Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A bizarre encounter in the alleyway

Finished this piece in color, finally. Don't bother asking me to explain, I have no idea what it means either, but I invite you to write a short story and post it here..... only if you have a bunch of time on your hands, but it might be fun, no?

I started teaching my class today at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art). I am teaching a course on Fantasy Art. I think it is going OK, but I also think I may have come across as totally insane to the students... which is better than coming across as a jerk.... but the semester is still young!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

Here are some new scans from the old sketchbook to ring in 2009!

Blasto from El Pasto!

OK, so this is a piece I did in 2000, but which I still have in my portfolio. It's maybe one of my more successful pieces I think. Problem is, I have had a very bad scan of it for many years (it was done in pen and ink and water color). So I decided to take it out of the frame and re-scan it. This time I scanned it at a very high resolution, and I did not photoshop it at all, because I think it stands on it's own merits pretty well.

Looking closely at this piece reminded me of what I really love about drawing. I think I often have to remind myself of these things because I know that I can sometimes stray from the essential joy of drawing in favor of some percieved aesthetic expectations. I can't allow that to happen. I like getting back to my pen and ink roots.....