S is for Space 411

S is for Space, inspired by Carl Sagan, and all things written and shown in the name of the Cosmos.

S is for SpaceS is for Space 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 S is for Space, it’s image sources & more tidbits. To hear an amazing Brian Eno space track, An Ending (Ascent) used on the Apollo missions. See one of my earliest collages with this same song title. To see more music and bands I like, dare to click here.

In addition, S is for Space is my latest digital collage, one that pops with a ton of contrast much like I wanted it too.

I am liking Yagey‘s style a lot on deviant Art. Furthermore, my current goal is to be looser, more arty, in that Yagey-like manner, without aping him. Using two incredible images from NASA on the Commons, you can view them below this text.

Also, the title just came to me. S is for Space reminded me of an old children’s picture book, adding some wide-eyed innocence to the futuristic theme. I may start a series on this, and I may not (he says uncommittedly).

In conclusion, here is another amazing Saganism: “Look again at that dot, that’s here, that’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization. Every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals. Every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there, on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. – Carl Sagan

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]

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]

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.

Can’t Find My Way Home 382

Can’t Find My Way Home 382, based on the classic hit by Blind Faith.

Can’t Find My Way Home was one of many hits. The album was released in the UK with a cover photo of an 11-year-old girl named Mariora Goschen. Thus, The cover photo because as famous as the album itself. It showed Goschen naked and holding a model spaceship. Back in that year, it was just a tad controversial. 

Bob Seidemann came up with the concept and took the photo. It was to represent humankind’s relationship with technology (this was when the mission to put a man on the moon was BIG NEWS). The band wasn’t yet named, and when Seidemann took the photo, he called it “Blind Faith.” Hence, Clapton decided that should be the name of the band. See here the original album cover.

This is also a tribute to all Supergroups. This would include Blind Faith, Traveling Wilbury’s, Bad Company and yes, The Dirty Mac.

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 this piece on deviant Art, with source credits and background info. Here is another recent space collage I did, based off this one.

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.