Monday, November 14, 2011

Fresh Paint


Finished up two new paintings last night - this one and another pouring medium piece. The pouring medium paintings don't photograph very well (at least with my limited resources), and this one is a bit too large for my scanner, so I'll have to figure out another way to save them.

This is a painting I've developed from a sketch a few months ago. It's all done in Japanese watercolors, which have a nice vibrant tone that I'm awfully fond of. Ink and pencil were also used. There's koi, sakura (or cherry blossoms), and the figure is a geisha. I think I was channeling a lot of themes my stepmother awoke in me a long time ago. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Spark and Monster


This is what I drew tonight. I kinda like the characters a hella lot, and wanna play with them some more. Also, I don't know what kind of weapon Spark is toting around, but the ammo around her waist is totally too small for it. Maybe she's hiding another gun INSIDE the gun!

Monday, September 12, 2011

We're Having Soup Today




Pretty recently I was experimenting with Liquitex Pouring Medium and some soft body acrylic paints. Over the course of my experiments, I kinda sorta fell in love with the medium. No, I'm not paid by Liquitex in any form - this is a genuine love story.

See how wet those paintings look? They are actually dry. The pouring medium turns paint into this glistening, kinky stuff that looks absolutely lovely at the end of the day. You merely mix it with your desired acrylic hue and then manipulate it any way you please. I used plastic bottles to squirt the canvas, of course there are extra elements included.

The darker painting was done with a lot of underpainting - I thinly painted some of the pouring medium elements on top of a piece that I sketched out with unmixed soft body hues. The painting with a lot of red in it includes some collage elements from papers I had around the house.

I definitely want to perform further experiments with the pouring medium in the future - it's easy to work with, and gorgeous when it's done.

As for the title? It's from this awesome show. Plus, I really am making soup for dinner tonight. Plus, the pouring medium makes me think of soup.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

New Zazzle Store!




It's a work in progress, but I'm excited to announce the beginning of my new Zazzle store! Feel free to check it out. ^_^

As a side note if you click on "See all products" in the above widget, you will NOT go to my shop - you have to click on a product and then select "buy" - or click on the trusty link provided below.

My New Zazzle Store!

Thursday, September 01, 2011

One Paladin, With Bubbles



I go to Wow Insider a lot (think: at least once a day), so when I saw this request by Alex Ziebart, I couldn't resist (you have to scroll down to the bottom of the column to read it). After sketching this out, I was inspired to take a soak myself.

As per your request: one paladin, with bubbles.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Anatomie Lupus Homine

anatomie lupus homine - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More

New t-shirt design up at Threadless - feel free to go over there and give a little love to it (of course when it's no longer pending approval). Thanks in advance for all your votes and support! Y'all are the best. :)

One day I will win a contest on that website, and it will be an awesome day.

Also, because this is a horror-themed competition, I'm going to go for the submission limit and post two more designs in the days to come. Warm up your clicking fingers, me beauties, because there will be a mighty wave of clicking to cozen those little digits with.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Sewn Watercolor



So here's a quick and dirty picture (unlike my usual painstaking scans) of what I was twittering about last night! Yesterday I painted an original watercolor, then added stitching to it as a final touch. That's right - all the stitching you see is hand sewn into the paper. I punched holes using a regular sewing needle, but I'm thinking of using a paper awl for further projects. I do own a paper awl, but I was concerned that the resulting holes would be a bit too large. I'm thinking about using this mix of techniques in the future to create some more interesting, stitched-up pieces.

There's a loose thread dangling from the girl's needle, which gives the work an extra liveliness I like in particular. Looking forward to sewing up more pictures - perhaps even going for more textural elements by adding fabrics, a variety of paper types, and maybe even a thicker variety of paints.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

New Post: Now With More Stuff!

For the last month I've been working as a video game design instructor and camp director at Planet Bravo, so I haven't posted too much on my blog. The following musings, links, and stuff are an attempt to make up for the hiatus.

I worked on a design that I entered into a Beastie Boys poster contest that I think turned out pretty cool. Go check it out here.

Ghostmilk edited together an *awesome* SCAC music video - you should go check that out too!

So it's back to work on my list again!

To start with I'm trying to get back into working on my novel. I made quite a few notes last month, and I'm re-reading before I start writing again to apply them. My computer is being fickle and unstable - it keeps trying to update, but when it does it promptly refuses to recognize the existence of any and all available wireless connections. I've decided to ignore its pleas for updates until morale improves.

The Artsprojekt store is going to be coming soon - need to finalize a few more designs, maybe generate a few new ones this week. I've been really itching to make something creative, so this is a great release.

Hope your summer has been all kinds of wonderful - I'm looking forward to a (brief) vacation soon...

Saturday, July 02, 2011

How to Customize Your iPhone Wallpaper WITHOUT Jailbreaking Your iPhone

So I've spent much of this early afternoon figuring this out. As an artist, I thought it would be pretty cool if I could customize my iPhone 3g's wallpaper with an image I had made. Here are the steps so that you can do it at home.

First of all, check the dimensions of your image. You need a 320 x 480 sized jpg file. The dimensions, of course, are in pixels. I used Photoshop to resize one of my previous illustrations.

Next, plug in your iPhone to your computer. Make sure you have iTunes installed beforehand. I did this with my Alienware laptop so yes, this method works with both Macs and regular PCs.

When your iPhone is hooked up and iTunes is open, click on the name of your iPhone under "Devices" in the left hand toolbar.

You will see a great big honking image of your iPhone in the center of iTunes, with a description of how much space it has left, etc. Look for the tabs at the top of the screen - you should see Summary, Info, Apps, etc. Click on "Photos."

Check the box that says "Sync Photos from My Pictures (or choose another folder where you previously stashed your jpg file)." Then click on "Selected folders" and if you're feeling cheeky, "Include videos."

Now click on the folder below that you put your jpg in, OR find a folder, open up a separate browser window, and stash your image inside of one of those folders that is listed.

Click on the Sync button in the lower right hand corner of itunes.

Go to your iPhone, click on Settings, Wallpaper, the large button that shows an icon of your iPhone's current desktop, the folder you just synched with, then your image. This is a lot of clicking, but it's fairly straightforward at this point and shouldn't need much more elaboration than that.

Your image should be the correct size if you followed step one, so don't click on Move and Scale, just hit "Set."

You then have the option to set it for your Home Screen, Lock Screen, or Both. I picked "Set Both."

Your iPhone wallpaper is now way cooler than it was a few minutes ago, and you didn't have to jailbreak your device. Potentially this should also work for your iPod Touch, or your iPad. I don't own either of those devices so I can't test it out yet, but if you - gentle reader - can, please let me know how it works out.

Congratulations! Go eat something delicious.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!






All the weeks are busy ones - or so it seems lately. I've recently acquired my first smart phone (an iPhone) as an early birthday present, and I made the fatal mistake of loading up on apps over the phone network instead of wifi, almost capping my data transfer usage for the month. I couldn't resist the adorable games and creative apps out there, but I'll be sure to be much more moderate over the next few weeks.

I'm studying on how to promote my Etsy store a bit more, while at the same time looking for more regular work, and developing solid designs for my highly-anticipated (the apartment is seething with anticipatory energy) artsprojekt shop. In the interim I've created three new tattoo designs that are up for sale at Createmytattoo.com. Check out the tiger, the fairy, and the bad girl - they're eager to meet you all.

And a hearty appreciative tip of the hat to all those caring, kind fathers out there! To the mean, cruel ones I thwart you all with a brutal fist shake. Not that the bad fathers particularly care about my shaking fist, but it's still out there somewhere, quivering with menace just in case.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Painting, Painting, Painting


Yesterday I attended my first ever Etsy Party, which I think was especially charming since no one there really knew each other, and we met with that mixture of butterflies and nervousness that a complete group of strangers generally has. We quickly warmed up to each other however, and it proved to be a pleasant early evening full of potluck goodness and supportive discussion.

I have been painting quite a great deal this past week, as well as working on my novel! Tons of watercolors are up for sale in my Etsy store (well, that's hyperbole - but it's difficult to get up to a ton of anything when you're working with paper). I also created the above illustration of the Girl With Furs, but I've watermarked it so I can do something special with it - possibly gently rework it so that it will be material for my upcoming Artsprojekt shop.




The Ducks Love Umbrellas and Friendly Skies postcards are available in my store - I may decide to do something else with those images too! Altogether I feel like my compositions have been very successful lately. I'm going to start working on constructing some simple blank journals to post in the shop, that should have some fun surprises to them. Hope your summer is going well!

Monday, June 06, 2011

Making Heads Roll


The first step in my four-phase plan for world domination (or rent money, but I like my version better) is complete! I have now sculpted some amazing beads out of polymer clay and painted each by hand, then labored over the photography with my go-to photographer Mr. Ghostmilk, and voila - an Etsy shop has been made!

But lo, this is not the end of the Etsy shop, only the beginning! Expect more beads, watercolors, and even some porcelain work to arrive in the days to come!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

She's Got Plans


The past couple of weeks have been full of surprises and visitations. A friend from out of town, in addition to all kinds of family, have made my life very busy lately. Despite all the bustle, I've been focusing on a kind of multiple-pronged plan of attack - methods to make money while being creative without selling my soul to the highest bidder on craigslist. The following list represents all my brainstorming efforts. Oh yes, and the Grim Reaper on the violin above is a design that was not chosen by an individual as their final tattoo at Createmytattoo.com. He was fun to draw, though!

My Upcoming Plots:

Open up an Etsy store. This will happen next week, with an E.T.A. scheduled for Friday at the latest. My Etsy store will feature hand-sculpted beads, original watercolors and collages, embroidery artwork, and eventually prints and a zombie coloring book. You have been warned!

Post some tattoo designs in the Createmytattoo.com Marketplace. Instead of creating tattoos for individuals on an edit-by-edit basis, this will allow me to post up ink and get a (probably small) income from people buying my ready-made designs.

Create an Artsprojekt or Zazzle store. I'm on the fence deciding which of the two to really pursue, but I can upload artwork to either and have people buy my designs on things like t-shirts, electronic device cases, mousepads and the like. This will be happening at the end of next week after the Etsy store is up and running. Check out Artsprojekt.com and Zazzle.com to tell me which one you think would be better... Or are they both perhaps the same company with just two different faces? Curious!

Get E-Published. I have a large amount of short stories I've written over the years, and I'd like to edit and create a collection of them for sale through Amazon. This will undoubtedly not be my direct path to fortune and glory, but I think it will be nice to get published for multiple reasons - the primary ones concerned with developing a history of publication, and satisfying a long-term personal goal.

And yes, I'm still working on my novel! I'm getting a handle on budgeting my time, and spending a great deal of effort on design and preparation for all of these ventures. If you catch me scribbling in a notebook, I'm most certainly plotting one of these sinister ventures!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Braaaaains


Because I've been on kind of a zombie kick lately. I've been consuming obsequious amounts of zombie films, zombie anime, and masticating some zombie ideas while writing out some zombie subplots for a novel largely about...werewolves. That's right, not zombies.

Anyway, more zombies soon to come! I drew them, don't steal them. Thanks. ^_^

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

More Tatts




This blog post is a bit lazy - it's more a reference for me to use to direct clients to larger, more detailed versions of their tattoo designs (hence the watermarks). These are from a couple of contests at Createmytattoo.com. Even if the client doesn't like the geisha, I'm totally painting it and turning it into a print.

In other news, I'm thinking of starting up a Cafepress shop using some of my (in my humblest of opinions) best designs. We'll see how this goes, but some kind of profit would be nice. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Fresh Ink





Since I've become a part time employee of Tattoo.com a couple of interesting things have been happening. The first is that if I mention that I work designing tattoos to a stranger/acquaintance/etc. I get automatically corrected - that is, I'm informed that I am a tattoo artist and not, as I state, a tattoo designer. That seems incorrect to me since I just design the tattoos, I don't actually tattoo anyone. I am distinctly under the impression that I need to poke someone with a needle in order to be designated a tattoo artist. Let me refine that statement - I need to poke someone with a needle and create actual inked art in their skin in order to be called a tattoo artist, not just come up with the art. Otherwise I'm just a sadist poking you for my own personal reasons.

I also get to see a lot of homemade art right now, which is pretty sweet. I particularly loved the graffiti that a guy who works at my local grocery store showed me from his iphone after he asked me what I do for a living. When you say you're an artist, people really like sharing their own artistic endeavors, and I think that's pretty damn fun.

The above images are two aspects of the same custom tattoo I've been working on, including the linework and the color reference pass.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Things To Do




Here is a simple truth everybody knows: sometimes it's incredibly hard to be optimistic. Despite - or perhaps to simply spite - my ongoing struggle with optimism, here are some good things going on in my life:

I have a (sort of? kind of?) part time job with Tattoo.com.

I have a scanner at home now - an inexpensive but sturdy one.

My art is definitely improving all the time.

My writing is improving all the time.

What I really need right now is a steadier form of income, but I'm working on that. It can be hard to find work when you don't have retail experience, and your administrative experience is pretty patchy, but with perseverance I'll get something.

So! Go vote on my current Threadless design - I'd really appreciate it! Voters I know personally will get taken out for drinks and/or lunch if I win. Hooray!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Another Week, Another Design Contest


I've decided I must be some kind of masochist because I've entered yet another t-shirt design contest - this time while being quite ill. If you'd like to vote on it, bear in mind that only people who have previously purchased a shirt from shirt.woot can vote. Also, you need to set up an account and log in. Or you can just look at the pretty picture and think that it's nice, too.

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Bridesmaid


Since my t-shirt design for the Jinx Warcraft contest did not win, I've decided to post it in all its glory here! If you click on it you'll get a larger-sized version of it. The details are fun to look at.

It was a close competition - congratulations to all the winners!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Tauren, Some Pin-Ups, and a Novel


I have been busy. "Busy" is a terrible word that can imply a lot of effort without results, so I'll amend that. I have been very productive. Artistically productive, creatively productive, there is a bounty of wealth out there that I've bee authoring, and I'm proud of it.

Some of my sketches will soon be appearing in UCLA graduate filmmaker Christina Sun Kim's short film "Pretty Pictures." Links to the project and the artwork will start popping up when the project moves into post-production. In other exciting news, I entered a Jinx Warcraft-themed t-shirt design contest and my design scored second-highest of the submissions in the public voting round. In a little less than a week I'll find out the results, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks to everyone who voted - I always appreciate your kindness and support!

Throughout all of this I'm steadily working on my novel, which had a setback of about a week due to an influx of work. I'm in the second act, which is always a tricky place to be but fun to work through. Taking an online class in Java coding, which is interesting and fairly similar to C++ so far. Due to an unexpected eyeglass tragedy I recently replaced my usual specs for the new, dandy pair below. I am inordinately pleased with them.

The image at the top is a photographed sketch of my Warcraft main, Stirfry. Going to play around with her and color/paint in Photoshop - possibly to make a forum signature. I'm working on a couple of other projects at this point, so it's nice to have something to be a bit freer on.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Victorian Escape!

So this is the final watercolor result of something I'd eventually like to use for the cover of my Kindle 2. As it stands I really enjoy the image as a narratively terse, stand-alone illustration. I've been working on some more t-shirt contest artwork that I shall dutifully post as they are finished, and I've also been starting some preliminary work on the pin-up girls for my new film gig. I'll ask the director if I can put up some of those images as well.

On this illustration specifically - I love the bright tones you can get from using the Japanese Sumi-E watercolor set by Yasutomo. You can get really slick, thick patches of paint that definitely pop off the page.

Harrowing heroine hounded (by hirsute pursuants)! Live telegraph feed at eleven!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Audition


So I'm trying to get a gig working on a film drawing stuff, and here's my rough "audition" for it. It's just done with pencil, and the woman is completely from my own brain - no models used for her face or whatnot. Enjoy! Oh yeah, and a belated happy new year to all. :D