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The Thirsty Inkwell

12 Jul

 

If you’ve ever been remotely interested in seeing how I work, or what I’m drawing then this is your chance to watch me in action. Since I finally have an HD cam, I thought it was time to broadcast my long delayed pet project, The Thirsty Inkwell. Join me as I drink beverages, listen to music and create artwork. All at once. Starting this Tues the 17th on Ustream. BYOB.

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Like tears in rain…

3 Jan

I just saw this gif on BoingBoing and had to repost here. Our moment of Zen.

You’re Invited….

3 Jan

This Saturday January 7th I will be  showing a collection of my artworks at Wyatt Art Studios in the Back Room Gallery. (Thanks Matt!)

This event featrures the opening reception of painter James O’Brien in the Main Gallery as well as painter Ann Howland in the Speak Easy Gallery.

This is my first solo exhibit (technically) in New Hampshire and hopefully I will get off my duff to pursue some more this year. I am quite excited. The reception is from 6-8pm.

Here’s the Facebook page for the reception with all the details.

In addition to original work, I will have prints and post cards available. So any and all interested in supporting New Hampshire artists and the  Rochester fine art community, please do stop by!

Tools

18 Sep

By day I work in the landscape construction trade. I frequently use various hand tools that have been around in some way, shape or form for hundreds if not thousands of years. Shovels,rakes,hoes,pitchforks,trowels,grain scoops,hammers,and pruners just a name a few. While we utilize modern advances such as dump trucks, bucket loaders,tractors and excavators the final product is brought to completion by the same manner. A hands on basis. In fact there are many finite details of my work that have to be done with fingers on a hand. That human touch is inescapable.

I pretty much do all my artwork at night as the time affords it. My set of tools is just as varied although considerably more subtle. I use a mechanical pencil with 2H lead to layout and complete my underdrawings. Very light marks that don’t leave a dent in the paper. I lift the pencil lead with a kneadable eraser, and do the heavy editing with a hi-polymer white eraser. Then when it’s time to ink I use a combination of a sable brush, a #2 technical pen and a Falcon steel pen nib. Then if off to scanning and digital color. Very much like the tools I use by day, these tools I use at night share a long history with me and are like intimate friends.

The journey from an idea, to production to completion always seems to involve you and your tools, your silent unwavering partner. From your mind,to your hands to your tools. We’re always putting our touch on something, somewhere. What are your tools and what story do they share with you?

Small Stuff 4

1 Sep

Big news and a first for me in my fledgling doodle career! I found out recently I was chosen to take part in the Small Stuff 4 annual group show at the Bear and Bird Gallery in Lauderhill, Florida. Bear and Bird is located upstairs at Tate’s Comics+Toys+Videos+more. Tate’s is an Eisner Award winning store, so if you know anything about comics you know that is awesome. Amanda of Bird and Bear was so kind to choose me to participate this year. The theme is just small (under 8 X 10) artwork that is catered to the first time buyer. All my artwork is relatively small so this right up my alley. I will be in the company of some absolutely amazing artists both stateside and international. The show runs from November 21st,2010 to January 8, 2011. So I am booked up straight from here on! Go check out Bear and Bird Boutique and Gallery and Tate’s Comics for more info. The above image is from last years show, which you can check via Bear and Bird’s Flickr page

Wish me luck, this a big honor!

Escape From New York….the illustration.

30 Jul

I finished the inks on this one and well…it’s about time! One thing about doing these movie homages is you can kind of let go. Not that I’ll never watch EFNY again, because that’s damn near impossible. It’s just like I’ve put my little stamp on that fond memory for what it’s worth. It’s a bit amazing this slice of pop culture is coming up on the big 30. I’ve already past that checkpoint of my own and while it makes you feel a bit sad and old, you get over it. No one is going to be able to reproduce a movie like this and I for one don’t feel bad about that one bit. This cult classic has legs.

This is getting some color and going to be available as a print (of some sort), stay tuned.

Swear to God Snake, I thought you were dead…

14 Jul

Here’s a sneak peak at my upcoming Escape From New York illustration. The bottom is cropped off a bit and as always there will be tweaking, but this has been a blast so far. On to inking and some coloring with the GIMP. Enjoy!

Waxing Nostalgic…

1 Sep


Zombie Redux

1 Sep

Just updated this previously black and white art card with some color.Zombies are a bit overdone these days but this card helps the kiddies remember that Z is indeed for Zombies. Aim for the head will ya?

Vintage Atari commercial

1 Jun