I don't go to yoga as much as I want to. It's a constant work in progress. But when I do go, I frequently feel like this!
Being a member of CLAW (Cartoonist's League of Washingtonians) is great because we have an ongoing thrift store painting transformation project. The rules are simple: Get your hands on some mediocre, unloved thrift store painting and then add some sort of monster. robot, otherworldly item into the painting. My latest is this tentacle monster residing in this sleepy riverbank scene. I call it: "She Knew He Possessed Hidden Depths."
CLAW will be showing a collection of Monsters in Thrift Art at 1120 Creative House this month with an art opening on Thursday October 20th, 2016
My first thrift store painting, a Dungeons and Dragon inspired monster was inserted into an equally uninspired desert landscape.
I think this is a great exercise--you aren't overly precious about the painting since it's been abandoned at a thrift store, but it also gives you freedom to try something you wouldn't normally do. What are you waiting for? Find your own thrift store painting and get to work!
I'm taking an online comic making class and one of the assignments is to make a comic diary for five days. This is my favorite day!
The releasing of the new Wonder Woman trailer at the same time as the political conventions--conspiracy or not? Either way, it seems a perfect time for a Hillary/Wonder Woman mash up!
I recently became a member of CLAW (the Cartoonist's League of Absurd Washingtonians), a fun group of eccentric people dedicated to the form of sequential art in all of its many manifestations.
One of the fun things we get to do as CLAW members is create art and show it. An ongoing project for members is to take a thrift store painting and transform it in some way.
I chose this barren, and let's face it, pretty poorly painted desert scape and decided it needed a monster thrown right into the middle of it!
I've been playing a lot of Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder lately and had my mind on a hydra or dragon at first but settled upon the baddy of baddies, who can zap you with the rays of his eyes: a beholder. These floating nightmares are nothing you want to meet in a dungeon, but I figured he'd look right at ease in my desert. I made several preliminary sketches before settling on my rendition.
In addition to the Beholder, I knew I couldn't keep the horrible water reflections. But once you touch one thing in the background, pretty soon you are touching EVERYTHING in the background. So I was quickly adding highlights and shadows to the mesas as well.
Now this painting is going to be delivered to Tacoma Games for display. If it sells, funds will go towards our CLAW scholarship fund!
One self-help creator soundbite I hear about again and again is "Create the art you want to see." You can also interpret it as "Be the change you want to see" or whatever fits your creative drive. I've come to embrace this phrase. It has become my personal mantra. And this last weekend I was at Emerald City Comic Con and saw many paintings and illustrations of Corgis, but not one was a Cardigan Corgi. And us being Cardigan Corgi people here at Short Leg Studio, I realized the time had come to create my own Thorgi. Black and white now, but a color print coming soon and hopefully a t-shirt.
Embrace your inner Thorgi and be the change you want to see!