Magic Bullet #8 can now be found at the following establishments (from left to right, top to bottom): Bean Bar (Leesburg, VA), Market Street Coffee (Purcellville, VA), LoCo Joe's (Purcellville, VA), Hypnocoffee (Shepherdstown, WV), Blue Moon Cafe (Shepherdstown, WV), Books and Other Found Things (Leesburg, VA),and King Street Coffee (Leesburg, VA). Thank you for carrying our fine publication, free to the public!
Monday, February 24, 2014
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Last Sunday I just completed working in my final page of what I call my flimsier Moleskine sketchpad, though I do love it. It was good to break in the new, thicker-paged Moleskine sketchbook - the kind I used to draw in all the time. I found I've been getting a little too precious with these sketches, and while I'm mostly pleased with the results, I feel I had somewhat of a breakthrough with my final sketch for the week, based on a photo I took of a Great Blue Heron last fall. Much of it can be attributed to working again with a black china marker, that functions like charcoal but not nearly as messy. I got a nice, loose, fluid style going on in that sketch - a true sketch, completed in way less than an hour, unlike most of my recent drawings. I haven't worked on today's yet, but I think I'm going to try and stay away from the mechanical drawing pencil for the rest of the week, so as not to get so caught up in precision, and get a more spontaneous approach down on paper.
Monday, February 17, 2014
You can now grab your free copy of Magic Bullet #8, as well as flyers for the upcoming SMUDGE Expo and AwesomeCon events at Off-Rhode Studio gallery/Art Enables in Washington, DC. While you're there be sure to take a look at the gorgeous paintings of Ecuadorean self-taught artist Luis Millingalli, courtesy of Grey Carter Objects of Art. Millingalli's show, titled All That Surrounds Me will be on display at Off-Rhode Studio up through February 28th, and is not to be missed!
Saturday, February 15, 2014
This week I've been focusing on drawing single objects again - objects in front of me, with the exception of my Abe Lincoln portrait, based off of a handful of images online, including a few from the Lincoln Memorial in DC. Some of the drawings have gotten more involved than I had intended, but I'm just going to roll with that. I like getting to know an object through sketching and drawing - observing something that I've had for years or have seen every day - something I've actually never really taken a good close look at. Sometimes I've felt compelled to write some kind of observation or explanation - to include some sort of text with my sketch, but I'm mostly content with just keeping it as it is - no need for extraneous verbiage or semi-pretentious musings - something I've been somewhat guilty of in the past. Just an urge to find the extraordinary in the ordinary and my everyday surroundings. The boot was my next-to-last page in this sketchbook - a flimsier Moleskine notebook. I've stocked up on a few more higher-quality Moleskines, now that the local Michael's carries them and I can get a good discount on 'em using their weekly coupons. It's kind of like a dream come true, these very affordable Moleskines, and has caused a personal revival of sorts.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Looking at my latest batch of drawings from last week, I've noticed two things that have been increasingly consistent. The first is the use of mechanical drawing pencils. I haven't used these things before doing this daily sketch thing, and I love 'em. Eventually I'm going to try some charcoal again as well, but I find that more suitable for larger scale, individual works. I also want to use some other types of drawing pencils, including graphite. The other consistency has been working with little still-life set ups, many times with me juxtaposing two things into a composition. I'll definitely continue to focus on one thing as well, but it's been fun adding an extra element to the mix. Photographing these drawings and displaying them via Instagram has also been somewhat of a creative challenge, which I've occasionally enjoyed as much and even more than the drawing part.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
This was the first time I've ever tried this - make a comic for every hour you're awake, for Hourly Comics Day (every Feb 1st). I went with three panels per hour, basing them on notes I took all day. The toughest part was trying to draw myself, and get this done in at least some presentable fashion, in a week (the rule was to complete it by last night). An exercise in self-observation or an excursion in narcissism? You decide.
Monday, February 3, 2014
Saturday I visited the Exhibitions Art Gallery in Martinsburg, West Virginia to see the final day of Neal Martineau's art show. I had originally intended to make opening night, but the weather was nasty and I was pretty well pooped from a long week of work. Thankfully the drive out was beautiful and the weather was perfect. I had blogged here about Neal's art twice, since I had first discovered it last summer while hanging up some of my own work in Shepherdstown, WV. I couldn't believe my eyes upon viewing this amazing, vibrant, intensely imaginative, visionary art, and made by a guy twice my own age! I had to meet him (and at least buy some prints), and that I did, towards the end of last summer. It was so good talking to Neal, who is a wealth of cool knowledge and stories, and very witty to boot, and I was so happy to have been able to see and purchase more of his work again, in person, Saturday. If you couldn't make the show, I took lots of photos, and there are twice as many more at my Flickr stream, for your personal visual enjoyment.
If you do happen to be in the Martinsburg, WV area, which is only a mere ten-minute drive from Shepherdstown, also drop by the neighboring Queen Street Gallery, which has an extraordinary collection of vintage poster prints and art works by the like of Hundertwasser, Joan Miro, Basquiat, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol and many many more!