Wednesday, March 31, 2010

VIBE Continued

Making some headway on the ongoing VIBE redesign. Some different tools were used in the piecing together of it which mad it more flexible but did impact the design a bit. Now I'm getting a chance at finessing some of the pieces and making things a bit tighter. Forever a work in progress...

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

In The Works!

Although it's in chicken scratch form,Nineteen Eighty Five #3 is in the works. While mostly words on page, some of the visuals are being plotted and sketched. Not much to see here, but it's a start:

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Boogaloo Part 2

Before and after:

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spike Jones- I'm Here

Check it out HERE. Fresh from SXSW:

Thursday, March 18, 2010

So, yeah...

A pretty "beautiful" promo animation:

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Iconography

There's few portrait images that embody a powerful meaning. There's handful that are recognizable from any distance, the most famous of which being 'Che Guevara'. There's a point where a shot like this stops being a photo of a person, and becomes a symbol for a belief system, or basic meaning. His symbolizing 'resistance'. Problem for that is how quickly that symbol can become co-opted into a 'logo' or 'brand' for commerce. In the case of someone like 'Che' it invalidates everything he'd actually stood for.

A better symbol for T-shirts or coffee cups I'd argue would be someone like 'Ayn Rand' who ultimately stood for uncompromising individualism and commerce. Everything Che wasnt.

Another problematic example of this 'portrait image' as symbol was the 2008 Obama poster. As soon as I saw those popping up everywhere , my immediate thought was 'Uh oh, I'm not sure they realize what they're harnessing here' Even though I liked the guy, I wasnt sure that would help him the the long run. Usually with these sorts of things, waaaay too much expectation is heaped on to it, and it's always too hard for that individual to live up to the 'meaning' portrayed in his or her image (it also helps if the subject is no longer alive). As quick as that enthusiasm is built up, it can just as quickly be brought down to earth.

Unfairly, I think, we build these 'icons' up as quickly as we love to destroy them.

Monday, March 15, 2010

One of the first...

Signs that I was asked to do. Coming from a mostly street art background, I then started to do some commission work here and there including signage. I'd put together a menu for these guys,a and they wanted the logo painted on their storefront.



I cringe when I look at this now, but they actually had their company van pull up, and Daniel Gallegos and I got up on top of it, and painted this sign.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Concept Art

A new project has got me doing some quick skecthes along with some washes, in PhotoShop. Real simple stuff, but more an experiment in mood and colors.Hopefully as this moves forward, I'll be posting some more finished drafts: