Take On Meeeeeeee

By on Apr 16, 2021

  My youngest daughter and I have a bit of a ritual that we go through every night. We will read a chapter or two of a chapter book, brush her teeth and while tucking her in bed, we watch a few videos before turning out the lights and saying good night. We started watching old 80’s videos and after watching Michael Jackson videos we migrated over to Weird Al. She was fascinated by Weird Al’s spin on Michael Jackson’s songs. We then went down a bit of a rabbit hole of covers, specifically covers of Take On Me…   Original   Weezer   Bluegrass   Swing   Toothbrush (her favorite)   Floppotron   Unplugged (and how we usually close out the tuck-in)

Finishing up and a visit from the Easter Bunny

By on Apr 13, 2021

  The Easter Bunny brought me this little guy…     Been taking it easy lately but my drawing is almost there. I am tempted to say it is done but I am going to give it one more night’s work. It always helps to see it here. For what ever reason, I am able to see it a little differently. It makes it easier to evaluate and see what needs more work.     It’s crunch time now. I have to get this and two more drawings done by this weekend. Really before then because I have to print them on wood before the weekend. It is getting tight but I think I can pull it off. The thing I’m really worried about is whether or not my drawings of the kids are going to work out. I’m trying to use textures and pattern for them and I don’t know if it will work. It kinda works in my head but that almost never translates to the real world. We will wait...

Quick Pics (04.12.21)

By on Apr 12, 2021

Turns out units of measurement are really important

By on Apr 9, 2021

  Had to design some packaging today. Spent a while creating a dieline. My dielines always take a couple tries but this first shot was a little worse than most…     Yes, that water bottle is supposed to fit in that. Always check your units of measurement! You can measure 100 times before cutting but if you are measuring in inches but designing in metric… things aren’t going to workout.

Art History: Aya Takano

By on Apr 8, 2021

  Aya Takano studied at Tama Art University in Tokyo and was an assistant to Takashi Murakami. She is part of the Superflat community of artists and was involved in the Little Boy: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Subculture show in 2005. She belongs to the Kaikai Kiki, the production studio Murakami founded in 2001.     Her artwork is influenced by Osamu Tezuka, erotic stamps of the Edo Period and books about the natural sciences she read growing up. She builds worlds that with a mythology that she has constructed over time, influenced by her life and experiences.     She uses many different mediums but prefers oil paints.       Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aya_Takano https://www.perrotin.com/artists/Aya_Takano/15#biography http://www.artnet.com/artists/aya-takano/...

Actually got sick.

By on Apr 7, 2021

  Ugh, I actually got sick. Not the Rona, had to go to the doctor I was so sick. Never had a fever or anything, just felt lousy for almost 2 weeks. It’s weird because I haven’t been sick in a long time. That has been an upside of wearing masks and everybody washing their hands. They say the flu numbers are way down this year and I can definitely see why. So that’s why the site was quiet for a little while. I am back at it though…     Taking a little break was kinda nice too. Just getting back into the swing of things. I have been working on my latest art project. I’ve been slow rolling it but I will share some pictures soon.

Quick Pics (04.05.21)

By on Apr 5, 2021

Art History: Banksy

By on Mar 26, 2021

I have a strange conflict when it comes to graffiti artists. I love graffiti but it belongs on the streets. I find the commodification of it problematic. Anytime I see a graffiti artist with a gallery show or a piece up for auction I can’t help but feel a little disappointed. Banksy is an artist that I often waffle on. He definitely has talent but there is so much hype around him. It is kind of like those bumper stickers you will occasionally see on minivans, “I used to be cool.” Graffiti is about being an outsider, a criminal, and once you are excepted into the fold it looses something. Twist (Barry McGee) has been accepted into the fold and I was always skeptical of him too. After reading an interview with him it turns out he struggled with the same issues. He said something along the lines of, for every gallery installation or piece he produces he feels like he has...