Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Michigan To Texas Birthday Wish 2010

Today is the birthday of my internet pal, Sandra, and on this day she likes to collect photos from all her internet friends across the globe. My picture was taken back in November on a chilly morning hike in a park somewhat near my house. I really liked the cloud formations; they seemed to have settled over this scene like a blanket.

Happy Birthday, Sandra! I hope that you enjoyed the picture and your day!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays 2010

However you celebrate and whoever you celebrate them with, I'd like to wish you and yours a happy Holiday season full of mirth and nose picking.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Trains Of Thought

The Haunted Track (3 views)
mixed media

Occasionally, I dabble in sculpture. The Haunted Track is a sculpture that I completed earlier this year and will be in the Trains of Thought show at the work.detroit gallery from January 7th to February 4th, 2011. The theme or topic of this show are trains as a concept, as a symbol and/or a system of transportation. I haven't had the opportunity to display my work, especially my sculptures, in a gallery setting much since most of my time is spent with doing freelance illustration work, so it's nice to have a piece in this show. My last gallery appearance was a couple of pieces at the Detroit Artists Market back in 2008 and before that, a show in Iceland in 2007.

This piece does have a story, a personal one that I haven't shared with too many people because it probably would anger a few members of my family since this deals with the death of my grandfather. But, those people who would be offended wouldn't come to this blog anyways, so I'm not too worried about that.

A few years ago, I was reading an article in a sculpture magazine about Honore Daumier, who at that time, I did not know that he was a pretty good sculptor, as well as an expert in drawing and painting. Anyways, he was doing these small caricatures of legislators, royalty and politicians and it landed him in plenty of trouble. These notables that he chose as subject matter were so offended by these sculptures, they had him thrown in jail. That story, as interesting as it was, inspired me to do some small caricatures of people that I know, mainly family and friends. I had done a pencil sketch of my grandmother that I thought captured her likeness, so I used that as my first piece (and only one to date).

Even though I don't think that I captured her likeness with the exaggerated  and ghost-like features, I do feel that I captured the personality of her later years. When I solved the problem of making this part of a larger story, I took some wood from a weathered white picket fence that we used to have in the backyard and screwed a piece of model railroad track that used to belong to my grandfather onto that. Even the metal hanger at the top was from his workshop, so I thought that it was great that I could use something from his life in the piece.

Without getting too much into detail, I've always felt that my grandmother hastened my grandfather's departure from this world and that her negative words about him since have always seemed almost as if she was a ghost haunting his own personal railroad. He spent a long time with those tracks and she has spent a lot time trying to dismantle what he built. My thoughts on this ebb and flow like the tide, but I think that this captured my overall feeling on the matter, and that's what matters. But, this is just one man's opinion...

Anyways, as one can see, this is a very personal piece, another journal entry of a slice of a life, so I hope that it is well received.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 #8

This latest episode of my more autobiographical cartoon experiment is from something that happened more recent than the others. This cartoon is about a Saturday night in Chicago area hotel bar with some of my, ahem, artistic cohorts.
My hope with these cartoons is that I can convey the story that I want to tell so that the viewer, who was not there, can understand and enjoy it. There are definitely some elements to these episodes that are and will seem like inside jokes, but I try to let you in on the joke, so I hope that that works on some level.

I would appreciate any comments concerning how these are coming across.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Clone Wars: Rise Of The Bounty Hunters Sketch Cards-returns

Here are my 10 return cards from Topps' Clone Wars: Rise Of The Bounty Hunters set. As usual, if anyone is interested shoot me an e-mail. As you can plainly see, these are Embo heavy.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Star Wars Galaxy 6 sketch cards

Here are the first of my Galaxy 6 cards from Topps that have been approved to show. On this set I am taking more of a cartoon look to the images, so I hope that they come across well. How about that wonky sandcrawler? And as you can plainly see, I was enjoying doing the gangster Hutts (including Mama Hutt!).