Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas of a Down

Today, the Norwegian, electronic musician Binärpilot, released his Christmas gift upon the world--a free remix of System of a Down's "Vicinity of Obscenity" off of their "Hypnotize" album.

After listening to it, I was inspired to create a mashup cover to go with it. Enjoy!
Edit 12/24/12: The artwork is now the official cover on the song's Soundcloud page!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Outrageous Tweets Illustrated

This technically all started when I was at the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum a few weeks ago, drinking cups of black, uncreamed & unsweetened coffee--and liking it. Since then I've tried (and also liked) the drink titled Shot in the Dark, and black coffee at other places.

The other day, I mentioned my new-found conversion to the taste of black coffee on Twitter. The resulting conversation was full of ridiculous images, and it inspired me to illustrate it.

Below is the "finished" versions, and way below are the pencil and inked versions, for those curious.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Artsy updates

Last week I got a letter (and check) from the Museum of Northwest Art for my piece selling at this year's art auction back in June. In the letter was the buyer's name and address, as she didn't opt to remain anonymous.
That evening I sat down, took out my typewriter, and wrote her a letter explaining the ideas and history of the piece she bought--Gashes: A Stitch in Time. I like to make an effort to make contact with the people that end up buying my art, to show my appreciation.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Thoughts from Places: Almost a year ago

As I was looking through my Google Doc folders, and found this little gem tucked away. It's titled "Quilt Museum Updates" and I haven't touched it since August 17, 2011. It's interesting to see this preserved snapshot of my thoughts during that time in the project. I'm sharing it (picture-less) now because I feel it's worth sharing, and I'm neck-deep in a few reviews right now.
(Back to more quilt stuffs)
Enjoy this rare insight:

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Thoughts from Places: Eve-day of show opening

Tomorrow is when the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum opens its doors to about two dozen Japanese quilters to mark the start of the newest exhibits. Among the Japanese quilts and Ainu embroidery is the quilt project that I was a part of.

Back in June 2010 I was approached by board members for the museum and asked if I'd join a project. I accepted. Now two years later, that project is ready to be unveiled.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

New skateboard commission, first steps

A few days ago, my good friend Ethan came over, with a selection of skateboards. He was visiting his creative friends, giving them skateboards to paint on with full creative license. Just like the last commission, I readily accepted. Below is the first steps I've taken today.

Also, I recommend seeing Ethan's video I helped make last spring. It was supposed to be a short intro for an upcoming skate film, but it didn't make it in due to time constraints. (And if you look really close at 0:25, you can see a corner of the last commissioned board "under his chin").

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New stuff underway!

Hello's been Much. Too. Long. So, this is to catch up on what I've been up to, artistically.

First of all, the collaboration with the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum is still underway. During Spring Break I stopped by the museum to see one of the fabric packets they had for the quilters. Good news and bad news. Bad news: there were no more fabric packets; good news: they were gone because the quilters were using them all. It wasn't until recently that I got to see anything of the quilt-end of this project.

Below are some teasers; they might be the only ones until the opening of the show on June 27. The show coincides with the Japanese quilter show, At Play - Asobi: Quilts from Japan, which will run until October 7, 2012.

Also, as a terrible, not-so-often-updating, cliffhanger-writing, teaser-spilling blogger, I'll leave you with this: Two pretty awesome projects underway.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Danger Cat - Behind the Scenes

A selection of ink-only scenes from the commission, as well as something that I stumbled across using layers. You can see the finished commission here.

Because a few scenes could be reused digitally, I had them in the file under different layers. After changing opacity, I discovered these two cool moments.

Danger Cat - Storyboard Commission

Last quarter, my cousin let me know that a friend of his wanted someone to create storyboards, and eventually an animation. The commissioner had created a story that accompanies a music piece for marimba, and wanted storyboards for an upcoming performance. With a set deadline, I set to work.

The story is called Danger Cat, and follows a rich-living and pompous housecat through an evening in the city after he gets locked out of his owner's house. This commission helped me figure some things out, and some people may catch that the later images look a little better than the first section. Mid-process learning, huzzah!

The commissioner emailed me his story and progression, as well as a clip of him playing the piece. I sketched a series of thumbnails of story-scenes I wanted to do, as well as planned if any scenes could be copy-pasted digitally, reducing the total I had to draw on paper.
I then sketched larger storyboards in pencil, inked the lines with a fine-tip pen, and took pictures (as the scanner would've taken too long). From there, I used GIMP and my Genius tablet / stylus to finish the images. Below are the storyboards, and video of the accompanying song. At the very bottom is a link to a selection of ink-only original scenes.