Friday, June 18, 2021

Illustrating a vintage horror story


Author Floyd Jay Winters asked our studio to design a memorable new cover for the audiobook version of his historical tale about Florida, “The Coquina Madman and the Sands of Time.” 

Winters is the author of several books including the larger anthology from which this story originates. His work is noir-ish, creepy and historical. The stories remind us of the classic Lux Radio Theatre broadcasts of the 1940s. They are pretty cool! 

We listened to this 45-minute short story a couple of times, then got to work. We began by searching for the perfect sand photo, then added menacing rough-hewn type over the pristine beach. 

BUY THE BOOK has a fantastic selection of titles for all ages and interests. If you like a good suspense story, give this one a try. Download The Coquina Madman and The Sands of Time HERE.


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Friday, May 28, 2021

In memoriam — L.A. musician and friend Ray Burkhart

Heavenly music: Coventry Carol, sung by VOCES8 

Ray Burkhart, a friend and client of our design studio, passed away in December 2020 at the age of 59. Ray was a talented trumpeter, composer, musicologist and conductor in the L.A. classical music scene for more than 30 years.

When Dad Vic and I visited London and Westminster Abbey a few years ago, Ray added bling-y crowns to “plain” photos we had posted on Facebook (below). Witty, droll and intellectual, Ray was zany-brainy. He knew more about brass chamber music than anyone we had ever met. 



We met Ray in December 2010 when he played trumpet for Mom Barbara’s memorial service at our parish, First United Methodist Church in Glendale, California. Ray and organist Dr. Ladd Thomas performed Mom’s favorite English baroque trumpet music at our request — spectacularly. The service was a true celebration of Mom's life — uplifting and joyous, long remembered by family and friends.

Barbara Pallos Memorial Service, First UMC Glendale. Photo by Bob Erbeck (2010).


Ray Burkhart and Ladd Thomas (2013)


I designed Ray's music staff logo/corporate identity and other projects, and Vic took fantastic, creative photos. And Ray dedicated one of his compositions to me ("Isle of Colours," a musical journey of British artists JMW Turner, John Constable and David Hockney). Sheet music is available via Premiere Press.

We will miss you, Ray. The trumpet shall sound.  

Raymond Burkhart (1961-2020)


— Em  :)



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