Archive for December, 2009
Got myself a döner kebab on the way home from the pub last night. With the shred of dignity that I had left, I used a plate. I scoffed it down, dripping the juice all over the plate, watched some Seinfeld, and fell asleep. When I got up this morning, I saw that the red cabbage-y stained drips of kebab juice had made a picture of a flamingo.
If you’ve not got it yet, we’ve reduced the price of the Minipops app for the iPhone/iPod touch for Christmas. You’ve probably already spend a crapload of money on stuff for other people, so why not break out 59 pence (99 US cents, 79 euro cents) for yourself? That works out at 0.06 pence per Minipop. Perfect. Rubbish salesman spiel over.
Full-size version on my Flickr.
Tediously indie on the whole, these are my twenty-five favourite records of the decade, alphabetically.
Animal Collective “Strawberry Jam”
Badly Drawn Boy “About a Boy”
Baxter Dury “Len Parrot’s Memorial Lift”
Bonnie “Prince” Billy “Ease Down the Road”
Clipse “Lord Willin’”
Coldplay “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends”
Elbow “The Seldom Seen Kid”
Gorillaz “Demon Days”
Kanye West “Late Registration”
LCD Soundsystem “Sound of Silver”
Mark Lanegan “Bubblegum”
Miniature Tigers “Tell It to the Volcano”
Queens of the Stone Age “Songs for the Deaf”
Panda Bear “Person Pitch”
Radiohead “In Rainbows”
Rufus Wainwright “Want One”
Sigur Rós “Ágætis byrjun”
The Streets “A Grand Don’t Come for Free”
The Strokes “Is This It”
Super Furry Animals “Rings Around the World”
The Unicorns “Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?”
Tinariwen “Aman Iman”
Vampire Weekend “Vampire Weekend”
And by far my favourite album of the 2000s
Wilco “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”
If you’ve not got it so far, this one should give it away.
I don’t really bother doing caricatures much. Never something I’ve felt particularly good at, but this self-important tosspot from Connecticut has got a face like a melting ventriloquist puppet, and it’s ripe for the caricaturing. There’s something missing in the drawing, something not quite right. I think he may be smiling a tiny bit too much, and there’s something about the eyes that isn’t right. Still, it was fun to draw.
I used illustrations in an old AA book of British birds as reference for these. Drawn using Brushes application on the iPod touch/iPhone. More of my finger painting in the Much Fuck It’s Drawing section.
I was doing a bit of sorting out today; sorting the things that were still in boxes since moving into my new place. I found a bunch of old concert tickets. Here’s the first concert I ever went to (if you discount family trips to see the Spinners – the British folk group not the Detroit soul group – in Lincoln; and Showaddywaddy and the Nolans at the Coliseum in St. Austell). Fourteen quid seemed expensive for a sixteen year old in 1987. Still, also on the bill that day were the Pretenders, the Mission, and the Fall. Tickets used to look so much nicer without the barcode and generic Ticketmaster feel…
In the December issue of ARTnews magazine, there’s a piece about art made on iPhones. They’ve included one of my drawings in there; a drawing done in the waiting room in the emergency room at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, Wa. while my (not-quite-yet-ex) wife and I were waiting for her brother’s kid to get checked out after falling down. Funny what details you can remember; but I know that there were no seats near the TV, and I couldn’t see the game he was watching even though I really wanted to see it (Puerto Rico vs. USA in the World Baseball Classic), so I drew him instead. Here’s a pdf of the page.