Friday Art #3 (Fake Book Edition 1)

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fake book cover - deep tuna

I always wanted to be a painter or illustrator. But I also wanted to eat regularly, so I prostituted myself and became a graphic designer.

In truth, graphic design was in many ways the perfect fit for a smart ass like myself. It gave me the opportunity to offend in both words AND pictures.

Eventually I learned to curb my natural inclination to insult and mock, and modified that "talent" into more productive ends, like irony and visual humor. That was where I was most at home as a designer and illustrator: conveying messages with visual pizzaz and a wink or two mixed in. When done well, it was an irresistible combination.

Not all clients appreciated such an angle of attack on their audience, and this was always a bit frustrating to me.

Fortunately, I sometimes had (and have) a little time where my mind and hands are idle. In those times I like to indulge myself and do whatever the hell I want. Occasionally something fun is born from the exercise.

Fun, but almost entirely useless, like this one, titled "Deep Water".

illustration - deepwater

In other words, Monday.

To what use could I possibly put such a work?

Such exercises for idle hands provided me with a lot of extra art that I didn't know what to do with, so a couple years ago I took a few of those illustrations and imagined them as book covers, adding titles and the usual marketing copy. Here's "Deep Water" as book cover art.

fake book cover - deep tuna

The surprise ending is delicious.


Steve Merryman is a cranky old fart. He writes about things that make him tick, and things that tick him off. You may object to his views; you may think he's a moron; and you might wish to tell him so. In return he would remind you that his lack of concern for your feelings is only exceeded by his indifference to your opinions. Good day, Sir!

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