Thursday, October 2, 2014

Stickathon 2014

I just finished up a daily drawing challenge that ran through September called Stickathon.  The idea was to draw something on a sticky (Post-It-type) note and share it on the web.  The result was getting to see a lot of differen takes on the creative challenge of drawing in something very small format and generally considered "not good illustration paper".  

(Yeah, I can be kind of a paper elitist)

I used it as a warm-up sketch exercise, a way to try out and generate ideas, and experiment a bit with pens and techniques.  

My post-it sketches are all still on my book case.  What do you think?  Got a favorite?

I'm in to October now and a new daily drawing challenge called Inktober.  That one is an ink drawing per day.  I decided to go wih a theme of drawing monsters and I'll be posting those here.

My first one is "The Thing Under the Bed":

Monday, September 29, 2014

Phil Bunyon

Lately, I've been having caffeine-fueled bull sessions with a creative sister-in-arms.  We talk a lot of issues and eventually spiral into riffing on ideas until something ridiculous is born.  Today we talked of folk heroes, what it takes to make them, and what heroism it would take to be elevated to the status where people felt compelled to tell BS stories and write songs about you.

Somewhere, the phrase "Phil Bunyon" got thrown around.  We began working on our separate projects, she writing and me drawing... drawing this... drawing Phil Bunyon.  She looked up when I was almost done and said:  "Is that who I think it is?"
I said:  "You didn't think 'Phil Bunyon' was going to be dropped at this table and I was not going to draw it did you?"

We laughed like we do and thanked the creative gods for our friendship that yields so much fun and ridiculous nonsense.

Get creative folks, make things, have fun, be a folk hero.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

J Hammond C

This is Hammond Chamberlain (aka "J Hammond C").  He is a friend of mine, a podcaster, a musician, a curator of all things creative, and an all-around good guy.

Hammond plays an instrument called a Chapman Stick.  It's essentially a giant guitar neck with somewhere in the neighborhood of several thousand strings on it and is played by people who are in no way human and have extra fingers in order to operate the instrument.  (In all seriousness, check out some stick videos on youtube, they're very interesting and cool)  So the bottom line is that the Chapman Stick is an odd instrument and it crossed my mind just as I was trying to think of something odd to draw...  Kismet, right?

I've been just free drawing for the past few weeks.  Experimenting with new looks, materials, digital techniques, styles and overall feels.  I'm trying to do more on the physical page and less digitally, even if it's not as clean and it may be less refined.  I'm wanting to draw more dynamic, high energy, and spontaneous things.  I want to draw stuff right off the top of my head and try to capture the energy on paper using whatever tools I have.

I'm extremely proud of this piece because I feel like that's what I did here.  Hammond became the subject of kind of my artistic mission statement of the past bunch of weeks.  I had so much fun putting this on paper and trying to see how far I could push the chaos, weirdness, and energy before I went too far and messed it up.  I don't think I hit that point.  I stopped at just the right part to get the feel that I wanted.

Big thanks to Hammond for being a good sport about being the victim of my pen.  You guys should check out his podcasts and his blog at