First Wired, then ESPN, and now Eqsuire! I’m running out of goals (Hey Garden & Gun, call me). The images will be out in the January issue, so in a few weeks I’ll be able to post what I made for em.
A couple years back Robin & I did a food shoot with art director/designer Josh Kramer (http://joshuakramer.com/). It sparked a whole slew of food ‘studdies’ we’ve made since. When Rare magazine (who features an artist in each issue) was working on their food issue they asked us to help out. We handed over a bunch of old stuff and made a few new images just for the heck of it. The image they used for the cover is a shot Josh doodled right here in my humble little studio. It’s one of my favorites.
Per their request, we crated the ESPN logo and froze it in a block of ice. The letters are carved from balsa wood and dipped in plastic, then frozen in ice. We reticulated the block of ice with hot water and dry ice. Dry ice is fun. It makes snow form on things.
I got an email from art director Larry Williams that read, “When I say ‘Wireless Home,’ What comes to mind and can you do it by next friday?” I drew some sketches and the amazing Robin Finlay went to junk shops buying up old electronics. Robin built these two ‘Star Command – Home’ remote controls based on my sketches and we shot the hell out of them over a bottle of wine.
Now if only they worked!
Creative director Ralph Yznaga at GSD&M had a crazy idea and somehow managed to sell it to the client. Art buyer Shannon McMillan put him in touch with my studio and we got to work. We started with Ralph’s rough composites that the client signed off on. But creating these objects out of industrial air conditioners and furnaces required some serious planning. I created detailed perspective drawings of these scenarios using their product line and then planned how light would effect each object. When the massive AC units and furnaces got to the studio we had to take the door off of the hinges to fit everything inside. The parts were lit individually and the appropriate shadows were cast on them so when I put all of the parts together in Photoshop everything looked natural. Easy peasy!
My homies at Spirit magazine were looking for an excuse to have us make an exploded image for them. Along came a Sandwich package. Problem solved. We worked with the people from ‘Wichcraft’ in New York who coached us in making the perfect BLT. And pounds and pounds of fancy deli meats showed up at my studio. Our assistant Bill ate well that night.