A proper post with real photographs coming soon, but for now here is the finished mural. Go see it (and buy some coffee) at Tar Pit Cafe, 135 Woodpoint Rd. in Greenpoint
Alright everyone, I’m doing something a little different here and for the first time making available for direct purchase a very limited edition (only 13!) print. Print and image details below!
On the one hand, I wanted to explore the broad concept of cognitive dissonance—something that I think is a steady theme through much of my personal work. At the same time, I was toying with an idea that I discovered in a poem, in which the author speaks of having a devil on his back, but a pocket full of flowers. This line resonated with me and I quickly jotted down the sketch that would become this image. I couldn’t help but think of the similarities between this concept and the dark side of the classic nursery rhyme Ring Around The Rosie. I believe contrasting good and evil in this way has a nice balance between light humor and dark intentions.The Aesop fable, “The Fox and the Grapes,” is often referenced when describing the cognitive dissonance theory—something I wanted to tip my hat to with the fox pelt slung around the gentleman’s neck
Winning Young Guns 9, last year was a wonderful experience and I encourage all of you young hot shot artists out there to throw your hat in the ring! Above is a poster I created as part of the kick off campaign for the competition.
Title pretty much sums it up. I got a really fun call a few months back asking if I could illustrate Duke Nukem. I am not a video game player what so ever, but, like most other adolescent boys, I did dable in the first person shooter worlds back when things like Doom and Duke Nukem first came out for those old PCs in the 90′s. It wasn’t a big part of my daily life by any means, but Duke does bring back a few memories of childhood in Myrtle Beach, SC. It made illustrating this picture all the more enjoyable.
“As an exercise, if I ask students to explain how to improve acomposition as a group. Invariably they talk about adding something to make an image more complex. Clutter; visual, metaphorical, or literal rarely gives one a sense of comfort. Simplify- try taking something away. When finally couched with the simple terminology of activating or deactivating space, students often come to a consensus on how to proceed in the improvement of the work.”