Monday, December 28, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
I’ve always loved them! Seriously I just found a great drawing of a skull that I’d made at age 6/7 so I think that’s fairly good evidence. By the time I’d started Skull-A-Day I had a bunch of skulls decorating my house and my skin so they really are an integral part of my life. I’m also very committed to the idea of living each day as fully as possible so the classical idea of having skulls in your environment as “memento mori” makes sense to me.
How long into your project did it take before you asked yourself "What the heck have I gotten myself into?
About 10 days. That’s when I discovered that there were more than just my friends watching, but actually a large international audience was starting to pay attention. It also stressed me out that I was getting positive feedback so soon as it made me feel like I needed to maintain a certain level of quality, if not improve upon it constantly, which is damn near impossible to do on a daily project.
I'm sure time was an issue during that 365 days. Between thinking up ideas, creating them, photographing them, then blogging them (which can be a job in itself sometimes), what things did you have to give up during your project? I'm sure it was a lifestyle change to some extent.
Strangely I felt like I gained a lot more than I lost during that time! I was still working a full-time job, so somehow I managed to squeeze more and more out my day as it went along. After it was over, it was hard to imagine how I found the time every day. Oddly enough even though I had less time for some social activities, I was actually seeing some of my friends more often (and for longer periods of time), since they were helping me get things done. I guess what I really gave up was sleep, since I was getting up earlier and earlier to do more in the day (as I had committed to the fans of the site to be done by midnight each night)!
What was the most challenging skull that you created?
For sheer time and effort, the latch hook skull was especially tough. It wasn’t a particularly hard technique, but it was a complicated process to work out how to translate a preexisting image into something else and the labor is not really something one should attempt in a single day. It took me a total of nine hours to complete. Not only were my arm and hand cramping from the repetitive motion, but I developed a migraine part way through and had to take a nap to get rid of it before continuing. I think the end result was worth it, but I’ll never do latch hook again!
Which is the one you were happiest with?
That’s a really hard question. There are so many I like a lot and in many ways it was more about the overall experience than the individual pieces. That said, I find the Skullevision to be very satisfying. It makes any TV show interesting and is great to leave on at parties.
It was tastefully appointed, there were delicious fresh baked cookies, and a large screen TV where I could watch the show as it was taped. Quite pleasant.
Absolutely. And considering she’s had me and Snoop Dogg as guests I think anything goes at this point!
Did she make any unwanted advances? Any wanted advances? Did she ever say "It's a good thing?"
Ha, she was very nice and we had a lovely chat while we waited together between shots. She was very focused on the craft part though and continued working on her potato stamps even when the cameras weren’t on us.
What do you think of Damien Hirst's skull? The diamond covered one, I mean.
Oddly that skull came out shortly after the project started, so even though it was not an influence on me it came up a lot at that time. I don’t really have a strong opinion about it either way. It’s pretty, but I’m not moved by it and I understand that the sheer ridiculousness of it offends a lot of people and turns them off to modern art, which I think is a shame. In many ways I hope that Skull-A-Day is the remedy for that.
Do you still wake up thinking about things that you can make a skull out of?
No, I think I’ve gotten it mostly out of my system. Though I do still find myself making skulls with very little provocation.
What's the latest project that you're excited about working on?
League of Space Pirates (http://www.spacepirate.org) is a multimedia science-fiction project that I’ve been developing for a long time and I’m finally finding the time to make some headway on it. I’m looking to release a full-length album as part of it in 2010, so I’ve been having a lot of fun spending time in a recording studio away from my computer.
Thanks to Noah, who put up with my silly questioning!
His book "Skulls" is a collection of many of the skulls that made up his year long Skull-A-Day project. I especially recommend it as a gift for that hard to buy for young person that you have trouble finding something for. It's available on-line of course, as well as most well-stocked book stores.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Alternate title- It's That Time Of Year Already?
Yes, I have about 10 more Bent Objects books that I'll gladly sign and doodle, and still get to you by Christmas or Hanukkah. I think if I ship them Thursday by priority mail, they should get anywhere in the U.S. in good time (Canada, or other international, I'm afraid not). The cost is 45 dollars, and you can pay using my donate button on the sidebar. The paypal form has a place for info that you think I'll need. Thanks!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
So I was a bit depressed when I posted this morning. Then I remembered something I read on Twitter last night when someone mentioned "Bent Objects". She tweeted about laughing while reading my book in the MOMA gift shop. The MOMA store might be selling my book? I made a cup of tea and looked at their website. Bummer. It wasn't listed. But I picked up the phone and called the store itself.
Somewhat related- Bent Objects: The Secret Life of Everyday Things was scheduled to be on the CBS program "The Early Show" this morning. So, I'm fairly excited. I call my mom and everything. Then my wife and I sit through 2 and a half hours of the show... Then when the "Gift Book Segment" of the show finally happens, the person talking about the books is Oprah's O Magazine editor! My wife and I look at each other and say "yes!" ... Then they run out of time before they get to my book.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Are you in part of the world, Singapore or Eastern Europe for instance, that makes it difficult to order the Bent Objects book? I can't vouch for them or anything, but I've heard from a couple of people who have used The Book Depository. They even claim free worldwide delivery.
The winner of the limerick contest from last week? Very challenging to judge. The final three were a toss-up. I finally went with this one-
In November, the turkey thought, "Damn,
I don't want to be served with the yams."
So he cooked pig for folks
As he told them great jokes,
And he was spared for being such a ham.
If any of the other limerick contestants who entered would like one, I'd like to send you one of the holiday cards from me to you. Maybe even a worthless doodle in there also. Just send me your address.
Don't forget to order your doodled-in Bent Objects book . Order now and it'll be there in plenty of time for whatever holiday you want it for.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Still plenty of time to order a doodled-in book too! (and I do doodle in them a bit more than the example I photographed).
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Photographed with a decent point and shoot on tripod.
Lighting- Under cabinet radio/cd player light, plus two flashlights.
I was hoping to get a shot done over the weekend. Even had everything ready to go, but it's the first in a very long time that will be photographed outside, and things didn't work out. Instead, here's an oldie that didn't make it into the book, pretty much because I couldn't find the original big file of it. That's never happened before, but no, I'm not the most organized guy you will ever come across.
I saw this photo on Reddit.com once, and all the comments were pretty entertaining. One person didn't believe that there was really a seasoning with that name, but I can assure you that there is.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
People have wondered if I still have holiday cards. I've sold quite a few, but I had to order 2500 so that I could sell them for a reasonable price. So yes, still have probably half of them left. Here.
Also, yes, I still have books for sale that I'll doodle in.
Monday, November 16, 2009
I recently had a request from the folks over at Neatorama to make my version of their Neatorama-bot (their mascot). This is what I came up with. I had it juggling some letters, but it looks a lot better without them.
Neatorama is having a Bent Objects book giveaway starting today. Maybe you should give it a try?
Friday, November 13, 2009
photo courtesy Tim Wilsbach
Some people might think this is too cute, and doesn't have quite the same edge as most of my stuff. That may be true, but remember- she is serving herself up to be eaten as soon as the candle is blown out.
Tonight's the night I'll be at Big Hat Books in Broad Ripple, Indiana for a book signing. Lots to do there tonight besides me being there though. And some things are being done for a good cause-
Tonight. Broad Ripple, Indiana.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
A couple more things-
Some people don't know that my book is hardback. I feel happy, and lucky, to say that it is. Still plenty of time to order 1, or 2, or 50 for holiday gifts.
And I guess this video was viral a few years ago, but that must have been before my time here on the internet. It's a video of a flash mob dancing to a Sound of Music song. Haven't seen it? It's cooler than it may sound, and it will make you happy.
Monday, November 02, 2009
They were delivered to the house a few days ago, and the printer did a very nice job with them. They're A2 size ( 5.5'' x 4.25'').
They're multiple use, because they're blank on the inside, so they can be Thank You cards, Christmas or New Year's party invitations, or Happy Holiday cards. Versatile is good way to describe them, I think.
I also like blank cards so I can personalize them a bit with a "Happy Holidays!", Season's Greetings!", "Merry Christmas to our good friends ____", or "Happy New Year To _____!" You can have it say whatever you want without trying to think of something extra to write under an already printed saying. That's the trouble I have with cards anyway. Maybe you're more talented in this area.
Oh, and did I mention that the cards are 100% recycled? Yep. And the envelopes? Also 100% recycled. Try finding that in the big box store down the street.
I'll be shipping these priority mail, so they'll be at your home in no time. If you should be interested in buying some, the prices are as follows for the U.S. --
18 cards and envelopes for $17.95 + $5 shipping. ($22.95 total)
30 cards and envelopes for $24.95 + $8 shipping. ($32.95 total)
50 cards and envelopes for $38.95 + $8 shipping. ($46.95 total)
For Canada, the shipping is $9.
For my international friends outside of North America, the shipping is $18 dollars.
You can pay using the donate button on the sidebar (there is a section there at Paypal for you to leave info for me). If you have any questions, email me at BentObjects@gmail.com.
edit- Yes, I know there will be some peeps out there asking for Hanukkah cards ( and I have that one photo from last year), but I shot my budget on this one.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Milton was a classic cartoon that I'd watch after I got home from school in the 70's. It's Halloween today, so it's a good fit. At least watch the opening song. It's awesome.
Milton The Monster - The Hearse Thief
Uploaded by DwightFrye. - Classic TV and last night's shows, online.
Our 12 year old and I both have gmail accounts, and she gets upset when she goes to check her email on our laptop, and I haven't signed out. The other day I received this email from her gmail address, but it wasn't from her, it was from Ted from gmail, or so he said.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Bitchin Lifestyle has an interview of me here. Very cool site.
Monday, October 19, 2009
While I try to figure out what to do with leaves, read this review of my book and think of all the many people that you know who would love it as a gift. Kathy over at The Junk Drawer, was also nice enough to talk about it.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Monday, October 05, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Know a website that would do Bent Objects some good with a possible review of the new book? My publisher has some copies it would like to send out for just that purpose. Feel free to leave your idea in the comment section or email me at BentObjects.blogspot.com .
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
You know those mornings after you've had a bit too much to drink? This is the reason you have a headache. It's the Hangover Fairy.
When you've killed brain cells, via alcohol poisoning, he pays you a visit and takes those away, kind of like the Grim Reaper of brain cells. In their place, he leaves you the gift of a hangover. Why must he do that? Because he's the Hangover Fairy, and he really likes his job.
I gave my Twitter people and Facebook people a sneak peak at him, and I'm happy to say that he was sold in 15 minutes on my Etsy. I'll try to do more of those. There has to be an occasional reason to be friends with me on those things.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Three corks and some wire, mostly. I can tell you one thing, and that's this guy obviously doesn't live in Paris. If you're there walking to your favorite cafe, keep your eyes open.
Original piece available here, if so inclined.
Saturday, August 01, 2009
I can't take any credit for the design of his "member". I got that (and most everything else probably) from Alexander Calder.
Also, I announced yesterday that my next goal for Bent Objects is to appear on Late Night with David Letterman. Is that a lot to ask? Heck yeah, but then again, it was a lot to ask for an agent and publisher, but that's just what I did on this blog a few years ago. You know what? It happened!
Some people might think I'm sort of crazy for laying this out there for all the world to see, but this is what I think-- If you don't tell people what you want, then why do you think you will ever get it? And yeah, I'm a bit crazy, but if you haven't noticed, this blog runs on crazy.
So Dave, call me. I'm in your hometown 317 area code.
One more thing - On Facebook? Vanessa of Quebec made this for me. Thanks Vanessa!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
There once was a cat
who rarely ever sat
for it's a** grew red
it's mood turned blue
After each and every
# 2 .
I would have liked the poem to work a bit better, but it's getting late. Yeah, that's a good excuse.
We went shopping for school supplies today, and after we got what we came for, I bought a few things for Bent Objects. I bought this and a few other things that I have ideas for that I'll be posting then putting in my Etsy shop. Feel free to visit there and look around.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Of course, feel free to comment about the thoughts of your little 10 year old self.
Plus- This just in- I finally find out who has been filling the internets with good stuff. Chipmunks, legos, and Star Wars- Here. I've seen his stuff floating around a lot lately.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
A postcard that I picked up at the Tate Modern in London. She woke up today wanting to make a change.
Prints available for purchase at my Etsy thingy.
When we were planning our recent vacation, some people were kind enough to give recommendations for where to stay and what to see. I'm happy to say that I now have a recommendation for those of you who will be visiting Paris anytime soon- Le Bonbon au Palais Confiserie.