18 Jun / Heroes, Sharks, and Other Things Second City
Two months at The Second City as of today! Again – I am so fortunate to be here, and it’s a great feeling knowing that you’re actually getting to do what you signed up for. For just being one company, the scope of work ArtCo takes on is astonishing. In the past 8 weeks, I have done some awesome things, some really cool things, and some downright hilarious things, but really gets me going is that every project is so different from the last. Here’s a breakdown of my highlights:
- Web ads for SNL Stars Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson & Cecily Strong
- Title treatment for Second City’s Holiday Spectacular (Miracles Not Included) – felt Christmassy all week
- Ultra badass superhero logos for a possible new series Hero Squad
- Resurrected the Playwrights Theatre Club logo from a 50-year-old mailing brochure
- Smoothed out countless actors’ uneven skin tones, VPLs, silhouettes and chin fat (oddly satisfying)
- Sorted through head shots of every. single. alum. of The Second City – old photos of famous people!!
- Built a spinning Super Mario gold coin from scratch (see it in action in Mario & Luigi In Therapy)
- A totally hipster shark poster
- Designed a business card for bogus company Profanovations, Inc (“Taking You Beyond Fuck You”)
- Slider cards saying “Your XBox Can’t Wait To See You Naked”, “Suburban Sex Party News”, and – to my horror – “How To Celebrate National Masturbation Month”, among others
Because I worked really hard on the Hero Squad stuff, and because it’s so different from the kind of work I usually do, but mostly because I adore superheroes, here’s some of the illustration I did for the series, without giving too much away:
Official Hero Squad Title Treatment
CANARY: Veteran hero, faints in the face of danger
GEMINI: She can split in two, but so does her mental ability
LOCK: Opens locks. Works part-time at Best Buy’s Geek Squad
TANKED: Gets stronger the more he drinks. But also gets drunker.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: Actually just Ben Franklin. Kidnapped from the past.
I really love that I get to use different styles on different projects. Will share some work again when more stuff comes my way.