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I have all the time in the world.

8 Feb

I’d always wondered what would happen if I worked less at my punch-the-timeclock job. Would my art flourish? Would I spend my free hours editing film and posting new finds on Etsy? Would I find that I didn’t need that job anymore and be truly happy and successful doing what I’ve always wanted to do?

Six months after making the transition to part-time and I have the answer: Nope. I mean, sort of, but mostly nope.

Illustration via Fuchsia Macaree, but how one found time to make something so lovely when they’re so familiar with the Triangle is anyone’s guess.

Basement Volcano

12 Jan

 

Lost things.

24 Mar

Stop-motion animation, especially when done with a human subject, has always been a favorite medium of mine. Something about the way the subtle jolts hearken back to early, stuttering nickelodeon bits always tugs at my vintage-loving heartstrings, and the whimsical possibilities make for a nice shaking up of the ushe and the regular. This short film featuring the face and music of Alison Sudol is simply a lovely example:

Directed by Angela Kohler and Ithyle Griffiths.

I’m a loner Dottie, a rebel.

2 Sep

From Gallery 1988‘s Crazy 4 Cult 2: This Time It’s Personal show, which features artwork based on cult classic films:


“Woodchipper”
Erica Gibson, from Fargo

 

“Johnny Eck”
Alex Pardee, from Freaks

 

“Effervescent Pestilence”
Jesse Riggle, from Evil Dead

 

“Five Scrumdiddliumptious Youths”
Justin Degarmo, from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Texas Chainsaw Massacre

 

“Believe in Nothing”
Allison Reimold, from The Big Lebowski

 

“Special People Equals Retarded”
Mike Maas, from Welcome to the Dollhouse

 

“Pee Wee and His Dog Spec: Before the Curious Incident with the Bike”
Andy Suriano, from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

 

“Alamo Fair & Rodeo”
Ben Walker, from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

 

“I Awoke Early the Day I Died”
Gris Grimly, from Ed Wood

 

There are many more, and nearly everything is good. Check the rest of the works out here. With that, I’ve been reminded two things:

         x. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure is soooo good!

         x. Not enough people have seen Ed Wood. What is wrong with all you people
             who have not seen Ed Wood? See Ed Wood, please. 

…and the dish ran away with the spoon.

16 Jul

Sweet Wishes is the first foray into film for painters Mark Ryden and Marion Peck. The animated short is a cautionary tale starring a doll, a baby, and a bear. Via BoingBoing.

I think it’s a bit too “easy,” but I’m judgmental. The soundtrack, however, is the best. Someone mentioned that it’s Raymond Scott (whose early electronic recordings are amazing amazing amazing, go listen now!), which would mean that Raymond Scott is the posthumous winner of my new favorite person award. Prestigious, I know.

the art of Andrew Brandou

6 Jul

BoingBoing recently posted the newest work of artist Andrew Brandou, aka Howdy Pardner. While the pieces that they highlight are worthwhile, I thought I’d post snippets of one of his older collections: “As A Man Thinketh, So He Is,” his children’s book-esque interpretation of the Peoples Temple and the Jonestown mass suicide.

 

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Fecal Face has an old interview with him, which details his past life as an animator. And as a person who gives his cats a detailed, eccentric history, which is always a plus plus plus:

ms. peeps magillicutty jones was actually a good friend of mine for years. as head of the peeps jones space administration, she was a contender for the nobel prize in 2002, and awarded several grants for interstellar/insterspecies research. peeps had a sophisticated health regimen which included her own brand of yoga and martial arts. peeps was on par with the infamous space monkeys which recently began inhabiting mars. her associate, ms. sneaky noodle jones, an ex-KGB agent, and currently acting head of the FCIA, or feline central intelligence agency, was also endowed with incredible physical strength and agility. peeps and sneaky have gone deep undercover in an attempt to foil an incredibly evil mastermind. for my own safety, even i don’t even know their current whereabouts. however, i have started working with a new scientist, and international super-spy, agent chloe bebe jones, most recently undercover as a couture model on the runways of milan. incredibly, she can spend days in an lab deep underground in the catacombs of los angeles, and be fresh as a daisy for her stylist at a moments notice.

I’m fairly sure he is no longer in contact with the cats, perhaps due to a repressed tragedy which we can only imagine. See more of his work here.