Saturday, November 28, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I've been working on a little compilation picture book through Blurb, after so many folks suggested I should do one featuring my Splotch Monsters. So far so good. It looks like it'll be a 7" x 7", fifty-page, hard (and soft) bound publication. Hopefully it will be completed and ready for purchase by the end of the year! Above is a sneak peak - almost finished.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Last Thursday night I made it out to DC to see Deastro perform live at DC9. It was cold, damp and rainy out and normally I would have been tempted to rest my burning feet and dying voice in the cozy comfort of home, but this was Deastro for crying out loud! Real name Randolph Chabot, Deastro, hailing from Detroit, MI, has been on tour, opening for Max Tundra, the latter of whom I unfortunately had to miss or I'd have missed the Metro ride home.
I first "discovered" the amazing music of Deastro earlier in the year while sorting through the bins of my favorite local cd shop. The cover art immediately jumped out at me, with its wild, cosmic collage landscape. Of course the title of his latest (and second) album, "Moondagger" drew me in as well, and the fact that it was on the highly respected American electronic music label, Ghostly International. What started out as a near overlooked curiosity turned out to be one of my all-time favorite albums. Unfortunately, Chabot wasn't able to perform much of the material from Moondagger - a dense, epic long-player recorded with a full band, who happened to bail on him three weeks ago due to lack of funds. However, despite the stripped down live set, which included a friend of Chabot's on bass and keys, Deastro soldiered on and delivered an energized, spirited performance, showcasing earlier tracks from his first album, "Keepers", as well as a sampling of some truly stellar new songs. Occasionally, in between songs, Chabot would tell bad jokes or make small talk with the audience, to everyone's bemused enjoyment.
I got a chance to talk briefly with Chabot after his set, and learned that there will already be another new album out soon in the new year, and he already has a new band lined up. This is exciting news indeed and it looks as if this young musical genius is on a roll with no end in site. Be sure to catch Deastro in a city near you as he tours the US on through the new year, and be sure to shake the young man's hand as well. In the meantime, I'll be reviewing his album Moondagger later this year as part of my top ten favorite music releases from 2009.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
I just returned from the Third Annual Richmond Zine Fest, held this year at Gallery 5. There was so much fantastic art this year from participants, it was almost overwhelming at times. There was also a lot of great energy throughout the place - I got a chance to talk with lots of kind, interesting and inspirational individuals and sold a good deal of art as well, so I'm very thankful for that! I'm also very glad to have shared a table with Matt Dembicki and Andrew Cohen once again at the fest. Hopefully Gallery 5 will be a permanent home to this event and hopefully it'll bring in lots of awesome people next year as well. I wish I brought my camera along but I don't think I'd have had enough time to take any pics. In the meantime, I thought I'd post up some photos from earlier in the week, taken in both Hillsboro and Leesburg, Virginia.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
The top five drawings are for five more book covers for my special edition Sketch Dump 'zines, which will be on sale next week at the Richmond Zine Fest. I used lots of reference photos and liquid watercolors to make them, and it was a joy getting back into drawing animals over ultravivid psychedelic backdrops once again. The bottom five drawings are from a couple of sketchbook exchanges, the first four in my wife's sketchbook for a DC exchange I started recently. The very bottom image is a collaboration with Ellen, who is part of round two of the sketchbook exchange started by Andrea Martinez. Elen draw a light pencil sketch of three cartoon jack-o-lanterns, while I added color, grass and ghosts. Normally I loathe doing holiday-related art, but this one was definitely lots of fun to work on.