Strawberried Peanut Butter M&Ms
I’m in that homeless time between moving out of one apartment and into another, so naturally I am eating candy in place of meals like I did back in my chubby-elbowed childhood. This makes it a perfect time for me to review a new product: Strawberried Peanut M&Ms. To start, I poured a couple out on my table at work before photographing it, so it would look like someone was casually...
Nina & Matt
I met Nina and Matt in freshman year. They were newspaper folks, which means the context under which we met involved alchohol. Nina hosted many theme parties like the infamous Plague Party. She wanted me to paint this pic, and it reminded me of the Black Lips one I’ve already painted, so I tried to paint it in the same style.
I bought a $20 yellow Holga w/ rainbow lens covers and a fisheye lens and printed three rolls of it today. Turns out I’m the shittiest photographer ever to have inexplicably worked as a senior photographer at Proex photo studio for three years. But granted the only skill that took was getting babies to stop crying while pressing a button. This one is cool in a “look at my hip drunk...
I bought a Yudu Screenprinting Machine for $200. I know, I know, screenprinting is easily done totally DIY, but guess what, I have tiny hands that suck at a) stapling b) building things, which makes it hard to build canvases, screens and light tables. This is also compact. I live in a little apartment, no studio, no nothing, so this is the best I can do. Emulsion is expensive, so I decided to...
Orbit Piña Colada
Orbit Piña Colada gum is so new that not even one picture of it is on Google Images. They haven’t even updated it on the Wrigley site. Yeah, I checked. No, I’m not hopelessly lonely. This picture of my basil plant, though, you could consider a metaphor for hopeless loneliness. What’s lonelier than a basil plant in a Christmas mug on the carpet, looking at the dismal...
Mountain Dew Ultra Violet
Product review: Diet Mountain Dew Ultra Violet. Don’t get me wrong. I did not sit out last year’s Dewmocracy. I actively participated by writing an article about it (I cannot drink non-diet pop though. Ask my dentist if you don’t believe me. I have prescription toothpaste [cool like that]). I was disappointed that Mountain Dew Voltage won. It just tasted like sugar to me. But...
The Last Dragon
I didn’t go to The Breaks last night, because I figured out it is every Friday and fate did not think this was the right one. (I’m such a good journalist. I spent all my time looking up kung-fu movies screening at the event without even figuring out it is recurring.) Instead I stayed in and watched The Last Dragon with buttered rum cocktails. Buttered Rum Cocktail (Not really a...
Wu-Tang and me
I made this Wu-Tang kung-fu decision at my internship today. It’s at METRO magazine, and I was assigned the task of writing a small blurb about something called The Breaks at a theater called Suburban World. I investigated this event, which is a crazy-ass hip-hop kung-fu dance party, as far as I can see, for about an hour, which led me to the IMDB page for The Last Dragon and Mystery of...
I asked in my Facebook status who I should paint, and vowed to paint all suggestions. My friend Brad said I should paint him, and I thought that was a novel idea. Brad’s a photographer, so of course he has a ton of awesome self-portraits. Check out his blog. I’ll post the whole progression of the painting. Here’s the bare sketch. Here’s the sketch after I took my big...
My mom likes deer a lot. People call her Dawn the Fawn. I’m not sure when I made this, but I put it as the background of my phone and started liking it. It looks way cooler there than it does here, but whatever. This is a Photoshop collage. I don’t do them very much.
Inspired by the short-lived Burger King ad campaign, which offended almost everyone. There are also a bunch more of my graphics on my Flickr, which I just made, begrudgingly, to host images for this blog. No Yahoo! site is going to make it, I say. You can also see my graphics and general obnoxiousness on my website, Leckybang.com
Jesus for lunch
You know how people see Jesus in their food? This is what it would look like if Jesus was in your whole lunch.
Sexy jungle war
When I was getting into Adobe Illustrator, I made a bunch of my pen tool illustrations into symbols and stuck them in random combinations. This is all free-hand, and that’s an American Apparel model.
I made this for Josh’s free jazz band. Here’s B&W: Here’s color:
I made this for my friend Jason’s faux food blog, which is very very funny. It is called “Idiot Quest Taste Explosion,” so I wanted to make something food-related. I google imaged “bite,” big mistake (!), and then did “animals biting” and found this awesome photo of a lion biting a lioness’ head. I added a cupcake and a trippy lollipop. The chick...
These guys were in a Volcom ad. I made them all funny colors. It is in my living room, and I hope my roommate does not hate it.
This is a guy. No more to say.
The Mars Volta
I don’t actually listen to The Mars Volta. Like Wu-Tang Clan, there are many probably excellent records out there being not listened to by me. Someday I will get around to it. I admit, I’ve spent way too much time listening to Animal Collective. Anyway, I painted them because of their beautiful hair. When I added black to the guy on the right, it looked dumber, so I left the other guy...
This is Michael Jackson. I wanted to paint him looking beautiful, like a trading card. It is all blurry cuz I photographed it with my iPhone.
Stanley from 'The Office'
I like The Office. I painted this because I saw it in a magazine and I thought, “I want to paint a big face.”
The Black Lips
I like The Black Lips. I saw them live and got stepped on a lot. I picked this photo from Death + Taxes magazine because I liked it.
This is a painting of my niece. I am very bad at painting babies, what with their chubbier-than-average cheeks and their general state of being cuter than the whole population. I picked this photo because it shows her ability to not take disrespect. I’m not crazy about it, but whatever.
Everyone who’s anyone knows that Murs is making underground raw shit. Or is he mending undies, ripped shirts? Marketing un-sellable radish slaw? He’s a man of all trades. And he shares a name with a Backstreet Boy. Nick suggested that I paint Murs, mostly because of his beautiful hair, which has graced a Minneapolis Kowalskis. Here’s the sketch: Here’s the final: