My cat wishes he were this tough.
Good Morning, San Francisco.
Hello y’all. Long time no blog.
I’ve just returned from an a lengthy vacation – lots of pool floating, California sunshine, city skylines, and Do Nothing’s. Not even drawing.
I’m refreshed and so excited to be back in the studio and working again, and despite the fact that I haven’t drawn in over a week, I still have a little somethin’ somethin’ to show you.
A friend of mine is quite fond of Narwhals, so for her birthday I whipped up this special Animal Battle creature. You would think this mystical creature is fictional, but in fact that unicorn horn is quite real, and one long snaggle tooth (and usually a front left canine).
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some work to do.
The Enemy (Pronghorn)
22 x 15″
Another Beast of the Enemy (Fear). I made a couple quick ink sketches before embarking on the final work to refine my super precise splatter techniques. Kidding, of course, although I don’t know how I didn’t spray ink all over the negative spaces on accident.
I adapted this monster from a Pronghorn, which aren’t inherently evil creatures, but stick a few menacing lightening bolts and snorts that emit smoky tendrils into the picture and you’ve got a Creep on your hands.
ALSO – hey guys. I’ve started collecting all of my Animal Battle soldiers in one place. They look good hanging out together: www.animalbattleart.com.
Soldier of The Enemy
12 x 16″
Last week, I began the search for The Enemy in my sketchbook. In Animal Battle, The Enemy represents Fear and Doubt. I let my pencil and brush search out the details that would personify those negative feelings: the black smoke of doubt that clouds your mind, the heart-jolting strike of fear. From these sketches the first soldier of The Enemy was born.
On a lighter note, this fella is based on the tenacious Honey Badger (because Honey Badger don’t care.)
Hola. Here are pictures of my sketchbook, showing some quick drawings I did of another Animal Battle piece, Koala. This sketchbook is a big’n (I use 11 x 14″ books), and it has become such an integral part of my process that I can’t imagine not using it.
As you can see, I didn’t stray too much from the original sketch:
I’m in the final stretch before the show opens next week, and not as if you needed a reminder, BUT:
Also, THIS weekend is the Stumptown Comics Fest! I’m super excited because this year I’ll be exhibiting with my pals from the Pony Club Gallery. I’ll be signing and selling copies of my comic, Adult Babysitting, all weekend! Here’s where to find me:
In addition to my comics, as part of the Pony Club I’ll be releasing a special PRE-SALE of signed Animal Battle prints! Yip yip!
I’ll only have a few prints of each, so come visit me this weekend at Booth Q5 to get your paws on one, indulge in some animal goodness, and lavish yourself with boozy comics.
CHEERS / TALLY HO
Through all the projects I’ve been working on (official or self-created), I’ve still managed to spend a portion of time drawing in my sketchbook. Once a reluctant sketchbook doodler, I now often find myself unable to resist the urge to draw. This usually happens at, oh I don’t know, 1 AM on the couch when I should be sleeping, ignoring whatever I’ve got on Netflix.
Over the last couple years I’ve filled almost four sketchbooks. Four!! That may not seem a lot to your usual sketchbook junkie, but for me that’s astronomical. Previously, I half-heartedly filled maybe OH I don’t know, one or two over ten years. I was a lazy artist.
The thing is, even though I’ve become more busy in my creative career than ever, I’m drawing more than I ever have too. Sketchbooks are an integral part of the creative process, and I can’t imagine not using one now. A great deal of my finished works started as little scribbles in my sketchbook. That’s right, little ugly, small scribbles.
Lately I’ve been fooling around with hand-lettering. Or maybe I’ve been foolishly hand-lettering? Like maybe I should put the pen down? I’ve seen some hand-lettering by wizards that are so good I shudder; I think for now I’ll enjoy wallowing around in my Apprentice Level.
While watching the super creepy tv series American Horror Story, I discovered this beautiful font used for all the title sequences. This typeface is based on the handwriting and lettering of early 20th century artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and it is art deco perfection. Swoon! Swooning all over the place.
I bet a certain somebody (self) will be using a similar font for a certain future project (wedding invites!).
(Yeah, there’s a tag I never use, but you’ll see why shortly)
We’re in the dog days of summer, and so we gathered on the hot patio of Apex, sweaty and sluggish, to draw some stuff and drink some beers.
Topic of discussion ranged from shark week to Batman, and took a turn for the worse when buddy Brian mentioned a restaurant experience that included a breast-feeding seven year old. And…well, in my sketchbook…..well…..sorry.
Ahem. Yes, here are my sketchbook drawings from this month. Enjoy (?).
Join us in September, when we host yet another Drink & Draw event, same time, same place. Keep your eyes peeled on the Internets when I announce the date.
As always, thanks to the kindly art folks that joined us, we greatly enjoy your company!
We spotted this lady wheelin’ around under the Ross Island bridge last Saturday, and she landed in my sketchbook on Sunday. I don’t get to do a Portland People illustration often enough.
I scanned the ink + brush drawing into Photoshop and fleshed it out digitally, which I do sometimes but not always. There were some areas (like the column) that I color-blocked in order to give it a finished look.
More and more I’m enjoying the digital coloring process. Me From Three Years Ago is shocked.
On Tuesday afternoon I visited Pacific Northwest College of Art, my old stomping grounds the first few years I was in Portland. While roaming these halls I learned a few good things about art, before quietly withdrawing and striking out on my own.
It’s always a little strange to go back, but this time was even more surreal. I was scheduled to meet with Kurt Hollomon’s pre-college summer class, a group consisting of about twenty high school students. I gave a brief “lecture” about “making arts” and showed them my “work” (air quotes heavily abused here). It was a bit of a coming-full-circle moment.
All joking aside, I hope I was able to impart some useful information, as I clearly remember what it was like being a highly impressionable and shy art student. And, in the not-so-distant past, a broke, struggling, frustrated Art School dropout. Oh my – there was MUCH to be learned.
Post talk we gathered in the classroom and drew portraits in our sketchbooks. At first we all drew Abe Lincoln, then Kurt handed out different portraits to reference from a large binder.
I managed three quick ink sketches. Without my usual arsenal of tools, I worked with just a Micron and a slightly too large flat brush. I think the limitations produced some interesting results.
Ol’ Honest Abe
Unknown Author with a Great Face
Keep on drawin’, kids!
Last night’s Drink & Draw was the first we hosted in many months, and it was met with a wonderful turnout of friends, Internets friends, friends of Internets friends, and friendly strangers.
Apex has fifty (FIFTY!) beers and an expansive patio, which makes it the perfect summer venue. Eli of Lemolo Baggage and Nikki were slingin’ the drinks that fueled our doodles. Rambunctious, rowdy, & crass, at least half of our quietly drawing gang were 86′d from the bar and any member who didn’t produce quality sketches were forced to have knife fights with strangers in the middle of Division Street. DUDE YOU SHOULD TOTALLY COME!
Here’s stuff I doodled:
Still dreaming of that Animal Battle series. The idea is patiently waiting on a brain shelf and I hope to put it to use soon.
Thanks to everyone that came out last night, and keep your eyes peeled for when we announce next month’s Drink & Draw event!