Black Collar Illustration is headed by me, designer and digital illustrator, Uriel Grimaldo. The following work is all original; I sketched, iterated and rendered all of it. Some of the work is for clients, other work is from personal projects. Thank you for looking over my work and feel free to reach out if you have any questions about my portfolio or about how Black Collar can work for you or your business to create quality digital illustration work.


The Kong is the best beer bong on the market. With a detachable hose, lineard attachment and thick insulation, the only thing the product needed was some fun illustration work on its packaging to reflect the good times the Kong brings with it.

I drew a different scene for each one of the box panels. As the box is turned vertically, each scene leads to the next via the use of color or other graphic elements, leading the eye of the user to open the box and reveal the product inside. Along with the packaging illustration, I was commissioned to make some how-to-use illustrations for web and future packaging.


This is the podcast cover I illustrated for Creative Elements, a podcast hosted by podcaster and entrepreneur Jay Clouse which bridges the gap between art and business by talking to high-profile creators about the nitty gritty of building their creative career.

Jay is an insightful interviewer whose podcast has built acclaim and a loyal fan base very quickly! Listen to the podcast by clicking here and find out why the show has over 130 5-star reviews.


This is some of the branding and illustration work I made for Feed & Read Ohio, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) collecting books and rescuing food from going bad, then quickly distributing each out to low-income neighborhoods in central Ohio and Athens County, Ohio.

I incorporated a lot of illustration into the branding of this project to reflect founder Jacques Angelino’s passion for providing food for the belly and literature for the mind of the many kids and families he reaches out to weekly. Go visit their website (built by me) by clicking here.


Wild Tiger Tees is a screen printer empowering youth experiencing homelessness at The Star House in Columbus, Ohio. This social enterprise provides soft skills to gain employment through paid training in screen printing  to youth ages 14-24.

As a co-founder, I provided the initial logo design and illustration for the business. Here are examples of three projects I was involved with: a holiday mug illustration, a t-shirt design using our illustrated logo and four commissioned poster designs.


The next selections are a mix of fun personal projects or smaller commissions done for friends and acquaintances. Click on the images to get a closer look.