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I have been digging deep into my digital illustration archive searching for forgotten gems to sell on my Crated store. My archaeological excavation has revealed that the 33 year old Dustin Parker is a better artist that the 23 year old Dustin Parker. Here are 4 digital illustrations from 2006 that I would consider to be the cream of the crop from that time period. 2006 is a significant year because my digital illustrations shifted away from Robert Rauschenberg style digital collages and crude drawings and started to resemble the work I am creating today. Hopefully the 43 year old Dustin Parker will have this shit figured out.

I always start the weekend with an ambitious list of tasks I hope to accomplish over the weekend and I ALWAYS fail to accomplish every task on my list. Every Monday this colossal failure haunts me and claws at my gut and I am tormented by my inability to be a productive human and artist. However, this weekend I made an effort to make a list of the “Shit I Got Done” and the “Shit I Still Need To Do” and I was surprised to discover that I actually got some shit done over the Labor Day weekend.

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My good friend Wade “Hate” Hampton challenged me to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with a very awesome video that would make David Lynch proud. You can watch Wade’s video HERE.

I grew up watching WWF wrestling and I wanted my ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Video to pay homage to the insane theatrics of professional wrestling. I created my very own professional wrestling alter ego the DUSTMASTER. My biggest inspirations were Macho Man Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior.

The black ooze coming out of my mouth is a tribute to Wade Hate and his Art Brut Film crew.

I had a blast making the video. I hope you enjoy the insanity!

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A MESSAGE FROM THE DUSTMASTER

“Hey brother, Wade Hampton challenged the DUSTMASTER to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and I accepted. After many battles in the wrestling ring sometimes even the mightiest warriors mix up an acronym or two. head trauma is a bitch! I challenge Jonathan Wood, Kevin Wildt, and Ian Blume. Big thanks to my little brother Alex Cendrowski for being the camera boy.”

- The DUSTMASTER

Learn more about Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and the ALS Association at www.alsa.org.

I survived a hellish week of paper jams, tight deadlines and long hours at the 9-5. My design mojo is depleted and the remainder of the evening will be dedicated toward regenerating my creative juices and fighting the sharp stabby pain in my right ear with Ibuprofen and homemade manicotti. I’m excited to start my 3 day weekend because I have a very long list of things I hope to accomplish with my extra day of “leisure” time. I wish it was a 4 day weekend but the giant stack of orders on my desk refuse to let me stay away for too long. I’ll have to cash in my vacation hours another day.

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On Friday I received a Facebook message from professional wrestler The Almighty Sheik informing me that he was a fan of my illustration of Billy Corgan and wished to speak with me concerning a project involving the one and only Billy Corgan. The project was a concert poster design / illustration for Billy Corgan’s upcoming solo acoustic concert at Ravinia. If you don’t already know, The Smashing Pumpkins is my favorite band. I listen to the Smashing Pumpkins every day. I’m also a HUGE fan of ZWAN and Billy Corgan’s solo album “The Future Embrace.” Working on an “OFFICIAL” poster illustration for a Billy Corgan concert is on the very top of my bucket list. The Almighty Sheik informed me that another artist was also in the running and that Billy would decide the victor. The poster needed to have an early 70’s singer songwriter vibe and appeal to an older crowd. More Neil Young / Bob Dylan rather than the angst and melancholy of 1995 Billy. I explored the darkest corners of Google in search for the perfect reference photos of Billy. During my search I noticed that Billy loves to wear scarfs and I thought it might be a fun visual element to play with. I also wanted to draw a happier more lighthearted portrait of Billy. I started working on the portrait Monday evening when I finished my shift at the 9 to 5. (or in my case the 10-7). Fueled by large quantities of black coffee and hundreds of Smashing Pumpkins songs I frantically worked until 5am. The poster illustration was 95% finished. By then I was delusional from sleep deprivation and caffeine overload, my drawing hand was killing me and my vision was getting blurry. I just didn’t have enough juice to conquer that last 5%. I need to catch some Z’s to regain some much needed illustration mojo. After a couple hours of sleep I had enough juice to cross the finish line. I was happy with the end result. I could have easily spent another 20 hours nit picking this and that but at some point you just have to stop and call it “finished.” 

Unfortunately, my poster illustration was not selected to be the official poster. I was disappointed but not defeated. It was a moment of validation. Receiving that message from The Almighty Sheik was a sign that I’m heading in the right direction. I have a little more confidence that my artistic choices are leading me down the right path. I’m not completely lost in the wilderness. I ALMOST designed an OFFICIAL poster for Billy Corgan. I can’t complain.

Here is my poster illustration with and without text.

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Click HERE to see the official poster design for Billy Corgan’s Ravinia concert.

 

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