Tuesday, November 22, 2011


LinkI just realized I never posted any of my work from the Book Arts class I took, so here is what I made:

This first one is based on a poem called "The Weed" by Elizabeth Bishop. I particularly enjoyed making this one because I had free reign to do pretty much whatever I wanted so I decided to do some simple illustrations.

This one is a blank journal/sketchbook and was the final project. It came out perfect besides a small tear on the inside of the back cover.

This was a stiff-leaf binding which I fucked up that was based on the class doing collaborative ink and paint drawings.

This was a collage based pamphlet book. I love collage and this one turned out great although the gluing could have been cleaner. It sort of became this free-form/poetic/dreamy/narrative thing. My favorite page, which is featured below, used a girl and text from this early 60's Coke advertisement I found in one of the classroom's magazines. I love that old 1960's type.

I am currently taking Basic Camera and Lighting as my last M&P class and one of my last classes at CCS in general. I have already learned a lot after one session so the pictures of everything I post here will probably get much better. Got officially accepted to Wayne and will be registering for classes very soon. Excited!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Here is the last thing I did in printmaking, we had to combine two different types of printing from prior assignments. I chose to do a monotype with an embossment because my embossment came out really lame and I wanted to try and do something cool with it. The bubbles are embossed and pop outward but you can't really see it in the photograph.

Now that printmaking is done I've moved on to Book Arts! I really like this class and I think all the projects we are going to do will be really sweet. As always I'll post whatever I'm working on up here. Right now I'm assembling the first book, a collage based piece.

I've also made the decision to transfer to Wayne State come January and change my major to printmaking. Kind of sudden, but I just can't afford CCS anymore. It's a great school and I feel really lucky to have had some amazing teachers while there. I think I'll be much more at home at Wayne and then OCC/wherever during the summer.

Friday, September 30, 2011

I Turned Into A Martian

Some more prints! The 50's martian is a linocut and the other two are practice monotypes

It's almost October you guys!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Something Creepy

My first real experiment in printmaking (save for a crappy embossment which I will not waste time posting here). A drypoint etching on copper based on a photo I took of some weird trees on my way down to SXSW in March 2009. The birds were hand colored. I am happy with how it came out though I would have liked to have more difference in value in the trees. Printmaking is quickly becoming one of my favorite things.

Monday, September 5, 2011

End of Summer

I start back up at CCS tomorrow. I feel like kind of a piece of shit that I don't have more work to show from this summer. Between the girl I posted in the last entry (still in progress) and the Frustrations art, I wanted to do a zine which has been constantly delayed due to no inspiration and a busy schedule. It's not like I was being lazy, I spent the first half of the summer in school at OCC and desperately searching for a job. I then spent the middle of the summer working at my new job and then going on tour and then coming back to work almost everyday because of the back to school shopping madness. School always ups my productivity and I am excited for my classes, Printmaking is the first thing tomorrow. I am sure a new semester at CCS will bring more headaches and ridiculous tales.

Here is the Frustrations art!

Front cover was done with Scott, Colin, and myself together. We all did the layout, Colin did the lettering, and Chris Michael took the photo in his garage. The resemblance to the cover of N.W.A.'s "Straight Outta Compton" wasn't noticed until afterwards.

The back cover was done by me. I used a combination of watercolors for the nastiness and brown ink for the spider vein type things. The lettering was done with Micron pen. The two arms behind the tracklist were pieces from my box of collage things and I thought they would add some interest. It was then thrown into Photoshop and messed with a bit. It's rare that I am really proud about something I did, but I think this perfectly exhibits the controlled scuminess that Frustrations is all about.

It looks good in real life too!

Here are some sketches for something I am planning involving women's legs. Maybe it will be done before Christmas, hahahaha! Can you even see them?!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Psychedelic Girls

I don't really like posting unfinished work, but I guess that's what a blog is for. I've been working on this girl off and on for a few weeks now. No ideas and I keep getting stuck. I want to start exploring more complex textures and patterns. I love seeing insane detail in illustrations and paintings. Every now and then I'll get discouraged that I can't really draw things very realistically. I know I probably could if I put in the time and effort and practice. It was kind of a downer to walk through the end of the year show and see some fresh out of high school kid accurately render a skull in three point perspective. I am always too hard on myself though and it probably isn't a big deal at all. I liken it to being a guitarist and someone who knows every scale and mode and can play sweep arpeggios; it's cool if you can do that, but it's not everyone's style.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Line Project

This is the first project I did in my Design Concepts class way back in January but I have not been able to get a photo until now. The idea of this was that we had to invent different lines and connect them in an interesting way. It was fun trying different materials to get different effects and I am especially pleased with the creepy, smoke-like charcoal one and the ones that look like fingers.

This piece has a very long and irritating back story to it. Right after the critique my professor hung onto it because she liked it so much. That I was fine with, I'd just have to wait a while to get a photo of it. A while turned into the rest of the semester and it eventually got into the year end show. I still was not able to get a photo as I wasn't allowed to remove it from the Foundations office except for my review. Fine. Before my review I noticed that it started sagging in the middle and the pins were all fucked up which was blamed on me during my review. Whatever. When it finally got into the show it still looked like shit and was hung sideways
. When I finally went to pick it up, I couldn't find it and I was given the runaround by several people until I was told that the Foundations department "planned on keeping all their stuff until the fall" which I wasn't ever told about at any point ever. I called Foundations and basically said that there was no way I was letting that happen and I needed to get it before then, which brings us to this. I guess I couldn't finish out a semester there without getting jerked around one last time.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

End of the Semester

First semester at CCS is complete. I had my review earlier today which was a real fucking headache. I like this school, but it is weird sometimes. People ask for one thing and then expect a contrary result. It also seems like they think everyone that goes here wants to get some huge career making six figures upon graduation when all I want is to not have to eat frozen pizzas every night which I would probably just do anyway. Here are some recent pieces:

This was a "movement montage" for Design I. This was my favorite project we did all semester and I really like how it turned out, especially considering I had hardly any time to work on it. Everyone thought it was creepy. I submitted it for the end of the year show, but it did not get in (my line project from the beginning of the semester did, still need to snap a photo).

This was my Design I final. We had to pick a contemporary artist, choose three of their works, and then base our own original design off of their style. I chose Zak Smith. I played it safe all semester and decided to do something challenging. Drawing the human figure accurately is tricky and I was out of practice. It's decent I guess.

I finally finished this thing, although I still might do a few touch-ups. It was a blast to finally break out some acrylics I had been sitting on for a long time. I also used some very, very old watercolors and acrylics of my grandmother's that have to be from the late 70's or early 80's. A lot of them were rock solid and some of the caps were stuck so tight I had to use pliers to twist them off. This girl is based off the girl in the video for "Tonight She Comes" by The Cars.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Bits and Pieces

Here are some things I've been working on as of late:

Art for the next Frustrations LP coming out this summer on X! Records.

Mmmm, Fudge Stripe cookies are the best!

A bit of fashion illustration.

Sarah gave me some new sunglasses!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

First Semester at CCS.

It's been a little while since I've updated. Since my last post, I've started at CCS and have been focusing most of my energy towards that and have sort of neglected to do anything for my own pleasure. I do have a few new pieces I've started and will probably get around to those soon. I love CCS and have been doing really well so far which makes me feel that I'll be able to handle it fine in the future. After this semester I only have one more foundation to take and then I can start digging into the Illustration classes. I'm going nuts with anticipation. Here's a couple things I've done so far that didn't turn out half bad:

This was for Design Concepts I. A basic shape exercise where we had to play around with scale and depth as well as positive and negative space. Everyone seemed to like it. Someone said it reminded them of a video game. I could have put more shapes in to get really complex, but got a bit lazy towards the end.

This was for Digital Fundamentals. A vector portrait made in Illustrator. I had never used Illustrator or Photoshop before this class, so this was extra exciting for me when it was done and didn't look like total crap.

I also did a line project for Design Concepts that I am particularly pleased with, but was unable to snap a photo before turning it in. I'll post it later. Spring Break starts soon. I am going to Seattle with Sarah for a week. I will probably post pictures + an update when I get back.