Some more year-old photography.

When you only pick five images from a roll of 36, it's pretty easy to look like a decent photographer.





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This film is a year old.

I shot these just over a year ago when I first moved to Portland. Haven't had the cashflow to get them developed. So here they are. It took a little Photoshop manipulation to get them to look this even. I shot them (methinks) on a Brownie Hawkeye so the exposures were all over the place.





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The Bug - Poison Dart.

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Work.

Images of my workplace.





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Fujiyama.


I quickly illustrated the drawing from my last post. Any thoughts?
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Wall illustration.


Should I illustrate this and put it on the wall of my apartment? When complete, it would be about 8ft wide by 6ft tall.
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Wallpapers.

I used my new palettes to make some wallpapers for you to use. I call the first one Schoolroom Floor what I feel are obvious reasons. The second and third are called Positive Prison 1 and 2 for what I feel are obvious reasons. The last ones are called Pointy Birds 1 and 2 for what I feel are obvious reasons.





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Jimmy Corrigan color palettes.




I felt inspired by the colors in Jimmy Corrigan, so I took the images and made some palettes. Each one corresponds with a specific panel I uploaded previously.
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The Adventures of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth.

I just bought this book with the remainder of my gift card to Powell's book store and $5. It is a difficult, slow, trying and consuming read, which is at times haunting and poignant. Sometimes, so much so, as to make the reader rethink previous passages. Does each section hold the same depth as the others, despite is seeming complacence with its own tedium? It's hard to say. It is easy to say however that the book features some fantastic penwork, color design and structure, with each page filled to the brim with carefully rendered frames. Filled so much that every frame might very well hold the same amount of information as every other frame. There's a definite economy of style and even large frames don't (or can't) outweigh the power of smaller ones.

Collected here are my favorite pages. I selected them for their humor, their power, their intrigue and their simplicity. As always, enjoy.






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Typesetting exercise.

These are from Winter of 2008, but they're new to you right? They're part of a typesetting exercise that took a long long long time. I'm so glad it's far in my past. Still, these look kind of interesting and I thought I would share them with you here.





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Pubic Enemies.

They made this one too easy. I just couldn't resist.

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Major Lazer - Hold the Line.

Ha ha ha ha ha. Music can be like this now.

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Just pictures of my day.













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My 100 favorite films. Entry #29: The Fountain.














The Fountain (2006)
directed by Darren Aronofsky
written by Darren Aronofsky with story by Aronofsky and Ari Handel
starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz
country: usa
genre: fantasy/romance

Visuals: 10
Writing: 6
Everyday watchability: 6
Years spanned in story: 2000

It's back. The list is back. Gosh I know you're all so excited. It's been six months since my last entry, mostly due to the fact that it's tricky business taking DVD screenshots on a Mac. But forget all that, it's back.

This year's installment is The Fountain. It's a heartbreaking, beautiful and poignant film. It tells the story of Tommy and Izzi, who inhabit 2000 years on Earth from 1000 AD (or CE as I guess it's now called) Spain to present day to the year 3000 floating through space in a giant orb carrying a tree. It sounds like a big ball of cheese when described so bluntly, but the movie tells the story of each time period in its own style, and does so expertly.

A clear explanation of the exact nature of the characters is never given. Possibly, the characters have found the tree of life and have lived for thousands of years. Or possibly, these are simply three parallel stories about the same search for hope and love.

The glue that may very well hold the film together is its gorgeous score. Built around a three-note theme that echoes through each era embellished and varied as necessary to fit within each scene's idiom. It's a score that's so touching and powerful, it's almost as effective on its own in bringing about the feelings conveyed through the film.

Another interesting note on the film is that instead of using CGI to portray the orb floating through space, the backgrounds are generated using macrophotography of chemical reactions, then the orb is matted onto these backgrounds. It's a choice that makes the film more personal and natural, and not to mention it's uncomprehendingly beautiful.














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