Wednesday, January 18, 2006

spike jonze gap commercial.



Gap is revamping their stores and had Spike Jonze do a commercial for them called "Pardon Our Dust." I'd first seen the original Spike Jonze version which uses the classical song "Peer Gynt Suite." I remember thinking, "Why does it have this stupid elves-hiding-christmas-presents music?" After a Google or two I found out that Gap actually released it with an different, more obscure "hip" song instead.

I actually like the Gap's version better because I've never heard it before and don't already associate it with other ironic shit like the Home Alone 2 trailer. Others might disagree, but I'll be siding with Gap on this one. One problem, though, is that they just slapped it into Spike's original that was already edited (more tightly) to the Peer Gynt Suite. Still it's an ok compromise to get rid of that song. Ultimately, it might've been better if Spike had a different song in mind from the get-go.

Spike's cut.
Gap's cut.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

diet coke please.

Monday, January 16, 2006

berlin sketch.

Friday, January 13, 2006

some pretentious novel.


I painted this back in September after returning from my honeymoon. The wedding was finally over and I could finally relax.

It'd been years since I'd even thought of painting something, so I was looking forward to this. I wanted to do something simple and easy in order to assure instant satisfaction. At first, that's what I got. It came together quickly. After all, it was simple, flat color.

Then my wife made the unpleasing (yet accurate) observation that the wall was too plain. "It needs bricks or something." So I laid tracing paper over the thing, drew some half ass perspective lines and plotted out my bricks. Then I selected the "keepers" by outlining them with a black Sharpie. Finally I cut out each individual brick and used the hole as a template.



I should've never picked something with a brick wall because I haven't painted anything since. Maybe I need ritalin.

best show ever.



Okay, I admit it. I'd never seen Freaks & Geeks before, but I'm watching it now. It's the best.

At first an outsider might think this is a show full of cliches -- The geeks. The stoners. The Jocks. The nerds. This is true, but that's what high school is, an on going cliche. What's great is that at first you do see the characters as cliches. You group them into the same categories people get lumped into all the time.

Then, as each episode passes, you start to see other sides to these characters. They're multi-dimensional and have a hyper-realism about them. For example, take Tom Wilson ("Biff" from the greatest movie of all time) who plays a coach/P.E./health instructor. Sure we see him clapping his hands yelling "Let's go ladies" to a bunch of guys during practice. We see him postively reinforce jock behavior during a dodge ball match, too. But then we see him teaching a sex education class. When he finds out Sam is confused about sex and bothered by it after seeing a porno, he closes the door to his office with an "I could lose my job telling you this" disclaimer. Next, porn music drowns out all other sound as we watch through the window as he tells this kid what's up. We see the kid make faces in disgust and eventually he starts cracking up laughing. And this isn't actor-style fake laughing by a 24 year old playing a high school student. It's a real kid really laughing. It's great.

I've only seen the first 5 episodes and the one I just described is number 5 (Test & Breasts.) I liked the first 4 a lot, but this one is the first one I've loved. I think it's because the first 4 were all about Lindsey trying to fit in with a different crowd of kids. It felt like every story was centered around her and this same dilemma.

Can't wait to watch the rest of these.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

new suit.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

la policia.

Friday, January 06, 2006

on deck.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

lo-rise.



A scan from the ol' sketchbook.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

suzie.