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I’ve been working like crazy to complete my fashion project for Relapse Magazine shot by Tyler Lazer Mitchell. It’ll be a ten page story filled with colorful spreads and single pages.

The photos are amazing. The model is beautiful and inspiring. We shot her in her under wear and pinned her hair back leaving me space to draw in my own imagined hair and fashion. I cant wait to share it with you good folks that lend me your time by reading my ramblings.

I just scanned the last drawing and now I’m waiting for photomerge/photoshop to piece it together. Since the drawing is so large and I scanned it at a high DPI, photoshop is moving slowly. So, I thought i’d take the time to write this post. For some reason I started thinking about my equipment today. Particularly my scanner. I’ve had the same one for over ten years. I really need a larger one, but how can I replace such a good old friend?! Seriously though, it’s so small I had to scan this large drawing in about six sections. Not such a big deal. Just sayin’. Anyway, I tend to use my equipment until it can’t be used anymore. Upgrade only when necessary. Probably not the best of practices, but I’m a firm believer of the age old philosophy of, “if it ain’t broke…”.

Good day to ya,

D.

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Taking Stock

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I recently came across this picture a friend took of me while we were painting in some undisclosed location in the 90’s. The picture of course brings back a few distant memories from that specific day, but more so of my life back then and who I was. When looking at this, my first instinct is to say not much has changed within me deep down inside. I’m the same person. I’ve just grown a bit older, wiser, lost my hair for the traded ability to grow a thick beard like my pops before me, got married, gained a career, acquired debt, etc. Those things don’t change a person. No way, no how, not possible. Dumb, dummy am I, how wrong could I be? I am wrong right? Probably, but it really doesn’t matter, because I’m just taking stock, remembering where I came from, to get the slightest idea of where I’m going. Learning from my past in other words. What have I done in my life to reach the point I’ve already reached? It’s insane how that works, but it’s also very simple. I don’t think it’s a concept to dwell on, but it should be acknowledged and I’m simply doing so. And so it’s done and I’ll move on from that specific thought today. Mission accomplished.

 

D.

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Here’s an excellent review┬áby E.R. Bird of the book “Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey” written by Gary Golio and Illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez. I’ve yet to read the book, but I’ve seen several of the paintings in person at Rudy’s last show, they are inspiring and amazing to say the least.

D.

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Well, it’s that time of the year again. I just entered these three pieces into the Communication Arts 2013 Juried Illustration Competition. Wish me luck.

D.

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BAD CIRCLES

All types of greetings to you from where ever the hell I find my self today. Here’s a new one hot of the pixel table aka my wife’s IMAC. (Cause I’m to cheap to buy my own!) This is another piece that I conceptualized pretty mindlessly, but ended up finding more meaning in than I ever intended. Dare I speak of such meanings? No, find your own.

Have fun.

From somewhere on Earth (Today anyway)

Your humble servant,

D.

 

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Good morning. It’s 6:17am and I’m trying to get some drawing done before work. Enjoy your day!

D.

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Still working on this project for Relapse Magazine. Having tons of fun thinking about fashion and what I “think” a woman would find interesting, unique and cool to wear. The structure of this drawing reminds me of Patrick Nagel’s work, an artist that I first discovered way back in my youth. Seriously, I think I was about 13 or 14 when I first saw it. Many nail salons located in Brooklyn and Queens often featured his work on their signage because his graphic paintings usually featured women with brightly colored nails. Anyway, while my friends were drooling over comics I was drooling over this guys work. Pretty crazy now that I think back to it. No worries though, I eventually got into comics. Ha!

Enjoy,

D.

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