Sunday, November 3, 2013

November! You busy, busy month!

Momentous is one defining word I can use to describe November 2013. My first long term comic project 'The Bulb' launches on the web on my birthday. I've started a new professional job at Blip Toys as a designer! Commissions and random freelance gigs littered about too. Needless to say... it is, and will be a busy month.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Themed art works.

I've never really considered doing a solo art show. 
Latching onto a singular theme, always kind of intimidated me. 

The Roost.

But the last couple of months... I've been stockpiling images with the reoccurring imagery of abandonment, body image issues and miscommunication. 

We all have real feels.

After nearly three decades of making art, I can still surprise myself. They come from deep inside my subconscious. These pieces are tremendously personal, and I still have a few more to do.

Only the birds can partake. 

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Closed caption. (work in progress)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Paper Craft Labour Day

The pencil salesman went on a walk with his new lady in waiting.
While smoking they talked about the weather, and the nature of the universe. 
The two came across a brightly colored peacock.
It was a surly bird, and very territorial.
They stealthily snuck pass... the unruly peafowl. 

Monday, September 2, 2013

The Cure to Boredom: Paper Craft


Step one: Drink an alcoholic beverage.
Step two: Question your beliefs.
Step three: Look out to the middle distance.
Step four: Let out a deep mournful sigh.
Step five: Drink another alcoholic beverage.
Step six: Marvel at the complete project.

You can always make beautiful things, 
even if you're having an existential crisis. - Martha Stewart 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Made into the City Pages this week!

The small victories like this one... is what keeps me going as an artist. 
A tiny bit of recognition keeps the fires in the creative furnace stoked.

Brent's cover!

I want to thank my roommate Kate Morgan for editing the written part, and Kayla Halberg for keeping me company/ feedback... while I made it! Also a big thank you to Emily Utne, the art director from the City Pages for selecting it too! I'm always grateful for the support I get from everyone!

My comic!

My friend Drew Brockington also got some ink in the paper too, exciting to see! Brent Schoonover's cover was beautiful and Kirby-tastic! Kevin Cannon's comic was wonderfully tragic, and an honest window into his private life. You can see my other good friend's comics in this link:

Friday, August 2, 2013

Vegetables & Organs Sketchbook Part 2

Object 32

Object 32 appeared in the winter of 2015. 
Fired two warning shots, and slowly faded away.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

My Biggest Mistake Submission for City Pages: Process

Lettering, and extra details.
Lines (Photoshop).
Grey tones.
Custom watercolor textures.
Added details (stars, whale).

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Th√ľn Bleats a War Cry: "Drink, and be merry... fools!"

Heeyy yoooou guuuys! (classic sloth voice).
A magic idea was brought to my attention via email earlier this week. Drew Brockington a fantastic cartoonist, and recent transplant to the Twin Cities. He suggested a group of us should go to Manning's (Como Ave.) to drink hootch and draw some art. It was an outstanding idea! 

I watched Peter on my left... magically make beautiful images appear out of thin air onto the page. On my right Todd deftly whisked squids, and horror trees from gauche. Across from me Brockington birthed lumberjacks in skinny jeans from brushed ink.

This watercolor goat-man was the result of a few beers, and my always slyly hidden flask full of rum. More nights like these please! My only complaint about the illustration is... I made his outfit too matchey. The mind of a drunken artist is a strange thing.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Richard Scarry's Lowly the Worm.

Hello there!
Many of Richard's works have left an indelible watermark on me. 
Scarry's influence is still in the recesses of my mind... buried in my own art.

But Lowly stands out as the single most bizarre character of my childhood.  Before I could read around three years of age, I thought he was a snake.  Wandering the pages Lowly was virtually ignored by the other people of Busy Town.  I found it exciting, that he could go unnoticed... sliding around so to speak.  Until I could grasp a basic understanding he was actually a WORM!

 It made me uneasy, how could a worm get that big? It opened up my mind... that things in the world that you perceived to be true, and concrete... can change on you on a dime.  Life is full of surprises, I plan on making a few of my own.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Mr. Zucchini Watercolor

"Pardon me?" He smirked. 
"That is James Horatio Zucchini the third to you... my sweet dear."

This what my drawing would act like if he was real, but Mr. Zucchini is not. I muse stories out of my drawings on daily basis, each one has a back story... only I know. This smug gentleman was sussed up at a coffee shop near my friend's house in the northern suburbs of Minnesota.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Crying Statue Watercolour

I've been using my roommates old school cheap crayola watercolours... with great enjoyment.