Wednesday, April 20, 2011

(OPP) Kyle Cummings

Kyle Cummings is a friend of a friend of mine and I've been following his work for a while now. He makes 'cute' things with a decided edge, a thoughtful undertone that gives them an interesting complexity. He sometimes does movie reviews like the one I've made below, and I've discovered a bunch of new music from his posts as well. What follows is an example of his work, my movie review homage, and my own list of recent music that I've been listening to (some of which have come from Kyle's blog). You can check out more of Mr. Cummings' work at

Angela Surf City The Walkmen
Cry Baby Cee Lo Green
Broken Robert Downey Jr.
Getting Ready for Christmas Day Paul Simon
The Beautiful People (From "Burlesque") Christina Aguilera Little Motel Modest Mouse
Don't You Want Me Atomic Tom
Give a Little (Radio Mix) Hanson
Love the Way You Lie (feat. Rihanna) Eminem
When Love Takes Over (feat. Kelly Rowland) David Guetta
Come Back Song Darius Rucker
Alligator Sky (feat. Shawn Chrystopher) Owl City
We Rule the World Dragonette
Missing Beck
Futile Devices Sufjan Stevens
Bullets Editors
American Honey Lady Antebellum
Blackout Linkin Park
Rabbit Will Run Iron & Wine
The Only Exception (Glee Cast Version) Glee Cast

(I) The Inside Series Update

Rejected for being too cartoony. Back to the drawing board!

Monday, April 4, 2011

(I) A Tree Grows in Bako (Say Amen)

A friend commissioned me to do a painting for his living room, a surprise gift for his wife. He didn't have a really specific vision, just that he wanted it on three panels, and that it should depict a tree or, possibly, a root system they'd seen together. I was stoked with the final result, and I did manage to snap some photos along the way.

I bought the panels from a store called Scrap here in SF. They were about 1' x 5' each, totally recycled. Originally they were painted red, black and blue. I painted over the red and blue, then made a chalk drawing of the basic setup of the piece:

I then did a value painting for the top - I have no idea why painters do this, but I've seen it before, so...yes. I also knew that I wanted a light filtering through the roots, so I painted that in:
Then I went crazy with the paints and didn't really stop for the next few hours:
I was saved by the set of paint pens I'd bought for the project, they allowed me to get some nice-looking detail, as on the roots and the spray of gold lights coming through the roots:

I called it "A Tree Grows in Bako (Say Amen)". I thought about what to do with the tree - a redwood, looking up from below? A big oak tree?- but there wasn't a lot of space on the panels. When my friend sent me a picture of an uprooted tree and the complicated patterns therein, I decided to focus on the roots. If you've been to Bakersfield, you know there aren't a lot of trees- the ones that are there are mostly newly-planted saplings near strip malls- so this little guy made sense.

Commission accomplished!