Saturday, January 31, 2009


"C28 Canvas is a community voting website that allows you to express yourself and glorify God through your art. The community will vote on t-shirt designs submitted by C28 Canvas members. The winning designs will be printed under the C28 Canvas Label in a limited run to be sold exclusively through"

So I went on a posting frenzy for this tshirt design contest. You can view all my designs HERE. The designs take 72 hours to be approved, so they should all be up by Tuesday. If you love me you will vote. THANKS!!!!!!!

Friday, January 30, 2009


So I have submitted some designs to an ongoing tshirt design contest put on by C28 called Canvas. Check out my designs and vote for me. Tell all your friends about it!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Chris & Jen Wedding

Wish I could have got this up sooner, but had to sort through 1200 pics!!!!!! Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Hey folks, I juts created a profile with CreativeMYK. Its a Christian art/design community site. There is a bunch of cool stuff you can download for various church needs. Check it out! I'm stoked on it.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Going to print

So you might remember the post earlier this month about Kyles photo shoot. Well this is the final product. Made up these for his promotional stuff. If you want to learn how to play the drums call him. He is awesome.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Making Upgrades

So I finally sold my beloved Yamaha Stage Custom. (R.I.P) However, with the cash I received I upgraded my camera body that is. I found it on craigs list and got a great deal on it. Came with the battery grip and an 8gig CF Card. The nice man, Mario, who sold it to me was a photo journalist from L.A. who just moved to Lake Elsinore. He apparently has about 4 5D's and wanted to get rid of some dead weight. I gladly took it off his hands.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Lighthouse Server Creatures

So here at my work, Lighthouse Marketing Group, we have had some communication problems on defining what "server" we are talking about when sharing files. As a result, we decided to give each different server a name and face. This is what I came up with.

Menifee Logo Concepts

Going to submit these later today. Menifee put out a logo/seal design contest. Im pretty excited to see what they think.

Quick Vegas Trip

So this last weekend we went out to Vegas to surprise Erica's Uncle Darel. We left Saturday morning at 5:30, drove 4 hours, played some video poker, had dinner, went to the club and people watched, woke up the next morning, ate the best haburger int he world at lbs, and drove back. Way too quick.

Monday, January 19, 2009

A Lesson in Marketing....

Got this off a fly by night print house web-site. I know I learned a lot (sarcasm intended)

Friday, January 16, 2009

Doing Research

So I was doing research this week in preparation for my meeting with my future tattoo guy, Fabian Iezzi. I am going to start my half sleeve, and wanted to know a little more background on the artist of the piece I am getting done. Katsushika Hokusai (the man of wood block prints) did the famous painting The Great Wave of Kanagawa. This piece means a lot to me, not only because it has been one of my favorite painting ever since I started my career in art, but it is also significant because wood block prints laid the foundation for graphic design (another obsession/passion of mine). Anyways, I figured I would make a post in homage to his career as an art star.

P.S. I will keep you updated and will be posting pics when the masterpiece is completed.

Thursday, January 15, 2009


So about a month back I mentioned COMPOSITE which is an artist network / art night we are launching at the threshols (my church). It should be a pretty awesome event, so come if you can. Choose your medium.

Monday, January 12, 2009


This was a review for a book on amazon. Seriously read the whole thing.

Please allow me to share with you how "The Secret" changed my life and in a very real and substantive way allowed me to overcome a severe crisis in my personal life. It is well known that the premise of "The Secret" is the science of attracting the things in life that you desire and need and in removing from your life those things that you don't want. Before finding this book, I knew nothing of these principles, the process of positive visualization, and had actually engaged in reckless behaviors to the point of endangering my own life and wellbeing.

At age 36, I found myself in a medium security prison serving 3-5 years for destruction of government property and public intoxication. This was stiff punishment for drunkenly defecating in a mailbox but as the judge pointed out, this was my third conviction for the exact same crime. I obviously had an alcohol problem and a deep and intense disrespect for the postal system, but even more importantly I was ignoring the very fabric of our metaphysical reality and inviting destructive influences into my life.

My fourth day in prison was the first day that I was allowed in general population and while in the recreation yard I was approached by a prisoner named Marcus who calmly informed me that as a new prisoner I had been purchased by him for three packs of Winston cigarettes and 8 ounces of Pruno (prison wine). Marcus elaborated further that I could expect to be raped by him on a daily basis and that I had pretty eyes.
Needless to say, I was deeply shocked that my life had sunk to this level. Although I've never been homophobic I was discovering that I was very rape phobic and dismayed by my overall personal street value of roughly $15. I returned to my cell and sat very quietly, searching myself for answers on how I could improve my life and distance myself from harmful outside influences. At that point, in what I consider to be a miraculous moment, my cell mate Jim Norton informed me that he knew about the Marcus situation and that he had something that could solve my problems. He handed me a copy of "The Secret". Normally I wouldn't have turned to a self help book to resolve such a severe and immediate threat but I literally didn't have any other available alternatives. I immediately opened the book and began to read.

The first few chapters deal with the essence of something called the "Law of Attraction" in which a primal universal force is available to us and can be harnessed for the betterment of our lives. The theoretical nature of the first few chapters wasn't exactly putting me at peace. In fact, I had never meditated and had great difficulty with closing out the chaotic noises of the prison and visualizing the positive changes that I so dearly needed. It was when I reached Chapter 6 "The Secret to Relationships" that I realized how this book could help me distance myself from Marcus and his negative intentions. Starting with chapter six there was a cavity carved into the book and in that cavity was a prison shiv. This particular shiv was a toothbrush with a handle that had been repeatedly melted and ground into a razor sharp point.

The next day in the exercise yard I carried "The Secret" with me and when Marcus approached me I opened the book and stabbed him in the neck. The next eight weeks in solitary confinement provided ample time to practice positive visualization and the 16 hours per day of absolute darkness made visualization about the only thing that I actually could do. I'm not sure that everybody's life will be changed in such a dramatic way by this book but I'm very thankful to have found it and will continue to recommend it heartily.

Front Yard Party

It was a good time. Reunion of good ol' design school friends.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Powerhouse Gym Campaign

So we here at Lighthouse Marketing have picked up a new client, Powerhouse Gym, Murrieta,. We have a lot planned for these guys, but we are getting started with a simple campaign t bring in some memberships from the local church community. This is the 4x9 rack card that I designed for them. Im really excited for the new things in the near future for these guys.....stay tuned for updates.

Kyles Drum Studio

So 17 years ago I started playing drums in elementary school with this amazing dude, Kyle. Well, 6,205 days later we are still hommies and Kyle is starting up his drum studio/drum lessons business. Luckily he knows an awesome friend like me who can design and take an ok photo. This was the first time I got to use my new beauty dish, and I'm pretty pleased. Anyways, these are some of my favorites....

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Pepsi Appiffany

So after a 2.5 hour meeting with a client about Rebanding and Brand Integration, I had an appiffany. As I was loading the office fridge with Pepsi, I realized that what I had been talking about to a client for 2 hours was materializing right in front of me.

- 1st that rebranding is vital in the success of a company's survival over generational and social trends (Duh, both Wal-mart and Pepsi did this year). Obviously if you have watched tv or walked through grocery store, you see the change.

- 2nd that when rebanding an already established brand, slow integration is crucial. As I was loading the fridge I noticed that the packaging of the Pepsi 12 Pack was suited up with the fresh new brand. However, the cans inside still had the old logo and packaging. Therefore, even Pepsi, had a caliber of integration with the new brand and is still making a slow transition (& probably getting rid of old supply).

- 3rd that when the new rebrand is integrated, it is also vital that the consumer market and the product's/company's clientele are given an explanation and notification of the progression. I went Pepsi's website and noticed the have a whole page showing the "Yesterday" & "Today" of Pepsi. They even showed the old brands going back to 1898. The site also had flash animations showing the old mark transforming into the new mark accompanied with quotes like "We celebrate tomorrow, but honor yesterday." Obviously, they aren't hiding the change.....

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


So yesterday I was at Yardhouse Restaurant in Rancho and was feeling daring. I asked the bartender for something that was comparable to Newcastle Brown Ale. I told him that I love Amber and Brown Ales and wanted to try something new. He recommended the Downtown Brown Ale. Its a small brew out of Eureka, CA and is quite tasty. I have a strong loyalty to the castle, but I think I might have a close second in which I pledge my loyalty. :)

Happy Birthday Babe!

This post is a for my best friend. My best friend is beautiful (inside and out), talented & creative, passionate about life and others, and amazing in more ways than I can count. She has been my partner in crime throughout this past year....fighting, relaxing, laughing, crying, loving, struggling. She is my wife...Erica. Just this year we have been through our 2 year anniversary, our graduation from college (her MA), our wedding, our reception, our honey moon, the stresses of moving into a new house, the loss of 2 beloved grand parents, and many other challenging, rewarding, and joyful times. Erica I love you everything I have, and couldn't imagine doing any of this without you. Happy Birthday!