Comics – Dandelion Odyssey

For those who’ve never bothered viewing my website, here’s a cover I did some time ago for a comic called Dandelion Odyssey (actually, I illustrated the entire issue, not just the cover).

This style was a departure of what I normally do, but it was fun trying something what for me would be out of the ordinary. I hate feeling like I do the same thing all of the time, so attempting to do different styles is a good change of pace. Falling into a creative rut or settling on doing one thing over and over tends to stunt creative growth (or perhaps is a symptom of some other issue).

Dandelion Odyssey

Guitar Break #3

Taking a break from the drawing board, here’s another piece of guitar nonsense I came up with several years ago. There are a few obvious mistakes, but I can’t seem to get through a song without making errors no matter how many times I’ve played it. Anyway, let me know what you think…

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How To Make Millions Of Dollars From Art

screen-shot-2017-01-07-at-4-55-08-pmSo you want to get rich quick with art? Okay, here’s how to do it:

First: Throw away your paint brushes. You’ll never get rich with your own artwork. Some people are fortunate enough to hit the big time with their art, but that’s not me and it’s not you; you’re more likely to get struck on the head by a giant turd-meteor than you will finding great monetary success from your creative endeavors. If you’re able to eat three meals a day doing art, you’re better off than most. But if you’re reading this, you want to do more than eat. You want to be rolling in shekels, right? If so, go to step two…

Step Two: Steal the Mona Lisa. Hide it where nobody will find it while you’re doing a long stretch in a foreign prison.

Step three: Let’s face it, you’ll never survive in a foreign prison. Find the nearest dead guy, extract the metal fillings from his teeth, and use the metal to form a small spoon. (You may want to spend some time in the prison library to research on how to do this.)

Step Four: Start digging.

Step Five: After tunneling your way out to freedom, you’ll probably look like that Tom Hanks character that was marooned alone on an island and you’ll probably smell just as bad. Take a moment to shave and shower.

Step Six: Go retrieve the Mona Lisa.

Step Seven: Sell it. Of course, no one will believe it’s the real deal, so you’ll be lucky to get twenty-bucks for it.

Step Eight: Repeat steps one through seven until you’re satisfied that your bank account has reached that magic number.

Now go out there and make your dreams come true!

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Inside The Studio: My “New” Old Banker’s Swivel Chair

I’ve always liked banker’s swivel chairs, so when I furnished my studio nearly two decades ago, I bought one from the Bombay Company (which no longer has retail outlets, but still operates an online store).

While their furniture wasn’t as cheap as Ikea’s cardboard-and-staple-quality offerings, it was still cobbled together in the Orient, which meant is wasn’t as durable as American products manufactured in the first half of the 20th century (come to think of it, not even today’s American-made products are as good as they were back then). Modern manufacturing methods which focus on keeping costs down necessitated a design that was far from being as comfortable as an authentic banker’s chair. The Bombay Co. version isn’t at all as ergonomic, with its straight, tall back and small seat.

Several years ago, the seat on the Bombay chair cracked in half, and now the armrest popped off the front post. Also, the wheel casters began losing bearings — either that, or someone has been discharging a BB-gun inside my studio. Anyway, it seems like every joint on the chair is loose and the entire thing is literally wobbling apart. It was time to introduce the chair to the fireplace.

So now I decided to look for an authentic, vintage banker’s chair, with the low, curved back. Most of the samples online went from $250 to $650, but I found one on Craigslist and paid $80 for it. banker's chair

From what I could find, this was made in the early half of the 20th century. Even after all this time, this thing is solid. And it’s so comfortable that it doesn’t need padding. Sure, it has a patina — “patina” seems to be the new way of saying that the finish has taken a beating, which is supposed to be part of the charm.

Anyway, I’m glad to get rid of the hunk of junk Bombay garbage. It served me well enough for a while, but, as usual, new stuff seems to be intentionally manufactured to be disposable. Does anyone make anything to last anymore?

Banker's chair

The is Bombay Company's version of a banker's swivel chair. Not at all as cozy as the real deal. Here it is after being tossed out of the studio.

This is Bombay Company’s version of a banker’s swivel chair. Not at all as cozy as the real deal. Here it is after being tossed out of the studio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Completed Live Drawing

So I spend 25 minutes doing a live drawing video with an app that a friend recommended called OBS. Having never used it before, I had something set incorrectly and found out that I recorded a black screen the entire time, which is like driving with the parking brake on. Naturally I was wasn’t a happy camper after discovering my error.

In any case, here’s a two minute video wrapping up the illustration. It’s pretty boring because most everything was already done, but I’m disinclined to repeat the entire dog and pony show.

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Three Wise Men – 4 of 4

Since I haven’t yet acquired video-editing skills, I won’t bore you with another progress video. Here’s how my little Christmas doodle came out.

Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.

Three Wise Men Kings magi Christmas

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Three Wise Men – 3 of 4 (or so)

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Three Wise Men – 2 of 4 (or so)

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Three Wise Men – 1 of 4 (or so)

A little progress video; I’ll post updates the next few days…

 

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Guitar Break #2

Making up a quick musical doodle on my break…

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