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

Taboo 385

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

Taboo, 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.

So 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). This series would include all this in aces, elements that would draw me and other viewers in.

Therefore, I wanted this piece to capture this enigmatic figure. A character with a victorian cloak and tall hat, this was a harder search than expected. I proceeded to create this lush, multicolored background with existing patterns. I then saturated 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 had recently used this on another collage piece. Taboo, a dark, but delightfully different piece for me.

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]

Drake 379

Drake 379. No, not the rapper. But the larger than life, fire-breathin,’ green, scaly, scary dragon in both mythology and media.

Drake,  something enormous and awe-inspiring in scale and size, fantastical and terrifying at once, the supernatural stuff of dreams and nightmares. Drakes are smaller than dragons, but still fly and breath fire but have no magical abilities. Basically, Drakes are evil.

Drake, 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 piece with source credits and background info on deviant Art.

Finding art like this that is so mystical, wonderful and amazing, that is hundreds of years old, is truly refreshing. Looking at images on the Internet Archive Book Images on Flickr is a visual treat. Using some of this original imagery in my collage work is an honor. See this collage of mine as another example.