Monday, November 28, 2011

Yeti

Did this for Pictoplasma's missing link project/exhibition. It was rejected. Whatever, I don't need the approval of the shadowy Pictoplasma committee. The Yeti doesn't need approval. Look at him. Look into his eyes. He will never stop haunting you.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

gratuitous self-portrait


I do not take this thing seriously. The narcissistic part or the nihilistic part. Just a little catharsis that probably only makes sense to me. The colors turned out alright, though I still think I lost something when I inked it. Always had a soft spot for the rough pencil drawings.

melancholia

New Lars Von Trier film, Melancholia, is amazing, maybe my favorite of his. This isn't based on it but has similar sentiments.


sketches













Some of these are months old. I'm trying to get into the habit of posting more/censoring myself less.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

something recent

*The one I settled on
*My first inclination
*raw, naked pencils

Finished this a couple of months back when I got inspired to pick up the pencil and use it as more than just a base for inks again after checking out a bunch of Tatsayuki Tanaka drawings. Pose is a little weird but the hands came out alright.

Monday, June 27, 2011

you had my hand in your hand, you had my lip in your teeth, you had my heart on your sleeve.


File under: "things I finished months ago and hated but upon revisiting think suck less than most of my work so I gave it a digital treatment/bandage and some insane colors to try and save it". I kinda like the first one more just because it's so garish that it complements the melodrama of the whole piece. That jarring color scheme goes for it more and pushes it over the edge. Well, it's not like it was subtle before the colors anway. Words from La Dispute.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

New art strategy = keep doing work at least vaguely derivative of apocalyptic punk aesthetics then add bright colors and stars to make it seem playful

First painting in ages. The idea I had for this ended up requiring a much cleaner aesthetic than something I would have normally chosen to use paints for, the stencils (stars) and cleaner lines on the figure made it a very meticulous process near the end but it was so much more rewarding to get there. I love working digital but nothing seems to beat the feeling of physical materials in your hands. The personal satisfaction achieved from going through that process just feels so much better, even if it takes longer and isn't inherently "better". There was something very satisfying about coming home to my easel set up and waiting for me, and having this unfinished piece greeting/glaring at me every morning. I haven't felt so connected to my work in a while. This made me happy.

political art

Yep.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

the devil loves you

Demon stigmata.. Inks, markers and some digital/

Monday, October 11, 2010

U.S.A.!

This is the original idea...

...And here's a more festive one!


Inks, markers and a bit of digital treatment. Kinda late for a 4th of July post, but I guess it can be a fuck-columbus-day post instead. I started this thinking of it as an illustration of a song lyric by Touche Amore: "I've got my own brand of patriotism/it comes with nights of emptiness." I have no idea what it's intended meaning is, but for me the line evokes a feeling of dissonance between identity and ideas, between the society we live in and having ethics that so often contradict that social order. It even seems to embrace that feeling, rather than wishing it away to some far corner, never to be spoken of again. That dissonance is something I've felt a lot lately, so this lines spoke to me on a very personal level. I could and probably would ramble on more about this, but for now I'm tired, and other people have said these things much better than me anyway. Here's one of them:

William Blum on patriotism

*EDIT: Reading this years later is weird. It's not that I don't find these topics important, I'm just much less political these days, for better or worse. Aesthetically, still pretty happy with it, though, and looking at it now it was always a personal statement anyway,

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Poster For Tomorrow


I did this poster for the Death is Not Justice campaign/competition put on by Poster for Tomorrow. I don't really remember how I came across this project, but I strongly agree with the cause and like idea of the project itself, so decided to attempt a small contribution to it. For this competition, 100 entries are to be selected from the 2,094 submissions which will then be exhibited in shows around the world on 10/10/10 (world day against the death penalty). Most importantly, and what I like most about the project, all participating artists automatically agree to publish their submissions under a creative commons license, thereby making the 100 new designs available for free use by groups/organizations/people engaging in anti-death penalty actions and such. It's a simple idea to build a library of visual communication for political actions. A lot of my work has social commentary and I've been looking to do art with a more broad/visible political context; this is at least a small and simple contribution to that. Yay for left-wing propaganda! Once again I have to thank a musician for the "borrowed" words (bottom of the poster), this time it's hyper-political, brutal, crust-punk band, Behind Enemy Lines. If you're into heavy, down-tuned political rants, check them out!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Hunky Jesus With Snake



Used a ton of reference for this one and did a lot more sketching than usual before attempting the final piece.

Friday, June 18, 2010

clovis







Just a little cathartic piece for my hometown. I've been trying to do something with this illustration forever and this seemed like a good enough fit. Thanks to one of the bay area's best hardcore bands for the words.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

More tentacles less jesus



More work from the collection of abandoned drawings, I'm starting to think I was just being lazy and not lacking inspiration. I'm pretty happy with this one in any case. Words are stolen from one of the best bands ever. EVER.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Sharpie + digital + cynicism




What was that I was saying before about unnecessary blasphemy? I need to start playing with different themes...

digital collage and other indulgences



Seems like half my work lately has been salvaging lost pieces. This one is the original octo-christ, I actually started it long before the illustration I posted, but abandoned it at some point when I couldn't figure out how to finish it in an interesting way. It's all digital collage with some heavy cleanup. I post a lot of unnecessarily blasphemous things, but this doesn't take itself as seriously as it might look, I'm just semi-obsessed with christian iconography and a sucker for apocalyptic aesthetics. I'm a person of very refined tastes.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I have no idea who Shepard Fairey is; what are you talking about?



I drew these monkeys like 2 years ago and was just never satisfied with a final composition/treatment for them. After a lot of indecision and finally some good advice from Lookah, this is how it turned out. It's just slightly more derivative of a certain popular artist than I would like, but whatever, it's fun to indulge sometimes.

Monday, May 3, 2010

...and behold the octo-christ



Almost entirely analog for a change (added a bit of texture digitally).

Saturday, March 13, 2010

sweet zombie jesus!

The simple things

Some freehand sketches with a sharpie; something about working with sharpies is really freeing. Its like the materials are so cheap and "low-end" that I'm not as worried about making mistakes and just have more fun with it.






The words are from a Tom Waits song (Cemetery Polka). I think it's a good fit, but that line was stuck in my head for a week so probably everything I drew was starting to seem like a good fit for it.