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Forgot about this one … runner up in Graphic Design for Creative Quarterly 31. Check out a different color version over on my site .

Forgot about this one … runner up in Graphic Design for Creative Quarterly 31. Check out a different color version over on my site .

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Ok, here it is. The last cover of SF Weekly that has my name on it. Just in time for the Super Bowl on Sunday. It might not be my best work ever, but I had fun doing it and hope to see empty newspaper racks by the end of the day.
We had a pretty good run, SFW. You taught me many new things about myself, challenged me to find my voice, and gave me the freedom to take risks while constantly pushing me to do better. You helped me collaborate with some of the most talented artists I know and helped me reach beyond the audience of San Francisco. For that, I am eternally grateful and thankful of the time we had together. It’s been real.
Thanks to everyone who contributed over the years, to Michael Shavalier for hiring me, and to Darrick Rainey and Tom Carlson for guiding me. Thanks to my parents for supporting my connection to art and creating over all those years. I wouldn’t be the same without it.
Most importantly, thanks to my wife Jaleen for keeping my head on straight, telling me when I needed to stop and when I needed to go further. I am a stubborn piece of crap sometimes and I never would have made it this far without her support. She’s the best.
Time to see how really living in my own skin feels. Here’s to new beginnings.
See you out there…

Ok, here it is. The last cover of SF Weekly that has my name on it. Just in time for the Super Bowl on Sunday. It might not be my best work ever, but I had fun doing it and hope to see empty newspaper racks by the end of the day.

We had a pretty good run, SFW. You taught me many new things about myself, challenged me to find my voice, and gave me the freedom to take risks while constantly pushing me to do better. You helped me collaborate with some of the most talented artists I know and helped me reach beyond the audience of San Francisco. For that, I am eternally grateful and thankful of the time we had together. It’s been real.

Thanks to everyone who contributed over the years, to Michael Shavalier for hiring me, and to Darrick Rainey and Tom Carlson for guiding me. Thanks to my parents for supporting my connection to art and creating over all those years. I wouldn’t be the same without it.

Most importantly, thanks to my wife Jaleen for keeping my head on straight, telling me when I needed to stop and when I needed to go further. I am a stubborn piece of crap sometimes and I never would have made it this far without her support. She’s the best.

Time to see how really living in my own skin feels. Here’s to new beginnings.

See you out there…

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Illustration by Brian StaufferArt Direction by Tom CarlsonDesign by Andrew J. Nilsen

Illustration by Brian Stauffer
Art Direction by Tom Carlson
Design by Andrew J. Nilsen

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Last day as Art Director of SF Weekly

I meant to write this post much earlier today, but you know what? It didn’t happen.

But yes, it’s true. In about an hour, I will be moving on to pursue working for myself. What they hell that will become is something of a mystery right now but looks like freelance illustration and design are at the top of the list.

I will follow-up this post with something proper, but for now, I have nothing but thanks for everyone I have worked with over the course of the three years I’ve been here. There is no doubt that I have done the best work of my career so far while at SF Weekly. I wish it didn’t have to end this soon as there as so many more illustrators I wanted to work with, but alas, sometimes you don’t get to make the choice when things change.

Stay tuned for what will become of me and this crazy brain of mine.

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Illustration by John Hersey

Illustration by John Hersey

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Illustration by Lesse LenzArt Direction by Darrick Rainey

Illustration by Lesse Lenz
Art Direction by Darrick Rainey

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Catching up on some covers I never posted…

Catching up on some covers I never posted…

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All the SF Weekly Covers of 2012. You’ve come a long way, baby…

You can view all the covers since January 2010 HERE.

All the SF Weekly Covers of 2012. You’ve come a long way, baby…

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You can view all the covers since January 2010 HERE.

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Top 10 SF Weekly Covers of 2012

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Typography by Justin Crutchley.

Typography by Justin Crutchley.

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Kinda wish this typography was actually the Kool-Aid man.

Kinda wish this typography was actually the Kool-Aid man.

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Illustration by Fred Noland

Illustration by Fred Noland

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Throwing shapes: first ever SF Weekly Comics Issue coming soon…

Throwing shapes: first ever SF Weekly Comics Issue coming soon…

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Some more details before shipping this off to press…

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Getting a little bit closer…

Getting a little bit closer…