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Greg Mercer’s visual journal

Partway there

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It can be frustrating when your subject suddenly shifts their position or heads for the door of the train.  I’ve begun to view this as a kind of cool opportunity to see whether I can salvage the sketch and give it some new direction.  I like this new challenge as it adds something interesting to the game and forces me to deal with what I have in a way I wasn’t anticipating.

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February 14, 2009 at 9:07 am

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Subway Riders Collage

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February 9, 2009 at 9:07 am

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Zoning out to some good tunes

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February 1, 2009 at 9:21 am

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The Perfect Sting

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January 29, 2009 at 8:51 am

Andrew Bird’s Anoanimal

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One of the reasons I love Andrew Bird’ performances is that he lets you follow along as he layers together his complex sound, piece-by-piece.   He just posted a video for his tune Anonanimal on his website, letting you deconstruct his process and witness the song’s evolution.

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I’m also really looking forward to grabbing the limited edition Noble Beast Deluxe Edition, which comes with the instrumental album, Useless Creatures–recorded with Todd Sickafoose and Wilco’s Glenn Kotche–as well as illustrations by the awesome Chicago artist, Diana Sudyka.

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January 26, 2009 at 9:07 am

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Late Night EL Commuter

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My apologies for the inconsistent posting lately.  I’m trying my best to get a handle on a new job and a great–but intense–tshirt design gig.  I’ll follow up with a look at some of these recent designs soon, but for now I hope you enjoy this sketch of a late night EL rider in the Chicago underground.

Thanks for checking out my art as I’m really enjoying this new venue and especially value your feedback.  Enjoy the weekend.

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January 24, 2009 at 12:54 pm

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House Post

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090116_totemThis totem pole towers over most of the others in the North West Coast Native American exhibit.  The raven is the animal I spent time sketching, but a pretty cool “sea bear” sits below him.  This spectacular host post greeted you at the entrance of Charles Edenshaw’s residence before it made its way to the The Field Museum.

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January 16, 2009 at 9:03 am