This is a collection of illustrations that I did for UGA athletics over about a three year period. I did Uga twice, Hairy Dawg and Kirby Smart. I spent the prime years of my working life trying to become a professional illustrator. It is the platonic perfect form of putting all of your eggs in one basket. It made me ignore working on a career that would pay my bills and made me impoverished for a decade. One thing positive it did is teach me to focus like a surgeon and work very hard to try and scratch out a living. So over the past two months I have been making a graphic design portfolio to try and get an actual 9 to 5 job. If you are wondering what the gaping hole in the middle of my career is — it is a failed illustration career.
I love the hulk. If he gets mad enough he can actually jump into space. I can’t imagine getting so pissed that you end up floating through an empty vacuum for eternity. That would give you a bunch of time to cool off and think about how you ended up there. You would live out eternity with nothing but your thoughts and memories.
This is a new Airmax shoe design with patriotic colors and an airbag modeled after weed smoke. It is a logical design progression of the Airmax 720 with a translucent mesh upper.
This is a Jordan 34. It has auto-lacing and light-up airbags. I focused mostly on designing the soles. They are supposed to represent alien technology from random 80s scifi movies. The future is only cool when you see it focused through the lens of different decades. The only branding on this sneaker is the tiny jumpman on the sole. The idea is to make the upper disappear so that you focus on the visually intricate airbag. If you see the earliest ads for airmax you can see how the airbags appear to be emitting light. That is the obvious natural progression of air.
Vapormax is not very cool. This is a new direction that is influenced by old silhouettes like the original Pegasus — a shoe that is completely beautiful and timeless. The sole length airbag conforms to the shape of a traditional running shoe sole. This is a retro looking Vapormax with modern technology and materials.
This is a limited edition Nike Air Max running shoe crossover with Supreme. It has a giant transparent red air bag that is made of red Flubber and a transparent mesh upper that lets you show off your limited edition Supreme socks. Nikes Supreme shoes miss the bus. They don’t capitalize on the Supreme brand correctly and pay homage to the groundbreaking work of Barbara Kreuger. Supreme is red and white only with garish, obvious and repetetive branding in Futura Bold. It is about what it cuts out — not what it includes. The font and repetition does the work — not the ironic shoe silhouettes or clipart graphics. It is amazing how some brands have transcended simply being a logo on apparel and have become part of a statement about popular art. A statement about American culture — even when it is invented by a British guy who is copying the work of an American lady.
This is a 90s sitcom colorway for the Jordan 34 Basketball shoe. It has garish 90s colors designed to speak to 90s kids. The only branding is a tiny Jumpman on the outsole. The lights in the airbag glow teal and pink. The airbag is filled with a gas that blinks bright opaque pink as your foot strikes and transitions back to transparent teal as your foot rises.