Thursday, April 13, 2017

mini comics and arts show at heroic aleworks!

On Saturday, May 20, I'll be selling my Splotch Monster products, along with many other excellent local comics and cartoon artists at Heroic Aleworks in Woodbridge, Virginia. I've never been to this place yet, and I'm definitely looking forward to it. Hope you can join us!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

splotch monster island plans

It's been a bit silent on the island lately, but that's about to change soon, as the Endangered Kingdom series, after a brief (and much needed) hiatus, is ready to start up again, and arts festivals and events are right around the corner. So many plans for Splotch Monster Island, and so little time. See you soon!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

2017 western loudoun artists studio tour

I'm happy to announce that Kris​​ and I will be on this year's Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour! For Kris, this will be her first time on the tour, and after taking a break last summer, this will be my second time. The tour happens on June 3rd and 4th, and features amazing artists from all over Loudoun County, VA. You'll find Kris and I at the Round Hill Arts Center. Hope to see you there! 

Friday, March 17, 2017

moleskine exchange splotch monsters

In many ways, I've been getting back to my art-making roots by participating in both a Moleskine, and Artist Trading Card exchange, both via snail mail. I call this "roots" because about ten years ago I finally, after years of drawing and making art on and off, decided that it was ok to call myself an artist, knowing that I have a long way to go to get to where I'd like to be, but to keep working at it along the way. While I admit, I've been a little behind on my current exchanges, now that I'm actually participating in my own, self-propelled artistic endeavors, these mail-art, group projects kept me involved, and keep me playful, as in the case with these three images. There was very little planning or thought put into any of these - just fun, spontaneous and creative play. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

siau island tarsier in splotch monster island process shots

Making these are always an adventure of sorts. I really have no idea where to begin on the paper, so at first I rotate the splotched-on piece, with the chosen animal (in this case, the Siau Island Tarsier) in mind. How will I portray the animal in relation to the watercolor paint splotches? I try to make these pieces as dynamic-looking as possible, unlike the more static Endangered Kingdom animal portraits. My first notion was to have the paper turned horizontally, with the tarsier hanging on one of the branch-like streaks protruding from the larger splotch, but that didn't seem right, after examining hundreds of photos of the tarsier - not a single one showing the small primate hanging in any way whatsoever. I did find some pics where the tiny monkey was jumping to catch its prey - in this case, a small grasshopper. The most dynamic thing about the finished image, in my opinion, is that while the tarsier is jumping to catch the grasshopper perched on the nose of the the big Splotch Monster below, the big Splotch Monster below is hoping to lure the primate into its jaws, much like the cycle of life in the animal kingdom. What happens in the end is anybody's guess, but I think with the big Splotch Monster's tiny, T-rex-like arms, the quick and agile tarsier will have no problem leaping away to safety. It just has to look out for that long, whip-like tail.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

art for wildlife s.o.s.

Here's a piece I did for the upcoming Wildlife S.O.S. art auction called "Moon Bear, Sun Bear, Sloth Bear". While none of these bears are on the Endangered Species list, they are indeed threatened due to habitat destruction, as well as archaic medicinal and entertainment practices. These animals are particularly close to my heart and my hopes are that this piece, along with many others will raise money and awareness for this wonderful organization.