Sunday, December 6, 2009

VISIONS

This was for a group art show built around the theme: VISIONS. When I think of visions I think of striving for something. I was inspired by Norman Lindsay, William Blake, and M.C.Escher. I never really got a chance to truly finish it but I hope to really get into it as soon as time opens up again.

Here is my subway sketch:
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Here is the drawing with all of the figures in place (unrendered):
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And the (pre-final) final:
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I like this last version of it but I plan on turning out a cleaner version one day.

Thanks to the BLOOD DUMPSTER group, it was a good time.

Michael Alan
Matthew Brennan
Melissa Dowell
Brian Edgerton
Tim Kellen
Rebecca Memoli
Jeff Moore
Guillermo Riveros
Kristen Terrana
Vincent True
Megan Van Deusen
Rita Varian

Cor-diddly,

James JAJAC

PS- Thanks for posing George!
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Monday, October 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Harvey Pekar!

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When I found out about the Harvey Head Birthday show I was excited. I love his work and and I think he is a truly interesting personality. My initial concept was to create a satirical piece with Harvey on the cover of a celebrity magazine. The idea that he could reach that level of fame and public accessibility is probably, for any one who knows him, or of him, ridiculous. But for those that admire him, as I and many others do, I felt like it would be a funny, silly, tribute, to the man that is Harvey Pekar (styled after US and OK magazine).



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Of course it was only a moment or two into this phase that I reread the instructions which included the request to not include text of any kind and I abandoned this direction altogether. BRAD IS JEALOUS. I include this version here only for fun and that sense of twilight zone absurdity.



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Here is my finished, traditional portrait of Harvey. I know we're supposed to make him look like an ugly angry old sod, and I contemplated going back and starting from scratch, but I kept spotting pictures where he looked downright hand some. So why not?! I know that life is hard and that we're all gonna die and that suffering is every where and people are dying as we speak and that the splendor of American life is not as splendorous as every one wants us to believe but to me Harvey Pekar is a success story, he is an inspiration, and for a minute or two please accept that he is a warm handsome, non crotchety, seventy year old guy who is happy with who he is and what he has accomplished. For a split second a beam of sunlight bursts from within his soul, maybe, just maybe, because he is thinking about donuts. God I love donuts.



Go to SMITH magazine here to see all of those amazing birthday heads:
SMITH Magazine and HARVEY PEKAR!


Thanks to Jeff, AKA Jahfurry for including me on this! If you would like to contribute your very own Harvey contact Jeff Newelt on face book for details.



Harvely Pekarily yours,
James
JAJAC

Saturday, September 19, 2009

My Burlesque Era

I started getting into burlesque in 2006. For a few years I was seeing shows and taking pictures and doing drawings of them. I fell out of this because, usually, I could not find any one to go with me and I hated seeing the shows by myself (while taking pictures). Most of the time the audience is filled with girls who are friends with the dancers and/or weird solitary men who sit silently staring in the dark. Eventually I started to feel like that was how people could see me so I gave it up. Had fun with the drawings though and I love/loved the whole burlesque vibe. I hope to get back on this one day.

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These are Dottie Lux (below).

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the world famous bob

This is the last Burlesque drawing that I worked on last year.

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I still have a whole bunch of images that I want to draw from and there are some spectacular performers out there. There is a girl named Gal Friday that I want to draw and also Ruby Valentine. I think I heard guest Ruby starred on "MadMen" last season which is awesome.

Oh and if any one has not heard of Molly Crabapple's burlesque drawing classes go here now: http://www.drsketchy.com/ They are all over the world last I checked. Here art website is http://www.mollycrabapple.com/ I recommend taking a look at her 'Scarlett Takes Manhattan' which is her first comic book venture.

Special thanks to Dottie for letting me shoot photo's at her shows, Brooke G. and Opal the wonderful wiener dog.

Hats off,
James
JAJAC

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Sketch Book Moments

This is a favorite page of doodles from my current sketch book.
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I was admiring a JAWS poster that day.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Slap Shot Experiment

This is a drawing that is an homage to decaying graphics. I found this SLAP SHOT video box in my parents basement. This is also an homage of my fathers decision to purchase a BETA player in the early nineties.

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I plan on adding music to this when I figure out how to do it.
If you would like to ENHANCE your viewing enjoyment and have a copy of THE FINAL COUNTDOWN by EUROPE, cue it up and press play at 12 seconds as the video begins.

THAT IS HOW IT IS MEANT TO BE SEEN!

Cordially with oregano,
James

Monday, August 3, 2009

Put it on you!

Yo, I'm not even itchy! I stole this GOLD BOND medicated cream from my Mom's house so I could draw it! And that was months ago! Sorry mom. :, (

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Stone cold,
James
JAJAC

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Self Portrait 1998/ Portrait 2009

A self portrait from college.

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Portrait of me in 2009 by eight year old Martina.

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I haven't changed a day.

-James

Friday, June 19, 2009

1 point perspective!

This is my example for the kids in my after school art program. I wanted to try and demonstrate 1 point perspective in a simple and fun way for them. Some of the kids picked it up like nothin!

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Weird, weird, weird, weird, WEIRD!

This was an illustration I was paid to do in 2001 straight out of college. It was an album cover for a Britney Spears parody. The song was called "No More Tail", I don't think it was ever actually produced. The illustration itself was meant to be a bizarre parody of romance novels.

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I have another version I can't find with some updates on her face and tail. If I can track it down I'll add it to the post. In a weird way this is exactly the kind of image I would like to be associated with. It never fails to astonish me! How weird is this??

Haha,
James
JAJAC
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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Jump into atmosphere!!

A quick piece from my sketch book.

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Until the tides turn!

-James

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Lets make a mess shall we?

My process. Draw a quick messy bald head with a sharpie marker while exhausted.

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One month later trace said drawing with a ball point pen also while exhausted. The results? History!


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Artist Statement:

What is life? What is art? Does being drawn with a sharpie change the identity of the artist? Have I been cloned? These are only a few of the questions I asked myself during this artistic endeavor. The message of this piece is that Americans are no longer afraid of communism.

LEONARD COHEN RULES!!!

Love,
James

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Reaching out.

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And my scanners version:

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Kiss a tomato!
James

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Elemental Delegatates of Artistic Science