February 2, 2014
Sad news is upon us.
The time has finally come to bring this blog to an end. I’ve been using this blog as a creative outlet since February of 2009 and after 5 years I think it has finally run it’s course. I’ve posted a lot of fun work on here over the years and I am certainly sad to see it go but I am super-duper excited for new beginnings. One bright spot (at least for me) is that I am keeping this blog activated and alive as a nice digital archive. So if there’s something you liked on here, don’t fret. You can come back any time you’d like and check it out all over again.
Now for the reasoning: Due to the fact I don’t post as much as I used to/would like to, myself and Nancy have decided to begin a new blogging journey together. This way we can have an interesting, varied and collaborative blog that is satisfying for both of us. Creatively, nothing will change at the new site. It’s more of the same from me. Photos, design, inspiration and random shit will flow from my fingers to your eyeballs. For those of you who don’t currently check out Nancy’s blog, she has some nice recurring features that offset my weirdness. Her point of view should be a refreshing counterpoint to all the heaviness that I bring to this digital world of ours.
I encourage whoever likes this blog to go ahead and subscribe in whatever way you like to our new blogging home at: Black Curse Creative
January 7, 2014
I must have been a good boy this year and Nancy sure was kind to me for it. Up above is a coyote skull that she bought for me for the most recent holiday. She sure is awesome…
Anyway, I took today off of work because it was freezing outside (literally) and I did not feel it was a good idea to stand in sub-zero temperatures for over 30 minutes waiting for trains and buses. I ended up mostly bored all day and then I got a bug up my butt to finally do SOMETHING so the entire day didn’t feel wasted. That something was to take some photos of this-here skull. Fun stuff. Next time I am going to attack it with a flash so that it’s got less grain/noise in all the little details.
Hit the jump for more some tasty Black & White photos.
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December 29, 2013
I went out a little before the holidays got into full swing and hit up all of the underground CTA train stations in the city for my research of the typeface that used to adorn the lovely walls of our subway system. Up above is a quick sample shot of photos that I took during my quest. I think I ended up finding images of all but 5 letters, 1 of which I already had and 2 more I found while looking at a CTA auction site. Z, X and Q are nowhere to be seen in this subway, at least not down below by the trains. For my second phase I am going to go observe the upper levels of these stations and hopefully I will find some of those letters hidden among the signs and people. It’s highly unlikely because of the rareness of those letters but it’s always wise to be thorough.
November 30, 2013
I am going out today to begin the first stages of creating my next typeface. It’s based on some old inlaid enamel lettering that can be found in only a few remaining underground CTA stations. I originally fell in love with the typeface after seeing the ampersand over and over as I made my way downtown. Sadly the example above is no longer on the wall. The CTA decided that covering up the classic type with a big ugly Helvetica sign is better than restoring it to it’s former glory. That’s a dumb idea in my book and I want to get a font made before it’s too late.
Anyway, with some luck I will be able to get about 3/4 of the letters that I want today. I am just going to ride to each station that is underground and check it all out. I need a get a bunch of photos to be able to properly recreate this thing and I figured today is as good a day as any to go do it.
Look for updates soon.
November 22, 2013
In my week off I spent a lot of that time working. I had the opportunity to do some logo recreation of a sorority’s crest in vector format and I jumped at it. It paid nice, I got to use my Wacom tablet and I could do it at home during that week off. All was set and seeming good.
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November 20, 2013
WARNING: Today and tomorrow’s posts are text heavy. No fancy-shmancy graphics to go along with these bad boys. Just a lot of story to update my situation.
In my prolonged absence from this blog I realize quite a bit has happened since the last two posts.
From July to September I became increasingly unhappy at my job. I was putting in the hours and doing decent work but it could not satisfy me creatively. I would go in the office every morning, take my chair and edit photos basically from starting time to quitting time. Every week was the same. I would edit photos, assemble them into a brochure and then do whatever changes come my way, all the while working on the next set of photos. We would produce an advertisement for the Chicago Tribune almost every week but those were always template based so it was never an outlet for creativity. On Mondays I would set up and send out an blast to subscribers in Miami, but usually on the previous Friday I did most of the work for setting up the content.
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September 4, 2013
Working from home today. Getting a lot done. Logo work, TV watching, photo editing, general design, listening to some new tunes. Good things. Starting new chapters in life. Moving onward and upward.
Up above is a quick detail shot of some freelance work I picked up last week that I started over the weekend. I’m tasked with converting an illustrated fraternity logo into a vector format. Lots more work than I thought it would be but it’s coming along fairly well. I pulled out the Cintiq and really plowed through those little banner highlights/shadows. I’ll be sure to post some before & after shots when it’s all complete.