My friend Colin sent out a very creative, hilarious Christmas Card this year. A newspaper styled family update on actual newsprint, complete with charming & satirical articles, crosswords, top song playlists, and paintings by their daughter. The idea was excellent, and the follow through and dedication to it is perfect.
Why. Didn’t. I. Think. Of. That.
Snatch him up for some freelance design & Illustration work, or just hire him to generally improve your life, at his website!
My brother recorded the nicest song about breaking up you may ever hear..
..you’re doing the lords work over there, CNN..
The coffee table (and instructional set for it) I built for our apartment is featured on the front page of Instructables today. Not bad!
Make your own portfolio book! I just posted a step-by-step set about this on instructables.
The long shot of our home.
One of my favorite photos that my brother has ever taken…
Design breakdown. These are all of the elements for my piece “we can make it”
This image was sparked by an old photograph I came across of a park ranger with a black bear cub. I loved the original photo, and thought there would be potential with these two figures if they were placed in a more surreal, colorful environment. I added many layers of textures, bokeh elements, color, and shading, but these images were the best breakdown of each major part of the process.
Final product is an antique clock which was converted into a lamp, to backlight the design. Because why not.
-Chris Elsasser 2013
My new portfolio site is launching tomorrow, so I just found this image soothing.
I’ll be using this tumblr for more tutorial & blog related design updates as I’m working on them. It’s time to get more fun in Philly!
With a loose inspiration from The Shining's infamous “room 237” this logo for a new Philadelphia based Repurposing & Decor business Creative Room 237 was designed for multiple applications & color options.
© Chris Elsasser 2013
Vintage textured illustrated ducks. Client needed detailed Mallard & Pintail ducks (non-photographed) for her product line in an upcoming national catalog. After sketching an initial outline of each bird I slowly added layers of varying color with pre-selected swatches. Once the digital painting was completed I then added shading and paint chip textures to give an aged look.
Custom made Impact Stamped portfolio book.
After being unhappy with the print portfolio options I was finding in stores I decided it may be best to be resourceful and make my own, this way I could really customize how I wanted my recent work to be viewed in person.
Using some materials I had lying around (500+ sheets of high quality white pre-cut cardstock, antique impact letter stamps, and a decent printer) I was able to construct a beautiful, simple custom portfolio in a couple of days (including layout time) with my initials added subtly on the cover.
© Chris Elsasser // Philadelphia
Book tape, “superblack” illustration cardstock - cut to size, impact stamps, flat back screwposts, drill, Epson 1400.
This is a new design still in process, while the design itself is finished I’m currently deciding what the final step will be. Would look nice as a subtle back light above the headboard of a bed, but would need to be something bigger than my other lightboxes. At the moment I’m offering this up as a matted print on my brand new etsy. © Christopher Elsasser
Custom built work station as featured in LifeHacker & Apartment Therapy. Entirely refinished counter top with an originally designed image transfer then sealed with a soft satin poly finish. Workstation is raised to a tall 44” bar height and entirely backlit. Custom painted and backlit pegboard for additional storage and visual appeal. Curtains added along the bottom to conceal shelving.
Chris Elsasser // 2013 // Philadelphia