Sunday, January 31, 2010

Fancy Octopus and Black Flower

Little paintings. 5x7 on panel. Didn't blog yesterday because I didn't get much done, I've been feeling ill. Today I managed to do these little fun guys with the aid of DayQuil. With every show it's a good idea to do some smaller paintings for people to buy, as large ones can get quite expensive. I like doing paintings like this because they can be like little painted sketches. You don't have to worry about messing up too much and it allows you some freedom.

Friday, January 29, 2010


9x12 Acrylic on panel.

Well, that was fun. Definitely exploring. I've realized that I had so much fun drawing all the random tattoos that I don't even want to draw the women anymore! This show is going to have a lot of bats. That's gotta be that last one.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

01/28/2010 Work in Progress

I got randomly inspired to do something Psychobilly themed the other day, so this is my work in progress. A lot of the imagery in the Psychobilly scene is the sort of thing I like to draw, so off I went. If you don't know the music, it's basically rockabilly with the stand-up bass and all, crossed punk rock, then injected with evil. I'm not into some things, like hot rod flames, so I'm avoiding that. I'm letting this one have some things left to be resolved as I'm painting because I'm getting tired of being so "tight."

On another note, I'm going to try to blog daily when possible. I think it will make my blog more interesting if you read everything I'm up to, as opposed to just seeing the finished products. This will probably mean blogging about whatever is inspiring me, which will largely be other artists. Let's see how this goes.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Animation on the mind

Thinking more and more about animation, and contemplating doing one of my own. I've got a show opening February 6th at Doublepunch with the fantastic Nate Van Dyke, then a website to build, then I'm free to do new projects. I've always loved animation and wanted to do it, so I think that now with my not having a job or other obligations it might be a good time to expand my horizons. I'll be doing most tasks, but I've asked a good friend of mine to handle the music and audio because I'm not great at those kinds of things. I like being a one man show, but in the interests of time, and quality of the finished product, I need somebody to help. Anyway, that's a long way off.

Here's some animations I saw today that I thought were rad.
SUGIMOTO Kousuke, MANABE Takayuki

Pearl Jam - Do the evolution. Great animation, very dystopic.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Snow Ninja 2: The Comeback

Continuation of my Popsicle Horror theme I suppose. The finish is very different from the color rough, but luckily it looks better (to me). Sometimes it goes the other way. I'm seeing my work moving fast away from reality. I think it started with tattoo's, and now that's transforming into a tattoo/comics/animation hybrid. I'm going to be playing with that. I really envy people who can draw characters well, and I want to improve on that part of my game. A lot of painters tend to depict the same character over and over again. Here's some links to people I've been admiring lately.


Found this article about making caricatures from Mad Magazine. Interesting stuff, I'd like to tone it down a little because sometimes those types of caricatures look too distorted and freak me out.

I've always been a huge animation fan, and I guess that's starting to come through. Definitely worth checking out is John K's blog (creator of Ren and Stimpy). Ren and Stimpy is one of the best shows ever made.

Also Jamie Hewlett (Tank Girl, Gorillaz) who is apparently too big to even need a website.

There's a lot of good English and European comics guys, I think, that I just don't know about, so I'm looking into that. Check out Mick McMahon (the site's being weird, sorry if it doesn't come up). Cool Stuff!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Popsicle Horror

I got into doing this pattern yesterday. It's for my twitter page. The last couple years I've been struggling to reconcile two very different parts of my personality. One part comes from my teenage and college years being influenced by punk and hardcore, and the other comes from my post college years where I came to realize that I was gay. The ensuing dawn of all pervasive happiness strongly affected my tastes in almost everything, but especially in my art. There was a difficult time when my affinity for pink was seeping into record covers for metal bands. The way I've dealt with this duality is to do some pieces that were very dark, and others that were total pop. Now I've figured out what I need to do, which is combine them. I think it's been occurring in the last few paintings, but now that I've got my head around what's happening, the direction is much more clear. I'm calling the style Popsicle Horror because it sounds exactly like the look I have in mind. It has a nice ring as well. I would characterize the style as mixing horror and macabre with a touch of comedy, and fun, saturated, colors. I don't think I'm the first or only artist with a "Popsicle Horror" style either. I'll leave it to you to judge who might be described in that way.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Snow Ninja

I think people like seeing process on art blogs, so I take the time to post the preliminary images. This is pretty straight forward. I'm basically following the same idea as in the last painting: I should just paint whatever makes me happy and not worry about anything else. As is the norm, it seems that the energy of the sketch is lost by the time I get to the finish. One of my goals is to balance that out. I tried doing watercolor-ish washes this time by not sealing the wood, and found it unpredictable, but it worked out pretty well for the clouds. I want to figure out a way to achieve soft washes like Sam Weber and Eric Fortune without working on watercolor paper because I hate framing paintings, and I like working on wood. Anyway, I have a lot of work still to do, so that's all for now, wish me luck!

Friday, January 08, 2010

Octopus Girl

I was bummed a couple days ago because I was rejected for yet another job, so I decided to make myself happy by drawing things that I normally don't allow myself to. Let's face it, the world doesn't need any more tentacle or raven art, and certainly not together, but I still had a lot of fun doing this. I guess that some birds will take the eyes of baby animals, and I've been thinking about that lately. I saw a cat on TV with one eye, and I couldn't help but think "Maybe a raven took it when it was a kitten." Pretty much the most horrible thing I can think of! I really hope that doesn't happen.