Archive for October, 2010

Live and Cuddly

October 30, 2010

I started listening to NoMeansNo while attending art school in Seattle in the early 90’s. My friends and I got out to probably one live show per week. NoMeansNo was from nearby in Canada, so they played Seattle frequently. I watched them perform a lot, and they never disappointed.

They made a conscious choice to not sign with a major label. I think that would be hard to resist. Musical integrity was more important to them than fame and fortune. Therefore, they were able to make exactly the music they wanted to. Thirty years later, they’re still making and touring music. If they didn’t love it they wouldn’t have kept at it. I find this all very inspiring.

I’ve always enjoyed drawing from photos of live concert performances. Be it jazz, folk, punk, rock whatever. The intensity and passion of the moments captured are thrilling to me. This footage is gritty and raw, and that fits the music. It’s probably time for me to go see another concert. It’s been a while.

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Bottle

October 22, 2010

Here’s a great short film I viewed on Cartoon Brew this morning. It’s by Kirsten Lepore.

Waterman’s Ball Calendar

October 19, 2010

I just received my copy of the new Waterman’s Ball Calendar. It’s so beautifully made. If you don’t know what it is, it’s a calendar/book created by SIMA. I have art displayed in it on the month of May. The pieces they used are The Jetty and Stacked.  There are so many artists and photographers to choose from these days. So I’m super honored to be chosen for it again this year.

Every year they feature three people to honor for their contributions to surfing and/or environmental causes. This year the honorees were Tom Curren – Waterman of the Year, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. – Environmentalist of the Year, and Al Merrick – Lifetime Achievement Award. If you can get your hands on one, check it out!

Sketch Study

October 15, 2010

Here’s one more sketch that I did while I had downtime on a recent trip. It’s Robert Plant.

Kung-Fu and Rock and Roll will Folk You Up!

October 12, 2010

On a recent trip to visit the in-law’s I had some time to kill. I found this old People Magazine showcasing pop culture icons. I thought it would be fun practice to capture their likeness in a sketch. This has always been challenging for me. I don’t strive to create exaggerated caricatures. I have a deep appreciation of the human form as it is. You learn a lot about a person’s features when you draw them. I tend to make a lot of assumptions about their features. I’m my biggest critic and the only one I really like is Mick Jagger, though I still don’t think I made his mouth to scale. It’s really large! I think if I redrew Bob Dylan, I could get something with which I would be pleased. Clockwise from the upper-left is Axl Rose, Bruce Lee, Bob Dylan, and Mick Jagger.