This book was super fun to design and illustrate to say the least. The Big Gay Ice Cream boys did not want to do a traditional "cookbook." They wanted to create a yearbook that told the wacky tale of how they went from truck, to store, to internet and foodie sensations hobnobbing with Anthony Bourdain and other assorted foodie luminaries.
I began by researching mountains of wonderfully tacky yearbooks from the 80's and used that as my template to create a book that was at times purposefully ugly, yet still clean and modern.
In keeping with the yearbook theme, the authors had a bunch of their celebrity pals send in handwritten messages that I incorporated throughout the book.
They shot their fans school portrait style against an 80's flavored laser beam background which I assembled into yearbook-style grids and used them as chapter openers.
In keeping with the yearbook theme, I designed a bunch of faux ugly-on-purpose two color ads for the end papers at the back of the book. Ottavia is Anthony Bourdain's wife, Peter Jarema Funeral Home is actually next door to the East Village shop, and Eyebrows by Debi is honoring their pal Debi Mazar. (Not only does she possess exquisite eyebrows, but she is Madonna's dear friend which virtually makes me Madonna's dear friend, too. Six degrees.)
I think I managed to translate their irreverent, rainbow flavored brand into a memorable yearbook that references the past, yet is still clean and contemporary. Published by Random House.
I had the pleasure of both designing and illustrating this lifestyle and entertaining book for the fabulous Mary Giuliani, caterer to the stars. Published by Random House. The design is clean and contemporary with a dash of mid-century modern flair.
I'm currently illustrating this hilarious satirical guide to wedding planning and general bridal insanity by the very funny Laura Willcox. Coming out in January 2017. Published by Abrams Books.
Carson Kressley is the most recognizable name in men’s fashion today. With a legion of fans who hang on his every tip and quip, Kressley has single-handedly made it cool for the average guy to care about clothes. In Off the Cuff, Carson makes over the tired men’s style guide with an edgy, hilarious romp through every man’s closet: from socks to scarves, from jeans to leather jackets, from the dreaded pleated khaki to the classic pink oxford.
ABOUT THE BOOK: The book Joan Rivers calls “my dog bible,” Woof! is the quintessential queer guide for dog lovers, offering a hilarious take on gay dog ownership unlike any other book out there! Author Andrew De Prisco and illustrator Jason O’Malley have created a LGBTQ classic that defines the 28 “breeds” of gay men and recommends which breeds are best for each.
I got a kick out of illustrating every permutation of dog, cat, fish, and bird with modern flair and a cheeky sense of humor. Made famous on The Martha Stewart Show on television and Sirius radio, Marc Morrone is front and center to answer his viewers’ (and his readers’) many questions about their favorite pets in this series of books.