Sunday, October 26, 2008

fear and clothing

i killed two birds with one stone this week. Then i felt bad about the birds so I made this poster to cheer me up:

Here's the art, which I'm using for Roger's Halloween assignment (I kinda like the second variation more...even though the colors don't make any logical sense)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


I've just finished compiling a book of sketches from around the city. Locations are based on an old book called "A City Sketched".
Many were done standing, sitting awkwardly, or in the cold wind, so forgive some of the wobblyness and wild inaccuracies.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

What I've been working on lately

so um
sorry for being so flaky guys
I can't keep up with you

you've both been posting really incredible work and even though I haven't been commenting
I still look at it all and especially when I'm stuck and need a push

here is a big jumble of stuff
basically everything I've done this semester worth sharing, sortof
almost none of it is finished, so don't worry about giving substantial feedback
I know I haven't given you much to work with

these are a lot of incomplete ideas, things I've jumped into without really knowing where they're going
it's a different way of working than I'm used to but they love it here at Parsons
I don't know as much as I struggled with the sketches at UArts I think it was really good for me

okay so this thing is going to be part of a very large triptych about getting drunk in the desert
this is just a sketch, the final thing will be bigger and not covered in dirt
probably I will paint the figure instead of using graphite
for the future, expect: camels, sappy poetry, more cacti, lots of sand

these are some birds and insects

they will go into the background of this

which will probably not look anything like that when I'm done with it
there will be vegetables and trees I think
that dark area on my chest will be covered in jewelry and flower necklaces
each of the birds will be integrated into the background and I will paint more directly onto the others I think
kind of a layered dreamy nostalgic thing
and I'll hopefully integrate some type, maybe labels for the birds with all that sentimental stuff I love so much

this thing will go into a larger piece where I am hibernating underground
kind of like those museum exhibits that show a cross-section of soil
and then above ground will be winter and trees and things
I will include sleeping chipmunks of course

And here's one of the only things I've finished all semester, a few more matchbooks. This time about plants and memories and gushy stuff like that.

so I think that's everything I've made so far worth showing
hopefull I'll finish the piece with me underground in a week or so
and then the other two by the end of the semester

right now I'm working on a project that is a book that opens and then has smaller books inside that then unfold into things like maps or x-rays or maybe I will just fill the thing with cicadas, I don't know

thank you both for keeping this thing going
it really has been helpful to try and meet the high standards both of you set with your work
I'll get out of my slump soon I hope

most importantly
please both of you come visit me right away
tell me when is good for you and maybe we can like make art together or some hippie fluff like that

Monday, October 20, 2008

Stuff and things

It's been pretty slow lately. Either that, or I've been pretty consistently dissatisfied with my recent work. It's probably a combination of the two, but here are some images:

I used my shoes instead of my face for this self portrait.

And a few bits from my sub-par sketchbook:

Travis, where are you?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Marky Mark

I hope he doesn't mind how unflatteringly I drew him...

Monday, October 13, 2008

Travis needs to post more or else I'll have to put up crap like this

A (very) rough mash-up of the "mark assignment". I put it together in the 5 minutes before work, so imagine it looks decent.

I want to do it on creamy/light brown paper, with acrylic paint and red pen.

I don't much like this one, but I'll include it to give an illusion of variety. I'm not entirely opposed to color, so if you have any better suggestions...

Friday, October 10, 2008

My Turn

So...I stole Sara's idea and made a whale picture too.

and a dream picture

and some self portraits,
Mark liked this one...

and disliked this one...

It's been a long week.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Resolutions. ...?

I've finished a couple of things, but they're probably due to be revisited soon:

Mark says that I have to add some more touches of highlight, and I plan to. God, Jimmy, why didn't you warn me about this?!?!?!

poem layout
The whale poem layout! I hope that it prints well, and that I'm able to give the second poem illustration a similar treatment. I don't want to ever disappoint Bob Byrd. Never!

More later.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Only a steel man can be a lover

Being in a slump isn't the most enjoyable thing... but it makes for a more thoughtful sketchbook, albeit an embarrassing one.

I'd post some real stuff, but none of it has been worth worrying about lately.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

I bet I think this song is about me

We have so much homework due next week. *dies*

self portrait, revisited
This is the revision of my boring self-portrait, "Homebody." It just needed stuff. How the hell am I going to do the color version? Meehhhh.

This is the main ginger ale down-the-blowhole illustration for Children's Book...I'll color this digitally, and just hope that it looks really good. Here are the two spots, as well...they will probably be placed on the top right and bottom left corners (respectively) on the text page:

Other than this, I'm working on that stoopid angel assignment, and I'll have to get on those finished sketches for Matt's class.
Life sucks.

Thursday, October 2, 2008


gosh everyone loves Andrew Bird

Here's a little something I made. Hopefully I can give it to him this Saturday. Conceptually it's nothing you guys haven't seen before, but it's my first attempt at oils. I compared this with the matchbooks I made for typo last year, it's nice to see how much I've improved. Still a long way to go though...

--More Andrew Bird lyrics--

This isn't art.

...or is it?


We all liked Jimmy's cardigan today, but Mark was particularly enamored.