Fat Mammal’s Birthday

It’s the Calavara twins’ birthday! To celebrate, I drew Fat Mammal, a recurring character in paintings and art, and who I consider to be one of the closer proxies to myself. For example, he’s the protagonist of All Bad Choices, an alphabet book about depression from a couple of years ago. Anyhow, here’s the finished piece, on 11″x14″ bristol:

I took some pictures of the piece in progress, because it’s fun to see how people put pieces of art together. First off, minus the jars of four different types of ink, here are the tools:

Here are the pencils, which are pretty basic.

Here’s my delightful hand inking, using my favorite tool, a steel nib drawing pen. Audrey found a vintage box containing a gross of these from 1936, that she gave me like a decade ago, and they remain the best drawing tool I’ve ever used. I’ve tried maybe a dozen bottles of ink over the years, and my preferred one is Sennelier India Ink. I’ve gone through several jars of it, though I wouldn’t recommend it for a fountain pen, only a dip one.

Here’s the finished Fat Mammal, all inked up. I had started to do some work on the rocky outcropping/mountain, but the pen gummed up, as they do, it was coffee time, and I got bored, so I scribbled it out, hit it with a brush, and called it good.

Next I roughed in pencils for how I wanted the shapes in the background lines, and started to work with a drawing fountain pen, using Noodler’s Ink. It’s mostly sorta-waterproof. Waterproof enough that it’ll smear when I hit it with a brush later on, but the basic line will remain intact. This is not only tedious and exacting, but makes an unholy mess on both the ruler and my hands. I did most of it on a lapdesk while watching true crime documentaries instead of at my drafting table. Here’s the finished blacks, thousands and thousands of lines later:

Next is the inkwash, which is just diluted drawing ink. I start with just grey, to lay down shadows, before going over the entire thing with a color. Sometimes I do color first and shadows after. My process is chosen by the incredibly complex technique of whichever ink I happen to grab first. Stay in school kids.And finally I went over the whole thing with color drawing ink to finish it. You can maybe see the difference in the blue between the bits over the linework that swept up and smeared some of the black, and the “stream” in the middle where it kept itself pretty pure. Unlike the picture at the top of this post, which is a scan, this is a photo I snapped of the finished work just sitting on my drafting table.

There you go. Happy Birthday, Calavara Twins! Keep making pretty manic depression!

The End.

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World Cup 2018

Hey Internet- I just started a big new alphabet project over at ABCDEfc.com, the place where I post humorous soccer stuff. I’ll be updating it daily until the start of the tournament.


I’ve done so many things since the last time I posted anything on this blog. It’s just so much work to stay updated everywhere! All the time I spend writing these entries could be time spent writing or drawing or making coffee. It’s been months, though, so I’ll try to get some sort of catch-up post done here this week. I’ll try to include some of the books I published in the last few months, anything from either of the art shows I hung paintings at, or the huge cumulative drawing I did for Lincoln Options Elementary. I’ve also got 3 new alphabet books coming out within a month, PLUS the world cup alphabet project mentioned above. Sheesh!

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Inktober 2017 Drawing

Throughout the month of October, I did this big drawing that I updated and added to daily. Today I got it all scanned up. This took six scans, and the merging created some weird overlay issues, but it mostly looks good. So: click to enlarge and enjoy!

Since we’re now into November, I guess now is the time to hit me up with commission requests for the holidays, if you’re wanting anything special done.

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Hush, Poppies

I was recently commissioned to do a large painting (3ft x 4ft) of some poppies, in a sort of impressionist type style. Not really my usual bag, but who doesn’t love a challenge?

I started out by making a smaller painting (16″x20″) in the same sort of style, done using whatever I had on hand. This was to get my feet wet in the style and to figure out exactly what sorts of aesthetic they wanted for the finished painting.

I did a couple more prep pieces. Another 16″x20″ painting to test how the paint was going to settle, to get the style of texture that was requested. However, I decided that I didn’t like what I had, so I then scraped all the paint off, leaving this image, that I actually like a lot more than what I had.

I also did this piece, sort of for shits and giggles. I’ve been doing a lot of this style of thing lately, so trying a bouquet of flowers seemed a natural place to try next.

Finally, I did the final painting out in my backyard, set up on the lawn. It was created using house paint, some putty scrapers, and a paper cup. Brushes are for the weak!

There you go!

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New book! New Alphabet Project!

Hey peeps! Long time, no whatever here on the blog! I post a lot on the instagram machine, though, so follow me there. Anyhow, I’ve got two new things to put here. The first is that my new book of Rabbit poems, Rabbits Rabbits Rabbits Rabbits Rabbits, is now out and officially available out of the back of my car!

It’s actually available at Captain Little, in Olympia, and will soon be available at Gallery Boom, like, once I get down there. It’s available online at my shop, too, I guess.

The other new thing I’ve got is ABCDEfc.com, which, for now, is an alphabet project updating daily until I hit Z (probably on or around the 26th day). This project is a celebration or something about the upcoming European soccer seasons that are starting up. I think the idea began as a dare. Here’s A:

To keep reading it, check the site daily, or follow me on instagram or the twitter thing or whatever else will work.

There you go.

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T-shirts

I just put a bunch of shirts up at teepublic, so I guess they’re on sale for several bucks off for the first few days? I dunno. Check it out: http://tee.pub/lic/hspbhYiiYcw

I decided to put all my awesome cuss designs and stuff at this site. We’ll see how that goes.

I feel like I’ve done a million projects in the last two months and posted none of it here. Blogs are tough! Go to my Instagram link to get a better sense of random stuffs that are doing, because I update that more often.

 

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Skulls and Bunnies

6″x6″ House Paint on some kinda canvas paper I had laying around.

Somebody built this out of legos, which was so shocking to see when I came across it on the floor of my house, I knew I had to try and do some paintings of it.

And then, because I’m doing this whole March Hare Project thing (check it out! Take the quick poll!), I decided to do a version of these with rabbits.

6″x11″ house paint on some kinda canvas paper I found in my office.

These are small so that I could sort of proof-of-concept them quickly, but it’d be a lot of fun to do something like this at a bigger scale. I just can’t really store something like that, so it’s one of those things that would probably need to be commissioned or something. Sigh.

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The March Hare Project

So I started a new Kickstarter project to produce a book and a poster and who-knows-what-else, based on backer interactions. Check it out.

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The Tale of Honey Joe

I had to write a poem about a Bear Who Dresses Like Another Bear For Tax Purposes, per a hing on the Kickstarter I’m running. This is what came out:

And then I also put together this limerick, because why not:

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A Poem About A Piranha!

I just posted a big update on my Kickstarter project, which you can read by clicking here. I’m too lazy to copy and re-format the text for this blog. Just click the link! The long and the short of it is enjoy this poem I wrote and illustrated this morning:

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