Monthly Archives: September 2009

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

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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

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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

The Title of that one Jonathan Coulton Song Everyone Knows.

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Filed under Fun, Idea, Link

I have returned. I’m still alive, you might say. Just finished some comic strips for a remake of the gag series Two Word Title (the original can be found in the comics section). Even after taking out all the objectionable content I was still left me with enough material for new strips, so now I’m back to work on the 19th Century adventures of Hollander and Wakefield for the fine people at St. James Comics, among other projects. I finished an oil painting a little while ago, and once I get it back from the venue I’ll have some pictures as well. I really need to get a new camera…

Trying to think of some new project ideas… I’m currently stuck in “comics mode” but at a BBQ the other day I was describing some gallery installation ideas that kind of got me fired up to write grant proposals again. I need some capital, after all, if I’m going to buy fancy enough objects to be worth “monsterizing.”

Not much in the way of new work I’d like to show right now, but I’ll share with you this clip from “Vermilion Pleasure Night,” a surrealist late-night Japanese sketch comedy show from the mind of conceptual artist Yoshimasa Ishibashi (Skit dubbed into English for your convenience):

The Japanese version has an funny, tripped-out deadpan that’s missing here, but this sketch still gave me a side ache from laughing so hard, and I’m probably going to buy the complete DVD collection (it’s only 3 discs). It exists at the intersection of modern art and sketch comedy, two things I try to keep a foot in, but Vermilion Pleasure Night definitely isn’t for everyone; it wants to make you work to understand it. As the kind of person, however, who often tries to think outside of the box, but then re-reads or looks over everything he does until he can just draw another, bigger box around it, and then repeats the process, it’s fun to see someone else obviously thinking the same way – VPN is full of the kinds of ideas I’d bring up when writing in a group, that would quickly get shot down with a “no one else thinks like that, Jon.” Well, this show does.