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. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

alchemical vessel work in progress, 2017

For the time being, the Endangered Kingdom series has been on a brief hiatus as I focus on working on and completing a piece for the upcoming Alchemical Vessel exhibit and benefit at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, this March. This is the third year in a row that I was invited to participate in this wonderful event, and it's always and honor and a pleasure. Here's a sneak peek at my work in progress, and I think I'm a little over half of the way there. More to come soon!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

splotch monster island featured on the jellyvision show podcast!

My wife Kris and I were so happy to get interviewed by the amazing Jen Crawford and Tim Trueheart, on their long-running Jellyvision Show Podcast, recently! We talk art, comedy, Splotch Monsters, Twisted Sister, flotation tanks and more, so check it out HERE! Just a small disclaimer: there is some adult language used in the show, as this podcast is geared towards an adult audience. In the meantime, enjoy! 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

new splotch monster love

Recently, a good friend of mine purchased one of my Splotch Monster LOVE greeting cards. Unfortunately, I had sold the last one before I could mark them as SOLD OUT, and I didn't have the time or means to quickly produce another. So, I gladly did a custom-made card, much in a similar vein as the original card design. I was surprised at how close to the original I got, but also surprised at how much more I like the new design. Below are some reverse chronological order shots of the process. 

Saturday, January 28, 2017