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VHS: Video Cover Art

February 12, 2015

VHS Book

Great news via The Dude Designs. Posted on his official Facebook page, Tom Hodge, states:

I can now proudly announce the book i have been working on for a while VHS: Video Cover Art on sale in MAY
(12″ x 9″ | hard cover | ISBN13: 9780764348679 | $34.99 (£27.00) )

My work has been built around a lifelong love of VHS (bordering on obsession at times!) and the amazing artworks which were used to adorn the video covers. They were ingrained in my psyche from the first time I ever entered a video store as a child. I have a particular fondness for UK video art (my home country) as many of the covers were specially commissioned by the numerous UK independent distributors and not seen much outside of this market.

These incredible artworks were created by amazing artists such as Enzo Sciotti, Renato Casaro, Caudio Casaro, Brian Bysouth, Graham Humphreys and Laurent Melki. Many artists sadly remain unnamed. The one thing they all held in common is the style and spirit of pure unabashed creativity, where art and film came together in a visual orgy of moustached muscled men, buxom beauties, big explosions, phallic guns, and nightmare-inducing monsters. Sadly this art-form largely disappeared along with demise of the VHS format.

Obscure gems to cult classics in all your favourite genres of Action, Comedy, Kids, Thriller, Sci-Fi and Horror. From the sublime to the ridiculous. Some are incredible works of art, some insane, some perfectly capture the tone of the films, some capture that tone even better than the films themselves, and some have the most tenuous link imaginable! However, all, as you will see, are amazing and inspiring works of art, which will captivate the imagination along with feelings of excitement and wonder, like stepping back into your local video store once again.

This looks like a beaut! Keep your eyes out for this one and make sure to give his page a “like” here!

UPDATE: Tom just announced on his Facebook page that VHS: Video Cover Art is already the number one bestseller in its category from pre-orders on Amazon UK. Awesome!

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10 Things

August 18, 2014

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Your musical heroes are not really heroes, they are arrows pointing in the direction of your own potential. Do not allow the thought that “some have it and some don’t”, it’s simply not true. The truth is that some people work for it (unfortunately very few) tirelessly & consistently until they get it. Some of the best artists actually took longer to get there than you would expect.

I recently joined one of those synthwave producers type pages on Facebook, figuring I’d pick up the occasional production tip, tutorials etc. and early on found this great article by musicsoftwaretraining.com. Entitled 10 Things they don’t tell Music Producers …til it’s too late, it offers some great pointers/advice that I honestly feel can be applied to all sorts of creative endeavors and not just music/producing.

Pointers include Your first attempts at making music won’t be greatMost of the tools you think you need, you don’t and Musicianship is optional. Check it out here and a second article entitled Why Quantity is more important than Quality makes for some interesting food for thought. Check it out here.

 

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Art Treats!

October 9, 2013
copyright Danita Art 2013!

copyright Danita Art 2013!

Well, with me working double time to add some new, cool Halloween-themed designs to my page on Society 6, I’ve also had the time to browse and see what other artists are coming up with.

Visiting the page and searching “Halloween” generates some 50+ pages, and here are just some of the cool stuff I’ve found. Check them out:

copyright Danita Art 2013!

copyright Danita Art 2013!

The Black Cat and The Jack-o-Lantern by Danita Art. All of her work is just gorgeous. Well worth a look!

copyright Object Unknown 2013!

copyright Object Unknown 2013!

Fans of cult classic Return of the Living Dead should get themselves Tarman by Object Unknown. Cool stuff!

copyright Tyler Wintermute 2013!

copyright Tyler Wintermute 2013!

Black Cat by Tyler Wintermute. He’s got tons more via his official website (link available on Society 6).

copyright Rob Zangrillo 2013!

copyright Rob Zangrillo 2013!

Franken-pieces by Rob Zangrillo.

copyright Vintage Cuteness 2013!

copyright Vintage Cuteness 2013!

Halloween by toy collector/photographer Marian/Vintage Cuteness.

copyright Exit Man 2013!

copyright Exit Man 2013!

Devil Cat by Exit Man.

I’m adding artwork on a weekly basis, and again, best way to keep track is joining me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SellergrenDesign. You’ll find my prints on Society 6 at http://society6.com/SellergrenDesign (and if you use this link you’ll get free shipping worldwide up until October 13th!). Cheers!

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Stilleben

October 2, 2013
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copyright Nick Brandt 2013!

Tanzania’s Lake Natron sure isn’t a friendly place. With its high soda and salt content, its caustic waters kills whatever organisms that enter it and slowly calcify their bodies, perfectly preserving them as they dry. It is a poisonously concentrated remnant of a 5,000 to 6,000 old fresh water lake that literally turns life into stone.

UK-born photographer Nick Brandt collected various washed-up animals by the lake and perched them in pre-death poses for his photo/essay book Across the Ravaged Land. A total of 120 pages, with 52 Quadtone plates, it was released by Abrams Books and has already received great criticism for its haunting, breathtaking imagery.

Find it on Amazon here, visit his official website here and read up on the lake here. Art prints are available from select galleries in the U.S..

UPDATE: Just to be clear, the book is not a 120 page collection of dead animals photographed by the lake. Using the publisher’s own words “The book offers a darker vision of this world, still filled with a stunning beauty but now tragically tainted and fast disappearing at the hands of man”, with parts of it containing the Lake Natron photographs.

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Trust Me I’m a Scientist

May 15, 2013
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copyright TMIAS 2013!

Recently found Justin Colletti‘s great blog Trust Me I’m a Scientist that focuses on all things music, not from a fan-boy perspective – though there’s certainly nothing wrong with that as they’re turning into modern day fanzines – but covering everything from recording techniques to management, promotion as well as the do’s and don’ts for a budding artist.Thankfully I’m a disciplined type of person meaning I now have dedicated one hour a day (and not one minute more!) catching up on the just brilliant collection of articles ’cause it is damn easy losing hours just reading it.

One of the really great ones is When to Work For Free (And When Not To) that struck me as just brilliant. Covering the usual bullshit mentality “DIY = “free labor”” that unfortunately isn’t just common within the real creative world but also pretty much seeps the underground community – although I highly doubt a lot of the creativity in said community, but that’s a whole different blog post – usually meaning YOU work for free while some douchebag SOMEONE ELSE profits from it. It’s a classic scenario exploiting people’s naïvité and/or hunger for work trying to “get exposure” when there’s usually no or very little exposure to be had. And having experienced it myself as well as seen some very talented people actually work themselves into stone cold poverty “for the scene” it sure struck home. A great quote:

In the creative culture, we’ve been primed to associate the word “DIY” with a kind of pure and noble approach. But it’s precisely because the term is so front-loaded with sanctity that it makes for a great marketing buzzword – one that can be used and abused for fun and profit. The term has been so eagerly twisted by people and powerful companies, that out in the real world, “DIY” can be a mixed bag, just like anything else.

The big thing to watch out for here is “Fake DIY.” This an increasing popular trend in which really, really rich people fund their own money-losing vanity projects or secretly profitable businesses, and then expect a whole bunch of people to work for them for free because they’re really “stickin’ it to the man.” You know, just like you guys! Steer clear.

Using considerable resources to start a crappy business that cuts corners and doesn’t compensate people fairly is not the same thing as “DIY.” If wealthy and well-connected people with access to healthy amounts of capital want to twist the term to market their businesses, then fine. That’s within their right of free expression. But it’s also their responsibility to compensate people appropriately for their work. DIY does not equal free labor.

If you’re new getting into this, or have some experience trying to make a living “within the arts” I highly recommend you read it. There’s some really good advice I think you should take to heart in order for you to maybe not make out like a bandit but at least get paid fairly for what you create while building and maintaining a career of sorts. Read it in full here.

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Dropkick Murphys Raise Money for Boston Bombing Victims

April 19, 2013

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A great band just became even greater as Boston punk unit The Dropkick Murphys announced via their official Twitter that they’ve so far raised $65,000 for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings  selling a freshly designed t-shirt for the cause on their website. The front is the Boston skyline below “For Boston” and the back reads “Thank you, to all who purchased this shirt. All proceeds go to the victims and families of the Boston Marathon bombings. Love, Dropkick Murphys.”

Pre-orders are accepted and they ship not only within the US, but also to Europe and Australia. All proceeds are going to the families – the band isn’t keeping one cent. Order yours here.

UPDATE: The band announced via their official page on Facebook that they/their fans in fact have raised more than $100,000 within the first 24 hours. It was also quite moving reading that the Richard Family from Dorchester actually have ties to the band.

Respect!

Respect!

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Replaceface!

March 30, 2013
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copyright Replaceface!

Holy moly, this guy/gal is amazing! Pardon the complete lack of info, but I just signed up for an account of Society6.com – one of those odd places where artists actually get paid in 2013! – and browsing what goodies they had to offer I stumbled across US (?) artist Replaceface who’s work is just killer.

Taking inspiration from the George Dawe portrait style of circa 1700, he/she takes the icons of our popular culture – well, I wouldn’t be too sure about Leonardo DiCaprio – and portrays them like generals, aristocrats and royalties. There’s some great ones featuring Bill Murray, Bruce Lee and Dave Grohl, and with prices for a 8″ x 9″ art print starting at $25 you can finally have some nobility in your common abode, ha ha ha.

Anyway, this is great stuff and I could easily see myself owning 5 or 6 of these. There’s a total of 26, so check them all out here and support the artist!

UPDATE: I found the artist’s official page on Tumblr and Facebook. Check ’em out here (T) and here (FB).

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copyright Replaceface!

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Brian Walsby

March 23, 2013
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copyright Brian Walsby 2013!

Punk meets Peanuts on comic artist Brian Walsby‘s official Facebook page lately, and the results are both funny as well as good looking. There’s Black Flag‘s iconic sleeve for their Damaged LP – but hasn’t pretty much all their sleeves turned out to be iconic? – the Sonic Youth Goo album sleeve above, and (my fave) Linus doing Flag’s My War.

Usually a freelance cartoonist as well as a musician, Brian has made tons of work for various bands like The Melvins and Seven Seconds, plus zines like Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll and Flipside to mention just a few. Check him out on Facebook as well as his official website here.

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copyright Brian Walsby 2013!

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The Art of Remz

March 3, 2013
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copyright Remz Di Maggio!

If memory serves me correct I was hepped to the kick-ass artwork of Remz Di Maggio – aka The Art of Remz – via members of French punk band The Rebel Assholes during a 2011 European tour. French-born but living in Kinrooi, Belgium this self-taught illustrator picked up his ‘hobby’ as an escape from the boredom of school, found himself enjoying it so much he started to develop his skills and today he’s done work for bands and clubs all over the world – including US power pop musician Kurt Baker.

Heavy on the retro influences he’s admittedly a big fan of US genius artist Shag, but I’d say he definitely has carved out a niche to call his own. There are some really great pieces to be seen on his Facebook page (where you’ll also find contact info if you wanna commission something), so make sure you check him out and show him your support!

More (astounding) work:

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copyright Remz Di Maggio!

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Eddie Kramer Exhibition

December 10, 2012

Audiophiles rejoice! Legendary producer/engineer Eddie Kramer shares anecdotes as well as advice in this great lecture from back in the 90s. Not only the chief engineer of Electric Lady Studios Eddie’s also engineered and produced tons of now classic albums. Led Zeppelin‘s Led Zeppelin II, Jimi HendrixCry of Love, KissAlive! – he’s worked on all of them.

After an initial speech Eddie opens up the mike for a Q&A and here’s where it gets good. There’s tons of nice little information, tips and tricks and fun drawing from his 30+ years of experience, all told in a laid back, intimate style. Eighteen parts in total – check them out!

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