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Month November 2008

A Lonely Song

If you see a cat playing a harmonica, maybe you should give it a hug. Or a hat full of money.

Bookmarks for November 21st

  • The Pen Addict – A great place for pen reviews — assuming you haven't already discovered pen nirvana (try the stock Pilot G2).
  • Envelope and Letterfolding – For those who occasionally send a snail-mail letter but despise envelopes. The Box-Lock fold is quick and simple, the Frog fold is certain to get attention, but I personally prefer the Double-Lock.
  • Collection: Classic Illustrators by Name – A massive, curated collection of work by 20th-century illustrators. My favorites: Jack Coggins, James Hill, Frank McCarthy, Ben Stahl, Barbara Bradley — ah, heck, _all of them_.

Calliope’s Book : Stop + Rest

Stand clear! Calliope is taking a nap.

Calliope’s Book is a story about a little white cat who lives in a forested world of rusting mechanical chipmunks and shining metal wings.

What’s particularly special about the image?
1. For a digital image, it’s gigantic: 18 x 24 inches @ 600dpi.
2. Like the previous Speed + Time poster, this image contains parasignals.

This poster is now available in my deviantArt store.

Reaching Out

Here’s a little portrait of Calliope with her wing pack.

Not as finished as I would prefer, but a friend and I spent nearly half the lunch hour debating zombie recipes. For what it’s worth: pickled in vinegar and formaldehyde, then baked with lemon pepper seasoning.

That’s the way to go, friends.

Calliope’s Book : Stop + Rest Sketch Color

Closer and closer…

Bookmarks for November 20th

  • Radio Wallah – The design detail to be found in these old American, European, and Japanese transistor radios is mind-boggling. Tech-chipper artifacts, for certain!
  • Pocket and Portable Transistor Radios in galaxyM31.com – Another massive gallery of beautiful old transistor radios. The colors! The aesthetics! The bakelite!
  • The Art (and Random Adventures) of Eric Tan – Eric Tan is the creator of some amazing retro-design posters for recent popular films.
  • Live Piracy Map – The Live Piracy Map displays "all the piracy and armed robbery incidents reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre during 2008". How will a global recession affect pirates, I wonder?
  • 3191 – This site needs more love! 3191 is a journal of daily photographs taken by two people 3191 miles apart.

Stupid Robots!

I think this kid goes by the name “Duck”. He likes to work on archaic mechanical things… like power cores, mercuric condenser circuits, and tech-chipper artifacts from the age of the Orange King.

Calliope’s Book : Stop + Rest Sketch Refined

Moving closer to completion on this poster. I drastically simplified the center of the image over what was shown in the original. Simplification goes well with resting, no? I also redrew most of the line work to bring it up to spec.

Thomas Kinkade on Making Stuff Suck

This is terrifying… yet lucrative! According to a memo captured by agents of Vanity Fair, it seems Thomas Kinkade and I share similar ideas with respect to capturing the interest of viewers. Let us examine this awful coincidence more closely!

11) Hidden spaces. My paintings always feature trails that dissolve into mysterious areas, patches of light that lead the eye around corners, pathways, open gates, etc. The more we can feature these devices to lead the eye into mysterious spaces, the better.

Here, Mr. Kinkade clumsily alludes to a technique employed by artists since art began: create a setting, but leave room for the viewer’s imagination. In opening avenues leading to unknown and unseen places, the artist encourages viewers to imagine what might be around that corner, down that pathway, or through that open gate in the presented context.

12) Surprise details. Suggest a few “inside references” that are unique to this production. Small details that I can mention in interviews that stimulate second or third viewings — for example, a “teddy bear mascot” for the movie that appears occasionally in shots. This is a fun process to pursue, and most movies I’m aware of normally have hidden “inside references”. In the realm of fine art we refer to this as “second reading, third reading, etc.” A still image attracts the viewer with an overall impact, then reveals smaller details upon further study.

Is Mr. Kinkade speaking of parasignals? I’ve never run across the terminology he employs (“second reading, third reading, etc.”) but I don’t read a lot of art criticism. In any case, parasignals are intended to appeal to the viewer’s innate curiosity about the messages conveyed in a given work of art. I would argue this technique is only effective if viewers are attracted to the surface message or aesthetic appearance of the work. Someone who despises the visual appearance of your work is disinclined to decode parasignals included within it.

There’s surely more to discuss from this memo, but I’ll leave it there for now. Thanks to Kottke.org for highlighting the article.

The Ominous Rustle of Leaves

Just can’t get enough of those ambulatory trees… what about you?