Friday, October 30, 2009

The Quiet Family

I'm now working on what is going to be an ongoing comic book series called The Quiet Family.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Back from JournalFest!

I just got back from teaching two full days of workshops at JournalFest in Port Townsend, Washington. JournalFest is the smaller sister festival to ArtFest, and focuses on the journaling arts. This was it's first year! My students were all amazing and it was a huge pleasure to get to spend time with two open and willing groups of great people. The above photo is something silly I did with my students to demonstrate that art is both a conjuring trick and a disappearing act. Thanks for being willing to get a little weird everyone! I hope you all had as much fun as me!
The class was entitled Words and Pictures. It focused on spontaneous drawing as a way to uncover your own inner-dialogue, then using that dialogue to inspire more drawings, which then opens up a new level of dialogue. More and more I see making art as a form of listening. The art speaks, I listen. The picture above is a section of the huge, detailed doodle I did as part of my preparation for the class. Working on this doodle actually lead to a huge breakthrough for me and I was fially able to clearly write the first chapter to the story I've been struggling with. Now that I'm home, I'm going to be drawing pages as full time as possible. The big doodle will most likely end up being part of the title page art.

Monday, October 19, 2009

a Book Mark for Quimby's Books

I designed a bookmark for Quimby's bookstore in Chicago awhile ago. They were actually the first comic shop outside of my home town to carry my self published work years ago, so it's extra cool to have done some art for them. In exchange for the art, they gave me store credit, so I got to indulge my Jack Kirby addiction with some Fourth World Omnibus! Yes!

Secret Acres Signs

These are two signs I designed for my publisher when they have tables at comics conventions. I drew them at 1/5 of the actual print size.

Here they are blown up to over 5 feet high and standing up! It'll be cool to actually see them in person at some point. It's by far the largest I've ever had one of my drawing blown up.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Journal Fest

I'm heading up to Port Townsend, Washington very very soon to teach a couple of drawing/writing workshops. This above image is the new postcard sized business card I'll be giving to everyone. These events are always an amazing time!

Creative Time and Space

About a year ago, Rice Freeman-Zachery asked me to be part of her upcoming book about artist's creative work habits. She sent me a bunch of great questions, which I answered and sent back to her along with some art. It was really cool to suddenly have the book show up at my doorstep after all this time! It'll be interesting to see what I said! I feel like my work habits have already changed so much, so reading this will give me a nice window into my own evolution over the last year.
There are 13 other artists interviewed, with their art nicely showcased, including my good friend Teesha Moore! It's a pretty versatile and interesting group of artists assembled here, so it'll be fun to hear what they all have to say.The book's available on Amazon if you want to check it out:
Sorry about how crappy these photos look. I need to get a new camera really bad. It's on my list of things to do.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Giant Robot Biennial!

This is a drawing that's being turned into a 3 color t-shirt for the Giant Robot Biennial celebration show that's coming up. I also have a large art piece in the show and donated some doodled-in copies of my books to the auction. Opening night should be quite a time. There's going to be live art performances, collaborations, independent video games, and who knows what else. It's at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, and is definitely something to check out if you're in the area.