Tuesday, November 29, 2005

stale food



this is the color version of a drawing i did this past summer.
Bruce Willen and I (aka posttypography) were asked by our friend Brian Ralph to help him out with a class he was teaching on self-publishing. We talked to the kids about poster making and then screenprinted a two-page spread with them for their major class project...a small book...our pritn was the first one made for it, so what we did would determine the content of the book. We decided to do a Fat Sandwich, specifically, the Fat Indian. The actual print wasn't full color like this. The filled in areas, instead of color, were printed with butter, the linework was a dark brown. The butter soaked into/stained the paper (but faded in visibility over time a good bit, but not totally) and smelled nice and salty.

Monday, November 28, 2005

to quote gomer pyle...

well surpriiise surpriiise surpriiise

here's a blog update. from nolen! my lack of participation due to various factors had a negative impact on ryan as well...so blame all lack of updates on me.

here's some things i've done in the long downtime...lots more added in the coming days including recrod label logos, shirt designs, etc.


this was the sketch for the president of the university of baltimore's holiday card
done with sharpie on tracing paper and colored with illustrator cs2:



i liked how loose and free this was...but they wanted it tightened up...no xmas colors on the snowman...plus he had to be smaller to show off UB's new student center (that's the bldg in the snowglobe...it opens in January)...and they wanted the snow on the tree to look less like icing...

these are the final pencils after getting those edits:


And this is the final inked piece, inked oh-so-professionally with sharpie and uniball deluxe finepoint ballpoint purchased at CVS, then scanned, colored in illustrator. The glass flare/light reflection is a trick i learned from old Marvel comics from the 70s that had lots of occult/mystic stuff (Man-Thing, Dr. Strange, etc)...it's a good trick i think:



This is the ballpoint pen sketch for a boutique logo I did while waiting on my friends to finish up at The Beatnik Barbershop, a small, new, barbershop for men (what a novel idea in this day and age) located on Read St. where I get my hair cut now. Drawing these heraldry animals (in this case a rampant lion, rampant being the name for the pose) is very difficult as I learned while working on this project...finding the right balance of mass and style of curls and all that is not an easy task. Below this is the near-complete (minus the claws and finessing some of the curves) version of the art as redrawn in Illustrator. The type is custom lettering that I created. The stencil style fits the cut up/stencil looking style of the lion and helps make this dated imagery a bit more contemporary.





annnnd...here's some letters i drew on a flyer for a show i booked at CCAS that's coming up in a few days...the deer is taken from an EXCELLENT Dover book of 1419 copyright-free illustrated Animals that I borrowed from Sara...





more later this week and hopefully i'll be, if not daily, several days a week updating from now on...

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

since it's been so f'n long



Sunday, October 16, 2005

My Appologies

My Appologies for not posting in such a long long long time.
No excuse could be good enough.

Things are going well for me in the studio and I will be posting lots of images to prove this in the next day or two. (I just need batteries for my camera)

I went to a buddhist temple today. Largest buddha in the northeast, 40 feet tall. And they had relics there. It was a beautiful experience. I was blessed by a monk. Kneeling before him as he touched my head for a few minutes. It may sound rediculous but I could feel his energy. Beautiful fall day leaves changing...great experience

Now I am reading about HEX SIGNS...

All in All lots of time has been spent today studying and participating in different systems of beleif.


---R

My Appologies

My Appologies for not posting in such a long long long time.
No excuse could be good enough.

Things are going well for me in the studio and I will be posting lots of images to prove this in the next day or two. (I just need batteries for my camera)

I went to a buddhist temple today. Largest buddha in the northeast, 40 feet tall. And they had relics there. It was a beautiful experience. I was blessed by a monk. Kneeling before him as he touched my head for a few minutes. It may sound rediculous but I could feel his energy. Beautiful fall day leaves changing...great experience

Now I am reading about HEX SIGNS...

All in All lots of time has been spent today studying and participating in different systems of beleif.


---R

My Appologies

My Appologies for not posting in such a long long long time.
No excuse could be good enough.

Things are going well for me in the studio and I will be posting lots of images to prove this in the next day or two. (I just need batteries for my camera)

I went to a buddhist temple today. Largest buddha in the northeast, 40 feet tall. And they had relics there. It was a beautiful experience. I was blessed by a monk. Kneeling before him as he touched my head for a few minutes. It may sound rediculous but I could feel his energy. Beautiful fall day leaves changing...great experience

Now I am reading about HEX SIGNS...

All in All lots of time has been spent today studying and participating in different systems of beleif.


---R

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

2 in progress



let me know what you think.

Friday, September 02, 2005

...this morning


I spent a lot of time painting yesterday and it got me thinking a lot about my approach to drawing...layering vs flat images, process...most of all composition...

Here is a minimal drawing, clouds or smoke, or just amorphic forms. I pretty happy with the composition though

Thursday, September 01, 2005

we've been bad





Nolen and I have been so bad about this blog recently....we'll get back on track though....

Here are two paintings I started working on. They are small and on board, I dig the direction they are heading in though...let me know what you think

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

pardon me

i've been off the blog for much too long.
scanner issues, then bummed on drawing coz i couldnt share...then a bunch of garbage came up. in a few days i'll be back to my original level of zeal.

in the meantime...

if you live in nyc...you probly saw my bulletin on that other site's messageboard about how someone ripped off my art for a poster...well someone sent me a low-res version of it...i'd like to get a high-res before we contact the club with a cease and desist. the club is located in soho i believe so the ads are most likely gonna be up in manhattan.
anyway...if you see this could you take it down and do a high res scan or get a good, clear digital photo of it and send it to me so we can threaten the club or designer with lawyers? thanks.

oh yeah...it looks like this:

stolen art from my famous (as seen in Ellen Lupton's book Thinking With Type) Melt Banana poster.

thanks
nolen

Sunday, August 28, 2005

smoke of the mystics



two shades of black
super graphic...

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

larger piece in progress



crooked in the photo

22x 30 piece of paper, charcoal.
First time using charcoal since college...I forgot how maleable and forgiving it can be
also messy as fuck

Utopian Field



extremely minimal "field" drawing. Referencing both the pictoral field and a landscape. Stroke laid down in a deliberate manor so as to create a loose hazy pattern within the field

sometimes it just doesn't work out


There are some parts of this drawing I like but on the whole it never came together.

...


Trying to deal again with the "chewing smoke" theme, this time with pencil, the worst of the three

Loose Spirit Blanket


I think this drawing was a direct rebellion against the pen drawings, a pretty percise pattern filled in with a red masonry pencil, really loosely . Reminds me of a quilt... feels incomplete, but something possesed me to draw this pattern

drawing more successful as an idea



Drawing as a circle, the top and bottom connect as one image, kind of like a mad magazine fold in as a tube, I like the idea a lot more than the actual drawing

Monday, August 22, 2005

hey, nice slacks

From Nolen:

actually slacking is not nice.

i've not had scanner access for a week.

that should change tomorrow and youll all get a big lovely PILE of drawings to look through and talk smack on.

i coulda done that stuff today but I was at MICA doing "New Faculty Orientation" which was totally surreal.

see you tomorrow.

Ryan says he'll have stuff up tonight.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Monday


Playing off the "cave" idea Nolen mentioned in chewing smoke, I drew this "sacred mountain" "alchemist's stone" "philosophers rock" Picking up on "psychedelic" themes in color and shape, while referencing 60's minimalist....Two things I have been very interested in recently.

Still jamming along with the cheap gel pens. Nikki was asking me why I've been using them, which is a good question cause they are about the furthest from ideal a tool I could use for my work, but perhaps that is the reason why.

Also the immediacy of them is attractive, and the commitment that comes with using pen...

Thursday, August 18, 2005

while we await the end of technical difficulties...

check out www.jareddrewmoody.com

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

drawings

for monday/tuesday/wednesday should be up tomorrow as well as the logo stuffs mentioned monday. look out, honey, just blame the technology.

Goodbye Anonymity

Why?

Ryan and I are both putting ourselves out here, showing ourselves struggling to regain some artistic footing. Trying new things, sometimes successfully, sometimes less so. You are more than welcome to comment on what we're doing, if that were not the case we would not have shared the URL with you or made it open to comment. But here's the thing...

This is very raw, unrefined, everything we're doing for this. Sometimes we're posting stuff we're not happy with, or that's (in our minds) sub-par, but that's part of the process of this. Step, step, fall, get up and take another step. We've got to keep it honest, and we are.

The least you can do, as a responder, is to be honest. That said, no comments will be left up that are Anonymous. If we can put out stumbling points with our name on it, then you can put up your few words with your name on it.

When you go to the comments function. There's a selection for "Other,"click that. Type in your name (first and last would be appreciated, or if you're a mutual friend, a first will suffice, or last initial). You're seeing who we are, the least you can do is return the favor. You don't have to enter a website under your name on there to be able to post as Other.

Thanks for respecting this decision.
Hey, Duffy, I had your bottom poster with me last time i was in new york...oh right...you didnt make it out to the FREE event i was at... ;)

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Psychedelic Debris (Sunday)




Psychedelic Debris
shattered lava lamp skull
spilled lyseric blood on
the page

Hidden Tapestry (saturday)



In response the the ball point drawings, I busted out this graphite piece. Which started out very graphic as well, but then I decided to make it as faint as possible and slide over the image with some loose graphite.

Chewing Smoke (Friday)


Inspired by Kenneth Anger, an all ball point jam. Ball Point is trickey because it is such a graphic medium to being with. I'm pretty pleased with this drawing though...I think the "white" shape on the left is going to get some color eventually but right now i'm just leaving it white