Moving on from how I haven't bothered to write a journal in... a long time, I want to take a minute to talk about my typographical work. I was really moved a few years ago by the harsh realities that exist in the limelight and wanted to do something to express my concerns. It was a weird time for me, personally, and mostly good things came out of it. One of the results was this sort of style that I occasionally like to play with. I like to take a fairly prominent artist and use their most popular song (usually their first one that hits big) and use the lyrics to play with the negative and positive space in some sketch-renderings or line drawings based on that song's album cover. It seems pretty formulaic but it allows a lot more freedom than you might think. I like to emphasize lyrics out of context that hint at deeper meanings - or the lack thereof - in content.
I believe Eminem is a lyrical genius but is trapped by his own fame. His lyrics are inside of his form, showing that they are almost certainly always original but that he is still sort of imprisoned by them. I believe Britney Spears is in a similar situation in that she is trapped but that the vapid lyrics do little more than illustrate her own manufactured nature. Christina is almost a triplet in the series with those two. Rhianna is, I believe, still sort of enjoying her fame and, as such, is depicted in front of her lyrics - they back her and she's allowed to stay the star (mostly) - but her lyrics betray as much as Eminem's about her true state of being. Gaga was fun because I played a lot with the space and ended up with a pretty funky shape. It fits my perception of her - what is Gaga and what is manufactured? Her message is superficial, or seems so on the surface, perhaps intentionally so. I lump Nikki with Rhianna in a sense but she's so clearly a tool of the industry it's easy to show that - but remember that she's still a real person, and so I tried to express that. I really liked the minimalist alternate. In general, I enjoy line work a lot. And then Adele was mostly just me having some fun, aware that her skyrocket to fame would fade from sight pretty soon.
The piece I just uploaded a bit ago, troubletroubletrouble, pushes Taylor as a child sex object, which she so obviously is anyway. You have this risque album pose in black and white with red lettering, all sort of blurred as if in a drug-induced haze or sleazy fog, with the word "trouble" emphasized three times. I don't particularly care for any of these genres or artists as, well, music I would listen to - but I do find that we rarely appreciate them as human beings, sometimes caught up in way more than they ever intended.