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Don Punchatz

Friends and Admirers of Don,

Our beloved friend, colleague, teacher, mentor, unbelievable talent and gentle soul

Don Ivan Punchatz

passed away Thursday October 22, at about 6 PM. He will be missed.

I don’t have information at this time about services but his wife, Sandra, had indicated that there would be a small, private ceremony at their church.

However, we are working with Don’s family to organize a memorial celebration of Don’s life to be held on the TCU campus in the near future. I will make everyone aware of the time and location as we flesh out the details.

Don wouldn’t want a sad, morbid service, so we are hoping to have his friends and acolytes show up ready to tell stories so we can all dust off our warm memories of the time we spent with him, and how he influenced our lives. AV facilities will be available if anyone wants to bring pictures, video or whatever.

Mr. Anthony Spangler, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram is writing an obituary story for Don. If anyone would care to share information with Mr. Spangler, his email address is:

I’d also like to remind everyone that we are collecting donations for Don’s family. He did not have health insurance, and this ordeal has taken a difficult financial toll on Sandra in a very short time. I would like to present our collection to her at the time of our memorial service. If you wish to contribute, please send a check in any amount, made out to “Sandra Punchatz”, to the address below.

c/o Lewis Glaser
TCU School of Art
TCU Box 298000
Fort Worth, Texas 76129

A brief bio of Don’s history and accomplishments follows.

Don began his illustration career at the age of 14, as a children’s book illustrator. He received his first freelance commission for a national advertising promotion when he was 17.

In the mid 1950s, he started as a production artist at Warwick & Legler Advertising, where within a year he was promoted to Assistant TV Art Director. A bit later, he joined Animatic, Inc. in New York as an Art Director. He designed filmstrips and limited animation storyboards for national clients.

His professional career was briefly interrupted by a stint in the US Army. From 1959 to 61. When they found out he could draw, he was tasked with creating instructional aids for the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

After mustering out with an honorable discharge, he went right back to work as an Art Director at Ketchum, Mcleod & Grove Advertising, in Pittsburgh. His major clients there included Alcoa, Stouffer’s Foods, Pittsburgh Corning, Calgon and Westinghouse.

In 1965, Don began freelancing full-time as an illustrator. In 1970 he expanded his business to a full service graphic design/illustration studio  in Arlington, Texas. Sketchpad Studio produced work for a broad variety of clients, including virtually every major national and international advertising agency, magazine, book publisher and record company. A few of his major clients included Time Magazine, Playboy Magazine, Exxon, Esquire Magazine, Anheuser Busch/Budweiser, Boy’s Life Magazine, Time/Life Books, Pepsi, Rolling Stone Magazine, National Lampoon Magazine, and Berkley Books—to name a few. Don’s familiar published work includes a poster for the original Star Wars movie, the Doom video game logo and package art and the illustrations for the Wishbone series of children’s books.

Sketchpad Studio has been the focus of feature articles in several graphic design trade publications.

In the meantime, Don began his teaching career at TCU in 1970. With a couple of short-term interruptions, he has remained as the Illustration instructor since then, and up until two short weeks ago. He has also served on the graduate faculty at Syracuse University for the past decade.

Between his employees at Sketchpad and his students at TCU and elsewhere, Don has provided education, training and professional guidance to over 1,000 aspiring illustrators. Many of them have gone on to become notable and successful illustrators in their own right. Don’s long-time friend and fellow Rock Star of Illustration Murray Tinkelman refers to him as “The Godfather of Dallas Illustration.” I can’t imagine a more appropriate title, because He was da Man!

Please forward this message to anyone you can think of who knew, or knew of Don.


Lewis Glaser
Coordinator of Graphic Design
Texas Christian University

Memorial for Larry Keith

Artist Larry Keith passed away July 5, 2009. There will be two events recognizing his life and work this weekend.

From Larry’s daughter Laura:

(Oct 23rd) One is a gala at which United Sterling Artists will make a tribute to Dad and honor him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. There will be lots of food and drinks and a charity art auction. This is a ticketed charity evetn. This would introduce some of your members to the Sculptures by Design Gallery in Greenway Plaza (showcasing local artists).

(Oct 24th) Two is a gathering and memorial for Dad’s friends, cohorts, and family that will take place at the same location as #1

Details for the events are here:

In Memorium - Don Ivan Punchatz

Hi all,

Some of you may already know this, but Don is on life support at Arlington Medical Center, after a brief and unexpected illness. His family has made the decision to discontinue life support on Thursday, in order to allow anyone interested to pay their final respects in person, today. The visiting hours are 9 AM to 2:30 PM, 4 to 6:30 and 7 to 8:30.

Don has been a pillar of the Graphic Design Program at TCU for over 40 years. He has brought positive national attention to the region and university through his professional work, as well as the work of his unending stream of students and protĂ©gĂ©s. Murray Tinkelman, a close friend of Don’s and legend of illustration in his own right, has dubbed Don “The Godfather of Dallas Illustration.” While Don modestly has avoided this title at every opportunity, he has clearly earned the mantle in triplicate. Virtually every successful illustrator, and many studio artists in the DFW region were at one time or another students or employees of his. Having rock star status in an academic field can and often does produce a sense of arrogance and superiority in a professor. I know we’ve all experienced this kind of thing either directly or vicariously. However, in Don’s case, I have never seen a more encouraging, nurturing approach to pedagogy, regardless of the individual’s level of skill and talent. He had a quiet and pleasant way of getting the best work out of everyone without ever resorting to negative tactics. He truly showed respect for every student as an individual, and did his best to work with that person on those terms.

Something you probably did not not know is that Don had no medical insurance. His family is about to be hit with astronomical medical bills and other expenses. To try and ease the burden, we-his friends and colleagues–are collecting contributions for Sandra and his extended family. If you are interested in helping, you can send a check directly to the address below. Make it payable to “Sandra Punchatz”. Any amount will be sincerely appreciated. In the meantime, I know we’ll all remember Don in our own ways, celebrate his life and accomplishments, and consider ourselves fortunate to have known him.

Please forward this message to anyone and everyone you can think of who knew Don, and please say a prayer for his family.

Lewis Glaser

Coordinator of Graphic Design
Texas Christian University School of Art

2009 Houston Show Call for Entries

The Call for Entries are up for the 2009 Houston Show - download them using the links below.

Final entry deadline is Friday, October 2.

Main PDF
Forms only

Excel file

Main PDF
Forms only
Excel file

The 54th Annual Houston Show

The Houston Show is cookin’ again! The 54th Annual Houston Show’s Call for Entries will be due September 25th, so watch your inbox for details.  Take a look at last year’s golden eggs!

Bob + Weave

Houston’s Creative Throwdown

Bob + Weave

Times what they are, the Houston creative scene came together to swap ideas, share war stories and to be reminded of why we all got into this industry - for the love. There was great food, great music and great company. Thanks to everyone for making it out. Thanks to AD2, American Advertising Federation (AAFH), American Institure of Graphic Arts Houston (AIGA), Only in Houston (OiH) and University of Houston Graphics Alumni Partnership (UHGAP) for organizing such a fun event. Congratulations to the door prize winners! A special thanks to the Continental Club for having us out and Tacos A Go-Go for catering.

Click on the image to see pictures from the event. 




2008 Houston Show Judges

Michael Borosky - Apple

Michael Borosky | Founder & Creative Director, Eleven |
Michael is a founder and Creative Director of Eleven, a 75 person agency based in San Francisco and has always had a soft spot in his heart for Houston, where he first began his career. After heading West, he worked for Michael Cronan Design, Pentagram and CKS Partners before helping found Eleven. He considers himself a hybrid of sorts, having spent equal parts of his career in both offline and online disciplines. He manages the interactive practice at Eleven and specializes in spearheading media-agnostic integrated campaigns. Throughout his career he’s helped solved problems for the likes of Levi Strauss, MCI, General Motors, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Visa and he’s currently involved with Apple and Virgin America Airlines.

Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown | Photographer |
Jeffrey Lamont Brown brings a fresh, reality-based approach to advertising projects for print and TV clients around the world. Recent awards include: being named one of the “200 Best Photographers Worldwide” by Leurzer’s Archive, PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, IPA - Lucie “Best of show” and Communication Arts Photo Annual. His unique style, known as “beautiful realism” has evolved naturally over nearly two decades behind the lens. It finds its roots in authentic experiences but goes beyond the real in different, and often subtle, ways. Sometimes it has a bit of a mystical twist; other times we give it an edgier look or a bit of humor. But always we produce imagery with amazing light and highly stylized visuals in keeping with our visual integrity Jeffrey believes that every shot, however comprehensively produced and tightly choreographed, contains “real moments” that serve his clients’ desire to present products and ideas in the most compelling way.

Molly Holzschlag | Web standards advocate, educator and author |
Molly E. Holzschlag is a well-known web standards advocate, educator, and author. Among her thirty-plus books is the best-selling The Zen of CSS Design, co-authored with Dave Shea. Molly is an invited expert to the W3C CSS working group and the former group lead of The Web Standards Project (WaSP). Molly works with designers, developers, implementers, and policy makers to promote interoperability, professional advancement, and best practices for a useful, beautiful, and meaningful World Wide Web.

Sterling Hundley

Sterling Hundley | Illustrator |
(b. 1976, American) The work of illustrator and painter Sterling Hundley has appeared regularly in the pages of Communication Arts Magazine, American Illustration, Print Magazine, the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, 3 x 3, Graphis, Step by Step Graphics, the Society of Publication Designers, and the New York Society of Illustrators. In addition to winning three gold, and two silver medals from the Society of Illustrators, New York, Sterling has been awarded gold and silver medals from the Illustrators Club in Washington, D.C. Sterling and his work have been the subject of feature articles in Communication Arts magazine (2008), Print (Young Visual Artists, 2004), and RVA magazine (2008).

Sterling lives in Richmond, Virginia, and is currently represented by Richard Solomon Artist Representative in New York City. He is a Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, and he is one of five core instructors at the Illustration Academy held on the campus of Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.

Ron Miriello | Creative Director, Miriello Grafico |
Ron Miriello is the founder and director of Miriello Grafico in San Diego and a founding member of the San Diego Chapter of the AIGA and an AIGA Fellow. As a design director in Southern California community for 30 years, he has helped set a high benchmark for creativity and sees design as a language rather than a discipline.

More recently, Ron has been interviewing and photographing craftsmen of everyday products in Italy for a book series about handcrafted products in a world of global mass production.

Miriello divides his time between the new Miriello Grafico design warehouse located in the Barrio Logan neighborhood of San Diego, California and Radicondoli (near Siena, Italy) where he develops his own projects away from the world of clients, deadlines and budgets.

Houston creative community loses veteran photographer Ray Soto

This weekend, Ray Soto, veteran member of the ADCH and ASMP, was unfortunately killed in an automobile accident. After being the staff photographer for the Port of Houston for ten years (& also where he met his wife, Susan), Ray continued as a freelance photographer, doing work for many of us here in Houston. He was a service man… having served in the Army, he was known to say how he “saved our asses” doing his tour of duty in Germany. A VERY talented guitar player, Ray channelled his inner Stevie Ray through his band the Shadowcasters from “back in the day”. For those who knew him, he would probably have something very witty to say, so raise a toast and a laugh to Mr. Ray.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, January 22nd at 1:30 pm at Waltrip Funeral Home, 1415 Campbell Road, Houston, TX 77055. Please contact Bea Garcia, for donation details.

The Houston Chronicle has a brief write-up of Ray.

A Marvelous Night for a Moondance

Throughout the year, design and advertising professionals put their creative asses on the line, exposing themselves and their ideas for all the world to see. For one night, they gather together to bask in the collective glow of all the great work conceived and executed in the past year, compliment each other on their nice asses, and award those whose work was simply over the moon.

Squires & Company swept the show, winning a cool dozen medals, including three Judges Awards and nine medals in graphic design. Savage Design Group took away seven medals plus a Judges Award. Murillo Design and Axiom Design Group snapped up five medals each. And Frank White stole the entire category of photography, winning four medals.

Students from Texas State University - San Marcos took home 22 medals of their own in advertising, graphic design, illustration and photography. Texas A&M Commerce did well with 12 medals. SMU Temerlin Advertising Institute and Texas Christian University went home with six and five medals respectively.

“This was one of the best Houston shows I’ve attended in years! The work submitted and the pieces that won were all so deserving,” said Bea Garcia, past President of ADCH. “And kudos to this year’s ADCH board for putting on such a great show. I know from experience how much work goes into putting it together and they did a fantastic job, making this an event well-worth attending.” With some 464 entries this year, it was also one of the largest turnouts ADCH has had in years. Proceeds from the Show make it possible for the club to bring in great speakers and host events throughout the coming year.

It couldn’t have happened without the generous support of all of the sponsors and in-kind donors including InMagine, Skyline, Samaria Print Services, Acumen Design and others. (The complete list of sponsors and links to their sites are available on the Awards Show page.) And let’s not forget the incredible panel of talented judges for the professional show and those for the student show.

The awards book with a complete list of winners and detailed credits, as well as the gallery of winning work for this year’s show, will be available on the ADCH awards show Web site shortly.

Written by JoAnn Takasaki.


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