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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

RAD ART vol. 3 - Bat Country

   I've loved Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas since I was too young to even know what the hell was going on. The way it's shot, the intentional over-acting and rapid dialogue, weirdly out of place bright colours, and monsters out of nowhere (or so my 10-year-old, didn't-know-what-hallucinogens-were self thought) were just amazing! Of course it made a lot more sense when I saw it again a few years later, but whatever... The "We can't stop here, this is bat country!" line has always been hilarious to me. Especially since they had already stopped in bat country. But, well, I guess that danger matters more for picking up hitchhikers, than in the name of rooting through your drug stash. So without further ado, here's a bunch of art inspired by the Bat Country/Hitchhiker sequence. :)


Not only is this super green as fuck, but the linework has a very fitting wobbly-distorted style.

There are a lot of these tattoos out there, but few are as crisp and bright as this one.

The fact that the artist chose to photograph his painting of Johnny Depp's portrayal
of Raoul Duke
at a distorted angle only serves to make this look even better!

These cute as hell postcards by my friend Ash are what inspired this post.

Never underestimate the importance of materials! And the enriching quality of variety. The combination of acrylic, water-based, oil, and spray paints make this broken skateboard piece pretty damn sweet.

I love the spiral-eyes on this comic panel version of the quote.
Definitely captures the character's drug-addled state.

The obligatory piece of hyper-colourful street art.

Last but not least, another wicked painting!

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

VOTW - Slow Life

   This is so friggin cool! University of Queensland PhD student Daniel Stoupin made this insane video of coral reefs, sponges and other crazy underwater organisms out of something around 150 000 macro photographs. The results are mind-blowing and absolutely gorgeous. One thing I love the most about oceanic organisms is how brightly coloured they tend to be, and it's so neat to see them this up close and really notice their movements.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Graffiti of Queen West pt. 3

   Here it finally is, part three of my Graffiti of Queen West photos! The back alley art of the Spadina-Bathurst stretch of Queen St W, known as Graffiti Alley (cleverly lazy name), is an ever-changing gallery of street art. Since I took these photos a year and a half or so ago, there's a good chance that much of what I've shown is something different now. For the most part, I think it's pretty well the same, but I haven't spent enough aware-of-my-surroundings time in these alleys since to be certain.

   I'll have to take another wander through in a few weeks to check it out. And, of course, go on the hunt for more graffiti pockets in the city. But for now, here's what I've got left of my favourite shots from this day. :)



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Exposing a Screen w/Photo Emulsion

Using a hand cut stencil on a blank screen as your silk screening method is great for most people. You have a blank space to work with, so you can literally do anything that fits into your printable area. But if you notice you're using a certain stencil a lot over countless separate occasions, you'll save a helluva lot of time if you toss your plastic outline and go for something a little more permanent instead. You can either lay a stencil under the mesh and paint all the negative space in with screen filler, or go the photo emulsion route. Personally, I prefer the latter because it's way quicker.

YOU WILL NEED
  • a silk screen
  • photo emulsion
  • sensitizer
  • squeegee
  • push pins
  • light source
  • clear tape
  • dark space
  • acetate sheet(s)
  • newspaper
  • black bristol board