Sunday, January 31, 2010

Rosemarie Fiore

Found her via pitch. design union. GIANT spirographs with paint that looks like wool. I want to be in the room with the bad!

It sure brings me back...

love at

My short attention span has kept me from actually seeing Edward Gorey's illustrations. My friend Paolo showed me some tonight and I think this new love affair with Gorey is about to get serious.

In this case, I'm gaga for the content rather than going straight for the image. A common theme held together by separate drawings and characters. This is how I see BOXhead as a zine. It's also how I'd like to conduct my work in Phoebe Gloeckner's 'Narrative Art' (comic/graphic novel) class. We'll have to see how that goes...

Saturday, January 30, 2010


It's been a while since we've seen BOXhead around these parts. 2 not-quite-complete drawings. Not sure if they'll make the final collection just yet.

New this week: large-scale drawings and nice paper.

Monday, January 25, 2010

drawing at work...

New box design for Zingerman's Zzzzzang bars. (un)Famously coined "the four-dollar candy bar" at the Michigan Theater.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

working out my frustration

Finally figured out my final presentation. I'm going to take a picture of my studio as is, blow it up real big, paste it on a truck. Drive that around. Month-long moving installation. You're welcome, Ann Arbor.

Monday, January 18, 2010

a place called "I.P."

Welcome. Is there a rule somewhere saying I can get an A if I become an insomniac? If so, I just made the Dean's list. It's not that I could give two shits about grades (my work is another story), but I feel like it would redeem my loss of a sleep schedule...not that I ever got the routine "8 hours of sleep a night" anyway.

If IP could teach me one thing (knowing that I will gain much more than just one thing blah blah blah), it would be to finally get some courage to be stubborn and stand up for my work. Yeah, that's right, stubborn. It's because of my passive-quiet-niceness that I've spoken to my professors for a grand TOTAL of 40 minutes since September. Silent rage does nothing...only makes my GSIs think I'm even more insane. Go me.

Sunday, January 17, 2010


Evan, my studio-mate, laughs when he sees or says hi to me as if someone just told an awkwardly bland joke. I put this on his blank studio wall tonight. I'll be a Harley Man 'til the Day I Die. Temporary installation. That'll show 'em.

A series of posters have been on my mind since before I started IP. In fact, it was even another idea for the year-long project. They mock, what else, but advertising. This is a overworked start.

Now that I think of it, I get greeted with a lot of laughs...

Saturday, January 16, 2010


The work day may be starting off at 3 PM, but it is Saturday and there's no one else in the studios...I win. Beginning things with a giant cup o' joe from Espresso Royale. Not the greatest coffee around, but decent and the price makes it even better.

Come. Get a little nostalgic with me, will you? Coffee and cocoa plantation in Bali. Two thumbs up for a little agritourism!! Missing it like hell...

Friday, January 15, 2010

4 o'clock on a Friday

This is pretty much how I'm feeling right now. Only, imagine the wall being my desk. Yeah, that's more like it.

My newest thing: I want to go to a National Park. One with trees. Trees for miles.

free day? yeah right.

Another day in the Duderstadt, my most favorite of the university's libraries. Currently working on an animation for PLAY gallery. Hoping to finish it this weekend and redeem myself as an intern.

sneak peek

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

John Casey

I rediscovered him earlier today on my love for you... and his process hit a nerve in me. I was told to play a lot more during my last review and I think this could be a way toward bringing that to my final show. I'm always drawing, but ideally I want to end up with a sort of installation with drawings and animation. Boxhead has the possibility of becoming something large like Casey's floor-to-ceiling drawings, recreated on wood. Still 2D illustrations, but a lot more of an impact...and more fun.

See more of his stuff here!

Monday, January 11, 2010

look ma...

I'm trying to get back on track! (Trying being the key word.)

picks from today's sketches

Here's something new I'm testing out. Multiple layers of tracing paper showing duration and struggle (or something) over time. I'm going to have to bring in the big guns for this one...dark pens, markers and such.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

you're just like me #5,673

I found photographer Jamie Campbell on another one of my can't-sleep-art-blog-surfing-nights. His photos not only reminded me of BOXhead, but also in getting back into the mood of BOXhead. They're lonely, vulnerable, calm, and sometimes strange, happening in our reality but at times not normal. Very plain, I like the simple situations in which they take place. Two thumbs up.

Saturday, January 9, 2010


I started this commissioned drawing during Thanksgiving break and finished it just after the new year. Meticulous drawings of strangers like these are not particularly my favorite, but I am still a broke college student.

step 1 -- sketches

step 2 -- outlines down
(horrible photo, no scanner in sight)

step 3 -- fin!

step 4 -- aftermath
(hand cramping and sleep readjustment after caffeine overload)

Makes it look like a breeze, doesn't it?