Thursday, December 9, 2010

Woo hoo painkiller stupor!

I sprained my ankle at my open studio last week-- surprisingly it did not happen during the dance party or pullup contest, but rather while I was walking down my hallway. My pride was hurt just as much as my ankle, and I have been sprawled on my couch working my way through my friend's leftover vicodan stash (thanks Rebeccar! You're the best!) while absent mindedly sketching out some new pieces.

I have some pieces opening at Urban Light Studio's 2nd Anniversary group show tomorrow night, looks like it's going to be a solid lineup and a lot of fun!

In other news, I recently interviewed Stacey Rozich (one of my absolute favorite Seattle artists!) for Redefine Magazine. We were both really happy with how the interview came out, it turns out we have boatloads of common interests and motivations, including a deep and abiding love of detailed Eastern European folk garb. Check out the interview here!

It seems like my work has been going in a bit of a new direction of late, and I'm excited to see where the series I'm currently working is going to end up. To give you an idea of this aesthetic shift, here's a work in a progress peek of the giant painting I've been working on for... er... a really long time now:

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Interview on Proxart Blog

I recently chatted with the folks over at Proxart magazine about my work, you can read the interview here.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

I've got a bunch of things lined up in the next couple months and have been locked in my studio a lot of late. Here's a sneak peek, I've been using lots of triangles of.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

A more designy project

I've been working on a rather disparate assortment of projects of late and have been doing some more design-based work than usual. Here's a peek at a poster design I just finished for 826 Seattle.I had a lot of fun working in an intentionally childish style. My color palette a few years leaned heavily towards bright blues and oranges, and I made myself intentionally move towards more muted tones because I wasn't happy with the way my color choices made everything I made seem cartoonish. That said, I'm still extremely drawn to crazy bright colors (one of my studio walls is painted a lovely color named Tequila Sunrise), so it was nice to have a project where wince-worthy hues were totally in keeping with the style I was going for.

Right now I'm also working on a somewhat secretive project. I've always wanted to delve more into comics and graphic novels, and I'm making a comic book for my friend's really awesome project that you should submit to. I'm a little worried I'm not going to finish in time because I have a lot on my plate at the moment, but all I did manage to use this project to justify buying myself the complete Calvin and Hobbes boxed set as "reference material." Turns out that was an extremely unproductive idea because now I'm re-reading the entirety of Calvin and Hobbes to procrastinate on all my painting deadlines.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Running with this Russian fairytale theme

I just finished this piece a few days ago, not quite sure what's going on in it, but it seems like even more of a straight illustration than most of my stuff. I think I'm writing a story but have yet to figure out what the plot is.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A sadly destroyed fishie

Things have been a little nuts on this end of late-- a whole crew of us went to Burning Man this year and our projects took on a life of their own, so I was more or less out of commission on painting for all of August. I spent probably 40 hours making a 7 foot long angler fish suit, and was really, really pleased with how it turned out. But then on the drive down to the burn it rained for 12 hours straight, and no amount of tarps proved to be enough to protect my fishie. It was sadly destroyed by the time we got there. Its tattered remnants are in my basement, and I'm hoping to fix it back up for Halloween, but I'm still a little too sad about the state it is currently in. Here's how I made it and what it looked like before its untimely demise:

Phase 1: I took an old external frame boyscout backpack that I'd found in a free pile and stitched little pockets to insert PVC into. I used bailing wire to create a rough frame for my body, then used wood glue and parchment vellum to start making my skin.

Phase two: The skin was pretty much on, I built up more layers of wood glue and paper and eventually switched to elmers glue (I went through almost 3/4 of a gallon on this project....) because I needed it in bulk. I added a rough coat of tissue paper to start creating the colors I wanted.

Phase three: The skin was on, I'd attached a tail, and started being more attentive to detail in the patterns of my scales. Here I am taking it for a test stroll on our street, you can see the fangs of Bill's amazing pterodactyl bike (I'll post pictures of that later) on the right.

Phase four: I cut out each scale and individually applied it. This might sound like a masochistic amount of work, and you would be right to think that, but the ultimate effect when the fish was lit (did I mention that the whole fish is a lantern? Like I said, I got a little carried away) was totally worth it.

Phase five: Late stage test run. Fins and flippers are on, wiffle ball eyes are applied.

Phase 6: Testing my fangs! Bill and Andy and I all hand soldered all the LEDs for our costumes. Later we discovered that there are basically LED christmas tree lights that one can buy that would have made out lives about a million times easier, but we became pretty damn adept with our soldering by the end of it, so I'm actually fairly happy we went the labor intensive route.

And this, my friends, is the final product with little dangly front light and all. To tell you the truth looking at this picture makes me a little sad. Sigh. Oh well! I will fix it for Halloween and it will have its moment to shine (quite literally).

I have a few other random things I've been working on of late. I was going to post them now but all this talk of my fish has left me wanting/needing a beer.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Some pictures from the Summer Streets collaboration

Here are some pictures of the mural we ended up painting for the summer streets collaboration. We all had a lot of fun painting together, I was a little nervous about using brushes when everyone else was using spraypaint, but it worked out just fine.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

New website is up and running!

Exciting news, everyone! My revamped website is up and running. Go check it out:

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Check out my interview with Jeremy Mangan

I've been doing some arts blogging for Redefine Magazine for a while now, and I've just started conducting interviews, too. I just had the opportunity to talk to the amazingly talented artist Jeremy Mangan, take a peek here!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Expect very little of me for the next few weeks...

I have started a truly epic costume project. Cryptic, yes? Muhahahaha!

Friday, July 16, 2010

I have finished my leaping kitty exodus!

I finnnallllyyyyy finished this painting and am really please with how it turned out. I changed my mind a number of times on this one, I think I completely repainted the sky at least 3 very different colors. I also am full of the warm fuzzy feeling of being a well behaved, dedicated working artist because I was inside painting in my studio on this gorgeous sunny day. This piece is exponentially larger than anything I've done lately (probably something like 16"x26", which is still pretty small when it comes right down to it), and I very much enjoyed having so much paper to wander on. But dear god this painting took forever. I really, really need to get a decent camera for documenting some of these larger pieces-- the detail images show up fine, but I can't for the life of me get an acceptable photograph of the whole thing. If anyone out there has a nice camera and wants to barter some photography for prints or delicious baked goods.... Anyways, without further ado, here is The Leaping Kitty Exodus.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Something a little different

I just finished up this project for a friend's wedding. She has 21 (terrifying, right?) children coming to her wedding, so this is a coloring book to entertain them with.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Frustrating work in progress

I've been toying around with this painting for a while now and it's been giving me all sorts of trouble. I think it's almost done, but am not quite sure what else I need to do to it for it to feel finished.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


As promised, here are some pictures of the puppets I've been working on. This is my kitty, he's also a little bit like a sea monster. Base coat is on, still needs a lot of detail work. I also ended up having to add in a few extra leg joints, so he's still very much a work in progress. I'm really excited that quinacridone magenta is starting to creep its way back into my color palette. I got myself pretty burned out on it a few years ago (it's an intense color and tends to dominate any and every other paint it's mixed with), but I love how crazy saturated it looks and have been trying to find a way to reintroduce it in my work.

This is how the puppet is put together on the back. Bill figured out most of the logistics in terms of where to put the joints, and he had the brilliant idea to use rubber bands as springs so the limbs spring back into position. The joints are made with 2mm machine screws, and the strings are routed through really tiny eyelets. Detail of joints. Here's another puppet in progress. Not sure how I'm going to paint this one, still undecided as to whether Mr. Chicken will be wearing a dapper vest/costume, or just have feathers. I also have no idea what I'm making these for, I figure once we have enough put together, a puppet show will more or less write itself.
Also, here's a work in progress shot of a big piece I'm working on. I'm really excited about these sea monster kitty creatures that seems to be making their way into my work!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Come to our Backyard Spectacular!

I've been working on all sorts of things of late, I have just been neglecting to take any pictures of my projects. I promise I will post pictures soon, I've been making puppets! I have a mostly completed sea monster kitty, a gessoed and ready to paint chicken, and a rhinoceros in progress. I am having some trouble with the rhino because every time I try to draw his face he ends up looking like a triceratops. Which, I guess, is actually pretty damn close to a rhino. Anyways, I'm sure I'll work it out somehow.
But today I am posting to show you the flier I made last night. If you live in the Seattle area, do come on over for our Backyard Spectacular. My friend Teddy wrote an awesome play, and we'll be performing it at dusk for your viewing pleasure. I was going for an Edward Gorey theme in this poster, but I think that's pretty self evident. A special thanks to this guy who made the awesome Gorey font! I've always admired Gorey's handwriting.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Just plain ink

I don't have any big deadlines or shows coming up, so I've been putzing around on a few random things here and there. I just finished this ink piece and it was really nice to work with a pen on something I never had any intention of coloring. Don't get me wrong, I love painting, but I also really love the level on control that a pen affords.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A few pictures from my trip

Cloud forest after a very vertical hike.
Really ugly duck. We asked the owners why they kept them (they're grumpy and not tasty), and they said, "For breeding," and then we asked, "Er, but why would you want more?" And they didn't really have a good answer. They wiggle their butts when they're aggressive.
These swimming holes are pools formed by a hydroelectric dam, I just jumped off the waterfall, you can kinda see my feet sticking out of the water.
Bill and me drenched after trekking through waterfalls.

Sketchy suspension bridge. We met a vietnam vet here who was driving an old 1940's jeep, he had a bottle opener mounted on the dashboard of his card and even though it was maybe 11 in the morning, he was too drunk to open his beer. Funny man.
Little doggie topiary sculpture!
These swimming holes are connected by a series of tunnels, you can move in between two different waterfalls by wading through neck high water, and there are a few points where you have to go completely underwater and have faith that there will be enough head space to breath on the other side. Apparently someone dies every handful of years because they go down the wrong tunnel and end up at the dam.
Pretty waterfall.
Hot springs. You had to walk through a cave to get to the springs, it was a bit sketchy because you had to jump over a series of little rocks in the middle of pools of boiling water.

New pieces for Art House Co-op's Scavenger Project

Hey everyone,
I'm back from my travels and have been in the studio working on a series of pieces for Art House Co-Op's Scavenger Project. I also currently have a piece showing at Ghost Gallery through the end of April.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Sorry for the lack of posts, I am in El Salvador eating mangoes and playing in waterfalls

Title pretty much says all. I brought some sketchbooks, but to be perfectly honest I haven{t really drawn a thing, I{ve been too busy sitting in hammocks and eating lots of avocados and jumping in various waterfalls, lakes and beaches. I{ll try to draw tropical things when I get back.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

I'm featured on Illustrativo!

I submitted a piece a while back to my absolute-most-favorite-in-the-whole-wide-world illustration blog and this morning I was pleasantly surprised to sit down with my coffee and open my inbox to see my piece featured.

Thanks for coming out to the show

Hey everyone,
Thanks for coming out for the super fun show at Urban Light Studios, I had a great time and met a bunch of really awesome artists! Bherd Studios had a super fun group show up featuring John Osgood, PaperMarbles, and Jeremy Gregory (I really, really wanted to art barter with him, I love his stuff! He draws great whiskers.), and I got to have super nerdy conversations about tiny paintbrushes and paper weight.
The Phinneywood blog had a nice picture and a mention of the show, and Redefine Magazine also wrote a little bit about it.

Here are a few pictures of the opening:

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Solo show tomorrow night!

Come on by! I just finished hanging everything and am super pleased with how it all came together. Tomorrow, Friday March 12th, Urban Light Studios @ 8537 Greenwood Ave North, 6-10ishpm, drinks and live music and giant taxidermed lion provided.