Archive for January, 2008

In the pipes

January 30, 2008

We just finished some shirts for The Clash, Led Zeppelin and Iron Maiden. We should be able to post them up soon. We also finished a cd for Norwegian metal band Showdown, and a couple of other CDs as well! We rock. It would be nice to get work outside of the metal realm as well. I don’t think our potential there has been tapped enough.

I’m going skiing this weekend at Mt. Tremblant with my sister and my nephew, should be a lot of fun. :)

Harkonen

January 23, 2008

I’m currently listening to Harkonen.

I skipped updating this thing for most of the winter. I think my fellow monument comrades are irritated at me about it. My new Year’s resolution (amongst about 19 others i’ve broken) was to post more. Who makes resolutions? Does that make me a cynic?

 What I’ve been up to: Making blueprints for bank heists! it’s a weird job, but pending the proper execution of the plans, it pays well.

I  need to add some of the things i’ve been working on. Spencer’s shirts, Bullet for my Valentine, A7X, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Posters, This Is Hell, The Used, Coheed & Cambria, In at the Deep End Records, SpookyPlanet.com (redesign in-progress), Ultra-Pop’s website (an awesome vinyl toy store in town that needs a site), branding for a Louisville-based project aimed at marketing how hip the city is, and a whole ton of other junk i’ve been way too forgetful to post.

My video card went out on the Dell XPS laptop i use. Somehow, i had another 43 days left of warranty service, so i was only down for a few days instead of figuring out how to finance a ton of money to get a new boomin’ system. I’m really rambling here, aren’t i? Why stop now?

Common has been a constant standby on my iTunes.

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for xmas, i painted this bisque doll head for my lady.

Since i’m interested in what other people’s workspaces look like, i can only assume that other people are as well.  i’ll have to post a few shots of my personal cave when away from Monument Studio World Headquarters. I just framed a few more prints the other day. It’s a mess in here!

Someone gaffled (you heard me) about half of my propaganda books to work on Iron Maiden artwork. Tsk! tsk!

Give me a code banana

January 21, 2008

Besides working on quite some new stuff, I’m also redesigning my personal website which makes me pull out my non-existent hair, but it seems I’m finally getting closer to finishing it. The goal is to have all the work organized much better but I’m not the typical code monkey so the increase in clarity of the site causes a decrease in the clarity of the code (at least for me).

We recently finished the artwork for Molotov Solution’s new selftitled album (see cover below), you can hear some of their new stuff at their myspace page and get a good pre-order package deal here

molotov solution cover

Ouch

January 7, 2008

I discovered muscles I didn’t know I (still) had this weekend. I hadn’t skied in a long time so it was a very painful experience the day after. It was amplified by the insomnia bout I had on friday night. I’ve never really had problems sleeping, but this time for some odd reason I only slept 90 mins out of 10 hours of tossing around. I thought our trip was ruined but thanks to energy drinks and chocolate, I made it through.

The 2nd day I went alone in the morning because Elaine was in no shape to go again. The snow was awful that day so I came back early. Had to walk 5-6KM back to the inn because the shuttle was only coming back 3 hrs later and I had no money on me to pay for a cab (there’s also just one cab in the whole village and he needs to be booked in advance).

Right now every single muscle in my body is aching, walking is a painful thing I’ll tell you. I guess not doing sports for a while can catch up when you get a bit older. Someone get my walking chair please.

On a more musical note, I am listening to the 2nd CD of In Rainbows, and it’s great. “Last Flowers” is one of Radiohead’s best songs ever. It’s very powerful. I want to meet Thom Yorke. The guy seems “creatively deranged”. He’s nuts, in the right kind of way. I like that.

All the best for 2008

January 4, 2008

Hopefully 2008 will even be a more successful year for Monument and I’ll also try to post more on this blog (I’m fearing the wrath of Pascal). The new year is starting in a good way, with new releases with our artwork on it and I’ll be interviewed for the dutch magazine “Advanced Photoshop”.

And last but not least: here’s a sneak peek at the cover of the new Draconian album “Turning Season Within”.

Draconian Turning Season Within Cover