OPG 2013 CrUmpLe MaNiA!!

     Shit got a little too real when I started sculpting Fuzzy Skeletonians instead of drawing them so I’m taking a step back to when I was pretty happy with my art, that being crumple drawings.  I cranked out a bunch of them earlier in the year (as well as a few more in recent days) and I should have more than enough to turn Octoberween-Palooza-Ganza 2013 into CrUmpLe MaNiA!!  Everyday, all October long, I will present at least one new crumple drawing to delight and disturb you all!

     Of course, you are all encouraged to participate in OPG 2013 CrUmpLe MaNiA!! in whatever season-appropriate fashion you desire.  Make some art and share it with the rest of us, blog about Halloween, horror or October in general or you can simply make a donation to support my work.  I’m pretty flexible.

     Participation also has it’s rewards.  All participants will receive a signed print of any crumple drawing displayed here during the month of October.  Anyone generous enough to make a donation will also receive the original crumple drawing of their choice on a first come, first serve basis.  Yes, that’s correct, donation is the easiest and most advantageous way for you to participate.  So if you have some extra cash laying around gathering dust just toss it my way this October and BAM! you’ll be receiving BOTH a signed print AND an original artwork when it’s all said and done this October.

(example 8.5″ x 11″ print with 5.5″ x 8.5″ crumple drawing)

     That’s about it for the OPG 2013 CrUmpLe MaNiA!! ground rules.  Stop on by starting tomorrow for all the crumply festivities!

bug-eyed fear, a shallow examination

     Well, I finally got around to posting this.  As previously mentioned, this was the drawing that gave me the heebie-jeebies the very same evening that I completed it.  I attempted to approximate the lighting and point of view that creeped me out with this photo:

     I imagine this photo doesn’t do justice to what I was feeling that night.  I’m sure it was more my vulnerable state of mind more than the image itself that caused the fear reaction.  Or perhaps they got it right with the character of Mark Lewis in Peeping Tom (1960), “Do you know what the most frightening thing in the world is?  It’s fear.”

     And what is fear, exactly?  I guess that’s a big part of what makes it so frightening…  I don’t know.  I feel like I’m just tossing this off so I don’t have to think too much about it.  Maybe I’m just protecting myself.

     On the subject of creation trivia, this seems to be the second of my long-necked or rubber-necked fuzzy skeletonians of late, as you may recall.

     Last of all, don’t forget to check out this if you’re looking for something to do this coming Saturday.  I’ll be there yuckin’ it up with everybody else so stop on by and enjoy the fun!

lamp skellie

     Here’s a familiar face you may recall from last year.  He’s my continual companion/specter/muse at my art table.  For a good part of the year he decided to perch himself atop my trusty banker’s lamp to supervise my work.  He looked so good I decided to take a picture.  After futzing around with the image a bit this is what I ended up with.

go plank yourself!

     I was making my regular visit to Cup3Tint3 the other day and I got introduced to planking.  Spend a few minutes and take a look.  Take a slow look, look at them all.  Just stare at them for a while.  I’ll wait…

     Now I’ll admit that since I’ve been getting back into my art I have found myself to be a lot more impressionable but after looking at all those people planking can YOU resist the urge to do THIS?

     I wasn’t quite as daring as some but it was the position you get yourself into that interested me.  There’s just something so intriguing about it.  For that moment, you stop, motionless, expressionless and suddenly you’re no longer a complicated human being living in an insane world.  You’re a plank.  A mindless, wood-like THING.  You cease to be complicated and are as simple as a piece of wood, a random pebble or a puddle of water.

      I know it looks absurd but that’s not the way it feels.  Don’t believe me?  Try it!  Go plank yourself and report back.