Currently I live and work in Oakland, California with my wife Evah and our cat Jalapeño. Once in a while I take on illustration commissions, but most of the time I paint and sculpt for exhibitions. I think it’s important to constantly challenge oneself with new ideas and new mediums. My interpretations of the world are mostly rooted in science then executed through painting and sculpting. These are the best ways for me to communicate, but I always enjoy making other things as well.
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Last week I shot a roll of film that I’d got free with a second hand camera. When I got back the scans I found out that the roll had already been used by the guy who gave me it and so I had double exposed it. By chance, both of us had taken a photo of a motorway landscape and this was made. His photo is from the inside of the car looking at countryside and my shot of an urban motorway is best seen on the left hand side.
just some work as of late. botticelli sure is flexible
just some recent work, with illustrations by Jansen Cheng :)
For midshipmankennedy. Based on that short fic of hers. [Although I suppose some might consider “for” to be slightly inappropriate for the context, “Oh hey I drew the horrible death of a loved character of the fandom for you!”]
If you’ve seen any of my other day 2 barricade sequence pictures, you’ll probably have also noticed this discrepancy: Combeferre was wearing a half-apron in the others. I decided to go with a full one because I thought the blood would stand out much better against white than that blue waistcoat of his, …and also to drive home the message, “Look, guys, that’s a doctor you’re stabbing to death right there.” [And to be even more horrible about it: “… who may well have been the one treating some member of your family just days ago. Y’know, on account of the cholera.” >;-) ]
[I can and will hurt characters for your collective (non) enjoyment, in the name of Hugolian canon. And I’m not one for softening blows. Eheh. Heheheh.]
Progress shots here:
"Hi, I’m Darthfar, and I have skill and precision and a solid compositional sense and NO HEART AT ALL I REVEL IN THE PAIN OF OTHERS."
YOU REMAIN A MASTER ONLY OF EVIL, DARTH. Evil and art. Seriously , good job finding the angle and arrangement on this, it’s a tricky scene!
just some work as of late
In which I ponder the relationship between art and commerce, and don’t yet know what I think. Comments and suggestions welcome.
Perhaps, in the case of American Gods, Nokia had become so interwoven into everyday life that the word’s meaning was simply reduced to “cellphone.” All the other meanings, perceptions, and emotions that the corporation tried to infuse into it to build a brand were lost or at least watered down because of its ubiquity. Thus, it didn’t read as any kind of advertisement. It was simply a cellphone.
However for Blackberry and the other company, it is the opposite that is the goal. By getting Neil Gaiman to publicly work on projects with them, they hope that any meanings, emotions, and perceptions attached to him will rub off on their brands and become part of their image. It’s just that the other company is more brash and straightforward about it than Blackberry.
I work as a graphic designer. It’s what we do everyday. We take words—the names of companies and clients—and infuse them with all sorts of images, meanings and emotions to build a brand that will help them sell their product, or service, or whatever commodity they’re peddling. What you create for them should speak with their voice, not your own, and even if they do give you free control, it should still be within the boundaries of their brand. Nonetheless, this commodification culture has been bothering me for a while too. Naomi Klein’s No Logo and the chapter on art and money in Adam Geczy’s Art: Histories, Theories and Exceptions are books that tackle these questions.
these were originally for a client…but he decided not to use them…