Process: Editing Separations (Again) For Print

Guitar playing robot closeup

Figure 1. Close up of The Guitar Playing Robot print in it’s nearly final state

Note: This is Part Three of a process post. For earlier posts see Process: Digital Art Editing of the Guitar Playing Robot and Process: What Counts As Cheating When Making Art?

Three months! That’s how long I’ve been editing separations on this image and making little adjustments to it. Mind you I’ve got a full-time job and house to maintain and I’ve been working on some other art projects in the meantime. As disgusted as I am with my slow progress, I’m rather glad I didn’t call this done three months ago. To refresh your memory, here’s what it looked like then: Continue reading

How To: One Of A Kind Kraft Paper Gift Wrapping

Custom Kraft Paper Gifts

A lot of the time I feel like I’m just a bit behind the trends, but when it comes to kraft paper gift wrapping I was way ahead. I’ve been using this stuff to wrap gifts for years. My draw to it was not so much the “brown paper packages tied up in strings,” but more for the stark industrial look. In fact, the earliest packages also utilized duct tape. But today I’m going to share some of my customizations with you that you can use this holiday season for your gift wrapping needs. Some require more time and talent than others, but there should be something here for everyone. Continue reading

Are You A Thief? Music Piracy Today

Your iPod Is A Vampire

Your iPod Is A Vampire

For some time I’ve been working on a notion that one way or another we are all thieves. Sometimes willingly, sometimes incidentally, but we’ve all stolen something. I just can’t prove it yet.

Years ago I was employed at an art supply distribution center. The impetus is difficult to recall, but at some point a few days in I set a goal for myself: I would steal one rubberband for every day I worked there. Continue reading

All The Songs I Can Play (Sort Of)

Pastel drawing of John on sofa

Pretending to have a red sofa and green wall

Let it be known that I am a big fan of lists. For a while I maintained an Excel spreadsheet of every film I’ve ever watched. As I further consider a trip across the country to play some music, I thought I better examine my repertoire. So here is the list of songs I can play. Sort of. It’s 124 covers  and 14 original songs that I have performed in one way or another be it at open mic, at a funeral, at a wedding, or just over the phone for a friend. It’s only the songs that I have done solo and acoustic (because that’s how I’ll be going). If I buckled down one Saturday I could probably add half a dozen more songs that I’ve been slowly working on, and if I just wanted to go for sheer numbers I could probably learn a lot of three chord songs over a couple days. Continue reading

The Danger of Influence

From time to time I’ve included some of my influences here. Whatever your creative outlet, if you get any good at it someone is bound to ask who your influences are. Sometimes the answer is insightful, but it can also be frustrating and embarrassing. And of course the danger of influence is obsession. Continue reading