Okay, I’ve been trying not to make a big deal out of this but I finally got to the point where I had to come right out and say something. I’ve been adding my work to my Redbubble account and they sell stickers with your artwork printed on them if you want them to and OH MY FUCKING GOD THIS GUY IS SO DING-DANG CUTE AS A STICKER!!! You may remember him from this post where I was trying to pass him off as an ominous symbol of fear but, no, he’s not scary, he’s a cutie pie! Just click on the image to check him out on the Redbubble. Also, check out my Store page for more of my works if you’re curious.
Here’s a fairly early crumple, before the red. This guy’s got a sort of high velocity intensity to him. All flyin’ up in the air and shit, lookin’ down, gonna fuck your shit up in a minute type of thing. I like him. ‘Least he’s in action, up to something, instead of cryin’ and worryin’ all the damn time.
Yo, check it. I fooled around and digitally added a rock texture to one of my crumple drawings. I think it really enhances the natural texture of the crumpled paper. I might just have to make a print of this on account of how awesome I am.
Does this guy look insane or what? Not as insane as Mr. Gable’s Countdown To Insanity this month but still pretty insane. This painting was done earlier this year and I must say I’m rather proud of the brain matter on this dude. I had initially painted blood vessels and was going to lay the red on top of them and allow them to bleed through. I was working rather wet and they not only bled through but they simply became dark swirls amidst the red paint. This ended up being a pretty happy accident, as I was able to manipulate the swirls into what you see now. Makes for a pretty gory effect and I couldn’t be more pleased! I’ll have to do this on purpose in the future when I want more bloody bloody gore gore.
Well the month is winding to a close and so far I have only one person officially eligible for the giveaway. I know it’s been a busy this month for everyone but you still have time to complete your entry into the giveaway. As long as your blog post is dated no later than October 31st it qualifies, and I’m not going to be a Nazi about the quality of your content. You can just post a picture of candy corn and type “Trick or Treat, smell my feet, give me a free Fuzzy Skeletonian and Vincent’s an asshole for making me do this!” Seriously, folks. It’s that easy.
Tune in tomorrow and I will share a nightmare with you.
This past weekend I had myself the previously mentioned Paint-a-Palooza and, while I said I was going to sit on those paintings for a while and revisit them at a later date, I just couldn’t keep this one to myself! This one (like most of the rest) started out as a random background I made with six sheets of paper and various paint slatherings all sandwiched together. After they all dried I had the fun of deciding what to do with all the backgrounds. I think this one came together pretty well, if I do say so myself. Man, am I lovin’ the red and black lately : D
Okay, folks. Here’s the final blot faces from the initial run of the first three I ever completed. As you may recall, I had a little trouble getting the right amount of paint transfer time correct with the first two. It was either too little or too much, resulting in only one of the sides turning out decently. I guess what they say about the third time being the charm has more than a little truth to it. Check out the dry side:
Not too bad, eh? At first, I thought I had simply repeated what I had accomplished with this one but then I looked at the wet side:
Dang! Now doesn’t that remind you A LOT of ye olde Necronomicon!? I know that’s the first thing that jumped to mind when I saw it. A quick Google search revealed that mine looks a tad happier than most but you have to admit the resemblance is undeniable. The blood vessel effect from the sandwiching worked particularly well with this color to achieve that nasty human skin/leather texture. In short, I am just tickled to death about this one : D
Okay, okay. I’ll stop gushing over my own artwork and let you enjoy it for yourself. If you’d like to see all of my blot faces together just follow the “wet/dry sandwich” tag below. Thanks for stopping by.
Actual size 5.5″ x 7.5″ on 90lb. watercolor paper and more detailed than what the scan shows. Click for larger image.
Man, look at that ooey-gooey, Gummi bear brain! You could just pop it in your mouth and om nom nom. What do you imagine the flavor to be, cherry, strawberry or just thick and musky bloody blood? (sign-up sheet here)
Here’s some crap from early college. Mainly concentrating on technique more than content, although it seems I was partial to black lines on white paper form an early age. I remember being very proud of this at the time. I even made a couple more versions with different colors and textures and matted them all nicely on some black card stock with the careful use of spray adhesive. My narcissistic young self admired these works and thought them fit for framing at the time.
But now… Now, I kinda hate them. I look at the above image and what I see is all the excitement and raw content of the Sharpie craze and nose bleed trapped inside a kind of soulless technique. I know I was young and still learning but I can’t help but hate this. I fucking hate it. Those straight lines and unimaginative use of still life objects. Sure the contour lines on the leaves are nicely done but there’s absolutely no self-discovery going on here at all. Funny… this isn’t the first time I’ve been way too hard on myself for crimes committed in college. I know now that I needed help and encouragement at the time but I still have trouble fighting the impulse to blame myself.
I think it’s a chicken skellie. Some sort of bird-like creature anyway. Not really sure what the hell is going on in this one, I just like how my chicken skellie turned out…
Or maybe it’s a turkey skellie! Ha! This was a 100% by chance coincidence that this post fell on today of all days. I’ve had this sitting around in my drafts for about a week now. Complete accident, I tell you. Anyway, here’s some more incidental stuff from the backstory of ye olde Sharpie craze and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t drawn on Thanksgiving, but who knows!
Thanks to all of you who’ve taken an interest in my efforts and have a great holiday.
This is one of my favorites mainly due to the stylized peen I drew up there in the corner. I’m also proud of myself for turning what started out as a random squiggle into the pointing hand at the bottom. Oh sure, I also drew a snorting monster with a vagina ear that’s about bite the hand that licks it but who cares? Peen and hand, man!
Loosely inspired by Zombie Rust’s Uncle Satan, I just finished this minutes ago because I am awesome (and humble). I can still smell the marker fumes… and cantaloupes are walking on my eyes!
This kinda looks like a scene from a cheesy horror movie with a floating, hairy skull demon terrorizing a sorority pool party, bake sale, wet t-shirt contest. Written, directed and produced by Charles Band, of course.
Holy bejeezus crap! There’s only two more days left in October. I am both relieved and saddened by this fact.
Much like the undead creatures it depicts, this damn redux series just won’t die (god, I hate typing that subject line!). Anyway, thanks to God, Greyhound and Tim Thomerson my drawing/painting hand is feeling just fine and here’s my latest, hot off the scanner.
Maybe I’m just flattering myself but I think this fuzzy skellie in particular is the most badass of the redux series thus far. I was very happy to be creating something new for the final stretch of Octoberween and I put my enthusiasm to work, giving this guy all the energy I could.
Tune in tomorrow for my latest watercolor creation. Woot!
Here’s another one of my India ink experiments, including a ghoul face, a spider type thing and a, well… a flying brick. Yeah, I dunno, man. Sometimes I wonder about myself.
Despite the self-mockery, this is definitely one of my personal favorites. The way the ghoul seems to drool a stream of consciousness of disfigured shapes, vomiting mouths, tortured mini-skeletons and, of course, peen. There might also be a slight amount of bitterness being expressed with the vomiting happy birthday creature. Just another day in the life of my mind from the past decade.
I have to say I’m enjoying using some of my past works for the current run of my Octoberpalooza. I’m definitely going to set aside and save up images all year long for next year. Makes for a much more relaxed celebration.
While using my new gray markers my mind was on the subject of color tones. I noticed how stacking progressively darker tones on top of lighter tones was having an interesting effect and, boing!, I remembered an exercise in one of my early art classes where we were instructed to find the gray tone of a color using only pencil. I think we used some color magazine photos to work from and our work was checked by the teacher making a non-color photocopy of the magazine images and comparing the gray tones we drew to the gray tones in the photocopied image. All in all, a very good exercise, very memorable.
Anyway, I got a little ambitious and thought about what would happen if I reversed that scenario? What if I tried to see only the gray tones in colors and attempted to draw with them as though I was completely color blind? As it was, I was stacking two or three gray tones before finishing with black on the previous images in this trilogy, therefore, two or three colors should be used in this experiment. To keep things fairly simple I settled on the three primary colors: yellow, red and blue. Yellow obviously having the lightest tone and blue the darkest. I started with yellow (bad for the eyes, by the way) and began stacking, finishing with black. What you see above is the end result. I’m happy to say I think I succeeded. If you grayscale this image it looks pretty similar to the others. Yay! Go me!
Well, I’ll stop wanking now and let you enjoy the final entry in my latest Octoberween trilogy.
Another entry from my digital experimentation. This one is easily my favorite so far. As I mentioned before, I may end up doing more of these. I think the bold science fair colors I settled on and the sickly pale yellow for the face work well together. I also find it interesting how the mouth ended up looking like an ink splatter; total happy accident there.
Seriously, I should really do a few more of these.