Current Events

Due to the results of the current election, I decided to post one more mural and a surprise illustration that I received from one of my readers.

This 10 x 40 foot, trompe l’oeil  architectural mural below, painted by EVOL, appears to be falling down. What a great illusion that I think is representational of the current state of affairs — as grand as the Berlin Wall finally being dismantled — slowly — piece-by-piece-by-piece, but eventually no longer and only a remembered scare. It’s also a memory that no one forgets and I would hope we could all learn from it’s circumstances as not to repeat again. When things fall down, however, the best thing to do is to clean it up.

architectural-art-mural on dornob as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Trompe l'Oeil painted Architectural Art Mural on dornob

architectural-art-murals via dornob as seen on Art Is Everywhere

architectural-art-murals via dornob as seen on Art Is Everywhere
One of my readers contacted me in July after seeing my post on Political Caricatures, where I used a (step-by-step) instructional how to draw Obama illustration by Steve Breen that was featured in my local newspaper. This reader was kind enough to ask me if he could copy the drawing and change a few things. I relayed that it wasn’t my original drawing but I had posted it in my blog with credit to the artist. I suggested he contact the artist, which he did, to get his permission, which he gave and said, go for it!  It’s nice to see such thoughtfulness in this modern day to even think to obtain permission. Here’s Vince’s first version. He was going to change the sign and refine. I’m not sure if he ever did but I mentioned that I would like to use his caricature and that I would contact him when I posted it. Now seems a good time, considering. Don’t be surprised if you see these on t-shirts in the next election campaign. You can say you saw it here first and give the artist his due credit. Vince did a good job!

Obama caricature by Vince, as seen on Art is Everywhere

Obama caricature by Vince

draw-obama-by-steve-breen, seen on Art Is Everywhere


Kick-Starting the Weekend, early with Coldplay’s The World Turned Upside Down and right side up…

HDR Photography

I didn’t know much about High Dynamic Range type of photography and was glad to learn through the picture links below. The surrealistic, hyper saturation of color may not be for everyone but I’m pretty fascinated how a photo can look more like an illustration with this method.

HDR photo of Golden Gate Bridge via Optical Illusion blog

What first alerted me to HDR was this article about Joe DeGregorio’s photos. I really did think this was an illustration. Since I’m into trompe l’oeil art, I get a kick out of when I get tromped…..

Mission Inn. HDR photo by Joe DiGregoria via article by Daniel Foster

Finally, there’s more to see on Abduzeedo, and there are a lot of tutorials out there but these two had some good fundamental info: Ultimate guide to HDR photography and a bit more technical tutorial in Photoshop.

I was looking for some music with reference to High Definition to Kick-Start the weekend but found this instead, High Speed, one of my favorite songs by Coldplay. This demo video was directed by Jesse Scott when he was in Portland. I could have sworn it was Knoxville with the pedestrian skywalk and the fountain could have been one at World’s Fair Park. Since my son is interested in film, he may like this and he is even looking at a school in Portland. Well done!