AWESOME SPOTLIGHT: AVENUE Q
Avenue Q has been a dream project of mine for a very long time, and I am so happy to say that I have now lived the dream! And not just on the performance side of things, in which I was honored to bring Princeton to life alongside (fellow Kablooey Group member) Rachel Roettger’s Kate Monster. I was also fortunate enough to be able to bring this production’s many video interstitials to life, including several animated bits. Such a wonderful experience, led by director Jerry Johnson (another Kablooey Grouper!) and A.D./Stage Manager Janet Patterson along with a great cast and crew and audiences hungry for what Theatre 7 was serving. I actually teared up on stage singing the show’s final line: “Everything in life is only for now.” This is one that will not be soon forgotten!
The Latest Awesome
Recent Project Highlights
Animation: Theatre 7's Avenue Q Opening Theme
Commercial: The Gordfather
Performance: Kablooey Group's Sold-Out Improv
Illustration: Theatre 7's "JayJay"
Portraiture: Twins Redux
In-Production: Kablooey Group's Original Musical
Design: Theatre 7's The Explorers Club
Volunteer: DAAC Star Wars event
Advertising: Vita Center for Women
A few more recent works of note
Stahl's Furniture: Couchablanca
Theatre 7: Avenue Q -- Princeton's Nightmare
ELF ANTHEM w/BRYAN ABRAMS
I had the pleasure of working with Color Me Badd and, separately, lead singer Bryan Abrams for a spell. And in that time I helped Bryan bring a long-desired project to life: recording and releasing some Holiday music!
So many fun elements to this one, largely revolving around the song “Elf Anthem.” Bryan had an unused CMB demo lying around and, my brain working the way it does, I suggested that the whole thing could be rewritten to be about Santa’s elves. One plane ride later and I had the lyrics set, including a rap that I ended up performing for the track as “Elf Elf Cool J” with Bryan and producer Hamza Lee in OKC.
Recording the “Songs for the Season” EP was a blast all around, but let me just hit once more on that last part: I got to record, with Hamza Lee on the boards and Bryan Abrams giggling away while I did it, a high-pitched rap as the character Elf Elf Cool J. Bliss, people. Creative bliss.
Once the music was done the fun really kicked into high gear. After I designed the cover artwork for the EP I pitched the idea of holding a contest for fans, where I would illustrate an alternate cover featuring caricatures of the winners as elves (as seen above). Additionally I produced a series of elf Countdown to Christmas illustrations, leading up to a Christmas Day debut of the alternate cover! You can check those out in the gallery below. As you scroll through you’ll see how they became increasingly more involved, especially once I hit the Twelve Days of Christmas. Just for fun I’ve also included the original thumbnail sketch of the alt cover, the original pencil sketch of the “Fry Their Brains” elf, and a coda of sorts that was posted after Christmas.
I actually produced several more illustrations during my time with Bryan and have included an additional favorite below. Its one I know he and I both really enjoyed, and it struck a chord with many of his fans, too.
And while I’m sharing, check out the cover for single “Do It Sexy,” featuring the logo I created for Bryan. The Do It Sexy font is mine as well.
I encourage you to hit iTunes, Amazon, or the digital store of your choice to pick up the EP. Bryan’s voice is still one of the strongest instruments in the game, and now that he’s touring again with Mark (Calderon) as Color Me Badd you should def try to catch ’em live! They’re great guys and they put on a helluva fun show.
AWESOME AWARD WINNERS:
Pre-HD, The WB, and Beyond — all Telly Award-winning spots
WBUI: Gotta Be
WBUI: Running Man
WBUI: Singing Reindeer #2 - Blue Christmas
Block's Brewery: Horror Hotspot
WBUI: Trekmation 1 & 2
Creative Sunroom Designs: Bugs
WBUI: Vote PSA
Truth be told, I’m fairly certain I could have additional Tellys to my name, but I stopped entering. Part of me is curious to see how my work has progressed (I only have one Silver Telly, the top Telly awarded) but overall I’m content with the work itself and don’t feel the need to go back to the awards well. Still… I’m honored to have my work recognized and hope you enjoy them!