Travels of my first booth part 1: The mess of things

So, I went ahead and did it. I signed up for my first ever booth at a major art convention, in this case the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live show in Kansas City in May, 2012.

What the hell was I thinking?

Now, before we get any further, let me just say that I’m very much looking forward to the convention, and the folks that run the show have been great to work with. But this is my very first “huge” convention to have a booth at, and to say I’m nervous is the understatement of the decade.… Read the rest

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New Ink Art and Alphabeast: Q is for Qilin

Here’s today’s second catch-up Alphabeast art, for the letter Q. This is a qilin, from Chinese mythology, and something I found very interesting.

As a creature, a qilin is (from Wikipedia and others) a creature that’s described in a few different ways. Among them is a description of a beast with horns/antlers, more of a dragon’s head, and taller like a deer or giraffe even.

I thought it would be a good challenge to try and do this one a little differently than the creepy Peg Powler I created earlier (here).… Read the rest

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One way to make clouds

I toy with my procedures all of the time, to try to do things better. If not better, than more uniquely, or to a different effect or feel, I’m certainly a tinkerer. Case in point, clouds.

There are roughly 1, 192, 632,325 ways to make clouds digitally (“roughly”, he says), so by all means this is just one way to make them. But it’s worked on a few images of mine fairly well, and it’s a technique that’s easy to use in different ways, so here it is. I use Adobe Photoshop for art, but I’d imagine you could ape this technique in pretty much any art software.… Read the rest

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The new painting: “Consequences”

Though I’ll try and get better pictures of it once it’s dry, I decided to go ahead and add my newest acrylic painting to the site. I call it, Consequences:

I’m really having fun with acrylics (and inks for that matter), but they are far different from my digital pieces. I sort of just let them come out, and let them be who they are, and really try to experiment as much as I can. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. Hell, maybe this one doesn’t work either. But it’s still fun.… Read the rest

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Russ’s Art Blog: “Pushkin’s Farewell to the Sea”

 

Ok, so it’s been a little while since the last one of these art blogs. I’ll see if I can’t post a few more of them, and without the 4 months between them.

Above is Ivan Aivazovsky and Ilya Repin’s Pushkin’s Farewell to the Sea (1887, Oil on canvas), one that caught my eye when I was looking for the new piece.  Probably because it reminds me a bit of one of my favorite pieces, Caspar David Friedrich’s Wanderer Above a Sea of Mist (here).

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know a great deal about Alexander Pushkin, the man in the piece.… Read the rest

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Russ’s Art Blog: Artist Gregory Manchess

This week, I’m talking about artist Gregory Manchess (www.manchess.com), one of those artists who seems to be able to fit into any genre. Whether it’s work for movies or television, books or magazines, or even just fine art, Manchess has a great ability to capture different ideas in interesting and exciting ways.

If you happen to see the latest National Geographic Magazine in the store (February 2008), you’re getting a look at Manchess’ work.  Along with the cover, Manchess created artwork for the lead story, on the black pharaohs of Egypt.… Read the rest

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