HAPPY NEW YEAR.
Photos from a photoshoot me and Pedro did with Mr. Ducktail at Something Hell's for a book on Rockers by this photographer Horst A. Friedrichs. I spent most of the time trying not to laugh and battling blinky eyes and trying to look like that isn't my Dad waiting for me on the sofa and he's going to pay for me when I'm done and then he's going to take me out for ice cream.
I kind of wish that did all actually happen.
Posted by Stuart Ruel at 21:28
Went to a talk yesterday at the ICA...James Jean and Tara McPherson, totally sold out. Man he is aight I guess. Whatever. The talk was only half an hour though and I wanted to buy a signed copy of PR3, but he was only selling a teacup and saucer, which I almost bought for like a buck three eighty and I took nothing to sign, which was lame. So I had to cop some Fables and he did his thing in my sketchbook and his hair is mad shiny and long...like Lui Kang, but with paints.
Posted by Stuart Ruel at 13:47
Pencils for 1 of an open series of commissions of dead famous people. I started in pencil but I do wan to paint them expressionist like, but I don't think it'll work so, I'm going to pencil them and then do some acrylic washes and things, maybe a bit of gesso who knows. I'm doing them on Fabriano Artistico because if I'm going to paint or colour it'll take it well. I'm keeping them simple for now because I'm scared to do anything else for now, tight schedule says so. I started with James Dean because he was the coolest one out of all of them and if I was a girl...aw yeah.
Posted by Stuart Ruel at 22:48
I'm picking out key points from Frank's Wild Years and developing the image of Frank based various interviews and and maybe a bit of Sinatra. Running with the accordion player part (even though it is chronologically incorrect - Frank finds an accordion later in a dustbin after skipping town) but the main point is that accordions are boss.
Posted by Stuart Ruel at 02:26
A quick drawing of Tom Waits, the face is a bit off (the eyes, nose and mouth and the head shape mainly) but it's a drawing of Tom Waits. (Who is releasing a live album and there's a 8 track promo download on his website and I think you should download it)
Posted by Stuart Ruel at 03:41
Study after Saul Tepper...I'm trying to get my painting and colour mixing up to scratch. I'm also adding men with hats to my repertoire, because not many people wear the hat anymore and I can't because it will make for a flat quiff and greasy hat lining, thus I will paint the hat instead.
Posted by Stuart Ruel at 15:24
Study after Dean Cornwell. I'm looking at a bunch of traditional American illustrators for this project on 9th and Hennepin. They are cool and I want to be them (but not in a dead way) just wear suits and draw equally cool people wearing suits in the dark and have a mildly successful career and a mustache.
Posted by Stuart Ruel at 18:53
DOOM is God (kind of), but bald and fat and black and that. I fashioned a mask out of a replica helmet for a fancy dress soirée. It bruised the shit out of my nose by the end of the night and I had to stop wearing it, I say the end of the night, it was pretty early on. I cut up an old leather belt and attached it to make the holdy head bit. I need to sort the nose issue though, unless i want to look like Apollo Creed after he fought with Rocky.
Posted by Stuart Ruel at 00:22
(Q: What are Raindogs?): "Eh... I don't know... you can get 'em in Coney Island. They're little eh... It's eh... They come in a bun. And eh... It's just water in a bun. That's all... It's a bun that's been... It's a bun without a hot-dog in it. (laughs) It's just... it's been left out in the rain and they're called a Raindog. And they're less expensive then a standard hot-dog..."
Posted by Stuart Ruel at 14:18