I was contacted by Free Press Summer Fest this week and they asked me if I could contribute another art installation for this year’s event. Creating my cut out installtions is very time-consuming and there was no way I would be able to put anything together within a week. FPSF actually made the whole process easier for me this year by helping me cut out and build all of my painting. A big “thank you” to Sarah who made the whole process a positive one.
I had only a couple of days so I just painted some familiar images and random images from my practice sketch books
We finally took a photo
Film and Animation have always been a love of mine since my early school years. If anyone knew me more than five years ago, you would always see me with a video camera in hand filming. I was fortunate to make multiple music videos, short films and animation shorts back in those days. Over time I started to branch out creatively and my film/animation was just put on hold.
Recenly, I found my old sketchbooks filled with outlines / storyboards that were meant to be animated . Right now I’m trying to schedule time to finally look through these pages and possibly animate something. So far from what I saw, my perspectives and art styles have changed quite a bit, so I may just make some updates.
I reuploaded an animation that I made in 2009 to my youtube. Please excuse the quality.
I was recently contacted by Hackathon about creating a new poster for their second annual event. I was very happy with the outcome and it sounds like a great event for our city.
Hackathon is an event in which software developers, designers, and data analysts collaborate intensively on data and software projects for the City of Houston. Read more here.
Siddhartha is one of my favorites from Mexico and I will be working with this guy VERY VERY soon. Siddhartha played SXSW two years ago and hopefully I can catch them next time they are in the US .
Siddhartha is a music act from Guadalajara, Mexico. Ex-Former drummer from Zoé, one of the most important Rock-Alternative Bands in Mexico. Now since 2008, Siddhartha has released 2 solo albums and he has been nominated for a Latin Grammy for his debut album “Why You?”. Now, with his 2nd album “Náufrago” Siddhartha has become one of the most important and promising music acts for the Alternative Scene
A few months ago, he released his new album, El Vuelo del Pez and new music video for the song ‘El Aire’. Video below.
I really enjoy painting murals and I hate to have one unfinished, especially, for long periods of time. I started this particular two-story mural sometime ago just before winter . The weather started to get cold so I decided to wait until got warmer. Once winter was over and I scheduled days to paint. There was always something that prevented me from finishing. It’s my goal to have the entire wall finished by the end of summer. I’m looking forward to finishing it. I’ll probably explain more once it is complete.
I received this photo in a text this week. I was in the paper a couple weeks ago and was not aware of it.
Thank you to the Arts Writer at the Chronicle, Molly Glentzer.
Starting this month I will be working with a great band from Wisconsin, Windsor Drive. I designed two previous releases for the band in 2007 which was their first release and an EP in 2011. This year the band is releasing a collection of music specifically for Japan. The band decided this time around they wanted to revisit my art direction of the first record “Meet the Tide” for their Japanese audience.
The new album design will consist of multiple repeating patterns and an entire new color scheme. I have been experimenting as much as possible. I want the album to have the same feel but not too close to the original. A few directions are pictured above.
You can check out one of their music videos below.
I finally finished the gigposter for Tokyo Police Club. I thoroughly enjoyed creating this poster mainly because I was limited to only two colors (R&B). I was very happy with the outcome and happy that the Tokyo side liked it too. I have a couple available. Email if interested – michaelcxrodriguez@@gmail.com
I stopped by the Lady Lazarus print shop to sign over a hundred posters for the Tokyo show here in Houston. Below
I am currently putting together a design for one of my favorites, The Menzingers. The Menzingers have been my most recent bands that has made my favorite list. I remember I was walking out of a store and all of a sudden I heard the chorus for their song ‘Mexican Guitars’. I stopped and had to go back into the store to figure out who they were.
The Menzingers – Mexican Guitars
I just painted a new mural on the gallery walls of Avis Frank Gallery in the Heights for Sunday Streets HTX. Unfortunately, a storm hit Houston right in the middle of my painting and lots of my paint started to drip off the wall. (see photo below). I was able to go back throughout the week to repaint and finish my portion of the wall.