Thursday, May 31, 2012

Stop and smell

More Alien lifeforms from the planet Vagina. I think i could do a whole bestiary of lifeforms based on this design philosophy, but would that be interesting or would it get boring?


Did some doodling today, trying to work out the details of an alien mouth. Here is the result.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Start over from the middle.

Hi! Have a seat, make yourself comfortable. You need anything? No, you're good? Good. Now, where to begin? When I was a kid, I liked to draw. I drew a lot. Mostly monsters, but a lot of monsters. I drew all the way up until my late 20's and then I stopped. I had always felt that my art came from a place of emptiness and dispair. Having grown up in the most negative and discouraging family I have ever met in my whole united states life, I had plenty of that in store. But Then I met the woman who would become my wife and, well she turned the light on in the darkness. My pen had run dry. Oh, I doodled here and there, but I never progressed. Then my son was born and suddenly I needed to make more money so I went back to school at 30. That was a great experience and it reawakened my sleeping tooth what likes to draw. I have a tooth what likes beer too, but that's for the other blog.

So I finished school and got a job doing pre-press work for a packaging company. I made more money than ever in my life and I was doing artsy things in my time off. But then I was hit with the slow moving glacier that grinds all ambition and willpower into powder: World of Warcraft. I stopped creating to immerse myself in a world created by others....for 5 years....every spare moment. I even played at work. I was sick, you see.....

But Alas, all good (and bad) things must come to an end. So, here I am now WoW free and I want to DRAW. But I wasted so much time and never developed my talents, can I start over? No, that's hard at 41. But I can start in the middle where I left off. Hopefully this blog will document the further development of my skill.

I recently found a folder of old sketches that was squirreled away on a book shelf. Looking at them for the first time in years was like looking at someone else's work. Did I draw these? Some were from the 80's and others more recent. They aren't real good, but they aren't real bad either. It seems like a good place to start. So I brought a couple into Illustrator and tinkered with them, cleaned them up, added color and shading. All things that I have always been bad at. But the few pieces that I have resurrected showed promise. They all need work, but I am pleased with the initial results of this awakening.

I will continue to post new stuff as it is born and old stuff as I find it. If you like what you see, let me know! If you don't like what you see, let me know!