Erik Maldre

office window

For ten years I worked on the 24th floor of the Oakbrook Terrace Tower in Oakbrook Terrace, IL. Recently I came across the image above showing the view from my desk. It was a unique building. Firstly, it’s the tallest building in Illinois outside Chicago (31 stories). Secondly, we had a completely unobstructed view from …

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2015 Grammys Best Album Cover Winner and Nominees

Here’s the 2015 “Grammys Best Recording Package” nominees. Lightning Bolt [WINNER]Don Pendleton, Jeff Ament, Don Pendleton, Joe Spix & Jerome Turner, art directors(Pearl Jam) Formosa Medicine ShowDavid Chen & Andrew Wong, art directors (The Muddy Basin Ramblers) Indie CindyVaughan Oliver, art director (Pixies) LP1Jesse Kanda (site NSFW), art director (FKA Twigs) WhispersSarah Larnach, art director …

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Mona Mona Mona Lisa!

The “how to be an artist” book genre is one I normally ignore, but the cover for “Draw Paint Print like the Great Artists” is rather entertaining. That Mona Lisa, she’s so so talented balancing that giant paint palette on her head.

translations for mal

My last name starts with “Mal”. I wrote it on my sandwich bag in the company fridge. A co-worker told me “mal” means “bad” in spanish. Cool. Here’s how other languages translate “mal”. There’s quite a range. Afrikaans mold Albanian mountain Azerbaijani beef Catalan bad Dutch mold Filipino kapok French evil Galician evil German times …

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2011 Christmas card

2011 Christmas card

The title of this hand-drawn open edition card is “Above the Christmas Tree”. Initially this card was intended to represent the view of a Christmas tree from above. The center point is a treetopper star and the circle forms are the tree. My four-year old daughter simply said it was a star. Now there’s some …

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2010 Christmas card

2010 Christmas card

It’s a winter wonderland in popcorn form. This extra special macro goodness. Bonus photos (including rig set up) are available at Flickr.