I've officially started working on Black & White Bangers 3. It will be a square format book of my new ideas, aesthetics and mediums. Instead of limiting it to Sharpies like I did with One and Two, I'm going to really push it with every black and white mark-making tool I can find. Ink, paint, pencils, markers, spraypaint, whatevs... I'll probably do some jams that encorporate digital stuff too, but I'm pretty excited to be working on a series that gets me away from the computer.
These are the first four (hopefully I will do a healthy stack like last year). This is just the type of project that I'm happy to get stuck on as the Maine winter creeps in.
As my current work has been mostly B&W, I'm considering having my solo show at Sanctuary in April be all B&W. I think that'll be pretty wild.
http://vormator.com is a really awesome new book project that I am submitting work to. The full description can be read at the site. The idea is to create a design exclusively out of these eight very simple shapes. Infinite possibilities. I can't wait to see the book when it is done. Hopefully one of my designs will make it in.
These are the elements that the piece must be composed from. My next jam will be super bright like the Vector Funk Posters, but I wanted to rock out on a black and White first.
Finished working on this one a while back. It's on four 8x8 canvases. It's tough to see the details in this shot, but there are a ton of layers on raw canvas. My favorite part about it is the loose ballpoint pen sketch in the background. I rarely sketch and never end up following them when I do, but I dig the aesthetic. I think I'll hook that up more often in my canvas paintings.
When I came up with the idea for www.WallSpankers.com I figured it would be a great way to get the international street-art community together in a unique, collaborative way. I had no idea that six months later it would be what it has become. WS now represents hundreds of artists and designers from all over the globe. I've had a blast getting to know all of the contributors and participants.
Amazingly, aside from a few bucks a month in hosting fees, I've managed to get this thing off the ground with no budget. Wallspankers has flourished by simple word of mouth and priceless exposure from the art/design magazines and portals that believe in us...
and for this we are very grateful.
This is just the beginning.
These are from a new series I've been working on. I'm trying to think more about where my paintings could exist, and how they might interact with their environment. More moody, less funky. These are on 5X5 pine blocks attached by aluminum wire.