November 01, 2005

37: Talking Heads

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These two disembodied, broken heads equally represent Illustration Friday's theme-o-the-week – broken – and a so-simple-it's-brilliant project by Oregon creative everything Von Glitschka: the Doodle Archive. Mr. Glitschka's always-thinking head is in the process of creating a website that will archive doodles submitted by folks from all ages, skills and walks of life.


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For the record, my doodle (above) was inspired by one of my department's multi-hour, mind-numbing and rarely relevant meetings which, until the day I started Jeopopolis, was my sole outlet for anything remotely off-the-cusp creative. These sessions are frequently dominated by talking heads, such as these two blokes. So in honour of the art of doodling, I managed to pry the black Pigma Micron 01 pen from my cold, undead hand in exchange for a more doodle-friendly Bic ballpoint (shudder!). And it took all of five minutes to do.


Then to incorporate the doodle with the broken theme, I crafted this Photoshop montage, which takes the concept of these talking-head types and merges it with an indisputable fact of life for the vast majority of graphic designers: these people are a major obstacle between cool, quality work and the means to have it shown to the world. They represent the finicky client, the micromanager, the board of directors, the boss's wife. Here they're literally chewing it up, leaving in their wake a big ol' void of bluh. Click here for a slightly larger view of the montage.

Side note: If you're wondering how to get yourself some of this sweet Doodle Archive action, head over to its under-construction homepage and follow the instructions to request a card like the one in the photo above. And if it's inspiration you seek, check out Mr. Glitschka himself and get lost in his one, two, three amazing websites.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Heehee, funny talking heads - break them into little pieces!! I like your talking heads, also used to like the band Talking Heads but think their band broke up??? Verrrry creative :)

hartini said...

Those heads are so cute! :D Creative indeed! Now we just need some audio to go along with those heads - I can imagine their voices already :)

The Unknown said...

I love the little heads. Wee
love

Alina Chau said...

Cooool talking head!! They are so cool! Love them a lot!

Holly said...

Thanks for all of this-this entertained me this morning over a hot cup of joe! Very very well done and very imaginative. I especially like the "Bad Design Kills" site. I totally agree. Love your stuff.

Tony Sarrecchia said...

The little heads are very cool. Great job.

Jeope said...

Thanks, people.

I thought I should add that all the pieces making up the montage - with a few exceptions - are all scans of stuff I like from design mags that I keep in a folder for inspiration. Mostly Communication Arts, HOW and Print design annuals.

Melissa said...

Geez, Jeope. Even your 5 minute doodles are terrific! Um, I drew a turkey on a napkin in a meeting yesterday. I hung it on my wall as a thanksgiving decoration. :-)

I really should take advantage of the otherwise wasted time I have when I'm sitting in meetings. Think of all the doodling I could accomplish!

Dave said...

Man, I thought that the South Park version of Canadians was satire, but check it out, the top of their heads do, in fact detach! Who knew?

Dave

Daniel Davis said...

Cool execution and texture. I feel like this too, sometimes, in meetings.

Ian T. said...

Funny but also kind of creepy! I'm sure these guys are talking pure garbage, and I note neither of them appears to be listening :).

Simple, effective and right on target!

Princesa de Chocolate said...

You never cease to amaze me! Thanks for sharing your doodles and pumpkins... I love Mike! :) Oh and I keep meaning to tell you that your foggy shots were very very beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing all this creativity with me!