Among many of my interests has always been design. I even took classes at the Art Institute of Portland while working there as an accountant and my tuition was paid for. At the time, however, I was playing in several bands and, of course, working full time. It really came down to choosing between having the time for music, which I'd already invested many years and a college degree in, or to continue with graphic design. I chose music.
Fast forward several bands, albums, and one decade later, and I now live a much quieter life (literally and figuratively). This has opened up some time for explorations into many things I've missed over the years, and design is one of them. In fact, I am beginning to see graphic design as a potential next career step for me, Lord willing and life permitting. I am still working on music steadily, and always will be, but the touring life is not for me anymore, and nor is working 10$/hr day jobs while making albums in my bedroom. Not now that I have a family. So I've been opening up my expectations in career and whittling down my creative scope, trying many new mediums along the way.
I intend to use this blog (finally!) as a posting board for my efforts in learning new mediums, as well as to share projects made in familiar ones. It scares me to death to make public forms of art I'm not very good at, but it really is about the process of growth, not the destination. I am looking forward to being able to look back and visually identify strides in growth. I think posting visual material will encourage me to share some words alongside occasionally, like this. Totally unexpected.
Right now I'm using Lynda.com, Skillshare, YouTube, and a bunch of books as my low cost design college, and I am pretty motivated to stay serious until I either a) become good and build something marketable out of it, or b) learn enough to know I can cross graphic design off my list of potential careers.
So, for today, here is a piece I made after watching a class with Vasjen Katro, who has been making a poster a day in a modern Bauhaus influenced style. I suggest you check his stuff out!
I'm enjoying posting excerpts from some of my sketch journals when I otherwise don't have much to write. I'll be doing this more. Here's a head drawn using the Riley technique.
This was from the first photoshoot I ever did with Rachel (who is now my wife), for the LB Brand & clothing company. Shot way back in December, 2014, shortly after we met. I had this post sitting as a draft here never published. Finding it made me smile and I thought I'd go ahead and share it all this time later. We now live in Macon, GA together where we are raising our 8 year old son, Elliot.
A few years back, I met my father. On March 4th, 2012, he invited me to dinner at his place in Colfax, CA, which is a fairly wooded area in the northern foothills. As I pulled up to the driveway and got out of my car, I noticed a tiny pond formed around a septic tank with what must have been a few dozen frogs who stopped croaking as I approached. I left my H4n recording at the foot of the pond, and went inside for the rest of the evening. After retrieving my field recorder and listening to it later, I was so pleased to hear what was recorded here, as a passing train in the dark had added it's own deep, dark tones to the frogs' song.
The last few months have been a by-the-skin-of-my-teeth ride, with my making art whenever I've had my hands free enough. I've finally settled in the small but charming gold rush town of Placerville, CA, where I hope to put down some roots and get to work on many projects.
Fore-mostly, I've been asked to be a part of an amazing worldwide photography project:
"During the month of June 2014, around twenty photographers will contribute real time from around the world to the same Instagram account (@socphotogallery) that serves as the virtual gallery component to our hybrid gallery. That virtual gallery will become part of an interactive installation that is projected within the space of our physical gallery, cementing the creation of a true hybrid gallery. The virtual projected images will share the same space as printed images & furniture design pieces that also explore theories of interaction and experience of space and place. Images captured during the month will be available for print through our printing partner Roberts Camera. For more info, go to http://www.socialphotography.photos "
(Excerpt from photographer David Ingraham's Facebook announcement. More to come as the project unfolds.)
I posted an unmastered track from the new beta cicadae album on Soundlcloud. A working title (taken from the café scene dialogue in Vivre Sa Vie). The album was made while I was living alone at Jilltree last year. It features lots of the woodland sounds from that place, simply recorded from my front porch.
Portrait of my nephew, Caleb, on Christmas 2013.
Hello and welcome to the new blog! (Welcome, Kevin.)
Even if I am only welcoming myself, I thought it good to start with a note on who I am and what I've been doing for the past couple years. That is probably best summed up in the grooves of this piece of vinyl right here.
PS you can buy this from the kind folks at Elegua Records now.
This will be the first and last piece of commerce I'll ever write about in this blog, but I just wanted to make sure the soundtrack to it was available.
I'm crossing my fingers in hope that this will be the blog of blogs, an amalgam of previously abandoned blogs and websites I have been too busy to maintain on their separate OWN. Trying to be a rock band, an experimental music artist, a recording engineer, and a photographer all with separate branding proved to be a little more complicated than simply a human being.
So, welcome to www.kevinscottdavis.net.