Yosemite Haunting Me

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Glacier Point Yosemite National Park 

Yosemite…

What can I say that would do justice to the majesty I have witnessed. When people asked me how our trip was I didn’t have words. The best that I could muster was, “I’ve seen pictures of Yosemite and thought, that’s pretty, but what you see when you get there blows your mind.” The best works of Ansel Adams don’t even come close to expressing the feelings you get from experiencing it first hand. You have to see it in person.

We drove in from the south. Nearly seven hours total through the means streets of Orange County, to our friends’ place in the desert, past the vast wastelands, and into the gates of the park and there was silent excitement as we waited to see what came around the next corner.

Something about the woods strums up heartwarming memories of running through the parched trees of Big Bear where as a child I would explore and learn. The shushing road and warm air scented with pine lulls me as we skim over the winding Wawona hills. As we start to see the rock heave up to form the corners of the mouth that opens up to the valley and find ourselves peering down into the steeply formed river bottom, I sleepily come to realize that this dream is about to become real.

 

We explode into the valley with what is one of the best ways to start your adventure. “Tunnel View” doesn’t begin to describe the spectacular scene that unfolds before you, but after many hours on the road it was the golden treasure at the end of a long journey. I could have gone home right then and there.

Tunnel View Yosemite National Park

It is overwhelming. It’s bigger than life. It makes you curious and tickles that exploratory itch. We couldn’t just look. We had to dive in and feel the water go over our heads. We were immersed in Yosemite’s power for almost a week. And we left wanting more.

Afterwards it haunted us. Not just because of the vacation withdrawals we felt being back at work. So when I sat down to tackle some artwork I was blinded by memories of what I just experienced. I had something stirring in me that needed to escape.

While inspired by our trip the image I came up with fails to come anywhere close to the experience I shared with friends. For those of us who have made the pilgrimage these images link to that part of our inner being that like a film negative has been permanently exposed with those memories of our experiences. Perhaps we can keep the memory alive with these artifacts. Maybe it will only feed that craving of the most addictive drug, adventure.

The beauty is with us still and continues to nourish our souls.

Yosemite Print 

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Velocity Raptor Now Available

Graphic Design, Illustration, Products

Velocity Raptor

Get ready kids ’cause Velocity Raptor is coming for your guts. My new 11×17, two-color poster is on Etsy, so get out your credit cards and grab the first poster from the upcoming trilogy for only $14.99.

There are 50 handmade prints and will soon start prepping the next batch so be sure to look out for Pterodact Ale and Tricera Hops.

Faux Beer Label No. 3

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triceratopshops

The final planned dinosaur themed beer that you can only find in your imagination (at the moment). This hand-drawn illustration and typography still has some work ahead before it’s ready to become a two-color, hand-pulled screen print. With some motivation I might be able to start publishing these prints later this month to my Etsy site.

Just goes to show how an afternoon on the beach with the love of my life and some beer can get the creative juices going!

Hope you enjoy and stay tuned for more. You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook for updates and random garbage.

Copyright © Robert C. Olson 2015

Pterodactale

Faux Beer Label No. 2

Illustration

Pterodactale

Second in my series of dinosaur themed beers that don’t actually exist. This 100% hand-drawn illustration will be sliced into two colors and screen printed – hand-pulled – hopefully sometime this month and made available on my Etsy site.

This is one of three ideas that my adorable wife helped my come up with over delicious beers on the beach. We were rather amazed that no one (that we know of) has thought of this yet which makes me the first! Suck-it!

Hope you enjoy and stay tuned for more. You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook for updates and random garbage.

 

Copyright © Robert C. Olson 2015

Velocity-raptor Faux Beer

Dino-Beer Faux Branding

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Velocity-raptor Faux Beer

This week Jurassic World launches and I’m going to see it tonight! However, I’ve been sitting on an idea for a while now that fits perfectly into the dino-frenzy you’re about to experience: dinosaur themed beers!

With microbreweries spreading like a delicious plague it occurs to me that no one has yet melded the perfect coupling of dinosaurs and beer (my idea first muthaf***ers). Therefore my wife and I came up with a list of fake beers and today I’m releasing the first of three poster designs I hope to complete this month and get into printing soon.

First up is “Velocityraptor”: with specialty beers on the rise you may have come across the term “velocity” which loosely translates into a blend of stouts, but can sometimes come in strong IPA format – which is very popular in today’s market.

Stouts being among my favorite styles of beer this one had to be a part of the trio and when I walk out of the theaters tonight and tap into a stout I will be thinking about how sweet that Thunder Lizard Beer would taste.

This is my first attempt at a 100% hand drawn image where I even developed my own typeface. While I did straighten out my grade school lines via technology everything was born from the sexy love-making that my hand and tablet made for this design. Inspired by Aaron Horkey’s and Key Taylor’s far superior talents this mutant afterbirth of a tribute to their skill demonstrates both how hard it is to mimic their talents when you are a hack like me and how many hours go in to the detail for such intricate images.

For a useless glue-sniffer like me – I’m guessing it took 100+ hours to get to this point. Stronger artists can do better work in about 120 hours, but I’m working on it, already seeing a big improvement from previous works.

Two more rad designs on the way and I hope to start printing before July. If you are interested in getting a print, let me know and I can start pre-sales on my Etsy site.

Be sure to stay tuned to Facebook and Twitter for updates on the printing.

Oh and let me know what you think!

Wedding: Up Inspired Poster

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Schutz Wedding Poster 2014

Schutz Wedding Poster 2014

Our friends recently married with a theme inspired by the Disney movie “Up”and I created this 11×17 digital print as a gift. Congratulations you two!

 

 

Copyright 2014 © Robert C. Olson

Music: Sound Wave Poster

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Sound Wave 2015 11x17 poster.

Sound Wave 2015 11×17 poster.

Having worked on the Sound Wave… music festival? Broadcast? Live radio and TV event? Whatever you call it, Sound Wave inspired me to create a poster to help market the stuff we are trying to do at Long Beach City College. Sound Wave is 6 hours of live music featuring bands from Long Beach all streamed online from KCTY and KLBC.

Poster is designed for digital 4/0 print on 11 x 17, 80 lb card stock. Line up is incomplete because, well, it hasn’t been planned yet.

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