This is the initial design that I gave to Back40 in OKC that they developed into Sugar Creek Casino's new website. www.sugarcreekcasino.com
This was one of our biggest fights. Jeremy Horn is a legend and has the third most wins in MMA history. The fight was also are first one in our new event center, so I set out to completely redesign the poster format. We still use the same -8 degree rotation in our posters today. Also note the phoenix enhanced logo themed from the name of the fight "Reborn".
The main take away from this poster is the amount of fighters on it. I take photos of every fighter at weight ins specifically to put on the posters. The poster is also themed generically because we used the name redemption.
I came up with the name Thunderstruck for this fight because I knew I wanted to use the AC/DC song in my video intro. From there I knew I would use lightning for the design on the rest of the poster.
This poster is an example of what graphic designers have to deal with on a daily basis. I had a specific logo, photo, and poster template to work with. The only thing I added creatively was the orange wood pannels above and below the poster.
The boys returned two years later with a new photo and theme "Boys Night Out". However, I was not supplied with a logo, so I designed the 2015 and "Boys Night Out" around their original logo. Additionally, I added a wood pattern over their logo and more rustic wood for the top and bottom then I had from the previous poster.
This was one of the first posters I designed at Sugar Creek Casino. I had a very colorful picture of Roy to work with, so I decided to work orange into the scheme. I had hoped to use more illustrations in posters at the casino, however this one of the few that I designed one for.
This poster is themed with watermelons and smashing. His Gallagher logo was not provided, so I had to find the best version I could online and trace it in Illustrator. Finding and enlarging logos in Illustrator was a common occurence.
His photo was cropped and placed on a custom background image. I was originally working with a one color logo, so I added a custom layer style to make it really pop.
The "KS" logo was once again found at a low quality and enlarged by tracing it in Illustrator. At this point all of the posters I have designed involved cropping the artist out of a supplied press photo and adding a custom background. I felt by cropping all the artist out made the posters feel more original and not as generic as other events would use the same image over and over.
The photo and logo were supplied in this case. My input came from designed a layer style for the logo. The logo came as a plain black file, so my goal was to add some color and texture to it. I settled on this final logo design because it reminded me of the red dirt Oklahoma sunset.
A layer style was also added to this Kool and the Gang logo which was supposed to look like a shiny brass instrument. The artists' image was also cropped with a custom background placed in the background.
This was a challenging act to sell because it was a tribute act. I set out to use bright pink and teal colors of the 50's with a font that also represented the era. For the background, a giant record was placed behind a jukebox.
This was the only hard rock act we had while I was at the casino, so the design looks completely different from the other acts. The guys were cropped out while two of their logos were placed one behind and one in front of their image. I also added the red overlay to the logos to give everything some more color. Their original logo was just a metallic gradient.
Once again I got to play around with a rock band by doing something different than I normally would for a country artist's poster. I designed their logo from an existing "western" font that I had. I also added a tattoo like design behind the logo that helped give it a more rock'n'roll presence. I should also note that I cropped the guys out, coppied that image and placed it over their orignal image with the logo between the two images.
I started this poster with only Ronnie's image. The backgound and piano were then added behind him. Finally, I designed the logo to complete the poster.
This poster was designed similarly to Ronnie Milsap's poster except I didn't design this logo, I only added a metallic layter style to it. I had a rustic background that I added a red overlay to, put rays over it, and finally put a guitar in with a blending mode set to it.
Promotions were some of the most fun designs for the casino. Buccaneers Booty has a pirate theme, so I was tasked with finding all of these objects and placing them together to complete the poster.
Another promotion poster that has a lot of different pieces. An old barrel was requested for the background, so I had to find a fence image, find bars to make it look like a barrel, and finally put apples inside it.
What I really like the most about this poster is the way the image feels like it is popping out at you. The original image was cropped out, along with the head, so I could move both objects freely and put a fireworks image behind the dragon.
My favorite thing about this poster design is the background colors I'm using. They're bright, but not distracting from the prize image.
This poster has some great photoshop blending work in it. The witch, smoke, cash in the smoke and cauldron were all seperate images that needed to be cropped out and layered. The cash blended with the smoke is a great effect.
One of the few times I illustrated a character for a casino promotion. The kangaroo and boomerang logo were both created in Illustrator. Finally, I added the yellow border made famous by National Geographic for exotic effect.
The idea behind this poster was a fishing themed Fathers Day promotion. Every object was added at the top from seperate images (even the crane in the back).
This was a great idea for a promtion that involved spinning a wheel to spell out the letter B-I-N-G-O to win the grand prize. There was no limit on colors for this poster. I decided to use purple for the background, so the brighter colors in the logo and text would have no problem being visible.
I once again blended fire and cash together with photoshop. The logos were also a fun design mixing fiesta fonts with photoshop layer styles.
Here are two different casino calendar formats I designed while at the casino. The main goal for the calendars is the show the amount of promotions going at the casino. Every day.
This is just one of many newspaper ads created. We would run up to 7 ads a week in different papers. I think this is our best format because we are promoting the week of concert in its own space at the top along with the upcoming events in a seperate box below.
Five different players club cards designed with a different color scheme for each card.
Sarah and I love to run. This poster is a collage of all the beautiful photos she took when she ran the 5k and half marathonthe at the 2017 Rock and Roll Marathon in Chicago.
Similar to the last poster, all of these photos are of us running the 2017 Rock and Roll Half Marathon in Las Vegas. All of the photos were taken by us and at night during the run.
I wanted to design some packaging for my portfolio, so I came up with the name, logo and tag line for "Wildberry: Twisted Ice Cream". I got the idea from always mixing certain Skittles together when I ate them, and I wanted to transition my candy eating habit to ice cream. I designed the packaging to illustrate the different mix of colors for each flavor.
Brochure created for the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Oklahoma. I set out to create something eye catching for the cover of the brochure. I ended up creating an illustrated color altered image of a buffalo.
My goal for this ad was to show the interactive part of Feather Fest, so a child holding a bird was pivotal. I needed to make this ad as cute as possible because my target audience was mothers with young children.
Iron Gate is a non-profit church organization in downtown Tulsa that feeds the homeless. This brochure was designed to raise awareness of the changing faces of hunger in Tulsa, which sadly is starting to include young children.
My first ad. This ad was designed for the University's school paper to promote an upcoming Job Fair in Tulsa. To get the feel of a corporate world, I used a photo I took while walking in downtown Tulsa.