Thursday, May 21, 2015

fall into the arts Tees

The annual event at Westfield Area Elementary School has come and gone...and it was an interesting night of the arts with this years theme being Africa. Ashley decided that the t-shirts shouldn't have strictly African colors (red, green and yellow) so that wearing them the rest of the year could be made easier. I love the colors....orange has been my favorite color since early high school and the gray is right up my not-so-flashy alley. She had them made through Custom Ink. The screening was done very well. It is as if your quality local screen shop had done them up right. Many of the large online shops (cafepress, zazzle, etc) have the computer-done look, like the place at the mall that will put your child's face on a cheap sweatshirt for Christmas. These have that nice heavy ink. We'll see how they stand up to a few washes and all. So far, they are being received well. Later.




Wednesday, May 20, 2015

mr. cook is getting married

A family friend and fellow teacher at the Williamson/R. B. Walter complex has gotten married. He is a math teacher at the High school and thought getting hitched on Pi Day (3.14.15) would be a clever idea. The wife-to-be bit on the concept and the date was set. Ashley and I were asked to put an announcement postcard together for the happy couple. Since they are both teachers (his wife-to-be, Chrissie, teaches in the Athens area), Ashley thought the card should look like chalk on a blackboard. I agreed and we set out to draw up the lettering necessary. I had Ashley draw the pie as it just wasn't happening. Below is the final version that Dan and Chrissie okay'd.



Sunday, May 10, 2015

new wooden sign completed


I had designed this little logo for a family friend a year or so ago. He had liked it enough to have me build him a wooden sign version of it. I had taken my time thinking through how design it or how I would attack the wood. I still had some old barn boards in the garage waiting for a project and decided to put 'em to use. 


I set into giving it some dimension...a slight relief that would allow for some of the surface grain to remain. It was something that happened by accident during the working process but grabbed my attention. The real challenge is to keep the project looking aged. Using great barn boards helps but is no guarantee. 



Once carved out my attempts at aging it a bit more were put to the test.


There is something about wood grain, the texture and the pattern, that never seems to dull the senses. It is as if wood was meant for humans to engage it. Like our love of water, wood always feels right. The goal of anyone working with it is to keep that feeling present as we cut, carve, color, etc. 



I am not sure how the finished sign looks on screen, but I feel, as I hold it and prepare to soon hand it over to its new owner, that it works well. The material was treated with care and respect and at the end of the day, that is really all we can (should) do.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

you can still get 'em...air force 1's

It sure has been some time since my last post. I took a teaching gig at a local university which has consumed my blogging time. Anywho, finding this part of Nike's website in which you can customize your way into a pair of Air Force 1's made me come back to anyone reading this. 



I took this screen shot after I went through the customizing process. I designed it to the traditional look. Not sure why I chose blue, but.....it has been done. I love the angles you can chose for viewing as well as the high resolution zoom option. I could look at it all day.

If the shoe was a bit less cash, I might jump at the chance.

Thanks Nike! Thank you BIG!

Monday, October 20, 2014

reel island charters logo and tee shirt image completed

I was contacted a few months ago by some fine folks down in Boca Grande, Florida (Chad and Penelope Lach) who were starting a fishing business similar to my brother's charter fishing business. They were looking for some artwork, specifically a logo that could be expanded out into a tee shirt design. Calling the business "Reel Island Charters", they had some ideas about the end result. It was to feature a snook (a popular game fish in southern Florida) and some rod and reels to set it all off. 

My initial response was to solidify a script lettering style to set it apart from whatever fish was going to be created. 



I figured that with this design they could easily letter a vehicle or scale it down to business card size and still have a solid look.

From this point, after they gave the thumbs up on the lettering, I moved on to sketching out a vintage looking layout using all the information that they supplied. I adjusted the "Reel Island" script to fit around the snook and used an oval as the general shape of the total image.




I did some minor adjustments to the title and set up an image that I believed would work as a smaller center chest design for the front of a tee. 



Looking forward to hearing from the Lach family and hope the design is met with a positive response in the local community and patrons and it helps them to get the word out. If you are near Boca Grande, Florida, give them a call and do some terrific fishing in one of the most beautiful spots in the U.S of A.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

new africa themed design for this years "fall into the arts"



My wife is setting up another Fall into the Arts event at Westfield Elementary School where she is the Art Teacher. It is a great night of music, theatre and the visual arts geared toward young students. 
The act of drawing type is something that never seems to diminish in the joy that it brings me. My hope is that I am continuously improving with my skills. Each project has a feeling attached to it and the goal is hopefully reached. The viewer might not be aware of each specific goal, but I sure am. I don't think I will ever be fully satisfied with anything I do and that has been a good thing in my life. I never reach the carrot. I just keep pulling the art cart up the steep grade of living.

Monday, September 15, 2014

art doesn't fall far from the tree


My son Matthew is a second grader who loves school, reading, Lego's, Star Wars and just about everything else except cheese. My wife and I, both art teachers, have never pushed him, or his sister Clare, toward the arts. We do the occasional art project together but we refrain from harsh criticism of their skills. We definitely don't push it! 

During music class they were given some Popsicle sticks to work out some music theories (which I don't understand well enough to explain here...second grade stuff). When finished, they had a few minutes to just create something with the sticks. Not sure where Matt picked up the 3-dimensional thinking, but he must be watching his parents work or just thinking through it on his own. I guess it is good to do ones work in front of them even if you would bet your right arm that they weren't paying any attention at all. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

tarpon coffee table

My brother, Capt. Gregg McKee, has documented a coffee table my wife and I worked on while in FL the past month (my wife did the paintings of the tarpon on top, all the really cool and important parts).



You can check out more pics over at my brother's blog by clicking pine island angler. Thanks brother!