SXSW Cut & Paste

The kind folks at Cut & Paste invited me and my amigo Justin Maller down to Austin to participate in their SXSW showcase and "design battle" against the superhero team Demo (Justin Fines) and SuperDeux (Sebastien Roux)... Bear in mind I've been to these before, and each time I was filled with fear and anxiety for the competitors for subjecting themselves to such pressure and pain. It's funny thing things you agree to when offered promises of travel, meeting cool people.... and the hope that facing your fears will far outweigh the temporary pain and humiliation of potentially making a fool of yourself in front of lots of people. Afterall, I'd JUST given a talk in Cincinnati about the positive adverse effects of "Fucking-up." So yes, all those things, indeed happened—it was terrifying, but a few days later, I can't remember any of the discomfort, only the fun I had being around 3 awesome guys and visiting Austin for the first time. Justin, Justin, Seb: so awesome getting to be in your company. And a huge thank you to John, Hannah, and Pointroll for having us.

***

Below are some pictures of the trip and event (mixture of my own photos and photos taken by the Cut & Paste team, so all photos are not my own).

Setting up day of. Someone else's computer?  Photoshop 6 I've never used before? Cintiq I've never used before? Improvise stuff in 20 minutes in front of lots of people? Collaborate with new person for first time? Overcome social anxiety? Sure, why not. No big deal.

Setting up day of.

Someone else's computer?  Photoshop 6 I've never used before? Cintiq I've never used before? Improvise stuff in 20 minutes in front of lots of people? Collaborate with new person for first time? Overcome social anxiety? Sure, why not. No big deal.

IMG_0788.jpg
IMG_0823.jpg
IMG_0824.jpg
cpsxsw12.jpg
cpsxsw05.jpg
cpsxsw07.jpg
cpsxsw04.jpg
cpsxsw02.jpg
cpsxsw09.jpg
Analog meets digital.

Analog meets digital.

sxsw_2013_021.jpg
sxsw_2013_022.jpg
sxsw_2013_025.jpg
cpsxsw03.jpg
cpsxsw06.jpg
cpsxsw08.jpg
You guys didn't tell me I would have to speak...

You guys didn't tell me I would have to speak...

cpsxsw10.jpg

The next day was full of as much Austin exploring as we could get in the fore hours before splitting right off for the airport again. Downtown Austin is kind of gridlock during SXSW and I was sort of more into seeing some nature, eating some food, and getting a feel for the city than doing SXSW stuff, so that's what we did.

Justin Fines and Sebastian on our way down to the springs.

Justin Fines and Sebastian on our way down to the springs.

Just so happened to be randomly driving around with Justin and Sebastian when we spotted their old friend Tristan Eaton in graffiti park working on his several day mural job. Here are the dudes catching up with Tristan on a little break.

Just so happened to be randomly driving around with Justin and Sebastian when we spotted their old friend Tristan Eaton in graffiti park working on his several day mural job. Here are the dudes catching up with Tristan on a little break.

IMG_0909.jpg
IMG_0914.jpg
Twenty minutes of listening to Tristan talk about his work was maybe the most inspiring parts of the whole Austin trip. He just loved making stuff so much that it truly felt contagious.

Twenty minutes of listening to Tristan talk about his work was maybe the most inspiring parts of the whole Austin trip. He just loved making stuff so much that it truly felt contagious.

Said hi to the guys at Public School. They have a pretty amazing space with great big garage doors that open to the street and gorgeous standing desks. Very nice guys. Thanks for saying hi!

Said hi to the guys at Public School. They have a pretty amazing space with great big garage doors that open to the street and gorgeous standing desks. Very nice guys. Thanks for saying hi!

Detroit airport on the way in from Cincinnati to Austin. Concourse fun.

Detroit airport on the way in from Cincinnati to Austin. Concourse fun.

Wrapped the trip up in strange airports with layovers. There's something comforting about traveling alone and being with yourself, detached from everything you know. Said goodbye to Memphis in the wee hours snuggled up at a formica bar with Makers Mark and maraschino cherries in little plastic tumblers. Just a few hours later I'm back to reality without skipping a beat. 

Wrapped the trip up in strange airports with layovers. There's something comforting about traveling alone and being with yourself, detached from everything you know. Said goodbye to Memphis in the wee hours snuggled up at a formica bar with Makers Mark and maraschino cherries in little plastic tumblers. Just a few hours later I'm back to reality without skipping a beat. 

_texture01.jpg
_texture02.jpg
_texture03.jpg

And very lastly, here's a sampling of the kind of stuff I made on stage for the faceoff. The assignment was to make a representation of the surface of Pluto. Justin makes incredibly detailed Photoshop illustrations and all my work starts analog (something I don't think the Cut & Paste folks realized when they invited me, hahaha, surprise!) so Justin and I thought it would be cool to combine some handmade alien textures or drawings I'd make on the fly as surface textures to some 3D renderings he'd be constructing simultaneously on Cinema 4D. Justin has been making an abstract daily illustration for a personal project called "Facets" so which was a rough direction for the alien fortress on Pluto. We really liked the idea of combining something really low-tech feeling with something pretty high-tech feeling. Basically all I ended up being good for was making some watercolor textures like the above as well as constructing some mini-moons. While I brought paper and did attempt some pencil sketching on stage, it turned out to be way not enough time and way too much pressure to draw anything usable. Sorry Justin. All in all, I think we were pretty proud of doing something terrifying, and pulling a scene together on the fly in less time than it takes me to get dressed in the morning. :)