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This is the start of something new for me…active blogging (or something close to it). I will be posting random sketches, musings, and other such nonsense on this site now - only of my own work though. You can view an archive of these posts under the the tag #seejordanblog.
Anywho…this is a small sample of concept art for an album art commission that I’m currently working on - a heavy mix of jewish religious iconography, fairy tales and surrealist imagery. 

This is the start of something new for me…active blogging (or something close to it). I will be posting random sketches, musings, and other such nonsense on this site now - only of my own work though. You can view an archive of these posts under the the tag #seejordanblog.

Anywho…this is a small sample of concept art for an album art commission that I’m currently working on - a heavy mix of jewish religious iconography, fairy tales and surrealist imagery. 

J Dilla passed away on the morning of February 10th, 2006 at the age of 32. He had suffered for over three years with an incurable blood disease, and had also been diagnosed with lupus. He left behind a body of work which will be loved and rediscovered for years to come.

- Stones Throw

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Dilla LOVED donuts, so much so that he named his final album after them. Starting with the month of February, once a month, I’ll be posting a series of donut illustrations that I’ve been working on for a year or so now, each one representing a different album in which the late great beat-smith produced, and will be posting them here.

This project, #DONUTSFOREVER, is my tribute to the legacy of a man whose work sparked my love affair with music, almost 15 years ago. 

Feel free to download this teaser poster or purchase a high quality print here.

Follow the project blog, #DONUTSFOREVER, to keep yourself updated on the project!

My Head Is In The Clouds

Decorative Type Illustration

© Jordan Manigo 2013

view full project here.

purchase prints here.

Client: SoulHood Productions

Job: Logo + Logotype

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This was a logo commission for Soulhood Productions, a local record label. The idea was to create a mark that utilized an arraignment of musical equipment, as to mimc the skyline and city lights of an urban city block at night. The type is hand drawn - inspired by African American soul & funk music of the 1970’s and graffiti art.  

Click here to view full project.

Client: Lovelorn Records

Job: Brand Identity

Lovelorn Records, is a small digital hip hop label in South Carolina. The brand collateral that I’ve created utilizes aspects of grafitti art, Russian constructivism, and spiritual symbolis to express the strong working class aesthetic, social consciousness, and spirituality, present in each artist’s music. The logotype is hand drawn and is meant to be read phonetically- type as an image - a symbol of strength and mason-like craftsmanship, that supersedes the spelling.  


View the full project here.

Client: CERRA (Center for Educator Recruitment Retention & Advancement)

Job: conference booklet

The design uses type as imagery to communicate nurtured growth. Vegetation and gardening, as well as a little bit of whimsy and Super Mario World, were inspiration for the aesthetic.

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Client: CERRA (Center of Educator Recruitment Retention & Advancement) & Limestone College

Job: conference booklet

The design for this conference booklet was inspired by Swiss design standards. Simple, clean, and affective use of type, and minimalistic imagery.

Click here to view full project.

Self Portrait #2 (Daydreamer)
illustration
27 x 40
© Jordan Manigo 2012
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To me, this little guy has always been a manifestation of how I see myself on the inside. He’s a reflection of my confidence, my surrealist sensibilities, my nostalgic and outré personality, and most importantly, my imagination — a self portrait and a visual story of how art has always been a shelter from the more unpleasant aspects of my life. (represented by the umbrella that protects him from rain)I’d like to think that, as he has grown and developed, so have I, as a man, and as an artist. ▲✒☁ ☂
———————————Suggested listening: Karen O and The Kids - Hideaway…that song really inspired this piece.

Self Portrait #2 (Daydreamer)

illustration

27 x 40

© Jordan Manigo 2012

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To me, this little guy has always been a manifestation of how I see myself on the inside. He’s a reflection of my confidence, my surrealist sensibilities, my nostalgic and outré personality, and most importantly, my imagination — a self portrait and a visual story of how art has always been a shelter from the more unpleasant aspects of my life. (represented by the umbrella that protects him from rain)

I’d like to think that, as he has grown and developed, so have I, as a man, and as an artist. ▲✒☁ ☂

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Suggested listening: Karen O and The Kids - Hideaway

…that song really inspired this piece.

Adult

27 x 40

illustration

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Roy Lichtenstein inspired illustration. The original sketch for this piece was drawn over 4 years ago.

I think we spend our childhood and teen years inside of a bubble- a protective shell. It’s not until we become adults that the shell cracks open and we realize just how massive the world truly is. At first it can feel like a vast cold vacuum- we are overwhelmed by the void. We fear we might be lost in it. Then, hopefully we realize that we are but blind newborns, just beginning to learn how to see.

"It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird. It would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad!"

- C.S. Lewis

© Jordan Manigo 2012

view the full project here.

purchase prints here.

Prison
illustration 
10 x 10
© Jordan Manigo/Yaradview full project here.
purchase prints here.

Prison

illustration 

10 x 10

© Jordan Manigo/Yarad

view full project here.

purchase prints here.

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