Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Reenactin' all over the place.

This is a little oil painting I did of one of my closest friends in high school. I haven't seen the man in years, but he still hold a prominent place in my frontal lobe (read: heart). He is an excellent historian, and has a fondness for reenacting. Here he is in full regalia, via a picture I stole off his facebook.

I wanted to go very subtle in the face, and I think it worked out ok. Whole thing is 8x10ish, oils on maple ply.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Every day I'm alterin'

      For the few of you that don't know, I am a massive nerd. I like all the nerdy things your mother told you to avoid if you ever wanted to find a nice girl (or boy) and settle down. It should come as no surprise to you, then, that I like a little game called Magic: the Gathering. What is it a gathering of? Magic, I assume, but also great art. On a scale of 1-awesome the illustrations for the cards in the game are completely out of hand.
      That said, I was approached by a friend of mine to deface some of these cards with little paintings of my own. Some being roughly 90 of them. These little pieces of art are refered to as "card alterations" and are basically considered the "pimping" of the MtG scene. If Magic was at all considered cool, Xibit may have even made a show about it (yo, dawg I heard you like card art...). I have a good chunk of them down already, and they can be found here, but I thought I would share a few of my favorites so far. Keep in mind that the cards themselves are a whopping 2.5"x3.5", and the area in which I work on them is a fraction of that amount.

They are really, really small. The other challenge, beside the size, is that - due to the need for flexablilty - the cards must be done in acrylics. Those who know me well enough to know how nerdy I am, also likely know that I hate acrylics. Or, hated, rather. I've come to respect them for this sort of work, because it does allow me to paint impossibly thin (another requirement for these little guys), and very quickly.

So there you have it: one more thing that is hardly a marketable skill, but that I decided I needed to be able to do. Enjoy.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Made myself a schedule, because I have poor time-management skills

You will note on it that blogging has been given an hour, three times a week. That is because, starting next month, I will be posting something new every monday, wednesday, and friday. It may be a sketch, it may be an observation about art, it may even be a completed project. If I miss a day, please make it painful for me. Bitch. Moan. Rant. I plan on getting kind of OK at this whole web-presence bidness, and I need all the help I can get to not slack off.

You may also note that it is kind of pretty, this is because I also have issues prioritizing, and instead of working on one of three currents commissions I chose to spend the better part of the morning and afternoon making a schedule.

Thanks for watching, and stay tuned for a jam-packed second season.