I am a Television STAR

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 1:43 PM


So, I'm finally posting about this, and sorry folks, but I often forget that I even have a blog, because I have a habit of keeping my thumbs in like 100 pies. And I only have two thumbs, so you think about how complicated that gets.

So, I was on CBS news last Saturday. Well not me per se, but extensions of myself: my art. The company I work for, EdOptions, was featured on the CBS evening news, and some of my designs for the company were featured, as you can see in the above video, at about 3/4ths of the way through. Of course, its really just a passing shot, but its a close up passing shot. And my graphics have nothing to do with the subject (health care reform). But that's okay! National television! Say it with me.

Proposed Media Kit

All in all pretty sweet, I gotta say. Made my week! Check out some more of my background atmosphere nationally recognized designs below.

Folder Cover: Galaxy

Nutrition Flyer


Mouse Ad


The Filter is Right

Sunday, July 26, 2009 at 1:29 PM


I'm trying my hand at doing one of those graphic-designer-playing-around-with-quotes posters.

This is a not so quick study that I did for my upcoming poster. The best part about this is that it appears I invented a photoshop technique for something: glitter. Go figure. :)

I should have the actual thing finished... soon...ish.

Trussardi 1911 Beaded Necklace

Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 1:11 AM
I haven't blogged about fashion in a long while... and I'm trying to make this a Joe-Lamour-Art-Related blog only, but I think this is okay since I'm planning on making this necklace here:

from Men's Style

So, I've never beaded something before, but it's got to be easier than paying a thousand dollars for a necklace. More to come!

The Din of Shock

Friday, June 26, 2009 at 12:29 AM
There probably is nothing to say that hasn't been said. So I will leave you with my all time favorite song by the one, the only (understatement), Michael Jackson:



In conclusion (to everyone else's in the universe's thoughts): Crazy, yes - so we'll choose to ignore it today and talk about awesome pop music from the 80's. Rest in peace.

A Random Selection

Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 1:44 PM
WTF with this picture, right?

"I did this a couple of months ago, but my music collection changes more often than my hair color because I’m constantly dragging and dropping things between my Macbook and my external hard drive, so I thought I’d do it again."

Also, what better way to procrastinate than by plundering my iTunes library?"

Number of Songs: 12,707
Most Recently Played Song: Little Boots - New in Town
Most Played Song: M83 - Skin of the Night
Most Recently Added Album: Little Boots - Hands

First Song Alphabetically: Vampire Weekend - A Punk
Last Song Alphabetically: Basement Jaxx - Zoomalude
Smallest Song Numerically: Sol Seppy - 1 2
Biggest Song Numerically: Magnetic Fields - 100,000 Fireflies

Shortest Song: Janet Jackson - Interlude: Memory (0:05)
Longest Song: Stereolab - Jenny Ondioline (18:08)

First Album Alphabetically: Aaliyah - Aaliyah
Last Album Alphabetically: Hellogoodbye - Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!
First Album Numerically: Beatles - 1 (Even though its a compillation)
Last Album Numerically: Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak

First Five Songs That Pop Up On Shuffle:
Louis Armstrong - La vie en rose (Single Version)
Joss Stone - Less Is More
Tresspassers William - My Hands Up
Aqualung - The Lake
Death Cab for Cutie - Lightness

Interesting. To me, at least.

Reblogged from Triumph of BS

Blog Updates... Again

Monday, June 22, 2009 at 11:58 AM
Hi Everyone!

I decided that I wanted my blog to more closely reflect my upcoming website, so I switched a few colors around. It also had an additional positive in that it's a little more legible around here. Which is always a plus.

Past
Afrocentricity

Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 4:17 PM


Here's a cover I designed for the Liberator Magazine. I'm liking this whole cutout side illustration thing I have going. All the patterns (Her dress and the background) were created by yours truly. Textures include mahogany wood, scanned rice paper and linen.

True Blood
Premiere Party

Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 12:15 PM

So, I love me some True Blood. I've read all 9 books, and I will preorder the 10th as SOON as it becomes available. I'm having a vampire themed premiere party complete with vampire cupcakes and blood martinis. Yeah, I'm crafty like that. Anyway, heres an invitation I designed on the quick for it. The logo is unavailable elsewhere so I just traced it from a screenshot (obsessed, I know). Here's a link to the article about the font. Good work, Camm Rowland.

Aurora, Rare,
Beautiful, and Time Consuming

Friday, June 5, 2009 at 4:26 PM
BRIA-KidsFlyer-FlatWeb

Here is the first draft of a little something I'm doing for my 9-5, an educational software company. The aim was to have a school subject (this one being astronomy) leap off the screen, and hopefully if the head honcho likes it enough, it'll be featured as a full marketing campaign.

I looked at some tutorials on how to get an aurora borealis look in photoshop at design sites Abduzeedo and looking at the art of James White, Justin Maller and God himself, but it took me a hell of a long time to get the fairly realistic look that I wanted. All and all, I think this was a pretty good go at it. I think I have a little refining to do... I'll keep you (all three of you) updated!

It all matches!

Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 12:55 AM
So my blog now fits thematically with my website, and my twitter. Excellence in motion. Now on to business card designs. And actually finishing my website and getting collateral together and taking my bio picture and...


picture from awkwardfamilyphotos.com

Pardon My Dust

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 9:30 PM
I'm changing my blogger theme. It's not this one, don't worry, but will be a fantastic reflection of www.joelamour.com . Now, if to figure this all out...

Two times in a row!

Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 9:28 AM
This must be some record! I blogged not once, but two times in a row.

I, again, have resigned my logo. I'm glad I didn't order those business cards! For this redesign, I refer to one of my favorite design blogs, BrandNew for an image-and-explain format:

So, the reason I switched logos is that the first logo I designed was made from one of my favorite fonts, and the thing is just that... it was a font. It was pretty, yes, but my hand just wasn't in it. So, I took the original letterforms as a illustration and I actually hand drew my initials.

I feel as if my logo says this: that my work is elegant, but still has aesthetically pleasing imperfections that make my work so endearing. Also it shows I know both vector design (graphic design) and hand drawing (illustration), which are the two main services I provide.

Redesign of this blog (and its header) and identity to follow soon. Hurray for change!

I know, I know

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 9:47 AM
I know guys. The three of you who read my blog have been asking: where in the world have the posts been? Well all I can say is I apologize. Just know, as long as I still do art, and blogger is still in business, this blog will be updated... eventually.

I've been designing my new website for a while, and I've even had the web space for a full two months without even loading a coming soon splash page. Silly me. But all that is fixed! I have a theme, and consistent branding, et.cetera.

So this is what my site will look like eventually. A little more variety in the way of thumbnails, though. Stay tuned!

FFFFound Coolness

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 2:50 PM

These randomly generated images in the bottom left corner (from ffffound) interact in a nifty way.

Similarities

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 11:38 PM

On the left, my picture, on the right, Kanye. 
My picture was taken about a year ago.
I had no advance knowledge of his picture, 

What does it say that Kanye West and I have had almost identical photoshoots?

One More Reason I love Amy Adams

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 11:40 PM

Adams Glad Idol Wasn't Around When She Was A Kid

Doubt star Amy Adams is glad American Idol didn't exist when she was growing up - because it would have wrecked her dream of becoming a star.

The actress is a huge fan of the U.S. talent show, and she fears if it had aired when she was young, she would have been among the hopefuls turning up to auditions - and that would have been a disaster.

She explains, "I would have taken my ill-suited pop voice and gone in and sung some musical theatre song, and they would have put it on air, and I would never, ever (have) ended up here.

"I would have humiliated myself publicly and probably shrunk off and done something else with my life."


From IMDB.

The Sunday Best

Friday, January 2, 2009 at 5:13 AM
Does Resort simply mean casual? (How awesome is this model's expression. She's wondering why she's wearing a teapot as a skirt.)

I love fashion blog The Sunday Best. I can't find any information about the blogger, but I from what I can discern he is funny and Canadian. His blog covers everything from what he's wearing that day to flavorful commentary (like about Isaac Misrahi's 2009 Resort Collection) to even a comic (about fashion, but still a comic- it looks very Monty Python to me). So you should check it out.

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