#9 Ghosts & Goblins released today

I released my lat­est edi­tion today to my Amper­Art sub­scribers. It’s enti­tled “Ghosts & Gob­lins.” The image will mate­ri­al­ize here in a few days. To receive Amper­Art as soon as each edi­tion is released just sub­scribe and get many oth­er bonus­es too.

Do you know the difference between ghosts, goblins and ghouls?

Ghosts are thought to be souls of the dead. They are dis­em­bod­ied spir­its seen as vague or translu­cent shapes, which the white sheet cos­tume rep­re­sents. “Ghost” comes from the Old Eng­lish “gast,” refer­ring to the soul, spir­it, life and breath.

Gob­lins are mis­chie­vous and even mali­cious, char­ac­ter­ized as a grotesque  form of elf. “Gob­lin” comes from the Ger­man word kobold,a mis­chie­vous house­hold spir­it which is some­times nice and sings to chil­dren, but also acts like a mean lit­tle kid hid­ing stuff around the house, kick­ing peo­ple and throw­ing tantrums. (Guess my par­ents would con­sid­er me a goblin.)

Then there are ghouls, quite dis­gust­ing crea­tures that feast on corpses and chil­dren. “Ghoul” goes back to the Ara­bic lan­guage, where “gha­la” means “he seized.”

#10 Crazy & Different

AmperArt #10 Crazy & Different

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Upon read­ing of Steve Jobs’ pass­ing, I felt almost the same way as I did on Decem­ber 15, 1966…

As I was fold­ing papers for my paper route, the head­line caught my eye:


I went numb and cried. Both Dis­ney and Jobs were vision­ar­ies, cre­ative genius­es, demand­ing per­fec­tion­ists, and they both died much too young.

My first lap­top was the very first Tita­ni­um G3 – it couldn’t even burn a cd, it was such an ear­ly mod­el. (I’ve since learned to wait for ver­sion 2 or 3.) I was so proud of that thing. It was the ulti­mate in styl­ish design. I didn’t even care if there was a com­put­er inside the case, it was just beau­ti­ful to look at. That’s what I appre­ci­ate most about Steve – he made every­thing with class, from the way it works to the way it looks and feels, even down to the mar­ket­ing and advertising.


M‑I-​C… See how insane­ly great this world is today.

K‑E-Y…Why? Because of vision­ary genius.

After Walt passed away the com­pa­ny stum­bled for awhile, but the “cast mem­bers” and fans of Dis­ney have so much soul that they got it back on its feet. We’ll always won­der what else Walt would have cre­at­ed had he lived longer, and sure­ly we won­der that about Steve. But just like Dis­ney, Apple has such a strong desire to be a class act and pro­duce class prod­ucts, sup­port­ed by its incred­i­bly loy­al fans, that Steve would prob­a­bly be proud of what his peo­ple con­tin­ue to invent and polish.

I designed this poster hon­or­ing Steve Jobs, as a spe­cial edi­tion in my Amper­Art poster series.

The words are straight from of one of Steve’s speeches.

No doubt Walt and Steve are think­ing up the next insane­ly great idea in vision­ary heaven.

Production notes:
Original size: 20 x 30 inches
Program: Photoshop (coulda used Illustrator — probably started out as an entirely different concept for which Photoshop would be required)
Font: Myriad (Apple’s marketing font family)
Ampersand: Myriad, sans one delicious byte