Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Wearin' O' the Green

I know by now, everyone who is celebrating St. Patrick's day is starting to slump into a Guinness and green beer pile of celebration, so this drawing may seem a tad late. 

But that's because I've been pretty darned sick the last couple of days (as in on again off again fevery chills), so, yeah...  I actually drew this up whilst bed resting and doodling along in my sketchbook.  When I was feeling better, I scanned it and digitally colored it.  And I like it! 

I think it's the first time I've ever posted something that style wise looks more like what most of my sketchbooks look like. Meaning, it's pencil, and very liney and simple.

Although my sketchbooks are hardly ever colored, and they generally contain far more, um... 'bizarre' drawings than this sweet little clover laden lady here. Far more bizarre, or far more cutesy, depending on my mood. 

I hope everyone had a safe and happy St. Patrick's Day! I'm glad I got to feel better enough to slouch out of bed to make a post.  Yay! Let's hope I'm all better in time for the Craftster SXSW day show on Friday, and the family wedding out of town Saturday (and the other one the Saturday after this one... everyone's gettin' hitched!). 
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Monday, March 9, 2009

Live + Art = Lart?

The STAPLE! Independent Media Expo and its live art after-party at Red7 was this past weekend.  I went to both, and I larted!  At least that's what my friend dubbed it ( 'lart' being short for 'live art').  I like that, and it's easier to type out and put into verb form than 'live art' so I'm sticking with lart. If I were to sing my own version of the 'La-la-la Song' from Sesame Street, I'd stick lart in there for sure. 
Whatever you call it, it was great and inspiring and fun and entertaining all at once. I met a lot of tremendously cool, kind, and talented people and helped raise some money for KOOP Radio. Yay! I was also wishing very much to have a newer better camera that rocks at high movement and low lighting situations.  No such luck on the wish fulfillment, though.

Above are some pics from the event, including Brent Peeples at work on a Joker, Stan Sakai inkin' up some Usagi, and some of the products of all the lartin' goin' on.  Below is snippet of my own piece (most of those photos came out super blurry).  It involved cats, a beehive hair do, a naked lady, and cats. Very Alician. More pics over on my flickr

I'm off to work some more whilst singing 'The La-la-la Song' now.  Ahh, Joe Raposo!  You wrote the best songs! 

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Awww, what a cute little staple-gator we have here!  And what is a staple-gator, you may ask?

Well, he happens to be the pseudo mascot of STAPLE! -- an indie art and media convention hosted annually here in Austin, and it's going on for the fifth time this Saturday.  

This here is just my old school inspired interpretation of the little fella I whipped up for the occasion of this very blog post.  Every artist sees him his (or her) own way, and I just happen to see him with Pac-Man eyes... 

Sooo, if you happen to be in Austin this weekend, make sure you check out this li'l groovy shindig for yourself.  It's being held over at the  Monarch Events Center and there will be gads and gads of comics, zines, books, original artwork, and even commissioned sketches there on the spot. Yippee!

I'm also stoked about the fact that Stan Sakai and Jeffrey Brown will be there in addition to some good and super talented friends of mine like Paul Adam, Kevin Peake, Kennon James and Zach Taylor (to just name a few). Last time I was able to go it was a while back, but I got to see the incredible Tony Millionaire in action.  Super fun!
Oh, and don't miss the live art after-party and KOOP benefit! I've never been able to make it to this part in previous years, but I've heard that it is an absolute legendary blast.  I may even do some live artin' myself. 

Aaaahhhhhhh! I loves me some art! 
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