This week’s Vinyl Wednesday post details something that we all have to deal with as vinyl collectors: storage. I’m not talking about huge racks, shelves and IKEA Expedits. No, I’m talking about storage of the awesome flexi-discs that come in the Decibel magazine Flexi-Series. I wrote about these little guys last year (read it here) but never mentioned how I keep them safe from the elements. They don’t come with any jacket or sleeve so what does a person do with them after ripping it from the magazine and obliterating all eardrums within listening distance? That would usually be a conundrum for the common folk but luckily Decibel has thought of a solution for us. They started by granting us the Limited Edition Collector’s Box (now sold out) and in 2014 we got the new Deluxe Edition Collector’s Box (or the Decibox as I call it). This holds all of your audible treasures for at least 2 years worth of issues. Good news for us flexi collectors.
When I started receiving Decibel I managed to get one of the Limited Edition Collector’s Boxes but it quickly filled up. I just started stacking all of my new flexis into the box without sleeves or anything. I was in need of more sleeves and a lot more room to store all the goodies and now with the Deluxe Edition Collector’s Box my cherished tunes have a safe and secure place to lie in wait before unleashing their audio assault.
Over the weekend I was finally able to finish the Daily Drivers series of digital illustrations that I had been working on for the last couple weeks. The goal was to create some nice, flat-color illustrations of vehicles that are the workhorses of the road. Vehicles that are often overlooked and used in a more utilitarian fashion. I chose 10 different types of vehicles, each one coming from a different manufacturer. The categories were (left to right, top to bottom): SUV, Classic, Wagon, Sedan, Hatchback, Muscle, Pickup, Bicycle, Motorcycle, Scooter. Hit the jump to see larger versions, some of my favorite details, a patriotic variation and a poster showcasing it all.
I’ve been hard at work on a new project lately. I decided I wanted to have a little fun with some digital illustration and I decided to take on the task of illustrating 10 “daily drivers.” These are your every day kinds of vehicles. Nothing too fancy, nothing too expensive. Just the kinds of things that you rely on to get you from point A to point B. When I think of a daily driver I think of a car from the 70’s or 80’s that has been through the ringer. The design of the vehicle will vary but usually it’s more utilitarian and chances are you’ve seen a whole bunch of these vehicles on the road.
The most difficult vehicle so far has been the Harley-Davidson. I knew it would be a test for me but I really didn’t think it would be as rough as it ended up being. Even though I simplified where I could for these illustrations it didn’t make it any quicker or easier. Hit the jump to see some larger versions of the above images and to see an alternate variety I started working on today.
Here is a little update on the Steve Buscemi illustration I’m working on. It’s still not done but I thought I’d give a little update on it’s progress. I just have a little more tweaking with the eyes and then adding some final details. It should be completed next weekend. Possibly this week if I feel up to a few extra hours of work.
I took some time tonight to get started on a shirt graphic for my cousin’s trip to Washington D.C. this summer. I’m thinking about doing something with him and the Lincoln Memorial so I threw together a quick illustration of the memorial to get me going. I’ll be doing some more tweaks later this week or this weekend.