Sun and Shadow. April 11th, 2013. Acrylic on canvas, 20” x 24”.
A while back a friend of mine asked me to bring some art to a concert he was putting on with his saxophone quartet. I did bring some art I had previously made, but I asked if they thought it would be cool to have someone paint during the show. They thought it was a great idea, so I set up an easel and painted this while they played.
During intermission, it was cool to hear how people connected to this while I was painting. I got a lot of “I can’t believe you did that much in such a short time!” and “Did you know what you were going to paint beforehand?” I didn’t, it really did come to me as the music was playing, and once I had some paint on the canvas I just worked to make it a better painting. I spent a lot of time unsure if it was going to be a bright, happy painting or something darker and creepier. I think it ended up as a balance of both. A few people told me they saw a man’s face at first, but then I covered it up (with leaves, maybe?) I thought that was cool because I hadn’t seen that at all, so it must have only been visible from a distance.
It was super fun, and I really enjoyed being able to connect art and music like this!
I spent my evening painting in front of an audience while a saxophone quartet performed. A few other artists and I had work on display so people could look at it beforehand and during intermission. It was exhilarating and exhausting, and people said lots of nice things about my art. (Things like “I can’t believe you painted that much in only half an hour!” and the usual “you should illustrate children’s books!”)
Hopefully I will get a photo of the painting I did up here soon, it took most of the show for me to figure out what I was doing with it but now I really like it.
Inspired by Anita Sarkeesian’s Video Game Tropes vs Women, I wanted to pitch a Zelda game where Zelda herself was the hero, rescuing a Prince Link.
Clockwork Empire is set 2,000 years after Twilight Princess, and is not a reboot, but simply another iteration in the Zelda franchise. It just so happens that in this case, Zelda is the protagonist. I’m a very big Zelda fan, and worked hard to draw from key elements in the continuity and mythos.
This concept work is meant to show that Zelda as a game protagonist can be both compelling and true to the franchise, while bringing new and dynamic game elements that go farther than being a simple gender swap.
Hope you like it!
HNNNNNGGG CAN THIS BE REAL PLEASE
I would play the shit out of this. Wow. <3
I would play this in an instant, oh my goodness.
So I have been reading through the 50,000+ word half-novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo in 2011. It is actually not as terrible as I had feared, though there are some things I have been editing. Most of the changes are either to flesh out things that feel like they need more detail or explanation, with some selective deleting to make other things more subtle. I will have to go back once I’m done with this first read-through because at first I wasn’t editing, just reading, so there will be more to fix later.
I haven’t gotten to the part where I lost all will to write and had no idea how to continue the story yet, so we’ll see if the later writing holds up to the standard of the beginning. I started reading through in the first place because I had an idea about how a secondary character might actually be able to step up as a villain, which is something the story has been lacking so far. (There were plenty of generally unsavory groups of people, but not enough actual confrontation between characters). Who knows, maybe I’ll actually be able to pick up the thread of the plot and continue it this time. I seem to have written roughly 2,000 more words just by editing and filling out the narrative over the past few days, so hopefully that’s a good sign?
And hopefully posting about it on tumblr won’t jinx it and ruin my creative flow again?
(Note: This is from Noah Bradley’s blog, which is amazing and should be read by eery artist out there. I’m just reformatting/reblogging it for my followers.)
I love reading books on art. Not just the kind with pretty pictures, either. But the kind with words. It baffles me how few of my…
Reblogging this so I can find it later. I am particularly excited to see the ones by James Gurney on there!
February. Watercolor and Colored Pencil
My submission for Neil Gaiman’s Calendar of Tales. This is for the February story, which is my absolute favorite. There are still a few days to submit things, so if you haven’t yet you should make some art!
So. There’s Amazing Art out there on the web. I watch it being made on Tumblr all the time. That was part of my inspiration for this project, when BlackBerry asked if I would be interested in making something in collaboration with the world.
I wrote 12 stories, inspired by tweets that came back…
I am so excited about this! Not only is it exciting to get to read some beautiful new stories by Neil Gaiman, but I will never say no to a “please make some art!” opportunity. The story for February is probably my favorite, it has had me dreaming in pencil all day.
I think the “I was just holding those for a friend” is my favorite…I have an unhealthy amount of paintbrushes stashed in my room.
Patchwork Dreams 2011-2013
Watercolor and colored Pencil
I did the under-drawing for this over a year ago, but for some reason I never got around to painting it. When I was trying to figure out what to put in my art show, I decided to pull this out and finish it.
(Bonus points to anyone who can name any of the quilt patterns in this…some of them I made up, but others are based on actual quilt blocks)