Wednesday, December 30, 2009

It Was Bitten

BART Sketches Vol. 6
Week 2
Dec. 21-25

Figured I'd try something different this week -- it being the holidays and not really being on BART other than to take trips to and from the airport. So, instead, I found drawings from artists I admire and unashamedly straight bit their steez. This also gives me a chance to highlight artists that have directly influenced my own development.

First up, Koloman Moser: Although Mucha and Klimt are my favorites of the Art Nouvea period, I find Moser to be more accessible - particularly from a design perspective. I like how details are implemented at an appropriate level; that the image doesn't overwhelm the design. My old art homie, Jerome, who used to design our gig fliers, liked to say "simple yet sleek." Moser reminds me of that.

Next, Damion Scott: A couple years ago, I came across his "how-to" book on drawing hip-hop. It's mostly on graf-style urban characters. Scott is also a successful comic book artist. I never really considered drawing in comic hero style (although John Byrne and Frank Miller were my faves growing up) and I have a deep respect for those who can. Scott bridged the gap between the two worlds.

Last, but not least, Adrian Tomine: I'm attracted to Tomine's writing as much as his illustrations. It is not hyperbole when peeps call him our generation's Raymond Carver. Nice thing is that dude is younger than me! So I look forward to a lifetime of his future work. Dude is a nice designer, too.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Things for the Lookin'

Update on the studio:

Glenn jacked the VW sign during one of our very first gigs. We turned it upside down to represent "M.A., Main Attractions." My first DJ crew. I've had this insignia since around '87. Art by John Clark.

A new 23-inch monitor on a corner desk. Nice change from the 12-inch laptop. Framed artwork by Dug-One, Taliah Lampert, Michael Laurence (poster design), and me.

Eh, pic's a little soft. Just liked this little meeting spot in the room.

I've had this poster (K-Tel New York City Breakers) since '83. This is the one with the step-by-step popping and breaking moves. Ricky scored the second poster from this collection awhile back. That one shows step-by-step turntable scratching. Gotta find a frame for it.

A little cluttered. The painting in the middle helps hide cables. Serrato will eventually take its place. My right turntable's RCA cable is jacked. I've been cutting mostly to either a laptop or iPod. The speakers are from an old desktop.

The "rack" under the table is a re-purposed Rubbermaid drawer on a set of casters. The worktables are Ikea VIKA. The legs have these simple accessory drawers that come in real handy. The VIKA cable pouches (back underside of table) help keep things clean.

Besides Serrato, other pending additions include a new audio interface, a second computer, and a proper pair of studio monitors. I've been thinking of a patchbay, too, to help manage cable clutter.

The studio also needs a new name. "The Safe Place" is done.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Hours Travelers Keep

BART Sketches Vol. 4
Week 4 Finale
Oct. 12-16

Skipped a week for vacation.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Zoom-Zoom-Zoom & The Boom-Boom

Half-marathon playlist:

1) Brooklyn DUB, Chimp Beams
2) Down & Out, Boozoo Bajou
3) The Long Night, Swayzak
4) Under my Sensi, Boozoo Bajou
5) Listen, The Fingerbangerz
6) Turn Off the Light, Nelly Furtado
7) The Hop, A Tribe Called Quest
8) T-Shirt, Blue Jeans, & Nike's, Keak Da Sneak
9) Burn Rubber, Too $hort
10) Chinese Spare Ribs, The Fingerbangerz
11) Triumph, Wu-Tang Clan
12) Born and Raised In Compton, DJ Quik
12) Run This Town, Jay-Z
14) Yae Yo, The Beatnuts
15) Kill Too Hard, Wu-Tang
16) Freedom, Rage Against the Machine
17) Boom, P.O.D.
18) Keeping You Alive, Gossip
19) It's a New Day,
20) Sweet Child O' Mine, Guns N' Roses
21) Days Go By, Dirty Vegas
22) Jam the Box, Pretty Tony
23) Treat 'Em Right, Chubb Rock
24) Shut Up, Trick Daddy
25) World Destruction (Meltdown Remix), Time Zone
26) Whatshewants, Alex Metric
27) Day 'n' Nite (Crookers Remix), Kid Cudi
28) Emma Blowgun's Last Stand, Beulah
29) Rebellion (Lies), Arcade Fire
30) Wish You Were Here, Incubus
31) Forgiven, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
32) Till I Collapse, Eminem
33) I'm Me, Lil Wayne
34) Made You Look, Nas
35) Can't Truss It, Public Enemy
36) Beyond Raging Waves, DJ Krush
37) Peninsula, mm.salami.da
38) Close (To The Edit), Art of Noise
39) I Go to Work, Kool Moe Dee
40) Train In Vain, The Clash
41) Once In a Lifetime, Talking Heads

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Monday, September 7, 2009

Above the Clouds

Above the crowds above the clouds
where the sounds are original
infinite skills create miracles
warrior spiritual
Above the clouds raining down
Holdin it down.

for Edwin

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What to do on a holiday weekend while under the weather? Update this painting from a few months ago...

The arrows from the earlier sketch were fairly simple. Thought I'd balance it out with a more detailed fill-in.

After the transfer: The first color is a butter yellow. I'm having to spend a lot of time layering coats to get consistent coverage. This is a funny video about proper base coats and graffiti.

Second color is a periwinkle blue. I thought it'd have more contrast with the background blues, but oh, well.

Third color is a light purple. I started using a true yellow as an accent. I started the 3D lines a little early, but they helped define the image as I worked on other parts.

Resting point. The main outline is a dark brown. I started to fill in the 3D sections and left some parts blank to expose what I thought were neat paint effects from the background painting. The fill in also alternates from the brown outline and a deep purple.

To-do: Finish 3D fill in, add highlights, touch-up, touch-up, touch-up.