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Saturday, April 30, 2011

SITE and SHOP

Hey folks, hope all is well. I'm still lacking direction but I've been keeping busy. Nothing epic to show so far, but there's plenty in the hopper. Just a head's up:
-My official SITE is under construction. I've been trying to figure out things myself, and this web stuff is completely new to me, so bear with me. Most of the new samples in the Portfolio and Sketchbook are things you've seen here. What's on the site now is just a place-holder. I'm still trying to figure out a set-up I'm happy with.
-Some new odds and ends in the SHOP. I'm still doing the poster and sketch combo deal... and what a deal it is! 3 posters picked at random and an original sketch. So far, the sketches sent out have not been sketches, but fully inked pages from portfolio pieces...so buy now! Also, I've been taking out some of my daily anger on wood. Below is a set of Nautical Book Ends I just finished. And below that, a little thank you I carved for my neighbor who's been a real help getting my machinery up to current Mac standards.

Hopefully after this relaxing weekend I'll be able to get my ass in gear and start getting back to some ink work. More soon folks... I swear.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Idle hands are the Devil's sex toys...

Hey folks, hope all is well your end. The past few weeks have been filled with aimless doodles stemming from the inability to organize my thoughts. The following mass of unfinished ink exercises were drawn during downtime at my day-job, which should give you a pretty good idea what's going through my head at the daily grind. Take them with a grain of salt. They are the bastard children, the coarse, malodorous vegetables of boredom, frustration, and longing. Enjoy!
The above is a prime-example of my extreme nerdiness. With Dead and Dreaming coming in the fall, Lovecraft has been on my mind more than food and sex. I've never been a fan of the 'Cthulhu for President' and other crappy Lovecraft shirts floating around the web, so I figured I'd draw up one I could be proud to wear. The colors, if ever finished, would be black, red, yellow, and green.
Next up is some brush work. I've yet to find a happy balance between obsessive hatching and blocky grunge, so I like to go back to the ink-well on occasion to limit my line. The above I really can't explain. If you know me well, it makes vague sense. Below is a quick study done for the 'Art & Design Club' I run for middleschoolers.
The following, also brush and ink, was a sort of exercise in type that ate up a Saturday afternoon and had me ordering candy-corn off the interweb. It's followed by a color-mock up. I'd like to have these done up on shirts...but I don't imagine anybody would wear one but me...and Tim Durning, thanks for the kind words! Again, a perfect example of the themes I am married to till death.

Next is a thumbnail and unfinished inks for a beer label. Steve and Daniel at Bongo Zepto Brewery are awesome dudes. The beer is going to be called something along the lines of Gypsy and the recipe, which I won't divulge, sounds pretty unique. After two failed mailers that went out to a few hundred beer companies, it feels pretty fucking good to be doing a beer label.

The next three is where the fear, self-loathing, and longing come in. It's barely spring and already I want fall. Sure, I'll probably have a bender or two down at the beach this summer, but for the duration I'll be smitten for pumpkin soup, epic foliage, and hayrides.



Below is an image re-posted from my comic-project blog.

And lastly, my Dremmel tool was returned to me...finally. Below is... I'm not sure, but it's got a ways to go.
Thanks for stopping in. I'm not sure what they next few weeks/months will have in store, but there'll be plenty of hate brushed on paper involved. Hopefully the next batch of work will be a little more focused and meaningful. More soon, I promise.