Posts Tagged: interpretive

Killers Lyrics in Cartoon Form

Never thought I'd draw these three together

Never thought I’d draw these three together

I was trying to make sense of some of the lyrics from new songs by The Killers. In particular, I was puzzling through the relationships established by the chorus of their latest single.

Starmaker says “It ain’t so bad”
Dreammaker
‘s gonna make you mad
Spaceman
says “Everybody look down; it’s all in your mind.”

So here is the most immediate, literal interpretation that occurred to me. I figured Dreammaker’s being a jerk and Starmaker and Spaceman are dealing with it in different ways. At first I considered having them messing with tiny people, since they are mostly larger than life, but was getting stuck on a plausible annoying thing Dreammaker could do. Hence the dream dust.

I do like that this ended up as a mix of video game, comic, and music characters.

Reinterpreting the Ugly Cake

What were they thinking?

What were they thinking?

There’s a bakery in downtown San Jose that has very tasty desserts, and so-so service, that I’ve gone to a couple of times with coworkers. The last time I went, I came across this… creation. It fascinates me. I never thought a cake could be ugly, but here it is.

I honestly can’t tell what they were going for here, between the cross-sectioned slab plastered on the side, those hash marks stuck on at random angles, and that poor sugar decoration that just gave up the ghost. I stared at it for a while and could almost see a reindeer, but not quite. My friend Andrea was equally puzzled. So I took a photo for posterity and mostly forgot about it.

Recently I realized this could be a fun artistic challenge: what is this thing? Something about the layout and the color scheme seems redeemable. So here are three interpretations of it made in Photoshop over the course of one movie (Pineapple Express), and two CDs (Creeper Lagoon, Shivaree). I used a Tablet PC, which is challenging due to the parallax and the inability to easily and precisely nudge things. I’m also using it to write this blog entry via handwriting recognition, an exercise in patience.

Tulips near a frozen lake

Tulips near a frozen lake

Genteel gambling

Genteel gambling

A lost Ugly Doll

A lost Ugly Doll