Thursday, December 31, 2009

THE DECADE IN REVIEW

As readers of this web-based-log were already aware, the I Like You Graphik is nothing if not progressive. To save our readers the hassle of reading a recent deluge of horrid "Decade End Lists," we've gone ahead and summed up the best of 10 years of photography, entertainment, sports and SLAMMA JAMS© into an 800 pixel square:

Progress: Pt. 4

Happy trails, Greg Paulus. You are now a footnote for THE AGES.

I found this while unpacking an old portfolio case this morning. There's never been enough Duke bashing on this site.

As an unironic (word? no?) aside: Thanks for checking in with me this year. I've just moved into a new studio/job/city which I promise to tell you all about at a later date. My best to you all in 2010,

Chris

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

OUR WORK FILLS THE PEWS

Our Work Fills The Pews

Part of the half-assed series: Old Women With Things That Look Like Jesus.

File under: I'm going to be a jerk until I get an NNNNvite.

Friday, November 20, 2009

HEART ATTACK . EP

Heart Attack . EP

Not to make your siblings look bad, but my brother recently asked me to design the cover of his first album. That's a pretty amazing project, right? Congratulations are in order, his Heart Attack EP is up on iTunes today.

He can be found here and here. While his guitar pedals can be found in my bedroom. I suppose if I want to work on the next cover, I should probably give those back.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

TOPICAL DEPRESSION

Topical Depression

The blueprint for my "Rain Cloud" costume. I'm guaranteed to be the low pressure center of every Halloween party.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

BROADWAY // MELROSE

Summer of 120

A few weeks ago I was walking over a stretch of Broadway carpeted in strips of fabric. A middle-aged woman looking for volunteers told me that, "the school made a mistake and cut down all of the children's intentions." I wasn't sure what that meant, but it sounded on par with "stomping on their dreams."

I spent 20 minutes tying red cloth to that fence. Those better have been some good intentions. I'm just saying.

Friday, August 28, 2009

THE PACE IS GLACIAL

The Pace Is Glacial

New work for Marek Haiduk's RVLVR.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

TROPICAL ORCA

Tropical Orca

Recently I've noticed that collaging has affected the composition of my drawing. I suppose I'm okay with that. Though that whale looks a little confused.

Friday, August 21, 2009

AMERICA IN MINIATURE, PT. 3

Summer of 120

Sanctuary // June 2009

Summer of 120

Waiting for St. George // June 2009

Summer of 120

Imitation Falls // June 2009

A perfect day at the National Zoo in Washington DC. In addition to a couple rolls of film, we left with a few souvenirs.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

PARTY BLVD

Secret Identity

So while we're on the subject of how awesome Judah Switzer is...

The two of us had the pleasure of traveling to Asheville, NC to shoot 5 television spots in one weekend. We went with our amazing friend and copywriter, Natalie Taylor, whose family just happens to own the greatest party store on Earth. Without an actor in sight, the inanimate objects of Party Blvd became the stars of their 2009 advertising campaign.

Fun fact: when attempting a Latin American accent, I sound like Ricardo Montalban auditioning for Dracula.

Much thanks to Natalie, Judah Switzer, Kevin Lynch, Zig, and the families of Debbie & Mike Harris and Judy & Dusty Pless.

Over The Hill

Interview

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

THE HOLY MOUNTAIN

The Holy Mountain

My good friend, Judah Switzer, was showing me some of the inspiration for his new video this weekend. What convinced someone (or something) to finance Jodorowsky's films is beyond human comprehension. But at least for this particular drawing, I'm in his debt.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

MONUMENTS

Monuments

Army of the Potomac, I
July 2009

Monuments

Army of the Potomac, II
July 2009

The I Like You Graphik has to put away the collage materials for a while. The rental company needs to show The Ivory Tower to prospective tenants. Consider the creative buzz around here officially 'harshed.'

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

THE CSS SENSATIONAL



The CSS Sensational // July 2009

The I Like You Graphik is busy putting a dent in the stockpile of imagery on the studio floor. Most of pile was gathered in the the antique malls outside of Gettysburg, PA. There could be a theme developing.


Detail // July 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

IVORY // HIGH // RISE

Ivory // High // Rise

The Ivory Tower was taken, but I think I came out on top.

I finally put together a portfolio site that combines my "legitimate work" with these ongoing personal projects. I'm always amazed and appreciative of all the kind words and support this silly work receives. Thanks.

So now that I have both time and full boxes of postcards on my hands, I'll try to get some new work up. Starting...

...NOW!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

AMERICA IN MINIATURE, PT. 2

America in Miniature

Gangly Bear, June 2009

America in Miniature

Hermano, June 2009

Monday, July 6, 2009

DREAM ISLAND (CONT.)

Dream Island (Cont.)

Dream Island (Cont.)

There are times when I have to remind myself that not everything can be a finished piece. These are a few recent selections from the stacks.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

MEN OF THE SPADED TIGER

Men of the Spaded TIger

In 2006, I had the pleasure of working in Redmond, WA at a small start-up called Hammerquist & Nebeker. One day, the folks in charge asked my partner and I for a few self-promotional ideas.

We agreed without question. Partly in gratitude for a fun assignment. And partly in fear of being beaten up by their logo.

Posters, tigers, t-shirts, coasters, irreverence, wall murals... it's all here.

Men of the Spaded TIger

Men of the Spaded TIger

Men of the Spaded TIger

Men of the Spaded TIger

Men of the Spaded TIger

Men of the Spaded Tiger

Men of the Spaded Tiger

Monday, June 29, 2009

AMERICA IN MINIATURE, PT. 1

America In Miniature

Cici, June 2009

America In Miniature

My Father, My Correspondence, June 2009

It's great to be home.

DREAM ISLAND (STUDY)

Dream Island (Study)

Inspired by a trip to the National Zoo last week. These drawings are getting more difficult, Dream Island suddenly has tourists.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

DULY NOTED

Duly Noted

Exhausted.

On a layover in Atlanta, my friend and I were greeted by this scene. We thought it would make a fitting epitaph for air travel's tombstone.

And the product placement goes on.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

DREAM ISLAND, PT. 3

Dream Island, Pt. 3

A short tragedy told with bath rugs, headbands, and a few projectiles.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

DREAM ISLAND, PT. 2

Dream Island, Pt. 2

I've been told that sticking to my vision is important. But I've found that lack of space, money, and access to whole salmon can easily trump foresight.

I'll keep working on these anyway.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

THE MIDDLE WEST

The Middle West

Diversey Harbor, March 2009

The Middle West

Waveland, March 2009

The Middle West

The Palm House, March 2009

The Middle West

Belmont Harbor, March 2009

After months of stern warnings to stay indoors from the National Weather Service, Chicago is slowly unthawing. On a fantastic St. Patrick's Day weekend, I walked until it got dark. I took my Holga with me... obviously. More here.

Friday, February 27, 2009

DREAM ISLAND

Dream Island
I'm going to need a few volunteers.

Okay. Hear me out...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

INVASIVE SPECIES OF NORTH AMERICA

Invasive Species of North America
Wolves of Paradise
Maryland, December 2008

Invasive Species of North America
Feral Macaws of North Beach
Chicago, September 2008

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

ST-JOSEPH'S-JUMBO-HOUSE-BUFFET

Sheridan // Diversey

Ashland // Nelson

Jumbo House Buffet at Ashland & Nelson.

Located in the same strip mall as the shop with my favorite name ever, "Foremost Liquors." I'm not sure foremost qualifies as a superlative. Lori? Nick?

God bless them anyway.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

REYNARD///LE RENARD

Reynard///Le Renard

Reynard///Le Renard

While doing an internship in Seattle in 2004, I stumbled upon a copy of The Story of Reynard the Fox in a used bookstore. It was an English translation of the original German poem, Reineke Fuchs by J.W. von Goethe and featured brilliant wood engravings by Fritz Eichenberg.

I've wanted to create a series inspired by this book ever since I found it. And these days what could be a more relevant topic than anthropomorphic satire of European aristocracy?

"Anything?" you ask.

Well, yeah. Probably.

Reynard///Le Renard

Reynard///Le Renard