There are Monsters and some political Rants

January 20th with the new President tripping over the door frame and taking office - I had an idea. I would begin to design a series of compositions that would generally reflect my parianora of how life MIGHT BE in that reality. There are Monsters is one of the first in that series.

 

Like all my work the first thing I do is start with a Library of Congress type digital download, I always use images in the public domain. The reason I use LOC is the high resolution files that are generally available for free. Not in every case and not for every need - but mostly.  This is the selected image, three guys perhaps business types or perhaps travelers. Then I find the right feline for the body.

Those lucky dudes are shown on the right. Almost all my felines are shelter cats that I photograph. The guy on the right (actually a girl) would try to sucker you in to rub her belly - then she would promptly bite you for daring such impertinence.

One of the most interesting parts of There are Monsters is the city background. It was sourced from many skyline photo's of New York and Detroit, mostly from the 1920's. Then I blend in a bunch of smokestacks shots to help create a dirty environment and finally place a big billboard on top of a large building proclaiming TRUMPLAND.

 

Nerd out now. The next step was to add the titled MONSTERS to the composition. From King Kong to Godzilla to Harry Houseman creations - there are many creatures to fear along the waterfront,

 

We put it all together. Be sure to click on the image to get a full light box image that you can explore.

Here is the story for There are Monsters.

Max, Merlin and Alex have just arrived at TrumpLand, a recently completed entertainment complex along the razed waterfront, of Old Detroit.

Part of the experience, as has been Tweeted, is to avoid the skinheads, the demagogues, and the bigots while hunting monsters both real and imagined!

8"x 10" - Bleed artwork, signed and numbered behind the print. Placed (not mounted) on 1/8 thick acid-free foamcoar. $35
16” x 20” – Overall size. Matted in archival white. Shipped of 1/8” thick acid-free foamcoar. $65
20" x 24" - Overall size. Same size artwork area as the 17" x 22" item BUT double matted in archival white.  Shipped on 1/8 thick acid-free foamcoar. $85


some political rants (and some that aren't)

"Politics and the English Language" (1946) is an essay by George Orwell that criticises the "ugly and inaccurate" written English of his time and examines the connection between political orthodoxies and the debasement of language.

The essay focuses on political language, which, according to Orwell, "is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." Orwell believed that the language used was necessarily vague or meaningless because it was intended to hide the truth rather than express it. Here is a .pdf of the essay.


JC Weatherly writes in Medium.com. The name of the essay is It’s Time to Start Calling Evangelicals What They Are: The American Taliban. Here is a appended paragraph...

Evangelicals are advocating a religious extremism that is no different from Muslim extremism, which projects religious authority over all people in their domain, which limits the rights of women, controls and limits education, and enforces strict adherence to a moral code, which naturally rejects and punishes all forms of “decadence,” including; “deviant sexuality,” science, reason, and any questioning of authority. Christian fundamentalists, if given the power, will do the same things. We should call this The American Taliban.


Mambo dogface to the banana patch? 
Said to be a alt-right way to ask permission to go to the bathroom. Only a rumor however.


Here I present two different T-shirt designs I created. These are free for you to use any way you see fit. If you'er nice to me I will even send you an Illustrator file you can print from. CatWorks prevails!