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Coulrophobia for Taco Bell
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Last month I was on a conference call with an art director from Deutsch who was driving his motorcycle and describing a new campaign for Taco Bell that involved a Dystopian world where everyone eats the same breakfast. There's a clown/dictator and several references to McDonald's. Senior Designer Erin Burrill was designing the propaganda posters and they needed some help with the clown poster.
Deutsch poster comps

Screen shot from the TV spot

The campaign just launched and you can see the three-minute version here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuap4wIGSLg
 
And read more about the campaign here:
http://www.adweek.com/news/advertising-branding/ad-day-taco-bell-launches-cold-war-against-mcdonalds-propaganda-imagery-163643
Here's a look at the Illustrator outline

Hollywood Soundtrack Albums
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Here’s a look at the latest CD cover I’ve done for Milan Editions collection of Hollywood Soundtracks. Milan is a label in Paris that has been asking me to design the covers of some re-issues and collections of American music. That's right, a record label comissioning new art! The brief is always about two lines, something like “Would you like to design a cover for a collection of music from Orson Welles films?" I say yes, and send the art, they say “Merci” and send me a box of CDs. What a pleasure.





End of the Road
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This is the final installment of the Illustrated Scroll of Jack Kerouac’s novel “On the Road.” I started making one drawing for each page of the book in 2012 and reached the end at page 309 a few weeks ago.
 
Something that started out as a little side-project got a lot of attention online and has been re-posted many, many times.  I’ve heard from Kerouac fans from around the world and the drawings have been featured in magazines in the US, England, France and Spain. Many people have written me kind notes about the project and a woman from Lowell, Mass. wrote to tell me that her grandmother had a crush on Kerouac when they were in the same high school typing class.
 
Last month, Paul Slovak, editor at Viking Penguin called to see about publishing the drawings as a book. He had some great ideas about packaging and design and it looked like it was going to be in stores next fall, but we got some bad news from the Kerouac Estate. They decided not to grant permission because they feel that the project “detracts from the book,” is a “dumbing down” of On the Road, and “diminishes the aura” that the novel possesses. We disagree, but it seems the Estate has made up its mind about it.
 
It’s disappointing, but you never know, these things have a way of finding their own time, and maybe something else will come along down the line. It's been a fun ride.



Some recent projects
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CD cover for Milan Editions

Poster to promote Kemistry Gallery Kickstarter Campaign

Book covers for Random House, Spain

Cover for Stanford Social Innovation Review. AD: David Herbick

CD cover for Fox Searchlight Pictures

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