Friday, June 26, 2009

Editorial Illustration Utne Reader

Really pleased with the final illustration Utne chose for the current issue that just hit the news stands this week. The article was on civility... with a subhead that reads "Be civil, or I'll beat you to a pulp." The piece goes on to discuss the state of modern day civility (or lack thereof).

This was originally commissioned as a spot editorial illustration. Utne entertained the idea of actually running it on the cover instead because they liked the way it turned out so much too, but ultimately opted for a photography cover in the end. Check it out on page 90 of the July/August issue if you come across a copy.

Limited Edition - Hand Signed & Numbered Prints available!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

May Print Winners

Congratulations to the print winners for the month of May. RTD was slow at getting around to the drawing for last month so we got a little carried away and drew four names instead the usual uno. The following are all soon-to-be owners of official RTD prints that have been signed and dated by the artist: Alissa - Poor Little Calamari, Elvina - Robot Pirate, Toby - Unlikely Lovers, and Ann - Tiny Pimp. All should be arriving shortly to your snail mailboxes. Remember you can ENTER each month for a chance to WIN!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Some New Music Packaging...

Aside from illustrating I've managed to sneak a few album design projects into the work flow too. The band links are below each one if you would like to check out the music. RTD makes a few guest appearances in the "Can't Help But Shine" music video for Foster as well, see if you can spot him. Enjoy!

Foster McGinty myspace

MEM myspace

Jon Ladeau Trio

Come n get it! 7th Heaven Street Fair

This was a pic from the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn a couple weekends ago, but the RTD setup and deal will also be goin' down this weekend too for the Seventh Heaven Street Fair in Brooklyn's Park Slope. RAWTOASTDESIGN will be set up on Seventh Ave between Park Place and Sterling Place with several other artists. It is the last block of the street fair before you get to Flatbush. MAP LINK

Stop on by and say hello if you're in the area. It's a massive street fair with lots of cool stuff, so don't miss out!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Creative Quarterly 16: Bronze!

RTD will have another illustration in the next Creative Quarterly (CQ 16)... Meathead took the Bronze! Also Unlikely Lovers, Pot 'O Gold, and Happy On The Inside were all runners up and will be featured on the CQ website.


Unlikely Lovers

Pot 'O Gold

Happy On The Inside

Thursday, June 11, 2009

New Prints In The RTD Store!

Check out the RAWTOASTDESIGN $TORE if you haven't been by recently. Several new prints are available and waiting to cozy up on your walls. LINK - The Tree Hermit

This was a piece I did for's last printed Deadwood Edition... sadly it it moving to an online only publication like many others. I really had a great time researching the character for this one and the title of the article hints at this as well, "Lawrence's Original Weirdo - Hugh Cameron: Tree Hermit, Philosopher, and Civil War Veteran" Check out the full article here - LINK.

Limited Edition - Hand Signed & Numbered Prints available!

Friday, June 5, 2009

New Work for Westchester Magazine

Some recent illos for an article titled "Doctors' Orders". The first one was the full pager that the article opened with. The first spot was for Sports Medicine on over stretching and the second spot was for Geriatric Medicine and getting your house checked for loose carpets/rugs :) This was a fun assignments, thanks Aiko! See the full article here too - LINK

Monday, June 1, 2009

Adam Parker Smith: "Bold As Love"

Stumbled across this little gem on my way back from an office supply run at Staples. It's the current display in the Broadway Windows organized by NYU on 10th & Broadway. Adam Parker Smith is the mastermind behind these three dozen brightly colored, felt heads impaled on wooden posts that shoot innocently creepy stares at the pedestrian pathway out front. It's little surprises like these lurking around many of the corners in this city that make me glad I live here. It's only up until June 7th so stop by soon if you want to get a peek at the real thing. Tried to snap off several pics of my favs...enjoy!
scroll down past the images for the full artist's statement

Three dozen brightly colored, felt heads impaled on wooden posts populate five windows on a bustling New York City intersection. Among the menagerie are imagined creatures, American icons, high school crushes, and self-portraits. The resulting spectacle unravels the invented and extant, the beautiful and the grotesque, what we desire and what we fear. Adam Parker Smith's Bold As Love, an installation inspired by an execution scene in Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls, mischievously reveals how we perform, aestheticize, and consume violence.

We are no strangers to public displays of violence. Our histories and myths are crowded with tales of executions as sport or as warning, enacted for country or for love. In his novel set during the Spanish Civil War, Hemingway fictionalized the horrific real-life execution of fascist sympathizers in the town of Ronda in 1936. In a pivotal scene, accused fascists are gathered up by their neighbors, held captive, flayed, and herded off a cliff. With the protagonists as the perpetrators, we comprehend the celebration and horror of the act.

These contradictory emotions are conjured in Smith's installation. Passersby are arrested by the theatrics, beauty, and humor of the spectacle; only after closer inspection do they perceive the underlying horror of the scene. "That is the beauty of it," one of Hemingway's peasants explains, "there must be many blows."

Bold As Love was initiated through Smith's collaboration with Chicago-area high school students at the Blue Sky Project artists residency program. The series has been re-contextualized in Broadway Windows. The curators collaborated with Smith to construct a head, which is also on view.

Bold as Love is the final project for Curatorial Praxis, a graduate course offered by the Visual Arts Administration Program in the NYU Steinhardt School's Department of Art and Art Professions.