I challenged myself with creating a different letter each day for 36 days. This was definitely a habit building project as much as a creative outlet for me. 36 days is a pretty long time to commit to doing something everyday. Here is the result.
Every year I brand this amazing event which raises cash to send Doctors and Artists to Haiti and D.R. It's always a fun project because I try to develop a whole new identity for each year. This being the 6th one, I went with a very typographic logo which has a feel of a neon art sign. The poster still uses the logo but has icons connected to it which symbolize what the event is all about. It will be a 3 color 18"x24"silkscreen poster printed on Pop-Tone Black Licorice French Paper! Here is the design from last year so you can see how the look changes from each year.
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I have been working on a project which was inspired by the birth of my daughter Mattie Jo. I use lower-case Helvetica letter-forms and create typeface characters out of them. I want kids to be able to memorize the alphabet while having fun looking at the characters I create.
I have been testing this on my Mattie and she really gets a kick out of them. Here are a few I came up with so far.
A few weeks ago I was notified that this image had won this competition out of thousands of entries. Holy crap! I was very surprised. The brief was to take a photograph that creatively captures daylight and celebrates the role natural light plays in our daily lives. I shot this in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago last year on a hot Summer day. The prize is a photo safari to NYC for two. Can't wait to explore that city and capture some new images. Thank you to the judges who picked this image. Amazing! Here is a link to the competition.
It has been some time since I picked up my brushes and painted, so for this years Art For Health Benefit I decided to give it a shot. I wanted to try something new and challenge myself a bit with painting into photographs I shot in Haiti and the D.R.
Each piece is a 24" x 36" black & white xerox print with my acrylic paint mixed in. I was not sure what to expect from this experiment, but it turned out pretty cool. I even sold 4/6 of the pieces at the benefit. This little project sparked my love for painting again and I am hoping to do some more this Winter.
This years Art for Haiti II was an amazing event which raised 32k to help the Global Health Fund at Rush University Medical Center. They send medical teams over to Haiti and the Dominican Republic and many orphanages in Haiti. We are very proud to be part of such a great event. Thanks again to everyone who came out to support our cause. Check out the branding and design work we created for the event.
Marek talking about Art for Haiti Benefit and how it raises money for medical teams to go over to Haiti and Dominican Republic.
The benefit was a great turn around! 400 wonderful people showed up, we raised $30,000 and 90% of all artwork sold out. We would say not bad for the first one! If you missed it, we are planning another one next year! Thank you all for your support and generosity! We will be updating our website soon with some materials we’ve designed for the benefit, so stay tuned! Meanwhile, check out the pictures below and go to Art for Haiti facebook page for more pictures and updates.