For those of you who haven’t seen our Parabolis Kickstarter video, here it is in youtube form. And here is the Project page. We are almost 50% funded but have a long way to go. Please help make this real.
Over a long and continuously self doubting 3 year process E completed the manuscript for a incredible fantasy novel titled Parabolis. His Idea was to create a Novelzine, which is a novel with the visual integrity of a magazine, periodically released through subscription but also collected and printed into a final book.
E was very intentional about pushing the boundaries of what we would normally consider to be fantasy art, and he felt that my very modern designed style and love for magazine layout would be just the approach his book would need to.
We had pulled together the resources to complete the art and design for 4 chapters and also to create a rather time consuming video about our intentions. Beyond that we are relying on the generosity of interested folks to complete the book and materialize it. Although we still have a long way to go the support thus far has been very encouraging. If you are interested in supporting this project or sharing this with your friends, here is our kickstarter page.
Also you can follow our blog at HERE for updates
thanks for all your support friends.
As a kid I used to browse the closest record store (usually best buy) and flip though albums endlessly not looking for the latest band to check out but admiring the cover art. This was my favorite pre internet-boom art gallery. I always dreamed of one day creating my own album art. Well last year I had the privilege of being asked to create my very first album art for a 5-piece atmospheric instrumental rock band from Liverpool named MinionTV. After 6 months of details and decisions its finally ready to release its pent up creative energy onto the world. You can see all the art I created and preorder the album titled The Last Projectionist which ships out on july 28th Right Here. The music is great but truth be told I haven’t heard the album in its entirety, I am waiting until I get my hard copy. Good luck to MinionTV and sorry Stephen but I have to say Go LIVERPOOL FC. Shameless fan
It wouldn’t be a new month if I wasn’t redoing my website. It hit me after the move into a new house and office that my current site had some usability issues. Mainly people found it harder to work than ikea furniture. So I took a page out of Steve Jobs book (metaphorically speaking, even though I am currently reading his book, I would never tear a page out of it, blasphemy) And started over even though I just published it. Oh well it was a good idea, but like good ideas sometimes they need to be put on a shelf. Unless its an crappy ikea shelf, but we’ll just assume any furniture mentioned in future metaphors is not ikea furniture ( for the record I quite like ikea furniture but they get a bad rep sometimes do to shoddy materials ). What was I talking about? oh yeah my website check it out.
New piece about American Consumerism. been real busy moving homes and offices to new locations so things might be kinda quiet for the next few weeks, but I will be back posting again soon.
Last weekend I did a piece for the new issue of Bloomberg Businessweek. Its a book review for the book Power Inc. About the increasing size of private power over government. Check it out on the news stands or on Businessweeks site here
Last week I received this new illustration annual book in the mail from 3X3. Inside is one of my images, probably you have all seen it, the cyberwar grenade. That piece is nothing new but being selected into this illustration annual is new. It is an honer to have a page among the best illustrators in the world, I have a long way to go and a lot to learn, but its things like this that make it exciting. you can buy the book here.
Here is a new piece that I created before the holidays. I got inspired when I saw an “apples for sale” sign at a small produce market in fresno so I made this. I would put in the vain of my vintage ad posters even though its a little different format. Its up in my store if you want one for your kitchen or house.
My website has been down for a few weeks now, but we are back online. After a switch in CMS to Cargo Collective and a major redesign we finally launched. You will notice that the interface is totally different, portfolio images are now represented by symbols. Without Further ado Here is CurtMerlo.com 3.0. I would love to hear your feedback to help me improve your interactions with this site.
Please excuse the mess.
Since my recent website hackings I have realized my website is very old and very vulnerable to cyber break-ins, So I have decided to move my portfolio to a new CMS one preferably with a community, so I settled on CARGO COLLECTIVE. The good news is it is very alive and i think it is secure the bad news is I have to completely redo my website…Again. I have to work around a few limitations set up by Cargo but I think it will in the long term be a good move. so now let the coding <begin/>
Trying to make one post every week and this weeks post is a new illustration. I am really trying to following this collage experimentation kick I have been interested in. Collaging is fun an interesting. I think it was Truman Capote who said “I believe more in scissors than I do in the pencil.” If I had to guess what he meant by this its that by cutting and combining seemingly unconnected things you create more an unexpected and creative result rather than precisely placing every element of a composition. The art of accidents is a true art form, because it takes creativity to know which accidents to keep. You can’t fake it. Humans are good judges of sincerity. Oh yeah this piece is about fixing yourself, especially after a broken heart.
My website got hacked yesterday. Trying to figure out all the details, Please be patient with me and the site. I may need to move my site to a new CMS and basically start over. Things might be weird for a while. Sorry Friends.
Working on some collage experiments lately. This was an Idea I had a while ago about how as a society we are becoming increasingly distracted. How about “Procrasti-nation” as a title? Pretty happy with how this turned out ill probably do more. Enjoy the distraction