To ring in the new year I’m embarking on a long term project and sculpting the entire alphabet one letter at a time using an array of different materials. It’ll probably take 60 years to complete but I’m looking forward to the exercise i’ll get out of it. Enjoy the video (click here to view) taken in Norden, California over a two day period. A big thank you to Amy Campos and Brian Osborn for their help!
The talented folks at Office here in San Francisco developed and curated a Bigfoot-inspired art show called, ‘I Don’t Believe in You Either’. They invited myself and other local creatives to contribute a tree round for the show. I recently acquired wood carving tools from my dad which I used to hand carve the word ‘Gigantic’. To me this word encapsulates the larger than life folklore of this mysterious hairy being. Here are a series of process pics below and hope to see you at the show!
If you’ve ever admired a hand painted sign and wondered how it was made then I highly suggest taking a workshop at New Bohemia Signs in San Francisco. Instructors Damon Styer and Heather Hardison teach a handful of basic yet crucial sign painting techniques. The class is broken into four sections. The first section you learn and practice how to properly construct a casual ‘speed’ script (image 1). As you become more comfortable with the brush you segue into section 2 and learn how to paint a Gothic style alphabet (image 2). It definitely takes a lot of practice and I recommend continuing it at home in between classes. In section 3 you create your own design or phrase using the two lettering styles you learned in section 1 and 2. New Bohemia provides each attendee a 10″ x 24″ board in which to paint your design on. They also teach you how to make and prep a board at home. Once you’ve finished your design they show you several application techniques to transfer the artwork to the board. Then it’s off to the races and if your speedy enough you’ll be able to finish your piece in time before the workshop ends (image 3). For anyone whose been starved from using their hands take this class because you’ll be hooked immediately into one of the most addicting analog hobbies around.
My buddy Jon Contino has reminded me everyday since we became friends that I don’t have website. Well, the time is finally here and for those of you like Jon who have waited patiently… I hope it was worth the wait! I’d also like to say a big thank you to the lovely Jessica Hische whose patience and knowledge in the dark art of web design taught me that the internet is not a scary place. Without her help this website would have been another cargo site.