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I’m back

well it has been 1 year to the day that i have been off art 100% and i feel i have gathered up some good ideas instead of getting a spark of a good idea, acting on it before thinking it out and then losing interest because i didnt flesh out a plan. so i will be doing work again and i am very excited about it. i have a notebook with lots of great text based ideas ive wanted to sketch out for so long and with those ideas in my head i have a much clearer vision of what i want.

now i will be a realist and say that this does not mean the blog posts will be updated to any noticeable frequency but it is possible. im back doing not, i never left doing the blog but it sure did seem like it though.

so the last art i did was the icy valentines heard muscle and the next day i immediately had the idea for the follow up which was one year away so i had plenty of time to visualize it and i think the execution was very accurate.  i think this is about 90% of how i had planned it. and here it is:

2010 heart

2010 heart

Frozen heart

This post is in time for spring thaw but the painting went up in time for valentines day in the same area as the space helmet wall painting.
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update on space helmet project 4 [final draft]

just a quickie for those joining this progress late you can find the previous updates here

so last update i was working on the large stencil. i finished it and was able to do some test sprays on thin foam core. foam core sucks for stencils but it lasts a while and kind of weighs itself down when you are spraying flat onto paper. the hour after i get the first spray down i get a call from thomas buildmore to bring something i was working on down to the Wall@Central Square. so i packed up, ran into some friends down there and these are some pictures of what i was able to put down.

dirty shirt is here and available on the webstore!

if you have seen the old blog you will remember this as one of the last posts made. well i did indeed make this shirt and am now going to be selling it on the webstore.

the shirt is based on a very old porn movie thinly veiled as a “instructional film” called The Marriage Manual.
some friends think this is too graphic of a image to wear in public but i think it is not too lewd of an image and is not really too easy to make out unless you look at it for a few. i only say this because i wear it frequently and people don’t really see it.

dirty shirt

and some live action:

dirty shirt photo

so check out the webstore at http://shop.ersdesigns.com

COMING SOON: web store!

i really am crap at all this web stuff and yes it is taking me a bit longer to get back on the blog horse but know that i have been working on things that will show up on here very soon. and just because i feel like making a list:

  • -web store soon will feature a bunch of shirt designs past and present [as well as future] that i screened, as well as posters.
  • -i want to keep everything really cheap but it depends on cost of materials.
  • -i also am in the process of making more featherknife tote bags
  • -i have been working on a bunch of design related things that are freelance based projects that will unfortunately not make it to the blog for a while due to client requests
  • -i have a lot more personal work i need to put up here including some finished versions of the space helmet project. these were done a while ago but i dont have many good pictures

so this is a crap update but i will have more added to the blog every day.

SUMMER IS OVER

summer is over. it is true. i am glad though, im not a big fan of summer and it was too hot in my small workspace so i took a vacation from doing artwork. but on the first of this month i got right back into it. so if you have been reading this and got bored due to lack of updates please come back soon as i plan on getting back into the regular weekly posting schedual.

overkillstudio.com is making big moves with a big show this past month here in boston and one in philly this weekend. below is a picture of my contribution for the philly show



update on space helmet project 3

so just for clarity’s sake the previous post on this can be found here.

as the end of the last post suggested i was coming up dry on source images for a space helmet so i went on ebay and bought a 1970’s russian space helmet. yes, it is awesome. i knew it would be pretty cool but its better than i expected with a whole assortment of hoses, levers, clamps and plugs.

space helmet actual

so after i got this i took some photos of my roommate wearing it and printed out a photo and started working it as a small 5inx8in stencil. my first attempt below is playing with minimal face highlights to highlight the bone structure in face and give a ghastly skull look. while i do like how this came out i felt it reminded me too much of a storm trooper.

space helmet stencil 1

like i said, i liked the way this came out but i needed to make some slight changes in the face. and i wanted the stencil to be at least life size so i opened it up in photoshop to get a handle on the stencil bridges and how i was going to work it.

i blasted out the contrast and went gray scale and then i used threshold to get the white/dark balance to where i wanted it. i had to use four separate threshold layers because it would look perfect somewhere and too light or dark somewhere else. so after compositing most of the helmet i had about three different versions of the face and i ended up doing a composite on the face too. one had eyes but no face and the one with a full face had a sark shadow where the eyes would have been. so once i got it right i put it in illustrator and printed it out as tiles and stuck em to the paper. noe the streaky print. these areas will be cut out anyway so i didnt need a clean headed printer to get a solid print out anyway.

large space stencil large space stencil 2

so then comes the pain in the ass of cutting the stencil. next update i will show the first prints.

update on space helmet project 2

this is an update on a previous thread where i showed what i have been working on.

again i will mention that I’m more along in the project than my posting about the project but it is HOT as blazes here in boston and i think I’m going to take a bit of time off working on the project till it gets a bit cooler. it is just too damn hot and breathing in the spray paint in the sun is killing me.

but i still have many updates to fill in till i get going again.

so in the last update i showed the sketches i was working on for a show in early may. i had this image i was working on but i couldn’t really get my hands around it. i wanted to go big for this show so i just went for it and did everything freehand. which is very out of character for me. i usually thrive on the clean lines and well thought out placement of things and i measure everything out to be where i want it geometrically. this next picture is the final painting using spray paint and paint marker measuring 24inches by 48inches.

space helmet painting 1

i will say right off i didn’t really like the way this came out. as expected the minor measurement discrepancies really annoyed the shit out of me. it was windy out and some of the drips were flattened and some hooked out to the sides. being on a deadline i rushed some of the tape off parts and left some tape texture i had to paint over. but after thinking about it for a while i liked the way the drips came out. the drips are supposed to be wild and uncontrolled. i just really hated the way the helmet came out. i just could not find the source imagery i was looking for. i was really pumped up on the idea though and i wanted to continue.

so the next step for me was trying to get my hands on an actual space helmet.

update on new project

its been a while since I’ve updated on my personal artwork here which is pretty much the real goal of this site and i have not been making my 3 post per week goals but hopefully that will change right now. I’m working on a project right now which is kind of an off shoot of a series I’ve been working on for a while that kind of on the back burner for a bit. ill post more about that one later.

i think some of the issues that hold me back from posting my own work on here is that i rarely feel that something is totally finished even though in actuality it is done. also i don’t really name my projects too well. ill have a tentative general name for projects just to keep them organized in my head but when talking about them, it just sounds stupid. and my last issue and the most important but also the silliest is that i am paranoid and don’t want my ideas and work to be ripped off. i realize this is silly because if you don’t show work for fear of plagiarism then no one will see your work.

so with that said im going to put aside these issues, as i promised myself i would when i made this blog, and start posting pictues of my work in progress, unfinished, stupid names and out there to be plagerised for the sake of making this blog interesting.

what I’m working on now is what I’m calling the ’spaceman’ image. last year i started a project series i was calling ‘gold blood’ but i think I’ve started to settle on the series being called ‘the golden deaths of Mr. blood’, which i realize is also a stupid name but i like it for now. this series has about 7 images that has a blood red background a white foreground object with black line work and gold blood. ill do more details for a later post when I’m actually back on that series fully. one of the images i was working with for this series was a astronaut helmet dripping with gold blood. i didn’t think it worked well with the other images and i shelved the idea for a while. a few months ago i was asked to be in a show for early may and i took this image of the space helmet and started working on it again. now to be honest i am farther along in this process but for now i will post updates on how i began fleshing it out.

here we have the sketches for the helmet. i sketch on a good quality velum with a soft pencil as you will see below.

sketches for the space helmet

if you enlage the picture you may be able to get a sense of what i was going for. and yes i write fuck a lot when i sketch. this next picture is an enlargement of the image i ended up using for the final painting.

space helmet sketch close up

in a few days ill post pictures of the final painting and my progress with the image.

LadyHawk

this is the ladyhawk design on its intended medium, the adidas tote bag.

the ladyhawk [featherknife] design was screen printed in various sizes in gray ink on to canvas similar to the fabric the bag was made of and then stitched on with pink thread.

ladyhawk bag