Wednesday, December 29, 2010
BIG PANTS LITTLE STYLE from Quinn Davis on Vimeo.
Weird music for weird times...
IF one has to accept certain stages as necessary in the history of progress, than this is truly an experiment in learning humility. I probably only showed this to a handful of people, reluctantly. But it was all filmed with some unclear intention. I never really thought of anything beyond shop sponsorship or turning pro. I was obsessed, but progress was a thing of self, and moving forward. Or somehow backward, if you think about this period of big pants and small wheels. (Tho perhaps necessary as it grounded us long enough to get a feel for a need to get back speed and air.) And yet looking back, as embarrassing as it may be, I'm glad we used to film this stuff. And it's amusing to go back and watch, to get to acknowledge where you were and how far you've come. My pants fit and my wheels roll.
Monday, December 27, 2010
I don't technically celebrate Christmas per se, because I am not a Christian. I celebrate some sort of family tradition, which holds most of the normal commercial tenants of Xmas -namely getting a tree, putting up little lights, and exchanging gifts.
It's also a good excuse to make artwork, and a hell of a kick in the pants to meet a mutually accepted deadline. I get some interesting work done in these times.
Another clock. 12'' with mock label sticker. I've got a lot of unused crappy records laying around. I'm thinking they could be of use. Anyone want to commission one?
Finally finished what was supposed to be a mother's day gift in 2008. (see older post about pending work here) Needless to say it swallowed many hours. Pen and ink, scanned in sections, realigned the scans, used channels to isolate sections and color in certain layers. Also made some major structural changes, such as the flames in the background, by mirroring one side and cloning it....I even made her taller by warping a lower section of her in Photoshop. 17 layers, 25 channels. Guh. But it turned out nice, Kinko's (Fed Ex, ahem) did a decent job printing, however late.
Poor angel remained crushed underfoot. I can't even remember why I was mad at him to begin with.
Like I wrote on the back, "Happy every day Ma!"
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Early shot of Matt Pailes (pre-rasta-affliction) at a Think demo on Bainbridge Island circa '95. Backside 180 over ramp-to-ramp, it's a make. I think this is probably my first skate photo ever taken, on my old trusty Pentax Asahi. (RIP) I need to find the negative so I can get an un-scrapbooked version up. I always liked this foto.
This is back in the day where you would actually skate with guys at a demo, not the sidelined spectacles they do nowadays. I made a frontside 180 over that thing, happy at the time, only to be chagrined at having shinsplints for the month following. Adrenaline is bliss.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I am sometimes told I focus too much on violence in my art. I can't help it. It's like dreams, in that it comes from somewhere inside and yet presents itself to me.
I depict it in order to address it, to process it, to understand it, and to never forget or become numb to it. It's my therapy while living in a mad world. I just hope that ultimately it's not seen as negative. I actually have a lot of optimism, for a cynic...
Monday, December 13, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Every once in a while, it pays to steal ideas, copying them as close as possible, to learn technique or form or whatever. I'm just lucky I don't have to replicate out The Great Gatsby or For Whom The Bell Tolls to feel the work of my fellow craftsmen.
Drawn proudly from Kyle MacNaughton's concept sketch work for Out of Picture 2.