WHERE IT ALL BEGAN…
A couple years back, I was on a mastermind trip in San Miguel De Allende and we embarked on a project with a few friends called the #The100DayProject on Instagram. Little did I know where the project would end up. The big mystery to me came in the form of two questions: 1. “What would I have the drive and interest to do for that amount of time” because longevity of a project depends on the passion behind it. 2. “What could I do for 100 days straight that I could in 2 minutes or 2 hours. My schedule is all over the place depending on where I am, if I’m on location for a shoot, or home in the office.
The answer to both questions manifested in the idea of doing hand drawn typography with positive quotes. It was something I’ve been interested in as of late, and is congruent with my previous career of graphic design.
Thus, I began my journey.
The project went through an evolution as I experimented with different pens, inks, papers, and styles of type. It was fun and challenging. I learned some interesting things through the process, but what stood out the most was by doing one thing every day, you see significant progress. You get better and better without even really realizing it.
You can check out the project here and see the progression: #OnkenDrawsType
I finished the 100 days straight, and decided to continue the project because it was so fun(just not every day). The amazing thing with developing a signature style is that now I’m getting commissioned to paint quotes in large scale in people’s spaces.
I also realized the impact it was having on my tribe of followers as people were commenting on how a lot of the quotes were what they needed for their day, or it was what they needed to hear. That was a big inspiration for me and now the project has evolved into me developing the concept of my new lifestyle brand, NION that embodies the lifestyle of creating your life through every moment and living your life in color. Learn more at NIONlife.com
If you’re interested in commissioning a quote of inspiration in your space contact me: [email protected]
Livingroom Turned Art Studio
Pretty soon I grew interested in taking my photography to a mixed medium level. I began printing and wheatpasting my photographs onto canvas and painting over them. All this has been an experiment and a passion project in develpment.
Words on wallsSoon after I developed a signature typography style, people started coming to me to paint their spaces. I then began to take the typography to a larger scale and the impact has been amazing giving peopel a sense of inspiration when they take it in.
My first space that I created was for a tech company who wanted to inspire their team in such a dry boring space and envirnoment. Needless to say, we lit it up.
STUDIO B @ BANDIER
Bandier has been a photography client of mine for a while and after they were following my instagram, they wanted to bring inspiration to the walls of their new 3000sqft workout studio in typography format so they commissioned me to paint these words on the walls. Sweat does speak louder than words, that is for sure.
M COHEN DESIGNS
Maor Cohen is a long time friend and amazing jewelry designer that I’ve known for years. He loves my typography and message and decided to commission me to paint these inspirational words on the walls of his office and secret showroom to remind people to find beauty within themselves and everywhere as he does.
If you want a piece to hang on your wall or actually have a wall or space that needs some to speak inspiration louder than words in painted in painted form to inspire your guests and want to commission me to do so, please get in touch here: [email protected]