I made this mix CD as a Christmas gift for my friend Sarah. I was very pleased with how it turned out and so was she. I used two pieces of illustration board stapled together for the front which houses the CD, and a piece of cardboard for the back. The front is wrapped in a piece of fabric I bought years ago, the inside opposite the track list is a watercolor thing I was messing around with, the border around it is card stock, and the back is a picture of downtown Detroit I found in some magazine. I was on a bit of time crunch so I just used Scotch tape to keep the thing together and it looks kind of crappy, but it works well enough. I really enjoyed making this and want to do more things like this.
Been a while since I've posted anything. Work has consumed my life since Thanksgiving and I just wrapped things up at OCC and on top of all that I was sick all of last week. Hopefully I will be able to relax and get some stuff done over Christmas break. I got accepted to CCS earlier this month and have registered for classes in January and am currently working out how I'm going to pay for it which I'm sure will be interesting. I've gushed about this elsewhere but it is pretty thrilling to finally be going to school for the one thing I've wanted to go to school for since I was like 12.
One project I have been working on is an archive of Royal Oak music/etc over at my Tumblr. I cleaned out my room the other day and found tons of flyers, setlists, posters, photos and other various artifacts of interest from the past 8+ years. I will be scanning most of it and putting things on there with a write up about whatever it is. Check it out if you want a history lesson.
And on a related note, in a twist of events it turns out that I spoke too soon regarding the closing of Oberweis. The Royal Oak store has indeed shut its doors for good as of 11/24/10 so it looks like my essay on its rise and fall can continue as planned. I'll get to it someday.
Just finished this tonight, it was kind of a pain in the ass, but I like how it turned out. I am really excited for this show. Out of all the bands that Frustrations have played with in our six years of existence, TV Ghost is damn near the top for me. I definitely recommend attending. The alien is based on descriptions of the Flatwoods Monster sighting in 1952. Too bad it was probably a misidentified barn owl, but it's fun to imagine though isn't it?
In other news, my previously mentioned multi-part essay on the downfall of the Royal Oak Oberweis store is on a indefinite hiatus. It turns out that the place has remained open which kind of ruins my entire "rise to fall" angle. I would still like to pursue it, perhaps at a later date. I am also in the process of reviewing photos from a project I did in the summer of 2009 and will hopefully be able to post those soon.
Televangelists have always fascinated me. When I was a kid I lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for three years. A lot of people say that Texas or Oklahoma are the "buckles" of the Bible Belt, but Louisiana is no slouch, it seems like everyone is into God down there. It was always entertaining to watch Benny Hinn making people faint or Jimmy Swaggart giving some intense speech. I also went to a private Christian academy, not because my family is religious or anything, but rather out of convenience since it was two blocks away from my house and sometimes it got weird. The principal would always stride out to the middle of the gym during assemblies and lead the student body in a group prayer, except I didn't know any prayers so I would just look down and pretend to mouth the words.
This guy is kind of an amalgamation of Jimmy Swaggart and some vague memories of other televangelists. For the cross I sliced up a children's Bible I've had since I was 10 or so. I felt a little bad about doing it, but not really.
Polaroid #2 is from Fox Chapel, PA, a woodsy suburb of Pittsburgh, circa February 1984. The song is "Secrets" by The Cure. The caption currently on there is just a placeholder, as previously stated I want to have it written by someone different every time. I tried changing my handwriting a bit from the first one to make it look different but it just looks lame because you can tell I did it. Sometimes I'm torn about whether or not all the captions should be the same, so when the series is viewed in its entirety it looks as if one master hand cataloged and is keeping track of all these "Polaroids". Hmm...
The crosshatched one is from last week and the pointillistic one from earlier tonight. For the past two weeks we've been using ink and it has been quite enjoyable. I really like pointillism and it is no coincidence that my classmates' disdain for it has something to do with my preference for it. I like watching them get pissy over how tedious the process is.
Eh... I don't know, I tried. Could've been better, could've been a lot better. I screwed up the spelling of "villains"... twice. My mind was elsewhere apparently. Maybe I shouldn't try to be productive after working in a warehouse for eight hours.
A story of corporations, people, failure, Royal Oak, and overpriced dairy products
Coming November 2010
I primarily use this blog for art related pursuits but have always wanted to integrate more photos, writings, music and other miscellanea. This forthcoming essay will chronicle the entertaining, miserable, and downright bizarre experience of working at Oberweis Dairy for three years from opening day to its demise.
This is the first of what will hopefully be a lengthy series. Each Polaroid will have a location + date, a song to go along with it (in the case of this one "Hey Nineteen" by Steely Dan), and a short story or prose to explain the photograph (I haven't written any for this one yet). I am obsessed with the idea of tiny fragments of America's past being captured in a photograph, and given the instantaneous nature of Polaroids, I believe that people are more apt to take photos with an off the cuff attitude. Every precaution will be taken to maintain the historical integrity of these and prevent any anachronisms. For example, this photo's legit because the record "Hey Nineteen" is on (Gaucho) was released on 11/21/1980 and this photo is from 12/6/1980. Also, the caption at the bottom of each one will be written by a different person each time to give every photo a unique feel. I wrote this one, I don't know who will do the next one.
Some side notes: I almost fucked this one up, I thought it would be "kind of a fun idea" to try using pen and ink, of which I have next to no practice using, to color the outline of the girl's body. Halfway through I smudged some of it and had to fix it and after that decided to use Micron pen for the rest. You can't really tell the difference and it still achieved the effect I wanted. My favorite thing about this one is either the pattern on her bra which I think came out really well (it's leopard print if you can't see in the picture, need to get a scanner...), or the pack of cigarettes on the table (Camel Lights, soft pack).
Andrew Derochie is doing a similar thing with real photos over at his blog, you should all check it out, he helped me cook up the concept for this whole project.
I don't know who this girl is. She's playing a Roland Juno-106. If I were to do this over, I would get more of the keyboard in and have her wearing an elaborate fur coat as I originally intended, psychedelic black holes are very cold, right?
This is from earlier tonight. It surprisingly came pretty naturally, I usually have to warm up for a bit before I get to a point where I feel good about what I'm putting down on the page. OCC is quite possibly the worst environment to be in for anyone that strives to accomplish academically, be it in an artistic field or not. I would love to attend a school that has requirements besides "being 18 years old" and "having a pulse".
Finally finished this the other night. I started sketching this out in June and it sat all summer until I colored it last week. Might make a cool flyer or poster or something, the stream of puke is big enough to fit the text.
Some things from my figure drawing class. I am really enjoying it, before this I'd never really attempted to draw the human form in any sort of realistic sense. I also find working with charcoal and graphite to be incredibly satisfying and even relaxing, however I'm growing tired of creepy old dudes and people that want to draw anime.
Some things from my sketchbook. Hopefully I'll be able to post a real piece soon. I've been dealing with some pretty bad depression and paranoia this summer. I just want it to be fall so I can stop sweating all the time.
My grandma on my mom's side used to paint, mainly oil paintings, landscapes, etc. When she passed away a few years ago, my parents gave me her painting stuff which included this box filled with all sorts of oil paints, brushes, and various other supplies. A lot of the paints are completely solid and are unusable no doubt because they are probably at least two decades old, but some are like new. I'm not much of a painter, but it's something I've always wanted to tackle.
I also got five blank canvases, three of which I used already (one of the paintings was described as being "very vaginal" and some lady wanted to buy it, I turned her down and the paintings were stolen later that day by a former friend). I got an easel too, but it unfortunately broke soon after.
This is from 8th grade. I'd date this around April 2001. This is the girl from the inner sleeve of the record "Exit Planet Dust" by The Chemical Brothers. I have about 30+ notebooks under my bed containing almost everything I've drawn from 4th grade onward. If I find anything else that's not complete garbage I'll post it. I like looking through my old things, although at this stage I was almost exclusively drawing mediocre anime and people hacking each other apart with chainsaws.
This was a texture exercise. We had to pick a photograph of anything we wanted and use five different textures within it. The photo I chose was of this Spanish girl that inspired many of the songs off of one of my favorite records "Seven More Minutes" by The Rentals. Original photo here. I kind of rushed this one and it shows. Oh well.
Drawing of Clara Bow for class. Original photograph can be found here. I'm turning this in later today. My teacher viewed it last week and said I did a good job. I'm happy with it, just need to get a handle on values and making shadows smoother. The fur coat was really fun to draw.