SO, Scott and his team at school won a DandAD award for these videos! The award is a really big honor. I am so proud of him. Scott filmed the video and helped concept as his part. The coolest thing is that they were invited to the ceremony to accept their award in June, in London!! So, we had a passport shipped out quick and they are now raising money to get everyone to go. Isn't that so cool? Below is the viral video they made for their website, Operation Bangers and Cash, to raise the money. They only had a month's time to do so, but it's that way every year and the teams make it happen. So, here is their website where they are raising the money. If you would like to donate, go for it! If not at least enjoy their videos or pass it on!
Operation: Bangers & Cash from Joel Lugar on Vimeo.
It has been crazy lately. Starting a new job has been completely blissful. The excitement of learning a whole new world aside from kids clothing has been really eye opening, and also seems to make more since in my mind. It all feel strangely familiar even though it's new. My commute to work is longer now and I ride the train. I like riding the train, I see people in the city I never knew existed and even eavesdrop in their conversations just to learn about them. I also walk a good 15 mins from the stop to work, which is a very green and woody walk. It has been really different. I have also been extremely tired. It's one of those times that I am slower at making my own art, but I suppose transitions in life sort of call for that.
Anyway, Below are some sketches from the train and other places. I have been on a big pencil kick. I'm pretty sure I have once sworn off pencils, too. It just goes to show how much a person can change just with age or coming back to something with a different perspective. Even the fashion stuff I have been doing. It's not like a lifelong goal I had, it is just something I am really into right now. Who knows where all of it will go, it's all about the ride! Anyway, I also have the newest Kilroy and Maw print up which I have been slow to send the file to Melissa for production. Soon it will be for sale on our Etsy. The cornbread sketch is a process drawing for another print in the works. Rock on.
I have been pretty excited to share this project. I was recently invited to an online exhibition/promotion from Off the Rakk where 14 fashion illustrators/designers from around the world were asked to contribute a piece of art that was based around the same model. We all got a packet of 16 photos of different personas and were to interpret whichever one or two we felt connected with, ending with several illustrations to complete the project. There are some great fashion illustrators that were invited including Sandra Suy and Coco who has a line of scarves that are really cool. Anyway, I am really honored to be a part of this and I hope you enjoy my contribution. The photos that my pieces were interpreted from are on their site as well.
Here is a direct link to the illustrations. This is a preview before the official launch so they have some minor adjustments to make to the site. The best way to navigate is to pull the lower right corner like a magazine. From there just click that page to continue through. There may even be a gallery exhibition of this in Paris but that is still yet to be told. Many thanks to Jacy Varisha and the rest of the Off the Rakk crew!
In other news, I no longer work at Carter's. It was time for me to try something new and learn more. I was hired at International Greetings here in Atlanta as a Designer. There I will be designing gift wrap, cards, bags, and some licensed products and other things. I always had an interest in the paper world so this will be a good experience.