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The 4th annual Wes Anderson tribute art show at Spoke Art Gallery was awesome!  Together with my main squeeze Jake and art homie Keith Carter, we trekked down to San Francisco to suss out the scene ourselves, and we weren’t disappointed.  The art was wildly different and wonderful, and there were plenty of costumes inspired by Anderson’s many films.

Since opening weekend, originals and prints from the show have been flying, including my own print (pictured above).  This little 8 x 10″ number has been going so quick I just signed a whole new batch to ship to SF yesterday.  Here is where you can get yer paws on one of your own!

To top it off, the trip made for a great Halloween weekend, although we ourselves didn’t dress up.  That was done the weekend before.  What did we go as?  Well, see for yourself:

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While I can’t claim to have spooked anybody with my toy soldier outfit, Jake did a nice job of creeping out several Normals with his Scarecrow steez.

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(more, so much more, where do I have the time)

Last Thursday was the opening of my first curated group show as a member of the Pony Club Gallery, “Dead Man’s Party”.  I knew I had a stellar lineup, but when the work started arriving the week prior, I nearly teared up it was so beautiful.  Tears in my eyes, guys.

A small sampling:

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And MORE.  So much more!  See the rest, and photos from opening night, here at Pony Club’s page.  If you’re in Portland, the show is up all month through December 1st.

Welp, with the holidays just around the corner there’s plenty left to do.  Keep your eyes peeled here for a special pre-holiday sale coming to my shop!

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Dead Man’s Party

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Tonight is the opening of my first curated show at the Pony Club Gallery, “Dead Man’s Party”.  Inspired by both the Jim Jarmusch film “Dead Man” (oh, Johnny Depp) and the song “Dead Man’s Party” by Oingo Boingo, each artist has created their own special interpretation of the theme.

I’m very proud of this stellar lineup, which features both established artists and brand new talent!

For my own contribution, I painted my first oil piece in years:

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The Pretender

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The show starts tonight at 6pm at the Pony Club Gallery!  More information here at our event page.

See you kids there!

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Animal Battle // Opening Night

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Opening night for Animal Battle started with steady flow of familiar faces as friends came in to visit; it was a great start to a really great night.  As night slowly descended the crowd thickened with kids and adults alike, PNCA students, fellow artists, and the usual First Thursday folks.

I’m grateful for all the people that came in to the gallery, and especially for the overwhelming amount of kind words I heard throughout the night.  I think my favorite moment was when a little boy made his mother buy him two animal prints (not just one!).  He was going to hang them in his room so they could “watch over him”.

And a big thanks to all my fellow members of Pony Club who helped me pull this together, and to New Belgium Brewing for providing the delicious libations.

The show is hanging through the end of May; if you’re in Portland come check out the work Tues – Sun, 1:30 – 6:00 pm, to see them up close and personal!  Prints are still in my shop, too.

As for Animal Battle, this is not the end.  Hold on to those wooden swords – there is still plenty more to come.

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Stumptown Comics Fest 2013

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With Pony members Keith Carter, Jennifer Parks, and Amy Kuttab (not pictured are Emi Lenox, Erin McCarty, and our awesome intern Daniel).

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It’s been a few days since Stumptown wrapped on Sunday evening, and I feel like I’m just now finally recovering from the madness.  I had so much fun working at Pony Club’s booth, meeting fans and other exhibitors all weekend – this fest definitely trumped last year’s experience.

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As part of Pony Club, I was there to promote the new second volume of Adult Babysitting, and I was completely bowled over by all the people that approached me to tell me how much they loved the comic.  It was exactly the kind of experience I needed to know that I should keep going.  Making comics (any art really, but especially comics) can be a lonely road at times, and sometimes I wonder if it’s worth it.

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I’ve been so focused on my solo show that I wasn’t aware about this review of Adult Babysitting until a fellow exhibitor mentioned it to me.  Thanks to Rob Clough from the Comics Journal for the wonderful review!  Kind words indeed.

And ya know, all that excitement was really enough to tide me over for awhile, but then THIS happened:

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I was selling this print at the fest – it’s an illustration I did in art school a number of years ago – when this sweet old lady came over and said she wanted to buy it.  Then she introduced herself.

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She said her name was Muriel Fahrion, and she was THE CREATOR OF STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE!!!

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Not only that, she also created the Care Bears.  THE CARE BEARS.

I nearly died, and when she signed one of my prints to a “Berry” Special Friend, I definitely teared up.  It turns out that she was just visiting from Oklahoma, and happened to be at the fest and saw my print.

I almost closed up shop right then and there, the experience was so amazing I knew it couldn’t be topped.  STCF 2013 was AWESOME, and I’m already looking forward to next year.  Thanks to all my friends and fans that came out and said hi and to my fellow members at Pony Club.  That was a great weekend.

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PS: This opens TOMORROW:

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I am so excited.

Animal Battle // Raccoon Soldier

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I heard that soft moss, blades of grass, and tiny mushrooms make for very durable battle gear.  And I can think of nothing more intimidating than a bolo tie bearing a little black scorpion.  This raccoon is tough.  I’d watch out for him.

More – ever more! – work for Animal Battle.  At the risk of sounding like a broken record: May 2nd.  Pony Club Gallery.  Portland.  Allllll this stuff will be hanging on a wall.

And ya know what else?

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Affordable, beautiful prints.  Soon to be in my shop.

Here is the official event on Facebook.  Hope to see you there, friends!

Cheers!

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Animal Battle // Hearts & Stars

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The first work for my solo show, Animal Battle, is finally done!  Phew.  That took a minute.

Entitled Hearts & Stars, this piece features creatures of a special army, geared up and ready to go face-to-fuzzy-animal-face in a battle that will surely delight you.  Don’t worry, little ones – there will be no bloodshed here.

Stick around to see what all the fighting is for.

Animal Battle will be opening Thursday, May 2nd at the Pony Club Gallery.

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Pony Club // Portraits Show

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Last Thursday was the re-opening of Pony Club Gallery, after a month of reorganizing and cleaning.  The gallery looked stupendous, featured a new mural painted by our six members, and we also debuted our new show, “Portraits”!

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The concept was simple: artists were paired up and tasked to paint or draw each other.  Some of us were couples, some friends, and some acquaintances.  The results were lovely, and our show featured some of the best artists in town!  Props to member Jennifer Parks for curating such a great show.

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I was delighted to be teamed up with my pal Brooke Weeber.  Before the show we refused to look at each other’s pieces – and we were pretty surprised by the results!

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Ok, ok – so I skipped about 1,000 steps there (sometimes it’s hard to remember to document the whole process), but what started out as a little doodle in my sketchbook turned into full-fledged Lady Warrior goodness.

What’s even better is that even though we didn’t see each other’s pieces until the opening, this happened:

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WE’RE BOTH WEARING SNAKE NECKTIES!!!  Ahhhhhhhhh!!

So awesome.

Be sure to check out the rest of the lovely portraits over at Pony Club’s facebook page, and then head on over to the Pony Club website.  We’ve got a new artist interview blog feature, and this month we’re featuring couples to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

SMOOTCHIE BOOTCHIES

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Hand-lettering!  Maybe not blowing it?

Feast your peepers on my newest piece for:

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The End is a new group show opening at the Pony Club Gallery on Thursday, December 6th.  If you’re in the Portland area, stop by the gallery and check out great work by lots of local artists and illustrators.  BEFORE THE WORLD ENDS.

For first Thursday the Compound Gallery is also showcasing The End of the World, so if you’ve been craving an unhealthy dose of apocalyptic artwork, this is your special night.  You lucky dog.

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Lately // Giant Bunnies

The past few weeks have been filled with the usual summer activities: listening to people complain about the heat, avoiding going to the river like the plague, muddling a thousand mojitos and margaritas at work, riding my motorbike around town, sitting on patios, applying sunblock, barbecuing on the porch.  I also just hosted my Arizona pal Lauren and met with a few other AZ ex-pats, and as soon as Lauren returned to the desert it rained.

Basically, I’ve not been able to spend a great deal of time in the studio, or at the computer for that matter.  As they say, YOLO and shit.

However, in these times when I AM in the studio I work at break-neck speeds, fueled by caffeine and the mega intense symphonies on the classical music station (DUDE SO INTENSE).  This past week I began work on a piece for another show at the Pony Club Gallery.

That’s all you get to see of my giant bunny until the show opens!

The show will be entitled “GIANTS” and is opening Thursday, Sept 6th at 6pm at the Pony Club.  I’ll be there, and I also plan on attending this at Floating World Comics later in the evening.  Julia Gfrörer’s webcomic can be found on the Study Group site and is updated weekly.  You should click on all of those things.

Speaking of comics, I’m all sold out of my copies of Adult Babysitting: Volume I!  Thanks to every single person that bought one, and to every single drunk person who inspired me.  You’re all the best.

There are still copies floating around Portland, mainly comic shops.  Check back here for updates on the new issue.

Hearts,

Audience // GHOST Show

With my comic book at the printer, I was finally able to finish up the illustration that I’m contributing to the Pony Club’s GHOST Show.

Even with all the prep work I completed before I embarked on the final drawing, the process wasn’t without a few foibles.  I managed to majorly eff up one little doll, but impressively, I did not throw a childish tantrum and instead calmly carried on.  Like a real adult, you know?

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So here’s the final work!  It’s a classy 2 x 3 feet.

Come see the actual piece, for really real, this Thursday at the Pony Club Gallery.   I’ll be showing my ghoulish drawing with tons of other great artists!