Friday, December 23, 2011

Season's Greetings 2011

Surprisingly, Brad couldn't find Christmas cards with the White House out there. So, being the fabulous boyfriend/marginally talented greeting card designer that I am, I offered to help out. ; ) We thought it'd be fun to really play it up with script lettering, an oval frame, and crisp white on cream envelopes to make it all as 'Presidential' as possible. This was the end result, it's very 1968 LBJ administration to me. As for this Christmas 2011, wishing you all the best, have a wonderful holiday!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Mercury Summer Stock 2012

We're working on the upcoming season's promotions and so far this is my favorite. It began as one of those 'what the hell am I going to do with this situations?' I mean, whatever you think of the play or the original poster, they're icons, and so what business do we have even approaching them? But as I played around with it, I grew to like what was happening. I wanted it to be bright, bold, and completely different. I'm just not sure how limited I should go with the palette. I'll keep at it and will post the others soon.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Out There: 1970's San Francisco

This series appears in the latest edition of Out There Magazine, a sexy, aesthetic, very handsomely produced Gay travel magazine out of the U.K. They accompany an interview with Armistead Maupin and Jake Shears on their recent collaboration, a musical adaptation of Tales of the City. As you can probably imagine, this was one of the coolest opportunities to come my way and became a sort of escape, there for a few weeks. I want to send out a big thanks to Senior Creative Editor, Martin Perry, it was a true pleasure collaborating 'across the pond' and I'm hoping to do it again soon. Check out the latest dazzling issue of Out There, on shelves now at Barnes and Noble.

Right better bash on! -Martin

Monday, December 5, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot... Christmas in Old Town, Alexandria. You couldn't help but hum christmas carols as you strolled down King Street Saturday night. This will be our first Christmas in the area and as you can see it was quite a festive night. Holiday shoppers, families, dogs of all sizes, and men of all ages in Scottish kilts, made for a surprise around every corner. : ) Of course, I had to throw a pic of Spencer into the mix. I hope you're experiencing a little 'magic of the season' where you are as well.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Christoph's: Grandpa

The Christoph's of Erie, PA, are an untapped literary goldmine. You wouldn't believe the stories... But before we get into that, I want to focus on the cast of characters. I introduce to you Frank Christoph, the patriarch of the family, avid train enthusiast, and honorary city council member. He prided himself in his collection of stamps, lps, model trains, and lava lamps. Stern, Teutonic (I know I'm being redundant there), and possessing a biting wit, Grandpa was a proud union man and FDR Democrat. I knew him at the end of his life, when diabetes had taken his eye sight and hardened his shell, but deep inside, pumping insulin throughout his giant frame, was a heart of gold. In addition to raising eight children, he and my Grandma cared for 63 foster children. More to come!