My deviant Art Gallery

Please check out my deviant Art gallery, if you like the artwork here. Many more tasty samples, with source and background story links!

These pieces are part of my 365 art projects, where I am creating two year’s worth [yep, 730] of digital collages, with indie songs and other media as subject matter.

CAN’T FIND MY WAY HOME

Guess I AM Fickle

Indie Bands that blow me away

Indie Bands that blow me away, YES. So many most favorite bands with so little time. Each month I listen to new and old bands that consistently rock my world, song after song after song. And if they weren’t in my Top 10 or Top 20 before then shame on me, they are now. Hand scrawling names onto crumpled paper from my waste basket, I though this online blog documentation (whether permanent, or just temporary like everything else) would be a better way to go. So here we go:

* Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 
* Brian Jonestown Massacre
* Deerhunter & Atlas Sound
* The National
* Bright Eyes
* Wild Nothing
* Dntel
* Mogwai
* Galaxie 500

Bright_Eyes

BrianJonestownMassacre

Dntel-ambulance

Mother Nature’s Son 419

Mother Nature’s Son 419, by The Beatles (Paul McCartney) from The White Album

Born a poor young country boy
Mother Nature’s son
All day long I’m sitting singing songs for everyone.

Sit beside a mountain stream
See her waters rise
Listen to the pretty sound of music as she flies.

Find me in my field of grass
Mother Nature’s son
Swaying daises sing a lazy song beneath the sun.

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 collage, source credits and my whole gallery, go here.

I have been researching the great collection of copyright-free imagery on Flickr. A sculpture of this boy seemed so iconic and larger-than-life-itself. Combining the classical past with some modern photoshopped filters, distortions, blips, bleeps and strong saturation seemed to work well.

Then finding a suitable tune, McCartney’s folky, homespun song fell on my lap, instantly. I think it was on my Spotify playlist spinning in the background. I wasn’t even looking for it. So here the chicken came before the egg, or the artwork predated the song’s lyrics.

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]