Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012: The Year in Review at DREGstudios!

Zombie Self Portrait (inks on bristol / 2012)
This year was a whirlwind of wild creativity for me.  My career as an artist is both a triumph and a tragedy- a catch-22 within itself.  By not relying on my works of art to generate a living wage, I have complete freedom with my content.  On the other hand, I'm still striving to turn an annual profit which I've yet to do since declaring myself the artist I wanted to be seven long years ago.  I try not to make a big deal about it and accept my role as a vessel for the universal creative spirit. I spend more money than I make just to fuel my compulsion to create (and it's worth every red cent.)  Of course dear viewer, all of your constant encouragement also greases the wheels so thank you again and again!  Check out the highlights of the past year here at DREGstudios...

Top 10 Comments of 2012 on DREGstudios.com!


“People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but that doesn't stop you from having your own opinion.”
 -Anne Frank

I take delight in folks voicing their opinions here on my site.  Whether slander or praise, blind acceptance or nitpickery, we take all comers.  Here are the Top 10 Rants and Raves visitors have posted here on DREGstudios! in 2012...

“The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.”
-William Blake



[10]  I am a Topekan. Raised here since I was 1 year old. And I have been subjected to the hate that the WBC preaches. They protested my senior prom. They protested my high school graduation. Hell, they even protested my band concerts. The pathetic thing is that I went to school with some of these kids that hold the signs. I can remember being in grade school and one kid in particular who was in my grade never celebrated holidays. None. No birthdays. No Christmas. Nothing. As a child, my family would be going to dinner and there the group would be, on a busy street corner, spending their hate. My mother would always have us put our heads down to keep us from seeing the signs. To me, Im disgusted that Topeka is known for such a thing. But I am happy that more people are starting to take action. High schoolers holding peace signs next to them can only do so much (a group of my friends and I did this in high school). Thank you for your post, Im happy that people are learning about this.

-Alisah on Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church:  Burning Gay


[09]  SHUT UP AND GIVE ME ALL YOUR MONEY THANKS HAVE A GREAT DAY

-Anonymous on The WAR on Thanksgiving: One Turkey's Revenge on Christmas


[08]  The good doctor did more than take drugs- he became the drugs, for me anyway, opening my mind to possibilities i'd never imagined while reassuring me that there were many good reasons to be angry. he was one of the few truly great communicators of his time. and as dark as his work could sometimes be, the fact that he wrote - so much and so well - testified to an optimism that others also cared and things could change.

-Dugg on In Memoriam: Hunter S. Thompson


[07]  Is it my imagination or do I see the words "Final Solution" and hear Adolf's ranting implied in your posting? 

-Edgar Valderrama on Happy 100th Gipper!


[06]  He was actually murdered! the truth will prevail when cuntney is on her death bed! 

-Anonymous on In Memoriam: Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley


[05]   Creationism/ID is based on blind-faith. Blind-faith is dependent upon free-will wielding devotees and cannot ever stand up to the rigors of scientism. Further, science needs no such human input...it happens with or without humans being present.I would be inclined to trust that life here on Earth has been a petri dish for "cosmic farmers" sowing and collecting DNA, than the infant drivel spewing from blind-faith wielding religious yahoos! Keep up the great work Brandt and thanks for sharing a good article. Sorry for the Tn. kids who have to be contaminated by "Monkey-brained" mentalities and free-will stifling dogma.

-Anonymous on The Pulpit in the Classroom: A Biblical Agenda in Tennessee


[04]  Ha! Hippy 

-Anonymous on THE PRIVATIZED POLICE STATE


[03]  Actually it has been scientifically proven that the Reed Sea (mistranslated as the Red Sea) could have been parted, but not necessarily by Moses himself. Just good timing. I'm not arguing with anyone or taking a side. Just though I'd share an interesting fact. 0_o 

-Anonymous on Holy Rollin' Poultry on a Cross (Chick-fil-A as the Modern Martyr)


[02]  You Tea (Nut) Baggin', Right Bangers better wake up!  Take off those "Rose Colored" glasses and pull your Monsanto genetically engineered, corn fed polluted grey matter brains, mired deep within the, "Rich Mitt RoMONEY and Paul "Med-i-could careless" Ryan hoopla hole. Paul and Mittens are for business--BIG BUSINESS, like: FDA, USDA, BIG PHARMA, MONSANTO, OIL and GAS.  RoMONEY and RyCUTS will suck the marrow out of small businesses; buying them out (stomping them out) and resource out those willing to bend over barrels.  Romney built his business all right; built by "BLOOD MONEY" of killers. Do yourselves a favor and research: Bain, Blood Money, Death Squads, El Salvador. "You didn't build it."  You damn right.  Romney DIDN'T build it--El Salvador Death Squads built RoMONEY's Bain (Blood-Ain't-It-Nothin' but Blood Bath") Company.  RoMONEY is like Palin--only with a tie.  And Ryan?  Also like Palin; picked to "resuscitate " a drowning GOP platform.   McCain was...well, a War Hero and to me, will ALWAYS BE, a WAR HERO.  But Palin was McCain's and the GOP's downfall.  Palin was, feminine, smart (?) and then she opened her mouth.  And again.  And again.  Lord! Women wanted to stuff a rag down her throat; young and old, black and white and everything in between.  And the guys?  The guys used Palin to keep women out of politics.   Lucky for the ladies there are the strong, smart, beautiful and courageous women willing to tighten up their boot straps, roll up their sleeves, take off their subservient gloves, step forward and make men flinch, step back, shut their mouths and listen. And Lyin'...er, Ryan? Just like McCain, RoMONEY chose a "pretty."  And just like the GOP diehards-- superficial, plastic and shallow, "does it" for them. Lyin' Ryan wants more "Military Spending."  Really? Do we need MORE military spending? OK, on what? New technology that'll take years to plan, finance, build, test, retest and when finally getting the go ahead for assembly line--they're OUTDATED. More $$$$$$ flushed down the deficit hole. Red Neck Patriots are thinking that military spending is for, "Security"  and "Gear" for our MEN (oh, and the women, too...whatever.) But it's not for the "Troops."  It's, BIG BUSINESS AND THEIR CONTRACTORS who "get the money." Wake up America...and you too, GOP, TeaBagNuts! You that identify with the, "Few, the Proud and the Brave."  Ya'll are being "whipped" and "shackled" in chains. And not in a good way.  You're being "corralled" like the hormone, toxic shot-up beef, pork, chicken, lamb and fish you stuff down your throats.  And who is banking on your "patriotism"?  BIG BUSINESS of the WORLD. Not the "Mom and Pop" businesses, nor the, "I did it on my own" small businesses. Here's a News Flash: NO ONE ever does it on "Their Own." Somewhere along the way, a "Teacher" helped you, motivated you; or some other "Mentor" encouraged you to "be all you can be." Your parents paid for your schooling, or supported you in some way; maybe your church sponsored you, or you "wooed" your way into a "rich" aunt's or uncle's will or good blessings. And maybe even a business sent you to school while you earned a paycheck on the basement floor of, "go-for-this-and-go-for-that."  Either way, YOU and everyone who starts a business, has the backing of SOMEONE or someone's MONEY, or someone's FRIEND of SOMEONE, or a BANK lent you money. You DID NOT do it on your own.  And know this: If you vote for RoMONEY and RyNOT-stiff-the-old out of Med-i-could-care-less, Ryan... you will have chosen…UNwisely.

-Anonymous on Mitt Romney's Magic Mormon Underwear


[01]  ^^^ NeWfaG. This troll is fucking archaic. It's really archaic. It's flame trolling 101. Which is what most trolls do because flame trolling is the easiest to learn. It's easy to incite anger on the internet. But I didn't see any real creativity here. Basically the old "start a religion flame post" tactic. It's like watching a vintage black and white movie. But a bad one. One of those Turner classics or some mess that people forgot due to it's bad pacing and blatant display of script biting.I think if anything positive can come out of this thread, it would be the validation of the lack of creative ideas. It's almost as though you can find solace in the fact that some people(no matter how hard they try) will always resort to biting things from the past. It's an act of desperation. Desperation in the sense that they are almost begging for attention from people on the internet who give two shits less about them. Wasting their energy and burning calories on their semen glazed keyboard. 

-Michael McKelvey on Holy Rollin' Poultry on a Cross (Chick-fil-A as the Modern Martyr)


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Shoot 'Em Up [Hanging on a dOOdle and a Prayer]

Red & Blue Pen on Sticky Note / 2012
Guns have been glamorized since the inception of our country and Johnny came marching.  The enchantment of the firearm was intensified by folklore of the Old West where law and outlaw, hero and anti-hero alike served as endorsers of the pistol and shotgun.  We don't need to reform gun laws in the United States, we need to reform our minds where murder is glamorous and I'm as guilty as anyone...


The MERRIMENT of Christmas!

My brand-spanking new MUNNY to paint (which came with an assortment of toys including a TV and a Banana!  This was one of the coolest gifts I got this year, courtesy of my Ultimate Art Wife!  (Click HERE to see what I got LAST year!)
 In turn, I wanted to give my wife some unique gifts this year, which included Mikey the Motherfuckin' Monkey!


Sunday, December 23, 2012

The SUN Also RISES (at APSU)

  Today some post-apocalyptic painting took place involving myself, Charles Bennett and Jesse Shaw here in Clarksville at APSU.  School is out for Christmas and we've been fortunate enough to have their art building pretty much to ourselves these past two Sundays.  Click HERE if you missed out on WAR and PEACE which we painted last week!  As per our usual routine, we filmed the entire process so keep your third eye peeled later in the week for yet another time lapse journey where you can see hours of painting in minutes!

For now, you can see all fashions of LIVE PAINTING on the DREGstudios! YouTube Page!





Wednesday, December 19, 2012

GAWKER dOOdle (Lightning in a Bottle)

Gawker dOOdle (Pen and Highlighter on Cardboard)

"Did ya find a directing sign 
On the straight and narrow highway? 
Would you mind a reflecting sign 
Just let it shine, within your mind 
And show you the colours that are real.  
Someone is waitin' just for you 
Spinnin' wheel spinnin' to 
Drop all your troubles by the river side 
Catch a painted pony 
On the spinnin' wheel ride...HUH!"

-Blood, Sweat & Tears, Painted Pony


Monday, December 17, 2012

STICKY STICKY BAD ART

I took a quick nod to all which is POP in PhotoShop tonight when I scanned a doodle off my desk...
Digital Arrangement of my Bad Sticky Note Art
Bad Sticky Note Art (Red Sharpie, Highlighter, White Out and Blue Pen on Sticky Note / 2012)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

WAR & PEACE at APSU


Today we did a little something different for our Southern Pop Surrealism Sunday as Jesse Shaw invited Charles Bennett and myself to visit Austin Peay State University where he teaches printmaking and illustration locally.  As per our usual process, we started the day out laying down some spray-painted backgrounds outside of the Art Department.  We moved operations indoors to the illustration studio and filmed our painting session, which I'll be working to create a new time lapse video of this coming week.  (Click HERE to see some of our previous work in video form at the DREGstudios! YouTube Page!)  Here are some pictures of what turned into delightfully surreal WAR & PEACE...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

DOODLE CROWNED KING

Red Felt Pen on Cardboard / 2012

“There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands.” 

"We are either kings or pawns of men."

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

TOPSY-TURVY X-MAS Cards have LANDED

TOPSY-TURVY: Psycho Santa 2012 Christmas Cards

~ I'm compelled to give the folks at GOT PRINT a plug for an unbelievable turnaround time of less than a week this close to Christmas! ~

Third Eye ACTIVATE!

"The concept that there is part of you that transcends your ordinary conscious mind may seem questionable; but scientific evidence suggests we do indeed have access to a source of unlimited intelligence we can tap into through our own super-conscious mind and an open third eye."

-Dr. Jill Ammon-Wexler
Third Eye Doodle




Actual Size

Friday, December 7, 2012

FIREFIREFIREFIREFIREFIREFIREFIREFIR

What sets YOU on fire?


"The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled."
-Plutarch (Circa 1st Century)






"The spread of civilization may be likened to a fire; first, a feeble spark, next a flickering flame, then a mighty blaze, ever increasing in speed and power."  
-Nikola Tesla




"Fire is the most tolerable third party. " 
-Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Rock Star Martyr ENCORE [Line Work]

A few weeks back, I gave you a preview of the final 12 portraits I'm working on for the Rock Star Martyr project.  Last January, author Joseph Allen and myself embarked on a macabre journey to confront the deaths of all the dearly departed Gods of Rock.  Next year, we'll have a book full of prose and art immortalizing over 30 icons from the music industry who left our world all too soon.  I have all of my line work finished up amidst the holiday madness and am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for our epic series.  Here's a few more final previews of what is to come...



Elliott Smith

Keith Moon (Drummer for The Who)

Notorious BIG

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

PSYCHO SANTA is Coming to Town!

I sat down to illustrate my 2012 DREGstudios! Christmas Card this week and ended up whirling about a Topsy-Turvy design from what started as jussssst a Psycho Santa!  I'll be finishing him up for a brand-spanking-new card which will be send out to my mailing list of collectors, friends and loved ones.  If you want on my List, send your snail mail address to dregstudios@gmail.com.  Once you're on my X-mas list, you're always on BUT if you've MOVED since last year and need to update your address with me, drop a line also because Return to Sender Custom Christmas Cards make Baby Jesus sad.  Here's the progress on this year's swag...
"Topsy-Turvy: Psycho Santa"