icebergs-in-museum

Original art is always better than a reproduction

The transcendent experience of seeing an original piece of art in a museum is substantially better than any reproduction could possibly be. Seeing the original artwork in a museum offers reflection, education, and admiration that a reproduction can not provide. The unique crafting of the original artwork piques interest for further works by the artist, and similar artists and movements, far more than any reproduction can match. This article was originally written for my classwork with CSU-Global, a portfolio project. I have adapted it from a strict APA style to a more web-friendly style.
Continue reading

A new pencil, and the importance of consistency

Artists, and creators in general, can be a strange breed. Notwithstanding all of the devious and unusual things we come up with, especially as a horror creator, our actions often seem unusual to the general public.

For example, I spent a good amount of yesterday looking for a new pencil.

Now, for most people, a pencil is a pencil. In fact, I have dozens of pencils, all of which have their particular values. I have what I would call a crapload of Prismacolor Turquoise pencils, from 6B all the way to 4H (there may even be a 6H in there somewhere).… Read the rest

Continue reading
Lovecraft, The Deep Ones

Weird is the new normal

I constantly look at other artists’ work, in fact I make it a part of my day to at least check out art or illustration boards on the web. There’s something I’ve noticed, and I’m not sure if it’s a trend or if it’s something that’s always been there.

Some of these creations are just plain weird. But not necessarily in a good way.

Originally published by Apex Book Company, May 2013

I don’t like to kick out names of artists that I may not like, or pieces that I don’t think work.… Read the rest

Continue reading

The huge events in an otherwise boring life

Most of time, life is pretty boring. We go through our lives, through our day to day procedures, and very little changes. Sure, each day and each week have their little ups and downs. After all, I did just eat a Snickers bar and stub my toe, at nearly the same time. But for the most part, life normally lies on a somewhat predictable path.

Creating art works the same way. As an artist, I have procedures to work on the book covers I do for publishers, or the ink art pieces I like to do, and even with my larger paintings.… Read the rest

Continue reading

Looking back to look forward

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

Continue reading
Apex Magazine

My current Apex Magazine blogs

Since January of 2010, Jason Sizemore and MG Ellington over at Apex Magazine have given me the opportunity to talk on their blog each month about art, and how I create it.  Now, so far, it’s been mostly rants about the things I see wrong with art and with the various genres I’m a part of.

I thought I would sum them up as they are so far, as I’ve done quite a few now.  Please make sure you visit Apex Magazine and support the small press, and leave lots of comments for discussion over there.… Read the rest

Continue reading

Feng shui it’s not

I was asked while at a gallery over the weekend what my artist’s studio/office looks like, and if I’m comfortable in it.  It’s an interesting question, the environment in which we create the things that we do.

I love seeing other artist’s studios, it gives me a sense of where someone’s coming from.  They run the whole gamut too, from clinically clean to folks who should be on that “Hoarders” show on TV.  I guess I’m somewhere in between, which says as much about me as a person as anything else would.… Read the rest

Continue reading