Tim and Jeremy are both waiters at a restaurant in downtown New York City. During slow times at work, to stave off boredom when it is slow, the two young men draw pictures. These pictures are made using ink and what is called the "Triple Dupe Pad," a book of paper used to place orders in the kitchen. The drawings usually take about a week to make, all the while also being used by fellow employees to take orders; this sometimes leads to other collaborators or in a couple cases, to the loss of the work. The drawings are then scanned and colored in Photoshop where they come to life in stunning technicolor! The subject matter varies from piece to piece, as they are made over a long course of time and under various moods and states of mind. They all retain a playfulness that serves as a coping mechanism after spending a night catering to the endless needs of hungry patrons.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

#15 "Exception to the Rule" Featuring Landon Webb. May 10, 2010

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I don't know where this title came from. I think we could've done a better job naming it. But, like a child, the name you have is the one you are stuck with, until you turn 18 and rename yourself RainbowMoonbeamFace. That is, if you are a hippie. I used to suffer from Hippie-titus. It gets inside your brain and you want to time travel just to see Jimi Hendrix on acid at Woodstock. That said, I am happy that was a part of my life because it helped mold my style of drawing immensely. From the rock and roll posters of the 60's to the psychedelic drawings of Peter Max and freak out comics of R. Crumb. I met him once and he said he had done all his best work (in his mind) while on LSD. That seems kind of weird, and maybe he was just in a sentimental mood that day. This drawing certainly has some acid induced moments even though I am almost positive that none of us were on acid while drawing this picture. Maybe Landon was. Oh no wait, he wasn't on acid. He and Julian had just come in from seeing the new "Nightmare on Elm Street" that came out around that time. I think thats why the hot dog meat kind of looks like Freddy's skin. That, or Landon thought that maybe hot dogs look like that while turning into bunnies and hands to hold martini's. Only he would know. I like how dirty this dupe pad got. There's the food stains on the left hand side that are circled to create some sort of sculpture. I still have this drawing and I can't smell anything on it, and it hasn't molded yet, but I can't figure out what the food that was spilled on it is. It could also be booze since the triple dupe pads usually live near the bar. The stain on the right is definitely wine though. That one is obvious. The stain is in the perfect shape of a Bird of Paradise head. That is why I made it a Bird of Paradise. You should rent the BBC series "Earth" sometime and watch the jungle episode. It is incredible. There is a fungus that takes over ants' brains before killing it. But the Birds of Paradise sections are equally as insane. These birds transform themselves into incredible shapes and sizes just to get laid. It's amazing. If you are too lazy to rent the whole series, you can watch some clips on Youtube. They are way more impressive than the bird I drew here. Finally, what was with this blue pen? It must have been the best pen in the Loup at the time since it has been used in the last two T&J drawings a lot. The thing with these drawings is that we rely on the pens that are handy at the time. A lot of the time they are just the shitty little Papermate pens that sometimes don't work so well. Other times we get an outside pen from some absent minded patron. These sometimes stick around for a while and become the official pen of T&J drawings. This blue inked pen must have been one of those. We'll see if it shows up on number 16!

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