I love Stephen King
I have been a fan for such a long time and every book he puts out just gets better and better. I could not resist moving up the cover of one of my favorites.
Tiki Drink Field Note
With every new hobby or project, I always try to get a Field Notebook to support and document it. Recently, I was looking to get a Field Notebook to support my new obsession for Tiki drinks and culture. I was looking on your site for an alphabet index on the side of a notebook like vintage encyclopedias used to have. My goal to keep my Tiki drink recipes in order. This brings me to my humble suggestion that you create a Field Notebook celebrating the uniquely Kitch American invention that is Tiki Culture. Started in the 1930s when Ernest Gantt (better known as Donn Beach) who invented the craft and Trader Vic who elevated it to the next level. Below are some possible approaches that you have of course have used before. Cover: waterproof/tearproof Yupo Synthetic Waterproof cover. To protect from those overpours of Barbados rums and fruit juices. Innards: waterproof/tearproof Yupo Synthetic. Alphabetic (A-Z) dividers are bound book-style so it is easy to open to the desired drink recipes. Adding in some signature Tiki Drinks to get the owner started. The Zombie, Navy Grog, and the Mai Tai would be perfect. Possible partnership with two amazing Chicago Tiki Bars: Three Dots and a Dash (www.threedotschicago.com) and Lost Lake (www.lostlakechicago.com). Both amazing bars that are keeping Tiki culture alive and well. Possible Field Notebook Tiki swizzle, would be awesome! Again, I humbly suggest the idea to you. To do with, what you see fit. Either way, thanks for making such a superior product that has fueled so many of my passions and projects. With Regards, Tommy Baldwin
Lost Lagoon Tiki Bar
Sand by Hugh Howey, Novel Cover.
An AI experiment to see how fast I could create a Sci-Fi Cover for one of my new favorite books. I used Mid journey to get me started and then reworked it in PS.
ALIEN Poster
In space, nobody can hear you use your pen tool. I have always loved the Alien movies, especially the environments. Here is my version of the iconic airlock from the epic Sci-Fi Horror flick. I will be updating soon.
Krampus Krunch
I Illustrated this for WARPO's Krampus Kickstarter. Often at WARPO, we created a bunch of ancillary items that would have gone on the market at the same time as the toys. We wanted to create more than just a toy. We wanted to create an experience for our customers. From a vintage commercial to kick-ass toys, coloring books, and of course a well-balanced Breakfast. I could imagine this cereal box sitting on the shelves of my neighborhood grocery store back in 1986.
Krampus Commercial
From the beginning, we at the WARPO design department created something unique but also rooted in nostalgia. "Don't Cuddle the Krampus", I believe we accomplish this goal. The commercial was a blast to work on! I had to be the kid in the closet since our actor was too afraid to be in there with Krampus by himself​. ​ I worked on the script, storyboards, and direction of the commercial.
Lunch Time
It's Lunchtime​! I made these fun placemats to pay homage to my grade school days of hot lunch. Can I have seconds?
This is a project that I worked on as VP of Production Development at WARPO toys. Below is the finished figure in our classic catalog photoshoot. I also have the original 3D mockups for the figure line that I worked on.
Legends of Cthulhu
This is the package and poster art that Warpo created with the amazing Ken Kelly. It was a thrill to get to work with Ken on this iconic image from the Legend of Cthulhu toy line. Below are some of the other fun items we came up with for the Kickstarter.
H.P. Lovecraft Foods
Nothing like a heaping helping of noodles and madness! This was a project that I completed in my teaching days. The project was to create and satirical consumer item. I often did the project with my students to show them the process of how I create a design.
Monster Hunter
I was working on this concept as a portfolio piece. It was a Candy / Toy-line that's main theme was hunting down monsters. Who doesn't love candy monsters?
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