Sunday, June 21, 2009

more sketches?! Are you INSANE?

Yes. Yes I am. I work for over 5 hours on a linocut and we are still doing the printing. I also have 2 album art projects coming up and a shirt design. Hopefully I will have a huge ass post about all of those when they are finished. You will be seeing sketches from those projects below.

New painting

Pretty pleased with this but not sure if this is the direction I want to go in. Also, I painted over that bear painting. I really really need to sketch some more before I just jump in and mess up a canvass

Sunday, June 14, 2009

work in progress

dunno where I am taking this.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

rabbit 1 finished?

wish I had photoshop to fix this so it didn't lose all of it's color. Working on painting number two "office bear" or something like that. It has a long way to go and here is the frame it is going into

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Rabbit 1 (wip)

I wish it were daytime so I could take a better photo. The colors are completely gone from this photo and any kind of brush mark is also missing.

I still have more to do. Basically, this was done as a buffer. A painting to get things started and give me ideas. I like the colors and in the end it will have more darks and details.

sketches for upcoming artworks

been doing some sketches as a little bit of idea working for paintings I will be creating this summer. these are pretty basic, as I haven't quite decided what to do with them.

someone is going to have to stop me...

I just saw the Official Sonic Youth Tour Poster Series. Look at Boise's date

June 27 - Chicago - Dan Grzeca
June 28 - Chicago - Spike Press
June 29 - Royal Oak, MI - The Silent Giants
June 30 - Toronto - Delicious Design League
July 2 - Philly - The Heads of State
July 3 - NYC - Maya Miller
July 6 - DC - Zeloot
July 7 - DC - Savage Pencil
July 8 - Richmond - Dennis Tyfus
July 10 - Knoxville - Zach Hobbs
July 11 - Nashville - Dan McCarthy
July 12 - Birmingham - Drew Millward
July 13 - Atlanta - Methane
July 15 - Dallas - Todd Slater
July 16 - Tulsa - Nate Duval
July 17 - St. Louis - Holly Roach
July 18 - Kansas City - David Ellis (Freshwater Catfish)
July 20 - Milwaukee - Little Friends of Printmaking
July 21 - Minneapolis - Jay Ryan
July 23 - Boise - Daniel Danger
July 24 - Spokane - Jon Smith
July 28 - Portland - Tyler Stout
July 30 - SLC - Casey Burns
July 31 - Denver - Guy Burwell
August 2 - Oakland - The Small Stakes

What an awesome lineup of artists. I am super excited to be able to get my hands on a Daniel Danger poster. And it will be of an amazing band and have Boise on it. I may have to pick up a few of the other dates as well. I am particularly excited about Tyler Stout, The Small Stakes, Heads of State, Silent Giants, Guy Burwell, Little Friends, DDL...well, Hell. All of them

some of Daniel Danger's other work (click on his name to get to his website)

Posters I purchased recently

I fueled my poster addiction recently. Sad thing is, All of my posters live in tubes until I find a good way to frame them. (you can click on the images to see them larger)

Wolves of the Throne Room by Drew Millward.
I actually don't listen to Wolves of the Throne Room because I am not into metal. But, Drew is such an awesome artist, I just needed a poster by him.

Black Mountain by The Silent Giants
I have been turned onto the newer poster design group, The Silent Giants. They do some really really good work.


Keeping my eye out for and probably going to buy in the near future.

Animal Collective by The Silent Giants.
This poster is AMAZING. Sadly, I was out of town when it went on sale. It is so damn rare and I will probably have to sell my first born child to get it. I saw it on ebay for $150 but have contacted a different seller to see what they are offering for it. It reminds me a lot of my Wes Winship Arcade Fire poster.

The Decemberists by Jay Ryan
I have a mini version of this from my Gigposters vol 1 book, but I would love to actually get the screen printed poster. I am seeing it online from $45-65+

Fleet Foxes by The Silent Giants

I really like this poster and it isn't sold out yet. But I did just spend $50 on posters....

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Poster finished

yup. it is messy but I didn't have much time

Saturday, June 6, 2009


I really need to work on some actual pieces of art instead of just posters and sketches and album art, etc. Sam, the owner of the Visual Arts Collective, asked me when I was going to have a show at his place. Uh... seriously? It was Erin and Ben's art opening last night and their work was amazing. I don't even think I should be put into the same gallery as them. But, I keep hearing it over and over from folks. I just need to do it. I need to spend my every night painting and drawing.

One problem though. I don't know what I want to do. It isn't that I don't have ideas, I just have so many. And I have established myself with a particular medium I am most comfortable with or a subject matter. Sometimes I draw photo-realistically or from life, or times I have monsters and giant rabbits drawn in a cartoon kind of style. I need to find a happy medium. Or maybe I don't.

I have noticed I do some of my favorite things with acrylics on cardboard and chipboard. I got a giant hunk of cardboard about 4 feet across that I am just dying to paint something onto it. Maybe I will go with an animal theme and a monster theme and pull the weird stuff from my dreams.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Work in Progress poster

I am doing a poster for a show on the 18th at the VaC with Sleepy Seeds, Spondee, A Seasonal Disguise and then the headliner is Brittain Ashford. I looked up some photos of Brittain and she is a very pretty girl, so I decided I wanted the poster to be a portrait of her.

Here is what I have so far, and then I am going to place it in an old photo, with the oval shaped framing.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Sketches from my week on vacation

Sadly, I wish I could have drawn more, but that doesn't mean I didn't get a lot done! I slept a lot on this trip. Drank some, but not a whole lot...well, except for 1 day of the cruise. We stopped in AMAZINGLY beautiful Victoria, BC and did a pub crawl. We made it to 6 or 7 then needed to stop. I tried to go to dinner than night (there is a dinner on the cruise that you dress nicely to and get served fancy 3 course meal.) I had to leave before dessert because I was too tired and still drunk. As you will see, I did not draw much for Victoria... other than 2 glasses of beer and some quick sketches of their visitors that greeted people coming off the ship dressed in old 1900s clothing. I bought a really expensive plush Sasquatch named Quatchi. You can learn more about him here.

it was hard drawing people without them moving too much or noticing you... this is why so many people are looking down or have their eyes closed. I got held up in at the John Wayne airport for 13 hours because Delta sucks. I don't even want to explain it here but there is a sketch of a pilot that I did to make me feel better. I ended up traveling for over 24 hours just to get from LA to Boise. I could have driven there faster.

***you can click on the images to see them larger***