One of the things I'm doing are these little warm up sketches every day. Caricatures of the presidential candidates for 2016. No favorites for me other than who is fun to draw. So far Bernie Sanders is the funnest to draw for me. Here is a collection so far. I began on Friday, so these are the first three. The Hillary Clinton fits in to my personal "rules" of how I'm going to be working. Pencil, sketchpad, and maybe a tone or ink and white gouache here and there.
I have an adventure planned. All I'll say for now is it's a mural for charity in another country. Very exciting! As a young guy in college I had the attitude that an artist should be open to all possibilities to experience life. My art was only part of that lie. I didn't focus on one technique, I was open to all of them. Or at least tried to be. I like different things about different medium and some times the idea will dictate what media needs to be used. I use very small watercolor brushes when I paint in gouache. When I paint a mural on the wall I'm planning, I'll be using sponges, rollers, and brushes. My style approach will be affected as well.
Playing around with a new surface to paint on with gouache. My friend Travis Louie gave me some scraps of hotpress illustration board to try out last time I visited him. His studio looks like an art store as it doubles as his supply closet as well. Very similar to my own! I find so much inspiration from my friends. Sometimes just seeing something they posted on Face Book or their blog is more than enough to light a fire under my ass! I'm still struggling with this paper but I see a lot of potential. This is still not finished yet. My plan is to see how much "polish" I can do on this so I know what I'll be able to do with it in the future.
No, not all your dirty secrets. Tell all your friends and acquaintances how cool my website is! Or not. But I hope you do.
My girl friend had two tickets drop in to her lap last Friday. Art Spiegleman gave a talk called "Wordless" with Phillip Johnston at the Miller Theatre at Columbia University. It was Art giving an informative talk about storytelling and how the woodblock prints of Lynd Ward and others were early forms of graphic novels. It was interrupted and some times accompanied by incredible jazz that went perfect with the images displayed on the screen on the stage and Art's narration.
I did this last week. If you are subscribing to my Newsletter, you already saw this. I was trying some things out. Looser approach, limited palette. I had a lot of fun with this!
Today is Tuesday, Jan 13th, 2015. Please enjoy the changes I've made to the site. Newer look, Different options, and hopefully we all feel a little more connected. I'd like to single out joining my news letter. I'll be sending it out about every 2 - 3 weeks. Not too many words, but mostly my latest work. But they always say, "a picture is worth a thousand words." Said the lazy writer. Oh yeah, Happy New Year. Well, it's only January, so we have over eleven months to turn things around.
I got some new markers and was testing them out. No one in particular. A guy at a coffee shop walked by and I tried to exaggerate him from memory.