Monday, December 30, 2013

New Candy Posters and Greeting Cards

I just posted a whole bunch of new candy themed posters and greeting cards for sale.  They make great gifts for anybody that you might know with a sweet tooth.

Click here to check out all of the posters, and here to check out all of the greeting cards.


Friday, December 27, 2013

Random Artist Tip Part 5

Stop working on that piece of art, it's finished, but never finish thinking about it.


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Random Artist Tip Part 4

No matter how many aprons you wear, it's generally not a good idea to paint with a tuxedo on, no matter how good it makes you feel.


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Random Artist Tip Part 3

There is no cheating in art, unless you use a ruler, trace, or photocopy.  In those cases you should be ashamed of yourself and you should hand in your art licence.


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Random Artist Tip Part 2

No matter how much the brown paint looks like pudding or cake batter, it won't taste like it.  Unless you use a paint that is high in lead, in which case it might be kind of sweet and tasty.


Monday, December 23, 2013

Random Artist Tip Part 1

Always make sure the glue is dry.  I know it's tempting to touch it, but it's better off that you just let it dry for a long time.  If not, you will have glue all over your hands, and whatever you were trying to glue will not be glued anymore.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Just Finished a New Water Colour Piece

I've been pretty good about posting some of the progress of this particular piece.  But this will be the first time I post all my work in progresses at the same time. As you can see, it started with a photograph of a statue.  This statue is located in from of the old city hall in Athens.  I think the guy is one of the old leaders of Greece, but I'll need confirmation on that (anyone know for sure?).
Once I have the photo shot, I print it out to whatever size I feel works best.  In this case I printed it fairly large, because I thought the guy looked large and imposing.  After it's printed I start to sketch like crazy.  I sketch out several drawings until I'm sure I've brought a little life back to the statue.  Sometimes I get it right in one or two sketches, sometimes it's more like 20 or 30.

I then transfer the sketch to a piece of watercolour paper, and I make sure the transfer hasn't lost any life, to it.  I tend to reference my sketches a lot at this point.  After I'm happy with the transfer, I start to paint.  The painting only takes a few hours, but by this point I've sketched it so many times that I'm fairly familiar with subject.
After the paint dries, I do the part that makes me the most nervous, I rip it.  I only get one shot at this, if it goes wrong I have to start from scratch.  I choose what to rip out based on two things, the shape of the rip, and what details work best in watercolour versus statue.
After I finish ripping, I frame the piece up, photograph it, and post it all over the internets.


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

What I've Been Doing Lately

It's been a while since I've written anything regular on this blog.  I've phased out signs I like as a regular thing when it became more of a chore than something I enjoyed.  I'm sure if I come across other signs I enjoy in the future I'll post them, but as a regular segment it's pretty much over.

As far as what I am doing, there's a lot going on.  I've just finished reformatting, it's now easier for me to update, and that means I'll do it more often.  In doing this I also reformatted my zazzle stores to make them easier to navigate.  Ad to this the fact that I'm now offering some of my photos for stock, and working on several fine art pieces for From Stone and Senses, I've been pretty busy lately.

Candy Critic has also been keeping me busy lately as well. I've been writing a lot for it lately, and also designing some new shirts and other merchandise.  I've got a new t-shirt series in the works that I hope to release in the New Year. I've recorded a few podcasts in the last year (the Junk Fud podcast), and I hope to record a few more this year.  The plan is to record these as I'm inspired, as well as when I have the opportunity to talk to cool foodies.  Finally I'm working on a Candy Critic video project that I'm hoping to launch in January on YouTube.

Last but not least, I'm working on two consecutive book pitches, both of which are taking a lot out of me.  My hope is that the New Year will offer me some concrete book deal information.

I write this post to catch up anybody who might happen to read this blog on occasion.  I'm thinking of posting here again, but I'm not really sure how it's going to look.  Most likely it will be a mash up of what I'm doing with my art and writing projects.  I can't really know for sure what's going to happen here in the future, but I'm sure it'll be filled with me tooting my own horn, complaining about something, or just being incomprehensible.


Friday, December 6, 2013

A Few New Pieces Added To My Senses Series

 I just finished three pieces in a series I'm calling "Looking In".
Each photograph features a miniature scene in one of the windows. Each scene lights up so it can be seen clearly.
It's pretty voyeuristic, but fun at the same time.

Click here to check out these and all my other pieces from "Senses".