I've been mighty busy these last few months. First off, at the end of July I was able to go to New York for the second time this year/ever to see my collaboration with Aaron Keuter (Aaron's website) screen at the Animation Block Party Summerfest 2011!!! A lot of hot-linked text, I know, but check all of it out if you have a minute!I also completed a commission I recieved via my etsy shop. A young lady in Florida contacted me about drawing up a custom meth-head E.T. shirt for her appearance at the 2011 Red Bull Flugtag. Her team is piloting a large grocery cart in this year's competition, so she wanted her meth-addicted E.T. riding a runaway grocery cart.
While I was in NYC I caught the excellent Lucian Freud memorial exhibit at the Met (I <3 the Met!) as well as Cory Arcangel's hilarious show at the Whitney and Ryan Trecartin's absolutely incredible show at MoMA PS1. A lot of hot-linked text, I know, but check all of it out if you have a minute!!
The past month of August was mainly spent working on a variety of things, first and foremost finishing, prepping, and shipping my work to the Benjamin Benjamin Gallery in Portland for their Wargames show. You can see my pieces from the show as well as purcha$e them on the gallery's online shop! I am very pleased to be a part of the show, especially since it's the premiere of my Memory Beach digital collages, which I worked on throughout the summer. They're looking mighty fine, I must say, and I hope the Portlanders are thoroughly enjoying them!
The next big task on my list was continuing work on my 2009 drawing "Bael":
I decided to submit this piece in the drawing category for Utrecht's 3rd Annual Art Competition ("10048" and "CMY-Killa" were my submissions for painting and sculpture, respectively). I made several modifications and enhancements to the piece before submitting. I think the most noticable changes are the filling-in of the ground Bael stands on as well as the tinting of the cityscape behind Bael's crown. I was especially glad to force the edge on Bael's crown by tinting the city. I also removed his pupils because that's waaaaaay creepier.
|Present condition (ongoing)|
Ink wash and quill on unstretched canvas
69 x 55 inches
I was quite glad to oblige, but I learned one thing from the experience: grocery carts are hard as hell to draw.
|Turned out pretty good, though!|
At present, I'm working on a new shirt design for local Atlanta tshirt printers Fallen Arrows. It's a redux of a shirt I created for my now-defunct cafepress back in 2005. It involves ascetic gnomes, geisha, drawings from my childhood sketchbooks, and other things that make equal sense in the same drawing. After that, I'll be knocking out paintings and drawings for my submission to the Artadia competition! Then I'll be submitting work to the Japan Media Arts Festival the following week and taking artwork to my hometown for the 2nd annual Artists of Washington County Invitational Art Exhibit. And then I'll finally be back to my regular work routine. Oh wait, nevermind, I'll be stocking up for the holiday sales of guns and art. Hahaha yikes nevermind!
Busy busy busy, yeah? More soon!