Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Inktober - 31 Drawings in 31 Days

This past month (October) was freaking sweet! Not only did all things scary and awesome happen (think Halloween and Walking Dead!) but I took part in Inktober for the first time! It's a pretty straightforward idea - make an ink drawing everyday for the month of October and share it with the Internetz. Instead of blasting this post with 31 images of drawings I'm going to point you, dear reader, to the wonderful realms of social media, where the images are neatly compiled for your perusal.



Some of the drawings are done with traditional mediums (pen and ink and markers) and others are created with digital inks. I recently invested in the Adonit Touch 4 pressure sensitive stylus for the iPad and have been exploring some of the wonderful art apps that are available (Sketchbook, Adobe Ideas, and My Brushes). 


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NEW WORK WEDNESDAY! - DRAWING FRIENDZ

Hey it's Wednesday! Since I'm getting back into the swing of things, digitally, or Internetingly speaking, I think this calls for a NWW post! So here it is folks, hot and fresh from my blood-filled finger tips, to my electronic tablet, to your screen - "McBreakfast - v.1", 2014.
"McBreakfast, v.1" - Binary drawing, 2014.
It's a handmade digital drawing using my iFrogz stylus and Adobe Ideas app on my iPad Air. I threw that handmade bit in to poke fun at art crowds and such. I keep seeing posts and reading captions on art that is made on paper, canvas, or some other tactile, tangible surface as being "handmade" or "made by hand." It seems like a bullsh#t effort to say that if art is digital that it is somehow not "made by hand" or that it is lower/lesser quality than a "handmade" art object. And to that I say, "Go f%*k yourself." Even when artists use digital methods of creating art, they still use their five digit extensions to move a mouse, click a button, or hold a stylus. Let's stop the art-class-warfare before people start taking it too seriously and form some SJW groups about it and start posting sh#t on Tumblr and Reddit. I used my hands to draw a picture and so this is some fresh, digital, handmade artz going straight to your optic nerve! Enjoy :)

Friday, July 25, 2014

BATMAN 75!!!


So this year has been pretty awesome! On top of all the kick-ass things that have been going on in my life, it also happens to be the year of Batman's 75th anniversary! July 23rd was the official Batman Day where enthusiasts could drop by participating comic shops and book stores to grad a sweet Batman75 grab bag with a comic, poster, mask, bookmark, and pin.
Swag Bag contents
I know I have drawn Batman over and over again, but that's just fine with me :) And to celebrate the old man's 75th I went ahead and worked up a new drawing of Batz. I was influenced by the reprint of Detective Comics #27 from the grab bag and I wanted to harness that raw vigilante feel to Batz, before all the jet-powered tank/car/jet hybrids and present a humanistic look at the man in the mask. He looks a little weathered, a little unsure, and that's fine because honestly, if you were dressing up in a costume and fighting crime everyday you might begin to question yourself too. Below are the initial sketch WIP and flats WIP. I created this illustration in Adobe Ideas app on my iPad using an iFrogz stylus (no pressure sensitivity). Hope y'all enjoyed Batman day and here's to celebrating Batz for many more years to come!
WIP pencils and inks
WIP inks and flats





Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I Now Live in Atlanta...

Street Poetry
It's been a crazy couple of months, which helps explain my absence from the digital playground. Let's try to make this long story short. My fiance graduated from business school, we got married, she got hired at UPS, and we moved to Atlanta. There, that wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It's been a wild ride, but I am finally all setup with a roof, Internetz, and TV. Still working on getting that office/studio space together, but the good news is, it's definitely going to happen! If you follow along with the blog you know from my stint in Ft. Lauderdale that I like trains, and I like graffiti on trains. So here's an Atlanta train with some graff on it. 

So that's the haps folks. I wanted to get back on the information superhighway and let y'all know that I am alive and well. Stay tuned for more of the usual artness, updates, and photo drops (more ATL pics below).
Jenis ice cream shop. (GO! It's really good)
Morgan Falls dam


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Test Run - "Adobe Ideas" on the iPad


I'm on Spring Break mutha f&#@erz!!! Instead of getting girls gone wild and crazy, I'm at my local caffeine dealer getting my fix and making the artz. I've been neglecting my shiny new gadget (iPad) and so I decided that I'd go have some coffee, take some candid photos of other patrons, and make a drawing. The app of choice for today is "Adobe Ideas" it's a free vector drawing program, and it's awesome. Super clean and crisp lines and edges folks. They dynamic pressure on the brush is pretty awesome as well; eventually I'll be investing in a pressure sensitive stylus for the iPad, but until then I'm getting my groove on with my iFrogz stylus. Here's a couple versions of the finished illustration; little cropping here, little cropping there, dig it y'all!





Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Santifort Children - A Pencil Portrait Commission

Over the past few weeks I had been in talks with a friend from high school who was interested in having me create a pencil portrait of her four kids. I was more than happy about the news, seeing as I love drawing, and I especially love drawing people. After a nice "catch-up" phone call and a few short emails back and forth, I was provided with some outstanding photos of her kids to work with.

I went into Photoshop and created two concepts for the portrait; one horizontal layout, and the other a vertical one. 

Concept 1.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Existential Journey - Photo Journal: Newnansville Cemetary



My friend, Mr. Kieffer, and I tend to take randoms journeys through the flat lands of north-central Florida. Rarely is a destination strictly set on the offset of these excursions, but inevitably we end up stopping by at least one graveyard per trip for a little bit of tomb browsing and photo taking. A previous exploration led to a corpse farm filled with fairly new crops, but this past week we got to see some pretty awesome graves amongst other things. There was no particular order to the layout of the cemetery, it sprawled out over hundreds of yards in all sorts of directions. The trees were twisted and ominous, and some of the headstones marked the final resting spot of Confederate soldiers. Enough of the blabbing, I'll let the pictures do the talking. Enjoy.