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Part of having a cool day job means crossing paths with interesting people.  James Watt and Martin Dickie own BrewDog, the UK’s fastest growing brewery, and star in a show featuring the duo “adventure-brewing” in America’s favorite beer towns.  Esquire TV‘s “Brew Dogs” came to Portland to brew while rafting on the Willamette River.  Figure Plant was happy to give them a hand with their rig.

FPkeggermaranHere’s a teaser from the full episode.  It’s worth a watch for the accents alone.
Season 1, Episode 6

One of my favorite on-going Burning Man projects is the Virgin Letter Project. This year the lovely folks over at VLP asked me to hook up a logo, and here’s what we came up with.  I’m really happy with how it turned out, and even happier to contribute to such a rad project. Participants, check them out.VLP2webOrangeThe 2013 event marked the third year of the Circle of Regional Effigies (CORE).  Four circles, six projects each, representing eight countries, and culminating in one big fire.  The art of dang is proud to have contributed the logo for Portland’s CORE project.  The treehouse was awesome and burned something lovely.  I’m glad to have been a part of it.

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Stay tuned for more dang burning man stuff in parts II and III, where we’ll discuss the art of dang’s honorarium project, my role as an art department volunteer, and my experience as a participant in the 2013 event.  More fun and photo’s to come…

“Innocent Until Proven Guilty” mixed media shadow-box 18″ x 12″ x 6.”  Created for the invitational exhibition “Gun Control” at 555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studios in Detroit, MI.

Here’s a photo of the final piece before the glass and frame went on.  I’ll show you some of the steps along the way.

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An early sketch before I’d decided on the line-up and redrew the character in the ski mask.

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After adding color to the characters, cutting them out, and inking all of their edges, I added some paper armature to the backs to keep them rigid.  This also gave me more material to tie into for the paper ‘posts’ attaching them to the background.

GCribWebI pulled out an old trick for the numbers.  I wanted them clean and well spaced, and done by hand.  The matte board was too thick for a light box, so I printed out the numbers and made a carbon-transfer with pencil; shading in the reverse of the print and drawing the contours on to the board.

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I made a digital version (from the hand-drawn characters) and there are  prints for sale!

Thanks for checking out my work, and check out what they’re up to at 555!