Posts Tagged ‘art’

Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase

April 2, 2008
While putting together a speech concerning the development of 20th Century Art, I was reminded of the above short film, Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase. Created entirely in clay (!!!) by Joan Gratz, it morphs dozens of iconic paintings together, producing a liquid time-line of the development of art (specifically portraiture.) I find it particularly interesting to watch the early, representative faces melt into abstraction. You can really get a sense of the figure in some of the cubist pieces via their juxtaposition to the more realistic paintings. Seeing Picasso’s early self-portrait fracture into Les Demoiselles d’Avignon is surprisingly revealing and inarguably AWESOME.

Audrey Kawasaki

March 28, 2008
She Who Dares

Beautiful new work by the always awe-inspiring Audrey Kawasaki.  I really like the darker, slightly sinister feel present in her recent work. Check out her website, or visit her blog.


March 13, 2008

This is a small sample of a two-page narrative I’m currently working on.  It was a lot of fun to draw.  My art sure has taken a turn for the gruesome lately.  What’s up with that?

Sam Weber

March 4, 2008
Carried Away
The Tempest

Sam Weber is one of my all time favorite illustrators.  This guy’s skillz are robust, people!  And he’s been published everywhere:  The New Yorker, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Playboy, DC/Vertigo Comics, Random House, The L.A. Times, ESPN Magazine, Wired Magazine, Penguin, SPIN, Paste, and on andonandonandon.  Just supremely talented.  Bottled awesome, really.

Ian O’Phelan

March 3, 2008

Off the Books


Great illustrations by Ian O’Phelan.  I am insanely jealous of this guy’s line work.  Giving the illusion of so much depth without even cross-hatching is pretty incredible.  Thumbs up!

Polaroid Rage

February 28, 2008
The Giving Tree (Wave Hill)

Beautiful Polaroid collages by Patrick Winfield.  It is incredibly depressing to know that this work is, for all intents and purposes, the death rattle of Polaroid, as production of the self-developing film is set to end later this year.  By the second quarter of 2009 it will be impossible to find in stores.  Even stocking up is impossible, considering the shelf-life of Polaroid film is little more than a year, meaning any unused film you might have will begin to seriously degrade by the end of next year.  Goddamn digital cameras.  (art via Fecal Face.)

My Levitation Creation

February 22, 2008
A dull Friday night for me = a new drawing for you (yes, you!) This is a segment from a new project that I’m working on, the details of which are still a bit hazy. Up until about 30 minutes ago the plan was to do a massive, 34-panel single-sheet that depicted a stylized evolution of man, with the above image functioning as a somewhat incongruous centerpiece, but I’m having second thoughts. I still like the evolution idea, but I don’t think it meshes very well with this drawing. I may change my plan and create a two-page spread that tells a small story around it, instead. Regardless, there are a few things that I’m certain of: It’ll definitely be full-color. And there will be something written on the banner. Also, maybe something growing out of the neck hole? I dunno! A DISTINCT POSSIBILITY, THAT’S FOR SURE.

Shiny Binary

February 19, 2008


Dream Machine
Soft Type

Some absolutely stunning Photoshop work by Nik Ainley. Some day I hope to have his degree of Photoshop handles. Slowly but surely, Brock, slowly but surely.

Fudge Factory

February 18, 2008



Hilarious, incredibly detailed comics by Travis Millard at the Fudge Factory.  Fucking ace!


February 13, 2008


After months of drawing pretty girls, I figured it was time for a change of pace, and thus the above piece was created (click the image to see it bigger.) I used myself as a model for the zombification process (which I gave a sneak peak of a few weeks ago), and then fleshed things out (pun intended) using Photoshop and Illustrator. This was my first go at Illustrator since high school, which proved to be a bit of a challenge, but I masked my inexperience by putting everything into Photoshop and texturing the shit out of it. I know the text is nearly illegible (which was done on purpose) — it reads “diabolos,” which is the Greek root for “devil.” Figured it was appropriate. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a hankerin’ for brainnnnsssss.

It’s Funny Because It’s True

February 8, 2008

Mellow Yellow

I’m not sure why I find this so amusing. Wait, strike that. I know exactly why. Because on the inside I’m still a 12-year-old boy. And because bodily functions = funny. It’s just a fact, people. (via MakeNoSound.)

Boom Goes the Nanowire

January 31, 2008


Scientist Fanny Beron captured the above image of nano-wires exploding by using an electron scanning micrograph to record an overloaded magnetic array.  The picture won first place in last Fall’s “Science as Art” competition.  (image via io9.)


January 30, 2008

Chris Chiappa - McMiracles

McMiracles, a photographic diptych by Christopher Chiappa. Mmm.

Dan McCarthy

January 30, 2008

3 of Hearts

Everything Loved

A couple of years ago I ordered a print from Dan McCarthy. I have been a huge fan ever since, even buying another print as a Christmas gift for my little brother. Full of dinosaurs, ghosts, skeletons and stars, McCarthy’s work could be defined as paleontological surrealism. And not only that, he sells a different print each month for CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP. Check him out.

Night of the Living Brock

January 28, 2008

I find myself daydreaming about zombies far too often. I watch zombie movies, regardless of quality. I read zombie books. I LOVE zombies. So I wondered what it might be like to become a zombie. First, a photoshop (circa 2003):

Zombie Photoshop


Not bad. But it didn’t really capture the anguish that being a zombie must entail. I’m just not an intimidating undead. I mean, Zombie-Me looks like he listens to My Chemical Romance or something equally vile. So then, an illustration:



Zombie Illustration


That’s more like it. I made this drawing earlier today. It’s the first part of a larger project. The final image will be full color and full AWESOME (I hope…) Just wanted to give you guys (my imaginary readers) a sneak peak.

Eva Eun-Sil Han

January 28, 2008


In Double Minds

Some superbly surreal collages by Eva Eun-Sil Han, a Korean-born artist currently working in Belgium.

Cubist Calvinists & Tyrannosaurs in F-14’s

January 28, 2008
Why So Serious?
Calvin & Hobbes is perhaps the greatest comic strip of all time. Bill Watterson’s strip ran in syndication from 1985- 1995, which happened to almost perfectly coincide with my childhood. I read it in the paper every day for as long as I can remember reading anything not bound in brightly-colored cardboard. I mentioned a few posts back that Picasso’s Guernica and Hokusai’s The Great Wave were the two greatest touchstones of my development as an artist. That statement was categorically false. My bad. Calvin & Hobbes would have to top the list, no question. The strip managed to continually exhibit unrivaled reservoirs of imagination, wit, and vomit jokes. I can remember spending an inordinate amount of time in elementary school drawing my own mis-proportioned versions of Watterson’s Killer Snowmen, Slime Monsters, and Time Machine Duplicates. In fact, Calvin & Hobbes was probably my first exposure to the idea of Cubism (and described the style more succinctly that any art history professor I’ve seen.)
Cubist Calvinist
Adding to the value of the strip itself is the attitude of its creator, Bill Watterson. Refusing to go the route of numerous comic artists before him (I’m looking at you, Jim fucking Davis), Watterson refused any and all attempts to commodify and market the little boy and his stuffed tiger (and can you imagine the literal MOUNTAINS OF GREENBACKS that mass-produced Hobbes dolls would create?) Those “pissing Calvin” bumper stickers you see? All illegal appropriations (there’s that sticky word again.) Watterson is also a notorious recluse, refusing most requests for interviews or statements, though in October he did pen a very nice review of the Charles Schultz biography for the Washington Post. Sadly, not much of his work outside of Calvin & Hobbes has been exhibited. Luckily, this website features a collection of rare Watterson art, mostly culled from his days at Kenyon College and his short career as a political cartoonist. It gives a small glimpse at the immense talent behind the strip that served as the spark for thousands of imaginations (well, at least one.)
Tyrannosaurs in F-14s


January 28, 2008


Prism #1

Some awesome design work by the prolific, London & Minneapolis-based Non-Format.

The Great Wave off Kanagawa

January 25, 2008
The Great Wave

The Great Wave off Kanagawa is a woodblock print created by the Japanese artist Hokusai. It is the first image in a series entitled “36 Views of Mount Fuji” (in this particular scene, Mt. Fuji is the snow-covered peak seen jutting out from behind the massive, finger-tipped waves.) In the century and a half since its creation in 1832, it has become one of the most iconic images in the world of fine art, and to many it has become the visual distillation of that vague, exotic idea of what it was to be “Japanese.”

I have a personal attachment to this particular image. My father spent a few years of his childhood in Japan, and the aesthetic he saw there was mimicked in my childhood home. A print of The Great Wave hung on the wall for many years, and an identical copy belonged to my father’s brother, John. When John passed away a few years ago, I was allowed to take a keepsake from his house; I chose The Great Wave. Outside of Picasso’s Guernica, it has had the greatest impact on my development as an artist, and in fact I would make the claim that Japanese art of the early 1800s has had a massive influence on the development of painting, art, and design in the West — the bold, flat colors; stark outlines; and simplified, almost cartoonish rendering of people can all be found in the works of contemporary artists. In fact, some have even appropriated the design of The Great Wave for their own work (to great effect, I might add.) The issue of appropriation is a sticky one (and one that I will get into in more depth later), but I cannot help but adore anything that reminds me of Hokusai and his Great Wave.




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