Hot dog! I mean cat! Things have been pretty quiet here on the blog lately! I’ve been busy working on a few secret projects and exploring my new surroundings here in San Diego. The cats up above are in preparation for one of the secret projects.
So far I’m enjoying San Diego! It’s refreshing and exciting, being in a new place! I’ve been spending a lot of time drawing outside, often taking breaks to go exploring on my bike. I love that you can spot lizards scurrying around in some places. Twelve year old Phil would be so pleased about that.
I’ve got a little bit of illustration work on my plate right now (those top secret projects), but I’m hungry for more! Seriously, I’m eager to dive into as many projects as possible right now! You hear that, art directors?! I want to work with you! Let’s make something neat.
“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and somthing else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”—Chuck Close (via sandyhong & @emilycarroll)
It’s true! I quit my boring day job and my girlfriend and I are packing up and moving across the country. I’m incredibly excited! I’ve never been to San Diego, or even the state of California. But I think it’ll be a thrilling change of scenery after nearly 26 years of upstate New York.
I don’t have any sort of job lined up yet and by all accounts San Diego is incredibly expensive. It would be REALLY, REALLY awesome if you’d consider hiring me to draw something, especially during these first few months of 2011! Know someone who is in a position to hire illustrators? Please, make them aware of my name and website! Even the smallest of assignments will help! I can draw anything and I can draw it fast! (I did this in just three days, start to finish)
And just to add a bit of color to this post, here’s another tiny peek at a recent TOP SECRET project…
I’ve been extremely busy! Working on a few different TOP SECRET things. The image up above is just a tiny glimpse at part of something much larger. Something TOP SECRET.
I wanted to let you guys know, especially my Toronto friends, about an art show coming up really soon. My Krampus illustration will be included in the KRAMPUSNACHT 2010 show at the Resistor Gallery. It opens this Thursday (December 2nd). All the information on that is here! You should definitely check it out if you can! And maybe buy my painting! That would be so cool!
“The points below are what I’ve learned doing indie comics as a career. There’s always room for art for art’s sake, for hobbyism, but these are the lessons I’ve learned for those who want to escape that prevailing mood.”—
Wonderfully simple, brutally sensible advice from web comic creator John Allison (Bad Machinery, Scary Go Round): Move, Grow up, and Run your business like a business. We don’t hear nearly enough frank advice like this in our fields. Good stuff.
I’ve been busy as heck lately! Working on a bunch of different projects, including the illustration up above. It’s a cover illustration for the Rochester City Newspaper’s Holiday Guide. Though it got bounced off the cover and into the interior somewhere. But that’s okay! It was a lot of fun to work on and the Holiday Guide hits the streets tomorrow (November 17). So be sure to snag a copy if you’re in the Rochester area. Oh, and if you don’t know, it’s an illustration of Krampus, who you can read about here. Thanks to Max Seifert at the City Newspaper for throwing a fun assignment my way.
In other news, you can read a nice little review of my BOOK COMIC mini over here (though I just noticed they goofed up the title of the comic in the review!). Book Comic is still up on Top Shelf 2.0 too, if you haven’t read it!
“When they draw a hand or a face, it has to look like a hand or a face. In my case, it’s just a silly hand that, like, a sausage will do. There’s no order, so there’s no mistakes. The line that runs wrong, you use it for something else. So there’s very little erasing, very little correcting, because if the nose is too long, so what? In the next one, you make it larger, so it looks no different. But for a regular artist, they have to concentrate because a nose has to look like a nose.”—Sergio Aragonés | Books | Interview | The A.V. Club (via machinery)
A little doodle from this past weekend in Toronto. Canzine was a blast! Thanks so much to everyone that stopped by, to the Broken Pencil people for hosting a great show (loved the new venue), to Annie K for dinner and fun, to Aviv for letting me tag along on Monday, and most of all to Vicki and Britt for being the best table mates and for letting me sleep on their couch for the millionth time.
Vicki is totally man enough. (photo stolen from this article!)