Fuzzy Skeletonians and the circle of life


     Beware mortals!  What you see is the beginning of the first real 3-D Fuzzy Skeletonian to enter our plane of existence!  The scale I’m working on right now is more the bite-your-toes-off-and-laugh-while-you’re-screaming size of Fuzzy Skeletonian but I hope to bring these guys to full rip-your-arm-off-and-beat-you-with-a-bloody-stump scale in the future but that may be a while coming simply due to cost of materials.

     What I’m envisioning at present are highly detailed Fuzzy Skeletonian figurines fit for collecting.  Working in 3-D is also going to allow me to literally start building my Fuzzy Skeletonian Army!  World domination is only a matter of time now, bitches!!

     I must say, it feels good to be working with clay again.  Never thought I’d see the day.  Until I started messing around with this stuff I’d almost forgotten the ceramics classes I took in college.  I guess my dream of being a ceramic sculptor never really died, it just laid dormant for a while.  After all these years the sneaky little bastard gave me quite the pleasant surprise!  Fuckin’ life.  It has a way of circling around and giving you back what you thought you’d lost.

weird energy


     You must be all like, “What the hell, man!?  Changing to this brand new FUCKING AWESOME header AND changing the blog title without an explanation!!??!!”  Well I gotta tell ya, it’s all about this weird energy that’s been driving me lately.

     I mean, did you know there can be a PURPOSE to life?  A reason for trying?  I thought I had it all figured out a few years ago.  Thought life was meaningless, pointless, a random existence bereft of coherence and understanding.  Then I got back into my art.  In the years since then I’ve had fun with my art, gotten inspired by other artists, old and new and come to realize that my art is truly a part of me that I cannot deny.

     This new clarity of purpose and the accompanying motivation has resulted in a positive, negative, swirling, weird energy that’s got me producing art almost everyday (I’m even posting to Twitter and shit).  I’m also out of my mind with fear.  Having dreams and goals for the future is not what I’m used to.  I’ve spent almost all of my adult life in an angry, protective, nihilistic, defeatism and having hope for the future is a very strange and scary thing for me now.  However, amidst the fear and weirdness, things are starting to become clear here and there, like my new header.

     The new header (and blog title) is really more of a head-ING for me to travel towards.  I’ve decided that the concept of the Fuzzy Skeletonian needs to be pursued in earnest, explored fully, with an eye towards bringing it to an eventual mature completion before I die.  I decided Torso Man (a.k.a Fuzzy Skeletonian #1) should lead the way with his fuzzy fuzzy torso of power!  I’ve also been cranking out more and more Fuzzy Skeletonian crumple drawings like the one you see above.  I’ve got a stack nearly a foot tall that grows everyday!

     I hope the future brings good things to my art.  I hope my art brings good things to the future.  And I hope I keep my head and don’t fall to my fears.  Finally, in closing, welcome to The Fuzzy Skeletonian.  I am your host, Vincent.

crumple focus & professional dreams


     A generous and wise man once said, “Focus on the parts that make you feel good.”  And that’s what I’m doing.  I’ve been cranking out crumple drawing after crumple drawing and just trying to enjoy myself!  Draw-draw-draw, crumple-crumple-crumple, uncrumple-uncrumple-uncrumple, YAY!!  Feels good to get silly with my markers again and not take things too seriously : D

     It’s weird though.  At the same time I also have the very strong impulse to be a professional artist.  To make some extra cash off my art.  A regular income from my artwork would be just the sweetest thing.  Help me out with this dream.  If you enjoy my artwork and you have an extra buck or two consider making a donation or even put me to work on a commission just for you!  The way I’m feeling right now it would really make my day : )

development needed


     Here’s some brushwork from my recent portrait practice with Clint.  With this attempt I think I achieved something close to my original idea of an Unflattering Fuzzy Skeletonian Portrait.  Something in between a true face and a true skull.  Definitely need to do more of these to develop the idea to the level I want.

logo man and the pain of college

     Recently got the courage up to go through the two old beat up portfolios of crap I saved from college.  Mostly messy charcoal drawings and the like.  No two ways about it, college was messy.  Amidst the flimsy, torn charcoal drawings I came across this little bit of brush work from one of my classes.  We were working with an India ink wash or some shit an this was one of my little doodles.  If you don’t know already “Vincent Stemkin” is my pseudonym and what you see above are my real initials.  Dang, just look at that shit.  So young and positive and fullo ambition.  Egotistical dreams of greatness…

     Man, this is difficult.  I’ll stop here and let my ambitious little logo sit and gel, hopefully finding a place for itself in the latest chapter of my artistic life.

hot head


     I think I’m getting more comfortable with this whole color thing.  I recently bought some fine point markers with a little broader range of colors.  Hopefully I’ll be able to reign all this in and start getting closer to producing the vivid images I have floating around in my head.

     I’ve also decided to tentatively name this new, developing style “nose bleed” since that’s the drawing that started it all.

fuzzy skeletonians redux #3


     More of a skully than a skellie, Bonehead here was drawn using seventeen different types of llamas.  Or maybe it was just three different shades of gray markers and two sizes of black markers.  I’ll let you decide.

     As for content, perhaps the bones on either side of the skull are depicting the self-imposed pressure that I have on myself this month.  I know that sounds a bit like whining but I’m going to keep up the pace, as I find it interesting that I am able to apply a kind of work ethic to my artwork lately.  This is something I’ve never really had the desire to do before and it sheds a new light on possibilities regarding my life as an artist.

     Enough about me.  I hope Bonehead has brought a little fuzzy light into your fine October day.  Thanks and enjoy.

color tasks me, and i shall have it


     No… Color. The game’s not over.  To the last, I will grapple with thee!  From hell’s heart, I stab at thee!  For hate’s sake…  I spit my last breath at thee!

     I’ll admit it.  Color is the great white whale to my Khan of art.  It is something that I am both very familiar with yet seem to know nothing about.  Sorta like the tag line for the Othello board game:  “A minute to learn, a lifetime to master.”  What you see above is one of my Halloween decorations I threw on the scanner and added a dark t-shirt over it to give it a nice background.  While I think it turned out well, it definitely wasn’t an easy or pleasurable process.  All of these colors were experimented with and hard fought choices on my part.  However, this is something I need to do more often if I am to have any hope of bringing my artworks to the level I aspire to.

     This started out as a little color experimentation and ended up what is now due to my still having Andy Warhol on the brain from yesterday’s post.  I know there’s differing opinions regarding Warhol, and with good reason, but I’m proud to say that I am definitely of the slant that the man was a fucking genius.  He understood the very essential, basic nature of art and artists.  He was a master of color, repetition and design.  He also exhibited an insanely firm grasp and awareness of subjectivity in his art, giving it such a global accessibility and appeal.  If I can achieve in my art even a small fraction of the scope that Warhol was able to I would be very satisfied.

     I’ll wrap this up by saying that I hope my Octoberween efforts so far this month have been worth your time.  Thanks for stopping by and taking an interest.