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Shortcuts: The Design Experiment

If you’re in the Bismarck, ND area on April 24th let’s say around 7 pm, make sure you take in the Shortcuts event. Visit the FaceBook Event page for more information. A great example of what a group of graphic designers can put together with no money, but a lot of creativity.


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An Evening With Paul Schurke—21st Century Explorer



It isn’t often you get to spend the evening with someone you’ve admired for a long time from afar, but that’s exactly what happened to me when Paul Scurke, Polar Explorer, came to speak at Bismarck State College on November 5, 2014. I was asked to be on the committee Institute for Culture & Public Service (I think because I knew what a sled dog was) to help promote this event. The Institute for Culture & Public Service is the result of three colleges (Bismarck State College, United Tribes Technical College and the University of Mary) coming together to create an avenue of sharing knowledge and the understanding of different cultures and believes.

It’s always a pleasant surprise when someone you and your family have somewhat idolized turns out to be as genuine, generous and as kind as you thought they would be. This was the case with Paul Shurke. Prior to his talk the stakeholders in the committee had the opportunity to sit down with Paul and break bread.

How lucky was I, to sit at the same table as Paul, along with the master mind of this event, Master Carpenter Earl Torgerson, BSC Provost Drake Carter, and newly appointed UTTC President Leander R. McDonald.

Despite Paul’s credentials as an arctic explorer, his talk this evening was about his recent trip down the “River of Doubt,” a tributary of the Amazon river, since renamed the Rio Roosevelt after President Theodore Roosevelt who canoed this river 100 years ago.

As many of you know Theodore Roosevelt spent four years in the Badlands of North Dakota and says he would never have been president if not for his time spent there. Because of this tie to our state Paul talked to a near capacity crowd of his own descent of this river. He ate piranhas like Teddy did, saw the same sites and on several occasions slept in the same campsites. He met the same tribe of Indians who stalked Roosevelt and had only made “first contact” in the late 1960s. He told his story and we held our breath. An evening well spent. Thank you Paul.

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Screen Printing—First Time


I’ve done my own printing off and on for over 25 years. The process I’ve used up until yesterday is lino-cuts or relief printing. The Graphic Design program I teach at just added some screen printing equipment. My colleagues and I practiced using the equipment prior to fall semester.

Original sketch of Visual Pun #3 .

Original sketch of Visual Pun #3 .

For those who follow my blog you’ll recognize the image I choose to make poster size as Visual Pun #3: Bowl Movement. Notice the lack of shadowing on the original sketch. I scan the original and add the tonal values later in Photoshop.

Poster of VP #3. Size is approximately 9.5x13 inches.

Poster of VP #3. Size is approximately 9.5×13 inches. Print run of 50.

I was fortunate enough to have Jason and Sean walk me through the process for the first time. I was impressed withe amount of detail and the crispness of image.

I think that printing in a less forgiving medium such as Lino-cuts and doing it in reverse helped me visualize what I wanted to achieve. The key is to keep it simple for the first time. Try to see your image in black and white, strong contrasts. This first attempt gave me a lot of information on what my limitations are and how much I can push the medium for future projects.

Original sketch (L). Screen printed poster of sketch (R).

Original sketch (L). Screen printed poster of sketch (R).

I scanned the original sketch and converted it to vector art (eps) using Adobe Illustrator. Vector art allows for crisp lines while resizing  and printing the art to vellum for transfer to the printing screens.


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Kevin Tong Presentation at Bismarck State College 2014

Kevin Tong has graciously posted his presentation from April 30, 2014 at Bismarck State College. This is a great opportunity to see what you missed and a refresher for those who attended. Enjoy and thanks Kevin.

Kevin Tong is a freelance illustrator from LA and it was an honor to get to know him.

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Kevin Tong — Master Illustrator & Poster Designer to Present at Bismarck State College

Kevin Tong  stands with some of his work (image from Kevin's Facebook Fan page).

Kevin Tong stands with some of his work (image from Kevin’s Facebook Fan page).

Once again the college I work for (Bismarck Sate College) is bringing another top notch Illustrator/Designer to campus — Kevin Tong. Kevin is one of the hottest illustrators in the country right now. A freelance illustrator from Los Angeles, Kevin has done band posters for The Black Keys and Bon Ivers and for movies such as Gravity and The Watchmen. Below is a time lapse video as Kevin creates the Watchmen poster.

Kevin’s presentation will showcase his work as an illustrator and his creative process.

When and Where: April 30, 2014, 7:30 pm;
Sidney J. Lee Auditorium (on BSC campus).
Free and open to the public.

Images are from Kevin Tong’s Facebook Fan page and are only being used to promote this event. 



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BSC Alumni Art Exhibit

I will be participating in an Alumni Art Exhibition at Bismarck State College. The exhibition will run September 23 through October 25, 2013 in the Gannon Gallery which is located within the BSC Library.

A reception will be held Wednesday, October 16 from 4-6 p.m. All exhibitors are encouraged to participate. Sorry no spirits at this reception, but, strong coffee and plenty of baked goods for the viewer and why not, viewing art with a critical eye is hungry work.

As a proud Alumnus of BSC I was honored to take part in this biennial event. Below are my two entries. I hope to see you on October 16th.

Badland Sentinels—TRNP, Oil, 16x20

Badland Sentinels—TRNP, Oil, 16×20

Bandlands Cap Rock—TRNP, Oil, 12x12

Bandlands Cap Rock—TRNP, Oil, 12×12


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Stefan Mumaw Addresses Faculty at Bismarck State College

Purveyor  of All That Rocks, Stefan Mumaw.

Purveyor of All That Rocks, Stefan Mumaw.

Stefan Mumaw, Creative Director at Ad Agency, Callahan Creek and Author of six books was the keynote for faculty development at Bismarck State College (BSC). He held two workshops — Boot Camp for Active Learning and Creative fuel. I got the honors to be Stefan’s personal chauffeur and handler today while he rocked the crowd. This is the second time Stefan has been to Bismarck State College (see the clip below). I applaud BSC for it’s commitment to quality education and for bringing talent like Stefan in, to inspire and challenge us to be better educators.

Stefan is co-author of the Caffeine for the Creative books.

Stefan is co-author of the Caffeine for the Creative books.

My personal Favorite: Chasing the Monster Idea.

My personal Favorite: Chasing the Monster Idea.

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