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Sundays are the best days. Often they are filled with good friends, eating, and coffee!
Sundays are brunch days. Yes, you can eat brunch any day, but on Sundays, especially in the south there is a culture that is surrounded by weekend brunch…and I love it.
This Sunday a group of us went to Radial Café for an afternoon brunch. Put any thoughts of brunch being defined by time. It is an experience of friendship and the breaking of bread with those friends, and for me it is all centered around that delicious, ceramic mugged, bitter, bold, caffeinated fluid. Gouda Scramble was the piece de resistance- ordered by 4 out of the 7 members of the group. This day I chose the Salmon Scramble and do believe that I have found a new favorite.
This Sunday also happened to be the first chilly day of the cold season. I arrived in a t-shirt and soon needed to dapper up to eat in cozy comfort. Click the middle image to see the way brunch dandy dresses.
The other day I had the pleasure of spending my time at the Medieval Times in Atlanta. It was time for the newest show, which I am told only happens every four years or so. I was invited in to paint during the VIP reception. Katrina was my contact at Medieval Times and found me a great Medieval jacket and vest to go along perfectly with my yellow glasses and red paisley bow tie. I arrived, set up and three hours later a masterpiece was born!
It was made known to me during the reception that the story I was telling with the painting happened to coincide with the theme of the new show where a horse opens the evening in a routine galloping naked around the arena. I guess that just goes to prove that when I do it, I do it right.
I had some pages that fell out of a book I was reading and decided to have some fun with them instead of tossing them. It's one of the few times that saving useless junk came in handy. These pages can no longer be lumped in the same useless category as the slabs of dried acrylic paint in my drawer, or the oddly shaped scraps of paper cut from old projects, or the plastic scraps from the used, dried masking fluid. No, these pages have been redeemed! And special thanks again to the Dapper Lou. I was perusing the site again and found endless inspiration for sketching.
The next piece in the fashion series. This is my good friend Michael McLaughlin. He is a dapper fellow and a good good friend. Check out his tumblr here. He allowed me the use of his visage and his style. Thank you Michael.
Below is the process of the illustration. Check it out and enjoy. Share it with your friends.
And here is a look into my studio.
This was a labor intensive process but very very rewarding. Over a period of 9 hours of expirementation, success, failure, and triumph the cookie world was born.
This was done at Andrew and my apartment with the much needed help of Andrew's cuz Leah.
So we serve all sorts of coffee now. And guess who the lucky chalkboard guy was... that's right,it was me.
So it was no-shave November, and this is what happened. Look down at these pictures. You can't really see how at the end of the month I had mostly neck hair, euww. It was one of the most exciting facial hair experiences I have ever had. Today being the first day after November I systematically shaved sections of my face.
This is the cover to the InDesign booklet for my CMPA class.I kinda like it. Let me know why it sucks and how it can be better. Also, let me know what works and why you might like it.
Also, I will be posting my favorite spread from the booklet, there is only one that I actually liked, and I must say, it really is awesome!
This is an illustration that I did in collaboration with Nate Ledbetter. He has a vision for community, and he wanted to represent the idea of community visually. We met several months ago through several mutual friends. Since then our friendship has grown little by little.
There is talk of further collaboration in the future with more ideas and thoughts on community. Stay tuned...
A friend recently challenged me to create an ambigram out of the word perspective. An ambigram is a word that can be read forward and upside-down-backwards. Not unlike Hannah can be read front words and backwards, but flip the word 180˚.
The above work is not my own, it is simply a very good example of an ambigram.
My work is still much in the progress stages. Here are a couple examples.
Here's a sample of what I want to include in my portfolio for SCAD. Yes I should have had this done about 2 months ago. But here we are, and this needs to get done, sooo, I was wondering if anyone wanted to help me out and tell me which ones you like best.
Some I am for sure using and others are kind of just a toss up.
The portfolio is supposed to be between 10 and 20 images, but I want to limit it to 15. I also have one last drawing that I am currently working on, which will be added to the final portfolio.
I flew up to Michigan for the third time in 3 months last weekend. Not gonna lie, it costs a pretty penny to continue to do that. Anywho, my flight was on AirtTran Airways. For some reason I thought that they had free WiFi, but I should have known better. I popped out the puter and up came the sign that says, 'only $9.95 for all day!' Needless to say, but i'ma say it anyway, that is outrageous!
The good thing was that I got to sit next to a very nice lady. We had both ended up in first class for different reasons (for me it was all they had left, awwww yeah). Jeanne was traveling to another of the midwest states (whichever one it was is escaping me right now), to visit her wealthy cousins. It was nice to chat with her for the duration of the trip.
AirTran Airways is still a nice way to go though. The flight was deece, and it was the largest plane I had ever been on, so that was cool.
Over the past few months we have gotten to know each other, Andrew's gf Melanie and I, by telephone proxy. In as much as we can here each other's voices and the frequent relaying of conversation through Andrew, I believe that we have become friends.
Somehow, though never actually meeting, and talking only directly be phone for about 30 seconds, she has me pegged...I guess that says something about a person.
I bought these jeans from the Ross on the same strip mall as my Homegoods the other day, and I was absolutely in love with them-ignore shoe color. They are Calvin Klein blue frost jeans, which really has little meaning to me, but they were just awesome. The break in the pant seemed adequate to me, not too little or too much. But here's the problem, as can be seen in the second image, the top of the pants were low. In the image, where the bottom of the shirt sits is essentially where the top of the pant rose.
If I had the urge to tuck in my shirt it would look goofily low, and if I decided that I should raise my pants, then the break in the pant would have disappeared and major flooding would have happened.
I debated whether to keep them and deal with my insecurity, or to return them.
The final decision came with some advice from my roomie Andrew. He mentioned that if I felt comfortable and liked them then I should keep them. He told me that they looked fine, which is an opinion I was holding myself, but I just didn't feel right in those pants.
So I did what needed to be done, and I returned those pants...I feel that I made the right decision. Thank you Michael M. for your insight on fashion and your suggestions on fashion blogs and such. It helped in my decision to make the right decision.