Friday, September 28, 2007

Seen the Zine?

Scenes from inside HOWiezine #10 ----> Robots!
The covers...and binding!

Interior Shots...

Fun With Robots!

For anyone wondering about my pages for HOWiezine #10...
here's a sneak peek.

Front side:Back side:

My idea got inspired from a creepy photo I saw online in conjunction with the quote seen on the front side. I toyed with the notion of having a body limb sticking out from the shadows, or a figure tied to a chair with writing on the wall, but was unsatisfied with those results. So I took one of the HOWies from the forum who tends to cause some raucous here and there..and used their avatar to my advantage. I thought it worked well, keeping in tune with the dark humor I was going for.

The original was done on canvas, with a mixture of acrylic paint and collage. The type was scratched into the surface with a x-acto knife, intended to look haphazard and creepy. Reprints were done on Strathmore Texture Paper to achieve the original look and feel.

Monday, August 20, 2007

One of Thirty-Nine

JPG Mag's Blog is featuring the currenty story, "39 Perspectives on How Photography Can Make You a Better Designer."
Here's mine.

Monday, June 25, 2007

HOW Poster 2007

Got my HOW Poster a few days ago in the mail. I'm including some pics for everyone who couldn't participate, or haven't gotten their posters yet. As for me, I hopped on the poster bandwagon somewhat late in the game (seeing as though I wasn't on the HOW forum last year...but once I spoke to the designer in charge about the project, I knew I wanted in. Even though I'm relatively new to the forum, I've been trying to get more involved with other projects and designers, and this one was perfect for me to dive into.

Basically, poster particpant's (aka HOWies) were asked to tint their avatar by picking a color from a set of swatches provided by Art Director, Jas Wabbington (aka WabbingtonDesign). They then were also asked to include a short quote, and note their design profession. Stars (which generally note the number of posts submitted by HOWies) were then color coded to match their profession (ie: Art Director, Print, Web, Illustrator, Photographer). The template for the avatars was set up to coincide with the appearance of pantone swatches. Swatches were then nestled among the leaves on the tree to give the illusion they were part of the tree's foliage. The final product was a 18 x 24 poster featuring avatars by 37 creative HOWies.

At the time I signed on, I was filling in of the empty spots that had been vacated by another project participant. It was probaby a good thing too, since Jas needed some help comandeering some extra troops in the final stretch to keep the project going. For my team participation I received PM prop's (thanks Jas) and a few post-it's with my poster.

Now I just have to make a frame for this bad boy. The poster has garnished some great reviews, and is even featured in a writeup on fellow HOWie Jeff Fisher's Blog, bLog-oMotives.
I've been trying to decide what kind of frame I want. Originally I had thought about buying one, but then Jas mentioned that a handmade frame would be cool, and I was reminded of all those frames that people construct out of found tree branches. We sure have a selection around here, after the storm we had back in october. I like the idea of making one, and using leather latigo straps to bind the corners. We'll see what happens. Either way, you can expect more pics in the future.

Monday, May 21, 2007


Illustration Friday Theme Submission.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Gammp Family +1

There's an empty lot alongside my house, and then a brush line that separates our yards with the neighboring yards. And, believe it or not...there's some tombstones in there. In the first photo we have The Gammp Family, Benedict, Pauline and Frank...with some William Miller Dude parked in front of them. Kind of makes you wonder where the rest of his family is...but what's even stranger, is there's more buried there. I found two more behind those, one which I uncovered by stepping on it while trying to get a photograph of a different one. And then while moving a piece of granite that was partially sticking out of the ground, I found yet another one...but this one was so buried that I couldn't make anything out on it. I also found broken pieces of two more underneath some more brush. I hope no one saw me...they'd probably think I was pretty creepy crawling over random tombstones and flipping over pieces of rock. I wonder how long they've been there, and if they were dumped there like I suspect. All in all, very strange.

More pics are on my JPG page.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

So I Had This Idea...

I figured i might as well do something else while I was uploading my photography to my imagekind site, so I rounded up some paint brushes and some other necessary supplies and did this....heh heh!! Traffic was slowing down while I was attaching it to the mailbox...

Monday, April 23, 2007

Unexpected Find

This photo made it worth getting caught in a thunderstorm today. If you can't what it is, think back to the last time you paid a quarter for one of those giant gumballs, and you'll figure it out.

Monday, April 16, 2007

25 Reasons You Might Be a Hardcore Graphic/Web Designer

Well, are you?

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The Art of Blank Space

I found myself in the art supplies section of a craft store this afternoon while waiting for someone in my family who was buying fabric. As per usual, the area around the sharpie marker display was covered with random doodles, scribblings, and bits of words. But what caught my eye, was the brown paper lined shelves. Now, if you're an art student, or have been an art student, you know the paper. It's akin to a brown paper shopping bag, and comes on a huge roll, and chances are you used it in drawing class. I still have large, life size figure drawings on this brown paper floating around my house. Blank paper is fun. It's demands to be covered with random snippets of whatever pops into your mind. Sometimes I wonder what they do in restaurants where brown paper and crayons line the tables. Do the busboys/girls read these sheets after clearing the dishes away? Does anyone ever save the paper? Once again I'm getting ahead of myself. So here was this paper. Most was untouched. But someone had started a line of quotes down the edge of the shelf, inbetween all the price tags. I saw a quote from Edgar Allan Poe, a title from a Goo Goo Dolls. In dark ink someone had wrote, "The nail that sticks out the farthest gets hammered the hardest." Followed by that little quip, I found one that caught my eye. "Too much fear and self doubt make people hesitate and lose out. - Sons of the Dark" I thought it was pretty neat to actually see various people had written quotes. I love quotes. To find them in an art aisle peaked my interest so I added a few that have been bouncing around my head lately.

I also stopped at borders today, to price some design books I am going to purchase to add to my arsenal of business information and inspiration. Most are more expensive than what I would pay on Amazon, so Amazon will probably be getting more business from me in the near future. I did pick up one book, "D.I.Y: Design it Yourself" which can be found at Design it Yourself. I haven't fully looked through it, but it's got some interesting pieces of information in it.

The other news for the day is I'll (hopefully) soon be upgrading my imagekind site so that I can upload more images, and make more galleries from the hundreds of photos I have had sitting around. I went to the botanical gardens again yesterday, and took some more pictures. Alot of it was random shooting, but the pictures came out really well in the lighting of the late afternoon. I also picked up two tulip plants, one is white with purple tinting around the tips, and the other is a red and yellow mix. Different from most you usually see. And next month, I am
going to go back and purchase some bulbs for these tulips called "Queen of the Night" just like the ones pictured above.
So deep purple, they almost look black. Very cool, if you ask me.

Monday, April 2, 2007


Yesterday I went to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. It rained in the morning, but by the time I went in the afternoon, it was turning out to be a decent day. I got a handful of good shots, which I have uploaded here. You can actually purchase them as basic prints, framed art, or on canvas. So if you've got cabin fever, and want to bring some color into your home, please support a emerging artist and make a purchase. I won't hate you if you don't, but I'll love you if you do.

It was pretty crowded there, with being near the Basillica and all...I think alot of people came straight from church, since I saw more than a few kids decked out in spring dresses. And the Easter Bunny was there, so parents brought their kids to get pictures taken with him. And the Corning Museum of Glass was there doing demonstrations. My friend Sue, who I went with, tried to take a picture of me while I was loading a new roll of film into my camera. I wouldn't look up, because I never really like how I look in photos, so I told her to just snap one while I wasn't paying any attention and adjusting my camera. She didn't want to do that, and called me a chicken. Some guy was walking by with a camera, overheard the exchange and said "Don't you know photographer's don't like having their photo taken?" And I said "That's right!" That's why I always say I like being behind the camera, rather than in front of it.

I'll probably go back there next week, before the Spring Show ends, to get some more photos when it's not as crowded, and I have more film. Yesterday I had both my brother's digital, and my 35mm and it got a little crazy switching back and forth. I think I looked all bad-ass with all my gear hanging all over the place. I can't wait to get a digital SLR....

Thursday, March 29, 2007

It Happens, Once in Awhile

Two weeks ago, when I was downtown for the Switchfoot/Copeland concert at the Town Ballroom, I took this shot. It was one of those you take on a whim, not paying attention to your camera configurations, because you're too lazy and it's the last shot left on your roll of film (or in this case, the last little bit of space on my memory card). I wish now I had gone armed with my 35mm as well, but do you really ever see someone at a show carrying two cameras? Sometimes it's hard enough just to smuggle one in. Not that I'd recommend it, but you know people are doing it. I like how it was one of the first warm spring-ish days we had. I liked how the fog had lifted by the time we got out. I liked that the street was empty, the streets washed clean by the day's rain. I just like this shot.

So aside from the photo, what else is going on here? (Not the photo, I mean, like -- here.)

After realizing I'm now worthy (and having gotten the GREEN light) of sending my work off to some places (which, will remain anonymous, because, well, hey - I'm not going to count my chickens before they hatch) I need to start logging what the hell I am doing everyday - in terms of this stuff anyways. Maybe get some feedback from creative types like myself. What I've been fighting is my gut is screaming one thing, but my brain dosen't want to be in check with it, because that nagging little doubt always has to sneak in the back door, pull up a chair, and say "what do YOU think YOU'RE doing? what is going to set YOUR work APART from everything else out there?" I wish I could've figured out closer to having gotten out of college that, guess what - the advertising agency/design firm dosen't want me, and I in turn, don't want it.

I just have to believe in what I do, what I am capable of, and ignore all the rest, right?