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INKtober Day 5 – When the Exception Becomes the Rule

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I was talking to my friend Leighton (@johnnyampersand) at Archon while he looked over my first INKtober entry and he commented that he liked that I lay out clear goals. I like to go into big projects with a plan, I call it my project manifesto. INKtober, with it’s thirty-one drawings surely counts as a big project, right? The plan… Read more »

INKtober Day Four – Good Enough

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Here’s what happens to me. I carve out a special time to get out and do some art. Usually drawing. I might even go to a special place to draw, some place that inspires me on some level. When I get there though, I often get stuck and wander around like a last minute shopper on Christmas Eve. How do… Read more »

INKtober Day Three – Blue Turtle Shell

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One of the things that I love about still lifes, is that they tend to have a very structured complexity. There is a huge variety of shapes and textures in even the most basic of setups. This drawing presented some challenges that I didn’t expect when I began it. Ink is very binary, in that it is either on or… Read more »

INKtober Day Two- Be Honest

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Does anybody else do this? I tell myself that “I need to do work harder” or “I need to do more…” Whatever that more is. I asked for this skull for Christmas about five years ago as a reaction to one of those “I need to do more…” moments. Specifically I need to do more life drawing and this will… Read more »

INKtober Day 1 – Making Marks

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Just in case you’re not familiar with Inktober, it’s an internet community event started by Jake Parker. Anyone can do INKtober, just pick up a pen and start drawing. INKtober rules: 1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want). 2) Post it on tumblr (or Instagram, twitter, facebook, flickr, Pinterest or just pin… Read more »

Just Do The Work

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Something I find myself thinking more often than I really want to admit is “I wish I’d learned this earlier”…often while having to remind myself that I may have not been listening. I was out of college for four years before I really began to take the idea of making a living from doing art seriously again, and I had… Read more »

Fan Art Friday: Stranger Things

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Have you seen Stranger Things yet? I loved everything about it from the story, to the music, to the greenish color palette…and those kids. They were all amazing! While I didn’t get a lot of the specific call backs to thriller and sci-fi movies of the eighties, I reacted strongly to the theme of kids finding their own agency, and… Read more »

Fan Art Friday

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What does Dinosaur Jr have to do with Fan Art? I was listening to an interview with the band the other day and the conversation turned to their 1987 cover of The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven”. Anybody can play the notes to a song, and sing the lyrics, but in good cover song, the band makes it their own; they… Read more »

Watercolor Wednesday: Craft Monster

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My first year of doing art and craft shows as part of my job was full of learning experiences. The very first thing I learned and what I always tell people that aren’t sure about having enough work to show was, “There’s nothing like needing to have the work to make you do the work.” The second lesson came about… Read more »

Thankful Like Mark Watney

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I always think about pretty specific themes around the holidays. Thankfulness, giving, and resolutions to make changes in our lives in the new year. I love seeing people’s thankful posts on facebook and twitter, and it’s a great tradition to spend a minute each day thinking about the ways in which we’re blessed. Usually these posts show us at our… Read more »