Monday, June 29, 2015

new work for magic bullet 11

I'm excited to have finished and finally submitted my latest comic art page for the upcoming summer 2015 issue of Magic Bullet. I included a sneak peek of my work in progress, while spending a rainy Sunday afternoon at the local Kinkos. It was fun getting more experimental with this one, while retaining a panel and story-based piece, though the term "story" can be loosely applied. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

ready for wlast2015!

Just finished setting up for the 2015 Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour at The Round Hill Arts Center (stop 20). Even made a few sales during set up today! The tour officially starts tomorrow, Saturday, June 20, and runs through Sunday June 21, from 10am - 5pm. I’ll be selling Splotch Monster art, along with many more excellent artists at the RHAC. Hope to see folks there this weekend! #WLAST2015 #WesternLoudounArtistsStudoTour #art #watercolor #drawing #SplotchMonsters #SplotchMonsterIsland #RoundHillArtsCenter

Thursday, June 18, 2015

audio/visual delight: the kurdles, by robert goodin

Today I decided to begin a new series at this blog, featuring books, records, CDs, audio cassettes, and artwork that I have collected throughout the years, primarily with a focus on the visual aspect of the work. Why not share my love for aesthetically pleasing audio and visual artifacts, both new, and not so new, with the rest of the world? For my first feature, as part of what I'll simply call the "audio/visual delight" series, I chose a very recent book release by Robert Goodin (American Dad fame) called The Kurdles.

While browsing through my local comic book store the other day, I honestly found myself kind of bored with the usual glossy super hero fare lining the shelves, then something caught my eye and drew me in like a moth to a flame. What was this curious-looking, large hardbound book The Kurdles all about? I was immediately drawn to the book's lovable cast of oddball misfits, as well as the general plot, but the drawings, and those rich, gorgeous colors, all done by hand with watercolor. How incredibly refreshing.

There is something that feels very classic about The Kurdles, even though it's a brand new title, and there's a sense of innocence, reminiscent of films like E.T. and Goonies, that is all but missing from most comic books today. The adventures of the book's courageous main character, Sally Bear, and her new friends, which include a macho, no-nonsense unicorn named Hank, an intelligent but fearful scarecrow named Phineas, and a friendly, color-changing creature with terrible allergies, simply known as Pentapus, tell a story that both kids and adults can relate to, and those with a liking for lush, hand-drawn comic illustration, and wonderfully imaginative characters will thoroughly enjoy a trip to a magical place called Kurdleton. I personally enjoyed my visit so much, I ended up buying two books for myself.

You can purchase your copy of The Kurdles through Fantagraphics HERE. You can also follow Robert Goodin's blog HERE, where you'll find updates on The Kurdles-related artwork, and more. "Like" the Kurdles on Facebook as well! If you're in the Echo Park part of LA, be sure to drop by Stories Books and Cafe on Saturday, June 27th for a Kurdles book signing with Robert, as well as a look at some original Kurdles art work on display at the store!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

summer plans

The photo above shows a "monster mash doodle" I worked on, on and off last Saturday, while tabling next to my wife Kris' booth at the first ever Another Damn Craft Show event at Art Enables, in DC. We both had an excellent time selling our artwork and meeting lots of fun and friendly people. We also ended up spending some of that money we made, on the work offered by other local vendors. If they decide to hold a second one next year, I know we'll both sign up again!

Looking ahead, I'll be selling original Splotch Monster works, along with prints and such at the Round Hill Arts Center, this coming Saturday and Sunday, for the 10th annual Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour. I couldn't be more pleased with my location and space - a big, air-conditioned room that I'll be sharing with one of my favorite local artists, Penny Hauffe. There's also a great winery right next to us. This Friday will be my first day off from the school year, and thankfully I'll have a chance to get my display space at the RHAC set up, that day. 

I'm greatly looking forward to my free time this summer, as I always do, and I'll be making a concerted effort to work on my art,working in my newly set-up basement studio space at least four times a week. I'll even have a "sign-in" sheet, to log my hours, getting up early each morning, and finishing by late in the afternoon. It might seem tedious to do such a thing, treating art-making as if it's a job, but that's exactly the plan, and rather than seeing it as some kind of forced obligation, I'm treating this with great anticipation. While I'll still be working on the Splotch Monster-related art from time to time, I'll also be shifting gears, focusing on painting on canvasses, working on some subject matter that has always been close to my heart. Stay tuned, and hope to see you on the tour this weekend!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

studio ghibli film fest at angelika film center, fairfax, va!

Thanks to a tip from Matt Dembicki at the ComicsDC blog, I recently learned of the upcoming Studio Ghibli film fest at the Angelika Film Center & Cafe at Mosaic, in Fairfax, Virginia. I just purchased advance tickets for multiple showings this summer, as I'm a big fan of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. My one small complaint - no showings of Nausicaa, the first and perhaps one of the best of the SG films. In the meantime, don't hesitate to see these modern day animated classics on the big screen, as they are visually awe-inspiring works of art! Find the complete listings HERE.