Work In Progress

Apologies, internet, for being a bit out of touch.
I’ve had a lot of things going on!
One of those things is this gallery show that I’ve been working on for Sequential Art Gallery in Portland.

I’ve been here in Portland all week installing the show, with the help of the gallery owners, Kaebel and Merrick!
Also helping is the adorable gallery cat, Manju.

For this show, I decided to do something totally different and eschew digital prints entirely.
Instead, I opted to do a bunch of installation, as well as a ton of mixed media pieces.
Some of these are fairly traditional pastel and acrylic on wood, but others are laser cut wood and plastic.

Today, Merrick and I hung over 100 feet of ribbon around the gallery.

Here’s the press release from the gallery’s blog:

In an art show that can’t be contained by mere picture frames, San Fransisco-based multimedia maven Star St. Germain presents: “Date Lines”. Please join us for the opening reception on May 3, 2012, 6-10pm! RSVP on Facebook, if you like. 🙂

Date Lines is 13 mixed media pieces (plus site-specific installation elements) exploring Star St.Germain’s failed adventures in the San Francisco dating scene. Star’s various suitors are represented as silhouettes, faceless testaments to all manner of sexy mistakes. The show is about finding hope amongst the most dismal of interactions–with hilarious results.

Portland!

Please come out?
Here is The facebook event.

The opening is tomorrow:

May 3, 2012, 6-10pm
Sequential Art Gallery + Studio
328 NW Broadway #113
Portland, OR 97209

The show will be up for a month, so if you don’t make the opening, by all means come by during gallery hours:

Thursdays 3pm-7pm
Saturdays 11am-5pm
or by appointment

Hope to see you there!

To those of you asking what happened to my February cover- much like Bill OReilly, I did it live!

I premiered it to a packed house at my Lost Church show on Saturday…and I’m pretty sure somebody got some video. I’ll be sure to post it if I can track it down.

I’ll be posting the studio version in the next couple days, as soon as I can get the thing mastered.

To those of you wondering, I did February Stars, by the Foo Fighters.

I realize, internet, that this is a disappointment.
So, please accept this illustration instead – which was supposed to be the cover for January’s installment. It’s a redone version of this illustration from 2004 or so. I’m not sure that this is the final coloring that I’m going to go with. If anybody has opinions on this, please send them my way.
I’m trying to experiment with more minimal coloring methods.

Soon, you all will have a February track, and the March one won’t be too far behind it!

You guys, things have been rough in Starland.

& I suspect they’ll get worse before they get better.

I’m trying though- harder than I think I’ve ever tried at anything.

Here is a cell phone picture of a laptop screen, editing the Show and Tell video.

The raw footage is something I’m really, really excited about.

I’m hoping to screen it at the show we have at The Lost Church on December 1st, which you should come to.

I could really use the support right now.

Things are going to change soon. I’m not sure how yet, but I know that they will.

Here’s to hoping that it’s for the better.

Track is tentatively titled “Umbrella”.
Recorded last night in a flurry of sorts.
All instruments & vocals by me.
It’s awaiting a bridge, as well as guitar by the talented Andy Dutch.
You’ll get to hear the next incarnation really soon!

More 24hourcomic pages tomorrow!

My plans last night fell through, and in my gained free time, I made some music!
I made a little 12Seconds video to show you a little tease, but the sound was unintelligible, so I pulled a little snippet for you to listen to here:& here’s that 12Seconds video if you want to see what my ableton screen looks like:


New music on 12seconds.tv

I’m currently working on a solo album for the first time since 2003.
It is taking up a whole lot of my time & is the reason why I haven’t been posting here as much (among other things).
When it is done, I plan to have a big epic sketchbook with lyrics and images & you guys will be able to download the whole shebang for free & get a little slice of my life on your screens & in your ears.

Until then, I plan on posting little snippets & sketches of audio on here & you guys can see the whole thing unfold!
I’m really excited.

Here’s a breakdown of that last illustration I posted!

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I began this image by laying down the basic outlines with a medium sized brush.

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I then added the black background, and began adding more detail with a smaller brush.

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At this point, I started drawing the hair in over the black, using white. I also started using a very tiny brush, and put in even more detailed black lines. I am always tempted to leave my line work too clean, which is something I’m trying to get over. I miss some of the messy, scribbly qualities of my early work, so I’m trying to recapture that.

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Splatter gets added next, in both white and black. I also put in some heavy outlines with a thick brush.
I’m trying to get a lot of variation in my line weight lately, to try and rely on my shading & coloring less.

I also added the hand lettered text, which went through several iterations of cursive and script fonts until I just hand drew it in my usual serif.

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Rough color gets added.
I hate this step every time because the image instantly loses much of it’s definition and it takes work to get it back.

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Rough shading.
I’m experimenting a little with the lines coming off of the shading. I keep waffling over whether I like it.

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Rough highlights.
I wanted the lighting to be really dramatic, so I chose a really high contrast palate.

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Initial textures.
This texture is put on in specific spots that appear to really need it, which differs from the next step because it’s very intentional where the texture goes.

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Rounded corners, color tweaks & textures.
The image wasn’t quite warm enough for me, so I adjusted it a bit.
then I started throwing texture on at random.
I often find that if I think about it too much, I never get anything I like.
This though, I am happy with.

& that’s it!