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2020 Palmer Garden and Art Faire
2020 Palmer Garden and Art Faire

  For this year's local gardening, food, art and music festival, I designed two posters featuring chipper chickadees and a Scandinavian-inspired mandala of garden tools, food, music notes, art supplies and more. Since we're deep in January's cold, short days at...

Wasilla Museum Block Party
Wasilla Museum Block Party

This quick little lockup for the Wasilla Museum's upcoming event includes interlocking flags and buildings, as well as the museum's palette and type family. Branding for special events can be a fun exercise in using the same fonts and colors in a new way.  ...

Wedding Favors | Calendula Seed Packets
Wedding Favors | Calendula Seed Packets

These seed packet designs were created with sincerest congratulations to my friends Hannah and Tabitha. The flower Calendula was chosen by the couple for a wedding favor because of its medicinal and culinary uses. I illustrated the flower using my Microsoft Surface...

Desert Botanical Prints on Wood
Desert Botanical Prints on Wood

These tall, narrow illustrations featuring desert Southwest plants are designed for print on wood slats, installed in a narrow alcove. Agave (Agave americana), Mexican fencepost cactus (Pachycereus marginatus), alligator juniper (Juniperus deppeana), palo verde...

Come Wander With Me
Come Wander With Me

This lovely haunting song, Come Wander With Me, as sung by Bonnie Beecher, comes to mind during the short, dark winters here in Alaska: the trees are covered in hoarfrost and mysterious ice fogs can make a mountain range disappear. This graphic includes a photo taken...

Taste of Talkeetna Farm Tour
Taste of Talkeetna Farm Tour

Margaret Adsit at Alaska Farm Tours commissioned these designs for a proposed campaign for Taste of Talkeetna, including a van wrap, print designs and web collateral. If you're visiting Alaska (or know someone who is) this tour is not to be missed! The final design...

Alaska Farmland Trust mural, postcard & swag
Alaska Farmland Trust mural, postcard & swag

Drafts for an upcoming mural, postcard, and swag for the Alaska Farmland Trust, dedicated to protecting Alaskan soils and farmland for future generations: donate today at akfarmland.com! Mockups made in Adobe Photoshop have been invaluable in showing board members a...

Palmer Midsummer Garden and Art Faire 2017
Palmer Midsummer Garden and Art Faire 2017

The Palmer Midsummer Garden and Art Faire is coming up on July 8, 2017: check out details at palmergardenandart.org. Here are some of the assets I illustrated for this year's fair and concurrent events, including the Wine Walk and Rhubarb Rumble: [gallery...

Upcoming logo designs for MPower
Upcoming logo designs for MPower

These logo designs were developed as part of a new fitness facility that includes hot yoga, high intensity interval training (HIIT), and boot camp style classes. This boutique gym brand is inspired by warm brick and metal finishes, clean architectural lines, and a...

guilloche patterns, part 3
guilloche patterns, part 3

More guilloche patterns made using Adobe Illustrator's blend tool, pattern brushes, and opacity masks.

the art grads t-shirt designs
the art grads t-shirt designs

T-shirt designs featuring Grant Street Studios and TAG: art by Kate Horvat, mockups by Emily Longbrake and Bill Jamison. The Art Grads at Arizona State University is a student group dedicated...

fine art is still the best racket around – fritz scholder
fine art is still the best racket around – fritz scholder

The Phoenix Art Museum's current exhibit Super Indian features work by Fritz Scholder. The video about his work ends with this quote: I'm sure I'm prejudiced, but fine art is still the best racket around. Contact me to order a t-shirt!

thermochromic ink and conductive ink experimental prints
thermochromic ink and conductive ink experimental prints

Digital mockups of prints made with thermochromic ink, part of a workshop hosted by SANDS Social and Digital Systems Group at Arizona State University. Special thanks to Stacey Kuznetsov and Emily Ritter for including me in this workshop! More results to come.  ...

wave book (vermillion cliffs + edward abbey)
wave book (vermillion cliffs + edward abbey)

Measuring 34" wide by 24" high, this large folding 'book' features text by author and environmentalist Edward Abbey and patterns echoing the Wave, a sandstone formation in Vermillion Cliffs National Monument near Page, Arizona. This piece was made at TechShop Chandler...

southwest maker fest poster design contest
southwest maker fest poster design contest

My entry for Southwest Maker Fest's poster design contest: an 11x17 poster featuring the SWMF logo as well as the Arizona SciTech Signature event logo. This event will be held Saturday, March 12, 2016, noon-7pm, in Downtown Mesa, AZ. Southwest Maker Fest  is a...

north star candles logo design
north star candles logo design

I recently did a logo design and website for North Star Candles, a new company run by a small group of entrepreneurial teen girls who make handmade beeswax candles in Anchorage, Alaska. Shop their selection of beautiful candles at nstarcandles.com. See also the...

odegard services sign
odegard services sign

This 17x17" round sign is made with inlaid Baltic birch plywood and finished with shellac, laser cut at TechShop Chandler. Made for my brother-in-law Jake Odegard, who can be found over at countrygardenfarms.com.

ring painting
ring painting

Watercolor inks on plywood scraps from laser cutting. 36" round spinning wheel of doom!

day 341: spring classic 11
day 341: spring classic 11

New designs for the 11th annual Spring Classic frisbee golf tournament in Chugiak, Eagle River, Anchorage, and Girdwood, Alaska. The Spring Classic t-shirts were the first post in this 365 series: find the design here.

day 340: skydive arizona
day 340: skydive arizona

Patterns made with Adobe Illustrator after visiting Skydive Arizona and SkyVenture in Eloy, AZ.

day 324: palmer garden and art faire swag
day 324: palmer garden and art faire swag

Printed and embroidered items from the 2015 Palmer Midsummer Garden and Art Faire in downtown Palmer, Alaska. Many people said this was the best PMGAF ever, and I was happy to have done the design work for the...

day 311: tralfamadore and the sirens of titan
day 311: tralfamadore and the sirens of titan

Once upon a time in Tralfamadore, there were creatures who weren't anything like machines. They weren't dependable. They weren't efficient. They weren't predictable. They weren't durable. And these creatures were obsessed by the idea that everything that existed had...

day 303: congress
day 303: congress

One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, and three or more are a congress: author unknown.

day 300: melancholy juice
day 300: melancholy juice

A fragment from an old notebook to celebrate 300 entries: so i drank some melancholy juice and since then have been quite a bit drained of life but i think the colors will soon return. egl - 2011

day 281: dry heat designs
day 281: dry heat designs

Thanks to Robert Basil at Dry Heat Designs / Invention Prints for a great Logo Design class today. We created this logo as a group from Robert's existing logo as he enters a new and...

day 260: may art walk
day 260: may art walk

Poster for the May Second Saturday Art Walk in downtown Palmer, Alaska. 2-6pm: info and more at palmermuseum.org.

day 259: palmer museum annual celebration
day 259: palmer museum annual celebration

The Palmer Museum's Annual Celebration on Saturday, May 9 from 6:30-9:30pm features catering by Humdinger’s Pizza, live music performed by gypsy jazz group, Swing 49, and a tasting provided by Arkose Brewery.   The event is being sponsored by the Erickson Group of...

day 226: 10 patterns that govern the physical world
day 226: 10 patterns that govern the physical world

Graphic posters with the following: Architect Sym Van der Ryn wrote of ten patterns that make up the physical world: Spheres Nests/mosaics Lattices Polyhedra Spirals/helixes Meanders Branching Waves Symmetry Fractals

day 221: april art walk
day 221: april art walk

April Art Walk posters for the amazing Selena Ortega-Chiolero/Palmer Museum's monthly event. Find out more at palmermuseum.org.

day 217: reusable laser cut blackboard pennant banner
day 217: reusable laser cut blackboard pennant banner

Reuseable laser-cut plywood pennant or banner: chalkboard on one side, colorful paint on the other. Write a message like happy birthday or use colorful sides for a bright, festive occasion. Can be threaded with ribbon, rope or string to any length.

day 214: hygroscopic/gyroscopic upcoming exhibition

  HYGROSCOPIC/GYROSCOPIC An exhibition by Emily Longbrake April 1-July 31, 2015 Chandler Fashion Center 3111 W. Chandler Blvd. Chandler, Arizona   MATERIALS Wheel-thrown, carved porcelain {center spheres}, shellac, laser-cut luon plywood {rings}, steel wire, wood...

day 204: second saturday art walk, march
day 204: second saturday art walk, march

The Palmer Art Walk takes place every second Saturday. Spearheaded by the indomitable Selena Ortega-Chiolero, executive director of the Palmer Museum of History and Art, this event has grown every month and incorporates fine art, performance art, and community...

day 187: beyond the classroom
day 187: beyond the classroom

  Graphic design for an auxillary program for the March Second Saturday Art Walk in Palmer, Alaska. Beyond the Classroom is an art contest for high school students in all media. Visit palmermuseum.org for more information.

day 150: words to the wise
day 150: words to the wise

These guilloche patterns needed a little typography to go with their lines, so I picked these wise words from Oscar Wilde, Collette, Anais Nin, and Kurt Vonnegut to complement the infinite patterns and shapes that life...

day 149: palmer midsummer garden and art faire
day 149: palmer midsummer garden and art faire

New designs for the Palmer Midsummer Garden and Art Faire, July 11, 2015, in downtown Palmer, Alaska. The event features more than 30 art and garden vendors, workshops, garden tours, live music,Alaska Grown food and beverage vendors, a...

day 148: peak a week posters
day 148: peak a week posters

My goal for 2015 is to hike a peak every week, so these posters are a great way to keep track of each adventure throughout the year. Download these Peak a Week posters for FREE here.

day 98: weaverbird
day 98: weaverbird

Weaverbirds and their huge nests have fascinated me since I first saw them on PBS's Nature; seeing them in person on my exchange to South Africa was a highlight of my year abroad.

day 95: alphabetical
day 95: alphabetical

A small study in space using my font library:   Fonts: nordic oil can nova bold oaktag regular onion onramp nosegrind...

day 91: craft fair booth recap
day 91: craft fair booth recap

Constructing my Build-a-Booth was a strenuous undertaking, but it really turned out well thanks to the help of my dad and brother-in-law. Late-night sanding and staining really bring a family together!    

day 89: chickAND
day 89: chickAND

I learned to add a beak to an ampersand back in 9th grade to make a "chick-and", and I've never looked back. Every time a grim work email arrives, all I have to do is look for that little Latin "et" for some humor in the uninviting. fonts myriad pro bold bookman old...

day 87: spirograph quilt, part 1
day 87: spirograph quilt, part 1

After a 15 hour day of working on this puppy, it still wasn't done, but I've returned to try another day. Here are the first batch of process photos; coming up next, the finished project. Technical notes: Don't settle for serger thread: that weak-sister stuff will...

day 82: hell bent for breakfast
day 82: hell bent for breakfast

Any Judas Priest fans out there? Here's my tribute to the classic album; this is how I feel before breakfast every day.      

day 71: guy fawkes fox costume and mask
day 71: guy fawkes fox costume and mask

Here's my Guy Fawkes fox mask for Halloween, complete with homemade cape:   Special thanks to Wintercroft UK for this excellent fox mask pattern and to the Crescent Ballroom for a fantastic Halloween party. Now, remember, remember the fifth of...

day 69: grids
day 69: grids

More fun with Adobe Illustrator's Live Paint, blends, rectangular grids, and transparency:

day 63: caterpalomino
day 63: caterpalomino

Adobe Illustrator makes even the craziest late-night thoughts a possibility, like this mashup of a caterpillar and a Palomino horse.

day 62: share the road
day 62: share the road

Just a friendly reminder to keep an eye out for your friends and neighbors on their bicycles this fall as the light wanes.

day 61: sequintial
day 61: sequintial

With Halloween on the way, I've had sequins and sequences on my mind.

day 60: alphabetical
day 60: alphabetical

The International Radiotelephonic Spelling Alphabet (AKA NATO Phonetic Alphabet) was made into a poster at O'Neil Printing, so I made my own version of this very-helpful life tool.

day 50
day 50

50 down, 315 to go!    

day 45: reflection
day 45: reflection

Today I'm harkening back to my summer visit to beautiful Dutch Harbor/Unalaska, Alaska. 45°F and sunny with Mr. Shakespeare at hand: perfect summer beach weather and reading on the Aleutians. Quote from Julius Caesar, font by Lost Type Collective.

day 43: zodiac snake
day 43: zodiac snake

"Each Chinese zodiac sign and the order they rank in was decided by the mythical Jade Emperor and his favourite creature, the rat. When the task of choosing the [twelve] zodiac animals fell to the Emperor, he asked the rat to help him. The resourceful rat decided that...

day 40: art walk palmer
day 40: art walk palmer

The Palmer Art Walk takes place every second Saturday. Spearheaded by the indomitable Selena Ortega-Chiolero, executive director of the Palmer Museum of History and Art, this event has grown every month and incorporates fine art, performance art, and community...

day 39: ikat-ish
day 39: ikat-ish

Today's design: an ikat-ish pattern made with Adobe Illustrator.

day 35: laser star cabinet
day 35: laser star cabinet

One more small project I made at TechShop Chandler was a test of a vector pattern on a small cabinet drawer face. I still have so much to learn about the capabilities of this tool, and these little pieces have been just a dip into the vast pool of possibilities....

day 34: mountain laser, continued
day 34: mountain laser, continued

As promised, here's the final piece from day 33's vector drawings. The engraving, on a melamine-coated fiberboard cabinet door, took 90 minutes, much longer than anticipated, but produced some wonderful unexpected details. [gallery type="rectangular"...

day 33: mountain laser
day 33: mountain laser

Today's design should actually come to fruition tomorrow at TechShop Chandler: a laser test pattern set up for a melamine door from the ReStore in Mesa.

day 31:  iterations
day 31: iterations

I had some technical difficulties, so this belated post is just a quick design made using Adobe Illustrator CC's updated pattern brush tool.

day 20: gem calendar
day 20: gem calendar

Today's post is the continuation of some sketches and prints that I've been meaning to make into a calendar. Gem and geometric patterns like this are mighty popular right now, and I'm totally into the trend. If you like 'em, I'll finish the series and produce them in...

day 18: holidays, shmolidays
day 18: holidays, shmolidays

Phew: almost missed my deadline this evening! Here are sketches for holiday cards that I worked up in Illustrator. I'd like to use these concepts for some hand-drawn art cards.

day 17: hex pattern
day 17: hex pattern

It's back to graphic design today with this continuous pattern in four colorways, made in Adobe Illustrator. If you'd like to use it, contact me for the source file. AI's new pattern tool makes this a lot easier than it used to be, but it's still a fun challenge....

day 16: plaster master
day 16: plaster master

I'm bending the rules again today for another two day project: slipcast Christmas ornaments, made from a three-part plaster mold.  I'm hoping to make ornaments en masse in preparation for the holidays, so this was a practice run for more serious casting.  Below are...

day 10: sedona, continued
day 10: sedona, continued

Xanadu egg houses, cult leaders, pagan deer statues, crystal shops, vortices, psychotropic plants, nude hippies, natural arches, and red stone cathedrals: Sedona's still on my mind a day after visiting, so I had to make up another postcard featuring these highlights.

day 9: postcard from sedona
day 9: postcard from sedona

I finally visited famed Sedona, AZ yesterday, hence this belated postcard featuring beautiful Cathedral Rock. I hiked to Devil's Arch, basked on a warm rock by Oak Creek, stalked tarantulas through tall grass, and, overall, enjoyed a good day outdoors with 10,000...

day 5: alaska run for women
day 5: alaska run for women

The Alaska Run for Women will celebrate 22 years of fighting breast cancer and supporting survivors in 2015. This is my submission for their design contest: it's a great event of which to be a part, whether you're a runner, a walker, or a supporter in a tutu and...

day 4: heat
day 4: heat

Adjusting to Arizona's climate has been a little rough for a redhead, but Tempe's food tries very hard to make up for it. My skin and the many yummy foods found right outside my door have a lot in common: we're thoroughly cooked. Arizona State University already...

beginning the challenge
beginning the challenge

I've decided to start a year-long creative endeavor: a daily design, drawing, or photo posted here. No chickening or weaseling out  allowed! Day 1: sharks vs. the Spring Classic, an annual frisbee golf tournament.