This morning, Harley Stroh pointed out that Joe Goodman shared some of the sketches he and I have been passing back and forth about the new interior illustrations for the 4th Printing DCC book kickstarter. The sketches in there are just pencils, but they hint at what is to come. I can’t reveal too much, but there is more to come; stay tuned!
Trying to draw more often, find inspiration by just putting the pen down on paper and seeing where it goes. Did this one tonight.
After years of struggling with drawing symmetrical things and failing, I finally figured out how to do it. Draw half of the thing, scan it, duplicate the half and flip the duplicate and place it adjoining the original. Seems obvious now but I have been struggling with this nonsense for YEARS.
This is a design for a private commission for the back of a motorcycle vest:
Excuse me, sir? Have you read the books of Mr. David Icke? Ludicrous, you say? You think the whole idea of lizard people from outer space interbreeding with humans in order to dominate the world through human sacrifice and witchcraft is preposterous? You have it on good authority via Alex Jones that Mr Icke is a disinformation specialist? Well, that is what THEY want sheeple like you to think.
This is a picture I did as a private commission for a DCC Ruleset on Fantasy Grounds. Brett commissioned the piece and gave me carte blanche on what to do… he just said, “Heroes, dungeon, monster…” Fantasy Grounds allows you to play role playing games over the internet with dice rolles, chat and other features built right into the browser.
This is how it looks in the browser:
Thanks to +Damian Hupfeld for the screen shot.
In what time I have, I have been working on various things that I can’t post yet… but because I want to post something, here is the current drawing of the carnivorous plant for Exquisite Corpses v2. I’m going for that 18th century Botanist’s guide look. Click to enlarge.In other news, I’m considering renting a table at UCon 2015 in Livonia, MI to sell art and meet people. Don’t know if I can swing it, but will at least look into the possibility. I will need to figure out ways of packaging art for easy sale and safe transportation and suppose I should look into getting one of those dongle things that plug into your phone or tablet so I can take credit cards. UCon is November 20-22nd this year.
Henry Darger, the artist and eccentric, came to my attention a few years ago. These days his work is going under the gavel at places like Christies and getting shown in Paris. In his lifetime, Darger lived as a recluse, barely surviving on poverty level wages, living alone in rented rooms. The people who knew him (his landlords and fellow tenants) only discovered his artistry when Darger was on his death bed. Luckily, his landlord, Nathan Lerner, recognized that the heaps of drawings, books, collages and other items were not ‘junk’ and didn’t simply toss it all to make room for another tenant. These days, it seems that most of the rest of the word agrees with Lerner. People who wouldn’t have looked twice at a dirty, shabby old Darger while he was alive are buying his works, visiting his exhibitions, etc. I’m not claiming to be smarter than anyone else — I doubt I would have recognized Darger for what he was if I had met him in his lifetime. And given his reclusive nature, I doubt Darger would have been able to psychologically bear the public scrutiny involved in becoming a famous artist in his lifetime.
Stories like this make me wonder how much fascinating stuff, produced by weirdos, outcasts and recluses, ends up in dumpsters after they die.