Friday, October 28, 2011

Lately

We're getting ready to leave for the UK cause Marci has a solo show at the Leeds College of Art.

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I had to buy a bunch of stuff for this trip. One of them being this 220v adapter for my Macbook's electric outlet. It only cost 49c, but it looks hella weird. I had to get a bunch of other random adapters, cause the voltage there is twice as powerful as it is in the States, and their ends looks like this.

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I also had to buy a pencil case and a backpack. It's weird the things I don't own. Uh, it took a while to find a pencil case cause I didn't know where to look. I just assumed they would be at an art supply store and they're totally not. Not unless you want to have one that's like leather bound and stores 48 to 144 pens and pencils. Uh, I found this in the Kunikuniya stationary store, so I can carry my 4 pens and two pencils. It was the least feminine while also the least leathery of the choices presented to me.


Other things:
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I made a painting of the inside of my brain. Originally I drew out the brain like a real brain, but I kind of like the blobs more. I agreed to try and make 1000 5"x5" for a show for 2012, and yeah, considering the most I ever made in a year is like 300, the, "Oh, shit" phase of whatever I just said yes to has just kicked in. So I figure I should just make a painting of whatever random thing that comes up. I have this, and 46 others, so I'm 4.7% from my goal.



Our neighbor bought a bird seed box, but then the squirrels got into it, so he started just throwing all the seeds on the ground. But then the skunks came. And so did the raccoons. It's like critter kingdom in my backyard.

This is a photo Marci took of a skunk going for it straight from the bag. He was digging in when Marci needed to get her laundry out.


Lately I've been taking alternative routes as I'm walking home and staying away from the main roads. I found this weird house with a window in it's chimney.

Other buildings I've been noticing are the really old Berkeley buildings that are like 1/2 the size of a real home. They look like cottages from Willow, cause they're made of stone, and they have weird circular walls. Also since they're half the size of the other homes around them they have like a lot of green space around them.


I also sketched Marci's brain for her. I drew out all the stuff she ever talks to me about. Mysterious Universe is a podcast that she's pretty obsessed about. I probably need a bigger space for metal.

Thor sleeping in a box of stuff animals.
This photo was taken recently but when we had our 2nd of 3 earthquakes in the past week this is where my cat dove in to hide. It's Marci's big box of stuffed animals.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Drawings for Domy Books

This is the third year in a row I've been asked to contribute work to Domy Books' Annual Monster Show. It's one of the few themed shows I actually like making work for, cause A) they ask for only work on paper and B) it isn't the most rigid theme to stick to. The first part is pretty awesome, cause, well, it only cost about $3 to ship drawings to Texas, and I also don't get to make drawings all that often. At least not as finished artwork. Just for zines and illustrations.

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The first drawing is a remake of a painting I just finished for that group show at Flat Color. I fixed the proportions to the guard on the sword. When I'm done with everything I'm probably going to try and make my way over to a botanical garden cause right now I only have like 10 different types of plants that I know how to draw. There's one really close in Berkeley, and another in Golden Gate Park my friend takes watercolor classes in that she says is pretty rad.

Most of the plants I referenced comes from The Besler Florilegium, which is a book Marci used to reference a lot when she painted plants like 7 years ago. It helps, but I had to make up some stuff cause the depictions are painted not drawn.

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The second is a remake of the drummer cat. I was drawing this out at a cafe when my friend, Teppei was like, "Hey, didn't you already make something like this drawing?", and I was like "...".

Cause yeah, How many ideas can a person have? Not many if that person is me.

I don't know how I feel about this drawing. I kind of wish I had put something in front of his first foot cause he doesn't look like he sinks in to much. But yeah. Can't fix that now.

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My favorite part of drawing is randomly adding little things like crushed beer cans and lost lighters. With painting I sort of have to plan everything out in advance. The beer can logo I referenced is Löwenbräu, which is pretty decent, but I can't drink it any more (cause of a wheat allergy). They also make Beck's, which I never liked.

These two drawings took 4 days to finish. A day to pencil and a day to ink. I don't know how using a pen fucks up my hand after 4 hours but painting with a brush for 10 hours doesn't. I'm kind of impatient so in my younger days I would just ink something in till it was done, but now I don't, cause I don't like walking around with a crippled claw. Sometimes I'd would just draw until I was forced to use my left hand to use a spoon to eat.

True Story: When I was a teenager I had a sketchbook for just my left hand in case I lost my right hand in some horrible accident. At the time it seemed like a good idea. I think I saw a That's Incredible episode of some dude drawing with his feet after his arms got amputated.

While working on these I watched a few episodes of Dr Who, a few PBS documentaries, and the new Ken Burn's documentary on Prohibition.

Last night I watched a pretty good PBS documentary on the War of 1812. I've seen a few documentaries on that war and I think this particular one is the most insightful cause they give perspectives from the view point of the British, Canadians and Natives as well just American historians. You can watch that here.

Oh, the Monster show is in two cities, and one each of my drawings is going to Austin and Houston. They open on the same night which is the 29th of October. The list of artists in it is mega big.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

These paintings are going to Flatcolor in Seattle.


I made 9 5"x5" paintings for a show in Seattle at Flatcolor. The show is called Nature of the Beast, and the theme is suppose to be like dark arts or something.

The first 8 were pretty easy, and the last one which is the one in the upper right hand corner was kind of the hardest to finish. I started on 3 other panels, and finished two of them but they didn't fit with the others so well. I also drew out two other paintings that were 8"x10" each, but I'm kind of pressed for time with other stuff so I couldn't finish them.

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Out of the 21 other people in this show I only know two people, one of them being Chris Sheridan, who I used to work with like 8 years ago. He's a rad dude, who makes rad art.