The last couple of years, with the violent ups and downs as they’ve been, haven’t been the easiest. Long term unemployment, financial issues, near total lack of art sales (and no originals sold at all, let’s not forget that). When a creator goes through times like these, contemplation on the future is sure to happen.
Do I continue trying to get graphic design jobs, when a hundred resumes garnered no interest? Do I keep trying to create and sell original art, when no one even slightly considers buying one? Do I keep trying to get my art published, when I can’t get the time of day from publishers (save for those important, valued few)?… Read the rest
I’ve heard the phrase plenty of times that you should always look forward, never back. Which, like any other totalitarian idea, is more of a sledgehammer than a finessed thought.
I mean, I understand where they are coming from. You don’t want to be so beholden to the past that you can’t move forward. That there are new ideas and new experiences to explore, and the past can hold you back.
But the problem with that is that if you never look back, you never remember those lessons you’ve already learned.… Read the rest
The other night, I was watching the new television series Alcatraz, and something started to bother me about it. Now, it’s not a bad show, “decent but flawed” might be a good way to put it. But it suffers from lazy writing sometimes, and the episode the other night made that quite clear.
Twice in the same episode, the main character, a police officer, had a clear chance to shoot the violent assailant and end a string of bombings. Both times, it was clear that the bomber was happy to kill anyone in his path, in fact the first time it came up he threw a mine at the cop.… Read the rest
Over the course of the last two years, from January 2010 to present, I’ve been writing monthly articles for the Apex Book Company. I’ve now compiled those two years of articles into an ebook collection, called Life As An Artist In Repose, now available for purchase on Amazon here.
The idea behind my articles for Apex has always been the “life as an artist” style articles. What I see as an artist in the publication industry, how I myself am treated as an artist, and overall what it’s like to live as I do.… Read the rest
I originally wrote this article for my Apex Magazine slot this month, but in the long run I decided to go a different way with it. I thought this one ended up a little more about creators than about the things the Apex might need, so I wrote a different one.
That said, I think this one says some good things as well, so I’m posting here on my own site for you fine folks to check out.
Also, just for the record, Apex is a wonderful publisher, and please go check out their books and other publications.… Read the rest
My latest article for Apex Magazine (check it out here) is about, as an artist who likes being noticed, learning how to approach people. It’s not easy, and being a wallflower most of life it really becomes a challenge.
As the article I wrote discusses, putting that first step out can be difficult, but can be very rewarding. Case in point, on a whim I decided to ask about the art on the walls at the local art store (Jerry’s Artarama in Fort Collins, Colorado). My brain kept saying things like, “don’t ask about art”.… Read the rest
Now that the visitors are all gone, I’m getting back on track with things. There have been a few developments, and there are a couple of reminders here, so let’s get going.
- My art is featured in an actual, physical gallery locally now. The On Display Gallery in Fort Collins, Colorado, has a number of my pieces. If you are in the area, come take a look. The gallery is located at 324 Walnut St., in Old Town Fort Collins near Halley’s Comics (the great comic shop I get my stuff at).
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I don’t do recaps too often, since, really, you could probably just scroll down and see it all anyway. But there are a few things happening away from this site, so I thought I’d highlight them.
- My Flickr “sketch every day” project, which is at least getting an OK start. I don’t think my Teddy Roosevelt sketch came out too badly, and the giant lizard man and his friend were fun: www.flickr.com/photos/47005555@N07/
- I have a new online store at Etsy, with prints I’m making here at home of my artwork.
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