Sunday, May 28, 2017

splotch monster island invades the 2017 western loudoun artists studio tour!

Lately I've been spending a lot of time at the Round Hill Arts Center, in Round Hill, Virginia, where I just wrapped up teaching a Saturday morning art club, as well as a Splotch Monster-making family night last Friday evening (below pic). I've met some wonderful people during this time, and I'm looking forward to meeting many more this coming Saturday and Sunday, June 3rd and 4th, when I'll be selling my Splotch Monster art work at the RHAC, along with my wife Kris, who will be selling her beautiful work, in the same space with me!

I'll have new original works, as well as a variety of art prints and books, including the brand new Endangered Kingdom meets Splotch Monster Island volume 2 mini-book, which will only be available in a very limited quantity, signed and numbered in an edition of twenty.  Like the first volume, I'm absolutely thrilled with how they turned out!

Hopefully folks will take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity to explore Western Loudoun County, in all of its beauty, and visit the wide variety of artists and artist studios throughout the area. The 2017 Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour, now in its twelfth year, is definitely not one to be missed!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

splotch monsters invaded heroic aleworks!

Had a great time at Heroic Aleworks, in Woodbridge, VA yesterday! Thanks to the good people who run HAW for having us, and to Matt Dembicki for organizing the event. Last but not least, thanks to folks for supporting Splotch Monster Island, at this wonderful place!

Above are a few examples of detail shots from my newly-made giclee prints. These prints debuted at Heroic Aleworks yesterday, and will also be available for sale in a couple of weeks at the Round Hill Arts Center, as part of the upcoming Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour. Hope you can make it out to this fantastic event!

Monday, May 15, 2017

new splotch monster mini-book for spring, 2017!

My first batch of new hardbound mini-books have arrived, and I could not be happier. This volume is a limited edition of twenty, signed and numbered, and will debut for a cheap-as-dirt price this Saturday, May 20th at The Heroic Aleworks mini-comics and art event, in Woodbridge, VA, from 12-7pm. Stay tuned for a sneak peek at volume 2, well on its way soon! 

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

new splotch monster ltd. edition books on the way!

I just completed work on two volumes of mini-books compiling selected works from my Endangered Kingdom Meets Splotch Monster Island series. I got a very good deal on these books, allowing me to keep the asking price relatively low. Each book collects seventeen images from the series, is hardbound and measures in at 6" x 4". Currently I'm doing a limited run of twenty each, so I'm expecting forty books to arrive at my place soon, hopefully - at least soon enough for the upcoming Heroic Aleworks event, two Saturdays from now. If not by then, I'll definitely have them available for both the 2017 Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour, and the upcoming Roslyn Blues Festival event. I'll post more when they arrive!

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.