Archive for April, 2007

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The Office (UK)

April 28, 2007

What? You haven’t seen scenes from the UK version of The Office yet? Well – here’s a couple of good ones featuring Tim and Gareth (or Jim and Dwight).

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Alphonse Mucha (Art Nouveau)

April 26, 2007

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Alphonse Mucha (1860 – 1939). He’s a massive influence in my work. There’s a certain ‘comic book’ feel to his paintings (which attracted me in the first place), but his style goes much deeper than that. The strength of his ‘line’ is bold, amazing, and confident.

“Among graphic artists and commercial designers, Mucha is praised for the innovative style books that pioneered the use of Art Nouveau in the commercial packaging, design, and ornament.”

Click those pictures above to enlarge them. Study the detail and line work.

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Samson (Regina Spektor)

April 25, 2007


I’m posting alot more musical things than I thought I would. Anyhow – Regina Spektor is great. Her music is very catchy, but doesn’t feel like ‘pop.’ She toured with Damien Rice last year which was probably one heck of a show – I imagine it would’ve been extremely laid back though – probably more like an amazing coffee shop show.

All of her videos have a very artistic feel to them – which just magnifies her music in my opinion. Check out her other videos and her album – you won’t be sorry.

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Pearls Before Swine

April 25, 2007

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Since the Calvin and Hobbes strip was retired, all I had was Foxtrot. Now that that’s been ‘semi-retired’ (only Sunday strips) I had no other comic strips to look forward to until now. Pearls ‘Fore Swine is a strip created by Stephan Pastis. I don’t know anything about him but his name and that he does this strip and I’m grateful for that. It’s refreshingly funny/odd humor with a slightly mature twist at times.

Above are two of my favorites. Click them to enlarge.

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Elephant (Damien Rice)

April 25, 2007

Another big influence (on the acoustic guitar side of me). My wife and I had our first dance to one of his songs nearly two years ago.

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New release: Planet Earth

April 24, 2007

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Tuesdays may become my new release day. Planet Earth is todays new release for HD DVD. I’ve been watching this on Discovery since they’ve been running it the past month. I don’t have discovery HD, but seeing power of these scenes on SD was enough to say, ‘Hey… that would look SO GOOD in HD.’ I’ve never seen a nature show that I’ve loved as much as this. They really take this kind of programming to the next level.

“With an unprecedented production budget of $25 million, and from the makers of Blue Planet: Seas of Life, comes the epic story of life on Earth. Five years in production, over 2,000 days in the field, using 40 cameramen filming across 200 locations, shot entirely in high definition, this is the ultimate portrait of our planet. A stunning television experience that captures rare action, impossible locations and intimate moments with our planet’s best-loved, wildest and most elusive creatures. From the highest mountains to the deepest rivers, this blockbuster series takes you on an unforgettable journey through the daily struggle for survival in Earth’s most extreme habitats. Planet Earth takes you to places you have never seen before, to experience sights and sounds you may never experience anywhere else.”

Amazon.com

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J. Scott Campbell

April 24, 2007

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A HUGE influence on all of my design/illustration comes from J. Scott Campbell. If you know anything about comic book art, then hearing me say that Campbell comes BEFORE Jim Lee is actually saying alot. He started drawing comics at a young age, but was asked to join the Wildstorm crew barely a year out of high school. His first project was Gen13 (where I first found out about him). He went on to create the Danger Girl comic (pictures above are from DG) and is currently working on Wildsiderz.

Campbell is big on drawing faces and his style has a certain ‘sexiness’ to it that I’ve always tried to emulate with any design, illustration, or painting that I’ve ever done. Getting the eyes right on a face is something that can make or break a piece and Campbell hits the mark everytime, even if it means erasing the whole face and starting over several times.

I’m also hugely inspired when I see pencil drawings or sketches from artists who I admire. Seeing the process they went through and foundational sketches under the surface can teach so much. Those images up above are from his published sketchbook.