David Rhoden: News


November 09, 2018

an enormously influential book, illustrated by Willy Pogany

I was thinking about this book I had as a kid, and after a bit of googling, found a picture of it. I don't remember loving reading the book but the pictures were marvelous. Throughout the book, the pictures are all stylized like that. The ground is pictured as a ruler-straight line. I think that's were I began to realize that artifice could sometimes surpass nature, leading to my eventual interest in things like J.K. Huysmans and the first book by Steven Millhauser. I've never seen anything else by Willy Pogany that I know of.

Just as influential was that cover design. I love both typefaces used (all caps), and the colored type and bands of strong color look wonderful, even though they probably were a lazy choice in a way. (It would have looked good with a single solid color, but I liked those stripes, the orange one especially.) I love that someone respected children enough to design a book like this for them.


November 09, 2018

whither Rocky Burnette?

So why was Rocky Burnette's "Tired Of Toein' The Line" a hit? Was it the prescient pre-imitation of the Traveling Wilburys sound, or was it this remarkable MTV video?


November 08, 2018

to do list

I like to leave myself a note at the end of the day so I remember what I was doing the next morning.


November 07, 2018

Found under a house on Mandeville Street

If you're looking for Bastet's black heart collar, I found it while helping renovate a house. Along with a surprising number of rib bones that fell out of the plastered walls. A surprising number.


November 05, 2018

when you get off-model, you get more off-model

This was pretty fun to do. Unfortunately I interrupted myself a lot, and I got more interested in animating the walker in the background and got careless with the head scratcher in the foreground. Obviously, watch his head shrink. Also watch how his feet don't stay still. Clearly I have a lot to work on. Still, fun.


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