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September 24, 2010

Logos Designs

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Not all of my designs are graphic designs: I also do Logos (word) designs. After all, a picture may be worth a thousand words, but words are our major form of communication. Some of these designs are humorous, some serious. Some are original, some traditional. Designs include:

Illegitimae non Carborundum (Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down) A popular design in today’s dog eat dog world.

Cognito, Ergo Sum (I Think, Therefore I Am)

I Think, Therefore I am Dangerous

Carpe Diem (Seize the Day)

Carpe Noctum (Seize the Night)

Irish Diplomacy: The art of telling a man where to go in such a way as he looks forward to the journey.

Illegitimae Non Carborundum

Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down

Cognito, Ergo Sum

I Think, Therefore I Am

I Think, Therefore I am Dangerous

I am . . . Dangerous

Carpe Diem

Seize the Day

Carpe Noctum

Seize the Day

Irish Diplomacy

Irish Diplomacy

Neo-Lithic Cave Art

This original watercolor, inspired by neolithic cave art, should appeal to Neanderthals and other cavemen, cavers, archaeologists, Celts, pagans, and others.  Thirteen spirals (four triple and one single) with one Trinity Knot are superimposed on a background reminiscent of a cave wall; both the Triple Spiral and Trinity Knot are forms of the triskele/ triskelion.

The background is an intricate layering of colors and techniques, including plastic wrap and salt. The spirals and trinity knot were made with stencils; yellow, green, and red paints were then laid over the stencils.

Neo-Lithic Cave Art

Neo-Lithic Cave Art

September 23, 2010

Nine Variations on a Sidewalk Grating

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Art is where you find it. I found this sidewalk grating walking along the waterfront.  Its grill of interlaced circles forming a knotwork pattern caught my eye. Artistry in the everyday, utilitarian objects of our lives used to be common but has become unfortunately rare. The center of this mosaic is the original photo, surrounded by eight color variations. The distorted perspective caused by the slight tilt in the original combined with rotating the surrounding grates gives an Escheresque feel to the piece.

Nine Variations on a Grating

Nine Variations on a Grating

August 16, 2008

Vote Designs

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Elections are once again upon us; Presidential elections at that. So I decided I had to put my two cents in. In view of all the very serious election designs out there, I decided to do a lighthearted “VOTE” design. So VOTE is constructed from a checkmark, a smiley face, two pencils, and five ballot cards. This lead to an “If you didn’t VOTE, don’t complain”  design using the VOTE design as a base. Then there’s the token serious “No Vote, No Voice” design.

I do feel strongly that democracy only works if people vote, and that this country has been headed in the wrong direction, but being heavy-handed about it won’t win any converts. You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.)

August 6, 2008

Shop News

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New products on CafePress: Ceramic Travel Mugs, Bigger and Better Wall Clocks, 2009 Wall Calendars.

June 11, 2008

Patriotic Designs for Fourth of July

Independence Day is almost upon us. Here’s a bunch of designs I made a while ago, suitable for your Fourth of July barbeque. These designs were created in Adobe Illustrator and colored in Adobe Photoshop. I used a 3.25″ x 5.4″ field, .25″ stripes, and a 2″x1.75″ canton. (The field is effectively 3×5, one of the appropriate sizes for the American and most other flags.)

Since the arrangement of the stars on the flag was not set until 1912, flag makers had free hand in placing the stars on their flags, leading to some interesting arrangements. The circular pattern Betsy Ross used was common, the one on the Bennington “76″ flag was not. Also included are a number of flags without stripes, including the Tauton “Join or Die” flag, the red Continental flag with the New England Pine Tree in the canton, and the pre-war Join or Die flag. These designs and others are available in BBQ aprons and t-shirts and sweatshirts for men, women, and children.

Betsy Ross Flag

Betsy Ross Flag

Tauton "Liberty and Union" Flag

Tauton Flag

Bennington "76" Flag

Bennington Flag

Continental "Pine Tree" Flag

Continental Flag

Original Design of Don't Tread on Me Banner

Don't Tread on Me

Join or Die Snake Flag

Join or Die Flag

Spirit of 76 Flag, Drum, and Declartion Design

Spirit of 76

March 30, 2008


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When I first started doing graphic design, one of the first things I wanted to do was labyrinths. Original medieval-style labyrinths, not Chartres redone. Unfortunately, the only directions on how to draw labyrinths I could find were for the classical style. So I started trying to draw some anyway, but I kept getting stuck. I was thinking of labyrinths as a series of barriers. Once I started thinking of them as paths interrupted by barriers, everything started falling into place.

The first design I did was a classical path in a medieval style labyrinth. Since I was learning my graphic arts program at that time, it seemed the easiest. And I like the idea of combining two related but seperated traditions. The second design is a neo-Medieval design where the celebrant heads straight towards the goal, only to be deflected at the last moment, into a winding path that eventually reaches the center. (A good representation of how I feel many days.)

Both designs have several versions, including the base labyrinth design and one including the phrase “Life’s a Journey.” After all, isn’t that what labyrinths teach us?

Life's a Journey NeoMedieval Labyrinth

February 24, 2008

Trinity Flame

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Flaming Trinity Knot/ CampfireThis design was something of an accident: I was trying to fit one open-centered Trinity Knot inside another. By the time I had the inner one scaled down to fit, the result looked very like a match flame or the flame on a gas stove. So I colored it using the colors of flame (cool orange heart, hot blue core, thin green border, warm yellow body, and cool orange border) and left it sitting on its base as a stylized campfire. The inner knot is actually 4/9ths the size of the outer knot, though it looks smaller. Not the effect I was looking for, but cool enough in its own right.


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Open Bronze ValknutEarth-Toned Open ValknutThis Valknut design was inspired by several hits on my website looking for Valknuts after I mentioned them in connection with Trinity Knots. The Valknut is an interesting knot: it can be formed from three triangles of metal (or paper) intertwined: the top one goes over the bottom, and the right goes over the top and under the bottom. It is associated with Odin and the religion of Asatru. Other names include Odin’s Knot and Knot of the Slain.

February 16, 2008

Trinity Knot Inside a Heart

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Green Trinity HeartBlue Trinity HeartThis design, though simple in the long run, took quite a bit of thought and experimentation to get right. Images on the Web were many and varied; no two seemed to have been constructed in the same way. Drawing a heart is simple enough, as is drawing a Trinity Knot: the trick was putting them together coherently.

First, draw the Trinity Knot. Next, construct the heart around it. Make circles the size of the inner and outer arcs of the knot, and line them up with the upper arcs of the knot. Make squares the same diameter as theRed Trinity HeartPurple Trinity Heart circles, rotate them 45 degrees, and line them up with the circles so they form a heart shape. Remove the extra interior lines, leaving hearts. The Trinity Knot is already lined up in your heart.

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