The Crooked Kind 407

The Crooked Kind 407, by Radical Face from the album The Family Tree: The Branches

But I smell their blood
My fingers trace their faces in the wood
I hear their voices somewhere in my bones
I feel them sing along when I’m alone
When I’m not too frightened that is when I know

For source credits and background info, see my deviant Art page here
My latest art project EntertainMe, where I create another year’s worth of digital collages, based on indie rock and visual media.

This is my latest, that I am quite happy with the results. Might as well get this blog up to date, eh? Radical face (Ben Cooper) always created the most beautiful melodies, with the most cryptic and darkest words. But this imagery (which came first, it was the egg), fit so nicely with his family tree records.

Uncertain Times no.312

Uncertain Times no.312, by The Raveonettes from the album Pretty In Black
See my deviant Art page for background info and stock credits

I wanna ride with her
In uncertain times
I wanna go where my thoughts
Can take a nap
And if the atom bomb should end us both
I’ll be happy to go to the stars with you

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

This one was the start of myself using my own iPhone photos from pix around my hilly hood. Trying to be more original, though I always tried to be sure to use creative commons share alike images in my collages. And I just like using others more professional images than my own!

This piece was more conceptual and skeptical for me, getting at the anxiety and uncertainty of our modern, tech-ridden society. But communicating it in a playful, busy & colorful manner. Below are source and original images, type and patterns I used. Sometimes the pieces come together nicely.

The Raveonettes, a blissed out, rocking Denmark band that is infectious and addictive with repeated listens. Raveonettes-like bands: The Jesus & Mary Chain; The Brian Jonestown Massacre; Black Motorcycle Rebel Club; Ride; Lush; MBV;

Right Here Right Now!

6.2017-Indie Bands, Right Here Right NOW!
The Raveonettes; Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (BRMC); Brian Jonestown Massacre; The Dandy Warhols; Fuzz; Bright Eyes; Kurt Vile; Happyness; TV on the Radio; Band of Horses; Grandaddy; The National; Slowdive; Monster Movie; Wild Nothing; Dntel; Mogwai; Trent Reznor; Wye Oak; Galaxie 500;

Dntel album cover indie rock music
dntel

Gagarin_mogwai_support_2008

Mogwai live in London
Grandaddy [Jason Lytle] live
Grandabbey Road

The VVitch 387

The VVitch 387, completely inspired by the devastatingly horrifying 2016 film, The WitchSee my deviant Art page for background info and stock credits.

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.

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

Nursery Song that children sing in film
Nursery Song that children sing in the film
Early sketches for The VVitch collage

This chilling, unique horror film moved me so much I had to create an art piece for it, and soon!  Although I depended too much on existing photography stock, I think it captures the feeling of black dread. The nursery poem I didn’t get until second viewing, creepy indeed. Above are quick sketches and playing with the double V in the title.

Stacy’s Mom 167

Stacy’s Mom 167, by Fountains of Wayne from the album Welcome Interstate Managers. See my deviant Art page for background info and stock credits.

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.

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. 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.

Taboo 385

Taboo 385, based on the FX TV series Taboo. It stars Tom Hardy, and is produced by Tom Hardy and Ridley Scott. See my deviant Art page for background info and stock credits.

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.