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.




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


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.





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.



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


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


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:


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!


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.


Sunday, August 14, 2011

My New Favorite Picture


Artwork - Tiki Head


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.


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!


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

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Starbuck: Keep your ingress low and fast. Use the terrain to stay hidden 'til the last second. Make sure you give the flak suppression unit enough time so that they can weaken defenses.
Apollo: You don't think I'm up to this.
Starbuck: Of course I do, you'll be fine.
Apollo: Look, you're worried that I'm not gonna pull it out of the fire with some high-risk retina-detaching move, the way Starbuck would. Well, Kara, I'm sorry you're not suiting up. Because, believe me, everyone will feel so much better, me included, if you were riding along with us. But this isn't an ego trip, this is my job. And don't think for one moment that I will not get it done.
Starbuck: I hope so, 'cause we've got one shot. Don't frak it up by overthinking.

-Battlestar Galactica, "The Hand of God"


Live Art. Huh.

Since I have not heard back from the curator of the "Jetsetter" show, I'ma assume that it filled up.  But that's okay, 'cause I've got my eyes set on two other shows (with more time for better pieces) anyway: the Creep Cinema show at the Bird and Bear Gallery at Tate's Comics, and the Multiversal show during Art Basel in Miami.

As always, I ask that you keep your fingers crossed for me, and I appreciate your support.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Art Heart

My friend Paige told me about an art event called "Art Heart" yesterday, which was a local art show. What I took away from it was this: that I'm on the right track by being constructive and creative. That there are people who are willing to help me succeed. And that it means the world to me that my friends believe in me.

I love all y'all.


Word Play

You know what's really awkward to see in public?

Mass beration.


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Live Art, Huh?

I emailed about an art show in West Palm Beach a few days ago, and I heard back yesterday.  The theme is "Jetsetter," which is cool with me; I've wanted to do some 60's-inspired artwork, especially a James Bond-ish piece or two.  However, when I heard back from the curator, she informed me that it is also a live art event, meaning that I'd be working on a piece while there.  It is a little intimidating (see: yesterday's quote), but, if I can get the night off, I'ma do it.  I think the opportunity greatly outweighs the scariness of it.

So, I think it's time to get to work on some ideas.  I'll post some art updates soon.

Ooh, and I'ma need business cards.


How Do You Measure Loss?

I moved it under to after the jump, 'cause the damn thing autoplays.


It is within your own spirit to disallow intimidation.

-Julia, My coworker


I've Got Writer's Block...

So you get a song from Evergreen Terrace's Writer's Block:


Monday, August 1, 2011

My New Favorite Picture

The Joker doing an ollie over Batman?  Damn, I woulda loved to have been on that set.

(Image source via @ThatKeveinSmith on Twitter.)