Monday, September 14, 2009

"Creative Grab Bag" Now In Stores.

Recently, I was invited to participate in a book published by HOW Books. The book, Creative Grab Bag: Inspiring Challenges for Artists, Illustrators and Designers, features a collection of work from artists, illustrators and designers from around the world. Author Ethan Bodnar created over 30 unique tasks and gave each contributor a task that was different from their everyday work. The book contains images of each artist’s creative task, a selection from their professional work, and a biography with a short reflection on their creative process. Focused on exploration and innovation, the book challenges readers to try something new with design and the creative process.

My task was to create hand-drawn type. I wanted to convey how letter forms can be found all around us and was inspired by the objects and textures around my home office. It was great to experiment and I'm excited to try out some of the other exercised in the book.

Get your copy today!

Monday, August 17, 2009

MB on FB!

In case you didn't know, MasonBaronet has a presence on Facebook. You don't have to have a Facebook account to view our page, but you do if you want to be informed about all the latest happenings & new work! Register today and then Become A Fan of MB on FB. We'd love to show you all the great new work that's coming out of our studio.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

#2. Second. Twice. II. Two.

We're about to find out the gender of baby #2, currently known as Pumpkin Puckett. He/she is expected to arrive at the end of October, and ever since learning that a second child was on the way, we've started to evaluate how our lives will be twice as busy/full/excited. 2x kids laundry. 2x kids clothes. 2x food. 2x the attention. And yet, twice the love. Twice the joy. Twice the fun. Having 2 will also mean a second child to have a conversation with. To teach. To read to. To sing with. To watch movies with. On paper, it's hard to compare I.) the financial responsibility of 2 children with II.) the personal development & nurturing of such a pair. Lyndsey and I were both second borns and we've had pretty exciting & loving lives. That's pretty much the best we can offer to our two children. Hopefully their lives will be twice as blessed as ours.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Summer Movie Preview

One of my favorite issues of Entertainment Weekly is the Summer Movie Preview. I get quick & in-depth looks at all the big films, small films, and films I didn't even know were being made.

But this is a special year. It appears, more than ever, that I will most likely get an even less chance at seeing anything. I can forsee a busy summer, at work, at home, and with Ian. So instead I offer my Top 5 most anticipated films of the summer; and I'll be ecstatic if I'll be able to get to 2.

#5. Public Enemies (Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, dir: Michael Mann)
In my opinion, you can't go wrong with a Michael Mann film. Plus Johnny Depp at the top of his game, and playing a character like John Dillinger is grounds for excitement.

#4. Inglorious Basterds (Brad Pitt, dir: Quentin Tarantino)
You also can't go wrong with a film by QT, although I'm not too excited about the level of violence that will be filling this film, I am excited to see how he gets it done. And with this being Brad's first time working with QT, he'll be putting on quite a show. Expect something shocking with this one.

#3. Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen (Megan Fox, some guy, dir: Michael Bay)
You have to admit the first one was insanely cool. Seeing one of my favorite toys & animated films come to life in a live-action way could only be exciting in the hands of Michael Bay. And this new T2 aims to please in a big way. Although I wonder how formulaic it will compare to another big 'revenge' out for elements that may remind you of when the empire struck back.

#2. Up (voices by Ed Asner, Delroy Lindo, dir: Pete Docter)
Not to sound like a broken record, but my anticipation level goes berzerko with each new Pixar film because you can't bet against them. Just when you thought they couldn't challenge us anymore after the magnificent 'Wall•E', they attempt to show us heaven with a story of a widowed old-man?! Get ready for an adventure that will grab you by the heart.

#1. Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, dir: David Yates)
Of course it will not be as good as the book, but it has every chance of being better than 'Prisoner of Azkaban' (the best film in the series), with a killer ending that will pave the way to the final chapters. More Voldemort. More magic from the students. And more is at stake. I would suggest, that if you haven't read this book yet, DON'T! See the movie first and be enthralled by it, then fill in the gaps with the exciting paperback.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Design Ranch No. 8

I attended the 8th Design Ranch this April in Hunt, Texas and there are simply no words to describe this amazing experience. So I made this video instead. Enjoy.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Design Ranch 2009

For the past 4 days I've been in Hunt, Texas attending the 2009 Design Ranch, hosted by AIGA Austin. I gotta tell you, this event rocked my socks off! Lots of great people, great workshops, no critiques, and plenty of fun to be had. Everyone should try to go to the next one in 2011. I've got about 2 GB of video to sort through before editing my Ranch film. I'll post it here when it's ready so stay tuned.

The above photo was an experiment in light painting photographed by Mathew Sturtevant, concept & design by yours truly. No photoshop was used in the creation/production of this image.

Friday, January 16, 2009

New Year. New Blog.

Well, at least a new look. Updating has been kind of a drag since I started up on Facebook. It's easier to post photos and videos and keep daily updates without showering my opinions on the world or telling you about my excitement over Blu Ray. Does it even matter to you? I hardly even know if anyone reads anymore.

Maybe if I had more of a hook, like Willie and his illustration Fridays. How about 'Moody Monday Picture'? You know, really, the most exciting and interesting subject I could routinely blog about is Ian. He's 2 and a half now, and everyday or so says or does the most incredible thing. His wit, sensibility, memory, or sheer humor always makes us laugh. And why not start today.

We went to dinner at Sweet Tomatoes off 635 @ MacArthur and passed The Home Depot on the way. Ian happily pointed it out, "there it is, there it is, Home Depot." On our table at the restaurant are some words printed out in stencil lettering: Homemade Soup, Fresh Salad and Focaccia Bread. Ian asked what the letters said, and Lyndsey promptly read them aloud guiding across each word with her finger. Staring intently, Ian said, "no mommy, it says 'Home Depot."

He recognized the stencil letterforms of the Home Depot logo as the stencil letterforms of the words on the table. Instant connection. Reading, without reading. He's a smart kid.