Wednesday, January 27, 2016
As mentioned in previous posts one of my favorite mediums to work in is Dr Martin's Concentrated Watercolours. I was introduced to these in one of my illustration classes in college and have loved using them ever since.
Monday, January 25, 2016
As a kid, I LOVED comic books and was obsessed with them. I remember from time to time my dad coming home from work and handing me either packs of trading cards (usually from Star Wars or other movies) and comic books - in most cases Batman's various series including the obvious self-titled one, but also Detective Comics, and Brave and the Bold. This era of Batman will always be my favorite visual era of him - the cobalt blue, gray, and yellow version.
Friday, January 22, 2016
For the last couple years I've created a shirt design to mark Record Store Day at Daddy Kool Records, located in St. Petersburg, FL. Robbie Fuct, who I've known for awhile through Gigposters.com and hours and hours of playing Call of Duty (PEW PEW) will come to me with an idea, sometimes specific and sometimes sort of vague that we'll develop into a shirt design. For the first year the theme they wanted was something evocative of Public Enemy.... Peter Hook (bassist for Joy Division and New Order) performance going on that night across the street. I've been a fan of New Order for a long time...strangely I was introduced to New Order before Joy Division which I love as well, when they used to play Bizarre Love Triangle all the time at Mean Mr. Mustards in Columbus (RIP). So needless to say I was pretty excited about this. First off, sometimes, it's not a good idea to just skim a message about a job, because in this case I misunderstood the connection to Peter Hook. What I thought was that he was going to be doing a performance AT Daddy Kools, so in my mind I saw him performing a stripped down acoustic set in the store rather than a full fledged show later on that night. My first sketch kind of reflected that. My memory of Peter Hook in New Order videos was of him hunched over his bass...and going n that direction I thought it would be cool to make him literally look like a human hook shape....
Monday, January 18, 2016
Today I found myself thinking about the old C2/4FRNT art space I shared with a couple friends of mine. Back in 2006, when I moved back to Dayton from Columbus, I scrambled to find my way into the art scene here. I already knew a few people here, but not being a very outgoing person, it was very awkward to say the least. I eventually got into contact with local artists name Germ and his friend Jeffie Richards who ran a small space called C2 in the Front Street Warehouses and they invited me to submit a piece or a show titled "Bicycle Built for Two". First off, I have too subject matters that I know of that are "Kryptonite" for me - horses and bicycles. There's something about horse heads that mess with my brain and when I look at bicycles, it's like when someone asks me a math question real quick - my brain just has a freak out. I figured out a work around by basically painting a bicycle accident where the rider is ripped in half and his bike is in pieces..... Clash Consignment for carrying the torch of fun group shows in Dayton...I really consider what she does there to be the spiritual successor to what we were trying to accomplish at 4FRNT.
I can't remember the exact year, but back when the whole designer vinyl craze was ramping up I was asked to be part of an artist created series of characters that would be produced using PVC plastic. Unfortunately the project eventually imploded but I came up with this little guy I dubbed P-4 ( short for Power Plug Pee Pee ). I think he's pretty self explanatory...incidentally enough I had been working on some sketches for a guy on another project and he pulled the whole "if this works out, we'll get to work on a bunch of your personal projects", which I've heard before. Its a game people play when they want to get stuff either cheap or for free. But I showed him P-4 and right off the bat he was wanting to change the shape of the mouth and most stupidly take off the plug to make it more "kid friendly".....it was then that I realized he didn't "get it" and would essentially be negating the point of the character. One day I hope to see him realized as an physical object, but in the meantime here's some drawings of him over the years as well as his female counter part - SC. I'll let you guess what that stands for.