Saturday, December 17, 2016

Pizza Planet Collages

(Dec. 2, 2016)
Time to talk about the Pizza Planet collage series. I've dated the pieces according to what day I finished them, which is pretty much one after the other over a period of four days.
I'm not sure why I decided to do these, but I felt a spontaneous urge to use up the scraps of Pizza box left from when I made tags for the Lime Grocery book. Something about it seemed oddly fun, even if the pictures don't make total sense to the eye of anyone else but myself.
Above is the first picture I started, and have named it "Out of this world pizza"(measures 12x6''). The flying saucer larger than nearby planets is the mother ship of alien beings from some far off universe. Who knows what the ship is doing in this scene-preparing for takeover, calling home, observing other planets in the nearby solar system as part of a peaceful culture study, lots of possibilities can apply.
The Culinary Circle symbols of the box reminded me of planets. That was the start and inspiration of the series. Any accents (stars and other details) added to the images were applied using jell pens and markers of different kinds.
(Dec. 3, 2016)
"Culinary Moons" (measures 12x6) the second collage made in the series, has to be one of my favorites. Like all of the images, I used scrapbook paper and parts of a pizza box to create the full picture.

I like to think that this image is a display of one of the inhabitants on one of the moons that the pizza ship is observing.

The woman is kneeling as she tells a dramatic story about the moons, her hands placed in such a way that to the eager listeners it appears she's throwing one of the moons into the air like a ball.
She may be telling a story about the moons, or for all we know, some people of this planet may be worshipers of the stars and celestial bodies. The story teller in her robes may be some kind of priestess, as her clothes might suggest, her belt/shawl a sign of authority.

Even sillier is that I think the words "ultra thin crust" are kind of like a description of how some of the ground is on these moons, thin and crackled over certain dry, desert like terrain. some of the land is treacherous due to the fact the earth is thin, and below in some valleys are underground caverns that cause the land above to cave in if even the slightest shift in weight occurs.

The rocks of the planet look kind of like fire, something I didn't intend, but it seems to add an interesting touch to the alien landscape.

Both images of the moon planet and the ship outside of it align to complete the culinary circle symbol. I found that to be a fun coincidence.
(Dec. 4, 2016)
"Sriracha Sunset" (12x9''). On one of the other moons, a dweller waves her control stick (a wand with buttons on it that also serves as a key) at the single person ship in the distance. She wants to make sure the ship is locked while she has a small lunch on the outdoor patio of the sriracha pizza palace.
I made a scan of the image before adding foreground elements, just to show the basic scenery built upon brown sketch paper with rocks and a colorful sky done in marker.
(Dec. 3, 2016)
"Pineapple Pizza Cruiser" (measures around 4x 2.5'') One of the small ships for search and observation missions sent out by the mother pizza ship. This cruiser is still pretty large for a spacecraft, and hovers above the terrain of the Culin Moon planet, searching for life.
(Dec. 5, 2016)
"Electric Live" (measures approximately 6x4'') , a poster for a music concert on the third, most advanced moon planet of the Culin solar system. The letters were scraps that I drew out and cut by hand, framed things with jell pen, and created the dancing disco robot using scraps of pizza box art and colored pencils. The title and theme were inspired by an actual music group, Electric Light Orchestra.
(Dec. 4, 2016)
"Lectri Bird" (left, measure approx. 3x 4.2'') "Srirar Moon Bird" (right, measures approx. 2.5x 3.5''). Also made using scraps, marker, and jell pen, these two peacock like bird species are of the Culin moons.

They could stand to be separate species, or the same, one being male and the other female. The larger Lectri bird would be the male, and their full name classification would be a "Sriarlectri". 
These birds were a result of me challenging myself to use the most minuscule of scraps, including the inverted part of the paper I used to create letters for my Electric Live image.

I imagine these pictures to be simplified representations of the birds, hieroglyphic images done by the inhabitants of the Culin moons. The male Lectri bird guards a nest and box of treasure placed on an alter. this bird may be a pet of someone's, and serves as a guard. The male's warning call is like an alarm which it sounds whenever someone gets too close to the nest, hence scaring off anyone trying to steal the treasure box.

Female Electri birds tend to be more active at night, and chirp different calls during each moon phase, tending to migrate wherever the moon shines brightest in a month. This is why the bird is shown looking up at the stars under the moon.
(Dec. 4-5, 2016)
"Shroom Juice" (Dec. 4, 2016-left, measures 2.5x 3.5''). 
"Mt. Culin Stamp" (Dec. 5, 2016- right, measures approx. 1.5x 1 3/8'').

 Even the smallest of scraps were used to create an ATC and a stamp sized image.

Shroom juice is some kind of odd drink on one of the Culin Moons, possibly a drink for health which can either aid an illness or cause you to feel ill if you don't need it.

Mt. Culin is a land mark of the Culin moon. The little man at the top of the mountain raises his arms in triumph after planting his flag in the ground upon reaching the top of the dusty, desert cliff among the cacti, a sign of strength.
(Dec. 4, 2016)
And finally "Star Port I.D." (measure approx. 4x4'') is essentially a badge you get for traveling in space craft leaving the Star Port, a celestial train station basically.
Since a lot of the shapes in these collage pieces may not be identifiable to the unknowing eye, I may create sketches of what I see when looking at the images, a way to help others see it too. :)

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