Monday, January 24, 2022

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Support Your Local Brewery


I've been drawing these maps of local breweries for The St. Louis Brewers Heritage Foundation for a while now. The most current -- updated toward the end of Summer 2020 -- is still available as an 24"x18" print through their shop here. Hopefully all of the breweries are still open and ready to sell you some suds.

I've generated a big pile of inked drawings over the years while working on these: brewery logos, tiny slices of STL architecture + scenery, and lots of hand-lettering:

Here's a glimpse into my sketchbook, "where ideas come from". You can see here for the 2020 update I was really trying to figure out how to do a a Beer Goggles / 2020 Vision thing:

Thankfully I went with the STL flag sorta theme/color scheme instead.
Here's what the previous version looked like, 2018-2019:

And here's an even earlier version, which I detailed years ago on this blog:

I've gone back to this book over and over for visual reference and inspiration, St. Louis Brews: The History of Brewing in the Gateway City

You can see here where I was trying to rip off the Carondelet Brewing Co. style lettering:

Anyway, I've drawn a lot of other beer stuff too, like this timeline of the history of Beer, this bottle design I did for a special-release Schlafly beer, and all these technical renderings for Draft beer installers. Drink responsibly!

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Ed Emberley's BIG ORANGE vs. BIG PURPLE







This strip appeared (in black 'n' white) in the excellent anthology Emberley Galaxy. My kid is getting into these books and I had the thought to properly color this strip. Ed Emberley 4ever.

And Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 04, 2021

2011 World Series Game 6 Print! 10th Anniversary / Final Edition

Hot off the press! 10th anniversary / final printing of my this Game 6 print. More info on its inspiration/creation here. How has it been ten years already?! Anyway, this edition is slightly different with the addition of a tiny bit of metallic gold ink. See if you can find it.

"Game 6: The Greatest Game of All Time!" 4-color screenprint on Canson Edition 'Antique white' paper, 22.5" x 28" x 22", edition of 111. 
If interested, send me an email availability and pricing.

50 Years of the Moon Man


Congratulations,  Mike Shannon, on your well-deserved retirement. Thanks for the wit, wisdom and company all these years. I'll miss hearing your voice coming out of radio every Summer.
I've got a handful of these classic screenprints left if anyone still want one. Drop me an email. I always loved the below story about Shannon during his playing days on the Cardinals' trip to Japan in 1968. I never heard him mention on the radio but it's in Bob Gibson's book and I've heard Tim McCarver mention it on-air.
Anyway, godspeed Mike Shannon. See you at Fast Eddie's.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Hot off the presses! I've just finished printing a new edition of my Eurasian Tree Sparrow print. Here's some info on this fascinating bird and process images from the poster's hatching.

I first became familiar with this exotic bird when my Uncle Doug, the birder in the family, would come visit St. Louis and start his low-key quest for an ETS. Though this bird won't dazzle you with dramatic soaring or psychedelic feathers, take a look at it's unique global distribution:

That little red dot over on the left is the St. Louis region, the only home to the Eurasian Tree Sparrow in the new world for the last 150 or so years. Legend has it that pioneering German immigrant Carl Daenzer imported somewhere between 12 and 24 ETS specimens from his homeland and released them in Lafayette Square. It took 'em a while to settle in but eventually they formed a nice community here... and nowhere else in America.

Here's early Missouri birder Otto Widman describing the bird in "Summer Birds of Shaw's Garden" (1909):

I wanted to make a poster diagramming the story, along with some basic i.d. information and a couple of folksy anecdotes. Here were some rough sketches:



Here was an early layout concept:

But then I had this amazing idea of making an Arch-shaped branch:

Here's my cat Ramona very interested in watching progress on this one:

Final lineart:

And the final art! Posters for sale here.

The strangest/saddest thing that came up while researching this was the Great Sparrow Campaign, Mao Zedong's program to rid China of pests, one of which was the Eurasian Tree Sparrow.

Support your local Eurasian Tree Sparrow!