This is the second commissioned Splotch Monster text piece made for a friend and colleague who enjoys books, and who doesn't love a good book? I'm currently reading "Full Bloom, The Art and Life of Georgia O'Keeffe", a nearly 600 page biography on one of my all time favorite artists. It's for an online graduate class that I'm taking, and I'm glad I'm reading it now, since my wife Kris, whose work is very much inspired by O'Keeffe's, will be going with me to see her current exhibit of early works at the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, in a week or so. Despite digital media, as much as I like it, I don't think actual, physical books will ever go out of style, at least for a long time to come.
Monday, December 17, 2018
Sunday, December 16, 2018
This is the first of two commissioned Splotch Monster works, made for a friend and colleague who, along with her husband, are into books and "The Phantom Tollbooth", which is where this one is quoted from. While I initially moan and groan about having to do commissioned pieces sometimes, I am also grateful that people like my art enough to pay me for it, and these projects occasionally push me in new directions. This one in particular took far longer than I had expected, but I got a great deal of joy simply getting lost in imagination while working on each and every little character letter. Now it's on to the second one, which is a lot easier, thankfully!
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Here's the completed version of the Splotch Monster versus Ultraman drawing. It is very much inspired by the one I made at the Monster Drawing Rally a couple of weeks ago at the Greater Reston Arts Center. I made sure to scan the unfinished version (posted earlier) so I could go back and print it out and work on this on my own time, and I like it a lot more than the original, since I decided to do some things differently than on the first attempt. This is also a one-off embellished giclee print, made for a fan who wanted the original drawing that I had already committed to the rally. This is definitely the next best thing, and it turned out better than the real thing, I think (and it was somewhat more affordable). I might make regular giclee prints of this in the future, perhaps.
Thursday, December 6, 2018
A big thanks goes out to my wife, Kris for helping me get a fresh batch of high-quality giclee prints made and packaged in time for GRUMP Zoolights this weekend. I’ve got some from the Endangered Kingdom portrait series, as well as from the @splotchmonsterisland Meets EK series. Quite a few of these animals reside at the Smithsonian National Zoo, btw! I’ll be at the zoo selling these, as well as some select original Splotch Monster art this Saturday, from 5-9pm, along with a wide array of local makers. Hope you can come by!
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Thanks to the Greater Reston Arts Center for asking me back to participate in the Monster Drawing Rally, and to everyone who came out, bought some art and supported a good cause! GRACE did an excellent job running the event and I had a lot of fun today!
Friday, November 30, 2018
Splotch Monster Kaiju 3: Godzilla - I grew up watching all the old Godzilla movies on TV, Sunday afternoons. I’m partial to what I consider “cute” Godzilla - the one who became increasingly kid-friendly, and some of the absolute worst Godzilla movies are my all time favorite. That’s nostalgia for you, and as an adult I can appreciate those films in a completely different light. In the meantime, this is the third and final drawing I’ll be working on at the 2nd annual Monster Drawing Rally in Reston, VA. Much like the lizard-king himself, I’m wondering what that strange, reddish-orange paint splotch is going to look like by tomorrow. The official date is Saturday, December 1, 2018, from 1-5pm, at the Greater Reston Arts Center. I’ll be there doing my thing from 3:45-4:45, however there will be many more fantastic artists participating as well. It’s going to be an all-around good time for everyone, some come by if you’re looking for something fun and artsy to do, Saturday!
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Splotch Monster Kaiju 2: Gammera - Everyone’s favorite giant cosmic turtle simply couldn’t be left out of this brief series. Looks like Gammera has a triple threat on his hands/claws, this time around. Not sure if they’ll be jumping out from a nearby body of water, or approaching our reptilian hero from mid-air. Whatever the case, I hope I can come up with something while drawing on this at the 2018 Monster Drawing Rally at the Greater Reston Arts Center this Saturday. I typically like to work on art without the presence of onlookers, so this will be quite a challenge, but a very welcome one, nonetheless.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Splotch Monster Kaiju 1: Ultraman - Here’s the first in a series of three kaiju-themed Splotch Monster pieces I’ll be working on at this Saturday’s Monster Drawing Rally at the Greater Reston Arts Center. Since participating artists only get an hour, I’m hoping to complete and auction off one every twenty minutes. Last year they sold quickly. Hoping for the same this year as well. In the meantime, I’m already trying to imagine what this Splotch Monster is going to look like, and how it’s going to battle the mighty Ultraman, a childhood favorite of mine from back in the day. So far I’m thinking either tentacles or claws (or both).