Happy Bring an Art Director Outside Day! And other updates…

First of all, you might have noticed that things look a bit different around here. The website has been freshened up a bit, and some of the tabs across the top have changed. I felt the need to do a little re-organizing to match up with some goals I have for my career. Hope you enjoy the changes!

Second, the East Austin Studio Tour starts next weekend (more info in that link), and all of us who work out of Canopy would love to have you stop by! We’ll have work up on the walls and artwork to sell. 

And now, back to the task at hand: showing you Chad Tomlinson, Art Director for The Texas Observer. Chad was kind enough to model for me, and was also kind enough to accept pumpkin bread as compensation. 

I have been eyeing this old sign out front of the Hard Luck Bar on E. 7th for quite some time. Its “L E T SP A R T Y” just has a weary charm to it. Of course, once I had lined up Chad’s schedule and the bar’s schedule, we had a giant storm here in Austin, and the sign only said “L E T SP A R T”…not the end of the world, but not what I was looking for. I went over to measure the lettering on the sign to see if I could find an appropriate match for the “Y” at Home Depot, and lo and behold, I went over to the back side of the sign and found an older “Y” that was split down the middle. Perfect. 

So, between the giant storm and more rain, Chad and I popped over to the location and started shooting. I told him to channel his inner “I-wanna-stay-home-on-the-couch-but-my-friends-are-making-me-come-hang-out-and-now-they’re-late” version of himself. Well done, Chad. Well done. 

Side note: shot this with my Profoto B1 kit. I seriously cannot praise this kit enough. For shoots like this, it’s really nice to not have to worry about finding an external power source, or putting a battery pack down in the mud. Long live the B1 kit!