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I had a lot of fun doing a project with the awesome Emily Henderson for Samsung and their cool new TV, The Frame. We transformed a barge, creating ‘gallery walls’ with 53 empty picture frames that I drew in on the spot over the course of 3 hours to create a pop up gallery. Can you tell which one is the TV? Honestly, I was a little skeptical at first, but the TV is very cool. Thanks to Emily and the whole team for a great time!
I’m excited to start a partnership today with Samsung & T-Mobile, where I’ll be live drawing across the country on their new Galaxy Note 7 phone for the next three weeks. We’ll be at pop-up stores in six cities: NYC, Chicago, Atlanta, Austin, Los Angles, & Seattle. It starts in NYC today & tomorrow at South Street Seaport. Stop by and get free posters of my art and fake tats! You can follow the journey here.
If you missed it, Jessica & I released a new blog/social experiment in January called 12 Kinds of Kindness. We worked on it for over a year, and it all came to an end with our Trump protest outside of Trump Tower in NYC a couple weeks ago. It’s a 12-step program we created to work on our own selfishness and apathy. As two self-centered New Yorkers, we vowed to finish this resolution for 12 months and document the entire journey. We explored a lot of social issues and topics very personal to us such as bystander apathy, fatherlessness, and mental illness. We made 20 videos, and you can watch them on our YouTube.
Make sure to check out some of the microsites we created throughout the 12 steps: Trumpsults is an audio interaction of all the horrible insults Trump has made; Let’s Talk About Mental Health collects and shares stories to break down the stigma around mental illness; If Trump Wins asks one simple question; And My Dad Is takes a survey on fatherhood.
I recently created a mural for a new fashion concept store in Beverly Hills, CA called CuratorLA. The writing is something I wrote for my girlfriend, which was pulled from my Memories of a Girl I Never Knew series that I started on Instagram last year. Thanks to the awesome Julia Parris for helping me for 13 hours straight on location! And check out the cool video Jeremy made of the process.
Photography & video: Jeremy Preimesberger
Assistant: Julia Parris
Materials: Matte house paint
I’m in an Adobe campaign for their awesome new app called Adobe Shape CC. By taking a picture on your phone you can turn sketches, images, or photos into vectors immediately! *Magic* You can watch the commercial here, and the poster I created and the process is below.
Last month we announced that you can pre-order the 40 Days of Dating book! It officially comes out on January 20th. The number one question we had from fans was: What happened after day 40? That question is answered—and in addition to the entire blog—the book contains 304 pages, 60K new words, new art, essays by others, our own diary entries for up to a year after the experiment ended, and so much more. This was a real labor of love for us, working on and off on it for about 6 months. We really wanted to wrap ourselves in the context of today’s dating culture, and it was such an exciting process. Early pre-orderers got signed bookplates from us and custom cards we made and a dart to throw at our heads (we’ll be doing another round of those soon!) You can pre-order the book here: http://fortydaysofdating.com
Book design: Kevin Brainard and Raul Aguila
Art direction: Jessica Walsh, Timothy Goodman and Kevin Brainard
Illustrations and Lettering: Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman
Cover Photographs: Henry Leutwyler
Video animation: Santiago Carrasquilla and Zipeng Zhu
Website: Eric Jacobsen
I recently finished a great project in London partnering with Ford Europe and the brand agency Bisqit. The Ford Focus was first unveiled in 1998, and quickly won the North American and European Car of the Year awards. Since then more than 12 million have been sold, so they wanted to celebrate that achievement with a big thank you to all those involved with the car.
Next, Ford asked Focus owners to share their favorite Focus memories with us via social media this summer. I then depicted some of the best stories on a brand new Focus. We worked for several weeks getting the illustrations approved, doing animations for the ‘Celebrate Focus’ video, and working out the logistics before I came out to draw on the car in Wimbledon.
The car is being exhibited at the Paris Auto show at the beginning of October. Below is the video that was shot for the campaign, along with a behind the scenes video with me. Thanks to everyone at Ford and Bisqit for such a fun opportunity!
Design Director: Daniel Holmes
Photographer: Robert Wallis
Back in May, I collaborated with the 7th & 8th graders at The Clinton School for Writers and Artists to create a 100-foot mural outside of their school on 33rd and 9th in Manhattan. Inspired by my Ace Hotel mural, the students each drew something about their school inside a given frame. The students had their sketches ‘approved’ before hand, and I drew the frames and helped coordinate the students. Thanks to their wonderful art teacher, Stacy Antoville! What a talented bunch.
Video footage by Mackenzie Annie Smith
Video Edited by Santiago Carrasquilla.
Since we launched 40DoD last summer, I haven’t discussed or profiled anything regarding the project on my personal website yet. The residual effects of the project have been exciting, and we recently put a “Selected Press” section on the About page of the website. Outside of those interviews, I have individually discussed it in a few places including this one with Steven Heller. Furthermore, I recently gave a presentation about the experiment at this year’s PSFK conference. Enjoy!