“big cartoons”

[Close-up of desertmanhattan, in its early “pencil” phase, Autumn, 2008.] I was thinking earlier today how I had made my reputation drawing very, very small cartoons [i.e. "drawn on the back of business cards"], and now here I am, with The Marfa Series, going in the opposite direction i.e. very, very big cartoons. Two sides […]

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painting update

[Tablet PC sketch of what I have in mind. Click on image to enlarge etc.] [UPDATE: 12.10am, 23rd March. “DesertManhattan” is finished. Hurrah!] DesertManhattan is nearly finished. Four x Eight foot worth of insanity. Months of work. Will be posting pictures soon. My next painting will be half that size- 48″ x 48″ square… the […]

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desertmanhattan update

[Close-up of “DesertManhattan”. Click on image to enlarge etc.] 1. I started DesertManhattan in September [See initial post here]. I thought it would take me a couple of weeks. Now I’m thinking, if I get it done within six months, that’ll be pretty good going. 2. I don’t work on it that much. Maybe twice […]

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desertmanhattan update

[YouTube video...] ["DesertManahattan". 4 x 8". Ink, Acrylic and Pencil on Canvas etc...] Progress on “DesertManhattan” has been slow these last few weeks- I’ve been busy with other projects, mostly the prints. That being said, I’ve still able to occasionally sneak into the studio and work on it some more- usually late at night, when […]

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“purpose-ideas are articulated via social objects, not messages”

[Close-up of DesertManahattan. India Ink on Canvas… gorgeous. Click on image to enlarge etc.] Let me say it one more time: “Purpose-Ideas are articulated via Social Objects, not Messages.” Click on the links in the above sentence to see what I’m talking about [especially Link Number Three]. Mark Earls says the future of advertising is […]

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desertmanhattan update

[40-second video, no audio.] ["DesertManhattan". India ink, pencil and acrylic on canvas. 4x8 ft. Click on image to enlarge etc.] [Close-up view. Click on image to enlarge etc.] The final ink layer is about half done, which by my reckoning makes the whole thing about 75% completed. Quite pleased with it, so far. Quite excited […]

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gapingvoid getting serious about the lithograph business

[Me working on “DesertManhattan”. Photo courtesy of Deborah Smail.] After a couple of years of thinking about it, I’m finally moving forward in the lithograph department. Here are some initial thoughts: 1. Yes, I’ve done lithographs before e.g for Techcrunch, Stormhoek and Microsoft. Those were produced digitally, for high-numbered editions [one thousand or so]. This […]

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“desertmanhattan”: progress report

[Click on images to enlarge. Click to watch the video here.] I started adding the acrylic last week. If you click on the top picture, you’ll see I’ve just start applying the India Ink, towards the top. That was yesterday. If you click on the link above, I made a little 2-minute phonecam video explaining […]

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debora smail

[Applying the pencil to DesertManhattan. Photos courtesy of Debora Smail, who was in town last week. Click on images to enlarge etc.] Last week the photographer, Debora Smail was in town, working on a travel assignment for a magazine. We hung out a bit; first we cracked open a few beers at Harry’s Tinaja, then […]

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desertmanhattan update

[A rough idea of how I’m hoping “Desertmanhattan” will turn out, cannibalized from “Fred 44″. 4×8 feet, pencil, acrylic and ink on canvas. Click on image to enlarge etc.] Over the last week, I’ve been dividing my time between finishing the book manuscript and getting started on Desertmanhattan. My head is all over the place […]

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