They are $10 each and made with T.L.C. and a crayon I found and various other materials.
They are $10 each and made with T.L.C. and a crayon I found and various other materials.
drawing things by hand lately
I made a calendar, fight me
Hello, friends, tonight I saw a shape spray-painted by city workers onto a sidewalk and went home to redraw it 16 times as a way of remembering it and determining what about it was pleasing to me. I think row four, column two is the best approximation. I think many of the things design students today are taught about Good Modernist Logo Design—and then, what they put out into the world—are no longer applicable in a half-digital, 21st century reality where we live on screens and put color anywhere we want. This is something I will write more about later and attempt to live by. In the mean time, feel free to use this as your corporate identity.
Alright my bippies, here’s the deal: I spent three days making a table of stuff for Zinefeast (which was great), and there is a lot left…
Much of this is now up for sale on my website! Nice. Hmu. I have made a new “buy” page here: cwsimon.com/buy
trash update, July-August 2013
Sculptural installation by @j2n4me which employs stick, horse, rock, trash, wood floor, and white wall, literally all of my favorite things
Here we see the policeman busying himself with a common policeman activity: directing traffic flow using his body and hands. Yes, who among us has ever gone a week without encountering this delightful group activity? One could say that the policeman is most well known as a facilitator of traffic safety. His role is to benignly guide people about their day.
Note the way the policeman uses only his arms and body to perform his function. This is symbolic of his personal duty to the community as the embodiment of self-discipline, knowledge of right and wrong, and upkeep of civility. If he were to use tools other than his own body, he might rather be misrepresented as suffering from an unthinking, addiction-like, technological attachment to some kind of unmoored military industrial complex.
The white gloves he wears are meant to increase the visibility of hands. Visibility is key to his job. He is, in this case, posing for the viewer, because of course a policeman would never have any problem with having his activities documented, and why should he, and who’s asking, under what authority, etc.
The policeman’s hands are merely tools of visual communication and would never be used to touch people who do not wish to be touched aggressively or intrusively or at all. He became a policeman because of his interest in helping people, not in punishing them.
Everyone feels safe around him and wants him nearby on the street, within sight of their homes. A heartwarming double-decker bus drives by in the background. Toot toot. The policeman is a recognizable part of everyday life. He is a relatable, approachable fellow human and a citizen, not a member of an extremist fringe organization that sees the world as a paranoid nightmare where everything happens in the context of crime and law.
The policeman evokes peace. His posture and hand gestures nearly recall that of a religious icon. One could hardly imagine him or any one of his peers depicted as a deadly vigilante, “above the law,” firing multiple weapons, leaping over burning rubble, brow furrowed dispassionately at the dead and dying criminals before him, as seen on, say, a movie screen in a public theater. Surely no ordinary, unarmed civilian would pay to watch such a bizarrely complicit work of self-hating propaganda written and directed and performed by other ordinary, unarmed civilians.
The helmet of his uniform is mostly symbolic, not an actual piece of body armor designed for protection against hostile rounds. If such an item were standard issue, it would certainly have no need to be worn on the streets for regular duty unless the policeman would see every day as a potential setting for sudden and violent crises. The policeman understands that disruption on this scale could only become commonplace if likewise he were to treat daily life as a war zone and convince everyone in the necessity and effectiveness of his methods of discouraging crime.
In the entry hall: faded charcoal drawing transferred onto another piece of paper hanging on the door; letterpress business card from a show which reads “MAKE YOUR OWN MADE WORLD” stuck over an unused light switch plate; stick with athletic tape grip for fencing practice mounted on the wall with two pushpins; drawing from Rowan mounted on the wall with two pushpins; scrap of the flag I made for the canoeing trip mounted on the wall with two pushpins; black coat; black scarf; pair of running shoes; dollar-store pair of red/rainbow sandals; pair of weird black leather shoes; pair of black sneakers for fencing
Hanging on the wall in front of my desk on pins, pushpins, and thumbtacks stuck into a cork strip: steel carabiner; paper tape strips for measuring; steel pencil sharpener; two coiled USB cables; plastic French curve; plastic circle template/protractor; aluminum triangle; roll of athletic tape; x-acto blade stuck into the cork; scotch tape; sunglasses with bright orange temples from the Devo cover show; “Warning: Burn Hazard” tags from Dami; pair of blue-handled scissors; lens cloth; fold-out Boy Scout knife; palette knife; nine rubber bands; postcard from USC BFA show; two small notes from Dami; messed up indiscernible disposable camera photo of Alyssa driving to Denver; Postcard for Sessa’s show; fortune; $625 bill from Dami; birthday card from Nadia
On the same wall: World Surveyor Man print; War of the Worlds newsprint printer jam print; small pin-up-esque poster cut from a design magazine; found flashcard which reads on the visible side “An enduring ability that develops with practice over time”
On my desk: wallet; keys; phone; laptop; mouse; Zune; headphones; three buckeyes; found black rubber toy shirt for warrior babe action figure; Kaossilator and power cable; box of alcohol swabs; scraps of paper with notes for finding airfare and listing things to sell; book-light; sunglasses; plexi-glass “Magic” triangle; plastic case pencil sharpener; 1985-2034 brass calendar disc from great-grandmother; white plastic child’s mug with green brontosaurus containing one very old red ultra-fine point sharpie; a paintbrush; two mechanical pencils; two drafting pencils; a silver metal pen; a scented pen shaped like a candy-cane from Maddie; a flexible pen shaped like a snake from my mom; a pencil made from a stick; nine drawing pencils; two charcoal pencils; one very short writing pencil with no eraser left; my moleskine notebook; paperclip; self-healing cutting mat black side up on top of three Critique Club posters; some Minecraft maps; and one of Allison’s prints; pair of earplugs; black Lake Forest College mug; red sharpie; black sharpie; blue sharpie; two dried up Micron pens; a black Pilot pen; red clicky pen; silver metal pen with blue ink; drawing pencil; bone-folder; mini drafting ruler; crumpled business card mock-up; old notebook open to the page where I listed books to read; small silver box containing two packs of playing cards; small gold box containing paper to write on and a short pencil; 77 Stories book; origami crossbar envelope containing cards with cross-sections of the paper horse cast cut out; foil-stamped CWS accordion-fold practice binding notebook; scrap of paper which reads “stickers in back pocket” written while falling asleep in class without apparent meaning; small old handmade notebook; postcard reminder to make a dentist appointment from almost four months ago; notecard with a list of movies to watch (Hausu; Jacob’s Ladder, Ninth Configuration, Heart of Glass, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters); mini post-it note with “We Live in Public DVD 3608” written on it; folded piece of paper printed with list of proofreader’s marks from a PDF; scrap of paper with Neolitho revision notes; scrap of paper with notes about the Grand Assault 2012; scrap of a notecard with fencing gear notes; notecard which reads “FLENSING A LION’S CORPSE” in red sharpie; notecard with the gym hours written on it; a large clear plastic bear-shaped jar with a red lid containing a mylar space blanket; below which is a stack of resume drafts, portfolio drafts, classwork, red nice paper comp book for Design and Culture with Professor Guffey, notebook from 20th Century Sculpture last year, syllabi, mostly used pad of vellum, drawings from Michaela reproducing illustrations from The Invisible Pyramid by my description, pages from a children’s workbook found in garbage on the street in Chelsea, notecard from campus police with “P.O Boyo” written on it (a name), small page from a personal address book with only the contact information for one Jan Hus, photos of Tiger on the floor in my room roughly 12 hours before he died, gray folder containing work forms, tax things, health things, passport, etc., manila folder containing sabre fencing packet; in a stack on top of the cutting mat, a ream of plain 8.5x11 bond paper, Dali’s 50 Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship, David Heatley’s My Brain is Hanging Upside Down; all my drawings for the deck of cards project
On the other walls: foam-core mounted print of traditional Islamic art painted on tiles (a flowering tree; mostly blue; some white and orange); 11x17 calendar I made hanging by a string and stick; Halloween skull lights; vacu-formed white plastic art piece
Hanging from my bed: koinobori flag; small camera bag containing a cheap digital camera with a coiled USB cable hanging on the strap; large camera bag containing one pair of work gloves; one empty pill container; filled notebook; drawing pencil; two cough drops; nine notecards with old senior project ideas; pack of tissues; paper measuring tape; plastic box full of steel thumbtacks and wrapped x-acto blades
Making up my bed: college-supplied bedframe and mattress; beige bed skirt; memory-foam mattress pad; beige mattress cover; white sheet; comforter (one side gray, one side black); pillow with white pillowcase
On the floor against a wall: Nick’s bike pump; bag of extra-fine steel wool; bike chain lube; tire remover thing; small box containing Bell inner tube; three wrenches; lump of beeswax; empty white cardboard box; strange earflappy winter hat from Target kids’ section; one glove; cardboard box containing woodcut tools, bookbinding thread, cloth binding tapes, scraps of paper gouache, folded papers, staples, pins, small sewing kit, spool of white sewing thread, packing tape, rubber cement, litho crayons, gluestick, Gorilla Glue, shoe glue, wood burning tool and heads, black velvet bag of charcoal and graphite, metal clips, drafting pencil leads, rotary sharpener, cut glove with only ring and pinky fingers, mini keychain lens cloth in novelty camera-lens-shaped plastic container, bodkin stuck into wine cork College-provided floor lamp and chair
On my bookshelves (actually chest of drawers with the large main drawer pulled out and tipped on its side): Sub Hollywood by Bruce Caen; What is the What by Dave Eggers; Half Empty by David Rakoff; When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris (signed); Naked by David Sedaris; The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde; Wampeters, Foma, and Granfalloons by Vonnegut; The Hobbit; Rootabaga Stories by Carl Sandburg; The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Klay by Michael Chabon; The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde; The Drifting Classroom vol. 1; Artifice Magazine vol. 1 & 2; Newberry Library journal issue; The War of the Worlds; The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson; The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson; small music lesson book; But Not the Hippopotamus; Old Tales of Japan; zine/poster by Olivia; folded poster by Chris Ware; Constant Headache vol. 1 #70/70; Monkey Metaphor by Angelina; Moonstone by Angelina; Monica’s Story from Alternative Comics; The Walk by Ryan Pequin; Amphigory; Amphigorey Too; Amphigorey Again; Amphigorey Also; Megg’s History of Graphic Design; Bone One-Volume Edition (black-and-white); Tibet: Through the Red Box by Peter Sis; Asthma by Joh Hankiewicz; Wearable Quilts; Dick Tracy 1936-1938; The Best American Comics 2007; The Best American Comics 2008; Making Comics by Scott McCloud; Saatchi Scoring and Folding; Typographic Systems by Kimberly Elam; Thinking with Type by Ellen Lupton (Second Edition); Graphic Design Theory edited by Helen Armstrong; The Ten Commandments of Typography and Type Heresy by Paul Felton and Jonathan Barnbrook; printed articles for Design and Culture; two papers for Residence Life
Inside the drawer in the top of the larger bookshelf: plastic tray containing toothbrush, toothpaste, a tube of fluocinonide cream, two black plastic combs, dental floss, nail clippers, and tweezers; a pumice stone; an unopened bag of 12 single-blade disposable razors; tall can of shave gel with the label removed; seven boxes of two-week contact lenses; travel bottle of saline solution; a box of q-tips; one bar of Dove soap; Sure antiperspirant and deodorant; one bottle of Head & Shoulders shampoo+conditioner; one travel-size bottle of Dove shampoo; small tube of Eucerin skin cream; tiny travel bottle of Eucerin skin cream; another tube of fluocinonide cream; mostly used tube of hydrocortisone cream; first-aid antibiotic cream; aerosol can of clobetasol propionate foam; hemorrhoidal ointment; 0.4% nitroglycerin muscle relaxant ointment; rectangular mirror
Atop the short bookstand: hot plate; teflon pan; red bowl; mug dirty with cocoa containing two forks, knife, and spoon, white plastic kettle
On top of the taller bookstand: Quimby the Mouse by Chris Ware (paperback); Janson’s History of Art: The Western Tradition (Eighth Edition); Un Semaine de Bonté by Ernst; The Indians of the Plains by Wissler; The Voyeurs by Gabrielle Bell; The Legend of the 10 Elemental Masters by Nick Smith aka ulillillia; Chekhov collection; Walden; The Satires and Epistles of Horace; Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami; weird knitted black balaclava with one circular face hole; mini Rescuers Down Under view-o-matic story thing from McDonald’s Happy Meal; House of Cards deck by Charles and Ray Eames; found painted rock with sticker eyes; two shattered plastic toy sword handles from the great swordfight with Cameron and Rowan; fortune card from fortune-teller machine at the House on the Rock; piece of gold foil paper; pinch-pot made by Dennis Legut (elementary school art teacher) containing gold turtle charm and a tiny found circular metal tag which reads “infused with (+) ENERGY TECHNOLOGY”; metal pop-can-tab-looking thing from sewing kit (no idea what it is); plastic doubloon from birthday party in Denver; plastic toy-machine pod stuffed with small rubber toys; rock with a chunk missing; big toy gem; four sticks from Dami; a glass vial containing the smallest stick in the world from Dami; photos of Alyssa and Tyler in Denver and everyone at the horrible New Year’s party; two gold envelopes from Joe containing lots of stickers; and a small alabaster bowl containing a deep red glass marble, a smaller clear glass marble, a conical shell, a piece of pyrite, a piece of coal, a fragment of blue floral china, a small plastic button, two small plastic pearls, a steel ball-bearing, half a ring from Alyssa, a piece of turquoise, three triangular white stones from the same Lake Michigan beach, two round black stones from Lake Superior, a piece of broken colorless glass, and rock from Lake Michigan with a hole through the center painted gold
On the floor: extension cords; ethernet cable; laptop lock cable; surge protectors/power strips; alarm clock; phone charger cable; small white plastic garbage can containing a plastic grocery bag usually full of tissues, paper towels, phlegm, spit, semen, paper cups, hair clippings, apple cores, orange peels and tea bags
Under my bed: empty black shoebox; two large white PVC buckets; cardboard tubes full of prints; drawings; and unused paper; long thin cardboard tube for doing fighting moves; dustpan and brush; plastic bag full of plastic bags; slab of blue insulation foam; papermaking projects; vacu-formed plastic; cardboard box containing papers to be recycled; rag; large flathead screwdriver; Phillips head screwdriver with interchangeable head set; flathead jeweler’s screwdriver found in the library; portable mini screwdriver with interchangeable heads; adjustable wrench; hex wrench set; inner tube patch kit; small electric fan; bag of laundry detergent bubbles; luggage containing birthday cards, mail from friends, spare bulbs for Halloween string lights, seam-ripper to be returned to Mom, needle and thread, 1 GB Kingston SD card, Portland boarding pass, drawings of turkey having sex with a speedboat from Conor’s house minus mine, which Shelby stole, laminated bookmark of compliments from 7th grade classmates, drawings for Constant Headache, hammer, old small notebook, printed MS Paint drawing from Rachel of my free will represented as a bird, Wacom pad and stylus, folded paper with Leonard’s paper shop recommendations, New York Central Art Supply receipt for paper, Pegassa action-figure, Ultra Seven action figure with broken off arms, other Ultra figure covered in insulation foam from failed enlargement attempt, plastic Gill Sans regular g, 3D glasses Gill Sans Regular g, clump of aluminum carabiners bought as a teen, plastic silver Godzilla toy (supposed to be Mecha Godzilla?), two hippo-shaped “silly bandz” brand rubber bands, broken piece of U-shaped plastic from Joe, paper maze from that day trip to the Cloisters with Kat and Taylor, two Master padlocks and four keys on a ring, telescoping magnet wand, finger puppet from Maddie, Barack Obama ‘08 campaign button, Bo Obama 2012 campaign button, four Gorillaz buttons, Printer’s Ball button, Purchase A&D button, STICK 2012 and WOW CRYSTALS buttons, THIS COULD BE YOU button with no pin, canned cranberry button from Alyssa Spiering, bicycle rear light, bicycle headlight, postcard for Lisa’s senior show, folded paper reference book with Mac OS X shortcuts, Easter cartoon stickers and ampersand sticker and select Pokémon cards from Alyssa Spiering, gloves stolen from an LAPD motorcycle cop who deserved it, small monkey mask, tiny keychain tripod, slide viewer, tiny rubber kangaroo guy, small chipped-up Maneki-neko figurine, mini power strip, “Mr. Pringle” sticker from Joe, shell fragment, gold honors bars from high school graduation, 1/2 Franc coin, five pence coin, failed attempt at flattened commemorative penny thing from some Midwest rest-stop, two-headed nickel, Han Solo in carbonite micro-machines toy, plastic-army-man-style Indian with buffalo hat and rifle, green plastic army man holding binoculars and missing head, tiny plastic baby, little rubber Japanese robot guy holding barbells (very old), two wind-up robot toys, plastic hamster toy, magnet covered in ball-bearings and paper clips, and a spring for a bouncy head desktop guy from Mom, the rest of the bouncy-head desktop guy, fragment of pyrite, even smaller fragment of pyrite, white six-sided die with black spots, tiny black die with white spots, lens filters, cloth bookmark from Grankey and Obachan’s trip to Turkey, NYC pop-up map, mini Spanish/English dictionary, Ikoblitz 4 flash for Symbolica camera, electronic luggage scale, “BloNo Boost” flyer from Alyssa, a few legos, plastic toy machine bubble containing “camel toe” keychain from someone’s art installation from Lisa, key to the scrapped Honda Accord, magnetic locker mirror, keychain LED light left behind by first roommate, funny monkey eraser (probably doesn’t erase anymore), The Phone Movie by Andy Wilson from high school class, accordion fold storybook from Artist/Writer Workshop with Tim, one 3-volt lithium battery, three AA Duracell batteries, one AAA Duracell battery, OFFICIAL AUTOGRAPH card from Spiderman “Live and In-Person!” (To Christopher, Keep swingin’ -Spidey), more scraps from the canoeing trip pirate flag, unused keychain ring, safety glasses, one unchained mail-order dog-tag from childhood, 1 GB XD picture card, piece of tiny gold chain, elaborately hand-made card certifying Elle of being “certifiably super awesome” (never sent), Snakes on a Plane opening night ticket stub, 2008 election ballot stub, mini-comic by Evan Dahm, unused picture-holder part from wallet, kids’ bike California license plate, large outmoded external hard drive, cables and power supply, audio cable
On the shelf above my window: white paper Halloween mask of the demon Andras (owl); large plastic horse figurine; sawed-off piece of an electric guitar body from Joe; plaster horse mold; Ultraman figurine
In my closet: hanging towel; foldable mesh hamper containing running shorts, one pair of underwear, one heather gray shirt, one pair of white socks, one pair of black socks, and one washcloth; messenger bag; backpack; canvas shopping bag; two pairs of gray dress pants hanging; one pair of navy dress pants hanging; one blue dress shirt; one gray dress shirt; one blue jean collared shirt; and one white collared shirt hanging; on top of the dresser is a Brita water filter pitcher, paper cup, two small cylindrical jam jar glasses, “Holy Water” novelty bottle containing air and mold, bar of Ivory soap, eyeglasses with black plastic frames, contact lens case, six loose chamomile tea packets, red rubber band, two dried-up contact lenses being saved for art, steel water bottle and steel thermos, small plastic container (empty); on the shelf above are a white plastic cylindrical container of oatmeal, white plastic cylindrical container of orange-flavored fiber powder, cardboard box turned inside out containing individual servings of hot cocoa powder, bag of cough drops, steel can of almond tea, unopened box of chamomile tea, Tums, five pairs of earplugs, two plastic jars of 1000mg fish oil capsules, a large empty zip-lock bag, tissue packets, box of tissues, bottle of Advil, bottle of saline solution, hand soap dispenser, four condoms (?), roll of paper towels, large bottle of green fluoride mouthwash, skin moisturizer, bottle of Palmolive dish soap, five multi-colored sponges, small packet of Clorox wipes, large packet of Windex wipes; on the next shelf up are three camera lenses, Canon AE-1 camera, Ikon Symbolica camera, four rolls of 24-exposure 400 TMax black-and-white film, flexible grippy tripod, aerosol can of spray adhesive, GPS device, audio recorder device, another koinobori flag, hair clipper set in black plastic case, three sheets of bubble-wrap, 2001: A Space Odyssey DVD, Ultraman Series One, Volume One DVD’s, three blank CD-R’s in jewel cases, black vinyl stickers of my personal logo/reminder, origami paper, scrap of blank sticker paper, gold foil cardboard scrap, plastics case of small white sticker labels, blank circular white paper stickers, small orange circle stickers, blank nametag sticker (“Hello”), large blank manila paper tag, blank business card, business card with personal logo/reminder, Kate Bush—The Whole Story CD, audio recorder device software CD, hot plate box, red mousepad, plastic bag of hand-moldable plastic pellets, plaster mold kit, index card with CHRIS PROJECT 2012 written on one side by Olivia and SOMETIMES DOTS on the other side (dots around the letters), manila folder containing abandoned senior project proposal and 27 binder pages of 35 mm negatives, print, and a contact sheet, manila folder containing comic sketches of a young boy on tracing paper, drawing of monster he turns into, more sketches for this monster and notes for the comic, one page of the comic mostly inked, a second page of the comic barely done, idea for a one-page comic and panels drawn (empty), drawing of a scary murderer man for a different comic, furoshiki reference sheet, drawing of aliens by Nick, “Don’t Kill Your Friends” war propaganda printed on a postcard for the Pritzker Military Library in Chicago (from Mom), Halloween card from Lisa and Alyssa, birthday card from Alyssa, birthday card from Grandma, birthday card from Granky and Obachan, bookbinding reference page, four copies of the Outdoor Video Fest 2012 program, photo print of water, manila folder containing one piece of paper with a typeface design drawn on it, sealed white envelope containing all the writing I did for my art essay, orange folder containing all the MDUA comics and drawings, small painting of a badger, drawing of aforementioned monster, “business comic” featuring man cursing at desk, picture of me in Chicago by the lakeshore in 2009 looking at my dad taking a picture of me, recipe for hummus copied from Robert’s recipe modified from someone else’s, Mrs. Kane’s recipe for banana bread, sealed white envelope containing probably drawings and mementos, small rectangular piece of linoleum, two pieces of 8.5x11 paper, two medium scraps of BFK, five assorted polygonal scraps of chipboard, a manila envelope containing three white paper envelopes and a velcro-sealable clear plastic envelope, nine small sheets of old heavy green paper, a scrap of black glossy vinyl, a manila envelope with a large rectangular piece of black vinyl pasted on the front containing hundreds of pages of the PDF book for Production Design, Kaossilator reference booklet, packet of Drawing Concepts by George Parrino, linguistics notebook from USC, Renaissance-to-Modern Art History notebook from USC, photocopied reference pages from a book about resume preparation and job search/interview tips, five crumpled sheets of tracing paper
In my dresser: ten pairs of white socks; one loose white sock; seven pairs of black socks; one loose black sock; three pairs of black dress socks; one pair of charcoal gray dress socks; two cloth D-ring belts; one athletic cup & supporter; one pair of thermal long underwear; eight pairs of boxer-briefs; one heather gray sweatshirt; one black knit sweater; one green thermal long-sleeved shirt; one black very tight vacuum-packed crumply shirt from Muji; two cardboard tags for the shirt from Muji; two white t-shirts; one heather gray t-shirt; one dark charcoal gray t-shirt; one thin-striped gray t-shirt; white CRIT CLUB CRIT CUB t-shirt; black worn-out DRAGON OF CHINA t-shirt; three white towels; four white washcloths; a white pillowcase; heather gray pajama pants; one pair of khaki trousers; one pair of black trousers; one pair of “chocolate” purple/brown very tight jeans that smell like a specific kind of firecracker; one pair of light gray jeans; one pair of grass-stained light gray jeans; one pair of light khaki corduroy pants; one pair of dark gray-blue jeans; one pair of olive-brown corduroy pants; one pair of green/olive drab jeans; one pair of black basketball shorts; one pair of black insulated running pants; one pair of black swim trunks
The black jeans I am wearing; the boxer briefs I am wearing; the black leather belt I am wearing; the black socks I am wearing; the 50% gray t-shirt I am wearing