Sunday, July 5, 2015
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
I finished building "The Flattop Bass" in September 2013. It quickly replaced my Eastwood Classic 4 and has been the only bass I play for the last 2 years. Back in January it cut out on me, but worked fine the next day. It cut out again at last week's rehearsal which I fixed, about which I was quite dubious and sure enough with three songs left in our second set last Sunday, it cuts out. The long and short of it—it needs a new bridge. I thought I might take the time to refinish the back as well. Hopefully it all works out.
Monday, June 29, 2015
Sunday, June 28, 2015
This evening Curio will be rockin' our heavy rockabilly at Three Aces for the Wreckles afterparty following Motoblot. I haven't been making posters too frequently for a while, but I have an itch to do a little of that again. Although this won't be available tonight, some of the upcoming show posters will be…
Saturday, June 27, 2015
I wish technology was more like an old Schwinn—keep it clean and it'll outlast you. I really miss my Canon LiDE 500—which lasted somewhere in the ballpark of 7-10 years. I first tried an HP all-in-one borrowed from my folks… That scan is on the left. It just lacked the detail I was used to with the Canon so I decided to go ahead and get a new Canon, but I went with the 120 instead of the 500 (they seem essentially the same except for price). That scan is on the right. The color is a little off from the original drawing, but the detail is there so I can color correct a bit. Still trying to get it to talk to Photoshop a little better—it doesn't seem to recognize the plug-in like the old scanner, but that'll sort itself out in it's banal way. OK let's get on with some Curio posters now…
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Monday, June 15, 2015
I'm back. After a decade-ish of service my trusty Canon scanner conked out on me. This was a couple weeks back which is why I haven't posted since May.
My dad drove up to help me get started on my gutter/flashing project and brought up an extra scanner. I've never used HP gear, so for now it's suspect and we'll see if it earns my trust. Right now, it's got a couple strikes against it, but I sure am happy to be able to scan sketches again.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015
…funny thing about drawing on my lunch break—people want to know what I'm drawing. Sometimes I know and most times not—this is one of the not drawings, but I'll leave it to this bit of dialogue from the best movie of the 90s, Johnny Suede:
Dalton: (raising a glass) To the lonely wolf.
Mrs. Fontaine: What are you toasting?
Dalton: Animal behavior, my dear.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Thursday night was a tough one. I kept waking up thinking someone broke into the house, then I would dream about that and then the thieves would turn into monsters and demons… sheesh! But, it's not all bad because it's given me an idea.
Friday morning I chuckled to myself while listening to "Ooby Dooby" by Roy Orbison. Wailing out phrases like ooby dooby, beatin' on a ding dong and be-bop-a-lula are certainly a whole lotta fun, but I'm not sure what they mean. Sometimes it's a sexual metaphor, sometimes it's just something syncopated and rhythmic, in any case I like it.
Somehow my lack of sleep paired with some rockabilly nonsense got me thinking of 1001 Arabian Nights and specifically the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. What if you turned that story into a kitschy rockabilly tune? or painting… paint-a-billy? I mean you've got The 40 Thieves, they're a motorcycle gang from hell. Instead of a cave they exit through the mouth of Hell's gatekeeper. You've got a blue collar wood worker in Ali Baba and you've got one clever, hardcore vixen with Morgiana. Ooo and you've got a sewn back together zombie (well in this version, Cassim is just a sewn back together dead guy in the original)! I'd like to turn it into a large painting at some point.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
I tell you, this headstock has been through the ringer. As I mentioned a couple posts ago for my 33rd birthday my buddies bought me a fretless bass neck—what they call rough-finished (still needing final sanding). It had kind of an Ibanez-lookin' headstock which I trimmed a little for the failed "tele bass." Then I started cutting away at it for the original "cubist bass" idea and then I settled on a kind of skinny upright looking headstock. Only, I wasn't really excited about it. I didn't know what to do with it so I set it aside and worked on the body.
…well a couple weeks back I decided to stop in the Chicago Music Exchange and play some professionally built basses when I came across an NS electric upright. I've seen these online, but in person I thought this headstock is great—simple, slick—and there you have it—I knew what to do. I came home sawed off the "ambivalent headstock" and roughed out my version of an NS headstock from paduak and poplar.
With the Dynamism Dog I tried to go about building it like I would paint. Which is roughing things out, reacting to it, repeat. When it comes to woodworking and specifically instrument making, I don't recommend that approach. It's not terribly time efficient and there is a lot of starting over which can lead to frustration. Eventually I got there.