In 2015, I did a series of pieces combining illustrations with my writing and posted many on instagram. The art and words were each based on a larger series I’d started as early as 2002. I had dozens of large sketches with poems, lyrics and phrases written all over them. Back then I’d planned on creating larger multimedia paintings that combined my imagery with my writing. I started a few, but was not happy with the results. The traditional media just wasn’t working as I’d hoped. As they are now, I still consider them “sketches”. My plans are to continue with the series and realize them as full digital paintings.
For Inktober 2015 I usually stuck with the tried and trusted tools: pens and brush pens. For a few pieces I picked up a brush, opened a bottle of ink and dove right in without any initial sketches. The results were mixed; some good, some happy accidents, and some mistakes.
This was another Inktober 2015 piece. I tried to capture that 1970s metal feel without the usual use of black. And more black.
I’ve always enjoyed drawing the human figure. It’s a never ending challenge. Here is some recent work from the last several months.
Here’s just a few of my more humorous illustrations from the past several months. See? It’s not all dark and creepy. But that weird club guy though.
Don’t forget. Aliens have feelings too.
In early 2015, I started posting a lot of art to my Instagram page. I called them “InstaPaintings.” Much of the work was based on or directly from a series of sketches and drawings I made several years ago. The series was based on relationships and emotions in the modern technological age.
I’ve been going through the giant “Art” folder on my computer and discovered a number of pieces that I need to get up on this site. Among them are a number of sketches that may or may not ever evolve beyond these digital scribbles. We’ll see.
The news of David Bowie’s passing was a shock. I’d just returned from Japan where news of his new album was frequent over the past week or so. I guess Blackstar is his farewell. Much has been written about him over the last few days, so I’ll just say that in his ever evolving artistry, he was an inspiration.
I think with any artist, you always remember those pieces or works that you were first exposed to and with Bowie it was his Let’s Dance album. Though now I’m more drawn to his Berlin Trilogy, Let’s Dance will always have a special place in my music library.
Here I tried to capture Bowie in that 1980s era.
Mike’s Harder held another contest to design a can for their next flavor — Jamaican Lemonade. I created a few different series of illustrations for the competition.
From the archives, c. 1980. Mixed Media.