Ashley Wood

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

About a year or so ago, Karen and I strolled into The Secret Headquarters in Silverlake, LosAngeles. The shop can be described as a sort of grown up version of a traditional comic bookstore, only made to be a bit on the hip side of the spectrum. As I paroused the shelves and displays, a distorted impressionistic soldier book cover caught my curious yet dumbstruck gaze.

Dos Tarino by Ashly Wood
My brain couldn't quite map or find any frame of reference where to place these wild yet very evocative illustrations.  The unnecessary Catholic guilt managed to creep up once the sexual themes started appearing which sort of sent me into a conclusion of "this must be all perverted content". But the color schemes, anatomy distortions, and other line work were so technically sound that I managed to put my prejudices aside and bought the book.

 Ashely Wood is the dreamer of this sexually charged mecha world. It's definitely worth giving his work a glance, and perhaps even picking up one his pieces or books.

Cina Associates

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


-Glider by The Sight Below-

In the last several years the indie elctro label, Ghostly International has managed to pull in a slew of new, not so DJ centric music acts and with that comes the great album art work that ties into the branding and identity of these soundscapes. Which brings us to "The Sight Below" - a solo Seattle based ambient electronic act that managed to grab my attention in early 2010 with it's repetitive tempo beats and dreamy guitar riffs.  At the same time I was equally pulled in by this organic album cover done by Michael Cina Associates - "an innovative and unconventional design and graphic studio. Our focus is to go beyond traditional studio work by integrating creative professionals with diverse backgrounds and talent. Every project is treated uniquely based on the special needs of our client – one solution does not fit all. We strive to give our clients quality solutions that they can’t get anywhere else." 

I suppose I'm drawn into the piece because of the organic-terrain esque nature which is certainly a departure from the print design found on most covers of this and similar genres.