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California State Fair

California State Fair 50th Anniversary Poster

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2017 marked the California State Fair’s 50th year at Sacramento’s Cal Expo fairgrounds since moving there from inside the city proper in 1968. To mark the occasion, UnCommon's Amber Witzke, who has worked as Art Director and designer on CSF branding the past several years) suggested we make a limited edition poster in the style of Disneyland’s classic attraction posters, specifically an homage to their classic and iconic Monorail poster.

2017

Jason Malmberg

illustration of Illustrated concert poster I designed for Metallica's 2018 appearance in Sacramento. The concept is that no matter how much one loves their hometown they also would like to see it blown up. The composition is bananas to that end, with a giant robot defending the arena from a fire breathing dragon while chaos rains down all around an the band continues playing inside. 
Metallica, California, Sacramento, Northern California. Metal, Dragon, Mace, Light Rail, Apocalypse
illustration of I designed and illustrated this poster for Foo Fighter's 2018 show in Milwaukee. As I was really into Tim Lapetino's Art of Atari book at the time I wanted to do something in the vein of a classic arcade game cabinet. I illustrated the band defending Milwaukee from demonic space invaders with the power of rock. 
Fun fact: 500 of these sold out at the show before the opener took the stage. 

Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl, Milwaukee, Arcade, Atari, Space Invaders, Video Games
illustration of In 2017, the California State Fair celebrated its 50th anniversary at its current location: CalExpo in Sacramento. This poster was designed to pay homage to classic Disneyland attraction posters while also playing up aspects of the fair and it's location as its moved from the past into the future. 

California State Fair, State Fair, California, Disney, Disneyland, Sacramento, CSF, Monorail, Ferris Wheel,
illustration of Waffle approached me in early 2018 to illustrate a poster for their new cartoon web short All-Star Party, about a galactic disco where stars meet to DJ, dance, and party. 
I used its colors as a jumping off point but bent them a bit to a more refined palette and make this poster a bit more heightened than a simple promo. 
All-Star Party, Disco, EDM, Dance Club, Star, Stars, Cartoon, Web Short, Waffle
illustration of Amtrak wanted some characters to express the different amenities they offer and how those amenities would be attractive to different lifestyles: a Businessperson, a Snacker, an Environmentally Conscious Rider, A Traveler, and a Wifi-addicted Gadget Freak. 
Each was color coded to their respective icon and I employed a simple style with minimalist curves and and to Mary Blair. 
Amtrak, Trains, Train Travel, Cartoon, Mary Blair, Vintage, 50s, Retro
illustration of Social artwork I illustrated/designed on commission for Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. The idea was to harken back to classic late 70s KISS in both colors and composition, using the band's famous Destroyer poses, the Rock and Roll Over wheel, and old school lightbulb-array logo and as a final nod I did the illustration in a Marvel comic style. This was a fun, quick project. 
KISS, Golden 1, Sacramento, California, Comics, Marvel, Norcal, Northern California, Rock and Roll,
illustration of This is a quasi-vintage travel poster I did back when I worked for a digital agency in 2015 as a trade show premium item.
California, Travel, Tourism, Vintage, Retro, San Francisco, Hollywood, Beach, Ships, Sailing, Oranges, Sunshine, Citrus, Mann's Chinese Theater, Roosevelt Hotel, Capitol Records Building, Surf, Sun, Sand, Ocean
illustration of Illustration I made for Justice's 2014 appearance at a music festival in Sacramento. As it was a DJ set I wanted to bring a bit of that into the composition via the cassette unspooling. I also designed the type. 
Justice, EDM, DJ, Marshall Stacks, Sacramento, California.
illustration of Illustrated concert poster I made for VIP ticketholders to
illustration of The first poster I designed and illustrated entirely on an iPad Pro (mostly on flights) for space rock band Failure. 
Science fiction, Space, Spaceships. Stars
illustration of Mexican sugar skull illustration made of electronic music gear and circuitry I made for Booka Shade's Day of the Dead performance at Mezzanine in San Francisco. 
Mexican, Mexican sugar skulls, skulls, 808, 303, DJ, music equipment, equalizers, day of the dead
illustration of Illustration for The Little Book of Rock and Roll Wisdom 2018. I needed a family-friendly way to illustrate
illustration of Chromeo illustration and typography for their DJ set at Streets of San Francisco New Years Eve in 2015. 
Colors, Mechanical Serpent, Serpent, San Francisco, Chromeo, New Years Eve, California
illustration of Abstract illustration and custom typography for screenprinted poster for Cut Copy's Dallas show in 2014. I wanted to depict summer of love utopianism crossed with a retro sci-fi feel.
Conceptual, Abstract, Psychedelic, Custom Type, Hippie, Pyramid, Horse, Sci-Fi
illustration of Collage/illustration for Northern Nights Festival's 2015 poster. I wanted to depict a hallucinatory electronic oasis in the wooded mountains of Humboldt.
Forest, Psychedelic, EDM, Music Festival, Trippy, Humboldt, California, Northern California
illustration of Collage/illustration for Northern Nights Festival's 2015 poster. I wanted to depict a hallucinatory electronic oasis in the wooded mountains of Humboldt.
Forest, Psychedelic, EDM, Music Festival, Trippy, Humboldt, California, Northern California
illustration of Editorial illustration I did for a profile Q&A of John McCrea, leader of the band Cake that ran in Sactown Magazine. I used the opportunity to expand upon the portrait style I first used in The Little Book of Rock and Roll Wisdom in 2018. 
John McCrea, Cake, Indie Rock, Sacramento, Sactown, California
illustration of Abstract caricature of Mick Jagger I illustrated for The Little Book of Rock and Roll Wisdom 2018
Mick Jagger, Rock and Roll, Caricature, Halftone, Jazz, Rolling Stones
illustration of Abstract caricature of Frank Zappa I illustrated for The Little Book of Rock and Roll Wisdom 2018
Frank Zappa, Zappa, Rock and Roll, Caricature, Halftone, Jazz,
illustration of Abstract caricature of Father John Misty I illustrated for The Little Book of Rock and Roll Wisdom 2018
Father John Misty, Rock and Roll, Caricature, Halftone, Jazz
illustration of Abstract caricature of Morrissey I illustrated for The Little Book of Rock and Roll Wisdom 2018
Morrissey, Rock and Roll, Caricature, Halftone, Jazz
illustration of Collage-style illustration I made for The Little Book of Rock and Roll Wisdom 2018. I wanted to do a retro school workbook feel with the art.
illustration of Illustration for back panel of Life in 24 Frames' 2017 album CTRL+Z. Done in a retro science fiction paperback style in a restrained color palette to express loneliness and distance.
Space, Science Fiction, Sci-Fi, Planets, Retro, 70s, Paperback, Spaceships
illustration of Illustration for front panel of Life in 24 Frames' 2017 album CTRL+Z. Done in a retro science fiction paperback style in a restrained color palette to express loneliness and distance.
Space, Science Fiction, Sci-Fi, Planets, Retro, 70s, Paperback, Spaceships
illustration of Illustration for inside gatefold of Life in 24 Frames' 2017 album CTRL+Z. Done in a retro science fiction paperback style in a restrained color palette to express loneliness and distance.
Space, Science Fiction, Sci-Fi, Planets, Retro, 70s, Paperback, Spaceships
illustration of Illustration for the Sacramento Bastille Day Waiters' Race Poster 2014. I developed an archetypal french waiter character which became a kind of mascot for the event. I used him as an avatar to express the uniformity of the contests as they raced down the street. I also designed all the type. I've done these posters every year since the race's inaugural run in 2010. 
French, Retro, Art Deco, Waiters, Bastille, Waiters Race,
illustration of Illustration for the Sacramento Bastille Day Waiters' Race Poster 2017. I developed an archetypal french waiter character which became a kind of mascot for the event. I used him as an avatar to express the uniformity of the contests as they raced down the street. I also designed all the type. I've done these posters every year since the race's inaugural run in 2010. 
French, Retro, Art Deco, Waiters, Bastille, Waiters Race,
illustration of Illustration for the Sacramento Bastille Day Waiters' Race Poster 2019 I developed an archetypal french waiter character which became a kind of mascot for the event. I used him as an avatar to express the uniformity of the contests as they raced down the street. I also designed all the type. I've done these posters every year since the race's inaugural run in 2010. 
French, Retro, Art Deco, Waiters, Bastille, Waiters Race,

Profile

I’m a multidisciplinary graphic designer based in Sacramento with over 20 years experience in agency work, publishing, digital and more. I've been fortunate to design and art direct apps, games, books, magazines, websites, gigposters, record covers, and I have even branded several large music festivals. My skills run the gamut from collage to photography to illustration with a heavy emphasis on color and typography. Over the years I’ve had the good fortune to do work for a wide array of clients from Amtrak to the California State Fair to Live Nation to Metallica to "Weird Al." I do a lot of different things: illustration, strategy, design, art direction, light front end development, motion graphics, you name it. What that means for you is that I've been on both sides and I understand and meet deadlines and spec targets and since I've had experience hiring illustrators I know what questions need to be asked to deliver what you need in a way you'll love.

Style/Techniques

Abstract, Airbrush, Cartoon, Collage, Conceptual, Design, Digital, Graphic, Impressionistic, Line with Color, Logo Design, Stipple, Stylized, Technical, Texture, Type Design, Whimsical, Film/Entertainment, Silk Prints, Vector

Subject/Specialties

Action, Adventure, Book Covers, Celebrities, Editorial, Fantasy, Holidays, Leisure, Music, Nature, People, Portrait, Posters, Sci-Fi, Travel, Vintage / Retro, Edgy, Branding