Syd Mead

In Flux

Posted on:  September 13, 2007

Updates have been few and far between lately with lots of things converging both work wise and personal. I’ve been drawing but not a whole lot for myself so today I really put it in my head that not matter how busy things are, i’ll squeeze in a quick sketch or two.

I‘ve always made it part of my daily routine to always sketch something for myself even if it’s a small little doodle on a post-it. But work demands don’t always make it easy. Perhaps I just need to get a little selfish again….

Many things are cooking as usual in the idea kitchen. I’m mulling book and art projects and of course work is continuing on STEEL NOODLES book number one.

Been catching up on reading as well. I’m still way behind especially with a fresh new batch of books from Comic-Con. I’m really into the amazing italian artist GIPI right now and I just finished “Garage Band” and “Notes for a War Story“. Two very poignant and powerful pieces of art and writing. His book the “The Innocents” blew me away and was one of the best from last year. The man is truly gifted. A link to his blog is in the sidebar if you care to check it out.

Having met the legendary Syd Mead during the opening of the VISIONS exhibit here in L.A. for a few minutes was really energizing and has got me into a “Mead” mode of late. A recent visit to bookseller extraordinaire Stuart Ng‘s new showroom was a real treat as well. There was where I found a real rare (and mint) copy of KRONOTEKO, a japanese-printed collection of Mead’s art including his work in Blade Runner, 2010 and Star Trek: The Motion Picture (among others). I’ve only seen this book once before ages ago and seeing it at Stuart’s made my day. Needless to say I went home a happy man with my copy in tow. I’m still gawking at it as I type this post.

And speaking of gawking, the other book i’ve been really been getting a lot out of is the hefty and humblingly sublime WILL EISNER SKETCHBOOK. This is a veritable master class in making comics. Seeing Mr. Eisner’s themes and layouts in rough pencil form is simply marvelous. His ink work is well known and distinct, but seeing his sketch technique really reveals a lot about him and his thought process. I’ll be reading (and learning) from this book for quite sometime.

Noodles excerpt and other stuff

Posted on:  August 14, 2007

Here’s a shot of page six of the newly released STEEL NOODLES: A Slice of Heaven for those of you who are curious what the book looks like inside.

This entire page was one of just a few that I re-painted and merged with the ones done last November. It’s subtle but these “new” pages look so much better to me and if deadlines weren’t an issue, I would probably re-painted the who shebang. Good news is that the new specs will just spill over to the big book.

And speaking of Steel Noodles, you can now pick up copies locally at both House of Secrets in Burbank and Meltdown Comics in Hollywood. More outlets to be announced soon. (Both will ship pretty much anywhere for you out of towners)

I‘m also working it out where you can buy it direct from me through my own deal called BRAND X PUBLISHING. It’s my online bookstore and all I need is to establish merchant and shipping operations. More details on that soon but for now you can visit Brand X HERE or click on the sidebar link.

MODBOOK UPDATE!! Per AXIOTRON, the first conversion kits will now ship in the fourth quarter. This means the earliest I would get my Modbook would somewhere around October. At this point I wouldn’t be surprised if I got it a full year later in February 2008! According to Axiotron, all these delays only means they are improving the mod by leaps and bounds. The latest being an official endorsement from Apple Computer itself. The result would be a full cooperation especially in the technical side between Apple and Axiotron thereby improving an already solid modification package.

Again, despite these delays at least I know I’m getting a machine that will do the job and do it well….

In the fantasy art realm, anyone a fan of the legendary SYD MEAD?

Well I am and i’m excited about an exhibit opening on August 16th called VISIONS: THE WORLD OF FANTASY ART at the Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale, California. (Yep, that Forest Lawn) It will feature works from artists Mark Goerner, Chris Hopkins, Dennis Lewis, William Stout, David Willardson and of course, Syd Mead. It will also feature special selections from the Walt Disney Animation Studios, Animation Research Library. The exhibit will run through November 5th, 2007.

Click HERE for the exhibit page on the Forest Lawn Museum site.
Click HERE for the official SYD MEAD website.