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Klink and Klank speak!

July 30th, 2014

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A few weeks ago I was in New York for a few days doing Frank Einstein business. Two days were spent signing 12,000 copies of the Frank Einstein book. One day was spent reading the voices of Klink and Klank, the robot characters in Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor. Jon Scieszka, the book’s author, read the rest of the narration and dialog. After I read the voices at a recording studio in my regular old voice, I was given the resulting audio files and went to work with some of my audio gear to roboticize the lines. This was quite a process, and I’ve been anxious and excited to hear the actual results ever since.
This morning I noticed that the audio book was up for sale on Amazon, so I checked the Listening Library’s website to see if it was up there and voila there it was. Here’s the link to the Listening Library page, and below is the audio file.

Before going into the recording studio, I did some test-runs to give the various producers and author a sense of what I was thinking about for the voices. I ended up doing something completely different, as none of these were quite a legible as they needed to be.

robot, dancing

July 20th, 2014

Some things take a lot of work, and some things just fall right there into place. This is of the latter. Just had an idea one morning to do some identity work for my ongoing music project, Dance Robot, Dance. This started out years ago consisting of only computer-based electronic music made with software and has expanded into a sprawling thing that covers all the instruments I know how to play as well as interesting recording techniques and editing processes. I chose my main four tools to use here: electric guitar, accordion, modular synthesizer, and sax.
The result here was created digitally, but I’d like to use it with rubber stamps and screen-printing, for starters.

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under the hood

February 1st, 2014

A certain book being written by a certain writer that is being illustrated by me is scheduled to be published in September, and things are running behind, and it’s all crazy and I’m under an incredibly tight and difficult deadline.
So here’s a couple of teasers from the cover art. More on this soon, I think.

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screenprinting class: part 4

November 10th, 2009

robot heart screenprint

This last weekend I finished my second poster print for the screenprinting class I’m taking at The University of the Arts here in Philadelphia. The plan was to do a complicated print similar to my race car collages I made earlier in the year. However, Tuesday rolled around and I wasn’t going to have it ready. So, as one does when one is unprepared, one makes a robot.
This design is one I made a year ago when I was first thinking about getting posters made. The heart comes from an old anatomy book my sister found somewhere in Arkansas.

The first color to go down was the light blue. The orange was next. A week or so later I printed the red line-art of the heart, and then last was the real warm grey part of the robot. You can kind of see where the grey overlaps the blue and makes it a darker, cooler grey.

I’m selling these things on Etsy. I haven’t counted the editions yet, but I suspect there are fifteen or so good prints. If you want it, go get it!

sketchbooks

June 16th, 2009

I’ve spent a little time drawing in my sketchbook this week. I don’t paint in it much so this was a little bit funnish.
sketchbook and paint: two little robots
sketchbook and paint: sneakers
sketchbook and paint: walkers

crazy for robots

February 25th, 2009

Hey, more virtual press!
Maura Cluthe, aka Fragmented on Flickr, has a blog on which she occasionally posts collections of robots she finds and likes. Some of mine were lucky enough to make it onto her site today.

Maura makes some coolio robots herself in her coolio studio in Kansas City. Check out her work here and here. Thanks Maura!

My robots written about.

robots for sale

January 20th, 2009

I added a collection of robot prints on to my Etsy store today. These are 5×7 and can be bought individually or as a trio. You know you want it!

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a robot and a stegosaurus

September 11th, 2008

a robot and a stegosaur
Two small spot illustrations that I did along with a magazine cover. When the issue is published I’ll put up the rest. I’ve always liked drawings robots, and now I like drawing dinosaurs too. Stay tuned for more of these terrible lizards.

Robots 3, 4 and 5

October 30th, 2006



Painted three more robots over the weekend. One more in the japanese bad-ass series, and two a little different. I hope to get one or two of these screenprinted soon, and I might do a few other things as well. (More of the series here)
They don’t have names yet, any of them. So if you have suggestions, feel free to contribute.
(On a related topic, having “painted” my work digitally for the past ten years or so, I am having more fun than I expected painting with paint again. I want to try a few actual illustrations out with acrylic or gouache or that acrylagouache that bz got me into last year. It all feels so good…)