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Friday, October 18, 2013

Wood Is Good

A few years ago I had to cut down a tree in my side yard that was close to the street. I left a 2ft. stump remaining so that I could make an attempt at carving with a chainsaw, which is something I've always wanted to try. If my effort turned out badly, I could easily cut the stump off and remove all the evidence. After roughing out the basic shape with the chainsaw, I went to work with a hammer and chisel. I was just winging it with an Easter Island image in mind, but the end result was more "Tiki" in appearance. I thought it looked a little too primative and untrefined. But my wife at the time and some friends insisted that it was worth keeping. A good friend named it "Nebookaneezer" as it resembles a prophetic cartoon idol in a newspaper comic strip called "Crock". We soon shortened the name to just "Neb".

As time went on, my humble sculpture became quite popular with residents in the neighborhood. Cars would slow down for a look and sometimes people would hop out and take photos. Young families strolled by daily and made it a point to stop and let their children visit with Neb. Little kids would place pebbles in Neb's mouth in an effort to "feed" him. Over time Neb received other gifts such as hats, sunglasses, and Mardi Gras beads from his many admirers. These anonymous donations would often arrive around holiday times.

Neb as Neo from "The Matrix".

Neb received more gifts around St. Patrick's Day than any other time of the year.
He has three different hats for the occasion.


 Left: Late day shadows make this Easter photo one of my favorites. Middle: A rare snowfall for my region of Texas.  Bottom: Christmas time and Happy Neb Year's Eve.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

A Suggestion

In a world brimming with mundane products plastered with warning labels, somehow the alcohol industry gets to skate by with a mere, "Enjoy Responsibly". I just don't get it.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

DVD for Death Metal Band

In today's post we will go back about ten years to a project from my days as a graphic art student at our underrated local community college. This DVD cover and disc art was one of my earliest attempts at working with Photoshop. The assignment required us to make a DVD cover for any type of movie we desired as long as it was an original idea. I decided to make mine a cover for a fictitious death metal band with the most inappropriate name I could think of, "Fetal Position".  On the front cover I used a promotional photo of an actual metal band that would not be easily recognizable here in the States. (Mega bonus points if anyone can name the real band. I'll give you a hint; their name begins with an "S".) I made the original band photo look creepy by posterizing the image, and then changing the original colors to a gray scale. It was also fun to make the eyes glow with evil. 

What I really need to do at some point is re-consider the band logo as it is truly a fail. But it was the best I could do back then with my lack of knowledge, and the amount of time I had. The front cover was intentionally understated with the back cover photo being warm and active. My favorite part of this project was creating the song titles which are rather Spinal Tap-ish; and the warping guitar on the disc itself.