Lacko Illustration :: In His Own Words

Lacko Illustration AltPick Blog Samples

by John Lacko

Clients hire me for many reasons – mostly to help them translate
an idea into my stylized and colorful designs. My inspiration comes from
movies, street trends, and pop culture but sometimes it comes from
the weird things I find myself collecting when I travel. I’ve worn
eye glasses since I was a kid and when I’m on the road I find cool
frames made by regional designers or in vintage shops that I
have fitted with prescription lenses when I get back home. For me,
an odd pair of glasses is the ultimate souvenir… Living and working
in Miami Beach, it’s all about your shades.

I’ve gathered a few project samples that show my latest obsessions
with hand lettering, vibrant colors, stylized eyewear & monster motifs.

WHAT: Infinite Jest was created for Altpick Promotional Deck of Cards
LOCATION: Miami Beach
CLIENT: AltPick Deck / Self Promotional
INSPIRATION / OBSESSION: B-Movie Monster Font / Playing Card Jokers & Jesters
Stylized Eyewear / Hand Drawn Lettering / Skulls

WHAT: Rapper Freck Billionaire’s “Cloud Gang” Logo.
CLIENT: Freck Billionaire / Stable Communications
INSPIRATION / OBSESSION: Metallics + Gradients /
Stylized Eyewear / Hand Drawn Graffiti Lettering

WHAT: Eight Point Five Clothing Brand – Tough Love Screen Tee Graphic
CLIENT: Eight Point Five Clothing
INSPIRATION / OBSESSION: Hand Drawn Graffiti Lettering / Mash-Ups /
“All’s Fair In Love & War”

WHAT: DJ Mafia – Australian Party DJ Brand Logo – Self Portrat of Maria AKA DJ Mafia
LOCATION: Australia
INSPIRATION / OBSESSION: Screaming Hand of Santa Cruz /
M Jordan/ Tongue / Stylized Eyewear

WHAT: Hasbro’s Cuponk Game. Snake Logo used for game sticker sets
LOCATION: California
CLIENT: Hasbro
INSPIRATION / OBSESSION: Snakes / Heraldry/ Hand Lettering

The product of a solitary 70s-era childhood,  John Lacko spends his days lost in illustrative story telling and demented design thinking. His art is entirely handcrafted using needles, pencils and pixels.  See more of his work on his website and Altpick page.

About altpick connects

Established in 1992, The Alternative Pick commenced with a clear mission, providing creative buyers with a vehicle to source the best brightest and most exciting illustrators, photographers, graphic designers and animators in the business. The Alternative Pick sourcebook (1992-2005) became the outlet for cutting-edge commercial talent, offering a unique platform for artists to showcase their work. The Alternative Pick Deck (2009-2012) offered a fun and engaging format for locating leading commercial artists. In addition, The Altpick Awards (2003-2011) introduced yet another way to provide a platform for talents to shine. To meet the demands of an ever-changing industry, was launched in 1996 and presently provides a vehicle for talent to utilize the web to connect more effectively with buyers. As we mark our 30th anniversary in 2021, remains a premier source for creative professionals and we plan to continue to push the envelope providing the best vehicle for buyers to connect with creative talent.
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