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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Bister Mungle- Mr.Bungle's High School Talent Show (1984) Performance

I owned the bootleg cassette tape of this when I was in high School, I was pleased to find the footage thanks to the miracle of Youtubery.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Happens every time...

I originally created this comic for the tragedy in Aurora Colorado, but it's true of every shooting tragedy in the United States. Within even the early hours of media coverage the issue of gun control vs 2nd amendment rights starts getting batted around before the bodies even turn cold. I believe the human thing to do to express sorrow, report facts and give the victims and their families at least 24 hours of respect before debating the politics of the issue.
Our instant culture doesn't allow time for processing tragedy. That means that we have to take the time and do it for ourselves. Remember that what you are seeing on the screen is happening to actual real life people. It's Okay to be sad, it's Okay to be angry, but when you argue politics in the early hours of a shooting tragedy, either from the left OR the right, you look like an asshole. Be it on Television, Twitter or facebook. Keep that in mind for the next one.

- Jert

The Abused - Loud And Clear EP


Thursday, December 06, 2012

The International Society of Caricature Artists (ISCA) Convention 2012

 The International Society of Caricature Artists (ISCA) Convention 2012

Every year in November a few hundred caricature artists from around the world gather to participate and compete at the ISCA (International Society of Caricature Artists) Convention. The main event of the convention is a 4 day competition in a large ballroom where the artists draw, paint and sculpt caricatures of the other convention attendees. Every artist has their own section of wall to display their creations and at the end of the 4 days all the participants vote on the artwork.

Now, most people think they have a pretty good idea of what a caricature is: “they make you into a funny cartoon”, “They find your most important feature and make it really big”. It would be useful however to have a more concrete definition to really appreciate the convention.

Caricature is the abstraction of likeness.

Those are fancy words for: caricature finds the aspects of likeness, the qualities by which things differ and our brains use to identify the subject, and brings it forward, creating a piece of art that ideally looks more like the subject then the subject itself.

Imagine a few hundred artists doing that in a room for 4 days. The real gems are the caricatures that capture more then appearance; they capture personality, attitude, the way they act, the things they do, the sounds they make, the way they move, and more. To really make a good caricature the artist needs to be exceptionally observant.

After several days of essentially stalking each other to make the best caricatures they can; everyone attending the convention gets to know each other pretty well. Everyone working in the same room, learning form each other, inspiring each other, pushing each other breeds a sort of family. Some pretty famous caricature artists attend, and even if you aren't as famous as them they will be pretty friendly, accept your facebook friend request, and even recognize and talk to you like you are their buddy if you visit their table at comic con.

I'd like to share with you my small section of wall from the 2012 ISCA Convention. I did my best to capture observations I made of the people I decided to draw and paint.

Anne Bush

 Eric Goodwin

 Beau Hufford

 Ryan Holman

 Kirby Rudolph 

 Chunco Yamashita

  Sam Arenson
 Johanna Veerenhuis
I won some awards which is really cool, thanks everyone! :)

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Negative Approach- Total Recall

1. Lost cause
2. Can't tell no one
3. Sick of talk
4. Pressure
5. Why be something that your not
6. Nothing
7. Fair Warning
8. Ready To Fight.
9. Lead Song
10. Whatever i Do
11. Negative Approach
12. Tied Down
13. Hypocrite
14. Evacuate
15. Said and Done
16. Nothing
17. Your Mistake
18. Live Your Life
19. Friend of Foe
20. Dead Stop
21. I'll Survive