I recently completed this large painting commissioned by a Chicago patron. Kritterland is an anthropomorphic spin on the famous Kiddieland amusement park sign which once stood in Melrose Park, Il.
This painting was right up my alley. I sketched some urban animals in the same poses as the children on the original sign. As with all my fauna, I was careful not to make them too cute. There’s a feral edge to all my animals. You can dress them up, but maybe don’t invite them inside!
Swizzle Studio kept busy through 2020, despite it being an unusual year. Here are some of my favourite projects, both commercial and personal.
I got the opportunity to paint my critters BIG this year. I did the giant cats with my friend Andrew Horne, and the bird on the side of Williams Design’s often tagged storefront.
My friend Andreas and I worked on a book over the winter, with him sending me pages of a children’s story he had written, one page at a time. These installments arrived hand-written on creamy notecards; I would add an illustration to the bottom. We are about six pages from the ending. Something to finish in 2021!
Pizza School NYC goes online
My longtime clients Pizza School NYC had to pivot quickly when the pandemic shuttered their cooking school. I worked on the technical and visual side of their new online school. In addition to getting the Vimeo page looking great, I designed labels for pizza mailing kits, and designed a zine to go with those kits. Pizza School is doing great these days, and it was rewarding to be part of this big effort.
I always enjoy type and logo work. Here are a few I did this year.
I discovered Sticker Mule, an online printing company with some really great products. After signing up to their mailing list, I have been having fun with their promotional specials.
During the spring lockdown, several artists made activity pages that went out the Flying Pony Cafe’s weekly home deliveries. They were much enjoyed by the children of the households who received them. I did several colouring pages.