Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Blu and David Ellis

I'm still wrapping my head around whether this is genuinely real or not, but, I'm not sure that really matters. Beautifully done and executed. This is a whole new level of street art/animation, they got going here!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Page 21

Whizzzzz BANG! Fireworks on the Boardwalk, illustrated.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

New House Catalog

Click here
for a copy from the Font maestros them selves. Also, there's some free fonts to download too!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Art & Copy Trailer

New Doug Pray (Scratch, Hype, Infamy) film just out:

"We're selling people what they wish their lives would be"

Monday, September 14, 2009

Speedball Catalog

I have this catalog that must be about 50 years old. It was one of things I'd inherited from my Dad, besides a penchant for good beer and oysters. Before he'd become a mechanical engineer, he was in the Air Force, studying drafting. I'd always heard it wasn't his real interest, but, a lot of the tools and techniques he'd learned, he'd gone on to use in his later career.

This catalog/design manual had been issued to all of the draftsmen at the time. It was a basic rundown on how to use the 'Speedball Pen' which was commonly used at the time. The book shows how to draft up basic fonts, as well as add handrawn motifs and designs. Stuff that's all done on the computer nowadays.

Some of the pages even give you an idea on how to approach basic layout. Showing 'bad layouts' as well as ideal ways to place words and images together. It's awesome how most of these principles still matter more than ever now, especially with web/print design.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Nineteen Eighty Five at the ArtWalk

Tonight from 6PM to 9PM at the Los Angeles ArtWalk, we'll be at El Nopal Press. There'll be books for sale as prints:

Nineteen Eighty Five Graphic Novel - $9.95
Limited Edition Lithographs - $50.00

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

James Jean

I've been coming across this gentleman's work for a while now, and finally learned his name. This guys colors and lines just blow me away. Not to mention his subject matter. I'm sure he's done his share of commercial work (especially fantasy book covers), but go to his site and take a look at his work. Amazing. I got a feeling we'll be seeing a lot more of this guys stuff.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Thursday, September 3, 2009

My Algea Home Vol. 2 by Roi Sykes

Without any warning, and I think without himself even knowing it, Joel threw down the gauntlet and left me no choice but to pick it up.

He suggested, quite harmlessly, that the one object that would make me a happy man would be an apparatus which enabled myself, and no one else, to view the television. An apparatus resembling gigantic binoculars, attached to the TV screen on one end, and my face at the other, that effectively shut off access to the TV by anybody but me.

At first I thought to myself "Now there's a curious concept," but in a very short time the bigger picture made itself clear. What Joel was implying, by it's very nature. was odiuos and exactly opposed to all things that men of valor and cheer strive for.

Can anybody name for me a device more deadly to good fellowship and comraderie than a pair of private TV binoculars that enable yourself, and nobody else, to view the TV? Exclusivity and solopism would find a perfect marriage in such a device. I would find a tangible threat to the very foundation of mateship and good cheer.

Imagine going to your friends house, or favorite bar, and on every chair is a TV with the afformentioned binolcular apparatus. Soon nobody would remember what they had to say or even how to say it.

Joel, by implying that I desired such a device, hit a deep and personal chord because I really enjoy the company of others above and beyond the company of television. The challenge was there right before me, I had to prove with actions, not words, where I stodd on this issue.

I rushed to the TV and ripped it from it's comfortable perch atop the stereo

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Sketchbook 6

As it's important to always keep the hands moving, here's some sketches from the book. These are basic page layouts and some character study. Having a book to carry around is handy as ideas pop up in random places. Especially from people watching, and noticing styles and accessories that could be of use. These below are quick thumbnails that were done on a plane trip.