My name is Brian Willse, owner of Lookout Brand Co. located in downtown Cleveland with a bird’s eye view of Lake Erie.
I am an graphic, designer, illustrator and painter. I work in various graphic styles and mediums and adapt to the project’s objective.
I have a lifelong love of all things water. I spend a lot of my free time in and on the water. I have been an avid surfer since I was 13 and was the first standup paddle boarder (2007) on Lake Erie. I have competed in standup (SUP) raced on Lake Erie, the Cuyahoga River, Lake Michigan, Lake St. Clair, North Carolina, Puerto Rico and California.
Many of the days we can actually ride surfable waves in Cleveland are during cold fronts which often bring a lot of rainfall and we are all acutely aware of the sewer overflow problems that that plague our waters during the best times to surf! One our surf spots at Edgewater Beach is nicknamed “Sewer Pipe” because it is directly in front of the huge overflow pipe! I KNOW what comes out of that thing!!
I am heavily involved in keeping our waters clean and participate in beach cleanups multiple times a year and am a member or the Northeast Ohio Surfrider Foundation whose mission is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.
I believe I am very qualified from an artistic standpoint as well as an activist standpoint to be considered for these projects.
See you on the water!
The following are a sampling of water and water-sports related works of art, designs and illustrations that I have done.