I will probably make this available as a poster before I include it in my portfolio, because it looks so different from most of the work there. I like where it’s going, though.
I still can! Even on the mornings when I think I can’t, I repeat it to myself like a mantra and somehow, I find the power to reach for sock #1.
The background for this is driving me crazy. I want to make it look like a pile or closet of clothes, with even more colorful patterns, but for now we will content ourselves with these pastel swirlies.
I’m on a retro kick again. I used to collect recipe booklets and brochures from the 50’s and 60’s. A lot of them were illustrated with these simple, blocky collages and when I started on this one, I noticed it was in that style, so I kept going with it.
If I was a professor of design, advertising, and/or illustration, my first project would be to imagine the most useless, disgusting, or just plain ridiculous product, then present it in a way that makes it appealing. 50’s commercial art really does that for me. If ads were still in this style, I’d probably be smoking two packs a day, washed down with rum and Coca-Cola. And woven sisal fibers!
So this is my entry for CurateNYC, an exhibition that will be seen in four locations throughout the city from Oct. 21-31. You could submit only one 5×6″ postcard-size image.
I wanted to call my picture “Unnnngggh!” but I went with the more conventional “Bodybuilder” and in fact it’s a portrait of my bodybuildin’ friend Mephy, drawn as she dead-lifted a 225 lb. barbell. Months later, I thought she looked like a Japanese demon, which she would enjoy, being a huge lover of Japan and its culture. But I wouldn’t know for sure, because I lost her new phone number and it’s difficult to find her on the Internet. So if you’re out there, I hope this grants at least one of your wishes, to live forever as an oni that’s totally diesel!
I like making card series when I want to try out a new art style. Tarot cards are my favorite because each one has so many symbols to interpret.
This Trans Fatty Tarot deck that I’m working on is kind of a goof: I tried to include at least the basic symbols that you usually find on a tarot deck. I might write some silly descriptions for each card when I’m done. For now, I’ve finished the Major Arcana (0-21, The Fool-The World) and I’m about to start the four suits. So far I’ve decided on cookies for Coins and cupcakes for Cups, but I’m not sure about the Wands and Swords, because they are similar in shape. Candy canes? Lollipops? Any ideas?