January 2009
The T40MAS Book
 Today is Thomas Fuchs' 40th birthday. And oh how he knows it.
artists who donated
 we let him know (by surprise) last thursday at Heather's bar.
 hilarious... steve savage (my wife's favorite)
a favorite
 gorgeous yet funny... leo espinosa
thats him!
the tax man flew in last minute and put a cheery on top of the evening. thx tax!
 one of the best was from tim o'brien... wow. thats all i gotta say
some german dude i've never met
 in no order, here are some of the images from the book we made for him
 another favorite.. from greg mably
 of course, genius Niemann was in the house...
 the actually painting is tiny.. i mean tiny.. how does he do it! his hands were made for beating the crap outta people!
veit, another german dewd
 and another...
 tracy toscano, who helped enormously on the design and facilitation of the book. we only had 2 or 3 printed up.. more to come hopefully
 pal moni, aka monika aichele
 from valentine
 scott bakal
 a great one from vasqy
 and from vecchio
 another german dewd
 from veit
 sam weber banged one out on late notice... like, a few hours notice! thx Sam!
Sam is one of Fuch's old students, now a super rockstarillustrator.
the wolf
from  "wolfy"
 brodner cranked this one out last minute... thx steve.. great.
 pal wesley bedrosian
he never does this
the classy clown, barry blitt.
this one really made me laugh for some reason. maybe because its funny. gee i don't know.
its jizz, not white-out
 he even added some subtle jizz stain action. what a guy!
 one from his girlfriend, adrianne (I liked this one but for the record, I told her to just kiss a napkin and scan it but she wouldn't listen!)
 art director elaine ahn
 love this one from tim bower
bower closer
 heres a close up.. nailed him
from some art directors
 brantly/ larry & festino
 joel castillo. this ones growing on me.
 a little good sex wish from dirty dawg marcos chin
 cuneo and i forget, another german dude
cuneo/ edelman
 a close up of cuneo's... yes, thats edelman on a yellow sub
 a panty dropper from dena verseca.. welll done dena!
we twisted his arm
 the one and only Heinz Edelman, of yellow submarine fame (fuchs teacher)
your favorite meat head and mine, david flaherty
 theresa ortolani.. nicely done
 brilliant.. andy rash.. totally nailed him
 brian rea bea-rang it
 german thilo rothaker.. hey i actually know this one! this one got some hard laughs
last one
 and last but not least, super star goddess yuko shimizu.
hope you enjoyed it. thank you to all the contributors who
sent Tracy and I the art. We really loved it.
and happy birthday again, Fuchs. No one will ever top this fucking thing.
ACLU, Public Citizen and your vote
I was recently asked to design a new identity for Ralph Nader's Public Citizen, a 3 decades old organization with an average member age of 72. But before I show you the work I did I'd like to show you an older identity I worked on for the ACLU about 7 years ago. Then me and the client would like to ask your opinion.
 Here is how the ACLU logo ended (badly!). 
lazy boy
 OK, getting started here were my initial ideas for Public Citizen. Hell yes I'm lazy. That's quite obvious.
 moving forward. I still like Nicholas B's idea here. It never went anywhere but theres no reason not to offer it up. If anything it served as a conversation starter.
 OK, now I'm slowly getting into it. Some of these icons came from a job from the newsletter for Atomic Scientists. Moving on...
 a close up of a few linked icon ideas. The main thrust of the identity is to be carried through on the website.
 a few more styled items
 and a gothic, signage idea using gotham
none of that stuff went anywhere so  we went back and looked at a few more lady liberty photos. this one the client liked
 but i kinda liked the straight forward lady. but then, it is kind of boring.
 here were a few uses
 and this is where we landed. james, a long-time client and now friend was previously at human rights campaign. 
 these were the colors james liked. different, for sure. 
i was pretty impressed that james thought it would be a good idea to post this work online to get a few more opinions from you on this identity and how it fares. we initially went to my friend armin vit over at "Brand New", who declined posting it, adding "It's too small and no one will really care."
I got a big laugh outta that and appreciated his honesty. 
 Now I'm asking for yours. 
Without any kind of brief, strategy or any of the usual design hoo hah, which would you suggest (if anything) to James at Public Citizen? Don't sugar coat your answers. Be honest.
Earning Miles Davis
head, miles
 This is miles, to me.
or this
I guess one could argue for this
 or this
 or this, one of his more memorable poses
 this is also an incredibly raw shot
 as is this
 so began the task of drawing a Miles Davis (w/ Charlie Parker) mural for a building in Harlem. The mural is go inside the Putnam building around 125th sometime soon (hopefully I'll be paid then, the bill is 6 months late!). Anyhoo, this process (finding likenesses) is a bit mundane, but lets go thru it, K?
 here are the secondary thoughts. The art director, Molly Wilkie at And Partners, NY was pretty cool and we got along fine (can't say so much for their accts payable dept)
more sketches
 the project, initially a mural, became more, involving type and charlie parker and a skyscrape and hell, i threw in a logotype for free. things were going well (no complaints from anyone) so for something like a mural for Miles Davis I wasn't going to complain. It's a fucking Miles Davis mural! 
 a close up... linked...
 panning out... it was to work something like this along a wall inside the building, on brochures, web, etc, etc
 this was a bit of an accident. I kinda like the way the colors do a Jim Flora thang. Or not.
the end
 this image, the best of the bunch i think, was left on the cutting room floor. 
I really enjoy listening to jazz as i work. there is no beginning or end. its a groove. you get in and get lost- not a bad way to live.
i was never much of a jazz fan until burton morris at blue note sent me some
art blakey and the jazz messenger CDs. Weird how things transpire. I'm about
to start on another jazz piece for a new client... no complaints...
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