Monday, October 31, 2011

Some Sketches

Some Other Co-Workers
Some Co-Workers

A Lady
This Tree's Not Fat, It's Big-Boned!


Sketches for the Statue Gouache Painting

Friday, October 28, 2011

God of Despair

I haven't painted traditionally in years. Years! and even then, the last time I painted, it had been a while, and they were pretty terrible.... Seriously, if you go back far enough on this blog you'll see some of the creepiest paintings anywhere. But lately, I caught some kind of bug and decided to give it another go. I've been practicing every night this week trying to re-learn the media I was once familiar with. It took a while to get anything I liked out of my head onto paper, but persistence paid off. This is a little Gouache on 5''x5'' Claybord I just painted tonight (after many failed attempts). I thought I'd put it where people could see it. I hope you like it half as much as I enjoyed making it. The idea is that he's a long forgotten deity represented in stone: his fa├žade, long forgotten, is weathered and worn by ages of elements, and he laments in the weeds that grow over him. Sad... or maybe he was an asshole and he deserved it, I don't know ... gods can be that way sometimes.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Some Sketches

 Trying to update more often, here are some sketches from... lately-ish.

More Pug
I watched my friend's pug, Pig Pug for a week recently.
After reading Hark! A Vagrant I drew my own 'Fat Pony'
Real talk, Chopin. Real talk.

A coworker with a very Rankin-Bass feel.

I don't know...

 Stay tuned, kids! more scribbles to come... I hope.

Sunday, October 9, 2011


As an insomniac I spend a lot of time outdoors in the night and it struck me that I had not attempted to illustrate a nocturnal scene before. Biking along the San Francisco Coastline by moonlight actually looks more like this piece than you might guess. I've pulled a lot of my color choices from those experiences and exaggerated them a bit to end up here. But the moon shining down on a dark azure landscape, the calm sea gleaming like turquoise in the distance, and coiling clouds veiling the harbor...that is not too far removed from reality. 
I sought after a soft, tranquil mood in this piece and I wanted the landscape to speak more than any figures as the subject. But I've learned a lot in terms of color relationships in this piece. The complementary color of the bonfire in the distance is not powerful enough for me, it gets lost in the competitive value din created by the cliff-faces. But knowing that will help me later on in my future work. It feels really good to finally have had some time to finish this piece. I started it much earlier in the year, before Sonia's album cover actually, but between that project and having to bring work home with me, I had to put it on the back burner along with Ozymandias and another few projects. Hopefully this spell of productivity will last a little bit longer than those in the past. Thanks for reading, I hope to post more work soon!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Calm Her

Every once in a while a strangely wonderful opportunity finds you; something you really want just sort of, falls into your hands. Earlier this spring, my friend Sonia Rao asked me if I would make an illustration for the cover of her upcoming album: Calm Her. In the beginning she sent me the demos of all of her songs and I sketched out my thoughts and ideas, my feelings about the music. And also what I thought would just make a visually assertive composition.