Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Turtle City

I just finished this commissioned piece a few days ago and sent it off in the mail. I don't usually do a lot of commission work, but a request for a turtle with a city on it's back seemed like a good thing to take on.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Return of the Gnome

I haven't been in an art show for awhile. I'll have two pieces in the group show at Grass Hut Thursday evening the seventh. Extreme Gnome navigation stunts, mind powered technology, puppet co-pilots, 3rd eye helmets. I made this one this morning...

Mental music playback recorder, brain enhancement super hero wear, lava proof boots, hyper intelligent bike with banana seat, animal companion with psychic link. I made this one awhile ago, but I added new details this morning just for fun...

There's so many great artists in the show. Definitely worth coming out for. www.grasshutcorp.com I'll probably be there, staring at all the art and wishing I could buy everything at Floating World Comics, which shares the space with Grass Hut.

Monday, July 4, 2011

House Gnome on the Go!

The Black Forest

I was excited to get a copy of The Black Forest in the mail a few days back (cover by Andy Kehoe). It's filled with some great art and comics and put out by the wonderful folks at Unicorn Mountain ( www.unicornmountain.com ) I've got 6 pages of work in the book, and they did a great job making it look nice. It's fun getting to be part of awesome projects like this.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Getting by as an artist has been becoming increasingly tricky. Today I have to give my month notice on my studio space, because I just can't afford it right now. At least I got a taste of how nice it can be to have a space to work and think. Riding my bike to my studio and getting to close the door and submerse myself in my work has been a true pleasure. It's interesting working with the ever present pressure to have art amount to income. The personal nature of the process usually takes me a long ways off from the world of marketing and selling. I feel like I've been working an imaginary job and I'm constantly having to prove that it somehow has relevance in reality in order to keep afloat. I've learned a lot doing this, but I've never felt like I quite have the head for it. Lately, when I'm lost in my work, I've been getting this charged feeling, like I'm reaching new ground and I just want to keep going. For the last 5 years I've been making as much art as possible and getting by. My new book keeps inching closer to completion and working on it is truly a thrill. I'm going to make this last month at my studio count. That being said, I'm going to ride my bike there right now and get to work! Thanks for all the kind support and encouragement from everyone who reads this blog and checks out my work!