Happy Halloween (Inktober 2016)

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The season is upon us. I’ve been keeping busy during Inktober  and a lot of the art I’ve been producing has been horror themed, mostly by accident, I’m just a spooky dude like that. A lot of the rest has been working out ideas for my upcoming project Lumen. Here’s some of the ink drawings I’ve been doing. Most of the stuff has been on a much smaller scale but this Godzilla up first is appropriately gigantic. (Less gigantic, me in my underwear…damn, self-burn.)

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Here’s some of concept art for Lumen, the dude with the triangle head mask is Esteban Vela, our hero. Those angler men from up above also belong to this project.

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Getting My Hands Dirty

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“I’m worst at what I do best, and for this gift  I feel blessed.”

– The guy from Pearl Jam

I like to do a lot of arty stuff. I write fiction, I write non-fiction, I draw, I color, I play guitar, I sing, I write songs, and sometimes I even perform some combination of these things.

But I can only really concentrate and practice two of these things at a time. Maybe it’s really only one but I can’t keep from getting distracted by something else while I’m working on creative stuff.

This might mean I’ll never be a master at anything I work at, but it also might mean I’m constantly getting a ideas on new ways to approach creating.

More and more I see how all these things can bleed into one another. I can be thinking about song structure and how a pre-chorus builds anticipation or misleads before the explosion of the real thing and bam, it will make me think about how I’m putting together the plot of a novel. It’s all connected, even if that connection is all in my head, it’s all the same to me.

So anyway, I’ve been neglecting my art for a few weeks (I had a music show to do) and it was really satisfying to buy a new pilot parallel pen (I junked my old one switching it to a waterproof ink) and just fucking around and moving some dark shapes around the canvas.

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Drawing and music can be the most calming things I do. I can lose myself in them so completely and I love that act of disappearing. Writing is more satisfying in the sense of the feeling of accomplishment when I’ve put together a piece and reworked it to the point where I think it’s ready to give to the reader.

Alright, time to get back to the page. Words and pictures this time.

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Jeff VanderMeer Approves and Uses Some of My Southern Reach Trilogy Art!

If you haven’t read The Southern Reach Trilogy yet by Jeff VanderMeer you’re doing yourself a disservice as a reader. Here’s a piece of art I made inspired by the first book Annihilation and the entity described therein only as “The Crawler.”

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I showed Jeff the art online and he thought it was cool then he featured it on his website along with his new tour dates. And that rocks. It’s really a nice feeling knowing that the author himself dug my piece. Here’s his post.