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Saturday, January 3, 2009

if you're into Printed things..

you might want to check out

You can almost smell the dusty pages and the tweed sleeves behind this blog, obsessed with all things print. More concisely, the guy behind it is a magazine freak, and spends his time ingesting, analyzing and reviewing every magazine, zine and art related book he can get his hands on, throughout history. And he does it well.

Friday, January 2, 2009

A wintertime study in getting stranded - a word from Darling Film

The weekend before Christmas, Katie and I endeavored a road trip to Rhode Island. From Brooklyn, that trip should be about four, or four and a half hours. Just as we were leaving, a snowstorm was moving into the state. I drive an 1982 Mercedes Benz that runs on Diesel. If you didnt know, now you know that Diesel freezes in the tank when the temperature drops anywhere below 25 degrees Fahrenheit, especially if you dont have anti-freeze in it. We didnt.
After 6 hours doing 12mph on the freeway, spinning out on an exit, a massive nose bleed, watching the snow pile up underneath us, the sun disappeared and the heater broke, taking our defroster with it. Finding ourselves stuck, wheels spinning hopelessly in front of a semi truck at an intersection just off the highway, we made an emergency bail to the first hotel in sight. In the snowy darkness, we spotted an institutional looking freeway-side Best Western, and went for it. They didn't have any covered parking, so the Benzo sat in the falling snow all night long. In the morning, eager to get to egg nog and cozy Christmas time slippers and things, we came downstairs to find the car encased in a blanket of ice and snow. We spent 2 hours in the biting freeze, cracking ice off the hood and door jams, hoping to at least get the driver door open. With the help of two truckers, we got in, only to find that the engine refused, at all coaxing, to give us anything more than a hypothermic cough.
This is a photographic story of the time that Katie and I took a three day forced vacation at Best Western Suites in West Haven, Connecticut.


Monday, December 29, 2008

Want to put you on to: Alexey Brodovitch

Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, and oddly, my grandmother (she was a prominent textile designer through the 50's to 2006) all studied with this man, hailed as the ultimate graphic design and aesthetic genius of his time. His work was so forward thinking, he revolutionized how people saw layout forever.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

teach yourself to draw

Post Christmas, I spent two or three days doing something I absolutely love, researching and putting myself through my own kind of art school. I (obviously) had classes with the great photography masters I've been obsessively posting on lately, but also, I discovered a whole free drawing school just waiting for those of us looking to teach ourselves. It's free, on youtube. Duh.

Here are a few examples of the lessons I got and geeked out on, but put in 'how to draw' and hundreds of awesome videos will pop up.

CHad Kouri's sketchbook

If you're calligraphy obsessed, as am I, you will appreciate the sketchbook expose 'Book by it's cover' did of CHad Kouri's sketchbook.

CHad Kouri's sketchbook feature

Book By It's cover