Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Small Painting

Inspired to paint. I'm doing this mini painting as a warm up and experiment. Sketching pieces for Bureau project. Getting Otto and Omar just right.
You can see some of my process in the photo. Idea thumbnails in my sketchbook, a rough composition sketch to transfer to wood panel and the drawing on the panel. I got an anatomy book and some anatomy xeroxes for reference. Organs and bonessss....

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Friday, December 11, 2009


I finished this last week but didn't make corrections until now. I'm not exactly happy with it but moving on. I like it for what it is. More details in the previous post.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


So, this has been un-canceled. The publisher really liked the sketch I was told. I still need to make adjustments and corrections for both. Like her overly bendy leg.
It took me a while to get the colors right. With a lot of objects in the piece, getting the right hierarchy can be difficult. Simultaneous contrast gets tricky. I just need to paint more.
I'm so beat.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Hunt & Gather Book Coming Soon!

Oh, I'm so excited. Tina Ziegler (manager of the London Miles Gallery and director of this project), sent me the cover image for Hunt & Gather. It will be released internationally in February (2010)... wow... I just said twenty-ten... how future-y. (Too much coffee sorry). I hope this interests you to buy it when it comes out. Now that work is older though, I must have submitted it last winter. Exposure is exposure...
Find my pieces!

The site is undergoing a makeover, but here is the blog: http://www.huntandgatherart.com/ Has lots of great art posts, take a look.


I'm working on too may things at once. New work soon. How long have I been awake? How mangy Burroughs have I been in and back these past two days? Have I eaten?! Yeah... this is when I do my best work... as long as I don't pass out... or run out of cigarettes and coffee.

I took that stupid banner down. I added a picture of myself. Is that unprofessional? I really need some guidance, I feel like such an idiot and that I'm doing everything wrong. Mostly with everything that doesn't involve me drawing or painting, but dealing with others and representing myself.
I'll figure it out eventually. People skills were never my strong suit. If anyone would like to throw some advice at me, I'm open.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

95% Feline

This was originally a sketch for the lyric book I'm collaborating on. I was accidentally told the wrong song, so this is rejected. Boo... because I really like this. I'm finishing it for myself.
Here is the corrected drawing with some color added digitally. It's planned to be a limited color piece. The Antler Room piece I really want to finish too... too busy :/

"Ninety-five Percent" was the song it was drawn to. "Feline" is the renamed title. Here is an excerpt from that song if you're curious:

"Ninety-five percent of the time
Fucking bores her out of her mind
Whether she admits or denies
It's not every day that someone opens her thighs
The poor fools who think otherwise
Will be cuckolds all of their lives
When it's time to work the flesh
She is very often depressed
If she hears no beating heart
Her body will not play the part"

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Postcard and revisions

*edit* Oh man! Thank you Lauren for saying something. I didn't realize how crazy the post office is. You can't send postcards with rounded corners for one... here: http://www.overnightprints.com/usps
SAVE that link! Gives you all the info to avoid being punished by nazi mailmen.

I did my new mailers, postcards, yesterday. I picked two pieces that I think have the most mass appeal. The Front image is tame enough to be acceptable for story book publishing, and content wise is heavy enough for editorial. Its a good example of a full color piece of mine. I took her nipples out and corrected some bad anatomy. The piece on the back, again can go for children's or editorial. The limited color is more appealing for newspaper and magazines. I plan to send out a heavier piece of mine to just magazines, galleries... places a nude girl being eaten out by a wolf won't be offensive.
I got rounded corners, which I think looks awesome. I hope they print alright :/

Post card Front and Back:



Sunday, November 1, 2009

With All Due Respect

Minor changes... more substance to the ground and color adjustments. I may do a few more for the book, if time permits. I'm really liking the freedom of this project.

Honestly this piece was a bit of a struggle at first after working with real media (mostly oil) for the summer. I now appreciate both digital and oil painting differently and I still want to find the best way to translate my work from start to finish. Either way, working with real oil has really helped some aspects when going back to digital. The mark making is what still frustrates me and what I had kept going over.

Friday, October 30, 2009

With All Due Respect

I'm working on this Lyric Book collaboration. You can see the information under Brassens Project: http://www.pierredegaillande.com/brassens/

This is my drawing for one of the songs, "With All Due Respect". Here is an except from the translated song:

"A child of the street who never knew father nor mother
Wearing a little red hood she went off somewhere or other
Ironically she went to bring her grandmother cake
Speak to me of love and I’d put my fist in your face
If my respect were not so great

I waited for her one night, I waited up ‘til the dawn
I waited for a year, my waiting might still go on
But a clever wolf seduced my dear runaway
Speak to me of love and I’d put my fist in your face
If my respect were not so great

That bastard cupid in a typically sinister gesture
Dipped his arrow of love into a most poisonous mixture
The magic witches brew turned into a potion of pain
Speak to me of love and I’d put my fist in your face
If my respect were not so great"

*edit* Update:

I'm like almost there, but so frustrated with this right now. Fresh look tomorrow... or later today. Sleep.
And I always appreciate the comments! <3

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Koma Inu Tattoo

First draft drawing and just messing with color. For a client. It sort of scares me...

A Koma Inu is a Japanese guardian dog/lion. Their statues are usually always paired, one with an open mouth, one with a closed mouth. I'm sure you've seen them before.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Week Leave

I will be out of the studio for a week. All freelance work is on hold until I return.

Please enjoy this adorable picture of Odin :)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


This movie is INSANE.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Tundra vinyl

Tundra, the band I did a 4 panel CD cover with in the Spring, commissioned me to do a cover for their vinyl release. Basically they wanted the drawing I did for a painting for a TTKA show, colored. Here are three versions, mind that it will be like a CD, so it breaks into two squares.

Working paintings, fearing eviction...

So here is what I've been working on. Planned to all go in the Twisted Fall show, but I was told " Nothing bloody, or noodles being eating out of a girls stomach or things of that nature." Hahaha. I think I might not put in the "Breast-Feeder" piece. I'm also including some other paintings I've done this summer that haven't gone to my TKAA shows. Also, update on the Twisted Fall reception. It is October 17th 5:30-7:30 and will be hanging everyday until December 17th. Check the previous post for more details.

"Breast Feeder" Since the last photo I repainted the deer because he looked retarded. Some details. This is about 85% done, just have to paint onto her face, clean up some things and draw over it with an array of pencils.

Currently "Untitled", but something about preteen violence (in response to American society). Well this didn't get very far.  This is a drawing printed out, on top of carbon paper, on top of my 18"x24" glorious pine wood panel. It looks stranger in the photograph because it isn't flat, but something is still irking me. Maybe because her feet are cut off... her hair is too poofy and her hand is too stiff. Gur :|

Digital sketch:


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Shows and Jealousy

My two shows this October as are followed:

"A Twisted Fall Show" Hosted by the Mill Street Loft at the Twisted Soul on Raymond Ave in Poughkeepsie, NY. 845.471.7477
The opening is Thursday, October 15th, 2009 at 8:30am and runs until Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 9:00am.

"The Kids Are Alright" Hosted by LeBasse Projects. Located at 6023 Washington Blvd. Culver City, C.A. 310.558.02000
The opening reception is Saturday, October 17th, 2009 in the Project Room.

Here is the finished flamingo piece titled "Jealousy". It is Graphite, Oil, and colored pencil on handmade cotton rag paper. 12"x12" once I cut the boarders off. I'm going to matte it to black foam core and cut down the white since the show has specifications for size. This is going to the last show in the touring TKAA group exhibition.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


My site has been updated!!! And redesigned. Bio and Resume also updated and pretty. I also have two new domain names that aren't the Pratt's website.



And my color sketch on my drawing for the last show in the TKAA tour. I'm going to do the mermaid piece for something else, it requires a longer frame. Poor flamingos...

Productive day.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Doodles and Wips

I have two shows coming up in October. When they post some internet fliers or whatever you call them, up, I'll post them here. I have so much work to do, I'm just sort of sketching to clear my head and make sense of things.

For the last piece in the touring TKAA show I want to do this blueish green scene with creepy mermaids and snow white drowning children caught in fisherman's nets. I did this quick mermaid doodle and digital color sketch. I feel more prepared for the piece. Waiting on what size I can do it at...

Some work in progress snaps of the Antler Room piece. I'm frustrated with it.

And some teapots...

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Anlter Room Sketch

Personal piece, working title "The Antler Room". Good luck deciphering this one. I plan to paint the interior greenish-blue and have the leaves outside a burning red/orange. I love Autumn...

By the way. I drop little art history references in my works sometimes. The girl with the long hair's feet are a tribute to one of my favorite pieces of all time, Manet's Olympia. This is a horrible print, you can't even see the cat.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Libra Redone

Clients aren't happy with my work this week ):
I had to re do this too, and I'm much much happier with it.
I'm juggling too many jobs :/

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Goodbye Summer

I'm still without internet, but that is being fixed today. Heres all the work I've been doing... Libra Tattoo design for a client. I colored it just for the hell of it. I wanted it to look reminiscent an art nouveau style wine label. I scanned this hot dude from my anatomy book to work out placement. I like the top right... that would be awesome. I think my client is doing it small on his shoulder though like the top left.

Painting commission from a couple who saw my show in London. They didn't like it though... and really wanted something closer to the original piece. The really shitty photo probably didn't help. Failure on my part : However I personally really like the painting. Working out details with them now. (Original digital composure at the bottom).
Personal piece I'm working on called "Breast Feeder". Process and work in progress pictures. My camera sucks for artwork, pictures come out WAY darker and yellowed. Don't ask about "KING", I wanted to try using type, but screw it, I think its way more powerful to communicate without words. I think text in artwork defeats the purpose of the artwork, but thats just my personal opinion. I'm sure there are artists who could pull it off wonderfully, but none are coming to mind. I need to lighten the deer and the overall piece in general.

This drawing was found in my folder of handmade paper, so I decided to do something with it. Its a drawing a vellum, colored pencils on the back and matte mediumed to paper I made at Pratt a few years ago. It warped, so its sitting under books until it flattens and I can finish it. This image is half digital, messing around with it until I figure out what exactly to do.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


I forgot to pay my internet. Well, I didn't "forget" exactly. I didn't put my name on my mail box so I haven't gotten any bills. I don't remember the company I used so I'll just have to wait for a new bill. I'm going upstate to photograph some work, so I'll be out of the studio for a few days.

Here is this all finished and some mock ups. Needs to be centered better, but just a rough low res file...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Toronto Show and CD cover

The Kids Are Alright show opens August 14th. So my work didn't miss the opening. If anyone is going to be in Toronto this next month, go check it out. The pieces from the last post are in that show. All the artists did two pieces on 16"x16" wood panels. If I wasn't so broke, this is the one show I wanted to see, I bet it will look awesome all put together.


Finally feeling better, got to get back to my work so I can pay my rent D:
Here is a CD cover I'm working on.

30% colored. Band is called Supermonster.

Friday, August 7, 2009


I had to send these out not finished, and I'm incredibly upset about it. They aren't even going to make it there until after the opening, whats the point now? I couldn't even take a good picture. I'm still really sick, and I feel like I'm dyeing.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Show & Tell Gallery

So these are the two 16"x16" pieces for the Show & Tell Gallery in Toronto in August.
40% Done. Bad picture- it yellowed them. The under painting is my favorite. Now to stare at them and wait for them to dry for three days.
I'm coughing blood D: Bronchitis sucks.

60% Next to clear gesso, glazes, acyclic, more drawing D: It won't be so contrasty/patchy

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Alice and Kenny

Been sketching today, so my hand obeys me better. Something is strange with either my paper or leads, they are too slippery. I ran out of Stonehenge so I've been using Bristol vellum, yuk.

This is one of two sketch for the next gallery show for the "Kids are Alright" tour. It's about body image, culture, and gender. The second one will be a male figure, and I'll just let you figure out what each animal and object represents. The finish will include abstracted painted text (these are to go on large wood panels and painted). Imagine them looking like the "Virgin" piece I had done a bit ago.

And here is an Odin cause I haven't whored him in a bit. (Oh and look he finially makes an apperance in my art, hes been bugging me a while to draw him in a finish).

And the boy... I need to go back over it with a sharper edge. Hate this paper.