As a part of the Kitsune Noir Poster Club I wanted to give you an inside look at the process behind the posters. First up is Frank Chimero, the Springfield, Missouri based illustrator who’s been really blowing up lately. Frank has worked for clients like The New York Times, Nike, Starbucks, GOOD Magazine and ton more. He’s one of my favorite artist/designers around these days and I was stoked when he agreed to take part in the club. For Frank’s poster he decided to choose Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut.
Why did you choose Slaughterhouse 5?
It represents something to me. So far as I can tell, it’s really the first book I found, read, and then chose to like on my own accord. It was mine. I owned it and the experience of reading it and how it made me feel. I did this when I was 12 or so, and it holds a special place with me, because it represents the process I went through of trying to understand who I was. The book is perennial for me. I’ve read it two other times since that first time, and it still has that an impact on me. It’s aged with me. Each time I read it, I connect to it in a different way. The first time, it was about aliens and pretty girls on other planets and time travel. Now, the book is more about what’s it’s like to try to capture things in a piece of art even though they fight their hardest to defy your efforts. It’s about how words fail. It’s about how people fail. It’s about how fruitless the world can seem some times. And it’s about how maybe, just maybe, Billy Pilgrim’s naivety saved him.
Over the last 7 months this blog has become my life and career. Making the blog as enjoyable and informative as possible has been my main goal, but I’ve had a lot of opportunities open up to me that have made me realize I can do more. I’ll be expanding the scope of Kitsune Noir, creating new projects that will slowly start to manifest themselves over the next few months.
For now though, I’m happy to introduce the Kitsune Noir Poster Club which I’ve teamed up with Society6 to create. The KN/PC is a way for me to be a part of something that not only promotes art but positions Kitsune Noir as something more than just a blog. For this first round of posters I’ve asked five of my favorite artists to interpret books they really enjoy into a print that will be a lasting work of art. The first collection of poster artists include Frank Chimero, Mark Weaver, Jez Burrows, Cody Hoyt and Garrett Vander Leun.
The prints come in three different sizes:
17″ X 23″ / $50
22″ X 28″ / $55
28″ X 40″ / $70
They’re all gallery quality Giclée prints on bright white, matte, smooth surface, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper printed using Epson K3 archival inks and then custom trimmed with 2″ border. Fancy stuff, right?
I’ll also be running interviews with each other artists throughout the week starting with Frank Chimero later today. He’ll be talking about his process in creating his poster, which trust me, was a lot of work and is truly fascinating. I’ve admired his work for a while now but it’s truly awesome to see how far he dives into his work.
I hope you enjoy the prints and if you’d like to order one click any of the posters below. Any of these would make wonderful presents for the holidays. This is only the first poster series with many more to come, so get ready for more beautiful art.
The video above by Benjamin Ducroz is a a crazy experiment in mixed media video. It’s called Press + and features 3D animation as well as frames of the animation printed out and treated with watercolor and ink. The combination of these mediums is really what makes this video special. To think that he printed out a bunch of these frames and customized them, that’s some dedication.
The overall effect is really brilliant. Shapes and colors explode in and out of each other. The constant flux and shifting of these elements makes such an amazing effect that you can’t help but get sucked into this video. To get an inside look on his process you should click here.
I’m still in need of a nice bag to carry around my things so I’m constantly on the hunt. I came across this new bag from Marc by Marc Jacobs called the Peseta Ukelele Tote, which kind of looks like it’s shaped to carry around a ukulele. Just a note, I think they spelled ukulele wrong unless it’s done of some other reason. Anyhow, the bag is really cute and looks like it’s made from heathered canvas. They come in two colorways, blue and red-orange, the red-orange being my favorite. I need to head over to Melrose and take a peek and see if it’s worth a damn.
I got an email from a guy named P. Williams a couple days ago letting me know he had updated his site. As always I took a look and came across an installation he did called The Finishing Touch, which was a 400 sq. ft. space filled with giant buildings and a monster. It also happens to be a performance art, because the monster is filled with a human who then goes through the town, trashing it to the delight of the on-lookers.
I would have loved being at this exhibit and seeing this giant monster destroying this town. There’s so much detail to the buildings and the monster is pretty rad looking as well. I’m pretty easily amused but I think things like this need to be done more, simply for the fun of it.