Wednesday, September 20, 2006

A New Season has Begun.

So I've just gotta say before I hit the sack tonight, that if you missed "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" Monday night, you missed out on one of the best pilots ever shown. It hit all the right notes and at all the right times and sucked me in like a Dyson. And the thing about Dyson's is, they never lose suction, ever. I just caught the episode again on BRAVO, so keep you're eye out on replays around the channel. The writing was great, tons of tight details that followed throughout the show and I'm sure the entire season. The cast was excellent. Not once did I think about Matthew Perry as Chandler or Bradley Whitford and Timothy Busfield as their characters from the West Wing. In fact, now that I think about it, each of their characters on Studio 60 is quite a detour from what they're known for. I look forward to the rest of season and hope it turns out as good as the pilot. Can't wait for the return of Earl and the Office tomorrow. Good night.

What a Difference a Day Makes.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Try, Try, Try.

If only we all had the guts to try as hard as this little guy. I'm going to finish designing a project tonight! Thanks, Ian.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Photo Shoot #1.

Photo Shoot #1.
Originally uploaded by jtpuck.

I meant to put this up with the other post, but couldn't get it to work.

Here's a little sample of things to come with a behind-the-scenes look at our first shot from the day. My Mondavi Wine Bottles that took a lot of production work with rub-on transfers and paper labels and a coat of satin spray paint to decrease reflection. The end result is spectacular, but you'll have to wait to see it in my final book.

Friday, September 8, 2006


I'm in the middle of a Photo Shoot!

I've been away from the blogosphere introducing Texas to Ian with the family and then finishing up production on a couple projects for my first photo shoot. Now, here I am, going over the look and feel of my portfolio and how I want the shots composed with Peter Hobbs, photographer emeritus and PC instructor. We discussed all the shots, projects, and layouts in an hour and a half and are just now setting up the first one. It's been a stressful week trying to get my first few projects fully produced and only half of what could go wrong did go wrong.

I started out the week with a goal of getting 5 pieces complete for today. The biggest challenge was getting my R.E.M. 5-disc box set screenprinted at Lonny's place, which we did yesterday...half of it. It's my first time sharing in the screenprinting process, an arduous task that can result with monumental power. In burning the screens with my artwork, we lost some type and therefore lost time and production value. Lonny and I were getting frustrated and didn't want to rush it any longer. So we decided to hold off the rest for another week. The box set is intended as a handhelf piece for my book, so production is of the utmost importance, not so much getting it photographed for my website.

The next task was reworking and finessing the logo for KRAFT. The problem here is getting the logo right, so it can be applied to the Mac & Cheese package, so I can print it to build the boxes in order to shoot them for my portfolio. You can see how the chain works and were it can easily be broken. Needless to say, the logo, or logotype as it is correctly named, needs a lot of tweaks and a lot of time to fix. The chain got pulled early yesterday.

For my first photo shoot today, I've got 3 prized pieces to take care of: Mondavi Wine Bottles, Drew's Organic Salsa, and spreads from my Atlanta Symphony Orchestra book. They are complete, ready, and I must say really great. I've never been more excited about my work than I am today. Can you believe I forgot my camera! Dave Werner would be most disappointed.

Lastly, I have to say THANK YOU to my pops-in-law, Ken, for spending some of his well-earned retirement time here in Atlanta with us to help with the house chores and most importantly, keeping our awesome, growing-personality-by-the-minute son, IAN, happy.