Sunday, July 31, 2011

2011 dc zinefest update

Just wanted to post some pics from the DC Zinefest yesterday. Despite the crazy heat, lots of people showed up to St. Stephen's Church to check it out. I really had a blast, despite getting pretty hungry and hot by the final hour. That said, I want to thank everyone once again, who stopped by and took some time out to chat and buy some of my work. More than anything, the kind words from folks made my day. I was fortunate to share a table with my friend Matt Dembicki and his son Adam, who is an awesome young artist like his dad. As you can see from the photo above and a couple directly below, we worked on a wicked cool Splotch Monster collaboration! I made sure to buy two of Adam's latest comic books, which you can find out about more HERE, at his dad's blog. One can always count on Matt to do a thorough job covering these events.  I also posted some pics from the Splotch Monster workshop during the fest. It was truly great seeing adults of all ages getting into their work and having fun making their own monsters! Everyone was so kind and positive at the workshop and fest, I wish I had more time to talk with people Saturday. Anyhow, looking forward to next year's event in the meantime!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

featured artist at t.a.d., etc.

So, Kris and I are finally back from nearly three weeks in Trinidad and Tobago. We just got in after many hours of flying, and it's both nice and sad to be back in Northern Virginia.  We visited many friends, family, beaches and other wonderful places, and didn't spend much time online at all. One surprise I did find online was being featured as artist of the week at the Top Artists' Directory website (thanks Kim)! Very cool! In the meantime I'll be preparing like a madman tomorrow for the first ever DC Zinefest from 11AM until 5PM this Saturday at St. Stephen's Church. I'll have a few zines for sale, as well as an array of Splotch Monsters. I'll also be doing a hands-on Splotch Monster workshop from 2PM - 2:45PM that afternoon, so if you're around, stop on by. There will be plenty of other great things going on at the fest as well! OK, time to get a good shower and hit the sack!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

nuts & bolts art show at the franklin park arts center, purcellville, va

Yesterday I drove out to the Franklin Park Arts Center to see the current "Nuts & Bolts" art exhibit, which started just a couple of days ago and has been extended up through late September. The show was based on material from the local, historic Nichols Hardware store in Purcellville, Virginia. All participating artists received a bag of "nuts & bolts" from the store, the contents of which had to be used in some way in their piece. You could either use all, some or at least one piece of hardware from the bag. Both Kris and I participated in the exhibit, in a sort of collaborative sense. I created a sculpture using clay molds and liquid plaster, while she used her photo skills to take a picture of it in it's imaginary environment. I won't tell you which ones are ours, but I can say, all of the work in the show was fantastic. I got quite a few pictures, as you can see, however, you really have to be there to see it all in such a great, unique setting. Word has it that the show has been extended for a few extra weeks because the center will be screening the recently completed documentary film about Nichols Hardware store in late September. Nichols has a rich history and an interesting story, and the artwork will be a perfect visual compliment to the screening of the film in a couple of months. Kris and I won't be able to make the reception, but we'll certainly be at the screening. Hope you can make it too if you're in the area. In the meantime, I'll be taking a break from the internet and blogging for a couple of weeks, so I'll see you then!


Monday, July 11, 2011

crows & pandas

Just a couple of sketch pages for a project I've been working on.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

artist of the week: gary rudinsky

The artist of the week at Go Flying Turtle is my friend Gary Rudinsky. If you've read this blog in recent past, you may have read about Gary's music gigs at King Street Coffee in Leesburg, VA. Well, not only can can Gary play music, but he can draw. I mean he can REALLY DRAW! This month you'll find Gary's drawings on display at King Street Coffee as well. They're from his book "Once Before There Was A Upon A Time", and they're pretty incredible. I've got a copy of the book myself and have always marveled at the intricacy and detail in his work, as well as the imagination. Please, if you're in the area, drop on by, grab a drink (their iced Moroccan mint tea is perfect for these hot summer days) and see Gary's work in person. 

Saturday, July 9, 2011

hall & oates: "method of modern love", "i can't go for that", & "cold dark & yesterday"

*"Cold Dark & Yesterday" vid link

OK, I'm not afraid to admit, I love Hall & Oates. I grew up with their eighties period, and both my mom and dad listened to them a lot. Thing is, they have an almost universal appeal to their stuff. The songs are good, REALLY GOOD! They're pop, but not crap. They're soulful without sounding pretentious, and they always had somewhat of an edge to their sound, without going too far off the edge. While most hardcore fans probably prefer their seventies stuff, I thoroughly dig their early eighties work, from albums like "H2O", "Private Eyes" and "Big Bam Boom". This is what I consider their synth period, much like the band Rush, who were a far different musical beast. They had a new wave vibe, even an industrial feel in their sound in some of their songs during this time, which I suppose was sort of the trend at the time anyhow, but it sounded, and still sounds like a very natural assimilation. While I loved their music, I guess I never really thought it was that cool to admit it back in the day, which in hindsight, was kind of a lame thing to think. I was recently at a CVS in Pittsburgh with my wife and a good friend when the song "Method of Modern Love" began to play. My friend looked at me and said "you know who this is?", and soon after I started uncontrollably singing M-E-T-H-O-D O-F L-O-V-E (while sort of dancing), that's the kind of effect their music can have on a person. I included that very video here for your viewing pleasure, in all its ridiculous early eighties, this video has nothing to do with the song, what the bleep is going on here, glory. It wasn't one of their biggest hits, but it's still one of their best, in my humble opinion. And no good H & O mix is complete without their hit classic "I Can't Go For That (NO CAN DO)". Just listen to that beat, and some of the smoothest, and dare I say ethereal keys ever played. Finally, from "Big Bam Boom" I featured the lesser known but, in quite a few fans' opinions, highly underrated song "Cold Dark & Yesterday", which is right up there with their best. It's a link, because I couldn't feature the actual footage at my blog, sorry. I also apologize about the commercials at the beginning of the vids. Enjoy, and try not to move to this (or sing along for that matter)!

Friday, July 8, 2011

another merry monster medley

Here's one more Splotch Monster medley, as I like to call the ones where I do a bunch on one page, rather than the typical one per day. I made both yesterday's and today's while watching Miyazaki's "Spirited Away" with my Manga and cartooning classes. Much like George Lucas' creatures from the Star Wars series, Miyazaki's films know no boundaries when it comes to character design and visual concepts. Both Lucas and Miyazaki influence my Splotch Monsters, as well as other art I do. Still, I credit drawing from nature and wildlife just as much when it comes to making Splotch Monsters, which I know was certainly a huge influence on both Miyazaki and Lucas.

In the meantime, I can't believe the two weeks I've had with my middle and high school summer art students are over already! Tomorrow we have our big art show and performances then I'll have officially completed my tenth year with the program. I find the kids can have an influence on me as well, when it comes to art-making, with their energy, sense of humor, ideas and unfiltered creativity. I really feel like this was one of the best summers I've had in the program and I'm really going to miss this group from 2011. Last year, for the most part, that wasn't really the case, because I had quite a few bad apples who really shouldn't have been enrolled. Sometimes, it can only take a few to ruin it, and as much as I tried every approach with them, it came down to their own personal attitudes in the end. I hope they found something else - some activity that better suited their needs this summer. In the meantime, I actually can't wait to do this all again next summer.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

scenes from summer

Just got back from Pittsburgh where we spent some time with friends and family and watched the greatest fire works show of all time, courtesy of my uncle. It's been a hot one both in PA and here in Leesburg, but that's summer for you. I thought I'd share some Instagram shots taken during the past week. Stay cool in the meantime.