Archive for February, 2009

Dock for Lease?

Escaping for a day and an evening, away from the construction riddled roads of rage consumed drivers, I ventured two hours north to Savannah. The city, in all it’s historic glory, is an amazing escape from the everyday mundane environment I live in here in Jacksonville. I don’t quite know if it is architecture or the sky lined sprawl of spanish moss covered trees, but there is something about Savannah that takes the edge away and always seems to supply me with something interesting to look at.

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These are photographs that I had taken at random—when something struck my attention, captured my interest. Of coarse, I had to put one with my girlfriend in as well, her being the inspiration to get away for a day and an evening in the first place.

Doc for Lease

For dinner, the evening of our trip to Savannah, Kelly and I ate at our favorite restaurant of chance, the Chart House. Shortly after finishing the delightful crab-stuffed shrimp dish, my eye was lured to a sight across the river—just out the window. Trying to photograph at that distance with my trusty excuse of a camera that is the Nikon Coolpix S50, was not going to happen. I took out my sketch book and drew the scene up quickly as the Chocolate Lava Cake desert approached the table. Something about this sign “Dock for Lease” seemed to embody, for me, all the elements of this troubled economy that are present in almost every corner of every place that you go these days.

Obama, Fairey, and the AP…..hmmmmm

So I had to do a project for my Art History class. Everyone had been talking about this whole Sheppard Fairey copyright infringment thing. It was brogught up in Art History and in my Copyright Law class. So I decided that for my project I would do my own version of the famous Obama poster that we all know so well. But instead of just copying it i figured i would throw in some things we talked about in class. 

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This was the original sketch, but after discussing it with Jimmy, I decided to change it up a bit.

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This is the second sketch I did, and the one I decided to go ahead with.

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Sheppard Obama
3 color Screen-print on Newpaper collage
11in. x 15in. 

And this is the final product. A 3 color screen print on a collage of newspaper clippings. (all of which were cut at random, the stories I cut up have nothing to do with the Sheppard Fairey, Ap lawsuit)

Putting a good book to use…

So I recently finished up this 3-D sculpture thing I was working on. I used a book as my medium. I used a photography book of New York that I found when I got lost in the Chamblin book store over in the Ortega area. My whole idea behind it was to let the pictures direct me where to go next. An exacto knife was my tool and slowly  I cut away the parts of the pages that I didn’t want. I’m pretty happy how it turned out considering it was my first time doing something like this. Check out the pics below.

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“Before” (part 1 of 3)

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This is Part 1 of a 3 part series i’m working on. Its titled “Before”. I’m sure you get the hint as to what the next 2 will be (here is a hint, during and after). Anyways I’m going to be working on them this coming month. I’m going to post updates along the way to show you how its going, so keep an eye out for those.

Insert Super Villain Laugh here;

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Bull + Chad = The Devil

Nick-toon

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When I was younger, I had a subscription to Mad Magazine and that whole drawing style became something that I emulated during my elementary classes as opposed to paying attention. I hadn’t really thought about it in many years—I kind of forgot about Mad all together, until the other day. As it turns out, I am taking another interest in the style as well as trying to do Caricature drawings in general.

Here is Nick V.

—Jim

The [ Team-Up ]

This is the first time that Nick and Jim had teamed up on anything. The project was to do an illustrated calendar with a theme—Jacksonville was chosen as the theme and below is what turned out.

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Collaborative cover done, good luck trying to guess which one of us drew which things—we don’t even remember who did what on this page with 100% certainty.
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“The St. Johns River”
—Jim
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My approach to the calendar was slightly different than Jim’s approach. For each month I based what I would draw on what happened that month and incorporate something from Jacksonville. For this month I put in the church from downtown.

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“Lynches Irish Pub”
—Jim

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“Jacksonville Jazz Festival” (This was the first month i did)

-nick v.

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“The Cummer Museum Gardens”
—Jim

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This month I included the beach and the Danes Point bridge.

-nick v.

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“Jax Beach Pier”
—Jim

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“School Four”

-nick v.

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“Construction; Everywhere Else in Jacksonville”
—Jim

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“Spooktacular : Jacksonville Zoo”

-nick v.

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“City Hall; Jax Beaches”
—Jim

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“St. Johns Town Center”

-nick v.


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