Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Caricature


I did this caricature for a little competition going on right now... Just found out about it on monday and drew this up quickly in order to take part. The competition is to do a caricature of this dude, Jason Seiler, who is a fantastic artist, and someone I admire. You should take a look at his blog, it's very entertaining and inspiring! http://jasonseilerillustration.blogspot.com/

Thursday, October 29, 2009

War

I've just begun to read the book "Hiroshima", and a close friend sent me a tragically poignant quote that I thought I would share...
In reference to WWII:

Many intellectuals and artists were disillusioned by the war. The
philosopher Bertrand Russell said,

"All this madness, all this rage, all this flaming death of our
civilization and our hopes, has been brought about because a set of
official gentlemen, living luxurious lives, mostly stupid, and all
without imagination or heart, have chosen that it should occur rather
than that any one of them should suffer some infinitesimal rebuff to his
country's pride."

Monday, October 26, 2009

Hip




Finally got around to finishing this happy guy up...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Quick sketch before more work!




This is on a bizarre kind of vinyl material... it's very smooth, like masonite, but can be stretched over board or on stretchers. It would certainly need a varnish to protect it, and over all I don't trust it's stability, but it's good for a quick sketch!

Friday, August 21, 2009

TIGERCITY - Shell




Here is a little drawing I did for the band Tigercity, who, with the release of their new album, 'ANCIENT LOVER', are about to rule the world... Honestly this album is amazing, and anyone would be a better person for owning a copy...

Here's a blog that talks about Tigercity, their new album and has a track you can listen to... check it out...

http://stereogum.com/archives/mp3/new-tigercity-fake-gold_085161.html#more


Thanks to Casimir Krupinsky, the hauncho responsible for all Tigercity's artwork, for letting me be a part of this project...
For the sake of full disclosure he and I have been nude together, but to be fair there was also a life-size cut out of Britney Spears and about ten other nude people... I regret nothing.



http://casimirkrupinsky.com/
Try to convince him to get his shit together with this site...

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Cheeks



Little study I started... never finished - bad habit of mine!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I Just Read That People Are No Longer Afraid Of The Term "Global Warming"





Here is my sardonic illustration of the world policy towards global warming!!! Yeah!!!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Dad




I had so much fun with the self portrait I just did, that I thought I would do a few more little portraits. So... I thought it would be neat to do one of my father, and maybe another of my brother, or my mother... or all of 'em. So here is the charcoal sketch of my Dad. It's the same size as the self portrait I just did. I decided to leave this sketch really loose, I can correct any details in the painting. I've got to get back to other work today, but tomorrow I'll start painting on this one, and post the progress as I go...

Finished




Well, I got going and finished it without thinking again about documenting... That's my problem, my mind wanders away and leaves me here doing something, then comes back later and gets all indignant about how I didn't do what I was supposed to be doing! Anyway, I spent about three hours on this little guy... so there you have it! Questions?

Continued




So I started by laying in a background color... This being a quick painting I didn't want to put anything other than a solid color. I started to block in colors into the hat too before remembering to document what I was doing. So there you have it: step two.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Self Portrait in Progression




I thought I might do a little 4X6 painting, and put up a progression of it as it goes... So this is the first step: a quick charcoal sketch on a piece of primed board. I used compressed charcoal, a smudge stick, some beer, and a kneaded eraser. I'll be posting each step I do through the process!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Hip Hippopotamus




A small sketch, one sitting, about a ton of fun. Still working on commissions so not a lot of little goodies to put up... and it's looking like this trend will be continuing for a while. I'll do what I can though. With an upcoming project I'll be posting the whole process of creating it; starting with the pre-sketches all the way through to the finished piece. so check back all of you!

Cheers!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Not To Mention...





In theory this was/may be an example of a comic strip for a local news paper... this was the sort of thing envisioned anyway. It's only a mock up, and only half of the project at that, but the concept was to do these wonkey cityscapes of local towns set to interesting non-sequitur style writing... in this case you are only seeing the first half of the image and the writing, so it doesn't quite make sense... if it ever will!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Destroy The Symbol

I’ve gathered you all here: symbolic.
A wish, suspicion, unknown, yet knowing,
The doors between us, paper-thin, absorb,
And find us finding and putting to sleep: a candle,
Gently blowing.

You grew me, enlightened,
Side beyond side, hand beyond hand.
You spoke to me, my voice, a ghost whisper,
But faintly faded and folded unfinished,
Awaiting my welcome: a new flame,
Well fanned.

We are the snake, the taste of tail,
The sense of de ja vu in search of departure.
You are here to feast with me, the future,
Digest the present, destroy the circle,
In this moment: life and light are simple,
Together, alive, destroy the symbol.

They follow: a cipher, a sound misplaced.
Believing, silent, estranged and strangers,
All cling to a solid: All cling to the base.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Dinner with only one N



Here is a piece of a larger drawing I started but may never finish... It's meant to be a fun illustration, and the plan was to match it with some text, unfortunatly I just don't have the time to work on it. I haven't posted anything for a while, so I thought I would put something up!

Friday, April 10, 2009

A Simple And Quick Sketch

This was done in a short sitting... just for fun. It's a small painting done on linen stretched on a board.. I left it unfinished because some things should be. Thats all for the moment. Working on portraits, not a lot of time to work on other things right now....

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Snow Storm

Another little sketch... still playing with styles. I decided to use the snow storm as a way to push all my colors towards a blue-green value, and I washed it out to simplify it. 

Spooky....

This is a little sketch I did last week. It's an oil wash. I was playing with styles that I might use for a graphic novel I'll be participating in soon  (a zombie story...spooky)... This is a little loose for the final product, but it's a rough idea.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Asleep.

Fin.

Yawning Continued...again...

I've sent the kitties to the background, where they will pine over their fruit forever. Always just out of reach. 
Almost done now... I'll show those of you waiting patiently to see the final soon...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Yawning Continued

The first pass at it... A slight change in design - these things sometimes must happen. Soon you will see the finished product, so stay tuned all of you... Every last none of you.

Fortussimus Quisque Tantum Superest




This the sketch for a new painting called, "Fortissimus Quisque Tantum Superest (Yawning At Fruit)". I think it speaks for itself.


Monday, March 2, 2009

The Aerodynamics of Hope

This is the final painting, of which you were introduced to a small part previously... our birdie is still perched. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Circus

I remember watching a circus man standing in the sawdust circle, shifting his heavy weight from side to side, too concerned  to be truly delighted, yet he smiled and waved. Not too long after the cannon had been rolled out to join him, the crowd was silenced by a clap of thunder.

Today i am that memory. Although, now I am the sawdust on the floor, and the cannonball is the day racing to meet the giant who is standing on my face. In truth, I admire the tenacity of this gullivarian creature, though I much admit, if I where more than the faint dusting of a once arboreal life, or at the least of lilliputian stature, I would tie this giant down after he was toppled.

Corruption is both learned and innate, and everyone seeks trophies to prove that they have learned otherwise and that they have overcome what is... 

Tonight I hope to be the circus tent.

Finch

This is a close up of a larger painting, of which our finch friend here is but a supporting role... Check in for the rest of the story soon...

Monday, January 26, 2009

Vacancy

Here is what's on the easel today... 12" x 12" .  It's my commentary on the current housing market...