(I started this in January and took too long on it. But apparently the feast of St Agatha is this week so lets pretend I planned this. )
Okay – so the New Year has arrived – and is in fact – still here. I’m not one for New Year Resolutions – but I do tend to make the New Year an occasion for me to examine what I’m doing and how to improve it. With this in mind I should be working on social media and how to make my online presence a thing that exists. But I hate social media and am avoiding working on it so lets talk about Saint Iconography with a side note of women’s roles in history.
Warning – this will probably get a bit gory and rough. Because – history is rarely clean and pleasant. Also politics of now gets briefly mentioned. Continue reading →
Holidays crashed over me and the New Year started pretty rough.
A mix up at the pharmacy has left me with a bit of a brain chemistry issue I’m still dealing with. (For the record; double check labels and spelling on any medications you take.) It’s been a fun month or two.
But despite the weird mood swings, head aches and drowsiness I have actually gotten something done.
Sadly not sure of the
original artists of these
hell we are lucky to have scans in the first place
It might be somewhat obvious on here but I’m a bit of a history nerd. I also love and collect vintage posters and post cards (well reprints anyway.) A few years back during a cross country road trip I got introduced to the National Park posters from the Depression era Works Project Administration and fell in love with them.
The Works Project Administration was a program that was part of the New Deal to stimulate the economy and get unemployed folks working. In an attempt to get out of work artists producing and as a way to get art to the lower classes they started commissioning posters for various events and projects. Public Service posters, Health Reminders, local events, and in this case advertising the National Parks. For more information and examples the Library of Congress has more information and over 900 examples of said posters.
Me being a graphic design nerd and a bit of a gamer, I tried this style out for a location in Fallout New Vegas – because making travel posters for imaginary, inhospitable locales amuses me. I had a lot of fun making that poster and it surprisingly was a great eye catcher at my last convention so I decided to try to give it a revisit when I had the chance.
So October is here, and gone. I was intending to post this sooner but the month was a blur of comings, goings, deadlines and disasters. Probably poor excuses, but it was a poor way to spend what is normally the happiest time of the year for me.
For the occasion of Halloween a local store decided to hold a monster themed art show and they were kind enough to let me join in the fun.
So I get in the show, no worries right? Well actually I realize that “Monster” is a pretty big heading. Are we talking classic movie monsters? Modern monsters? Urban legends? Zombies? The list goes on.
After a bit of mentally throwing darts at a board for ideas and coming up with nothing a friend suggested I try to do something with “those Japanese ghosts like that one artist you obsess over.” Continue reading →
I have a horrible turn around time. I will admit to that. Sometimes ideas will hit me and I’ll sketch and finish them up in half a day, or I’ll pace myself for a deadline. But other occasions I will come up with ideas, sketch them out and set them aside until I pull them out later and see what I can do with them.Though even I have to admit 2-3 years is a bit extreme even for me.
When I came back from California I had a couple of weeks to get over my jetlag, work on a few deadlines, and order supplies and prep for a convention. I for some reason felt this was the perfect time to pick up another project.
I have always wanted to assemble a ‘sketchbook’ or compilation zine of my work, but never got around to doing it. Though recently a buddy of mine made one and I decided to give it a shot myself. I’ve since then had a few folks ask me how I assembled it. I used programs that probably made things more more complicated than it needed to be, but hey if you want to do this the hard way the Foolish Mortal’s got your back!
I’ll probably write something more substantial but right now have some sketch dump.
So after recently nagging a friend of mine to do more warm up sketches I realized I should probably take my own advice. I’ve been sort of sluggish and distracted lately and making a regular habit to draw something – anything, seemed like a good plan.
Warm up drawings are often used to get the brain thinking visually and helping your muscle memory and dexterity. It’s also good to do some drawing for fun without worrying about quality or content. Such as swing dancing Pyro.
I got accepted to a video game themed art show with a deadline of a week or so. So I was short on time and needed to work really quickly.
I go through my list of favorite games and then go over a list of games I like that other people actually remember. My own taste in games tend to run towards the really old or really odd (Evil Genius, Thief the Metal Age, Viscera Clean Up Detail, Katamari Damacy etc.)
After a bit of kicking around I finally decide to try to do a piece based on my personal favorite time sink, Don’t Starve. Partially because I really like the style of the game, and partially because there’s a good chance that people might actually recognize that one.(My masterpiece based on a sci-fi mopping simulator will have to wait for another occasion. )