Thursday, January 29, 2009

New Website for Eidetic Production

You may or may not know this (hard to tell, I don't even know who reads this), but I moonlight as a web designer. For the last six months I have been working with Seth Bernstein;  a lighting designer, documentarian, and friend; on a new website and business cards for his company Eidetic Production.  

The site shows off his work (which is pretty cool) and works as a blog so he can update it with his newest stuff. It was a really fun project because one, Seth is really cool, and two because he works on some really cool projects, including (but not limited to) fashion shows, openings, and even live television events. Check it out, and if you need anything well lit, you know who to call.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Butterfly Baby!

A lot of my work tends to sway toward the darker side. My mom regularly always asks me if I had a troubled childhood that she was unaware of. I don't know where it all comes from, I think it's more fun to draw. I guess that I could just be all dark and twisty on the inside. 

Occasionally, I get the opportunity to create something a little brighter. These jobs are really fun too and get to be a breathe of fresh air. This piece isn't really a job, though. This was for my niece Baby Madalyn Kate. On a sidenote, she's adorable. Her room is all purples and flowers so I wanted to create something that would fit right in for her for her first Christmas. At first I was a little stumped as what to draw because I wanted to create something child-appropriate, but also something that fits with the rest of my work. I think I accomplished it. Anyway, Baby Madalyn (at 10 months) was too occupied with the wrapping paper to care, but my sister-in-law liked it. 

Saturday, January 24, 2009

One Track Mind

This is another piece for my thesis. I was inspired to create this piece by the piece from two posts ago, although I had this idea quite a while ago. Really spent the time to render this one. Whew, glad that is over. Haven't worked this detailed for nearly four years and never at this scale. (This piece is 22x30".) There are a few meanings in this one; simply thinking about running and also allowing your mind to race through thoughts and ideas (particularly whilst running).

I feel this piece is really working for both veins of my thesis, which is great. Hopefully, I can keep that up.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Run the Dog

Been catching up on posting lately. This is one from my thesis. This is thesis 1.0. Well, really, more like 1.1. Those last three are sort of Thesis 2.0. All of them all have to do with running and slowly they are merging together (I hope).

This is part of my original plan to do a campaign for healthy living (Thesis 1.0), which has been simplified to a campaign for running (Thesis 1.1). This is pretty much done except for the type. It is just a place holder for the moment, until I have time to really go back and draw it by hand. I think the image is done and clear, though. I've decided that the campaign is just going to be filled with word/image-play and bad puns. Ideas I'm working on: Run with the Crowd and Run Your Mouth. Have any more for me? I'd love to hear them!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


This piece is almost a companion to my perviously posted item. While the last piece showed a runner broken, this piece shows a runner at their strongest.

Running creates these times of elation and astonishment where one discovers their potential. These moments come after a creating a new personal record (PR) in a race, finishing a seemingly impossible workout, or covering more miles than you ever thought possible in a single run. These moments few and far between and are are nearly out of body. "Did I really do that?" often comes to my head. We often imagine ourselves weaker than we truly are and it really is uplifting and surprising when we see ourselves at our full potential.

On a side note: MacConnell is not the most common of names. It is close to several other names so it does not seem all to strange to most, but computers do not like it. They always are telling me I am not who I think I am and I am actually supposed to be Mr. John McDonald, Mr. John McConnell, or Mr. John Unknown. Occasionally, the spell-check get creative and throws something new at me. It was really was difficult for me to correct the spell-check the day that it confused me for a Mr. John Machinelike. I kind of like it. Anyway, story time is over. As always, tell me what you think!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


As you may or may not know, I got a stress fracture in my foot from doing the New York City Marathon back on November 2, 2008. By doctors orders, I was on crutches for two and a half weeks, followed by no running for 7 weeks. During that time I did this drawing expressing the powerlessness and anxiety that I felt.

Fortunately, it has been 10 or so weeks since the marathon and I am once again free to run the streets! Luckily the road to recovery is in Central Park and filled with friends. :)