Monday, October 19, 2009
I'm really happy to have gotten to do some apparel design, and I can't wait to see them printed. It was a nice challenge to have to work around the printing process (whites under colors to make sure they pop out on black) and solving some technical issues via Photoshop. Did I mention how AMAZING it is to work on a computer that works?? 600 res files? Pshhh, my computer can handle that. In fact, it can handle several.
I also finished that mural for Blick - if you happen to be in the Fenway area in Boston, you should stop by my store and check it out! It'll only be up for the next week or two, but I'm really pleased with how it came out, especially the mum. (Don't pay any attention to the wayward maple leaf...)
Thanks for looking! More art updates soon.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
New window mural sketch for Blick for a contest.
This will be approximately 12 feet by 12 feet on the middle glass window at Blick, facing the street.
I also made little cutouts of leaves that I'm going to hang from the ceiling on the sides. I think it's going to look pretty!
It'll be started and finished tomorrow, so come by Fenway and check it out!
Thanks for looking!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Here's a tshirt design I'm working on for my friend's band Oilhead. Their band has really good energy - very upbeat, hip, trendy, with a good edge. All of the members are very level-headed and professional, and I can appreciate the technical background they've all come from.
So here's my first sketch for them, for a one- to two-color shirt print.
Thanks for looking!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Here are a couple of small bat paintings I made in spirit of the season. I used to hate fall (California = always summer), but now I can truly appreciate riding my bike with a bit of wind chill and appreciating all things candycorn and pumpkin beer. Halloween is my favorite holiday.
So here are a couple of bat buddies. Just something easy while I couldn't find my pallet.
Materials used: two 4" circle wooden panels, layered with paint and sanded down, characters painted in acryla gouache and finished with Holbein rub-on comic transfers. I'm planning on putting these two little guys at my next gallery show (stay tuned!!)
Friday, October 9, 2009
This is my work area at the moment, until I can get another desk.
I work at my computer desk with two screens, the big one for freelance/editing. I can't believe I ever worked without it, before. Ugh.
Also, if you zoom in, that's a recent painting I made. Lots of sad times lately, but I'm working through them. Bean a champ.
I just really liked this picture, and I rarely like looking at myself, so enjoy.
I know you love the flip flops.
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Sketch for an upcoming painting I'll be making on a wooden shelf sconce-holder thing that I got at an antique shop. This thing is just screaming for a 3D centerpiece, and it's what I'm going to give it.
Planning to create a sculpture of this skull for the shelf part of the piece and paint designs/a narrative on the rest of the panel. I've had this idea in my head for quite a while now, and I'm really excited about it.
Skull = pencil sketch. Panel = unfinished wooden panel + neon yellow stain, hot pink acryla gouache + black acrylic, with a distressed finish.
Thanks for looking!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Hey everybody, I'm back from my leave of absence. Lots of things have been going on, including adjusting to full-time at Blick and learning to bike 50 - 60 miles a week without wanting to die. (I'm getting muscles!)
I've been doing a lot of prepwork for pieces, but I'm still working out the main compositions for a lot of new pieces. I've been collecting old wooden panels for the last 6 months off of ebay, from goodwill, second hand stores, outside sales, antique stores, craft stores, and yard sales. I've been painting and sanding and spray painting and ruining my lungs as much as possible.
I got to do a quick demo at Blick for the Blick acrylic paints - I had 5 colors to work with, and I had a ton of fun. I got to talk to a lot of pre-art school artists, and it was nice to get a first-hand feel for a product I sell. I really like knowing the ins and outs of art supplies - I've got all the information I would ever need to do art-related stuff.
Now I just have to make more art!
More updates over the next couple of days. Thanks for watching!