IMFiB Commenter of the Week: p0plife
Sometimes there’s a commenter and well, they’re the commenter for our times1. And there’s uh no reason – no fucking reason – why we can’t – uh you know – nominate ourselves. I mean that’s what happened here. We nominated ourselves. And hey, Liam and me, we (the royal “we”) really dig this p0plife and think she’s the best. And that’s like, you know, our opinion.
- I just found out there is a blog in Portland of a lady who works for Freddie’s as a cheese monger, and she does cheese reviews FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF HER CAT. And you know, I kinda wanted to like it, but oh man… It reads like baby talk about cheese with totally irrelevant shit about being a cat. Ugh, ugh, ugh….
- Listen, I trust you on index cards. I think us creative types are so sensitive that are certain parts of our process that always ring true, and the tools of the trade are those golden bells.
Here’s my creative breakdown:
At work, I am LOYAL to a fault to Rhodia’s orange notebooks (graph, please). The paper is exactly right for the metal ball point pens I use to take wine notes. It’s smooth and rugged, but thin enough to hold a LOT of pages. The notebooks hold up to being tossed into my apron and getting a lot of booze spilled/spit onto it.
In the studio I am even more picky. In my bag, I go for the “sketch” Moleskine. It is thick and holds up to both watercolor and my very favorite pen to draw with, the esteemed Uniball Vision pens. I use all thickness, depending on the drawing. Fine and Extra-fine. For larger layouts I am a sucker for Strathmor’s basic Sketch line. For drawing with lead, it’s Prismacolor Turqouise 8B (smooth, deep, dark, soft, luscious) pencils first, and then Staedtler 8B. My favorite sharpener looks like an inkwell. It is an Alvin DUX.
Don’t worry about being a Luddite! John Waters only writes on yellow legal pads with Bic pens (black only, I’m pretty sure) when writing scripts and won’t use email. There are lots of fashion designers who are similar, but I’m drawing a blank right now. Whatever gets the job done.
Sting is pretty cute.
- The signal to noise ratio on most DIY home improvement shows is pretty craptastic. Maybe 2% of the content has any real usefulness to this kid. The rest is either expensive/unrealistic, or it’s just flat out ugly (to me anyway). I’d rather just surf the net or go to Home Depot for advice if I decide to D.I. Myself. Shockingly, art school also taught me basic building techniques that I still use to this day. I learned to make chairs in sculpture class. Learned basic frame building techniques from making silk screen frames/set ups and building my own canvases… and so on. Plus I used to build sets for plays in High School. It’s amazing what some basics can lead to.
Home Design is a lot like tattoos. Very personal, and very subjective. Hell, I wouldn’t decorate like Martha Stewart, but I find a lot of what she teaches to be far, far more useful that what I find on a lot of decorating sites. I’ve used so many Martha tips and tricks. I love me some Martha.
- I’ve been saying, “With club sauce…” in the Gob voice anytime someone talks about pairings or cooking lately. I’m probably about to get smacked.
- That hair is magical thing. One of the great mysteries of the 20th Century. As I drew it, I began to wonder at what sort of wizardry was needed to give it that structure. My lines are a mere reproduction of how it looks from the outside. But inside, something special was going on. I wonder if hair and makeup for that show was something like Michael Jackson getting makeup for Thriller. 3 hours of prep before and after the show. I mean, are there Fraggles in there, little Doozers building intricate structures out of balsa and floral wire? I WANT TO KNOW WHAT’S INSIDE THAT THING.
Congrats, poplife! Please enjoy the stylings of Kenny Rogers!
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