Archive for February, 2014

Global Yodeeeellll

Posted on: February 27th, 2014 by John J. Custer No Comments

Jesse Weinberg approached me asked if I would give my point of view on NYC for her Global Yodel web project—a project aimed at sharing peoples experiences where they live. My point of view: a little jadedness, a dash of charm, and a whole lot of it-is-not-as-special-here-as-you-think-it-is.


You can read the full write up on Global Yodel’s website, here.

New Work: Dupont

Posted on: February 20th, 2014 by John J. Custer No Comments

The first animation of three that I storyboarded, illustrated, and art directed with my good fellas over at Dress Code has gone live. Until I upload a new project you can see the video HERE.


Full write up soon!

SK M NG Illustration

Posted on: February 12th, 2014 by John J. Custer No Comments

Another day, another illustration!


This time, Kimberly McGuire—an MFA student in Design at SVA—hit me up asking if I could send a contribution to her thesis project: SK M  NG


She describes SK M NG as, “ online platform that visually publishes the news with a single headline and connects to breaking articles across the web. The news stories visualized I hope encompass not only illustration but also vector art, gif art, motion graphics, fantasy art, sketches, etc.


As of right now her project mostly lives on Instagram, which you can see here, but once proper funding is accrued the business model will move to hiring designers, illustrators and artists—you gotta start somewhere.


The specific article Kim sent my way was one addressing CVS’s newest business move to stop selling tobacco products by the 2014 Fall and Obama’s praise of the decision.


Currently the illustration can be found on SK M NG’s Instagram page.


Thanks for looping me in, Kim, and thanks to Gail Anderson for hooking us up.

TIME Magazine: America’s Twilight War

Posted on: February 11th, 2014 by John J. Custer No Comments

I had an illustration run last week in TIME Magazine for an article by Massimo Calabresi addressing the downshift in the global hunt for terrorists—specifically the USA.


Shout out to April Bell for hooking me up with a tough but dope illustration gig for TIME Magazine, last week.

What Do You Carry?

Posted on: February 10th, 2014 by John J. Custer No Comments

Shout out to Janine Toro for looping me into his What Do You Carry? blog—a blog that displays what designers, photographers, writers, editors, and all types of other creatives carry. The ultimate stalker.


You can see my post here or check it out below.



Top, left to right, like a book:



Fujifilm X100S



Best Made Co. Higo knife



Burt’s Bees lip balm



James Avery Crown of Thorns ring (from my parents when I was 16—not exactly a car)



Tiffany & Co. Square Cushion ring (my graduation ring)



iPhone 5 (currently re-reading Fahrenheit 451. I don’t carry headphones which forces myself to read more—especially in NYC)



Krink K-71 ink marker



Sharpie paint pen (medium)






Uni-Ball Vision pen (mirco)



First set of keys to my apartment, my girlfriends apartment, my parents house, and Dress Code’s office with a key Air Max 1 chain I got at my first big internship at Nike.



Pull string necklace I made in 8th grade from my closets light pull that was too long (it’s circling the second set of keys).



Second set of keys to my family’s cabin in Woodland Park, Co. that my great grandparents built in the 30s (They never leave my backpack. My mom taught me that you never know when you’ll need them.)



Tanner Good wallet



Pocket sized Moleskine.



Larger sketch book—this one’s on its last leg.



Freitag Hazzard backpack



15″ MacBook Pro Retina