The Design and Illustration of Peter Demaria
Monday, December 5th, 2011
The iconic front-man of the Doors was know to play on the psychology of crowds and wrote lyrics that featured prophetic visions. In this painting Jim is crowned with a coral and king snake, one poisonous and one harmless… The interplay is between fear and foolishness, apprehension and foresight.
I considered taking this one step further and giving Jim a tennis-sweatband.. Or depicting him cross-eyed and mystified. But the truth is I like him. His music played a positive role in the tumult that was my adolescence.
Though the persona he created can seem out of place in the 21st century (quirky and even trite), there should always be a place for champions of free thought and individuality. And there is no doubt that his was the road less traveled.
As Daniel Nester puts it:
“.. I have stopped worrying whether James Douglas Morrison—The Last Holy Fool, Sex God, Black Priest of the Great Society—can join the tenuous tribe of poets. He’s been showing up for the meetings for so long now, there’s no sense in throwing him out.”
Sunday, August 1st, 2010
Video of one of the most genius DIY recreations I’ve seen in a long time, from Volpin Props in Atlanta. Who was also kind enough to share tips on how he achieved his final product. The detail in this is amazing, and he goes into everything from building circuitry to getting parts cast, chromed, and molded.
I thought I’d also share a link to Rebel 8, interjet home of Cali-Creative Mike Giant, and purveyor of fine and stylish goods. People bite this style like there is no tomorrow, but none compare. Giant is a technician.
And speaking of things California, a friend of mine is traveling to Long Beach in August and it got me to thinking. Having been born there (full disclosure, I didn’t actually grow up there, mostly spent summers there visiting family), I felt the need to share what little I know about spending quality time in the LBC.
What’s missing on this list? Locals have got to know more about the city than me, and I know that LA has a lot to offer too… Holla at me, or comment on this post, I’d love to learn more about the city I’m from!
Saturday, July 17th, 2010
Its been a crazy year so far… and honestly it’s hard to keep up with the web, AND be doing all the design and creative stuff I can possible do at the same time. So this is the first of what will be a series on weekly inspiration, the best of what I’ve stumbled onto whilst perusing the intertubes.
A super well done short from tinyinventions.com featuring some superb Aftereffects work mixed with even awesomer stop-motion DIY animation. The talented Audrey Kawasaki shares some rare process pics. And KAWS latest in an article from WFDJ as well as a link to his recent show at the Adlrich in NYC. Plus, who doesn’t need a little print and color management primer from time to time…