Animals Brew Coffee! In print!

Wow! That’s the fastest I’ve ever had a book get back from the printer. I finished the artwork last Tuesday and put the book to bed Thursday, when I shipped off the final build to the printer’s. And about an hour ago I had copies of the finished book delivered.

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It’s a tiny little thing, only 5″x7″, but that’s okay. I also included all of the Winter’s Cruel Reign paintings that were hanging up at the coffee shop where the book was presented, because why not, right?

I should have it available at Gallery Boom soon, maybe even tomorrow morning. I know that Batdorf expressed some interest in carrying it, but we didn’t work out any details beyond that interest. I guess I should call them or something. Anyhow, there you go.

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Playing Around…

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So. This is a test drawing for a boardgame (well, a cardgame) that I’m beginning to monkey around with developing. We’ve gone through V1 and I’m trying to build up the second version. Absolutely no part of the process at this early juncture is messing with finished art, but here we are. For the record, I really hate the Bopes when they’re colored, but do enjoy them done here with colored ink. Obviously tried some various stuff with the shadowing. Anyhow, I had this and thought that if I didn’t put it up here, nobody would ever see it anywhere. There you go.

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Elvin

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No real meaning. I was watching old Fleischer Popeye cartoons last night and just really found myself compelled to draw Bluto’s whole mouth / beard situation. I had some different color pens sitting beside me and there you go.

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Robots at the Carco Theater

If you’re in the Puget Sound on Saturday the 16th, between 2-4pm, looking for something to do, come to the Carco Theater in Renton! I’ll be there being interviewed or something and a whole bunch of my robot works are up, some that have been shown before, some that are all new. We’ll also be playtesting a Harmony Boom board game I created.

I’m posting some photos I snapped of some of the artwork that’s up. I certainly don’t feel like describing the medium or guessing at the size of all of these, so I won’t get specific. There’s paint and ink and other kinds of paint and ink, and wood and canvas and paper. Plus some digital print-on-canvas stuff. Enjoy!

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When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea

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When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea – 16″x20″ House paint and collage on canvas.

The story here is that I’ve been obsessed with this crown image for awhile, and it’s appeared in several of my drawings and paintings. So I made a couple of them for realsies out of wood, nails, and gold paint. I wanted to test out making a photo print and decoupaging it over a painting. Since this was a test, I didn’t give the content too much thought. I did the bulk of the background with a beautiful dark green house paint that my friend Lynette had found for me (it looks black in this photo, but I assure you that it is actually a deep deep dark green). Since it had been her paint, I asked her what animal I should paint, and she replied “seagull.” That gets us to here. As I was looking at the finished piece and considering what to call it, I suddenly remembered the (in)famous quote from Eric Cantona, and there you have it. How could it be titled anything else?

You’ll probably see more projects appearing with the crown. I’m not sure what to do with the two I carved and made, but I do know I feel sorta compelled to make more. Does anyone need a wooden crown?

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January Starts With Coffee!

A couple of big things started today, so we’ll see what all I can cram into one post. Beginning right now at the Batdorf and Bronson coffeehouse  in Olympia (516 S. Capitol Way) we’re presenting a large collection of paintings, entitled Winter’s Cruel Reign Flickers Beneath The Stern Gaze of Hot Drink. There are a BUNCH of these paintings there, so go check it out. Here’s a photo I stupidly snapped before we went back and straightened things. WR_photo1

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See that row of letters below the paintings? Well! Beginning right now we’re publishing a new page-a-day book over at Raccoonteurs.com and in person at the same coffeeshop. Yay! It will be publishing from now until January 30th.
Animals Brew Coffee

Note: Instead of just posting the first page as an image I’m trying to post an embedded slideshow that will (hopefully) update on its own. We’ll see if it works or if I have to revert to a static image.

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All Bad Choices!

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Hey internet, my new book is officially here, finally! It was intended to be released in May, to correspond with the Tiny Lines show at the Capitol Theater all through June/July, but it was just one problem after the other with the printers. At any rate, it’s here now, so if you’re hankering for a stylized picture book about depression, you know where to look*!

In case you missed it, A Bathos Xmas was completed a few days ago, and is available to read in its entirety over at Raccoonteurs.com. I start a new page-a-day book this Sunday or Monday, which will be posted daily at the Batdorf and Bronson coffee shop here in Olympia. I’m also finishing up a huge bunch of paintings for there. I’ll update here once they’re there, I suppose.

* The place to look is in my living room! I went ahead and threw them up on the Never Knows shop, but I’m not even sure that exists anymore. I’ll get them over to the Gallery soon, so you can check there before too long, as well.

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The Little Voice Inside My Head

I’ll have a whole bunch of Bathos stuff, some new, some old, showing up in Renton at the Carco Theater for a month or two, starting probably tomorrow. This piece originally was shown last year at the Washington Center, and was a precursor of all my Tiny Lines stuff by almost a year. Pretty crazy. There’s actually a lot of stuff from that show that isn’t anywhere else at all. I keep meaning to get it all put up here, or somewhere. I’ll try to do better at getting the new stuff from this show posted in a timely manner. Also, there will be a reception there, probably this month, where the plan is for me to read the entirety of A Bathos Xmas, before it gets published! Yowza!

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17″x14″ India ink on bristol.

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A Bathos Xmas on Raccoonteurs

I started a new page-a-day book this week. This one is not an alphabet book, for which I apologize to teachers everywhere. I’m putting this book up at Raccoonteurs.com, where I also threw up the other page-a-day books I’ve done. Anyhow, enjoy, and spread the word to anyone you know who likes, y’know, neat stuff.

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Woodpecker

I saw this guy eating an apple in my tree last week. Obviously, I didn’t put him in the right sort of tree or put in the apple, but inspiration is a fickle thing. And composition doubly so, right?

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11″x14″ Technical pen on bristol.

I lost my red pen, though, so it may be awhile before I find it and we see anymore fun multi-colored originals like this. Sigh.

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