Monday, August 31, 2009

A side of baby carrots


Know a website that would do Bent Objects some good with a possible review of the new book? My publisher has some copies it would like to send out for just that purpose. Feel free to leave your idea in the comment section or email me at .

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Chris McVeigh- Legos, Star Wars, and Chipmunks

_______________A Balanced Breakfast
-----------------------------Photograph by Chris McVeigh All rights reserved

No longer does a person have to be lucky enough to have a gallery show, or try to get feedback from a limited circle of friends in order to know if what is being created is connecting with an audience. We all want to connect with others somehow with what we create, and for me that's what Bent Objects has done, and I have the internet to thank for that.

Lately, I've become curious about other people who are creating work to post online, and have decided to do some interviews for my own selfish reasons.

Some of these people have work that you've seen floating around the web, and maybe some of them will be new to you. I'm no journalist, but I hope people might get something out of the following interview, and hopefully future ones too.

I picked Chris McVeigh as my first person to interview because I felt some kind of connection with his work. He's a graphic designer by trade, which I can tell by his design sense. He uses characters that are already made (Star Wars toys, and lego people), but then he puts them in situations that form a sort of narrative sometimes, or a gag other times, much like me. He also has added an incredibly unique element to his photographs- live characters in his shots in the form of wild chipmunks (!), that he has managed to tame to some extent.

Chis has sold images to Microsoft, and has had a Chewie meets chipmunk photograph on the front page of the official Star Wars Blog.

Okay, here goes-

Me- Where did you learn to photograph your work?

Chris- All self-taught. Pretty much everything I do is self-taught, actually, from writing to illustrating to Adobe Photoshop. I glean bits of information here and there and just use that as a starting point for experimentation. I find it's the best way to learn, really; I'd much rather be actively sorting out how to do something in my head than reading about how to do it.

What are some of your influences? Cartoons? Movies? (Only I would ask what cartoons influenced a person. Geez.)

Well I think it's safe to say Star Wars is a main influence. It's odd, but it's only been in recent years where I've felt free to articulate my geekiness in any real capacity. It's just so accepted at the moment, so I'm reveling in it.

Is there something that triggered that change in you? What brought it on?

I think it's all about finding an audience or a group of people with whom you share interests. The first few Star Wars Chipmunk pics that I put together got a great response, and no one piped up and said "Oh, you're such a moron, why don't you just grow up?" That's the kind of response I would expect from some people in my social circle, and it's the kind of negative reinforcement that cause so many of us to abandon our interests just to fit in, or fulfill someone else's expectations of us. But I've outed myself now. I'm a geek, I love action figures and video games, and I don't care what anyone thinks anymore. And I'm not the only one who has stood up and declared my geekhood; there seems to be a major social movement towards that right now. No shame, not any more.

Where do you see this all going?

Honestly, I have no idea. I actually have a backlog of chipmunks photos and I'm pacing myself. I don't want people to get sick of them or lose an appreciation for the work that goes into each one. I am sure there are already some people out there who think "OMG its teh chipmunk guy agains!!?!"

After you've exhausted your chipmunk ideas, then it's back to shooting mainly just the figures themselves? (BTW, my faves of yours are Chewbacca from below, on his skateboard, and the Stormtrooper lying down watching the river go by)

I think so. This summer more than others, I feel a lot of pressure to take shots of the chipmunks while they're out and about. Once fall rolls around, I'll have more time to focus on whimsical action figure and Lego shots. (I actually have three such shots currently in production but haven't had time to shoot any of 'em.)

Oh, and there will be follow up to the Chewbacca/skateboard shot, if I can ever get the sky to cooperate. :D

Has your photography and all that comes with it, has it changed your design sense at all?

I think so. It's certainly brought out a clear preference for minimalism. I usually try to construct images without too much chaos in the background. Now that might not be the truest definition of minimalism, but I definitely have a tendency to limit the amount of disparate items in my pictures in order to encourage focus.

Here's Chris with Frannie, one of his stars.

Thanks to Chris for humoring me with this. Make sure you check out his flickr page, and maybe even buy a print or t-shirt (I like this one, ha!).

Monday, August 10, 2009

Hangover Fairy

You know those mornings after you've had a bit too much to drink? This is the reason you have a headache. It's the Hangover Fairy.

When you've killed brain cells, via alcohol poisoning, he pays you a visit and takes those away, kind of like the Grim Reaper of brain cells. In their place, he leaves you the gift of a hangover. Why must he do that? Because he's the Hangover Fairy, and he really likes his job.

I gave my Twitter people and Facebook people a sneak peak at him, and I'm happy to say that he was sold in 15 minutes on my Etsy. I'll try to do more of those. There has to be an occasional reason to be friends with me on those things.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

If I would have had a heart attack..

...They REALLY would have gotten their moneys worth.

So I made some pasta last night, and ate too much of it. To my surprise, an hour later, I was
running in a giant, airtight ball.

This video will now be my workout motivation...

On the way to the finish line, I was pretty much falling down the whole way! 
And no, if you had any doubt, I didn't win first prize.

Memo to Conseco Fieldhouse and the Indiana Fever (WNBA) - 
it would be nice if you at least included a coupon for a large drink in the little prize package. 
I was a mighty thirsty afterwards.

He May Be Evil, But His Neighbors Have No Complaints.

Three corks and some wire, mostly. I can tell you one thing, and that's this guy obviously doesn't live in Paris. If you're there walking to your favorite cafe, keep your eyes open.

Original piece available here, if so inclined.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

More stuff in bad taste.

Pencil Sharpener picking up dropped soap.

EDIT- I had a little poem telling this guy's story, but I decided to do without.

I can't take any credit for the design of his "member". I got that (and most everything else probably) from Alexander Calder.

Also, I announced yesterday that my next goal for Bent Objects is to appear on Late Night with David Letterman. Is that a lot to ask? Heck yeah, but then again, it was a lot to ask for an agent and publisher, but that's just what I did on this blog a few years ago. You know what? It happened!

Some people might think I'm sort of crazy for laying this out there for all the world to see, but this is what I think-- If you don't tell people what you want, then why do you think you will ever get it? And yeah, I'm a bit crazy, but if you haven't noticed, this blog runs on crazy.

So Dave, call me. I'm in your hometown 317 area code.

One more thing - On Facebook? Vanessa of Quebec made this for me. Thanks Vanessa!