I have always wanted to do a hand rendered, type-cented piece, but never had the confidence. Type is so easy to manipulate in Illustrator I always felt safe there. Last week I said fuck it and gave it a go with some paint pens I had from street art looking piece I did this summer. I suck at using a brush and enjoy using these paint pens quite a bit. Is it still considered painting if you are using a paint pen? I used an old chair back with sepia ink washes as the “canvas.” My dad was cleaning house last summer and was going to throw out some old chairs that had fallen appart. I dismanteled them and kept the backs knowing that they would come in handy. It has been over a year since I have looked at them and decided it is about time that I make use out of them. I feel that the shape of the wood really brings out the vintage feel that my type hints at. I was originally going to put “Kill Whitey” but decided this phrase filled up the space better. Yes I am white. No I am not racist or self-hating. I am just taking it back. Deal with it.
These were at a view point in Mammoth, CA. I used to set type into horse shoes with a hammer at a historic blacksmith shop leaving a mark similar to these. I used metal dies with reversed letters and I would pound them onto the shoes with a 4 pound sledge hammer. It took a while to get used to it, but eventually I could get through several class lists without anyone getting hurt (sometimes the die shot out of my hand).
I am tired of riffling through the greeting card section at the local supermarkets to find just the right card for the occasion. You know, one that says I know you, but not enough to think of my own special greeting. This year I resolved to make my own greeting cards. It just makes more sense. They are more personal, more interesting and say exactly what I want. Here are some cards I made recently for friends and family. I am currently working on a linocut holiday card. I will post it when it’s finished.
(Birthday card for my dad, front)
(Friend’s card front)
(Brother’s card open. Shirt coming soon.)
Here is some 80’s Thrasher throwback tag knockoff shizzel I drew with the calligraphy brushes on Illustrator. Maybe it will become a t-shirt. It’s up to you…
Here are some posters I was commissioned for the local women’s support group. The first is an awareness flier and the second is a typographic illustration for a birthday gift.
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I met Ape, as she likes to be called, during my 3rd year at CSU, Long Beach. We had Computer Graphics with Tim Musso (a total badass designer) and became quick friends. She is absorbed with the smallest details and is relentless in the pursuit of perfection. She is a fantastic designer, the only student I personally knew that made it into the rigorous design program at CSULB. Take a look at her explorations of different materials and textures and you will see why.
Medium(s): experimental but alas, largely design.
What do you consider yourself (artist/designer/other)? A designer with the self-indulgent, rebellious spirit of an artist.
Where can we see your work (place/publications/url)? Through clairvoyance only, better have a crystal ball handy.
When did you start gaining interest in artistic forms of expression? As a youngster.
Who/What inspired your interest? Mom, awww.
Where do you first remember being exposed to art? Supervised: melting crayons and marble art. Unsupervised: playing with mud and coloring in the pictures printed on paper towels and watching them bleed underwater drops.
What is your day job? I design for West Coast Choppers, school, and freelance with Mr. Tang Bang.
Why do you create? It seems to be a necessary human activity.
Is there any recurring theme in your work? Concept: I like to challenge what people are comfortable with. Execution: Nature in some form.
What do you want from your work? Fame and glory.
What do you want viewers to take from your work? In my own work do not care if people completely understand. I do, however, want people to feel challenged by the concept or execution. Working for clients is another story. That is, of course, where your own ideas are often compromised and the clients objective is priority.
How often do you work on personal projects? Mostly I turn my school projects into concepts that I am interested in so they become personal. They are sometimes not what the instructor had intended but in the end I am helping paying his/her salary.
How often do you work on commissions or commercial work? 3-5 days a week.
Does your art support you financially? Yes
Do you feel preoccupied with your art, do you think about it often during the day and night and do you anticipate your next session? Depends on the project but yes quite often.
What do you do in your spare time besides your art? Travel, read, concerts, experimenting with art mediums. If I am back home I ride my horse and work in the woods.
Which musicians are you currently interested in? Ani Difranco, Emily Wells, PJ Harvey, Bright eyes, Johnny Cash, Flat Mountain Girls…
Are there any events you are looking forward to attending? A trip to China, Burning man, oh so far away… South America…
How long do you generally take on a piece? Varies significantly. A day to a few weeks, sometimes months.
Have you jeopardized or risked the loss of a significant relationship, job, educational or career opportunity because of your art? Yes, I have refused to work on projects because of conflicting ideologies ( i.e. nestle skinny cow, lingerie ). Most of my friends and family have become distanced as I lack the time necessary to sustain close relationships.
Do you work on multiple projects at once? Constantly.
Do you have trouble parting with your finished work? Because most of my design work is disposable, no. Everything else that has more artistic value I give to friends and family.
This is a poster I was commissioned to do for the Central Sierra Arts Council. The Returning show was filled with the work of artists like myself who were raised in Tuolumne County, moved away and concentrated on creative/artistic fields. BZ Smith, Marilyn Hobbs and myself were the organizers of the event and while I am still in town I hope to take it over and bring more up-and-coming kids into it. Many of the artists are part of my Artist Surveys so check those out. This project was severely influenced by the work of Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich, an amazing typographer. My father gave me a book of typographical portraits that de Cumptich self published and I was immediately in awe.
(portraits from de Vicq’s book Men of Letters and People of Substance)
I have since seen many many different versions of typographical illustration. A recent one I stumbled across was the 12 month, typographic, pin-up calendar by London design agency Taylor Lane. It was a promotional piece that I am sure got them a larger customer base. I haven’t found all of the images in one place, but the blog 2WENTY 4OUR has a few.
(Miss Bondini, January. Taylor Lane promo piece)
*I have just found that EPiCA has all of the images at high resolution!