Mom & Pop v. Big Box
Just some Modo practice for a project.
Practice, Escalator to Nowhere
I make a lot of random stuff just to practice. Some of it is good, some of it not so much. No matter what, I keep it up and share it when I can. Here are some screenshots from tonight’s practice, inspired by The Simpsons.
Reel-to-Reel Player, 2014
Reel-to-Reel Player, 2014.
Work in Progress
Reel to Reel Player
I have spent the last few days working on this model and wanted to post an update. It’s looking pretty good! I have been thinking a lot about the world while I work, too. I am going to set it down for a few days, but will pick it up again for texturing and final rendering. The image shown is a cooked screenshot (1 min or so), not a render.
For the most part, I’ve been eyeballing measurements from reference photos. I prefer the look of the large reels over the standard ones. They just feel good, so I am going with them. I am still debating materials for the reels. I like the brushed aluminum/matte finish, but I also like the idea of a clear plastic, especially so you can see the dark shiny tape when it’s all threaded up. I am going to recreate all of the labels and logos in Illustrator/Photoshop.
The obsessive compulsive in me is annoyed by the asymmetry of the interface, but the Artist in me really thinks it’s honest and even a little charming. The large black center piece, for example, is bulky and slightly off-center. The knobs and levers that surround it are placed for optimal function, not aesthetics, yet, the materials and textures are clearly crafted for curious eyes and fingers! I really love how it encourages exploration. I love the satisfying feeling of turning a dampened knob or flipping a weighted switch. This has it all.
As I model each part, I think a lot about its design and purpose. What I love most about the device is that it just is what it is. No bullshit. It’s very revealing and brave for a device to show it’s functionality so openly. I am intrigued by this and think I will explore it in some future concepts.
What classic devices do you love?
Work In Progress
Reel to Reel Tape Player, Practice
A little more progress.
Learning a ton of new stuff and practicing every day. I will post more of the practice work as I get deeper into it.
Elk River Bottled Water, 2014
The massive chemical leak into the Elk River in Charleston, WV has been heavy in my heart. The lack of media coverage and general apathy has been disheartening. I am worried about the future of America. I am very concerned about the future of NC, too. Fracking is coming. Profits, not people, are driving these reckless, destructive decisions that will ultimately impact many of us. I know that I am not alone and that many of you share my frustration and anger.
We have to do something. We have to keep our water clean and our environment healthy, by any means necessary. The damage these industries are doing to our environment and water supply is exactly what our government warned us terrorists could do to us. So why is this allowed? This is not a republican/democrat argument. It’s a basic human survival issue. In the near future, our neighbors in WV will not be receiving any more bottled water from the government. This is not something that is going to go away. This is the water supply and the great people of WV are our neighbors.
So, my latest work imagines what could happen if we choose not to fight.
I hope you will join in the fight using your best tools and skills. Contribute whatever you can, peacefully, in any way you can. Your voice matters. I know some of you are probably thinking, “What’s your stupid art going to do?” Well, I don’t know if it will do anything, but I have to try. It’s easy to do nothing and give up. I also know in this day and age, an image can be worth a thousand swords. Thanks for sharing.
Elk River Bottled Water, 2014 by Scared of Salad is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Snail (Name Unknown), 2014.