Saturday, August 11, 2012
This was an editorial illustration done for an article titled, When Smart Kids Grow Up.
This article highlighted findings from the Harvard Business Review about the confidence levels of gifted children after they grow up.
In a Columbia University study, bright fifth graders were evaluated to determine how different kinds of praise affected their performances. The students were given three sets of problems—the first relatively easy, the second nearly impossible, and the third simple. Every child succeeded easily on the first set and failed the second set, but their performance on the third set varied depending on earlier feedback. Offering the praise “You must be really smart!” to one group resulted in a 25 percent drop in performance on the third set of problems. Conversely, the group that received praise that focused on their effort (“You must have worked really hard!”) improved their performance by 25 percent. The “smart” group became stymied, while the “hard-working” group persisted, feeling that if they tried hard enough, they would succeed.
Ironically, writes the Review, “gifted children grow up to be more vulnerable, and less confident, even when they should be the most confident people in the room.”
I really wanted to magnify the feeling of the gifted adults looming academic success in this illustration.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Stop on by and say hello this weekend! Join Raw Toast Design at the Dekalb Market Spring Weekender. Details below...
APRIL 7th & 8th // 10 – 6pm
SPRING WEEKENDER will be held April 7 – 8 to celebrate the inaugural market in 2012. The two-day extravaganza will be host a myriad of activities including:
* 40 retail & food outdoor vendors showcasing arts & crafts, antiques, new & vintage clothing, jewelry, furniture, prints and more
* A curated flower and garden market
* Classes & workshops for adults and children centered around cooking, farming, gardening, and crafting
* Easter activities including a market wide Easter egg hunt
* Live music from local bands & DJ sets
* Beer & wine garden featuring local brews
Check out the Dekalb Market website to learn more about this really cool space and their upcoming shows and programming.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
CQ will be featuring a couple of my illustrations on their online gallery for Creative Quarterly 27. The Alternative Medicine cover illustration for Oakland Magazine and the Momo Monster illo for St. Louis Magazine.
Congrats to all the other CQ winners as well! Here's the full list and post from CQ's website
Congratulations to our winners and runner-ups. Judging was tough as always and there were a good many pieces that fell just shy of getting in. Winners will be featured in Issue 27 coming out this Spring; we’ll also feature them and our runner’s-up online as soon as the issue is out.
*Denote multiple winners
Fine Art: Professional
Michael E. Hockenbury
Brandi La Zard
Fine Art: Student
Erica Hoosic, Meyers School of Art
Graphic Design: Professional
Graphic Design: Student
Viktoriya Dubskiy, Tyler School of Art/Temple University
Jiin Kim, Art Center College of Design
Karen Liong, Academy of Art University
Jennifer Reeves, University of North Texas
Wayne Tang, Art Center College of Design
Jennifer Wijaya, Academy of Art University*
Shushi Yoshinaga, Drexel University
Blaine Burgos, Fashion Institute of Technology
Maelle Doliveux, School of Visual Arts*
Jessica LeClerc, New Hampshire Institute of Art*
Llewellyn Mejia, Minneapolis College of Art & Design
Adam Osgood, North Carolina State University
Elisabeth Pulido, Brigham Young University
Angela Rizza, Fashion Institute of Technology
Cecilia Ruiz, School of Visual Arts
Nancy Zhang, OCAD University
Russell Beazell, Ringling College of Art & Design
Elizabeth Bowman, UW La Crosse
Danielle Burke, Ringling College of Art & Design
Sarah Gersbach, Moore College of Art & Design
Sol Han, Seoul Art College
Andrew Hefter, Savannah College of Art & Design
June Korea, Art Center College of Design
Sophie Schwartz, Laurel School
Jerome Sturm, Radford University
Runners-up will be displayed on the online Gallery Spring 2012.
Illustration: Professional: Runner Up
Barbara Ana Gomez
Illustration: Student: Runner Up
Ricardo Bessa, Kingston University London
Danielle Feliciano, Minneapolis College of Art & Design
Kelsey Heinrichs, Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Amanda Ho, Brigham Young University
Jaesun Kim, Art Center College of Design
Agnes Lee, Art Center College of Design
Veronica Miller, Pratt
Amanda Mocci, Université du Québec à Montréal
Elisabeth Pulido, Brigham Young University*
Bill Rebholz, Minneapolis College of Art & Design
Mushk Rizvi, The Academy of Arts
Katie Skau, Pratt
Fine Art: Professional: Runner Up
Michael E. Hockenbury
Shauna Holiman and Penny Putnam
Graphic Design: Professional: Runner Up
Ellen Bruss Design
Leibold Associates, Inc.
Mucca Deslgn Corp.
Graphic Design: Student: Runner Up
Lauren Bernal, University of North Texas
Ashley Bryant, Shepherd University
Julie Goodwin, Academy of Art University*
Adam Hale, Art Center College of Design
Kevin Han, Art Center College of Design
Paul Hoppe, Art Center College of Design
Sonya Houston, Tyler School of Art
Shin-Yun Huang, Academy of Art University
Michael Kim, Art Center College of Design
Mercy Lomelin, University of North Texas
Carol Ly, Tyler School of Art/Temple University
Aanchal Mandhyan, Academy of Art University
Macy Nguyen, University of North Texas
Ji Yong Raisa Park, Art Center College of Design
Wei Sun, Academy of Art University
Sarah Surrette, Tyler School of Art
Andrea Yung Toth, Academy of Art University
Molly Weber, Academy of Art University
Ben Wong, Academy of Art University
Shushi Yoshinaga, Drexel University
Photography: Professional: Runner Up
Kimberly Boyd Vickrey
Photography: Student: Runner Up
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
This was a cover illustration that I did for Oakland Magazine last month. The feature focused on all the different alternative therapies that are available to alleviate ailments and the rising popularity of these forms of medicine. I was really happy with how simple, bold, and conceptual the final cover turned out. Debbi from Oakland Mag was a real pleasure to work with too!
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Hey everybody! I've been encouraged to turn some of my characters into games for awhile now. I'm looking to make that happen with The Departure and am hoping that it will become a reality with the help of this kickstarter game campaign.
It's a super cool way to raise funding for projects like this. I've included a bunch of cool rewards for all the donation levels. Please check it out and share it with everyone you know! Thanks so much! Kickstarter Game : The Departure
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
It's been awhile since I've been available for personal illustration commissions, and have had to turn most down over the past year. If you've been itching to get something personalized by RTD please contact me through my website. Subject matter is wide open, but I've always been attracted to strange and bizarre... the weirder the better! So hop on over and get your illustration commission started here...
Illustration Commission - Raw Toast Design
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Meow Maze iTunes screenshots...
Meow Maze video demo...
Meow Maze merch...
Meow Maze Merchandise - http://bit.ly/meowmazemerch
Get the App - Meow Maze Racing Game
Thursday, December 22, 2011
It's been a little while since I've posted some editorial work. Here was a cover illo that I did this past fall for Christian Century for their annual fall book review. A fun, fall theme, landscaped with many leather and cloth bound towering stacks of knowledge. These cover assignments are always a treat and I really like it when it's just a general/broad theme that is required for illustration. Hope you like it...
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Just a quick reminder that this Thursday, the 15th, is the last day for online ordering of RTD prints in order to guarantee arrival by the 24th. (anything ordered after that I will do my best on, but can't guarantee arrival by the 24th)
For folks shopping in the NYC area, I will be at the BKCC Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 17th, at the Littlefield in Park Slope. details here
RTD prints pretty much cover the full range of sweet, salty, and strange to fit any of your giftmas needs :) Give 'em a look... RTD Store. Stay awesome everyone, and have a Happy New Year!
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
NOTE: RTD will be at the SATURDAY market ONLY, NOT Sunday.
Brooklyn Craft Central Holiday Market 2011
Sat + Sun, Dec. 17 + 18. 12 - 6pm.
Littlefield: 622 Degraw St. in Park Slope
Different vendors each day!
Thursday, November 3, 2011
St. Louis Magazine editorial illustration done for an article about a Missouri monster legend that is being turned into a movie. The Return of Momo brings the state’s one-time famous monster back to life with a new, low-budget horror flick. Momo the Monster was a mysterious hairy biped spotted near the town of Louisiana, MO in 1972. “It looked like a Bigfoot-type creature with a pumpkin-shaped head,” explains Johnno Zee, the writer/producer/director of Momo: The Missouri Monster, a horror-spoof film. Zee pays tribute to the monster’s enduring mystery with what he’s calling a “small-budget, B-movie grindhouse type of movie” featuring “Momo being pursued by a cryptozoologist Elvis impersonator.
Always a pleasure when these types of assignments show up. Here’s the original message from the art director at STL Mag... “This struck me as a topic you would be particularly good at illustrating as you generally draw lovely monsters and imagined creatures.”
Please count me in and consider me for all future monster assignments :)
Friday, September 30, 2011
The Renegade Craft Fair is headed across the pond to The Old Truman Brewery for our 1st Ever London Fair on October 8+9, 2011, from 11am – 6pm each day! Along with hundreds of today’s best makers of handmade goods, we’ll be hosting hands-on crafting workshops and planning a handful of fun surprises! This exciting indoor showcase of indie-craft is free-to-attend!
At the Renegade Craft Fair you can expect to find only the best indie-craft and DIY artisans! Featuring both local and international talent, shoppers can anticipate a vast array of independently designed jewelry, clothing, paper goods, home + garden goods, posters, artwork, plush objects, bath + body products, and so much more!!
Thursday, September 29, 2011
THE 37TH ANNUAL ATLANTIC ANTIC STREET FESTIVAL
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2011
12:00PM TO 6:00PM RAIN OR SHINE
ATLANTIC AVENUE: HICKS STREET TO FOURTH AVENUE
THE 37TH ANNUAL ATLANTIC ANTIC is an event not to be missed! On this beautiful autumn day in Brooklyn, the Atlantic Antic will bring together one million people to Atlantic Avenue to celebrate the longstanding tradition of food, festivities, and fun!
The Atlantic Antic is a Brooklyn institution, embracing the myriad of heritages that coexist in the Borough. Spanning four Brooklyn neighborhoods from Hicks Street to Fourth Avenue, the Antic is the largest street festival in New York City! From start to finish, Atlantic Avenue is transformed into a sea of entertainment offering something for everyone.
Comprised of local and national vendors intertwined with trendy restaurants and boutiques, the Atlantic Antic features live music stages that showcase free performances from various cultural genres. Families enjoy pony rides, storytelling, and face painting on an entire block dedicated solely to kid-friendly activities. Best known for its eclectic delicacies, the Antic highlights an array of food from around the world including street fair favorites like funnel cake, sausage sandwiches, and roasted corn!
The Atlantic Antic can be accessed from ten different blocks. Below is a list of nearby trains.
- Borough Hall: 2 3 4 5
- Jay Street-Metro Tech: A C F N R
- Bergen Street: F G
- Hoyt-Schermerhorn Streets: A C G
- Atlantic Avenue-Pacific Street: 2 3 4 5 B D N Q R
You can also take the ATLANTIC ANTIC SHUTTLE sponsored by NY Waterway's East River Ferry!
The ATLANTIC ANTIC SHUTTLE will run from 11:00AM to 7:00PM between Pier 11/Wall Street and Pier 6/Atlantic Avenue for $5 each way.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Spot illustration for an employee magazine safety article about safe driving in Finning marked vehicles.