Update, Part One

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

As you can see on the main page I have uploaded the third and final variation on The United Plates theme. This set is more or less a style update than a complete overhaul like last time because that is all that was needed. I will be announcing more on December 1st, along with some Christmas deals and I’ll discuss why I worked through this project again throughout the week. But, for now, just take a look through the new prints. I hope you enjoy!

Big Update Coming Soon…

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Things have been very quiet around here during 2011… but not for much longer.

How I Make Canvas Wraps

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

I thought this might make for an interesting blog since I just put the finishing touches on 10 canvas wraps. I’ve had people ask me if these are like the (cheap) canvas wraps found in stores. The answer is simply no. I put extra effort into each wrap, at added cost to me. I don’t make a lot of profit off of each canvas wrap, rather I want to offer the best possible product. It’s also my intent to offer the buyer a product that is read to hang (use Command velcro tabs, they’re the best!). There is no extra framing cost to this product.

The following is the process:

Canvas Wrap
I print every canvas and allow it to dry for 24 hours. I have custom-built 1.5″ wooden frames.
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National Geographic

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Nat Geo

National Geographic contacted me requesting a feature of my work on the travel portion of their website. I offered a few new insights to the project. Check it out here: National Geographic.

This is definitely one of my favorite features so far, I’ve thumbed through National Geographic magazines for as long as I can remember. Finding extremely old dust-covered issues in thrift shops and antique stores is always a highlight. So go check it out!

The Smithsonian

Monday, November 29th, 2010


The Smithsonian was doing a feature display on the work of Wayne Thiebaud over the Thanksgiving holiday. When I was in school I was introduced to Thiebaud’s work and I was instantly hooked. He has definitely been an inspiration.


What meant the most to me in this post, beside being mentioned along a great artist, was the little tag at the end that listed my DC print with its year attached – “Wayne Thiebaud, Around the Cake, 1962. John Holcomb, Washington D.C., 2010.” It was definitely a proud moment indeed. Maybe one day I’ll have a piece in a Smithsonian, but if not I will always have my little mention next to Wayne Thiebaud. It’s a win/win.

Check out the post here: Smithsonian Post

DCist.com Feature

Sunday, November 14th, 2010


The United Plates was recently featured on DCist.com. I am always appreciative of the exposure, but this one in particular turned out to be a huge deal. More info on that to come, but for now check out the post here: http://dcist.com/2010/11/dc_pop-tart.php

Thanks D.C. fans!

Time Magazine Cover History

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

I’ve been doing some research for a project and I came across a very sweet collection of Time Magazine covers, basically the whole history of their visual identity.

Check it out here. There are all kinds of other publications on the site, so be prepared to waste a lot of time if you’re into visual history.

I like the internet and all, it obviously makes research such as this much easier, but I hope we never see the day where printed newspapers and magazines cease to exist. Digital is just not the same in my opinion. I often wonder what our generation will leave behind. Museums have innumerable written correspondance between friends, lovers and haters. Children find vintage records, baseball cards and other priceless ephemera in their parents and grandparents attics. What will I leave behind? A hard drive with a bunch of files on it? Yeah, that’s just not that exciting at all. Read the rest of this entry »

Food Network Page

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

I feel I’m safe in posting a scan of the page I had in the December issue of Food Network magazine. I wanted to be sure it was well off the shelves before posting it. I was truly blessed to be given a full page, page 185 to be exact, and from that little page many wonderful people visited my site. Thanks to all those at Food Network Magazine for finding me, reaching out to contact me and making it all happen! Read the rest of this entry »

Topeka Capital-Journal Article

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

This excellent article on my United Plates series appeared in the Topeka Capital Journal on December 12, 2009. It was written by Jan Biles. The original post can be viewed on the Capital Journal’s website.

Artist creates ‘tasteful’ depictions of 50 states

MAYETTA — A Mayetta-based artist is finding out Americans have a hunger for his hand-drawn posters.

John Holcomb, 25, has created a series of tongue-in-cheek posters titled “The United Plates” that depict each state as food. A rectangular Kansas is made from triangular turnovers. Indiana is a bunch of asparagus, while Minnesota is a frothy mug of beer.

The sales of his unique artwork recently were boosted after catching the eye of SeriousEats.com, a recipe blog, and the Food Network Magazine, which featured his posters in its December issue. Read the rest of this entry »

Crushing Creative Block

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

After reading this excellent post on the topic of “Creative Block” I decided it would make an excellent blog post… since I’ve already been slacking on the blog! Read the rest of this entry »