Saturday, March 27, 2010

Barnes & Noble Trip

Edit: Oh, and a big thank you to all the nice comments and new visitors interested in my work from seeing my work on Artist A Day
I was featured on 3.25.10, check it out daily.

I've been feeling pretty crappy (uninspired). Everything I draw this week is just blah, and I end up crumpling or ripping it up. I'm just about finished with the painting for the CA show, shipping it out Monday as I wait for the last coat to dry. Picture soon.
I decided to go to the book store, get out of the studio, maybe get some new inspiration. I ended up finding the ad for the show in CA in the newest Juxtapoz.

Then while browsing the art book section found Hunt & Gather. Wow it already hit the shelves, and in Barnes and Noble? Cool. I thought it was just going to be on Amazon. There was plastic on the cover, so I couldn't look through it. My copy is in the mail. Waiting (That's Sky holding the book).

I got a nude figure book, I like to stock up on reference material. Didn't get anything inspirational, there were lots of kids climbing all over the book shelves. I didn't really get a chance to look. However I feel motivated to keep working and move on with greater things. By this time the work in Hunt & Gather is not my best, and I'm really aching to do new personal thesis pieces that blow my old work away. I feel it. I need the space and time. And to finish back work, ugh ugh ugh. One drawing at a time :|

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Website Update

So last night I finally got back to fixing my site. If you take a look, let me know if you find any errors. I already know I need to fix the leading, though it looks good on my screen. The Linked In link is incorrect. Want to add a FAQ in the "about" section. Want to add information in the shop section. I also need to organize my Etsy site and start selling work. I have to work on back projects this week and fix the site. Any suggestions for the website are welcome.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Stupid Cat and Sky

Apartment (plumbing) issues on Saturday and it was so beautiful out, so I went with Sky to union square to sell prints do promotion and he sold his teeshirts and work. We didn't get a good spot because we got down there so late, and didn't sell that much. Wasted time :|
I woke up on Sunday to find that the water I was using to clean brushes with was knocked over onto my computer- tablet and keyboard. I wonder what furry little monster could have done that. I couldn't work on my computer not being able to use my tablet or keyboard. All the commands I was sending were wrong. I couldn't even print the things out I needed to work on. Right now it's working. I think giving it a day let the water inside evaporate. A keyboard and mouse will be dropped off to me in a bit as back up. I really hope it just wasn't working temporarily. $200-$500 for another tablet, ugh.
So maybe I can finally get to my website this week and back work. No new clients until I catch up. I'm locking myself in here and praying for no more distractions, hold ups, or problems. I think I'll get a smart phone for my birthday to help me be more organized and beep at me when I'm not doing enough work. And something to boost my reception.. is there such a thing?

So here's what I've been doodling.
Here's a sketch of Sky I doodled while he was drawing . My scanner also appears to be broken, I keep getting streaks. Come on! D: (Haha, someone said he looks like Rufio)

And some brush/pen doodling sketches...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Odin (The God)

I kind of had a crappy unproductive weekend, and was a bit stuck on this, but I worked through it, I think.
This is a commission for a friend, which I swore to never do again, but she is an exception.
Odin has an eight legged horse, two ravens, and two wolves. The first sketch I did it was too busy, then I did more of a portrait, and it was too boring. That's were the birds out of context with the other sketch come from. So I settled on this, and I'm happy with it for a quick commission. No eight legged horse...


Now I'm doodling with some ink...

Friday, March 12, 2010

Meat My Sins

I was too tired and got distracted by a friend yesterday, but I got to the art store... and they didn't have two of the things I needed. Gurr.

This is finished digitally. Soon I'll print it out and start working on it more.

Also. Here are the correct details of the upcoming show and book event:

The Book Launch:

London, United Kingdom: Saturday March 20th. 7pm to 11pm
Location: 47 Mowlem Road. East London. Off Vyner Street.
Evening will include a small exhibition, meet and greet with artists Mr Guaky, Andy Council, Timothy Lee, Emilio Subira and author, Tina Ziegler
Also lots of cheese, wine and art books!
Anyone is welcome to get their book signed.


The Exhibit:

Los Angeles, California: Opening exhibition and book launch: Friday April 9th. 7pm to 10pm
Presented at Thinkspace Gallery
Location: 6009 washington blvd. Culver City, Ca 90232.
Group Exhibition featuring artwork from Carrie ann Baade, Plastic God, Emilio Subira, Chelsea Lewyta, Dave Pressler, Victor Castillo, Tanner Goldbeck, Andy Council, Tessar Lo, Diva, Scott C., Tiffany Liu, Deseo One, Mr Gauky, Elisabeth Mcgrath, Jshea9, Georgina Ciotti, Charles Wish, Timothy Lee, Scott Radke, El Gato Chimney, Scott Belcastro.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The sun is coming up..

.. or maybe it's already up. I can't see from my underground studio. (Yeah that's what I'll call this place). I'm really excited to finish coloring this, I can see it being my best piece to date. I've been working with more colors (larger range of value), and richer (more saturated and of darker value) colors. When I'm done with this (what is just blocks of flat color not blended is unfinished) I'll be printing it out on cotton rag paper. Then I'm going to seal it and start painting into it. It could be a complete failure, but I printed out some work on cut down stone henge and it seemed like a way to go. I've been trying to merge the two (digital + oil paint) for a while and haven't yet figured out the best way for all needs of the work to be met.
I have to go downtown. I have some work to do and I'm in desperate need to go to the art store. I'm ticked, I missed using two killer coupons for Blick. Why does everything close so early? The work plan for the week is to finish this, a commission of Odin the Norse God, secret children's book, re design my website, call a bunch of people (if you're reading this, I'll call you soon, I promise D:), then visit my Sister and friends upstate. I really just rather lock myself in here for a few more days and make a few more killer pieces for the update of my site. I want all pieces in my portfolio to be as awesome as I perceive this will be, 95%, With all Due Respect, and other recent favorites of mine. I'm completely and totally on fire as far as artistic drive and inspiration are concerned. Kind of losing track of time though...

Check out Sodium Magazine's #2 issue. My work is inside. Nothing you haven't seen, but the other artists and designers I'm sandwiched in between are pretty cool.

This is the next group show I'll be in. It's the show I mentioned in the previous post, for the arrival of Hunt & Gather. It will be at the Thinkspace Gallery in C.A. (I think I originally thought it was in London. I'm all confused, bad artist). The opening will be Friday, Aprill 9th. Click the image or website for more details.

Also, you can now fan me on facebook. I don't know if think link works directly:
I was hesitant about doing that, but a bunch of people were friending me for my work and I don't think they want to see my friends and I chatter about nonsense. Just another way to stay in touch with events, shows, and work of mine if you have the interest.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Spring, come faster...

Holy crap I've been busy. Let's see, I've been making progress on my secret children's book project. I was freelancing with Biolumina one week, and got a bunch of new projects in between. I met some cool freelancers there. I lost the paper, but I'll have to share their work. Last weekend I dropped everything because I was called in last minute by Skygraphx for Webster's Hall'sQuarterly Art Soiree. It was a blast. I did fashion and promotional modeling for Skygraphx and had a selection of my prints there. Met some awesome people and artists.

I've been working on and off this for a while now. A lot of back and forth. I'm still not sure it's done yet (besides text) but I'm really liking how it's looking. It's for album art inside and outside (duh).

I was asked to make revision on this, and I was thinking about doing so for a while. The chest was too fake looking... I essentially just gave her a boob job :O Looks way much better.

"Meat my Sins" This is a new drawing for an oil painting to be shown at the London Miles Gallery for the arrival of the art book by Tina Ziegler; Hunt & Gather. It's a collection of artists works, mine included. We'll all be submitting a 12"x12" for this event. I have a slightly different method for going about this piece. Can't wait...

I got a wonderful e-mail the other day from a young lady in Russia. I was floored, so humbled. It's such a huge compliment. She got a tattoo of one of my earlier works. Rock on!!