Thursday, December 18, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Ancient City of Spades

 A desert City somewhere in North Africa

*A lot of villainy and gambling went on here.  I guess it was the precursor to Las Vegas in our desert.

The desert City During a Wind Storm

*Notice that in both pictures the higher, war flag is blown in a different direction than the lower, state flag.  This is due to an anomaly in the wind swirl caused by the unique design of the city.  Much like the old Yankee Stadium where batters would not look to the higher flag but a lower weathervane to see what way the wind was blowing in the stadium.  The weathervane was shaped like a bat, by the way.

**Modern skyscrapers actually bend to the wind quite a bit.  OK, not anywhere near as much as this.  But hey, this is cartoon physics.

Here Spades is on a map.  (Umm, well not the right map, but a map).

And look in here, in my laptop computer!  This is where Spades was made.

Saturday, December 13, 2014


Imported from planet Hoth.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Japanese Flag

Antiqued and with paint effects, created from scratch.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I Love My Near-Minimal Desktop

Even detective Monk would approve.  The Bartender app helped clean up my menu bar.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Embossed and Cut Out Effects

My customized embossed and cut out effects above.

Here is a faux 3D, faux embossed business card.  Only two diagonal cuts with a scissors on a standard rectangular business card are necessary for this effect.

Six Album Covers

When asked which is their favorite album cover, it seems people lean toward one of their favorite albums musically.  Here, I'm showing three albums I felt had stunning cover designs, one that was great probably because it evoked the music within, one influenced by nostalgia, and a wonderful surefire miss.  Can you guess which is which?

Friday, December 5, 2014

A Family Seal

In Japan, each family has their seal and a red ink pad.  When packages arrive at the door, Japanese use their stamp to acknowledge delivery.

My seal, for personal reasons, has the Hebrew word for sun shemesh cut into it.  Its design echoes another logo (below).

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Everybody Loves Homestyle Cooking

This bowl was inverted and photoshopped from a long, cylinder bell. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Renaissance Frame Reimagined

I took the frame from the picture within my frame (from today's NYT article on Harvard's new art galleries) and reconstructed a different frame which you see here. I like the way you are right now peering into the image of the mother and daughter peering into the image of the monkey-ish shepherd peering into stable at Joseph peering at his son.  His wife seems here quite confused by this elaborate construct.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Amazing Letter "S"

The Amazing letter S.  It can turn one elephant into two, or change one gold coin into a million gold coins - just by tagging along at the end of a word.

And here is a version reminiscent of Roy Lichtenstein and his borrowed Ben-Day Dots.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tents With Flags

The tent shapes were based on tents found in two illustrated Arabian guidebooks to holy cites at the Met Museum.

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Frick Garden Reimagined

Before photo from NY Times article, above.

And here is the photo after my adjustments.  The adjustments are more dramatic when you click to enlarge the pictures.

Friday, October 31, 2014

A Beautiful Cels' Cloud Study

Jean-Michel Cels (1819–1894)
Cloud Study, ca. 1838–42
Oil on cardboard
Thaw Collection, jointly owned by the Met and the Morgan Library 

My variation on this work.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Very Inauthentic Baroque Instrument

My invention, a conical recorder, is so very inauthentic.  But in spirit it looks and feels like it fits within the Baroque.  Even the bore enlargening toward the end is opposite of how a recorder is made (and typical of just about all other classical woodwinds).  The recorder bore tapers.  Of course, that is not even the beginning of the impracticality of this design, with the note holes being attractively but oddly sized and arranged.

If it were to be made, I dare say the result would be similar to what happened when a past principal bassoonist rearranged the keys of his instrument and had a prototype made.  His was a practical and intelligent step in the evolution of the instrument, (yes, quite unlike my contraption).

You see, the bassoon's keys are in illogical order, some what like if you played the piano and the c# key was where the a key is and the e key traded places with its f neighbor.  Well, not one bassoonist ordered the new fangled instrument and the lonely prototype became a proud treasure of the Met Museum.  I wonder what that says about the bassoonist's mind?  And they say oboists are the crazy ones.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Study for Flash Animation

Elwood Pepper driving to work with his head bobbing up and down.  I am blurring the images for speed effect for the first time here.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Diagram for a Portable Film Projector

Even utilitarian objects can be of elegant design, as has been said of the French approach to machines.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

From Space

What is it?  Where is it from?  What are the creatures inside it like?  Why did they come?  Are they going to try to sell us Used Flying Objects and outdated disintegrating ray guns?  Do they have business cards?

The Japanese pronounce this as a word, like you-foe.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Light Off, Light On

These were made in Mac Pages not Adobe Suite or any other sophisticated software.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Of Black Holes

A fabric design for a kimono, inspired by my recent visit to the Met Museum's show of Kimonos.  The show includes a newly acquired woman's kimono from the WWII era with an attractive design of fighter planes.  I like a modern splash on old crafts, Mobil Flying Horse signs and trucks woven into a Navaho blanket, the Tokyo subway map embroidered on the back of a kimono (this last one is much like Dumbledore's "useful scar," a perfect map of the London subway).

Does the book only appear to be empty?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Oni Mask for Halloween in Japan

Halloween is becoming more popular in Japan.  You would have to hole punch the eye pupils to see through, if you were planning to actually wear the mask.

Below is an antique fireman's kimono from the Met Museum show soon opening on kimonos which I sampled and modified to make this mask.  (Wouldn't it be fun to wear the mask and the kimono at the same time?)

Perhaps even your Mr. Daruma would like to join in on the fun?

Modified from the Wiki Daruma doll page image, below.