27 March 2009
This is the official launch of the new Comfy Chair Creative Superstore website. Check out the featured portfolio, the DJ mixtape free downloads, or just cruise around and soak up the radness. Please leave comments on the news blog if you see anything that you like, or send a link to your friends or colleagues if you think they would be interested. I'd like to send a big thanks to Steve at 35mm Design who handled all the site development. Please stop by occasionally as the site will be updated with new works as they come in, and a store will be coming soon (please keep in mind that "soon" is a subjective term). Cheers!
25 March 2009
23 March 2009
01 March 2009
This was my favorite photo from today's ride around town. Longeries and Spicy Shoes.
See, LA has nice parks.
World famous Langers. Their pastrami is delicious.
I think that is Susan Summers after a stroke.
Creepy painting for a schoolyard.
This used to be the CNA building, but now it houses the LA County Superior Court ...criminal court, I believe. We used to skate here. The halfpipes couldn't be more perfect. However, the security was on it so you really only got maybe 2 runs.
Had I brought my backpack with me today, the cheetah would have been mine.
This place just doesn't look that "feliz" (happy) to me.
03 February 2009
02 February 2009
01 February 2009
So I just got a new digi. I was looking at the Canon G10, the Panasonic Lumix LX3 and the Ricoh GX200. After a ton of research and shooting the LX3 and G10 down at Samy's, I ended up going with the LX3. I am very happy with the purchase, although, I don't think I could have gone wrong with any of the above cameras. Anyways, I shot a few 'round town pics while riding my bike the last couple days. One day I rode over to my buddy's shop (Barracuda), with whom I'm working on a top-secret art project, and another day I rode with Jed over to the LACMA and checked out the current exhibit on cold war East vs. West German art. Not really impressed, but those Germans do some weird shit.
When I was a kid, I used to watch The Electric Company. I also watched H.R. Pufnstuf and Sesame Street and ZOOM and Villa Alegre (a bilingual kids program), Land of the Lost, Lost in Space, Sigmund the Seamonster, and a ton of others, some of which were educational and creatively expanding, and many more that were probably just a waste of brain real estate (that I could really use about now). Anyway, on The Electric Company there was one segment where two people spelled out words, like "ch" - "ange"..."change." You get the idea. Here's a clip:
Anyway, I thought it would be an interesting way to portray our last and current administrations. The paintings are acrylic on Arches Watercolor paper 15" x 22.5". In case you can't tell by the silhouettes, the green one is Bush and Cheney, and the purple one is Obama and Biden.
28 January 2009
JAN 11, 2009 - Shigeo Fukuda dies in Tokyo. I didn't know Fukuda by name, although I should have. I've seen his work and although I liked it, I never investigated who had done it. Sometimes it's like that for me with graphic designers. I usually do a bit of research on painters or illustrators when I see work that I like. However, when I saw Fukuda's yellow cannon poster (Victory 1945) in the obituary column, it was such a strong image that I had to do some looking.
Fukuda was a master of graphically simple, yet creatively complex posters and graphic designs. He was a follower of the Swiss Style, a Western design style from the 40's and 50's known for it's minimalism. He worked mostly in the realm of political and social issue advocacy, as opposed to the commercial world.
He has this great quote about his view on design – I believe that in design, 30 percent dignity, 20 percent beauty and 50 percent absurdity are necessary. I'm sad to see him gone, but he's left a great legacy and will continue to be an influence and inspiration to future designers.