Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Quickie John started.

Here's a little one.  Literally a small picture.  The other one he drew on cardboard ~ which i posted a ways back, and *this* little sucker is the last one.

Way$hak did this one only about 5 or 6 inches wide.

It's pretty much done as is.. so kinda put off finishing it. Because i sorta like it, as is.

So here's an idea.. ever do this as a kid...

 ...cover up half or parts of a page, then ink or color it,

.. THEN peal off to see the contrast?  Might be fun to try.

Add some colored pencil..

a few different colors..

maybe some marker?

work in a little brow detail..

add some raw looking...

 ...grease pencil marks too.

dash of watercolor... acrylic highlights...

now to peal the surface paper off.

you know, no matter how much your mind knows there'll be a stark contrast,

it's always a shock to see... ! It even looks weird to me, and i draw it - (well, along with Jon.)

Not a perfectly solid clean line...

...yeah... some of the marker and colored pencil DID sneak through,

...but that's okay.

So there we are. Here's the cardboard one, and this smaller one together.

I promise i'm not plugging the Juxtapoz mag again, it just made a nice backdrop for this smaller picture - yeah, i'm a whore, but not that big a whore.  Okay. Maybe i am. never-mind.

( Note: ...forgot to upload the pic of both before, so here they are! )

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Hair, Egrets, City-Trees, Re-drawing, Second-guessing.

Thanks for everyone's encouragement... we all need it and your words, however brief or long... are never lost on me.

By the way, as you've probably noticed by now... i like doodling hair. on potbelly. on women. i know that turns some people off, but i know you guys don't care. Hey, your getting of easy, i could drawing women look like Jenny Saville, (who's work inspires me to no end.)

I know, not everyone's cup of tea, that's cool.  Point is.. i'm impressed everyone's as accepting of my later stuff as they are. Speaks to how open minded my fans tend to be.

Been playing catch up on the Art book prep.... and pushing through issue 3 of the Hollows... plus gearing up for a sister blog to this one i'm tweaking.. might give you another place to look for cool stuff.

I'm always divided on what to throw up online... or what to throw in the art book. i want *some* stuff unseen so it doesn't just seem like a rehash of blog art, so a little of both hopefully.

If there are fashion paintings for example, i'll try to show some process or a different angle on it, to make it worth a second peak at it.

Just trying to avoid " ooh crap, i've already seen this stuff." but in a way an art book is collected stuff anyhoo isn't it? Probably just over thinking it. that should me on my tombstone, huh?

"Here lies sam kieth: a guy... who though waaaaaay to much." - yeah, sounds about right.

Been on a egret kick lately.. there's a few at a near by lake...

.. i'm amazed by how their necks contort and coil down into their bodies.

here i'm just trying to keep the body and beak simple and soft, 'under-illustrated'..

...trying to concentrate he focus on this birds eye and face. that's the goal anyhoo.

Also to draw something out of my comfort zone, even if it misses the mark, it gets me slightly outside of chubby, abstract of romanticized fashion women i usually fall into doing.

here's a hollows tree obviously. I was thinking of doing some oversized hollow trees... 'city trees' , whatever their called. Might be fun and i bet they'd look impressive in a big-ass painting canvas too.

meanwhile.. i've posted this one before, but i keep adding to it - funny how i keep going back in and re-adding to old sketches i've done,

thus i have to RE-scan finished sketchbook pages already dropped into the art books.  But maybe that will just make it more interesting, unless you got attached to an old version i did- too late. sorry.

i'm sure a lot of you guys to this.. keep re-doodling on an old drawing...

for better..... or sometimes, worse.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Just more weird Sam Crap...

One teaser image to hopefully grab your attention...

But it all began with this blurry little scribble.

I accidentally dropped this pen on it's tip, damaged it - which cause it to make two lines where it should make one.

Kinda cool effect it made, but once the inks runs out of this pen - that's it. I doubt dropping it on a hard plastic surface AGAIN... will make it split like this.

No idea where this eye will go, or the little scribble below it i've started.

But  since i'm overwhelmed by Hollows deadlines, i need to draw *something* TOTALLY  disconnected with a story this morning.

Funny how whatever your drawing, even if it's something you like, becomes a job. Finishing elbows, feet, and filling in panel borders.

that stuff WILL happen...but for this morning, i wanna totally screw this one drawing up.

Screw up the eyes in particular, even more so than usual.

Okay, here's where it really goes south... multiple eyes. Maybe the word is "surreal" rather than 'screw up', as it's pretty obviously deliberate isn't it?

Haven't seen the Juxtipoz interview yet.  Copies are coming. Vassillis wrote and said he'd read it already. Very weird to hear feedback from an interview you gave you haven't read yet.

All you can do is hope you don't make a total dork of yourself. But that's nothing new for me. Kinda a relief really, making mistakes.

Everyone having a blog is sorta like everything having their own yard sale in their front lawn. It's all out there, whatever you write or draw, for better or worse.  Exposed. shared.

Sorta like this face.

Heard from Josh Hagler too, he's doing good, such an amazing painter. He said my being willing to embrace my mistakes may be the greatest thing i have to offer fans. Sorta like a link between amateur  and professional artists. Self taught. Outsider art. Art Brut. Low brow.

if it's true, i'm flattered. Most of my favorite artists in other fields all dabbled in work that seems flawed or perilously close to chaos... Jim Jarmusch, Henry Darger, Don van Vliet, Steve Reich.

Not all those guys were self taught, but some of their work is abstract enough to cause a lot of people scratching their heads in dismay.

which isn't so bad, is it?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

JUXTAPOZ, Hollows, and that damned Wandering Eye!

The folks over at JUXTAPOZ magazine asked my old pal Alex Pardee go NUTS and take over a whole issue of the mag… and, well… do whatever the hell he wanted!  So Alex was awesome enough to interviews an old geek like me, and scores of other cool younger folks like Dave Correia, Jon Wayshak, Skinner, Jhonen Vasquez, Nychos, Allison Sommers, L'amour Supreme, Edmund McMillen and a crap load of others. 
Check out this INCREDIBLY kick-ass cover Alex did for it too! 
- be sure and spread the word ( tweeting or whatever it's called, not a tweeter myself, big surprise huh?) Hey, anything thing we can do to pick up a few extra fans outside of comic, and turn them onto my goofy stuff, would be appreciate gang - thanks! 

I hate plugging myself, but if i don't... how else will you know, right? 


It's been a rocky couple of weeks... nothing specific, just personal and creative demons all us artists face sometimes. Evil blank pages staring us back, mocking or daring us to do something that doesn't feels... Fresh.... New... anything but the same old stuff.... or at least draw something has a friggin' Pulse at least. 

My therapy is always to just DRAW... pencil, scribble, paint my way out of  moods that hover like rain clouds. 

I was trying to draw myself in some sketchbook pages.. but have you ever done it?  It's almost impossible isn't it? 

The pencil lies, or eye the mind too. Probably for good reasons. So i just gave up and started doodling over one of my old asian women's faces... 

i think she actually looks better this way with her face all defaced. 

Then did this in a hurry just for fun... 

not everything i draw works, or has too.. just trying to wake myself up. 


Speaking of trying new crap: Here's a screenshot of my last string of Chickens posts... (including next weeks which is not up yet!), after this batch  from me Jon takes over again... These are low rez bug you can see higher rez versions on the site. 

The last few Chicken pages have gone from subtle little asian ones like the one up now to truly deliberately ugly ones like last weeks "Anatomy of a sexists.." post..

Hey, like or hate 'em, this  experiment with Jon has pushed me to try different things at least too - i'm indebted to him for waking me up creatively. 

October will be kinda cool... between Juxtapoze might remind fans i'm still out here plugging away..

..and also in December the first issue of Hollows should be out.  Here's one of my favorite pages... just kinda peaceful.. may have posted i before, but i just like it. 

Here's a few panels in different orders.. which do you think flows better, A B or C ? 

Girl comes out, 
Guy puts down device, 
They size each other up. 


tried to work on this last week, and i just couldn't nail her eye...  

Shoot - giving her bigger hair didn't distract any from that eye! i thought it would be funny to mock my own obsession with it by admitting sometimes my eyes or noses just seem to "drift off the page" in my art...  

I used to do it out of anger and shame, but not i think it's just funny. Hey, if crumb can pour all his neurosis down on the page, why not the rest of us goofballs? 

A friend of mine said he worried all my self-referental scribbles about my art might come off as pretentious... maybe so, but anyone who knows me and my stuff by now KNOWS it's juts how my brain works. 

I notice some sketchbooks seems done for posterity and try to look pretty. But i like doorways into people's minds.. Baron Storey's sketchbooks confessional writings helped encourage Bill Sienkiewicz 
to start adding comments in the panels themselves. 

I know in comics it CAN distract you from the story sometimes, but it can also become PART of the visual vocabulary.. can't it? 

Neurotic comments it in a sketchbook don't seem a big deal these days, do they?  besides, i always get a kick out of any artists sharing what bothers them about his/her own art... i might not agree... 

...but it's sill nice to see things from their perspective, what goes through our minds while drawing this or that. 

I feel like something may be building... something GOOD... fresh air.. get rid of this hot weather down in the valley.. i saw it rained last night. 

Rain might help wash away a lot of pollen and my own ...

and hopefully my own inner pollution too..