The VVitch 387

The VVitch 387, completely inspired by the devastatingly horrifying 2016 film, The Witch

New England, 1630: William and Katherine try to lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness, with five children. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. ‘The Witch’ is a chilling portrait of a family unraveling within their own sins, leaving them prey for an inescapable evil.

Forest imagery by Gustavo Ampelio di Borgogna
Image of ram by Paul Elliott
See trailer 1 or trailer 2
For more background info on the 2016 horror film

My latest art project EntertainMe, where I create another year’s worth of digital collages, based on indie rock and visual media.

Stacy’s Mom 167

Stacy’s Mom 167, by Fountains of Wayne from the album Welcome Interstate Managers

Stacy’s mom has got it goin on
Stacy’s mom has got it goin on
You know I’m not the little boy that I used to be
I’m all grown-up now baby can’t you see
Stacy’s mom has got it goin on
She’s all I want, and I’ve waited for so long
Stacy can’t you see, you’re just not the girl for me
I know it might be wrong but I’m in love with Stacy’s mom.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Click here to hear full track
Click here for full song lyrics & meanings

My art project, 365 Blisspop, where I create a year’s worth [yep, 365] of digital collages, with indie songs as my subject

Still not sure about the order of my pieces in this web blog, I thought alternating between current pieces and older ones might be a good way to go. We will see. So I thought posting Stacy’s Mom before a current piece, borrowing from the main source, would be appropriate. It would and could show a possibly evolving process of my work, or just lazily ripping myself off. Maybe a little of both.

This was an early collage piece, playing with halftones and Photoshop actions, in which I am still an amateur at, but will continue to dabble in.

The La’s 386

The La’s 386, a tribute to the short lived but brilliant, britpop band The La’s, and their graphic cover art.

The band signed to Go! Discs in 1987 and commenced recording of their debut album. Following the release of singles “Way Out” (1987), “There She Goes” (1988) and “Timeless Melody” (1990) and having aborted several recording sessions with different producers, the band released their debut album The La’s in 1990 to critical acclaim and modest commercial success. The group entered a prolonged hiatus in 1992 which lasted almost two decades. The group later reformed briefly in the mid-1990s, 2005 and 2011. However, no new recordings have been released.

Female face used via Wikimedia Commons
For more background info on the band
To see The La’s and hear there biggest hit
Listen to this, just for kicks

My latest art project EntertainMe, where I create another year’s worth of digital collages, based on indie rock and visual media. To see this and more on deviant Art.

I wanted to do a pop art collage this time, and find a band with bright & shiny melodies. I have been listening to the self-titled The La’s on a CD I bought in the $2 bargain bins at Rasputin Records. Along with Morrissey, Band of Horses and The New Pornographers. What a find for a few dollars! And with that I veered towards this pop art style in the vein of fleet of gypsies on dA. It was an organic process, I like the end results, it’s something I would like to try more of.

Taboo 385

Taboo 385, based on the FX TV series Taboo. It stars Tom Hardy, and is produced by Tom Hardy and Ridley Scott.

Tom Hardy photo by FameFlynetUK/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES
Courtesy of Tom Lorenzo
Original ship art and words by Internet Archive Book Images
For intense but tasty trailers 1 & 2

My latest art project EntertainMe, where I create another year’s worth of digital collages, based on indie rock and visual media. See this piece and more on deviant Art.

When trailers and then each episode for the FX series, Taboo, blasted onto the big box I was hooked. With the association of Ridley Scott, Scott Free Productions, and this mysterious brit fellow Tom Hardy, I knew I would be a follower. Sordid, dark, dank, ridley-esque, cinematic and forbidden (the title hints to that), it would include in aces all these elements that drew me and like-minded viewers in.

I wanted to capture this enigmatic figure with the victorian cloak and tall hat, but was having a hard search. I proceeded to create this lush, multicolored background with existing patterns, then saturating the heck outta the colors. When I found a workable image of the dark man, the piece was almost there. I dropped in the last bit, an old, black ship illustration I recently used on another collage piece. Taboo, a dark, but delightfully different piece for me.

365 Collages–Extended Mix

I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor. Music by The License Lab-UNDERscore. Choice cuts from my 365 art projects.

So I have made short, collage slideshows before, using the Video Editor in YouTube. But I sort of forgot about it until now. I wanted to make a lo-fi, vintage, collage vid with those film scratches, exposure spots and light leaks, like the crappy, homemede videos of our past. I thought I could whip it out in After Effects (Photoshop in motion, right?), without really knowing After Effects (entertaining, informative tute here). Big mistake. So I am tabling After Effects, for now, and giving up on scratches, spot & leaks for now. But this extended mix is my longest, most current, and I am liking it, for now.

See my samples and song info at: http://dekdav.deviantart.com/gallery. Email me at: derekdavalos@comcast.net. I offer freelance graphic and art services, and can create a cool, personalized slideshow video, just for you,  just like this. Or a stunning, custom, collage piece. So contact me.

Gone Girl 384

Gone Girl 384, based on the David Fincher feature film Gone Girl.

Men actually think this girl exists. Maybe they’re fooled because so many women are willing to pretend to be this girl. For a long time Cool Girl offended me. I used to see men – friends, coworkers, strangers – giddy over these awful pretender women, and I’d want to sit these men down and calmly say: You are not dating a woman, you are dating a woman who has watched too many movies written by socially awkward men who’d like to believe that this kind of woman exists and might kiss them. I’d want to grab the poor guy by his lapels or messenger bag and say: The bitch doesn’t really love chili dogs that much – no one loves chili dogs that much! -Gillian Flynn

Female model by @deviant-caroline
Gritty background by fleetofgypsies
Art & post quote by Gillian Flynn

My latest art project EntertainMe, where I create another year’s worth of digital collages, based on indie rock and visual media. Click here to see on deviant Art.

I have been a long-time fan of David Fincher movies. Once he got out of sci-fi and twisted flicks, into more conventional. relationship-based movies, I was hesitant. But after watching The Social Network and Gone Girl, I was impressed and amazed all over again. Gone Girl wanted me to read the book badly. And the Trent Reznor soundtrack only amplified the weirdly, layered, unsettling vibe of the film. I was going for this same vibe in the piece anyway, and midway through they both came together nicely.