Sep 28, 2011
I had a few hours to kill before I had to head to the airport and back to the big apple. I wandered the back alleys of Itaewon. There before me was one of my favorite things. A Blade Runner type food stall. As usual, no one spoke English. When I was done I found some old lady who spoke a little English. She helped me get the address of the old lady who ran the stall so I could mail her some prints. The only thing missing that would have made it more Blade Runner, was the rain. Apparently they had rain in Korea for a month straight before I arrived. Monsoons, you know. Actually i"m glad I missed that stuff. For once, I didn't get dumped on.
Sep 26, 2011
Sep 22, 2011
Sep 21, 2011
From Danny Gregory.
A few months ago I decided I wanted to make a series of films about illustrated journaling. Not a how-to, step-by-step sort of thing but films that capture the adventure of drawing, the discovery, the spirit, the fun. I hope they will inspire you to make drawings (and films, if you want) and to keep an illustrated journal as a regular part of your everyday lives.
My 17 year-old son, Jack Tea, has joined me in this project and together we have worked through lots of technical obstacles to make films that look as good as we can make them on no budget. Our inspiration comes from the Cooking Channel, from Etsy's vlog, and from too many decades of loving movies.
We shoot on our Canon 7D, rent different lenses (in this case we relied heavily on the 100/2.8 L IS Macro) each weekend, use Jack's skateboard as a dolly, and rope our friends in for help and opinions.
Our first film is called "The Art of Breakfast".
Here's the newest film in the series, a portrait of my great friend, Tommy Kane, as he rides around his neighborhood in search of something new to draw. Tom is a great traveller — he regularly posts sumptuous journal pages made on his vacations and business trips. His favorite home-away-from-home is Korea and he has made many amazing drawings on its streets and in its markets.
This time, we decided he should travel through his own neck of the woods, see it anew like a visiting stranger and capture a mundane little corner and fill it with his particular brand of magic. Normally Tom works mainly on site, dragging out all of his materials onto the pavement around his little folding stool but instead we decided to expand the scene and show you some of Tom's home and studio and incidentally some of the wonderful big paintings he's done on canvas.
When journaling, he works in Uniball, watercolor and pencil, sometime in books, sometimes on loose sheets of bond or watercolor paper. He is a meticulous crosshatcher and spend hours on some of his drawings. When we draw together, I invariably start to chafe at the bit and beg him to finish at home as I am tired of sitting in his shadow, my own drawing long finished and yellowing on the page, glazing over as he crosshatches more and more details.
We shot the film in two days — on the streets of Brooklyn and in Tom's home where his lovely wife, Yun, made us lunch and watched our obsessiveness with a bemused smile. It was the height of a baking summer and storm crowds rolled in and out, marring our continuity.
We shot an extravagant amount and it took a month to wade through it all and pare it down. The first cut was twice as long as what you'll see today, but we resharpened our blades and ruthlessly trimmed back to the bare essentials. We tried to retain the essence of how Tom works, the way he layers media and adds detail. It's fascinating to see how his drawing builds and builds — when you see the final result, it's often hard to figure out how he got there. With this film, I hope you'll share in how the journey unfolds.
Seoul Korea is like a subtropical climate in August. The sound of the cicadas rule the ears during the dog days of summer. Taking a walk in a park sounds like you are strolling through the amazon. At a party, some people were complaining that the cicada chirping has grown so loud in Seoul that it was interrupting their sleep patterns. I on the other hand dig the sound, especially in a city setting. Nature is brought so sharply into focus. Living in a concrete city, one often forgets about real nature. The cicada's singing is a nice reminder that we are invading their space. I read where the sound a cicada makes can be heard one mile away. One day I walked in the park that surrounds the Seoul Tower. It's located at the top of a small mountain. It took me three hours to get up and back. I was really able to concentrate on the music the cicadas were making. At points their sounds were very faint and calming. Eventually they would build to some crazy type of crescendo. Beyond loud. It was all very thrilling. I will have to wait until next year to experience it all over again.
Sep 19, 2011
This is Villy Søvndal, a danish left-wing politician, who will probably be the new danish foreign minister. He seems to a very nice and competent guy, and I'm very much looking forward to se what he can do.
One thing I'm sure of, is that he will try to fight this awful xenophobic attitude you see in a lot of the european governments, including the former danish government.
I think this is a sign for a better and more understanding Europe (and Denmark) to come.
Any way the illustration is done in acrylics on illustration board
Sep 15, 2011
Pedro Delgado / www.gogopedro.com
Campbell Whyte / www.campbellwhyte.com
Chogrin / www.chogrin.com
German Orozco / www.germanorozco.com
Jude Buffum / www.judebuffum.com
Bobby O'herlihy / www.cynicwithapencil.blogspot.com
Drew Falchetta / www.drewfalchetta.com
Steven Dressler / www.stevendressler.com
Cheyenne Curtis / cheyennecurtis.com
Kali Meadows / www.biteyourthumb.com
Justin Gray / www.burntobuild.blogspot.com
Eric Gonzalez / www.ericgonzalez.blogspot.com
Oliver Akuin / otakuin.blogspot.com
Jorsh Pena / mrjorshpena.blogspot.com
Mark Fionda Jr. / www.markfiondajr.com
Craig Parrillo / www.craig-parrillo.com
Kim Herbst / www.kimherbst.com
Glen Brogan / www.albinoraven.com
Alex Leighton / xander13.com
Sep 14, 2011
Hello! Off the back of an anti social but relaxing weekend I feel quite refreshed and ready for work. So without further ado I give you my latest Illustration Friday contribution. The topic is boundaries. The river Styx was considered a boundary between the land of the living and the land of the dead. It was vitally important to make sure the recently deceased had correct change for the ferryman.
Sep 13, 2011
Sep 9, 2011
My most recent commission is now in possession of the client who commissioned it. I had a great time creating this one.
Sep 8, 2011
ABSOLUT VIS10NS exhibition opened last night
and it will run for the next few days at the Laundry Room of South Studios, Dublin 8.
All the final bottles can also be seen on
Creative Review that today opened its blog with a full post about the entire project.
Creative Review (London, England, 8 IX 2011)
The event is curated by the Always Read the Small Print Agency
in occasion of the Absolut Fringe Festival under the great sponsorship of
Ben Newman (UK) / BRENB (IRL) / Celestine Cooney (IRL) / DALEK (USA) / Linda Brownlee (IRL) / nerosunero (ITA) / Niels Shoe Meulman (Netherlands) / Rinzen (Australia) / The London Police (UK)
Pictures from the 3 days workshops at:
nerosunero Absolut Vision Day 1/
nerosunero Absolut Vision Day 2/
nerosunero Absolut Vision Day 3/
Sep 6, 2011
I am SUPER thrilled to be a part of this fantastic show in Paris! If any of you are in the area (lucky!) be sure to check it out! If not, then at least check out the works online : D
Thursday, September 15 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
LA FLAQ GALLERY
36 rue Quincampoix ( 75004 )
Facebook Event Invite
Sep 5, 2011
I wish they'd design The Enchantress creepy looking instead of a supermodel. Her powers cause people to be lured into her creepy grasp. RIGHT? Someone write an adventure tale called Lust For Death starring Amora and Skurge and I will return to buying single issue comics again (hell, I'll pencil it if you pay me). Unless it's already been produced wherein I will not return to comics.