Old Man Pants

So I haven’t had a lot of time to make a lot of art. I’m also having trouble getting out to see what’s new. I feel like I might be wearing old man pants soon. Really, what’s been happening is that I’ve taken a step back to look at what is really important to me this year. I’ve been focused on becoming a better designer and being really good at that. I absolutely love to draw and paint, but I feel that the world is moving so fast right now that I need to spend some time with really learning how to add finesse to responsive web design.

We do a ton of great stuff at White Lion on the daily, but there are so many new things that come up every day. Mainly, how does it work and how do we create a process around it? I recently redesigned the White Lion website with the help of my team. We did a lot of cool stuff and added as many bells and whistles as we could along the way. We even created a fun page to help explain what responsive web design is all about. Additionally, they even sent me to the Artifact Conference earlier this year which was a designers paradise for things to come. You can read my recap on the White Lion blog.

It’s absolutely where the future lies. I just need to figure it out. In the near future I plan to redesign my site to really dive in and figure out this responsive web design mumbo jumbo.

So Long East Tour

All that being said, I decided to take a break from the East Austin Studio Tour this year. After about seven years on the tour, I feel like it may have run its course for me. I still love it, but this year I am looking forward to visiting other artist and walking away with a pant load in these old man slacks.

 

Charlie Chauvin Hustle Every Day

Above is my 2013 Arthouse 5×7 submission. It sold just like every other one I have donated to them. It’s amazing to me to think that people like these enough to want to keep buying them. From what I can remember, I’ve submitted at least nine and all have sold for $100 each to help benefit their organization. Wow!

Charlie Chauvin Just A Simple Dude

Above didn’t start out to be but ended up turning into somewhat of a self portrait. It’s probably the last piece I will have created as an East Austin Studio Tour participant from 2012.

Without a Paddle?

About a month ago I was approached by David Lowe of Origin of Cool and asked to create a design for a ping pong paddle. I almost blew off the opportunity because I was just plain busy. I was also up a creek without an idea. I finally got it together and was surprised how well the video and Kickstarter project came together.

They still need your help, so if you have any interest at all, please consider jumping on board. This project won’t be funded and my paddle won’t be produced unless they meet their goal.

Here is the Official Press Release:

Table tennis (or ping-pong) has had a tough time of breaking into the mainstream. Despite being the second most played sport in the world, the image of players wearing headbands, an all white sports kit and using red and black paddles is not exactly one that gets the heart racing.

Uberpong aims to change all that by combining great art and design with ping-pong paddles. Graphic designers, illustrators and artists from around the world have contributed their work and this will be printed professionally onto the rubber.

“Andre Agassi changed the way tennis was perceived when he wore crazy outfits on his way to winning Grand Slam tournaments,” says founder David Lowe. “We want to do a similar thing with ping-pong. The Uberpong ping pong paddle designs are an extension of your personality. We want you to play with style,”

Uberpong is a Kickstarter project and we need your help to hit our funding target. If we miss it, we get nothing! For more information, visit:  http://www.weheartpong.com

 

Enjoy the Ride – ArtCrank 2012

Did you make it to ArtCrank Austin 2012? If you did you may have noticed my poster below. It was a great event thanks to Charles Youel. I received tons of support and sold quite a few! I was even featured on the ATX Thillist write-up  about the ArtCrank show. I’ve still got a handful left, so if you are interested, please use the paypal button below and I will send one your way!

Enjoy The Ride – Artcrank 2012
Limited edition (40) by Charlie Chauvin
18×24 Screen Print on Paper
$40.00 +shipping




Charlie Chauvin Enjoy the Ride ArtCrank 2012

Charlie Chauvin Enjoy the Ride ArtCrank 2012 detail

Charlie Chauvin Enjoy the Ride ArtCrank 2012 detail

Love is Sweet, Like Candy Corn!

Man oh man, I haven’t posted anything here in a while. I promise I have been busy. Almost too busy. Here is a custom candy corn commission I did for a co-worker. I had some left over 5×7 art boards and they said, “I want candy corns – GO!” So this is what I came up with. It’s like love birds, but they are candy corn and why are they on a wire, I don’t know. That’s just what comes out. Funny thing is that my son now sees shoes hanging from the street pole wires now.  Maybe I should have put shoes hanging from the wire. Next time.

For Esme Barrera

For Esme Barrera
My brother Larry Chauvin is a teacher at Casis Elementary, so I have been following the news closely on Esme Barrera’s unfortunate passing. Then just yesterday he asked if I could put a graphic together they could use to put on stuff in her honor. I did not know her but I kept hearing how she was a lover of music. In my head I just kept seeing someone rocking out with their rock hands. Because that’s what you do when you love music that much right? It’s the ultimate sentiment that this band rocks and I just gotta show it. I swear, the idea just came to me and I just started to draw it out on a napkin. As I did, my wife says, “You know that is also the sign for love – right?” That’s when I knew this could be cool if I actually did it right.

Bottom line is this is a terribly tragic story and my heart sank knowing the community lost a great person like Esme Barrera and my brother lost a good friend and co-worker. It was really the least I could do to honor her.

Please feel free to use the graphic wherever you’d like and do with it as you will. Please continue to honor Esme Barrera in every way you can. The Austinist has been posting a collection of links of where you can find more information on how you can help and Waterloo also posted a wonderful tribute page to learn more about Esme.

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