Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014
Some weeks back we've locked down something pretty exiting.
What:CURIO & CO. ART SHOW
Opening on Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 at 7:00pm
Curio & Co. will be having a month long show at Atelier Olschinsky, in Vienna, Austria. Verena Weiss and Peter Olschinsky are running a really professional contemporary art space (having worked at an art museum, I don't say professional lightly). I'm really happy to be showing our work at their location, and am looking forward to producing some new work for the show. I'll be posting more details and some sneak peaks about the show as we get closer to the day; for the time being the Spaceman Jax comic for the San Diego Comic-Con is priority one.
The gallery features some really cool contemporary artists like the works from Teodoru Badiu, Man Tsun, and not to forget that Peter and Verena produce some impressive work themselves, some really interesting space design architecture with a strong taste for the surreal, if you haven't seen their work you really should check it out! They also publish a biyearly publication called Nevertheless.
Teodoru Badiu has and upcoming show at the gallery during the month of May, so if you have the time… go check it out. The opening is on May 8, 2014 at 7:00pm same address as above.
Happy Friday to all!
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
I've been busy taking care of some back end production stuff. Namely programming.
I'm not a programmer by any mean, and if any programmer were to look at my code I think they would have an heart attack, but I manage to code what I need for my needs. In the past I've been able to develop databases and make all the edits and changes to our Curio & Co. site. In the pas four year I've been getting better and better (it helped that I had some action scripting experience). I would love to have someone on staff that could take care of all of this stuff or an elf.
What I've developed is an exporting script for photoshop. If you ever worked on a book or on a site you know how much receptive work there is once you finished creating/editing/compositing those hundreds of files. I needed a way to streamline things for the Spaceman Jax comic book production and unfortunately the actions in Photoshop were not an options as they can not be set-up dynamically. Hence me writing a couple thousands lines of code, and getting some new gray hair while doing it. But, it was all for a good cause so I was happy doing it, plus I love learning new things. Life would be boring otherwise.
Here's the the first UI panel I've ever developed, it's not in the final lay-out, but the balk of the scrip is done and it gets the job done. Just a few more tweaks and it's time to move on to the next task.
Testing 1, 2, 3… Testing
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
As far as ideas goes, we tend to work months and year in advance, unfortunately we only have two hands and production can only move so fast. We keep on hoping for little elves to come and do the work in the middle of the night, but that's yet to happen. We keep on hoping. And, yes we believe in eves, otherwise how would santa make all of those toys?
Curio & Co. will be debuting the Spaceman Jax comic at the San Diego Comic-Con 2014 at booth #2102
Friday, April 04, 2014
Just added the comic book to the Curio & Co. Shop. If you place your order now you will receive a discount on an early release copy shipping on September 1st, six weeks before the regular sales are due to ship (October 15).
There's an other way to get an even earlier copy of the book but that will require some foot work on your part, namely you'll have to make your way to the San Diego Comic-Con 2014 booth#2102 (July 23-27) and say hello to us in person, we'll be happy to sign the book for you.
We'd be happy to sign any of the the pre-order books as well, but please mention it in the note at check out time. We don't break character on the site so unless you make it a point to tell us that you know who we really are… Curio & Co. will have the face the of Mr. Druthers as the CEO of the company. An other option is to use our personal email address and place the order that way but if you have my personal email, give me a call I'm always happy to catch-up with friends.
Keep on checking back, there'll be sneak peak material that I'll post regularly until SDCC 2014.
Thursday, April 03, 2014
And, Ta Da!
Here is the fake ad as it will appear in the Spaceman Jax comic that we (Curio & Co.) will debut at Comic Con 2014. It took a while to develop all the assets necessary to make the ad, from the logos to the cereal box and the character, and rendering the ice-cream and cereal. I love doing these type of projects I always get to learn new things, and challenge my skills. Rendering was never one of may strong points but I think I can hold a digital brush fairly now a days, Kirstie printed out the ad in black and white to check and rewrite the final copy, and it really looked as if it was a photograph of ice-cream cereal. That was a good sign.
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
We take our "real" fakes seriously at Curio & Co. and if we can help it we build supporting material to go with our publications in order to make things even more real, and establish more to the back story of the products.
Some time back we met with an agent for one of the major creative agencies worldwide, and we were asked to put together a package for Gadabaut TM 1050 Time Machine. We pulled all the production sketched I made for the manual, gave them a quick aging look, and created this Cudworth-Hooper (C-H) memo to go along with them. For those of you who aren't familiar with C-H, they are the manufacturer of the Gadabaut TM 1050 Time Machine in the Curioverse.
We went for the look of old stacked drawings gathering dust, held together by a thin rope with a paper tag, and stored in an old archive for more then 70+ years.
Needless to say I had a blast designing the letterhead, the signature of J. P. Cudworth, and with my partner at Curio & Co. (Kirstie Shepherd) developing more of the back story for C-H. Kirstie is the one that oversees text while I handle the visuals, we work really closely and we constantly go back and forth with the material during production. The end result is always a level or two better because of our collaboration, we definitely work well together Curio & Co. would not be able to produce what we do without her.
Hope you enjoy the memo.