Saturday, August 31, 2013

WATCH the THRONE


...or you may just lose your head.

"You can build a throne with bayonets, but you can't sit on it for long."

"A collective tyrant, spread over the length and breadth of the land, is no more acceptable than a single tyrant ensconced on his throne." 

“Even on the most exalted throne in the world we are only sitting on our own bottom.”  

"A throne is only a bench covered with velvet."



Thursday, August 29, 2013

On the Wrong Side of Hypocrisy: TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE DAY in TN

"For Marriage Equality" Inks on Bristol / 2013
Love is the only tradition the human race needs to worry about- or rather not worry about.  Love in all its forms has moved humanity forward millions and millions of years.  Without love, man would not strive to lift one another up as well as create and nourish new life.  Love is not limited to the human race but is the basis of the entire animal kingdom's will to survive.  Love is beyond definitions and above limitations.

Here in the United States and especially in my home state of Tennessee, authorities have time after time placed limitations on the legal definitions of relationships as well as the social benefits which go along with such unions.  This year, August 31st has been declared "Traditional Marriage Day" by Senate Joint Resolution 134.  Turning a biased eye from the supposed separation of Church and State set forth by our Founding Fathers, the second line of this bill authored by the Tennessee State Senate reads:

"WHEREAS, in Genesis 2:24, matrimony is delineated; it is expressed only between a man and a wife."

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

TWISTED

These dOOdles come with a twist...
Blue Ink Pen on Blue Scrap Paper / 2013

“And finally I twist my heart round again, so that the bad is on the outside and the good is on the inside, and keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would so like to be, and could be, if there weren't any other people living in the world.”  


Sunday, August 25, 2013

A #ZOMBIE is Entitled to Change his Mind!

Front and Back - The First Two PROOFS
My PROOF Copies of my ZOMBIE WALK OF FAME book arrived!!! They were misprinted!!! Wait, no "!!!" Womp womp woooooooooomp...  So seriously- I'm super-stoked about finally having a book of this entire collection of zombie illustrations in my hands.  Over 120 pages of glorious zombie gore and a three year process is the largest accomplishment in my art to date.  After mulling the proofs over, I decided to change the cover and re-order them with correct page count.  The printer did a beautiful job but screwed up the first and last page which are supposed to be white like the inside of the cover (which threw off the page layout for the entire book.) I screwed up by doing too much with my name and adding art to the letters which makes it damn-near impossible to read.  Corrections on both ends will have us ready for the next step. I'm about to begin an application process with KickStarter to get this bad boy crowd-funded and IN YOUR HANDS!

The Final Product will have an all-white layout at the front and back where I can sign them (and probably draw in them in certain cases!)

Dr Seuss Zombie and William Shatner Zombie!

Groucho Marx Zombie and Ed McMahon Zombie!

The FINAL Cover!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

TOPSY this TURVY

My wife Aurora brought home some new water color pencils a couple of weeks back.  I played around creating a Topsy-Turvy style illustration in monochrome using just red.  Of course, I don't use watercolors very often but this was fun!  I outlined it with a purple marker this morning, check it out....

Water Color Pencil and Sharpie on Paper / 2013

Water Color Pencil and Sharpie on Paper / 2013

My TOPSY-TURVY Series is a process where I create works of art which can be hung EITHER SIDE UP to give a new perspective to the imagery. CLICK HERE to see MUCH MORE!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

BLUE MOONS

Tonight's moon is an "extra" Summer Moon- the third occurrence between the June Solstice and the September Equinox making it a rare seasonal Blue Moon even though it's not the second Full Moon of the month...

Pen and Hi Lighter on Scrap Paper

Pen and Hi Lighter on Scrap Paper



To GLEET or Not to GLEET

Gleeting Doodle (pen on scrap paper / 2013)
When I was in Grade School another lifetime ago, there was a certain skill set each and every young man vied to conquer.  This included many sects of marksmanship starting with the ability to launch a rubber band with razor precision from one hand.  Of course, using two hands with a rubber band is only acceptable in the case of the crossbow, where ammo is required in the form of folded paper, paperclips, etc.  Requiring a bit more mechanical engineering, the perfect paper plane and paper wad designs were openly and frequently debated.  Of course the basest and most primal of all aerial assaults involves one's saliva.  The oral arsenal consists of primarily two weapons: the loogie and the gleet.  The loogie would be the WMD of the two, having a large wad of phlegm at the center which explodes on impact.  The all so subtle gleet is the weapon of a more sophisticated assassin.  Gleeting incorporates the element of surprise as there is no throat clearing or cheek puffing required.  One simply masters the art of lifting their tongue and making a thin stream of fresh hot saliva arc forth.  Another method for those without full control of the tao of tongue is to push the spit through one's front teeth hydraulically launching a stream of attack.  As if the act were not vile enough in itself, the young soldier may find himself truly horrified at the origins of the word gleet.  The original use of this cute quip is to define the penile discharge from gonorrhea, which roots from Old French's glette which means "slime or secretion."  In fact, a true oral gleet would require combining the loogie with a gleet... a gloogie if you will!  Today's youth with the resources of the internet have modified the term in many circles to "gleek" which has many regional variations including glick, gland and geez.


Friday, August 16, 2013

Book Cover for the ZOMBIE WALK of FAME!

If you didn't hear me from 100 miles away exclaiming my glee yesterday, here's what the ruckus is all about...
Wraparound Cover for the ZOMBIE WALK of FAME Book

After three years in the making, I've ordered the first two PROOF copies of my ZOMBIE WALK of FAME book which includes 101 zombified portraits of stars from the Hollywood Walk of Fame!  I hope you've had as much fun watching the creation as I've had evoking the decimation through my colors.  We still have a hill to climb though as I'm now in the infant stages of planning a KickStarter campaign to fund the printing of this epic 120 pages of FULL COLOR guts and gore.  As my friends, fans and supporters, you'll have the first crack at crowd-funding my project where you can donate to the cause.  How does it work?  Well, you'll get the specifics later but you will be able to donate money toward my printing project and in exchange, I'll be giving away signed copies of the book, zombie portraits and much much more!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Soft Serve dOOdle

Blue Ink Pen on Scrap Paper
The inception of soft serve ice cream was purely a mistaken one.  On Memorial Day weekend back in 1934, a Mr. Tom Carvel was stranded in his ice cream truck with a flat tire in New York.  In an effort to move his inventory before it completely melted, Tom sold his thawing dairy delights to vacationers passing along the road.  The softer the ice cream got, word spread and he sold out.  The surge of business served as an inspiration to the young entrepreneur who two years later opened a permanent ice cream stand on the very lot he had broken down on to find good fortunes.  Capitalizing on his experiences, he kept his ice cream at lower temperatures and soft serve was born!

This dOOdle's been in the sun too long but I'm not certain it will make him more marketable... click HERE for the ENTIRE dOOdle ARCHIVE!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The MASTER of SUSPENSE

Sir Alfred Hitchcock was an immigrant to the United States during his long thrillride of a career which spanned more than half a century in the television and film industries.  Today is Hitch's birthday and to celebrate, here is my portrait which was composed for a solo exhibit back in 2009 entitled Cult of Personality.
"Man cannot live by Murder Alone" (inks on bristol / 2009)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

LOVE in the CLOUDS

For our 4th Wedding Anniversary, Aurora and I took an overnight trip to Gatlinburg in East Tennessee to get away for a couple of days at the end of last week.  We fought the state-wide thunderstorms on our drive to the mountains to find ourselves graced by perfect weather during our stay.  The sky opened up over Gatlinburg as we got in some pool time, creek-side time and relaxed for the evening.  The next morning, we took a very scenic drive through The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The storms had left the air cooled with abundant towering clouds filling our ride.  The fresh mountain air gave us a new lease on love for the day as we climbed to the highest heights offered.  We managed to get too many gorgeous pictures to not share the art of Mother Nature with you!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Frizzle-Fried Green Tomatoes for TOMATO ART FEST

Frizzle-Fried Green Tomatoes / inks on bristol / 2013
This Saturday, August 10th will mark the 10th Anniversary of East Nashville's TOMATO ART FEST!  I've been honored to be invited back to exhibit my art time and time again at Art & Invention Gallery for their homage to this wonderful fruit.  The gallery hosts the Tomato Art Exhibit throughout the month of August featuring dozens of local and regional artists who submit their tomato-inspired masterpieces. The owner of Art & Invention, Meg MacFadyen is the chief architect of this annual festival which brings music, food, art and various vendors to the streets of 5 Points!  Drop by between 10AM-10PM Saturday for all the fun!  Contact Meg at the gallery if you are interested in purchasing my new illustration for this year's show, "Frizzle-Fried Green Tomatoes!"

Here are some process pictures of this new work...

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

WHAT did that #ZOMBIE SAY?! (PLUS a Zombie Walk of Fame UPDATE!)

Nom Nom Nom Nom! Here's a quick dose of miniature zombification I threw down via dOOdling the other day utilizing a piece of blank card stock....

Blue Ink Pen on Yellow Card Stock / 4in x 6in

Monday, August 5, 2013

Portrait of a Wire Sculpture? (A Unique Commission Indeed)

5in x 7in / inks on bristol / 2013
Our friend Alexis recently commissioned me to create a work of art for her friend Ryan Ralston as a gift for his birthday.  It turns out Ryan also hangs out on the right side of his brain and creates wire sculptures as well as writes.  Alexis passed along photos of some of his work and words for me to draw inspiration from.  I decided to have a bit of fun and illustrate one of his wire sculptures along with the head from one of his figures (only decorated with an eye so you know who made it!)  So's here's a unique commission based on wire sculptures which is most certainly one-of-a-kind!


Initial Sketch

Line Work

Sunday, August 4, 2013

SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAM

Blue Pen on Scrap Paper / 2013
While on a phone call a couple of days ago, I threw some quick gestural lines down on a piece of scrap paper which looked oddly familiar to me.  Twenty minutes later, I had a dOOdle based on Edvard Munch's The Scream!  This imagery of the agonized face with hands clapped aside it was something the Norwegian artist himself revisited to create multiple works of art of during his career.  Munch created 4 versions of The Scream of Nature (Der Schei der Natur which has been shortened over the years to simply "The Scream.")