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.

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

Models with hats courtesy of Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons
A weirdly, beautiful, instrumental song and video by Her Space Holiday

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 went with one of my paper stock backgrounds, and played with these pink, pastel hues. It took on this classical, vintage feel which felt warm and inviting to me. I want to contrast the pink florals with something modern and fresh. The green and black dots seemed to do the trick.

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

 

Blade Runner 372

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

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.

Eye in the sky by Steve Bissonnette

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.

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 Tyrell Corporation reflecting off the detectives 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.