Tuesday, December 27, 2011

ArmorQuest Cover Art

As some of you might know, in a past life, Sherwin was a comic book artist.  One of the series that he worked on and co-created was called ArmorQuest.  The publisher is collecting the series into a full color graphic novel and we were asked to create the new cover art.  Sherwin drew the image and Audrey colored it.  Fun.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Holiday Cheers!

All of us at Schwartzrock Graphic Arts wish you a warm and joy-filled holiday.  Merry Christmas everyone!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Shopping Fun

Bright colors and cartoony silhouettes made these images of people shopping fun to create for OLSONdenali.

Colorado Tourism

Here are some layouts for a print tourism campaign.  I was asked to create the text treatments with the Colorado flag.  I wouldn't say I'm a type design aficionado, but these were fun to work on.

Trains and Busses

It's not everyday we get the opportunity to design graphics for a train and bus wraps.  It was a treat to actually see these run around town.

Earned Income Tax Credit

This is a snapshot of a binder cover we designed and illustrated for the Northwest Area Foundation.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

In Store Mock-ups

Schwartzrock Graphic Arts primarily works with other, larger creative agencies... bringing their ideas to life.  When my client came to me with this idea, I thought he was crazy.  Many of you recall what the final version looked like in the store, but I thought you might like seeing the first round idea.  Crazy ideas are sometimes the best ideas. (:

10' x 20' Banner

This banner is for a live event used as both signage and a backdrop.  It is nice to work with vector art when a file is going to get that large.  We love Illustrator.

Fan Bingo

This was a clever game idea that never made it past the first round... but it's so fun, I had to show it.

Believe It Logo

Here's a mark that was used for a sales conference.  These type of logos live primarily on a projected screen so they don't need to be as versatile as a corporate brand mark.  These projects give us a little more freedom to add some visual bling.

Race Car Concepting

Schwartzrock Graphic Arts primarily supports larger creative agencies bring their ideas to life.  Below are some tight sketches we created to sell an idea.  These were a lot of work, but nothing compared to what the final art 20 feet high and 100+ feet long would be. (:

Professor Perk

For one of our clients we develop characters and build them to be animated in Flash.  This old guy was a lot of fun.


Don't even ask.

More Fun and Games

Here's some quick images of some Flash-generated games we've worked on.  This is just too much fun.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Icons or Illustration?

So are they icons or illustrations? Some of the most exciting work is the kind that marries design with illustration. These are very iconic in nature, but at the same time, they're illustrative and can tell a little story. We like to straddle the line between design and illustration here at SGA (we're edgy like that) because both disciplines inform the other and can create fun new ways of representing the world around us.

Friday, November 11, 2011


Recently we were asked to help a local agency convey a timeline of possible events that help influence a sales decision.  Marty Harris and I worked the weekend to crank out this piece.  I've had to strip it of logos and such before I could post it here, but I think you'll get the picture.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Fargo Brewery Logo Design

Take a look at the logo we created a while back for the Fargo brewery. The packaging was designed by Matt Charpentier (Charpie) at Chalk: a website and app development company.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Mitt Romney Logos

A while back we were asked to create some logos for presidential hopeful Mitt Romey; although these selections didn't make the final cut, we wanted to know which ones you thought were successful and why? Check us out on Facebook to vote!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Logos for a non-profit group

Here are some logos that were designed for a non-profit company's gala. The company advocates and celebrates African-American literature.

Bert Newspaper Advertisement!

This illustration of Bert was created for a company to celebrate his induction into the Hall of Fame.

Homesteader or Prospector?

This was an illustration for a company used in an internal promotional campaign. People would choose whether they were a homesteader or a prospector based on what sort of personality they had.

FPO Illustrations

We don't usually post these, but we thought they'd be fun to take look at, since we do get a lot of these sorts of projects. They're "for position only" illustrations, which means that they're used by photographers and designers as compositional guides and/or place-holders for different media.

Throw these dogs a bone!

These logos were created for a new website that's designed to raise awareness and advocacy for pitbull owners, as there's a lot of misinformed discrimination against the breed.

Friday, July 15, 2011

State Fair T-shirt Illustration

Anyone for some ostrich? We did this fun illustration of a pot-sticker loving ostrich for a State Fair booth. Their most popular entrees include pot-stickers, and ostrich on a stick! Make sure to stop by their booth to try some...

The hand-drawn pencils were scanned in and inked for the final look using a Cintiq-- Wacom's newest tablet featuring an LCD screen.

Autobots, roll out!

We put together this great Transformers poster for the new movie with a lot of help from Jonathan Koelsch. It features the mega-toy franchises' titular character "Optimus Prime".

Bullseye Games for Target!

This is another illustration given out on the back of an pamphlet for the Twins Games. The games are at night, so we had fun illustrating some fireworks and fancy lighting this time around.

New Logolounge marks published

The recently published Logolounge Master Library volume 3 was published, featuring 8 different marks by SGA.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Evolve Design Video

Matt "Sharpy" Charpentier did a great job editing together video of the Evolve Design conference that happened on January 13. We had a lot of great Minnesota Designers attend to talk about the current design landscape in Minnesota, and where it was headed.

Check out the video here: http://charpiellc.com/clients/aiga/Evolve-Edit-04m.mov