For many years I split my time between being a musician (with Wintersleep) and graphic design. Now I concentrate full time on design and illustration.
I am very lucky to live in St. John's, Newfoundland.
Have a look at my portfolio and email me if you have a project in mind – I specialize in illustrations, layout and website design. I have access to painters, photographers, and illustrators in various styles all over North America as well, so if my style isn't 100% right for your project, I probably know who is and can work as art director/project manager to pull it all together for you.
C L I E N T S
MUSIC INDUSTRY (partial list only):
+ The Agency Group
+ Arts & Crafts
+ Brookes Diamond
+ Bumstead Records
+ Dine Alone Records
+ East Coast Music Awards
+ Eggplant Entertainment
+ EMI Music Canada
+ Garrison Hill Entertainment
+ Granville Green
+ Halifax Pop Explosion
+ Hidden Pony Records
+ Jones and Co.
+ Linus Entertainment
+ Maple Music
+ Massey Hall
+ Music Nova Scotia
+ Outside Music
+ Paper Bag Records
+ Polaris Music Prize
+ Red Eye Records
+ Rounder/Zoe Records
+ Sonic Entertainment
+ The Sonic Temple
+ True North Records
+ TURF-Toronto Urban Roots Festival
+ Universal Music Canada
+ Warner Music
+ Weewerk Music
+ Winnipeg Folk Festival
+ Wolfe Island Music Fest
(partial list only):
+ Amelia Curran
+ Blonde Redhead
+ Blue Rodeo
+ Boy George
+ Burning Hell
+ Chris Hadfield
+ City and Colour
+ Cuff the Duke
+ Duane Andrews
+ Elliott Brood
+ Good Lovelies
+ Great Lake Swimmers
+ Hannah Georgas
+ Hey Rosetta
+ Irish Descendants
+ Jeremy Fisher
+ Joel Plaskett
+ Julie Doiron
+ Kathleen Edwards
+ Plants and Animals
+ Rah Rah
+ Ron Sexsmith
+ Royal Canoe
+ Ryan's Fancy
+ Sam Roberts
+ Sarah Harmer
+ Teenage Head and Marky Ramone
+ Timber Timbre
+ Tim Chaisson
(partial list only):
+ Bonavista Social Club
+ Boulder Publications
+ Justin Trudeau (Liberal Party)
+ Killick Book Publishing
+ Molson Canada
+ Raised Media
+ St. John's Comedy Festival
+ Studio Kennedy
I also book shows for indie bands who want to play in newfoundland. I've booked Bonnie Prince Billie, Silver Mt Zion, Japandroids, Owen Pallett, Bahamas and more.
My old band and great friends. Proud to see them doing so well.
New band. Album coming in fall 2016.
Check out this video/song:
Also happy to announce that my Wolfe Island poster has been selected as a Design Winner in the Applied Arts Advertising and Design Awards Annual and has been published in the magazine.
See the poster here
RECENTLY LAUNCHED PROJECTS:
+ Hayden [poster]
+ Hannah Georgas [website]
+ Royal Canoe [website]
+ Granville Green [poster]
+ City and Colour [poster series]
+ Eden Mills Writers Festival [poster]
+ Plants and Animals [website]
+ Wolf and Grizzly [branding]
+ Wintersleep [album art/website]
+ Donovan Woods [album art]
+ O'Brien's Music [website]
+ Winnipeg Folk Festival [posters]
+ Massey Hall [poster series]
+ Duane Andrews [album art]
+ Sam Roberts [poster for Ottawa concert]
+ Darrin Rose [website]
+ Chris Hadfield [album art]
+ Blue Rodeo [album art]
+ Dine Alone Records [poster art]
+ The Great Hall [poster]
+ Scene Ontario Festival [merch art]
+ Katie Baggs [album art]
+ Glass Wing [logo/website design]
+ Alan Doyle [album cover]
+ Hayden [poster designs]
+ Elliott Brood [website]
+ TURF Festival [poster]
+ Bahamas [album art]
+ Timber Timbre [LP design/t-shirts]
+ Blue Rodeo [album art]
+ Newfoundland Folk Festival [poster]
+ Raymonds Restaurant [poster/shirt design]
+ Ruth Moody [album art]
+ Buck 65 [website]
CURRENTLY WORKING ON:
- Jordan John [album art]
- Heartbroken [album art]
- The Matinee [album art]
- Blue Rodeo [album art]
- Shelley Bean [website]
- Mallard Cottage [website]
- Upstreet Craft Brewing [website]
- Garrison Hill [website]
+ Paul Frecker Audio [website]
I recently launched new websites for Wintersleep and Plants & Animals. Both of those were created with my buddy Mark Bennett. The Bahamas site is also built using jQuery. All three sites use full screen video backgrounds, something I've been having a lot of fun with lately and audiences seem to really enjob.
Wolfe Island Music Festival
The top poster design (bear) was awarded an Applied Arts Advertising/Design Award and will be published in their Design Awards Annual. It was the first time I ever submitted anything for these awards and I am so excited to have been given a positive response. And, did I mention that this music festival is always amazing!!! Its a WIN/WIN. I've created their posters for the last six years.
RAIN DRIZZLE & FOG
Book covers are a lot of fun to design, but until 2014 I had never been offered any book design projects. Here are two covers I designed for books that came out just in time for Christmas 2014.
I was pretty excited to be hired by Massey Hall to brand and create posters for their Live at Massey Hall series of shows. This is an ongoing poster series that has evolved in sutble ways over three years. The Timber Timbre poster was the first one, and Rheostatics was from this past season.
This album was a lot of fun to work on – I created the cover, plus another illustration for every song. 14 illustrations in all.
I've been hired to make quite a few Hey Rosetta posters over the years. Some have been screen printed, others were used as tour posters, etc.
CITY AND COLOUR
This illustration was printed on various items sold in a summer festival kit for City and Colour fans. The kit included water bottles, bags, shirt, laminant, and more.
Matthew Barber and Jill Barber
I have been friends with Jill Barber for nearly 15 years and was so happy when she invited me to be involved in the design of this album.
I was asked to draw a dead cowboy being eaten by vultures. Ok. This was super fun and I love how it turned out.
This was the first time I had done any work for a band from Edmonton. They allowed me to play with some custom painted typography – a lot of fun.
Proof that sometimes a photo is worth a thousands words. I was trying to not let the graphic design get in the way of the beautiful photography on this album. Photo by Marc Lafrenière.
hand screened tour poster
JIM BRYSON & THE WEAKERTHANS BAND
City under water - I illustrated this poster and had it hand screened in four colours on heavy grey art/card stock. Only 100 printed - with less than 40 left. I do have some of these for sale, if you're interested click here.
A cute two-colour illustration that looked amazing on shirts and track-jackets.
Illustrated and screen printed poster for BAHAMAS to sell on tour in support of his new album BARCHORDS.
illustration: magazine cover
the scope, st. john's
I was asked to depict "staying in to make music" for a Valentine's issue of the scope, a St. John's bi-weekly.
I've been working with this client for over a decade. We've had a lot of fun and designed some projects.
SCREECH COMEDY FESTIVAL
St. John's finally has a Comedy Festival. I take care of all the festivals branding; posters, ads, website and more.
PILOT TO BOMBARDIER
When Bryan (band's primary song writer) sent me this photo and said he wanted me to make an album cover out of it I was a bit skeptical on how it would turn out. But in the end I was totally proud to show this off and wish I came up with the photo myself.
This poster was part of a series of six. Each one portrayed a city the band were playing that had an NHL team, we used the team colours, the first letter from the city name, and a bunch of smaller references to that city and their team.|
CITY AND COLOUR
I've been hired to create 19 City and Colour posters to date (more than for any other one client) - all except 1 have been screen printed and sold as a merch item as his shows.
TEENAGE HEAD & MARKY RAMONE
Legendary Canadian punk band Teenage Head teamed up with the last remaining Ramones member, Marky, to make this amazing record.
When I got a call from California asking if I had time to come up with a quick poster for The Shins upcoming tour, the answer was obvious.
Mark gave me full creative control and let me have some of the most fun yet working on CD art. I'm really hoping we get to put this out on vinyl someday as it'll look great. Hand written fonts were the order of the day on this project.
Rah Rah sent me some 100 year old photos from their home town and asked me to do something fun with them. This record was released exactly 100 years (to the month) after the photo was originally taken. My friend Jamie March painted the album title.
FIELD TRIP POSTERS
Poster designs for the 2013 and 2014 Arts and Crafts Fieldtrip Music Festival.
TIM CHAISSON & MORNING FOLD
I worked on this album design which also led to tshirt designs and a new website.
Another Tim Chaisson album design. This artwork was cut out of paper then composed on the computer. The illustration is meant to represent the Confederation Bridge leading to PEI.
Recorded at Arcade Fire's Montreal studio, this brand new Quebec band's album sounds amazing. I did my best to make it also look great.
HALIFAX POP EXPLOSION
I designed this poster backstage while my old band was on tour playing rediculous frosh week shows with Metric. They say 'the kids are alright', but I'm not really sure...
Bonnie "Prince" Billy
Illustrated poster for Bonnie "Prince" Billy concert. Silk screened versions of this poster are in the works.
I've designed four out of the five Wintersleep albums (Wintersleep is my old band). The first I did entirely on my own (trees cover), the second was a collaboration with Toronto designer James Mejia (and received a Juno Award nomination for its design) and the third was a collaboration with Paul Murphy who drew the cover illustration. Hello Hum's cover was illustrated by Marianne Collins, layout and design by me.
The Burning Hell are really good friends and it made me very happy to work on posters and this album cover for them. I have also illustrated a bunch of different t-shirts for the band and designed their website.
Arts and Crafts - X
This was Arts and Crafts' 10th Anniversary album featuring the record labels artists collaborating with each other to make new songs (the two sides fo the X twisting together to make the new letter). I created the illustration, but the layout was done by Robyn Kotek, A+C's in house designer (she's very good!).
I've been working with BAHAMAS for years. I worked up the layouts for his last two albums, as well as posters, tshirts, his website, etc.
A fun retro album cover that really pops off the shelves. My mother took this photo in Switzerland back in the late 70s.
TERRA are a local band in my hometown. They poured their heart and soul into making this album and I wanted the artwork to be something special. I went in a different direction than I ever having, using a lot of tape and texture. Its one of my favourite album designs I've ever worked on.
This was a personal illustration project - these screen printed posters are printed on 18 x 24 smooth 100lb Cougar art stock. Limited Edition of 30 prints. These are now sold out, but the illustration has been printed on t-shirts which are for sale down at Living Planet on Water Street (in St. John's).
DRUM! is produced by Brookes and Fiona Diamond. This DVD was released in 2009 and showcases the entire production as well as bonus features.
This artwork was cut out of one piece of paper. I came up with the illustration and then had it cut out of one piece of recycled kraft paper. Click enlarge to zoom in and see the paper cuts.
I don't get enough opportunities to tackle a modern corporate design since most of my clients are in the music industry. Kennedy was a lot of fun, we started with their logo, then developed a website and all company branding from there.
GREAT BIG SEA – XX
One of the most fun projects I ever worked on. For this box set I designed the box itself, a 150+ page book, patches, posters, stickers, 4 CDs, a DVD, laniards and more. UV coat finished on almost everything. Too fun.
Drumlin are a family band from Nova Scotia. The nicest people ever and great to see their music is hitting the hearts of so many people. I've designed the first two CDs.
Stu Marchand is a singer/songwriter living in Alberta. This album art is one of my favourite projects I've ever worked on. The custom collage-font on the cover was created from dozens of photos of factories, scaffolding and old barns.
I was hired by FACTOR to create a pocket guide for musicians to get an idea of what sorts of funding FACTOR had available. I created a character and put her in a narrative of being on tour across Canada throughout the guide.
Eastern Edge Gallery
Every year the Eastern Edge Gallery host a week long arts festival. I made this poster for their carnival themed festival.
Hey Rosetta went on tour through the arctic of Canada. I am jealous I didn't get to go as that would be the trip of a lifetime. I created this illustration and poster for their tour.
When Arlo Guthrie came to my home town this past year I was elated to be invited to draw the poster.
POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE
This was the third poster Polaris Music Prize asked me to design. Four colour print, including metallic silver.
My friend and often creative-collaborator, Mark Bennett, and I created a new minimal website for Hannah Georgas. Her new album is incredible and you should check it out.
I've been a huge Sarah Harmer fan since her first album ten years ago and was utterly honoured to be involved in the creation of art for her new album. Available on CD and LP.
Personal project - YYT
8 x 10 screen prints I illustrated and printed at my studio (Rehearsals Rehearsals) representing my home town.
I was asked to create a t-shirt design that would represent a festival that showcases 400 Ontario artists ranging from musicians, to theatre productions, dance troupes and so much more. This was a fun solution.
POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE POSTER
This was the second Polaris Music Prize poster I was asked to create. This time for Tegan and Sara. The artwork was interpretted into a large stage set and projections at the awards show. Pretty cool.
This WHITEHORSE album artwork was a lot of fun to work on. It was mostly cut out of paper, then scanned in and arranged. I came up with a theme of depicting Luke and Melissa as action stars and showing them in various action poses throughout the artwork and advertising.
I've been a huge Buck 65 fan for years (and have an embarrassingly large collection of his indie-releases). This website was created using a series of paper cut illustrations as the background. 50 hours of paper cutting made for a fun Wordpress site.
EDEN MILLS WRITERS' FESTIVAL
I've been designing the marketing for this writers' festival for a number of years. Always a fun job!
This is a recent screen print poster I made. 16 x 20, five colour screen print of a baby deer, curled up and ready for sleep. I have four colour versions of these for sale where the creme background is white. Email me if you're interested.
album design + website
Cutting, folding, and taping paper to make a bird and flying boy made for a fun campaign. I created posters (pictured) as well as newspaper ads, banner ads, t-shirts and a website.
To date I've created four CDs for Joel Plaskett and his DVD (the missing CD was the Australian released Make A Little Noise, a compilation of Joel's top tunes).
This illustration was meant to represent a moon, high in the night sky over the ocean.
Another illustration I created for an album cover. This one was meant to be silk screened, but there wasn't budget to go that route. It still turned out well.
PAUL FRECKER AUDIO
Paul Frecker sells and installs all the best in hi-fi audio video. His expertise has been leading the hi-fi community in Atlantic Canada for more than 30 years.