gift Of Groove.” When you shop at any of the participating retailers listed below on those two days, 10% of all the net sales will go towards the Tipitina’s Foundation which supports music in our schools.  I have special interest in this because two of my friend are taking part in this. So please, if you live in the surrounding New Orleans area or just so happen to feel compelled to road trip or take flight and visit the Big Easy this upcoming weekend…please visit some of the participating shops and unload some cash or credit on them. Heck…the holiday season is fast approaching and you can never have enough gifts to stack underneath your tree.  If you can still see the tree, you haven’t bought enough presents yet.

Like I said, two of my friends are participating retailers, so please check them out, help them…and help support music in our schools.

NOLA Couture
(will be located inside EM’s • 246 Metairie Road  •  (504)834-2795)
www.NOLACouture.com
LIFE
(5422 Magazine Street  •  (504)267-0380)
www.life-neworleans.com

Thanks for helping and hope to see you out there.