My frist boss at my first advertising job said something very important to me the day before he left for a new gig. He said, “Unfortunately anyone can write (or at least they think they can), but when it comes time for you to hire someone, the most important thing to look for is how they think.” These are a few spec ads that I’ve made over the years. They weren’t produced and they never ran, but they give you a pretty good look at how my brain works, the kind of work I like to do, and what I crank out when there aren’t any restrictions. Take a look.
One day I read a story about how they found a whole new painting underneath Picasso’s The Blue Room, and it got me thinking. Whether it’s world famous or not, art is more than just something beautiful to look at. It’s also a testament to the time it was made and a witness to everything that has happened since. Because, as it says in the final bump, “Art makes history.” That’s what spawned this storyboard for a Sotheby’s :60.
Lone Star Beer
I grew up in Texas, and Lone Star Beer has always had a special place in my heart. Long before it was bought by Pabst, my grandfather worked at the original Lone Star Brewery in San Antonio. I wrote and designed these billboards, which appeared in the One Show student gallery, back in college. They were part of a campaign that I devised centered around an overweight winged sprite named Norm. He would reward Texans with beer in exchange for good deeds while he dolled out folksy wisdom in haiku form.
Below you’ll find some spec I did for the shoe brand Royal Elastics. They aren’t exactly headline-driven spots, but — to this day — they’re some of my favorite spots that I’ve worked on.