Wednesday, February 23, 2011
What do a pair of seals attempting to French kiss have to do with layers? Originally I was going to do one of my more imaginary drawings involving layers of sound in music, then I had watched a great National Geographic program on TV , while at the gym about Galapagos wildlife. One segment that grabbed my attention in particular was about the seals who live on the island. There was a portion where it showed the alpha male, who is very protective over his territory, constantly being challenged by younger males. The alpha male (who was given a silly title I can't recall right now) usually initiates a battle when another male enters his territory, aggressively charging trespassers. They end up duking it out pretty good, however despite biting the heck out of each other's necks, the thick layer of fat on their bodies keeps them pretty well protected, and what appears to be a pretty intense fight ends up no more than a fairly vigorous session of rough play. Apparently the Galapagos seals are very playful mammals in general, and even play with the marine iguanas who graze in the shallow waters, swimming along side them and bumping them with their snouts (much to the dismay of the lizards).
*8" x 10", 005 tip black Pigma Micron pen and watercolor on watercolor paper, made for the Illustration friday topic "layer", 2/2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
It was good to crack open the Moleskine again, and even better to get back into a pencil sketch, after a while of working in pen and watercolors. I went with the first thing that popped in my mind, which was a sheep. It looks like a lot of other people were thinking of the same thing, which is good. I wish I can say I went out to some farm and happened upon this half-sheared sheep, camera in tow, but the truth is, I made a loosely rendered version of a photo used in National Geographic (gotta love Google image).
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
The new Carpaccio Guide to emerging illustrators, photographers & artists Volume 4 is currently on sale as pre-order only through Atem Books. You can get a brief digital sneak peek at Atem if you like, however the actual material copy will start shipping to your doorstep March 1, 2011. I'm happy to have been chosen to show some of my own art in Carpaccio Magazine in recent months and will have more work in their upcoming "Imaginary Friends" issue next month. I've got some stuff in the Guide as well, though not sure what they chose. Whatever it is, this is pretty exciting news, and I look forward to the book's arrival next month. Since it was an import, I paid roughly 24 U.S. dollars (that includes the shipping), but it looks to be a big book, jam-packed with art and more. I'll do a follow-up post when it does arrive. In the meantime, consider taking a chance and submitting some of your own work if you do art, and check out their past publications for some serious inspiration.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
My issue ( issue #3) of Rooms Magazine finally arrived in the mail yesterday, after a long day of Kris and I moving into our new place (sorry for the lack of Blogger activity lately). It was a nice way to unwind, leafing through these pages last night, and it was an even nicer surprise to see some of my animal-based works on a couple of the pages. It's one thing to see this kind of thing online, but in person is always a whole other experience. The mag itself is fantastic - thick, sturdy pages, lots of content and lots of art! I really enjoyed some of the interview and gallery features as well. Rooms is looking to expand its distribution, so if you have a gallery, boutique, bookstore or cool shop, please consider supporting good art and carrying their publication. If you are an artist, take a chance and submit your work. It's a slightly lengthy process, but well worth it!
Monday, February 7, 2011
Last week Kris picked up a DVD from the library that made me an instant fan of a man I now consider a modern day hero, Gordon Hempton. This isn't your typical action hero however, but rather a man of action - a silent hero if you will. The DVD is a documentary film released by Indiepix called Soundtracker, which follows Gordon on his journeys in sound recording across the world. His own personal story is one as fascinating as the "sound portraits" he diligently and relentlessly attempts to discover and record for the rest of the world to hear. Gordon is a man on a mission, and has been for quite some time, trading in life's more typical luxuries, as well as sacrificing common human trappings for a life dedicated to sound. There's so much more to it than this though, and while I've seen enough incredible documentaries to dedicate a blog to, this one is well worth a mention and checking out. In a time and culture where infantile behavior and obnoxious "celebrities" are worshiped, it's so good to see folks like Gordon doing his thing, and getting some recognition for it to boot. Here's a recent Newsweek interview with Gordon in the meantime.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
I chose my good friend (of 20 years!) Eric as this week's artist of the week at Go Flying Turtle. For one, his work is simply awesome. Second of all, he's got a solo show going on at King Street Coffee in Leesburg, VA until the end of February. I took some photos but as with last time at my wife's show, the lighting wasn't good for my little camera, more suited for outdoor shots. Anyhow, a couple did turn out decent (below), featuring some of Eric's visual journals and merchandise, including his excellent book Journal Junkies Workshop. Kris and I bought one of his smaller works (the little rectangular gray and white piece in the middle), which can serve as a free-standing sculpture or one to hang on a wall. I highly recommend checking out Eric's work and show, if you're in the Northern VA area.