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Archive for October, 2010

BOOM! Flash back to nineteen hundred and eighty three, Kindergarten, Holy Family School, Brooklyn Canarsie. Construction paper and crayons. Days spent scribbling away. Lines kris-crossing over lines, zig-zagging over more lines reflecting all the colors from my box of Crayola’s.  Dumb to the world but pure expression pouring out of every stroke. Living in and enjoying the moment. No concern for the end product, because sight beyond the “now” was impossible for this five year old. Wow, those were beautiful times. Challenge to self, forget what I’ve learned. Clear my mind of distractions. Travel back to find little Dave sitting in that class room twenty seven years ago and listen to what the kid has to say.

Right & Left handed drawing, Cooper 2010

Anyway, today a little voice inside me told me to find a box of crayons…

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Blasts from the past are always fun aren’t they? So, in an attempt to completely embarrass my self, I’ve decided to share this rather old painting I did about 12 years ago. I don’t consider this a good painting by any means, but it did make me think about where I came from and what I’ve achieved thus far. We all should take stock of that once in a blue.

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For those interested in purchasing a David Cooper T-Shirt please visit www.publicworksdept.com! You can also find T-shirts designed by Billie Kid, Sofia Maldonado, 14 Bolt, Shiro and The Dude Company. Seriously, stop what your doing and click the link!!   CLICK IT!!!

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Here’s the official press release of the Art Of Basketball exhibition taking place at Art Basel Miami 2010. To learn more about the event please visit:
Art Of Basketball.

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Oh, hello. Your back again! How nice. Check this one out. This is a concept I drew up for a perfume story that ran in the Sept/Oct 2010 issue of Siempre Mujer Magazine. We wanted the image to be mysterious and  empowering at the same time. Once the idea was approved by my Creative Director & Beauty Editor, I discussed the details on how to translate this drawing into a photograph with our photographer, Jeff Harris.

Photography by Jeff Harris. Creative Director: Stacy Marchelos.

BOOM! This is what we came up with.

Thanks for visiting.

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OH SNAP! Check this out! Above are two preview shots from the upcoming MOM & POPism: Board book by James & Karla Murray. The book will feature photographs from their previous best seller, STOREFRONT: The Disappearing Face Of New York, re-interpreted by several of today’s top graffiti and street artists. Above is the page dedicated to RALPHS DISCOUNT CITY. I worked on this image with Shiro and graffiti legend Lady Pink.

By the way, this book basically documents the exhibition, MOM & POPism that took place on the roof top of Gawker headquarters during the summer of 2009. Here’s something to refresh your memory!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tB-x0QlAIc

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Photo by Host 18

Oh, hello. Nice of you to visit. I painted this guy here in this place, which happens to be an old abandoned mental institution built in the late 1800’s.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to paint when I embarked on this journey, but when I saw this room inspiration struck.

Oh yea, before I go on, I thought this would be fun to see. I snapped a quick shot of this guy with my cell phone to use as reference.

Photo by Fuzzy Logikz

Then, I got to work quick fast.

PHOTO BY HOST 18

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Thanks for looking. See you next time.

D.

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This is a story I illustrated for Siempre Mujer Magazine’s Oct/Nov 2010 issue. Check out my sketches for this job here.

Thanks!
D.

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I thought this would be fun to show. Most of the time I make up a lot of my visuals in my paintings, but sometimes I actually shoot reference. Below is the reference I shot of my self for my latest painting “One On One (The Charge!)” I put this composition together really quickly to help plan my layout.

Then I drew this really rough sketch.

Once I was satisfied with the composition, I traced the drawing onto bristol board and inked it. (NOTE: When doing an actual painting this step isn’t so important, however I knew I was also doing this piece digitally, and this is a key step in that process.)

Below is the digital version of this piece.

The second final was painted on an official NBA back board, with a few variations.

Thanks for looking!

Cooper

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