Sunday, January 25, 2015

FILM FESTIVAL 2015: The Swimmer (1968)

(Every time I watch a movie, I paint a poster for it immediately afterward - quickly, roughly, and intuitively. These are the posters.)

Movie: The Swimmer (1968)

11 inches by 14 inches
acrylic paint on watercolor paper
January 25, 2015

THE WORLD'S LARGEST PERSONAL COLLECTION OF NAZGUL ART, part 42

Title: The Witch-king of Angmar
Artist: Joe Kuth


A new piece to add to the Nazgul collection! Artist Joe Kuth is a very good friend of mine so this piece is wonderful to me both artistically and personally. I’ve long been amazed at the way Joe seems to be able to strip an image down to its most meaningful elements without sacrificing any complexity or impact. He has a phenomenal gift for color, composition and shape and I don’t think I have ever seen a Joe Kuth illustration or comic that I wasn’t immediately smitten with. And, of course, I love this Witch-king piece he created. Also, bonus points for the inclusion of the fell beast.

You can find more of Joe’s work in a few places. First check out his tumblr Prestidigitonium. Then head on over to the tumblr Seeing Calvino where Joe and I, along with our friend Leighton, are in the process of illustrating all of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

INVISIBLE CITIES: Thekla

The 43rd of Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities and my fifteenth overall, Thekla, the city forever under construction. You can see the entire series of illustrations so far, which includes work from my friends Leighton Connor and Joe Kuth, at our tumblr Seeing Calvino, which is updated every Wednesday.

"If, dissatisfied with the answers, someone puts his eye to a crack in a fence, he sees cranes pulling up other cranes, scaffoldings that embrace other scaffoldings, beams that prop up other beams. ‘What meaning does your construction have?’ he asks. ‘What is the aim of a city under construction unless it is a city? Where is the plan you are following, the blueprint?’

“‘We will show it to you as soon as the working day is over; we cannot interrupt our work now,’ they answer. 

"Work stops at sunset. Darkness falls over the building site. The sky is filled with stars. ‘There is the blueprint,’ they say."

10 inches by 8 inches
ink on watercolor paper
January 13, 2015

CHARACTER WEDNESDAY: Ghost Rider

For a group art tumblr named Character Wednesday that I am a part of.

Title: Ghost Rider

11 inches by 14 inches
acrylic paint and ink on watercolor paper
January 20, 2015

CHARACTER WEDNESDAY: Horn

For a group art tumblr named Character Wednesday that I am a part of.

Title: Horn (The Rhino)

8 inches by 10 inches
acrylic paint and ink on watercolor paper
January 19, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

CHARACTER WEDNESDAY: The Hemulen's Collection

For a group art tumblr named Character Wednesday that I am a part of.

Title: The Hemulen's Collection

8 inches by 10 inches
acrylic paint on watercolor paper
January 5, 2015

CHARACTER WEDNESDAY: My Poor Relations! (The Hattifatteners)

For a group art tumblr named Character Wednesday that I am a part of.

Title: My Poor Relations! (The Hattifatteners)

10 inches by 8 inches
acrylic paint on watercolor paper
January 5, 2015

Monday, January 5, 2015

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Listen live to the 19th Annual Moby-Dick Marathon at the New Bedford Whaling Museum


Yes, the 19th Annual Moby-Dick Marathon at the New Bedford Whaling Museum kicks off at 12 noon Eastern Standard Time today, Saturday, January 3. For those who, like me, cannot be there in person, there is a live audio feed of the entire Marathon at this link. Additionally, I am deeply honored to have every single one of my 552 illustrations for Moby-Dick as the visual accompaniment for this live audio feed.

Everyone at the New Bedford Whaling Museum has been incredibly kind to me, and so supportive of my work it is almost breathtaking. Specal gratitude goes out to Michael Lapides who has been instrumental in wrangling together this synthesis of sound and image.

Again, hit the link here and listen in on the reading of the greatest novel of all time.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year, New Sketchbook

Excited to start a new sketchbook. It's absolutely embarrassing how much out of the habit I had fallen these last few months.