Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Dag Nabbit

Totally in an artistic slump right now.

Terrible. Terrible. Terrible.

I reach this point every couple of months where I literally feel like I've forgotten how to draw...and it is a most loathsome state of mind and soul.

Anyhoo, if any of you ARE interested in this... the premiere Christian glam band of the 1980s-Stryper,(am I dating myself?)is having a contest to design the cover of their new album. It's worth checking out and could make for a good portfolio piece if you win. Check out the details here.

So here's a couple more skate videos from days of old.
You'll notice a pattern in most of these I posted. When I skated, I went for big air, big ollies...stuff like that. Didn't do alot of flippy tricks except for the ones I had wired and I knew I could land. I bust a pretty gnarly 360 flip down some stairs at the end of this first one.

Summer of 1995....

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

More Nostalgia

Forgive me, this may be the last time I wander down memory lane for a while. But I simply must do it again. I converted some old skate footage to digital video and edited it into some pretty fun little snippets.

See for yourself, and have a Happy Christmas: )

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sweet Memories...

I've said before that I had 2 things that kept me sane in my teenage years; art and skateboarding. I recently dug out my nostalgia album and pulled out some pics that took me back to a simpler day. When the biggest thing I had to worry about was how my hair looked after I landed.

In all seriousness, skateboarding was such a Godsend to me. I did alot of foolish things when skating, but I hasten to think of the foolish things I would have done without skateboarding.

Making art and getting phat air were the two best means of releasing pent up teenage aggression ever. So many fun memories. Here's some:


1995.Rad session after Art History class with my friend Tim. We pulled a big box out of the trash behind Blockbuster and set it up next to a curb that I'd ollie off of and over the stacked box. Photo by Tim Dieterlie.



1993. Downtown at a handrail off main street. Can't believe I used to do this.


1993. There was a festival whereby they blocked off a major street. Skateboarders would literally take the street over and set up ramps and stuff. I seem to remember really trying to impress a girl this night and broke my board soon after this picture was taken.


1998 summer. Big phat method air off a launch ramp. Last summer of skating hard. Photo by Tim Dieterlie.


1997. I remember this night. A dating relationship had just gone down in flames and I remember being bummed out and then driving by this plaza and seeing all my skate homies with ramps and stuff set up outside a beauty college. I stopped and skated, it was rad. The session had reached a lull, so we started "stacking boards" that weren't being used, and seeing how high we could go. I hadn't skated much that summer, so it was like hugging an old friend. Photo by Tim Dieterlie.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Inspiration

Every serious artist/designer knows the importance of inspiration.

No artist works (or should work) in a vacuum. That's why I thought I'd devote a post to some artists whose work always give me fuel for creative thought.

Jeff Lemire

Of all the comic artists out there, these indie guys stoke me out more than anyone working for marvel or DC. I first found out his book, tales from the farm, about Lemire by digging through a damaged graphic novel discount bin at a local comic shop. Though the book drops some f-bombs here and there I absolutely love it and find myself looking at it over and over again when I seemingly forget how to draw. The story is touching as well.



Lemire's somewhat messy, emotive drawings style is raw and beautiful. Kinda ticks me off though...I think he's a youngin.



Doug Tennapel
Have to confess, Doug's my favorite. For the longest time, I couldn't figure out what it would look like if a Christian used his God-given abilities in comics and not have it turn out looking like a cheap tract, or a sub-par imitation of some secular fad, 2 years after the fad was over with. Doug showed me when I first read Creature Tech.





Sam Hiti

I could literally look at Sam's stuff all day. His books are a constant reference to me. Just looking at his stuff makes me want to draw. His work embodies to me all that is fun about drawing and being creative period.





Arthur Rackham

I was 19 when my college drawing professor first showed me the work of Arthur Rackham. Rackham was hands down, one of the greatest children's book illustrators ever. His skills with pen and ink as well as his ability to draw the viewer into the life of narrative are what stands out to me as inspiring. I literally get lost in the illustrations when looking at them.

I wasn't surprised when I found out that Guillermo DelToro often consults the work of Rackham for inspiration and reference as well, and that the Faun from Pan't Labyrinth was inspired much from Rackham's drawings of living tree people.





Man...or Astroman?
I first found out about these crazy sci-fi surf band guys in 1995 from my friend Adrienne. I bought one of their cds and it's one of the few that I've kept for all these years. Think Dick Dale meets Mystery Science Theatre and you've got a Man...or Astroman album. Lots of sweet surf riffs combined with sampling from old sci-fi movies. Pure gold.




Berni Wrightson
And last but certainly not least, there is the man...Berni Wrightson. Wrightson is tops in my book of 20th century illustrators, and his illustrations to Mary Shelley's Frankensten are beautifully macabre. Little bit gross sometimes, but absolutely incredible. Actually had the chance to meet berni and shake his had last year at Motor City con.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Hope Deferred...for now at least



Rats.

Rats. Rats. Rats.

We just found out last week that the "Parable" anthology that I've been a part of, has been delayed yet again. Originally slated to be printed by Viper Comics, and on the shelves this December, the printing has been cancelled for now. The current economic situation is taking its toll on just about every thing.

I was totally bummed, still am.

Not too surprised though. Things like this, cancellations, etc. are common. Especially in comics, music, etc. For anybody who has a dream. Hopefully, in God's good providence, we'll be able to find a publisher sooner rather than later.

I've looked at a pdf of the final piece and the book really is beautiful. There's talent in here from folks who have graced the laboratories of Pixar, Cartoon Network, Big Idea, and I think even the Flight anthology. I'm honestly still just as excited about it as ever. The book rocks, and Lord willing, if volume 2 makes it onto the shelves, it will be even better.

Getting your hopes dashed to the rocks is good for you sometimes. Keeps you humble, reminds you that the universe doesn't revolve around you and your dreams, helps you to learn, reminds you that you're just a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes, that you're a little man.

I'm getting way too melodramatic, need to go to bed now.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Parable 2 Progress



Had a wonderful 6 days off of work. Ergo time to relax and enjoy my wife and children, and make some art. Had some great progress on my Parable 2 pages. Currently pencilling page 8. Pages 1-7 are inked. Nothing like the adrenaline rush of finishing inking a page.