New ink art and Alphabeast: J is for Jikininki

I’m gradually starting to get caught back up, after a disastrous few months. I decided that I didn’t want to end 2011 with nothing completed, so I manged to kick out two pieces of art in the last couple of days. The first was the skatedeck art, The All-Mighty Dollar (see it here), and below is the second one.

This one doesn’t quite catch me up to the current Alphabeasts letter (it’s about to be “L”), but hopefully I can start the week with an “L” image. This one is for “J”, and it’s based on the Japanese mythological character of the jikininki.… Read the rest

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Two New Ink Cards

Over the busy weekend, I’ve still managed to create two new ink cards, both based on ancient stone sculptures. They are also both ink on 5″ x 7″ 140 lb. Cold Press paper.

The first is a gargoyle, based on one that I have here in my office. I’m having fun toying with the close-up ideas on these, and this one is no exception. It’s based on the same gargoyle that I did previously (it’s on my “art for sale” page), but much closer and with a black background. I call it Gargoyle Dream.… Read the rest

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New Ink Card: An Old Fight

I have an unfortunate tendency to abandon works of art, as I’m creating them, if they start going off track. I’m working on not doing that, but it’s built-in that if it starts looking like the piece won’t work as planned, I just give up and go do something else.

It’s something that only applies to art, whereas with the rest of my life I tend to see the problem and deal with it, working around it as I can. I’m trying to fix it when I do art, and the ink card I finished last night (the second one) is a good example of it.… Read the rest

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New Ink Card: London After Midnight

I decided that, for the gallery, I was going to take three famous “monster” actors and put an ink card for each in a frame, to sell at the gallery. I already have the Dr. Phibes that I did, and I wasn’t convinced that the Phantom of the Opera was going to work in it.

So I put that one aside and created a new Lon Chaney Sr. piece, this one based on his character from the film London After Midnight. It’s the same as the other cards, 5″ x 7″ ink on 140 lb.… Read the rest

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Russ’s Art Blog: War on the Tiger

This week we’re back to a piece of art, in this case Franklin Booth’s War on the Tiger (ink, 1908). I’m a huge fan of ink and engraved works, and Booth was a master of the pen.  He is one of the most influential ink artists ever, and his techniques and styles can easily be seen among the best of today’s pen and ink artists.

I happened upon a book about Booth last week, called Franklin Booth: Painter with a Pen, and I think that’s a perfect way to describe his work. … Read the rest

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