Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Two good things arrived in the mail

Okay, I love getting cool stuff in the mail, and a few days ago I hit the jackpot. As many of you know, I wrote a book over the course of the winter and it was massively rewarding to get a box of advance copies in the mail. There they were, waiting for me on the porch. There were times when I was writing and illustrating the book that I thought I'd never finish. But now, here it is in my hands. The whole thing came together great and looks amazing, hooray!

Perhaps just as cool was my copy of the new Jeff Soto Lucky 13 calendar. I don't know how he does it, but his art constantly fills me with awe. Everything that comes out of that guy is just so amazingly epic and completely original. I wish I had a fraction of his talent. Anyway, here's a few images of the cool calendar/mini-magazine package.

It was put together by Mark Murphy at Murphy Design who puts together extraordinary books of art by some of the finest living artists.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Underground Art!

It was twenty years ago that I was 17 and deep into my 80s punk phase. As a mohawk sporting teen I was heavily into Black Flag. They were one of the greatest bands around and I absolutely loved the artwork on their album covers. Unique illustrations with disturbing and thought provoking captions decorated the cover for each slab of vinyl. The man who did all of the drawing was the almighty Raymond Pettibon. I still remember the day my mother saw the Slip it in album cover for the first time...it wasn't pretty.

Anyway, these days I still love Black Flag, and Raymond Pettibon too. So right now I'd like to encourage all of you to go out and pick up the latest issue of Computer Arts Projects. It is the Underground Art issue and profiles some amazing artists, including Raymond Pettibon, Ralph Steadman, and Gilbert Sheldon. There's a really cool history of the underground press and lots of info regarding the evolution of zines. Yours truly wrote a couple of tutorials and I gotta say that I'm a bit star-struck to be in the same mag as Pettibon. Get one before it sells out!

Check out some of almighty Ray's finest Flag covers: