This weekend I was playing catch-up on a few projects, this being one of them.
My good friend Chris is as metal a bass player as it gets. He is also a skilled craftsman who has made multiple bass guitars for himself. In succession with his basses he had a flash of inspiration and decided to start building his own kit petals and effects boxes with the hope of having his network of art and design comrades do a little something to make the hardware one-of-a-kind.
He asked me to do a piece on a fuzz effects box. This box creates some sort of nasty distortion or fuzz making it a monster in itself. He of course envisioned some sort of creature on it but past that I was free to work my magic. With the nob and button holes and the image of something gross and fuzzy churning in my head the concept of a tarantula fuzz effects box seemed perfect.
Now, my experience with acrylic paints is pretty limited so deciding to use that as my medium was a risk. I relied heavily on light layering and dry brush techniques to (somewhat) hide my amateurish brush strokes. Even with the lack of painting skills I surprised myself and made a piece of art I’m quite proud of. Not to mention this project was a wonderful escape from the digital world. Just me, a paint brush and some bassy music. I don’t even know where the 8 hours I spent on this box went, which is probably a sign that I need to do more things like this, if only for the feeling of getting my hands a little dirty.