Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

Her smile says it all

BY JAMES KNOX | TRIB TOTAL MEDIA

Front page I designed for 2.2.15. I love the capture of the main art by James Knox. || 
Jasmine McCray, 15, jumps for joy with Charles LaVallee of Variety the Children’s Charity as she learns that she’s the owner of a new bright-green bike. Five Allegheny County children with disabilities received adaptive bikes Monday in Pioneer Education Center in Brookline through the charity’s “My Bike” program. Since the program’s inception in 2012, Variety has given away more than 700 bikes in 26 counties in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Variety has 250 bikes available for eligible kids. For more information, visit varietypittsburgh.org.



Saturday, February 21, 2015

Batman Returns

 Here is the front page I designed for 2.2.15, featuring a wonderful piece written by Chris Togneri about Pittsburgh's own Michael Keaton, his roots, his comeback, his performance in "Birdman," which was my favorite film of 2014 and possibly since "The Fighter." Me and my friend Chip Phillips devised a plan to bring Keaton back a couple of years ago, and director Alejandro González Iñárritu and Keaton have made this happen. Edward Norton's unspoken dialogue was great, as well. "Birdman" is a sublimely written exploration about validation with a bunch of magic realism. {Jump page headline has a little nod to "Beetlejuice."}

"It's a beautiful day. Forget about the Times... everyone else has. Come on. Stand up! So you're not a great actor. Who cares? You're much more than that. You tower over these other theater douchebags. You're a movie star, man! You're a global force! Don't you get it? You spent your life building a bank account and a reputation... and you blew 'em both. Good for you. Fuck it. We'll make a comeback. They're waiting for something huge. Well, give it to them. Shave off that pathetic goatee. Get some surgery! Sixty's the new thirty, motherfucker. You're the original. You paved the way for these other clowns. Give the people what they want... old-fashioned apocalyptic porn. Birdman: The Phoenix Rises. Pimple-faced gamers creaming in their pants. A billion worldwide, guaranteed. You are larger than life, man. You save people from their boring, miserable lives. You make them jump, laugh, shit their pants. All you have to do is.."

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

New space * new life

I'm reinterpreting a line from "Inherent Vice" :: Change your hair; change your life. My wonderful friend Leila is spending lots of her time helping me restyle my living space in Highland Park, Pittsburgh. Leila is the GZA of making a small space the best space. I want to be in only her space, most days. Sailor is enjoying the redecorated mantel, featuring my tennis icon and the man I styled my play after, John McEnroe.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Our stories

 Photo by Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review

Chris Togneri of the Trib has been writing a new feature that runs in Sunday's Local section called Our Stories, which features compelling dispatches and images about the people who live in the Pittsburgh region. This is the page I designed for Feb. 15 for the Greensburg section; the story was the centerpiece in Pittsburgh's edition. This particular story was touching as an animal lover, and a lonely person most days. Here is a link to read about Bob Williams of the North Side and his canine companion, Amelia. http://triblive.com/news/projects/ourstories/7572806-74/williams-amelia-says#axzz3RyJ8sEVO

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Todd the Bod

Me and my two wonderful friends, Dylan Ahrens and Lilly Adamovic, are huge fans of the reality show "King of the Nerds." Season began Jan. 23, and we were introduced to Todd Landree, also known as Todd the Bod, who lives in the Peters section of Pittsburgh. Though he's a “high-tech headhunter” for his day job — admittedly, an awesome title — he's billed on the show as the “comic book guy.”We became instant fans of Todd, and I drew this fan art for him as we cheered him on. Sadly, Todd was eliminated Feb. 7 in a mythology challenge. I sent him this drawing via social media channels, and he said: "This is quite phenomenal. Thank you!" No, thank you, Todd.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Women [i drew] for my walls

 Cause i know I'm a mess he don't want to clean up
~fiona apply lyric~
1.28.15

True frienship is a rare harmony
11.6.14 

 Special K for Kate [tried to draw kate moss]
2.27.13


Tea Party Top Hat [going to a party in the living room]
4.17.13