What I’m Working on, September 2014:
1. Some collage work which is mostly stupid, but makes me happy.
2. An album cover for a local band. This is a teeny preview, but expect to see the finished piece by the end of next month.
3. A commissioned portrait in acrylic.
I’m cutting up pieces of paper, interpreting music visually and arranging pigment suspended in an acrylic polymer emulsion into forms that may remind viewers of a human face.
Hat hat snake
The beginning of some paintings I just finished.
Alley cat progress shot.
Alley Cat! It’s been a while since I made a relief print, but I had fun. I have some process pics on this I may post later.
Alley Cat Patch, 2014. Linocut on fabric, 5x7”
Vickie and I are getting subconscious messages from each other or something, because I made a cat patch as well. Mine is much less regal. I’ve been referring to this design as “Bad Pussy,” but my mom reads this blog, so…Alley Cat.
My roommate and I had a little housewarming party on Saturday and broke in our blackboard with this collaborative piece by momakesthings, chris-loge-illustration and myself.
Where, What, Where, 2014. Acrylic on MDF, 8”x20”
I made my own version of Paul Gaugin’s Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? And this is what happened. If it isn’t obvious, I took inspiration from my new surroundings for the landscape as well as some of the figures.
Ew, there’s Visser in my Gaugin!
For July’s QuickTalk, each member made an influence map showing aspects of art history that affect their work. We’ll be posting each member’s map over the next few days, so keep watching!
Here are nine of my biggest visual influences. Of course, this list could go on forever, and like most of us, I’m sure I’m influenced by things I’m not even aware of. But this is what I’ve picked (left to right, top to bottom):
Gorgio de Chirico: The underrated forerunner of Surrealism (which I’m big into as a whole, really).
Edward Hopper: A quintessential American realist and hella moody.
Pulp magazine illustration (image by Norman Saunders): Guns, gangsters, aliens, cowboys, monsters—it’s all there. I’m drawn to pulp art for how weird and extreme it is, and how big and bold the technique is.
Children’s art: I always find kid art inspiring for its emotional rawness and limitless imagination.
Esther Pearl Watson: OK, so I’m big into UFO’s, but whatever Esther’s subject matter, she handles it with a personal touch and wonderfully unrefined simplicity.
UFO/extraterrestrial culture: Since I was a kid, I’ve been obsessed with aliens. Visually, UFO culture ranges from cartoony, pop images and Roswell kitsch to abductee’s drawings of their captors and creative interpretations of ancient imagery.
Maurice Sendak: I’ve noticed most of my favorite children’s books are about little boys who sneak out of the house somehow in the middle of the night.
Georgia O’Keefe: O’Keefe painted everything in big, simple shapes. I remember a professor telling me once, “If you want to paint like Georgia O’Keefe, just paint like Georgia O’Keefe.” Vague advice, but I took it to heart.
Theodore “Dr. Seuss” Giesel: A Seuss illustration is full of color, movement, brilliantly realized imagination and a visual rhythm that matches his written verse perfectly.
Hey! Here’s a thing I made for QDC. It was hard to pick just a few influences, but talk to me at a party or something and I’ll fill in the gaps for you.
What I’m Working On, July 2014:
1. Since I’ve been so nomadic recently, most of my drawing in the past month has been sketchbook-based.
2. Along with QDC memebers Julia and Jessica, I was at ICON8 in Portland, and I’m trying to keep riding the high. Here’s me and a bear, photo courtesy of Julia Lavigne.
3. I have a fully operational studio set up here in Denver now, so it’s time to bust out the paints. I’m also gathering supplies to practice some of the “jailhouse printmaking” techniques I picked up in an ICON workshop taught by the Clayton Brothers.
Be an artist, see the world, be pals with bears.*
*Do not try to be pals with actual bears. Bears will eat you.