Journal

Honest to gumption.

It’s fun to see this artist spotlight in the 2015 Speedo Footwear catalog. These kid’s flip flops utilize artwork from the two swim caps I illustated that were inspired by the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

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There is no separation of church and state as long as money buys political power. Full lyrics and listen here.

In honor of tax season I’ve chosen this lyric from Los Angeles punk band, Bad Religion. They first formed in 1979 and many of their anthems relate to social responsibility.

30 years later Bad Religion is one of the best selling punk bands of all time— over 5 million albums sold, with a fantastic fan website listing music and goods for sale as well as tour dates and a legacy timeline. Good for you, Bad Religion! Everybody go on the site and get your holiday album now!

I’ve chosen some favorite short phrases of punk song lyrics to flourishly illustrate these expressions that were of such importance to me and my generation. I’m calling the series #PunkLyric and offering them as free desktop calendar downloads each month. [see full explanation here]

Click image to download for your desktop and please enjoy… and, go discover some new/old music!

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Note: These cannot be used elsewhere or commercially. The artwork is mine and the lyrics are ownership of the original songwriters and bands. Artist and writer Emily McDowell explains the intellectual property copyright limitations for us really well right here.

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I’ve been a fan of Courtney Cerruti since finding her all over Instagram. She’s a Bay Area artist, a set designer/stylist/artist coach/social media maven at Creative Bug, and the author of 3 books at Quarry Press. Basically, this chick makes things happen. Right now she’s got a show of her signature “Single Ladies” at Rare Device in San Francisco and is curating and accepting work for a show of matchbook art called Strike Away which will be shown at Paxton Gate Curiosities.

A while back I contacted her about establishing a #SocialSketch chapter in our very creative community of Petaluma. Along with her artist friend, Michael McConnell, Courtney began #SocialSketch as a way of connecting with friends while sharing a drink and a drawing. Collaboration and community are the hallmarks of this movement. The drawings are small and artists are encouraged to sketch on each other’s work and share the results. #SocialSketch is a fabulous gathering idea — especially if you’re used to working alone, or mostly on client ideas, or have trouble arranging a time to see friends, like me. Besides the original San Francisco/Oakland group, Petaluma Social Sketch is the first other California chapter!

Rumor has it Courtney and hopefully Mike will also be at this first event, so come check out the first ever Petaluma #SocialSketch. Deets on the poster above. Spread the word and big thanks to John Crowley and Aqus Cafe for being our enthusiastic host! Come early and have dinner. Sketching starts at 6:30.

 

NickyOvitt_2015MarchCalendar_PunkLyricThis month, it’s two of my favorites in one. The 1979 Gang of Four song Natural’s Not In It, was used beautifully in the 2006 movie Marie Antoinette, directed by Sofia Coppola. A trailer featuring the song is here. Full song lyrics are found here.

I’ve chosen some favorite short phrases of punk song lyrics to flourishly illustrate these expressions that were of such importance to me and my generation. I’m calling the series #PunkLyric and offering them as free desktop calendar downloads each month. [see full explanation here]

Click image to download for your desktop and please enjoy… and, go discover some new/old music!

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Note: These cannot be used elsewhere or commercially. The artwork is mine and the lyrics are ownership of the original songwriters and bands. Artist and writer Emily McDowell explains the intellectual property copyright limitations for us really well right here.

Sunday night like so many people around the world we sat down to watch the Oscar Awards. This year our family had not seen many of the nominated films and Ramona’s favorite actress Jennifer Lawrence was missing but none-the-less we enjoyed the tongue-tied hosts welcoming the stars and hearing details about their fashion choices. But it must be said that I really missed Joan and Melissa Rivers. Joan watching from above, no doubt.

Here are some dresses inspired by gowns we saw on the red carpet. The second dress from the left on Ramona’s page is an EMOJI dress. Trend savvy, that one. The croquis are from a book purchased in 2012 at the Gaultier show in San Francisco. Here is a post from that time with more fashion designs by us.

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A little punk rock love song for this month of love. We’ve all been there, right? …Right?

February’s phrase is from the The Stooges’ classic, I Wanna Be Your Dog. This video is from their 2010 UK concert and powerhouse Iggy is 63 years old, YEAH! Note Minuteman co-founder Mike Watt on bass and the jazzy twist this version of the song takes. Full lyrics here, and some interesting tidbits about this 1969 classic from Wikipedia here.

I’ve chosen some favorite short phrases of punk song lyrics to flourishly illustrate these expressions that were of such importance to me and my generation. I’m calling the series #PunkLyric and offering them as free desktop calendar downloads each month. [see full explanation here]

Click image to download for your desktop and please enjoy… and, go discover some new/old music!

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Note: These cannot be used elsewhere or commercially. The artwork is mine and the lyrics are ownership of the original songwriters and bands. Artist and writer Emily McDowell explains the intellectual property copyright limitations for us really well right here.

NickyOvitt_Zacatecas_LetteringLast year I did a lot more lettering— for both paying paying and personal work. These sketches were done on my recent trip to Mexico in November. In the same way that some artists keep a practice of a daily sketchbook, I have begun to letter almost daily. For me, it’s a relaxing way to create with my hands because I need minimal tools and it doesn’t involve the computer. More word work will be posted in my updated portfolio soon.

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Happy New Year, friends!

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As I enjoy my review of 2014 client work and events a personal project that was on the back burner all this past year comes to mind as something that’s ready to see the light of day.

The idea for this lettering work began in late 2013 when again I got to see my all-time favorite band, X play a show here in Petaluma. As hoped, that show was raw, intense, and the anything-is-possible feeling from my youth was re-ignited. In the late 70s and early 80s early punk and hardcore bands like The Clash, X, Gang of Four, Black Flag, T.S.O.L. and The Minutemen were writing songs to inspire, to call attention to social injustice, and to affect change. The poetry of a good punk song represents a DIY culture that proposed we could make a difference if we acted on our beliefs.

I’ve chosen some favorite short phrases of punk song lyrics to flourishly illustrate these expressions that were of such importance to me and my generation. I’m calling the series #PunkLyric Words to live by and I’m offering them as free desktop calendar downloads each month. This month’s phrase is from the Sex Pistols’ classic, God Save the Queen.

Click image to download and please enjoy… and, go discover some new/old music!

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Note: These cannot be used elsewhere or commercially. The artwork is mine and the lyrics are ownership of the original songwriters and bands. Artist and writer Emily McDowell explains the intellectual property copyright limitations for us really well right here.

A bit late for the holiday shopping season, but my 2014 limited-edition tea towels are now here! Fans of our sweet little town can find them in my Etsy shop as well as B St. Mercantile here in Petaluma. Prints of last year’s design are still available at B. St. Mercantile too.

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Busy times in the countdown to the New Year. Have a safe and happy holiday season! Click image to download.

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