First day of spring 2017: An old French postcard with a new California photograph.
Current sketch book: Drawing maybe not quite yet.
Current sketch book: Drawing of three things and a triangle.
A St Patrick’s Day drawing: “Imaginary snakes flowering in an Irish bog famously cleared out”
March: in like a . . . out like a . . .
Current small sketch book page. Ballpoint pen and color pencils.
Photograph of a thrift store “factory painting” on a rough plaster wall above harsh lamp light, making for a misleading spacial framing illusion
A 2017 Valentine with a bit of 19th century fancy bookend nostalgia and a funny Prismacolor pencil drawing done in 1982.
Today: 2 photographs with 2 light conditions, one looking back and one looking forward on the same street at the same time.
2 pages from a 1991 sketch book, ball point pen, color pencil, and collage.
1984 and 2004. Two different drawings at two different times with two different ends, other than being on my same continuum.
One.perfect day Two.parent powers Three.predictable progeny
Polaroids: Top, Dual images from my own dirty doddle drawing board desktop as “found Art” 2001, and below, “Grease pencil drawing on half of discarded Polaroid” 2013
2 collages from my brief reductive period during the minimalist 70’s: 8 1/2 x 11 inches on craft paper, titled “Hercules’ Garden (front)” and “Hercules’ Garden (back)” 1973.
Groundhog Day Conjurations 2017
“Unidentified Factory Object over Detroit River” rubbing drawing, with a bit of fondness, 2017
1957-2017: January. 6oth Anniversary in the profession and academia of graphic design. My first job in a Detroit commercial art studio at age 18, and first designed (including type spec and mechanical) illustrated and, printed piece. A promotional advertisement for the studio in the Detroit AdCrafter Annual. I had to borrow an empty drawing board to do the project, because as an apprentice, I didn’t have an assigned one yet. Someone had to show me how to use the long metal T-square on the edge of the board to align the type, after which it was rubber cemented to the page. So crude and so 50’s in retrospect !
With my own “board” a year later, 1958, and teaming up with another young designer, we came up with this Detroit AdCrafter Annual ad for the studio. It certainly was a big leap ! Again in retrospect, and 60 years gives you some perspective, it’s already an end to the 50’s, with the 60’s just around the corner !
ADDENDUM: Snapshot of me at my drawing board in the Layout Department, 1957. The guy in the background is Jack Troop, who was the head designer (still called, “a layout man”) at that time. This fairly small room also had 2 other designers working in it. We were on the 9th floor of the Francis Palms Building on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit. Could I in this photo have been pensively contemplating my future 60 years hence ? No.
10 pages from a 96 page 2007 sketch book: bits with a bit of wordage. 4 color ballpoint pen with yellow white and blue Prismacolor pencil, 5 x 8 inches.
Two pieces of “found (with contemporary eyes) art” A child’s dabs on endpaper from a 1890s book and an old stereo card where the photograph has completely faded away with only the paint from the handcoloring remaining.
Inauguration Day fashion statement for CalArts Student T-shirt show.
In 2008: Two postcards for a hopeful Obama campaign. By 2016: A truly decent man soaked in an indecent oppositional reign. Farewell!
Speeding through San Fernando Valley via Metrolink.
Some pages from a current and ongoing small gray paper sketch book.
2 surreal images: one a 2010 cutup and rearranged drawing and the other a recent sidewalk photograph. Both are reminiscent of Max Ernst, an early and lifelong sway.