Recycled Air 413

Recycled Air 413, by The Postal Service from the album Give Up

Knuckles clenched to white as the landing gear retract for flight
My head’s a balloon inflating with the altitude

Ba ba ba ba …

The stale taste of recycled air

This digital collage is part of my latest art project EntertainMe. Here I create another year’s worth of digital collages, based on indie rock and visual media. Also, go to my dA page to see this piece, it’s image sources & more tidbits.

To hear this great electronica song, click here. To see more music and bands I like (including Dntel, who is half of The Postal Service), click here. This is the one and only breakthrough album Dntel and Ben Gibbard did together. If you like, which I’m sure you will, don’t go cheap. Get Give Up, the Deluxe 10th Year Anniversary album (or CD). Some good remixes, b-sides and other goodies.

To view more, or god forbid, purchase any of my collages, you can contact me here with a note or through email. To buy my art in a variety of prints, go to the site Curioos. If you would rather have my collages splashed onto your phone or ipad cases, tshirts, mugs or clocks (yes, clocks), view Redbubble or deviant Art [dA]

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 on The Crooked Kind, 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.

For The Crooked Kind, this is one of my most recent, and 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 recordings.

Thus, here is an excerpt on the main character, in the song: Narrated by Frederick, the son of Virgil from “Kin.” Like his father and little brother, he regularly hears his dead relatives. He is embarrassed by his family and their strangeness. He struggles to appear normal and hides his relation to them. But as he grows and sees how much better his little brother handles the same problems, he comes to terms with it.
– Flammablepie

To view more, or god forbid, purchase any of my collages, you can contact me here with a note or through email. To buy my art in a variety of prints, go to the site Curioos. If you would rather have my collages splashed onto your phone or ipad cases, tshirts, mugs or clocks (yes, clocks), view Redbubble or deviant Art [dA]

Below is the original, copyright free, photo I worked off. I wanted a more illustrative, abstract, twisted result, playing with a few fun Photoshop filters (Cutout & Twirl) to get it!

Original tree image from Internet Archive Book Images

Uncertain Times no.312

Uncertain Times no.312, by The Raveonettes from the album Pretty In Black

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. See my deviant Art page for background info and stock credits.

For Uncertain Times, 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 share-alike images in my collages. And I just like using other’s more professional images, than my own!

Most of all, 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; and on and on. Hence, for more bands I truly like right here & now, click on the link if you dare.

To view more, or god forbid, purchase any of my collages, you can contact me here with a note or through email. To buy my art in a variety of prints, go to the site Curioos. If you would rather have my collages splashed onto your phone or ipad cases, tshirts, mugs or clocks (yes, clocks), view Redbubble or deviant Art [dA]

Right Here Right Now

The Year of 2017-My Favorite Indie Bands, Right Here Right NOW!

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

And Bands that blast from the past: Grandaddy (again); Dntel (again); The Postal Service, Pixies; Black Francis (aka Frank Black), ELO; Pink Floyd

Some classic songs on YouTube from some grand bands listed about:
The Postal ServiceGive Up album
Grandaddy He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s the Pilot
Dntel Ft. Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) – Breakfast In Bed
Frank Black – I Heard Ramona Sing
The Raveonettes – I Wanna Be Adored
The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Vad Hände Med Dem ?
Kurt Vile – Jesus Fever

Brian Jonestown Massacre and Dandy Warhols full documentary – DIG!
A fun, little preview of DIG!, for those commitment phobes – WATCH!


RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW

 

RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW
Mogwai live in London
RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW
Grandaddy [Jason Lytle] live
RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW
Grandabbey Road

 

 

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
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.

Part of my first art project, 365 Blisspop, where I create a year’s worth [yep, 365] of digital collages, with indie songs as my subject.
See my deviant Art page for background info and stock credits.

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.

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

This band sang bright, zippy, catchy-as-all-heck, bliss pop. This was in the vein of Weezer and Nada Surf. To view some of my personal, favorite bliss pop, click here

To view more, or god forbid, purchase any of my collages, you can contact me here with a note or through email. To buy my art in a variety of prints, go to the site Curioos. If you would rather have my collages splashed onto your phone or ipad cases, tshirts, mugs or clocks (yes, clocks), view Redbubble or deviant Art [dA]

365 Collages, Extended Mix

I created this video, 365 Collages, 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, 365 Collages, 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.

365 Collages

365 Collages

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

Gone Girl, part of my second art project EntertainMe, where I create another year’s worth of digital collages, based on indie rock and visual media. See my deviant Art page for more background info and source credits.

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.

To view more, or god forbid, purchase any of my collages, you can contact me here with a note or through email. To buy my art in a variety of prints, go to the site Curioos. If you would rather have my collages splashed onto your phone or ipad cases, tshirts, mugs or clocks (yes, clocks), view Redbubble or deviant Art [dA]

Her Space Holiday 375

Her Space Holiday 375, Inspired by the indie electronica band Her Space Holiday. 

i think it’s unfair
 the only time i go away
 is the only time you care

you don’t see the point
 preparing for the end
 you’ve made all these plans
 you put all your friends
 in silent films

Her Space Holiday is a part of my latest art project EntertainMe, where I create another year’s worth of digital collages, based on indie rock and visual media. See my deviant Art page for background info and stock credits.

For Her Space Holiday, I went with paper stock backgrounds, and played with these pink, pastel hues. It took on this classical, vintage feel which felt warm and inviting to me (click here for another vintage paper sample). I wanted to contrast the pink florals with something modern and fresh. The green and black dots seemed to do the trick.

In addition, I loved these older ads that were on Flickr. These women wearing hats seem to mesh well with the background patterns and colors. And mesh I did.

I started with the original images, vintage paper patters and a black and white, vintage photo. From there it was pretty much splashing around in the versatile, endless, colorful Photoshop Pool. Playing with blends and filters and layers while listening to the selected song on my headphones, on constant repeat seems to work well for me (it would drive my family bonkers if I didn’t use the headphones). Again, below are the original images I started with.

 

 

Blade Runner 372

Blade Runner 372. Inspired by the sci-fi, futuristic film Blade Runner. Directed by the visionary Ridley Scott.

Ultimate Blade Runner quote: I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I’ve watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those… moments will be lost in time, like tears… in rain. Time to die.

Blade Runner, part of 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 my deviant Art page for background info and stock credits.

My all-time, favorite film is Blade Runner, and can watch it on repeat and still be moved on many levels. I loved the opener where you can see the behemoth Tyrell building reflecting off the detective’s eyeball as he approaches it.

Still not sure know how many people seeing my piece got it, but I decided to juxtapose a human eye with an android’s eye. And show the difference between the two primarily with different, saturated colors. I added the now classic quote with blue bar to separate them even more. And there you go.

To view more, or god forbid, purchase any of my collages, you can contact me here with a note or through email. To buy my art in a variety of prints, go to the site Curioos. If you would rather have my collages splashed onto your phone or ipad cases, tshirts, mugs or clocks (yes, clocks), view Redbubble or deviant Art [dA]

Just Like Honey 383

Just Like Honey 383, based on the tune Just Like Honey by The Jesus & Mary Chain, from the album Psychocandy

Listen to the girl
As she takes on half the world
Moving up and so alive
In her honey dripping beehive
Beehive
It’s good, so good, it’s so good
So good

Just Like Honey is part of 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 my page on deviant Art, for stock credits and background info.

I wanted to do something a bit naughty and sexy, after so many surreal sci-fi and fantasy concepts, how many of those can you do and see all over cyberspace? Like this one. I truly admire fleetofgypsies on deviant Art. His creative yet erotic, grungy and irreverent pieces always jump start and inspire me.