Monthly Archives: December 2011

You can’t really say, visually, any more than you think and you can’t think any more deeply than the sum total of what you read.

Keith Carter, photographer

Make it simple. Make it memorable. Make it inviting to look at. Make it fun to read.

Leo Burnett

We were recently in Fredericktown, MO to visit my mom for the holidays. This is a shot I took of a pretty cool sunset one evening. I literally took this photo right off the camera with no color correction or enhancement.

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.

—Edgar Allan Poe, “Eleonora” US short story author, editor, & poet (1809 – 1849)

Finally had time to review more of my photos from that one epic night in Columbia listening to John Scofield at the Blue Note. Really satisfied with the shots I was able to get.

Contact me or comment if you would like prints, by chance.

This is the coolest project I’ve worked on in a while. It’s a poster to advertise the annual Jazz Festival at Mineral Area College, where my Creative Improv counter-part, Michael Goldsmith teaches music and leads the jazz ensemble.

Why did I love this project? I could combine my love for jazz music, art and design and create something that really embodied jazz.

A bit about my design process

I spent hours sketching Delfeayo and coming up with a really loose sketch that could be incorporated into the poster. I was try to re-live this style. After much tweaking, layering and coloring it just didn’t have the right feel. Failure… but that’s OK – because it made me think about other ways to bring the ‘hand-drawn’ feel to the poster. I decided to the make the text and background elements all have a hand-drawn feel and leave the photo pretty much as is.


The above sketches were all drawn with marker on tracing paper, then scanned and layered in Photoshop to create the final, colored illustration.

Inspired by the hand-drawn feel above, I took some of my own watercolor textures and layered them in the background and over the left side of the suit jacket (subtle, eh?). Then I added some hand-drawn typefaces in various angles. I wanted it to have a bit of a haphazard, hand-created, imperfect feel.

If you are on Craigslist to get a sofa, and you see one for free. You think there’s something tragically wrong with it – maybe there are bedbugs. But if you see a sofa on there for $2,500, you think ‘oh man, that sofa must be amazing’. It’s the same thing with art – you set your own value.

Jessica Hische