Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I design the client birthday cards every year. This year I came up with a vertical tri-fold that acted like a present that was opened as the card unfolded. For extra effect, we placed colored confetti in the card which falls out in the recipients' lap when unfolded completely.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
I created this as the theme for the 2010 Arty Party in downtown Topeka. The image will also be on t-shirts and buttons available at the event. I was told it needed to be about how the arts connect the past to the future - so I wanted to show the same character as a young man and an old man all at once. The young man is looking forward to the party, while the old man is remembering what a great time he had.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
This is my first monotone, 3D collage for a project at work. I am going to start doing more monotone stuff in my personal work. Originally I thought it would be too boring, but the shadows and highlights show the depth and make it really interesting after all.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
This piece is for an exciting project to benefit the Family Service and Guidance Center. I was among a handful of artists asked to illustrate a poem written by a kid who has benefited from FSGC. The poem I selected is a love poem from a boy to a girl - and it gave me flashbacks to myself when I was younger. It also intrigued me because it was written inside of a hand-drawn geometric shape. It looked to me like the author was trying to solve some kind of abstract geometry problem - and then I realized the poem might be the actual solution to winning this young girl's heart.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Dan Billen created portraits of the eight men he cared for while working at a facility for the developmentally disabled as his senior project at Washburn University.
While working at the institution, he formed close relationships with these men and made small portraits of them as gifts before he left. Billen explains,
"I had poured my heart and soul into each one of the portraits, and they now represented the loving relationships I once had. I eventually showed them to my college painting professor who encouraged me to continue the project. Using the original collages as studies, I enlarged the smaller designs to 4ft x 4ft on large panels, using much of the same techniques used on the smaller ones. My hope was that people would see these guys larger than life and in brilliant color, like I always saw them. I'm using this series as a way of honoring these people, and to present them as important members of our society. These are people we should not turn away from simply because of their outward appearances."
Several of these men attended Billen's senior exhibition and were honored publicly, as Billen had hoped.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
If you're having a birthday, consider this my gift to you.
“Paper Dali” was created to help promote the year’s largest fund raising event for Washburn University’s Mulvane Art Museum through various mediums including, TV, outdoor, postcards, posters and T-shirts.
The “Paper Dali” awards journey started by receiving a Gold ADDY Award at the local American Advertising Federation Topeka Chapter Awards in February. The illustration was then sent to District 9 competition encompassing advertising creative work from Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas and Iowa. With the District 9 Gold ADDY Award, “Paper Dali” was then forwarded to the national ADDY competition where it recieved a National Silver ADDY Award (the highest award given for the illustration category in 2009).
With over 60,000 entries annually, the ADDY Awards are the world’s largest and arguably toughest advertising competition. “Paper Dali” creator Dan Billen, and President and Executive Creative Director, Gary Jones, were among the 800 individuals from advertising agencies across the country in attendance. A huge win for Dan, Gary and jones huyett Partners.
I recently heard a friend say "I have to see it to believe it."
I can remember as a child looking at the stars waiting to see the alien ship I knew was going to appear at any moment. And losing sleep the night before Christmas listening patiently for the tinkle of bells outside my window. And feeling certain every house we moved into was haunted.
We're all grown up now, but deep inside we will never stop believing in something beyond ourselves. We know it's out there somewhere.
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