Sunday, November 29, 2009

I Can't Believe It's Almost Over

November 29th... November 30th... December 1st... where did 2009 go?? I slightly recall being a little kid and someone telling me that things only get faster and faster. Like I would complain about the fact that recess was only 30 minutes long, only 15 minutes long, only 5 minutes long... and teachers would laugh. Though they never told us that we had less time. They didn’t want us to know, because then we would ask for more and whine and cry because there weren’t enough hours in the day, month, year... where did all the days go? Where did Little Kid March King go?

He's the one on the right.

And now it’s almost 2010? The year we make contact?? 

Not a good movie...

Why I remember when it was 2001 and we were amazed that the technology from the movie was still years away from being a possibility. 

And here we are... nearing a new decade with increasing speed and we’re finally trying to retrace our steps and get ourselves back on the moon. Boy oh boy what happened? I think the years just get shorter and no one talks about it... like when I was a child, a car trip felt like forever, but now it only feels like a little tiny piece of a part of my day. I suppose it has to do with getting used to our surroundings. I don’t mean like Southern California or Southern Florida... Rather we keep getting more and more used to the whole of our existence, but the more used to it we get, the less we seem to actually understand.

I know this is all rather petty conjecture, but I just don’t know where 2009 went. A year in lala land. If some days felt like years and some months passed in the blink of an eye, what does that mean for my sense of reality? What will the new year be like? And when I revisit South Florida, won’t it seem like an eternity?

Maybe Not?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Favorite Films: Steamboat Willie

In 1928 film began a bold new journey. The idea is that everything about a picture can be exactly as the director intended it... animation. And the big push was

Steamboat Willie: Mickey Mouse’s first appearance. 

A clever little flick chock full of animal cruelty and certain “perversions”. But it’s no secret that Mr. Disney had a darker side... I still wish I could get a hold of one copy of Song Of The South

I just really wanna know.

The List So Far:
1927 - Metropolis - Fritz Lang
1928 - Steamboat Willie - Ub Iwerks

Educate To Innovate

Monday, November 23, 2009

Coaster Head

This is drawn on a cork coaster using a fine sharpie pen. The design leaks over the sides and creates something else on the back. I did the whole thing at Barrett's house and thus gifted it to him for his hospitality.

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Crying Man

This can be misconstrued for a super-emo piece... but I assure you, that’s not what I was thinking at the time. More like, “Mr. Sad Face needs a helping hand...” Now that’s fun.

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Endless Lights

Color Light Majesty Might

This piece stemmed from a movie idea I had before I actually wrote screenplays. Let’s just say I gave up on it after a few weeks. But the image is still around, and I think it calls out a certain simplicity that’s kind of pretty.

Favorite Films: Metropolis!!

The year is 1927 and world cinema is changing in a big big way. I begin here because once sound happened (The Jazz Singer)... modern entertainment began. But I don’t wanna talk about a talkie right now. Indeed, of all the films to come out in 1927 my favorite was a revolution of genre rather than format.

Metropolis: by Fritz Lang, the one eyed master... 

or one of the one eyed masters (ie. John Ford).

This was Sci-Fi before Sci-Fi knew it was a genre. And it has been copied and copied for almost a century. But the thing that gets me is the awe and beauty of a separation of two worlds... the structure of the rich vs. poor and the realization that some people are wrongfully forced into a class by the ignorant. It’s a German film... and it’s older than the second world war, but it carries a message that almost bleeds post war reconstruction. That’s what gets me about Fritz Lang. His films carry messages that are almost ageless. And now for the first time in 80 years you can actually see the whole movie!

Plus that giant face is creeepy.

The List So Far:
1927 - Metropolis - Fritz Lang

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The March King

Even the March King looks to the 
        sky to
Guide him forth from that
        autumn and winter
To break him away from those
        cold summer days.

Now you've seen the March King. But who is he?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Picture Of The Sun

Here is my first sun flare picture. In the corner sits a little man pondering the beauty of life.

This and all following art will be compiled from nine (or more) books that I’ve worked on over the past five years. I am completely self taught, and this is just the first piece I’d like to share. This style will recur often in later images. Sometimes I will read you the captions, and some times I won't... certain pieces are too personal and will be left out entirely. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this new series.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Tesla Makes a Beautiful Car

Now I’m a huge fan of weird vehicles... actually I’m a huge fan of weird anything, so long as it’s tasteful and interesting. What’s amazing about Tesla Motors is they manufacture “green” autos... electric cars 

(as the name Tesla implies). 

And their design is, for lack of a better word, untraditional. It’s damn cool in fact and the most interesting car I’ve seen in a long time. I’m just reporting on this cause they brought it up on Jeopardy... and yes I’ve watched Jeopardy two nights in a row (unparalleled for me), it’s just been that kind of a week. But I am very interested in the future of this company. Very cool stuff. Check it out.