Archive for the ‘Artwork’ Category
My new thing at NotGraphs is paintings of the eighteen major league ballparks I have visited:
This is a local bar. I began the drawing during the Colombia-Uruguay game, finished it off yesterday whilst watching Belgium beat the United States of America.
More finger painting here.
It is always a thrill to do an illustration for a cover. I’ve only done a few, but when it’s a magazine that you buy (or used to buy), it’s an extra thrill. Before I lived in London in the late nineties, buying a copy would be one of the first things I did when I visited. Kinda proud of this one. Anyway, it’s the issue that’s came out today, Londoners.
Wanna see an animation of a mutant Cristiano Ronaldo head on a pixelly snake set to a MIDI version of “Walk of Life”? Clickity click: http://flipflopflyin.com/ronalves/index.html
I mentioned the reason for the mutant head thingy in a post earlier today, btw.
I wanted to do a drawing of the old man I drew recently as a young man. Here.
Day two and the time zones and game times were already taking their toll. After the opening game and beery celebrations, getting up and ready and prepared for being at a bar at 10am to stake out a decent seat for the Mexico-Cameroon game was tough. We went to a local place, arrived while they were still mopping the floor, sat down and ordered from their special World Cup special offers menu: a cubeta (that’s an ice-filled bucket with six bottles of beer in it) and one kilogram of campechano (a mix of beef and chorizo with beans and onions and tortillas).
That first beer was a good hairy dog. The bar started to fill up with people in green Adidas jerseys. Mexican TV spent a lot of time focussing on the Mexican people in the stadium. Wet Mexican people in the pouring rain. Wet Mexican people with huge sombreros: check. Wet Mexican people in Mariachi costumes: check. Wet Mexican people wearing Aztec headdresses: check. Wet Mexican people in luchador masks: check.
It was fun to be in a room full of people who cared about the result of a game that I didn’t care as much about. I absolutely want Mexico to do well, but I’m not Mexican, so I can’t care as much as they do. And the game was kinda how I’d expected. Mexico having chances but not scoring. Eventually when they did score, people went nuts. Relief. Then it was a matter of praying that somehow Chicarito might be able to score a goal (he didn’t) and Cameroon don’t get an equaliser (they didn’t).
On to a friend’s apartment for the second and third games of the day. I have nothing against the Dutch people. I have enjoyed their football in previous championships, but I can’t stand Arjen Robben. And Robin van Persie either, really. And now that their coach is gonna be the next Manutd manager, well, fuck the Dutch. But, of course, they had other ideas and made Spain look ordinary.
After that, the Chile-Australia game seemed to continue the fun for a bit, then petered out. We ate snacks, drank beer. And now, on the morning o the third day, I’m knackered, and thankful that after this afternoon’s England game, there’s a couple of days off the booze before Mexico-Brazil on Tuesday.
Couple of things: the goal line technology that Fifa is enjoying showing us is utterly ridiculous. They’ve only ever shown it for actual clear cut goals. That’s not why we need technology. It’s for goals like Lampard’s against Germany in 2010. That’s where it’d be useful, Sepp. But showing that you have the technology when it’s not needed just seems a bit desperate.
I drew an England badge. It’s pretty good, no?
Probs won’t mean owt to you if you don’t follow baseball and other American sports, but here’s an animated GIF I did for NotGraphs called “Summer 2014″
Yesterday, I was a passenger in a car on the autopista coming back from a nice small town called Huauchinango in the state of Puebla. We were behind a big lorry which, in that particular light, was just this white rectangle with a shadow underneath. I couldn’t see the wheels moving. It got me thinking, and I was trying to imagine vehicles as just blocks of flat colour. So I Photoshopped out the cars in an old photo (of the German autobahn) and drew blocks of colour where the cars had been.
Bigger here: http://flipflopflyin.com/motorwayblocks/index.html
New drawings for NotGraphs of vendors at Foro Sol, the Diablos Rojos’ ballpark in Mexico City. There’s nine more and some captions here: http://www.fangraphs.com/not/tacos-guero