Archive for November, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27, 2009

A shocking development in my life, I organized my room. Many know me as quite the slacker sometimes. I usually never organize anything. Luckily, today was a holiday, so I didn’t have anything else to do.

I had two choices, watch “Community” or

organize my room. So I conquered the messiness, by organizing my books from a dusty box to a bookshelf. I fearlessly conquered, but not without its consequences.

For example battle scars:

As I ventured on, I felt assurance and calmness. And knew, that I have organized my room once again to a higher level of zen. This is the finished bookcase.

To many this may just look like another messy liberal bookcase, with niche junk crammed on it. To me this bookcase is a sign of enlightenment. I have the ability to make more of its utilitarian purpose. I think for the first week of its new residency I will look at it with pride. I will let it bask in its plywood glory. The nimble fingers of (insert third world country here)’s fellow hard working employees have made this possible. Thank you, your hard work will be cherished for ever how long this shall last. Also I have added an additional corkboard to my wall as seen below.

Now my inspiration is just a slight head tilt away. This is indeed a great day. Now to move on to the holiday. Very enjoyable and cool Thanksgiving. I reflect on this day with a feeling of complete calmness. This holiday is something important to what US stands for, Consumerism. The Thanksgiving weekend is one of the most hedonistic holidays around. We all gather together and cram food down our gullet, in remembrance of stealing Better Homes and Gardens tips from the Native Americans. Sorry, I almost fell into some kind of preachy hole (Crisis Averted). But no matter, we eat and nap and then sleep early and rise to the masses of bargain hungry people trampling each other in the hopes of achieving presents for our loved ones and their significant others. This is what makes us American. I notice I am prompted by wordpress to capitalize the word American. That’s almost too AMERICAN. Speaking of shopping, I noticed something weird today. As I dug through the Archives of American Consumerism (a.k.a. Thanksgiving Newspaper Ads) I noticed an ad torn in an unusal manner.

What was the reason for this? This was obviously hand-torn, no smooth paper-cut inducing curves. Through further investigation, I noticed it was indeed a mask, maybe.

I knew my Thanksgiving was complete with my new viral newspaper ad mask. Also, I totally just got a hipster runoff vibe from that photo. Not trying to be a biter of Carles blog set up. It just felt appropriate. Well people another good day another post. Good Evening and Good night.

Changing it up.

November 25, 2009

I have began this day with an awakening. As I write this, I am resting up from another long night shift. Honestly, this night shift went easy and consistent. I was very fortunate to not have alot of work weighing me down. As always, I listened to my ipod to escape my mind from my surroundings, while my body took care of the physical work. The playlist of the evening was very chill. Since I have a shuffle, I don’t really have control of what plays. This playlist seemed ever more magical by that aspect. So work was easy playlist was transcendent. When the music doesn’t clutter, my mind seems to control itself better. I have thus made a choice to make some changes to my work. I know that now is the time for change and growth. Basically, I am going back to basics. My thoughts on my work these past few years, has been to keep it crazy, weird, and just messy. I thought that by maybe doing this, I would imprint a style that people would dig. At this point, my work has remained under the radar and without notice. I have added hundreds to my flickr and ran around with a portfolio hoping for a bite or reaction in my favor. In my mindset last night I realized that I need to do what the people want to see. This move is completely unlike me at all. Somewhat cringe-worthy almost in the big picture. After three years of being without the job I want, I feel I must do this. Maybe, being what they want will give me the opportunity to be on a distinctive level later on in my career. Finally, this is my opportunity to give one of my last few drawings under this style I have been using lately. If you feel that I should keep it this way let me know.

Doodlin!

November 24, 2009

Checked out a couple illustrators and their work recently, I like alot of the stuff I have been seeing. Inspiration has been coming full force as always. I really am trying to find my style and a uniqueness to it all as a whole. Logo design and character design are the two things that have been constantly filling my sketchbooks. I want to create a unique brand, and something people want to buy or trust in for their own branding. Neatness with a hand drawn feel is something I hope I can achieve. As a member of the (Post Generation-X) or 80’s baby, MTV was something that always inspired me as a kid. Summers when school was out, I was drawn to the television for hours watching music videos. The cool effect was something that appealed me and the masses to watch music videos. I loved design and witnessed a ton of it without even knowing it. One of my favorite things about MTV was the ad bumps in between videos. The Head was a show that interested to me intense and extreme ideas created through the simplest hand drawn designs. I couldn’t get enough of the main alien character. MTV also in it’s early transitions to non-music had some great freaky animated shows too. I loved The Maxx. That show was so consistently  cool and weird and definitely appealed to me.

Also I was addicted to Nickelodeon and its “Nicktoons”, these cartoons were insane. I loved Rocko’s Modern Life and Ren and Stimpy.

Those two shows were the biggest inspirations to me, I would draw those characters over and over again. I mean seriously who cannot deny this stuff.

I just absolutely loved these shows. These characters were all so brilliant and manic, they made make me want to take all my drawings up to the next level. Every new drawing I would do, I would want to add new detail to each line to make the characters look more gross and weirder. I wish alot of the new cartoons today could match these great works. Something about cartoons today seem lost. For the most part, there are hardly any saturday morning cartoons anymore. The only saturday morning cartoons I ever seen is anime. Don’t get me wrong I think anime is a great art form. As I see more and more anime taking over, I wonder where is the great Americana. Where is this generation’s Betty Boop, Popeye, Spongebob, or Bugs Bunny?

Livin’ Visual

November 17, 2009

I am totally addicted to visual bookmarking. As many people may know, visual bookmarking is websites created with admins who post interesting photos. There are all kinds of gems on these sites like this one. I really like getting ideas from all the inspiration. I could seriously spend all day on these sites. Who can deny finding stuff like this.

Been drawing a little bit more lately.  Most recently have had zombies on the mind. I have drawn a couple this past month. It’s is a lot of fun drawing the decay and wrinkles and grossness that is the undead. I don’t know why but I like drawing weird and gross characters. The fun is seeing how exaggerated I can make my brain-hungry friends look.

This one took a while to draw and color. I tried really hard to be as neat as possible. I wanted to make sure the shading worked and gave the right look for a demensional feel. I simplified my other recent undead artist take. This next drawing was meant for a more edgy hand drawn feel. Do you feel I accomplished that?

Sorry about the gap in blog posting. I am trying to find some sort of focus in my life. Hopefully more posts will come.