Thought I’d have myself a Monday-Palooza-Ganza
and post two images at once! Aw yeah! This crazy train is flyin’ right off the fuckin’ rails, man!! I’m outta control!!!
Seriously though, this is vaguely special in the regard that you wouldn’t normally see these two images side by side, as they are each painted on the opposite side of the same piece of watercolor paper. However, through the magic of technology, here they are; a couple of dirty, bloody, twisted brother skulls in a kind of metaphysical emotional turmoil and insanity. They share the same plane of existence, the same space, no doubt some of the same pigments, yet they’ve never seen each other face to face. A pair of conjoined twins who are strangers to each other.
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Here’s some recent sketchbook work. This has a decidedly old school, Sharpie craze
feel to it. Not strictly Sharpie
craze but pretty damned close. When I started on it I had dickhead
on the brain and tried to model the torso in a similar fashion, attempting to recreate the look of the muscle fiber type stuff in the abdomen. Not sure what the bloody, volcano-backed, chicken neck thing intruding into the scene is supposed to be but that strange appendage sure adds some spunky character to this mad view!
The background on this one turned out much more pale and bleak than most of my other Red Eye paintings. Bleakness seems to be in the air lately. It’s almost as if everyone unconsciously believes
the world will end this year. I hope it does. Humanity could use a big death and rebirth right about now. A casting away of old habits, a blowing off of steam and a time to relax and get reacquainted with our true selves. Just one big time-out to rest and reflect.
Anyway, musings on humanity aside, the more I look at this painting the more I think it’s a self-portrait. I identify and sympathize with this guy’s general state of emotion. I can’t put my finger on it exactly, but I’m right there with him. I’m his comrade and ally.
Here’s my latest dry erase effort. He seems to be crawling across the floor like a cheap special effect. He’s all like, “skitter skitter skitter nom nom nom” until the the batteries in the remote control car underneath him run out of juice.
Meh, kinda in a low key mood tonight. Looking forward to having the next two weekends off. A little rest and normality is a good thing. Take it easy peeps, you guys rule.
This guy really stopped me today when I was trying to figure out what I was going to post next. His eyes ended up being pretty dramatic. That combined with the overall fuzzy/feathery look seemed like a bit of a departure from what I normally end up creating with a black marker. In fact, this almost crossed the line from fuzzy to feathery skeletonian. I think that was mainly due to the fact I was using my india ink brush pens. They have much less friction with the paper than a Sharpie
and I end up with softer lines.
In other news, I found myself getting into a shouting match with a co-worker last week. I won’t bore you with the details but I guess I should have seen something like this coming. The source material for my new header image was created before the incident and should’ve served as a warning to me to watch my temper but I figured it was all a part of my artistic expression of late and I thought nothing of it. What a way to start the year : P Oh well, live and learn I guess.