Washington DC journalist turned Toronto emigrant. I have recently learned how to draw. I may be reached at Zackrosen1@gmail.com.
Statement of Intent:
I have worked in media since 2006 - first as Arts Reporter at a print newspaper, then as Editor-in-Chief of an internationally lauded “alt-queer” blog, now as a Freelance Media Producer trafficking in journalistic and commercial written content, video features, and community-focused nightlife events.
I believe that media is the single most effective tool for introducing a new idea, service or product to diverse populations through otherwise daunting reaches of time or space. To that end, I have completed the G108 Art and Design Foundation Program at George Brown College. I realized that my ability to speak the language of media was hampered by my unfamiliarity with the visual vocabulary, so I expanded my skill base.
I deliver full-service, one-stop-shopping, media consultation. A brand, individual or institution seeking to raise awareness of themselves throughout the larger local or empirical population will find, with my help, a full range of skills, ideas and talented contract employees that can bring your best work an untold number of fresh eyes.
I prioritize analogue design over digital - I believe it carries more warmth and individuality, and as such can be first to reach a potential customer’s eye over the endless fray of flawless Adobe graphics. I value vitality, motion and color in my work. I seek to assist clients connected to the arts - visual, musical, performance and other - who view iconoclasticism and dynamic forward motion as essential components of a successful campaign.
I believe people have become disconnected from nature, and are becoming sick. The world has lost something - too many straight lines and rigid constructs have taken the place of authentic human expression. I aim to put the artist's two hand's back into the creative process - circumvent the shortcuts of computers and crowdsourced solutions to create design that breeds a sense of excitement and possibility in the individual viewer.
I speak in expressive lines, loud colors, fish tanks and live plants.
My art is inspired by music - I enjoy translating the aural experience of a favorite song into visuals. The above is an abstract take on Galaxie 500's 1990 single "Fourth of July" and its opening declaration of "I wrote a poem on a dog biscuit/and your dog refused to look at it."
I found that "Fourth of July" met my longtime goal of utilizing a primary color palette without the finished work looking garish or juvenile.
I'm Quite Gay
I am gay and like designing imagery that will reach a queer audience. This poster was born of an assignment to depict on on-campus issue for our "G108" Program at "George Brown College." I decided to use some word play to illuminate the lack of queer-gathering spaces in the design building.
My Creative Process
I like to sit down with a marker and a stack of paper - both drawing and tracing - and scrawl a design a thousand times until I get it perfect. I find this allows for the best marriage of spontaneity and refinement.
The below grid documents the steps I took to turn my much-missed companion hedgehog Patty Prickly (RIP) into a clean, sharp icon drawing. The finished product is tamed without being domesticated - like Patty herself.