I did a small woodcut character for the Video Game themed art show that's opening in a couple of days at Giant Robot. Obtaining extra lives by ramming floating crystals with your head is an important concept to me, so it felt good to create a visual rendering.
I got this in the mail from England a little while ago. It's a lot of fun getting to design all these covers and then have the actual physical objects show up at my door. The music is great too.Perfect sounds to have in the room while drawing. The next ones are going to be in full color.
As of last night, I'm completely done with all of the art for book one! Pictured above is the first page of Book Two, which I kept propped up on my drawing table, standing guard as I worked to complete the first one. The title page and the entire contents of Book One is stacked below. I ended up overnighting all the originals to Secret Acres, which was pretty scary after all that work, but they reached New York safely and now I feel much more confident that it will look nice in print. It's all fully hand colored and the originals are much larger than I've ever worked. Drawing larger than I'm comfortable with really helped me explode my sense of what the comics page can be.
This book launches my attempt at creating a long form comics narrative, but right now I'm just focusing on the first four books. For awhile I was working on them all at once until I finally figured out how it could be divided up just right. It was pretty chaotic for awhile, so it feels extra satisfying to finally have something readable. More soon!
These are a few more images from the inspirational slide show that plays when my laptop goes into screensaver mode. A huge majority of the images are ancient, tribal, and ceremonial, though there's also plenty of work from cartoonists I love, as well as photographs of outer space and caves. These images, to me, are so full of a mystery, intensity, and vitality that's missing from most modern art I see. Looking at these pictures makes me excited and inspired on so many levels. Embodying creatures from the subconscious and organizing thoughts into word-symbols and story-drawings is what I want my daily work to be. Art connects the imagination to reality through the intensive act of doing. I wish I could know exactly how these artists thought and felt about the world as they created these works.
I kind of fell off the map with posting for awhile, so I thought I'd jump back into this little room I keep in Internet-World by showing you this drawing I made with Joe Lambert and Sean Christensen while hanging out at the Secret Acres table at Stumptown last month. Sean's already my favorite dude to collaborate with and it was an extra treat to get to draw with Joe during his first ever visit to the West Coast.
edition of 250, signed and numbered on heavy stock 18x24 paper.
18x24". limited edition of 200. signed and numbered. SOLD OUT!
Thought Cloud Shrines:
a hand made art zine SOLD OUT!
Flying Lotus, Pattern/Grid World:
I did the album art for the Flying Lotus EP released by Warp Records. The vinyl comes with a pull out poster.
Ramona Falls, Intuit:
I did the album art for the Portland Based Band, released by Barsuk Records.
Nursery Rhyme Comics anthology:
I did a 2 page, full color adaptation of "As I Was Going To St. Ives". Edited by Chris Duffy.
Best American Comics 2010, edited by Neil Gaiman::
My 15 page comic "Norman Eight's Left Arm" was included in this anthology. I also did the front and back end page designs.
The Black Forest anthology:
I did a 6 page, full color piece for this anthology of art and comics put out by the Pittsburgh based collective, Unicorn Mountain. Edited by Curt Gettman.
High Contrast Review:
I did 4 illustrations for an article on food in Fairy Tales for this limited edition anthology of literature, poetry, photography, and art. There's also a couple of photographs of me wearing my "house head" in downtown portland, taken by Austin Valley. I silkscreened the covers myself. Edited by Sam Kulla.
The Open Daybook:
This is a big art book that also acts as a perpetual calendar. It features 365 artists who each made a piece of art on the specific day of the year they were assigned. I made a drawing for October 2nd. Edited by David P. Earle.
Study Group 12 #4:
I have two pages of drawings in this limited edition anthology of art and comics edited by Zack Soto. It has hand silk screened covers and is printed with dark blue ink.
Prism Index #1:
I have 4 pages of art in this handmade, limited edition art magazine. It has hand printed silkscreened covers and comes with a music disc and dvd of experimental film. Edited by Jeffrey Bowers.
Art Visionary Box Set:
Art Visionary, an Australian based magazine of fantastical, surrealist, and outsider art, put out this limited edition box set filled with prints, original art, and mini publications. A signed and numbered, limited edition version of my art zine, Thought Cloud Shrines was included in the set. Edited by Damian Michaels.
Creative Time and Space (making room for making art):
I'm one of 14 artists interviewed in this book about the daily lives and creative habits of artists. It features 5 of my art pieces and a photo of my drawing table. Edited by Rice Freeman-Zachery
I made a 6 page comic for this free anthology put out by SparkPlug comics, Tugboat Press, and Teenage Dinosaur back in 2009. It features 6 Portland Cartoonists. Cover by Andrice Arp. As far as I know, there aren't any copies left.