Monday, January 25, 2010

Refinishing Frames 2

So you saw the frames a couple posts ago, after they had been sanded and primed. Here they are after a couple coats of paint.

Most will be black, a couple will be the lime green color.

I'm still on the search for more frames. I have about 5 more already purchased that need to be sanded, but I'd like to have the rest collected before I start that process, then I can refinish them all at once. If anyone knows of thrift stores in the Rockland County, NY area with good frame selections, let me know!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Anti-Piracy organization uses pirated font in THEIR OWN LOGO!

I found this article a few days ago at Its a long article...but totally worth it.

To sum it up: Hadopi, an anti-piracy organization in France, used a pirated font in their own logo. And to make it even worse, they tried to say it was a mistake—that the version with the pirated font was just a "sketch". Later that day they revealed the "actual" logo, using a different font (which was discovered to have been purchased by Hadopi just that morning).

Way to go, Hadopi.

Full article from here.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Refinishing Frames

In preparation for my show in February I have started refinishing frames.

I really wanted to use old frames from thrift stores and yard sales. I love the way it looks when an eclectic collection of frames go together and don't necessarily "match". Plus its environmentally friendly and cost effective!

Since the frames are different shapes and sizes, I'm painting them all black (and a few bright green) so they feel cohesive. Above you see a few them after they were sanded and the first coat of primer has been applied.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Cajon—A Family Project

My Dad has gotten into building instruments recently. He's built a ukulele, octave mandolin, multiple cajóns, and next is probably moving onto Native American flutes.

Most of these instruments take him months to build. He works an engineering job full time and plays in a couple different bands, so uses his free time to build. Besides all that he likes to take the time to build his instruments correctly.

The cajóns went a little faster. My Dad built a few at once so him & my mom, Scott & I, and Paul & Katy (my brother and his girlfriend) could all have one per couple. So obviously, I turned mine into an art project (I can't take the credit on this, it was my Dad's suggestion to paint it).

Above are photos of our finished cajón. Well, almost finished anyway, I still need to add some sort of rubber feet to the bottom so the drum isn't just sitting on the ground.

I wanted to keep the painting simple but fun, using geometric shapes and a fine woodgrain effect achieved by running a regular hair comb vertically through the wet brown paint.

My Dad and I collaborated on a simple, whimsical cat icon that will go on all, or most, of his instruments from here on out. On string instruments it will probably appear on the headstock, and on anything else it will appear...well...wherever we decide it should go! (Thats the fun part about this icon—since its for a fun, family project we don't have the same restraints I deal with every day designing logos for my graphic design freelance business!). On my cajón I painted the cat on the back of the drum, right beneath the sound hole. The cat will usually have our last name, Katz, inside or below in capital letters.

I finished off the drum with 2 coats of glossy varnish, to give it a finished look and to help protect the surface.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Official Flyer for the Show...

Here's the official flyer for my Hand Drawn Facebook Statuses show!

Reception: February 20th, 2010
Barnes and Noble Cafe, Palisades Center Mall, West Nyack, NY

Free coffee and snacks will be available!
Work will be for sale the night of the reception and throughout the duration of the show.

Work will hang February 14th–March 22nd 2010 (possibly longer)

See you all there!!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Art Show: Hand-Drawn Facebook Statuses!

So it's been a while since I have posted here. I will try and remedy that this year, and to start it off here is some exciting news!

I will be having my first solo art show, Hand-Drawn Facebook Statuses! It will take place in the Barnes & Noble Cafe at the Palisades Mall, West Nyack, NY. I'll be hanging work Sunday, February 14, with a small reception Saturday, February 20, 2010! Not sure yet how long it will be up, at least 1 month.

Framed original drawings will be for sale. All frames are repurposed, second hand finds. All artwork can be payed for the night of the reception and I will deliver or ship your purchase after the show is taken down. My contact information will be available in the cafe for anyone who is interested in purchasing a piece any day other than the reception, all transactions will be made through myself, not Barnes & Noble.

I might have some digital prints available as well on the night of the reception (not framed). And of course free coffee and snacks.

So come enjoy my quirky typography drawings, have some coffee, and have some fun. I'll post more here as the date gets closer :)