Saturday, December 31, 2011

Road Trip, Part Two

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How Ian Got His Groove Back

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Happy New Year, Everyone!


And just like that, 2011 comes to an end.

I've gotten older, every year's end comes quicker and quicker than the last. I know that's what everyone says, but I find it to be too true. I'll give 2011 this: it sure was a helluva lot better than the past few years (can I say decade? I think I can.). In fact, I realized this: I didn't get anything spectacular for Christmas. No fancy electronics, no super-collectable figures, no new games or clothes or money, none of that. I even had to work Christmas Eve and Day. But I realized that my year has been so significantly better, that I'm happy with it. I couldn't have ended it better, actually. 7 art shows, culminating in an Art Basel gallery show? Yeah, I'll take that over WWE '12.

...Although you could get that for me, if you want. I ain't gonna turn it down.

2012's shaping up to be a good one, too. I have my first ArtHeart show lined up for the end of January, the monthly Art Blog Sketch Attack art blog that I'm taking part in, and, hopefully, other great opportunities. And, while I'm behind on my Art Journal entries, I'll get them all caught up after New Year's, as well as attempting to post a sketch a day.

Anyway, I hope you all have a fun, satisfying, and safe New Year's tonight, and I wish you all the very best in 2012.

You know, before that whole end-of-the-world thing.

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

From my Facebook page:

Aight, so I just woke up, and my eyes are still 75% closed, but it's time to get serious for a minute.

(I always get this way around the holidays.)

This year has been so markedly different from the past few years. Those of you that know me and what I've been through know what I mean. I've had the fortune of doing multiple art shows this year, literally spanning across Florida, and culminating at Art Basel this month. I want to thank those of you who have been supportive of me this year; you will never truly know how much I love and appreciate you for it. I try not to ask for much, but all I really want for Christmas is for my friends and family to continue to be the amazing people that they are.

Oh, what's that, Santa? They ain't stoppin' that anytime soon? Awesome!

And to those of you who are newer in my life, or those of you who I don't communicate with as much, be good to each other. Help each other when times are rough, encourage each other during new endeavors, and inspire each other to be better people. It's all free, so why not?

I really gotta go brush my tooth, so I'ma wrap this up by saying, again, thank you all so much for everything, and have a very Merry Chrismukkah.

...Message me for where to send food.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

I'm showing at Angaelica at Art Basel!

Sorry for being gone for so long, but I've got good news:


Click here for the official Angaelica website.


I'm showing at the Angaelica at Art Basel show!


I'm so excited for this, you have no idea! I'll be showing a couple of existing pieces, as well as two new pieces I did for the show. I saw some of the work there, and it looks like it'll be a great show. Also showing at this event are Kristin Frenzel (illustration) and Monica McGivern (photography), but of whom are amazing, and worth checking out.

I'll be there tonight around 9:30ish, and on Saturday throughout the day (that's my day to breathe deep and take in all the artwork). Here's directions to the event:

  • Take I-95 to I-195 East.


  • Get off at North Miami Avenue, Exit 2A.


  • Turn right, and head South on North Miami Avenue.


  • Turn right onto NW 21st Street.


  • Turn left onto NW 1st Avenue.


  • It's on the corner of NW 21st Street and 1st Avenue.


  • I hope you all can come out, because it looks like it'll be a great show!

    Saturday, November 5, 2011

    The Secret Art Show

    I've got a piece in the Broward Art Guild's Secret Art Show, going on tonite! Check out the official Broward Art Guild Secret Art Show page, by clicking that link. It'll open up in a new window. You don't have to make a donation to see the exhibit, so stop by and say hi!

    Monday, October 17, 2011

    Dream

    Just woke up from a dream where my brother and I got into a back alley brawl with a phony undercover FBI agent and a guy dressed badly as Heath Ledger's Joker.

    ...I'm going back to sleep.

    Sunday, October 9, 2011

    Halloween Ideas

    This is gonna be a quick post, as I'm doing like 100 things at once.

    As I said before, I love Halloween. I like to have a costume idea planned out months in advance. My Halloween costume last year was a mess and a half, in part due to poor planning (and flip flopping on the costume idea by my ex). This year, I have no such strictures (I love that phrase), so I think I'ma dress as this character:


    Jim from 28 Days Later (Image via)


    (Yep, I'd have half a shaved head, and a plastic bag full of junk food.)

    And, for next year, I really want to do a badass version of THIS character:


    Batman (Image via)


    I've got a year to put together a good costume, and get in better shape for it. What costume ideas do you have?

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011

    Road Trip, Part One

    I went on a bit of a road trip this weekend. I took my mom up to her best friend Lori's (and my unofficial dad) house up in New Port Richey, which is northwest (I think) of Tampa. But our first leg stopped in Orlando, at my uncle's house. I rather like this trip, as we've got the two dogs with us. They've been really good in the car the whole trip.

    Anyway, here are some highlights:

    -Saw an amazing sight in the sky while driving up on Saturday night: a piece of space debris that fell into the atmosphere, and burned up. It was like a giant bright, white firework.
    -Got to hang out with my lil' cousins. I love the hell out of them.
    -Met up with my old coworker Bri, her boyfriend Chris, and their other friend at Downtown Disney. I stopped by the Lego store, but couldn't find the Egyptian headdress I'm looking for.
    -This morning, I discovered something extremely personal, that could very well be life-changing. For real, on an Empire Strikes Back scale. I'm not quite ready to share it yet, but, when I do, oof.
    -Took my lil' cousin Bella (who doesn't like vampires, thank God) to the pet store. Her love if fish has me wanting, more than ever, to make a tank with Aquaman and Abe Sapian chillin' in it.
    -Visited my brother with my mom. It's always good, because it puts things back in to perspective for me.
    -Listened (and sang) some good classic rock with my momma on the ride out west.
    -Had a drink with my mom and Lori, while tellin' stories about my growing up.

    I'm up in New Port Richey now, and am driving back down tomorrow morning. I'ma come back next week to get my momma. In the meantime, I think I wanna cook. Whatcha want for dinner?

    Here are some pictures from the trip. More to come soon.

    Monday, September 26, 2011

    Quote

    If it's meant to be, it's up to me.

    -Terry Gulick

    (Thanks to my cuz Kristina for pointing me to this link: http://www.survivormanual.com/2011/01/if-its-meant-to-be-it-is-up-to-me/)

    My Favorite Songs



    Common - The Light

    This is such a beautiful love song to me. Like, as in actually, truly loving someone. I think it's honest, and I agree with every lyric. It's one of those songs you should dedicate to someone who truly deserves it.

    Saturday, September 24, 2011

    My Next Art Shows...

    I'm writing this real quick before work (and, needless to say, a Dunkin Donuts coffee run), but I wanna do three more art shows before the year is up:


    Steampunk Legion


    A secret art show, presented by the Broward Art Guild


    Multiversal
    (which runs during Art Basel Miami

    It'd be a lot of work comin' up, but it'll be fun.

    Friday, September 23, 2011

    Art Journal - The Mummy, Part 4

    (For Part 3, click here.)

    Here're the pictures from the inking process:

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    I knew I wanted the walls to be gold, but wanted to put some layers of black ink wash (washes?) over it. The problem was, the first brush stroke came out very grey, in the bottom lefthand corner.

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    Somewhere during the wash process, I realized some ink spilled into the table I was working at (in the kitchen; hence the table cloth). I started using that ink, which was watered down, to add the rest of the shading on the walls.

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    Here's the piece, as it was turned in to the Creep Cinema art show. I'd definitely like to make the top and bottom darker, and add some more hatching, but I was happy with the way it came out.

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    The opening night is Saturday, October 1st. Hope to see you all there! And be sure to "like" my Facebook art page.

    Sunday, September 18, 2011

    Friday, September 16, 2011

    Art Journal - The Mummy, Part 3


    Here's an update on my illustration of The Mummy. I was going to put generic hieroglyphics up, but I changed my mind, and hid a phrase in there. I couldn't fit the vulture in with the rest of the word, so it is technically out of place. I'll pretend they wrote the phrase over and over again. I'm going to work on detailing him more (read: fugging him up more) before I start the inking and coloring process.

    (Hieroglyphics courtesy of Online Hieroglyphics Tanslator, Virtual Egypt and Hieroglyphic Typewriter.)

    My Favorite Songs



    (hed) p.e. - Self Aware

    I like the riff in this song. It's a bit of a departure from their other stuff (which is already varied). The way the verses are so soft makes the heavier chorus a bit jarring, but in a good way.

    Thursday, September 15, 2011

    My Favorite Songs



    Slipknot - Left Behind

    Honestly, I can put this song on repeat, and it seems to not get old.

    My Next Art Show - Creep Cinema!


    Click here for more info.


    The show will have it's Opening Night Reception on Saturday, October 1st, from 6-10pm, and will run until November 12th. I'll be there opening night with my Mummy piece, so come and stop by!

    Also in the show will be my friends John Chaos and Kristin Frenzel.

    From Twitter

    I told my mom that I hope my nudies don't get out, and she replied, "So does the rest of the world." #ILoveMyMomma #EvenThoughShesAJerk

    Art Journal -The Mummy, Part 2

    Here's a quick update on my Creep Cinema piece, The Mummy. I decayed his nose a bit, but it's a little too silhouetted. I'm gonna go in and add more detail. I also started to tatter up his bandages some. I played around with his eye, enlarging it, and making it look like the flesh had rotted away from around it, but it made him look to mindless and zombieish. I'd rather have his eye have some sort of emotion, so I added the eyelid back to it.

    I'm gonna work on it more tonite, after work.

    My Favorite Songs



    Talib Kweli - Get By

    (You know, to cleanse my palette after what's-her-face.)

    Kreayshawn Mesmerizes Me



    The rhyme sounds like whoever took their time writing it, the beat is generic, the video is full of weirdos, and the whole White Girl Mob thing seems almost like a surreal parody of modern day rap...

    And, yet, I'm mesmerized by this damn song.

    ...Well play, Kreayshawn and company.

    UPDATE: I almost forgot this part! Watch this live performance. I can't say anything you won't think in the first 30 seconds.

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011

    My Favorite Songs



    Deftones - Street Carp

    This song is off of my favorite album ever, White Pony, and it may be my favorite song from there. Maybe. I love the energy of the song; hearing it takes me back to being in the crowd during one of their shows. I can't love it enough.

    My Favorite Songs



    Deftones - Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)

    Warped Tour, 1998. That is EXACTLY what this reminds me of. They played their set at 5:00, and the setting could not have been more perfect. It was hot, bright, dirty, and fitting of their Around the Fur songs. It's still one of the best times I've ever seen them, and they only played for 30 minutes.

    Tuesday, September 13, 2011

    Art Journal - The Mummy (And Why I Love Halloween)

    I'd like to preface this post with the following statement and explanation:

    I LOVE HALLOWEEN.


    I mean, not just in a casual, "Let's get dressed up stupid and go drink!" kind of way, nope. I mean I love that it's a chance to get DRESSED UP as a character or theme or object that you like, and go out without a care in the world. In the past, I've dressed up as The Joker, Tony Stark (with Arc Reactor in chest), Kanye West, Turbo from "Breakin'" (see video above), Indiana Jones (with whip and idol), and lots more. And, while my Halloween last year sucked (long story short, I looked like a hot mess), I'm determined to have a great Halloween this year, to make up for it.

    But I digress. One of the reasons I love Halloween is the celebration of old school monsters. I'm a big fan of the classics (Give me Dracula or Frankenstein over stupid Jigsaw any day), and have already done one art piece dedicated to them (see image below).

    So when I was recently added to the Creep Cinema art show at the Bird and Bear Gallery (running from October 1st to November 12th), I already had an idea in mind. I had already started a Medusa illustration a while back, but I kept that aside, in favor of doing a piece on The Mummy.


    I looked up pictures of Boris Karloff's version of The Mummy, as that's the one that stands out in my mind (not the newer one with Brendan Fraser). I wanted parts of the face to peek out from beneath the bandages, showing a withered, decayed face. I went to my friend Alex's house, and he gave me good feedback, especially about the eyes and nose. I'm going to redo them, setting the eyes further back (without eyelids), and decaying the nose more. He looks too handsome (and reminiscent of Darkman) right now. I'm also gonna tatter his bandages up, which should give me more textures to play with.


    (You know, for good measure.)

    Learning my lesson after my Audrey Hepburn Portrait, I decided to do this piece on hot press illustration board. I used a mechanical pencil to lay it out. As for the background, I want to make it look like the inside of a tomb, which will give me a reason to use my gold Speedball ink.

    I'm going to work on it more today; I'll try to post an update later.



    Picture - Kid in a Beer Helmet and Roxy Backpack



    ...Spoke too soon.

    Picture - Kid in a Beer Helmet



    I'm not sure why he'd wear that to the airport, but whatever floats his boat. Couldn't get weirder than that, right?

    Monday, September 12, 2011

    "Like" My Facebook Page

    If you like the artwork I've posted on here, please, like my official Facebook page. I just set it up, 'cause I figure it'd be easy to get my work out there.

    ...Now, if only Facebook would make linking my page to this site easier... Yeesh.

    Art Journal - Audrey Hepburn Portrait

    There are certain time periods that I love. The Wild West, the 1930's and 40's art deco style, the 1960's, certain aspects of the 1980's... The aesthetic of those periods, the style, the dress, the music, the general feeling, I've always loved. The 60's, in particular, is an era that I've wanted to work with in my art for a while.

    So when I was approved for the Jetsetter show, I knew I wanted to do something that reflected the style of the 1960's. In particular, I wanted to do something James Bond-ish. I had a model lined up, but, due to some unforeseen circumstances, we had to cancel. I decided to do a portrait of Audrey Hepburn instead. I chose a picture from Breakfast at Tiffany's because she was stunning in that film. The black and white seemed to fit with my art style, and the reference picture I found was a bit similar to what I had in mind for the Bond piece (but without guns).

    (Note: I forgot that I took some of the pictures on the floor, so please ignore my toes.)

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    I used Bristol paper for the illustration. I started out by laying out her figure with mechanical pencil, adding the detail as I went.

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    Once I got the pencils to a good stopping point, I started to add the inks. I used Speedball india ink with a brush for most of it, as I wanted to give it a sort of John Romita Sr./Sal Buscema feel.

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    I had an idea in mind of how I wanted to do the colors, but I wasn't sure exactly how to approach it. I checked out Phil Noto's artwork to get a feel for how I wanted to approach it. I knew I wanted to have an accent line, with a quote from the movie printed on a clear overlay that would rest on top of the artwork.

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    The quote was placed on the right side of the piece, in the accent bar. It said:

    It's better to look at the sky than live there. Such an empty place; so vague. Just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear.

    Here's the final piece, along with my Tiki Head illustration:

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    Both pieces were well received at the show. I want to work on her some more, but I wish I would have done the piece on illustration board instead. I find that it takes the colored inks better. For my next piece, an illustration of The Mummy for the Creep Cinema Halloween Art Show, I switched back to the illustration board, and will continue to use that from here on out.

    (Click here to see my Art Journal entries for my Tiki Head Illustration: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.)

    My Lawn Mower Guy

    I went to pick up my lawn mower from the repairman who lives down the street from me.  The first time I went there (with my friend John), we suspected that there may have been something funny about him.  John said he thought he was a crossdresser; I said I thought he was just a weird, very tanned, hairless man.

    Today, I learned that John was right.

    Wearing a loose-fitting grey t-shirt, he told me what he did to fix the mower.  As he turned, I noticed what appeared to be the outline of the cups of a bra.  My suspicions were confirmed when he bent over to turn the mower on (and nothing else, I swear), and I saw his black and blue bra peak out from his neckline.

    I won't go into the rest of what he told me, but I think that this makes for a good enough story on it's own.

    Picture - "Ian" in Star Wars?


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    DOES THIS MEAN I'M I CAN EXIST IN THE STAR WARS UNIVERSE???

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    I've been told I'm a bear. So this would be me.

    Sunday, September 11, 2011

    9/11 and Me

    With the exception of 9 year olds and younger, everyone has a story about September 11th, 2001.

    It's the largest single unifying moment of my lifetime. While we all may not have been affected firsthand by the attacks, we, as a people, all have a story to tell about it. I'd like to share mine today.

    I was born in New York City. In Manhattan's Beth Israel hospital, to be exact. So was my brother. We lived in New York until 1991. During that time, my mom and her best friend Lori (who has affectionately become known as my "dad," for having been there longer than my real dad or any step-dad has been) would take us to see a signature attraction of the city on an annual basis. We saw The Empire State Building, South Street Seaport, the U.S.S. Intrepid, and The Twin Towers. I remember us going to the top of the tower, and it's distinct difference from that of It was completely open, with no immediate fencing, and a view that was farther and wider than anything that I could remember seeing. It was beautiful, and literally awe inspiring.

    On September 11th, 2001, I was at school in the morning. I had just finished a math class, when I ran into my friend Patricia. She told me that a plane had accidentally crashed into one of the towers. Like many, I thought that it was just a horrific accident, and wondered how a pilot could crash into a building that size. I left the school, and got home just in time to watch the 2nd plane hit the remaining tower with my brother, live on television. My thoughts immediately went to the safety of my mother (she was at work, down here in Fort Lauderdale) and my family up in New York.

    Luckily, no one was hurt, although I came to find out that my aunt Carmen was almost a vicitm of the attacks that day. She worked at on the 90 somethingth floor of one of the towers, but, because she was running late that day, got off the subway in time to see the first plane hit the building. Her husband (my mom's brother) ran to her from his office, which was 6 blocks away, with two slipped discs. He arrived just in time to see the 2nd tower being struck. A lot of my family had to walk back from Manhattan to their homes in Queens and Brooklyn that day. Thankfully, they were all safe.

    Like many others, my story revolves around the World Trade Center. But there were others that day that died in Virginia and Pennsylvania. I know a lot of people are posting that they will "never forget" what happened that day, but I don't think it's just about that. Yes, never forgetting is important, but always remembering, and passing on your story to your friends, family, and future generations, is the best way to honor those who died. Tell your story, so those who didn't experience it can have some sort of idea of what happened. My mom said to me that it felt similar to when President Kennedy was assassinated. I have an idea of how that feels, because of what happened 10 years ago today.

    ...10 years. That's incredible to me. So much has changed over the past decade, both personally, and in the world we live in. It's absolutely astonishing.

    But on this day, every year, this day is a day where we can all remember that unifying feeling, of when we cared for and helped each other, through a tragedy that was, until that day, unimaginable. This day should be a day when we remember that there are still those around us that could use our help, and that we should offer it, out of caring and respect for each other.

    And it is a day where we can all share our stories with one another.

    Picture - On My Way to Work



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    Friday, September 9, 2011

    Picture - My Broken Shoe @ Work


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    I was walking from my car, across a wet, puddle-filled parking lot, to my job (which is a good 10 minute walk), when the sole of my shoe started to break off, and flip underneath my foot. As I walked through puddles. So I got to work, and my coworker and I came up with this rather ingenious solution (the rubberbands were replaced with Scotch tape).

    Needless to say, I'll be shoe shopping at some point today.

    Thursday, September 8, 2011

    The Bus and Site News

    I dropped off the car at the mechanic, and, when I caught the bus back home, I swear, it was like out of a movie: a trashy couple making out across from me; a guy sleeping with his head back, mouth agape; some weird girl resting her head on the seat in front of her, with some crazy eyes... It was just like out of a movie.

    (So I'm behind on posting artwork due to a few personal issues lately, the worst being my arm getting shot off. But this cybernetic replacement is pretty badass. But I digress. I should be back up and running soon... I've got 2 art shows lined up for the rest of the year, so I should be posting new art soon. Keep an eye out.)

    Wednesday, September 7, 2011

    Quote

    I'd say to myself or whoever I was with, 'It'll look good in the biography.' and then I'd go ahead and do whatever daft thing it was - like taking acid on the sacred mesa or doing the bungee-jump, getting the haircut, dancing with the stranger, talking to the crowd - whatever I was 'scared' of mostly, or fancied doing, or never dared before, I'd try it on the basis that it would make for a more interesting read one day.

    -Grant Morrisson, 2004

    Tuesday, September 6, 2011

    From Twitter - Coffee Jokes

    I woke up Sunday morning, and was hit with divine inspiration ti make some... Dirty coffee jokes.

    And post them on Twitter.

    I like my coffee like I like my women:

    -Really cheap.
    -To actually exist.
    -Full of delicious cream.
    -Bottomless.


    ...Wait, what?

    (And, as a bonus joke: The best part of waking up, is two girls, and one cup!)

    Monday, August 29, 2011

    Artwork - Tiki Head, Part 3


    I'm super late with this post... I meant to have it up BEFORE the Jetsetter show, but a headcold and work derailed that plan good. Anyway, here's part 3 of my Tiki Head Artwork posts.

    (Click here for part one, and click here for part two.)

    I took some pictures of vines growing up the side of my mom's doctor's office building, for reference.


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    I then drew all the leaves in, trying to make them look as of they had grown up the sides of the head.


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    After I had all of the pencils in place, I started the inking process. I did all of the leaves and a majority of the facial features with a #1 Micron Black pen. I then switched to a brush and Speedball India ink for the larger black areas.


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    I stuck with what I've been decent at, and used ink washes to color it in. Again, all of the colors are Speedball brand, except for green, which is different, and not as good. The name escapes me right now.

    I went back to it a few times to add more detailing with the colors. I really wanted to play up the old, found look of it.


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    I then had the idea to add the shadows of leaves on the sides, as if it had just been discovered in a jungle.


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    And that's how I left it when I brought it to the show. I'll probably go back and add some touch ups to it, after I work on the piece for the Creep Cinema show. But what should I do for that? Medusa, or The Mummy?

    Sunday, August 28, 2011

    2000 Page Views!

    This is the greatest accomplishment of my entire life! Nothing compares to this moment! Aaaaah!

    To celebrate, here's the original celebration from Return of the Jedi. You gotta skip past the depressing "Luke burns his dad's dead body" part, though.

    Where Do You Want To Start?

    All of time and space; everywhere and anywhere; every star that ever was. Where do you want to start?

    -The Doctor, Doctor Who

    It's 3:24 am, and I've been in bed for a good minute, wanting and trying to fall asleep, but, instead, thinking of a thousand different things and people (some of whom I shouldn't). I've made so many positive changes in the past year, and yet, I feel as though there's still more to do. I know I'm on the right path, but there's something missing. Like I need to refocus, even though this year has been all about that. Refocusing, recovering, and rediscovering.

    Maybe it's that last part that's on my mind.

    I now have the ability to travel anywhere I want, and I had a great idea for it. Originally, I thought to eat at a lil' local eatery in any city I went to. Fly over, hop on a bus or train, and grab a bite. Maybe do that like two times a month. With pictures, of course. But, what if I drew a part if each city while I was there? It'd be like an art diary of my travels.

    The more I think about it, the more I like it.

    And that's where the quote comes in. I've loved that quote since the first time I heard it. The promise of adventure and wonder behind it is amazing to me. And it fits in with this year, I think. This year in which I've faced my fears, made bold, life changing decisions, taken strides towards doing what I want to do with my life... I see so many people who are stuck, or think they are, in their everyday lives, and I wish I could convey that sense of wonder to them. I wish I could say that there's so much more to life than all the meaningless materialism, the image people work to uphold, the jobs they take just to make ends meet. There is more, and we are capable of more, if we work up the courage to just try. That was enough for me to feel better about myself than I have in a while. We are all capable of that.

    The question is, to anyone reading this and considering what I've said, where do you want to start?

    Me, I want to start with some real New York-style pizza.

    Saturday, August 27, 2011

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    Good men don't have rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many.

    -The Doctor, Doctor Who, "A Good Man Goes to War"

    Wednesday, August 24, 2011

    Don't You Ever Say "GNITE" to Me

    For, thanks to my "friend" Alex, it stands for the following:

    GOD
    NEGLECT
    IAN
    TO
    ETERNITY

    Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

    Monday, August 22, 2011

    Jetsetter RSVP



    Just a quick reminder, I'll be drawing live at the Jetsetter event at Lounge in West Palm this Wednesday night. You can RSVP by clicking here, or you can check out the official Art Nouveau site here.

    Hope to see you all there!

    Quote

    All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.

    -William Shakespeare

    Wednesday, August 17, 2011

    Monday, August 15, 2011

    Artwork - Tiki Head, Part 2



    I worked on it a little bit more, after picking up my broken lawn mower. I took some reference pictures of vines that were growing up the side of the office building where my mom's doctor is, and I'm basing these vines on that. I also added more shading and detail to the head, such as cracks and additional shadows. I'll post more later.

    And, if all goes according to plan, I should be starting the next illustration for the Jetsetter Art Show, which will be very James Bond-inspired.

    Ian

    Sunday, August 14, 2011

    My New Favorite Picture


    Ian

    Artwork - Tiki Head

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    The first piece I'm working on for the Jetsetter Art Show is entitled "Tiki Head". It's going to be pen, ink, and washes, with another media for color, on illustration board. I tried a couple of different angles for it, like a profile and a bird's eye view, but I decided on a close up of the face. I looked at some reference pictures of various tiki heads, and settled on something not so monstrous in appearance (aside from the mouth, that is). I started the drawing by adding some simple gridlines for the eyes, nose, crown, and center of the head. I then started to add some of the detail. I want it to have an old feeling, as if the viewer just discovered it. I'm going to add vines growing on it. I'll add the inks to it, and then work on the coloring. I may do two different coloring techniques for the vines and the head, but I'll play around with them before I do.

    Oh yeah, and I've got tons of orchestral music playing. Right now, I've got "Time," from the Inception score by Hans Zimmer, playing.



    Ian

    Thursday, August 11, 2011

    Live Art, Got It.




    Okay, I take back what I said... I'm confirmed for the live art event, Jetsetter, on August 24th! Click here for more info, on the official Facebook page.

    ...This is a bit nerve racking, I ain't gonna lie.  But it'll be fun.  Hope to see you all there!

    Ian

    P.S. - Keep an eye peeped for new art posts!