Thursday, January 22, 2015

Judith Again...

Sorry if you've seen this before, old-timers, but I'm reposting my "Judith" silkscreened mini-comic so it'll be easier to scroll thru when I link to it on Facebook for the "5 Day Art Challenge" meme that's going around. It'll be nicer this time, easier to read, trust me.














For the uninitiated, here's what I said in '06 when I first posted this:

"I first created this mini-comic version of the story of the apocryphal/Biblical heroine Judith a few years ago using the Print Gocco screenprinter. I printed 150 copies or so and hand-stitched the binding.

Judith was a favorite subject of 17th century painter Artemisia Gentileschi, whose Judiths, unlike those of her male contemporaries, actually looked capable of and predisposed to sawing a man's head off his shoulders. One of Artemisia's masterpieces is here in the Detroit Institute of Arts, a suspensful post-beheading Judith scene."

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Puckish humor


The photo of this impromptu "art installation" I made at Cafe 1923 was such a hit on Facebook I decided to post it here, what the heck.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Detroit is never having to say you're sorry


Happy New Year, TMWJ fans. The first entry for 2015 is actually old news, but over on the Metro Times blog they've posted the brochure boosting the Motor City that I illustrated last year for the Detroit Bus Co., called "We're Not Sorry." If you didn't come across a hard copy while out and about town, now you can take a peek!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Year-end clearance

It's been too long since I posted anything, so before 2014 is officially over with, here's some miscellaneous stuff out of a few of this year's sketchbooks, created either while strolling the DIA, at live musical shows, or at Dr. Sketchy. See you in '15!







Friday, October 10, 2014

Art in the 'hood

Tomorrow is the Hamtramck Neighborhood Arts Festival, when galleries and studios all over town are open to the public, showing art and hosting performances. Several local creative types of all ages have been helping out by making dozens of different posters for the event. Here's my version. Come on out and have a look! (Here's a link to a town map and schedule of events.)

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Get it? "Comb Improvement"??

No longer content to circulate my stuff only around the tri-county area, I've moved into Washtenaw County now with this illustration for the cover of the Ann Arbor Current, featuring a story on the local honeybee festival.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Lens On The City

In an attempt to develop my photography chops a little, I enrolled in the "Lens On The City" program sponsored by the Detroit Opera House this week. I could still benefit from more "how-to" technical tutoring, but it was a great opportunity to explore, with a guide and group, some corners of the city that even a long-time resident like me might not get to see very often: backstage at the Opera Theater, the roof of the  Park Shelton, the the Mies Van Der Rohe-designed Lafayette Park developments, the conference center and reflecting pool at Wayne State designed by Minoru Yamasaki, and more. Here's some of my faves from the two days of shooting we did.


Tony Smith's "Gracehoper" from the Park Shelton roof.






The still-new-ish Hellenic Museum is a work in progress but full of interesting stuff (at least to someone who married into a Greek family. There's a photo of my in-laws there). 




From the dolls-of-the-world collection at the International Institute.




Lafayette Park. Maybe the second photo can stand for the double-edged nature of the project - a beautiful and unique (if only semi-realized) mid-century modern planned community, but built on the bulldozed spot where the vibrant (and dilapidated) black neighborhood/jazz hotspot Black Bottom once stood.



Costuming room at the Opera House.






The Yamasaki reflecting pool near the conference center and art building at Wayne State University, recently renovated. It sat dry and neglected the whole time I attended the school in the late '80s-early '90s.

Monday, August 04, 2014

High Infidelity Part 2



So I've already submitted one fake record design to the Last Record Shop exhibit at Public Pool gallery in Hamtramck, but I found time to do one more, a loving homage/tongue-in-cheek parody of the late '80s 4AD records I love (This Mortal Coil, Cocteau Twins, and the Lonely Is An Eyesore compilation, mainly). I got nothin' on legendary record sleeve designer Vaughan Oliver, but hopefully this is close enough for rock 'n' roll - or phony shoegaze/etherpop, in this case. (Cover photo of Miss Holly Hock by Jonathan Satterfield.) The Last Record Shop will be open from September 7 to October 18, 2014!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

At the movies

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"Death Race (2008)" vs. "Death Race 2000 (1975)"

When I was at Metro Times, I started up a practice of using drawings, rather than publicity photos, to illustrate the lead movie review. I drew a lot of them myself, and many were contributed by a few other illustrators. Bad movies were usually better subjects than good ones - I could poke fun at the dogs - but it was also cool to try to boil a great film down to its essence in a quick sketch. Some of mine weren't that great, but here are a few that I still like.

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"Air Guitar Nation" (2006)

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"The Omen" (2006)

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"High Noon" (1952)

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"Kinsey" (2004)

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"Rocky Balboa" (2006)

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"Pandora's Box" (1929)

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"Dr. Strangelove" (1964)

Friday, July 04, 2014

Some rockets' red glaring mistakes to avoid...

Happy 4th of July, y'all! Here's another Doofus and Dainty article, courtesy of Metro Times, with some tips on how not to blow yourself up with those high-power firecrackers you can buy in Michigan nowadays. Illustration by me, natch.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

High Infidelity

Hamtramck's Public Pool art space has put out a call to artists for fake record albums for a show called "The Last Record Shop." The plan is to collect up a bunch of phony LPs, featuring real sleeve art for made-up bands, and stage a faux music store in the gallery, where the public can flip through the racks and buy the artworks. Check the link for details - still two months until the deadline! Meanwhile, here's what I hope will be the first of two or three records I'll be creating for the show.

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