Category Archives: Content

Always on track, but perhaps not on the rails.

1
Filed under News, Sketch

Trying to update more frequently like I was doing when I was living in Montana – It’s always tough to build a new daily or weekly schedule when you shift locations, especially if there are no “bones” to give it structure, like school or a Nine-to-Five. But I just got back from my daily run in the park, and am feeling that syrupy, chilled, numb-yet-satisfied feeling that comes with being proactive and responsible, and thought, “why not update now?” resulting in the sentence you are currently reading, as well as this one: It is time to work on the inks for the “Tomb of Achilles” comic for St. James, as well as work a little on another painting currently sitting wet and ready on my easel. I finished a small one the other day and am waiting for it to dry, and then I will have a scan up; I really need a new digital camera… In the mean time, here is a goofy little drawing based on a friend’s Facebook status:

ducksoverchicago

I don’t even know…

Going to Madison, WI on Saturday, will be back Monday with more drawn, painted, or otherwise created objects.

The [noun] that stays together, [progressive verb] together.

1
Filed under Fun, Project, Sketch

…That may not be technically correct, either grammatically or as a statement about reality, but it was the first title I thought of when I wanted to do a post about how I had some family in town this past week, which was a grand old time. We did the whole Chicago tour – Especially the art galleries, which were simultaneously inspiring and infuriating – And I now also have a new cellphone desktop photo of my feet suspended over skyscrapers, as seen from the new transparent Sears Tower ledge.

Did some work while being visited, too, but nothing heavy. Now I’m doing some promotional images for the “Ex Occultus” series I’m working on with St. James comics, before diving into the next installment:

gun

Going to polish that off today and then hit the next one, a more traditional montage of all the characters in exciting poses.

There is also a small canvas sitting on my easel with a sketch on it of an uncanny conflagration of the color yellow that I saw at Walgreens the other day… I’d like to paint that as a warmup for that “Astrolabe” deal in the post below…

OoooooooOOOH MAHO

2
Filed under Fun, Project, Sketch

The last couple of days I have had difficulty reigning myself in, so I am going to spend the day at a coffee shop away from distractions to really get my current workload finished.

It hasn’t been all spazzing out, though – It seems when I just kind of let my subconscious do the drawing, I get a big mass of geometric shapes surrounding and interacting with “real” objects, so I decided I’m just going to roll with that and did this ballpoint pen sketch that will eventually become a large oil painting, as soon as I can figure out what color palate I want:
astrolabe

Dog Tired.

9
Filed under Content, Gallery

Finishing off a short adventure for St. James Comics – I’ll post a link for that once it’s ready for purchase.

Figured I might as well add that “Fate Circuit” proposal to the comics section – Go check it out if you feel like a hefty read.

In the mean time, back to work.

More Corn!

1
Filed under Content, Fun, News, Project

Haven’t posted in a while, but I haven’t been working on anything I’d feel honest posting up here in public until it’s finished, so this’ll just be some incidental sketches and musings to prove I’m busy and not dead.

Here are two 4-panel strips I recently did for a project that later got cancelled:
new01
new02

Here’s a quick drawing I did a month or two ago as a kind of summer fun thing – Haven’t drawn those characters from Urusei Yatsura in a while:
lumicecream1

Speaking of summer fun, I downloaded this album last night, and part of the reason I’m posting today is because I want to evangelize:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Flight-602-Aim/dp/B000GPI3NU
It’s billed as “dance,” but it’s a bit too musically ambitious and intelligent for that description alone – Yeah, there are some clever polyrhythmic beats and basslines so rubbery you could use them as a trampoline, making something you can definitely get up and bop around to, but a better use is to sit calmly (drawing…?) and nod to the beat as the music puts images in your brain. Niko delivers some excellent vocals, as well, turning the album into a kind of musical chronicle of an entire urban summer. This is music for the “slacker cognoscenti” – If you’re one of those people who bristles at electronic music as soulless beeps for weird skinny kids in baggy pants, this will change your mind.

Up, Up and Away

1
Filed under Idea, Sketch

It might be a few hours late, but Happy 40th to the Apollo astronauts – Awesome stuff. People here might know I have a bit of a thing for space exploration, so I’m pretty jazzed about the whole thing.

For finality, here’s something of mine. I’m working with St. James Comics on a series of short stories about 19th Century adventurers dealing with the occult, and this is a preliminary character design. It’s only the first round on the way to further development, so I still feel honest posting it here:
exoccultus01

Jet Set.

0
Filed under Project, Sketch

Today I have for you a jumpjet design for “Whiz Kids.” Waiting to hear back from the writer, but I’m going to go on and do some layouts for it.
jet

Back for More.

0
Filed under Gallery, News, Project

Turns out the temporary internet connection I had here wasn’t up to snuff, but I’ve gone and gotten proper DSL from the fine people at AT&T.  I also finished four acrylic paintings for the APW Gallery’s “Something Different” exhibition in Long Island, which you can see in the “Paintings” section.  The four of them go together and are titled “The Four Stages of a Most Inappropriate Oath Bearer,” which was a phrase I heard in a dream where I was trying to figure out what to paint. It’s about the evolution an idea goes through when put through the meat grinder of revision and procrastination – Try to find themes that are carried over from one to the other.

Going to get to work now on some other projects, and I learned today I might be joining a co-op that does murals here in Chicago – That’d be a fun experience and a good way to meet other artists…  Anyway, further updates as events warrant.

Protected: Fate Circuit Proposal

Enter your password to view comments.
Filed under Content, Project

This content is password protected. To view it please enter your password below:

Take This Job and Poet.

3
Filed under Fun, Sketch

…Didn’t even know it…

Today is the last day of National Poetry Month, and, well, I just had to do something… I had earlier uploaded some old MSPaint doodles I did a while ago into a “misc” folder on this site, then started rhyming about them idly while washing the dishes today, and decided to make a little thing of it:

buddhaballoon
The Buddha Balloon, the Budda Balloon!
It must have come out of some kind of cartoon,
defending itself with a thund’rous kaboom
As it floats through the clouds on its way to the moon!
The wonderful, magical Buddha Balloon!

With gold and brocade it is always festooned,
catching all eyes from man down to raccoon
Such a wondrous sight you won’t see again soon
The stupendous-superlative Buddha Balloon!

magmaslug
The Magma Slug
Just wants a hug.
Though he is dumber than a bug,
He’s dangerous as any thug,
For while he has no cranium
His slime contains uranium.

nanopie
The NanoPie
is very shy.
It hides while days and weeks go by
But when the season urges
it finally emerges
And though it makes no scream or “boo”
Most are surprised by its gray goo.

….Can you tell I like Ogden Nash?