I’m in Maine a lot these days. On a random weekday, I decided to test my abilities and illustrate a lighthouse. Obviously.
I gave myself an hour to see if I could visually recall a lighthouse with no reference get a reasonably successful illustration out of it.
Nothing too fancy. Just wanted to see how close I could get.
A little out of order but I decided to see how photorealistic I could make my illustration using whatever resources and textures I could find or create. It is intentionally a little bit cartoon-like as I wanted it to be a completely exact, albeit more detailed realization of the original.
And finally. Threes are always good, right? How about a blueprint of the place with some made up dimensions and elements that would in no way pass inspection?
When I was 13, my friend and I had my mom drop us off to see a movie. I don’t remember what we told her we were seeing, but we knew what we were seeing – Pretty Woman. So our 13 year old selves watch the film, giggling along the way of course.
We walk outside like we had just seen some Schwarzenegger movie and my mom says, “Pretty good movie, huh?”
“Um, what mom?”
“Oh I figured I was here anyway and I would see a movie.”
She had somehow snuck past us and grabbed a seat in the back of the theater. The embarrassment was crippling and we still laugh about it to this day. Mom – 1. Sneaky 13 year old me – 0.
The name of that theater? Circle Cinema in Cleveland Circle. I always loved film, and Circle Cinema (mom and Julia Roberts and all) was a major part of my growing up. Later in life, I studied art history and really fell hard for Pointillism – small, important parts making up a greater picture. I loved it.
I woke up in the middle of the night a few years ago with an idea and typed into my phone – with one finger, one eye and zero punctuation – “circle cinema movie posters made from circles.” And the next day, my own Circle Cinema was born.
The Fox & The Hound Movie Poster
Godforbid “Jesus Chrysler”
Cursed Out Productions
As I stated in my “About Me” section, which I’m sure you have memorized by now, I am driven by music. I’m not one of those people with AirBuds in, walking down the wrong side of the sidewalk, professing that “Music is my life, man.” What I mean is, I find rhythm, tonality and harmony in everything. Even the most dissonant sounds I will picture with some version of James Brown’s “Funky Drummer” breakbeat playing in the backdrop. In a way, my music has driven my art, and my art has driven my music. Cliché? Maybe. But true nonetheless.
I have run an independent record label in its current form since about 2002, Cursed Out Productions. The idea and name came to me in 1997, so I use “since 1997” in the logo because it makes me look much cooler. Pre-2000 and post-2000 are looked at very differently in the underground hip hop world. The reason I waited until 2002 to really start it up was because I was so very mediocre at just about everything in 1997. Since then, I have worked with hip hop pioneers such as Craig G from the Juice Crew, underground legends such as LMNO from The Visionaries, and most importantly my home team, pictured here. You will see Cursed Out featured much more in the Campaigns page.