Spring Arts Walk!!!

Hey Internet, it’s that time again! Olympia Arts Walk, April 26/27! This year, I’ll be encamped at Mixx96.1 at 119 Washington St NE.

This year is (almost) entirely based around my new book, Stop For Ducklings & The Four Crane Day, which is a chapter book for children.
There will also be a Stop For Ducklings coloring book.

But that’s not all! We’ll be having a coloring contest for kids, with some sweet books and stuff for prizes! Sweeeeeeet!

I’ll be covering the walls with drawings of birds (mostly chickens) playing guitars. I figure, y’know, it’s a radio station and I’m releasing a book about raccoons who form a band, so guitar chickens are pretty on brand here.

Finally, the plan is to setup a drafting table, and draw a maze/map of Olympia, where I add in whatever things kids or whoever tell me to add to it! This is a ridiculously bonkers idea, so come watch me lose it completely trying to pull it off while strangers ask me distracting personal questions as I beg people to bring me coffee!

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Not too late to gift a commission!

Hey— I know you’re thinking that it’s almost the holiday and you screwed the pooch on getting your loved ones, boss, mailman, and secret family a thoughtful gift, but I am here to tell you that you are wrong Wrong WRONG!

Give the Gift of Letting Someone Commission a Mystery Drawing!

Through either our Mystery Ink or Nemesis commissioning services, you can allow your friends, casual acquaintances, and business partners order a mystery drawing of whatever they want! Act now, and we can send you a certificate to print or email to them. The perfect solution for the last minute shopper! And if you’re reading this after the holidays have come and gone, then you’re so late you’d better buy two!

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Lamentable Superheroes Update

So remember when I was going to draw a Lamentable Superhero™©®(patent applied for) every day for the month of October? I did it! I actually drew them all, plus several extra I included, and several that I didn’t. I also finished doing my huge awesome drawing of all the Lamentable Superheroes in action. 

I’ll get this entire thing colored in photoshop before too much longer, and then after that I’m not sure what I’ll do with this. I’d love to see it as a puzzle, so if anyone knows anyone at Ravensburger, let me know. These giant drawings I do would make great puzzles, and I get asked about producing them quite often, but you need to make puzzles in quantities in the thousands, and I’m not setup to even store that many pallets of stuff, much less figure out how to distribute them.

In the meantime, here are some of the heroes who didn’t make the cut. the big reason they were cut is that as I was going, I decided to have the heroes be *mostly* regular humans, rather than aliens of some sort or another. A couple of them I just decided didn’t quite fit.

If you want to see ALL of the heroes from the series, go check out my instagram account, where they were all originally posted.

SHAMELESS!!!! If you’re desperately looking for the perfect last minute gift for someone, give them the gift of getting to commission a drawing! I can send you or them or whoever a certificate to commission a mystery drawing of whatever they like. Yowza!

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Inktober & Commissions

Hey internet, so it’s Inktober, the annual excuse to draw a bunch of stuff! Hooray! this year I’m drawing 31 Lamentable Superheroes! I’ll also be drawing a huge poster of them engaging in a battle. Here are the first few Heroes: 

I’ve only really got pencils going on the big battle so far. I’m adding the heroes as I go, so I want to get a bit more on there first before I begin inking. Probably this weekend…? We’ll see. These guys were all inked with a dip pen, and then shaded/colored with drawing ink. Ink Ink Ink!


The other noteworthy thing here is that I recently put together some pages to do some commissioned drawings. The first is Mystery Commissions, where you give me a couple of words and then get a surprise drawing back, based on whatever I was inspired to draw. I’m doing these for less than my usual rate for commissioned work, because I’m not going to bother getting pencils approved or reworking the expression fifty times, just straight up request “Clown, Puffer Fish, Dildo” and then see what you get.

The other type of commission site I put together is Nemesis Caricatures, where I will do a caricature of your nemesis. Same basic deal, where I’ll just draw whatever I want based on what I’m sent. It’s a great deal for original art by me, according to my mom, and also my econ professor.

There you go. Order now to get original art for your friends and loved ones during the holidays! Alternately, I can do up certificates for either service to give as gifts.

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Inktober Poll

Hey Internet, I’ll be doing an Inktober thing this year where I’ll be doing a drawing per day of a certain type of character. The idea is that you go vote on which one of these types you want to see 31 drawings of. Here they are:

(You can click the image for the poll, or scroll down and see if embedding actually worked)

These were all quickly sketched out with a minimum of effort— I intend to do the actual drawings a little bit cleaner, but I wanted something visual for the vote. Whatevs. I haven’t decided completely how I’ll do these yet… I had intended to do them as a stack of small drawings (that are subsequently for sale?), but there’s also something super enticing about doing them as a single gigantic drawing, the way I did Inktober last year. We’ll see how I feel once we get closer.

I may or may not find a way to put updates here, but I’ll be definitely putting them on my instagram, so check out the action there.

Okay, embedding the poll here, we’ll see if it works. Fingers crossed:

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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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