Wednesday, February 29, 2012

THE SNOW WHALE, page 051

title: "Call me Q."

promotional illustration for The Snow Whale by John Minichillo

5.75 inches by 8.75 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
June 12, 2011

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

THE SNOW WHALE, Page 029

title: Now she was married to a desk doodle salesman and he was losing his mind.

promotional illustration for The Snow Whale by John Minichillo

8.25 inches by 12 inches
ink and marker on watercolor paper
June 12, 2011

"The Snow Whale" by John Minichillo

Shortly after finishing my Moby-Dick illustrations, I was approached by the author John Minichillo. He had just completed his novel The Snow Whale, a brilliant, hilarious, and entirely modern take on Moby-Dick featuring a "mild mannered suburban office worker" who discovers he is part-Inuit and decided to reclaim his heritage by participating in his peoples' whale hunt.


The book had already been sent to the printer so there wasn't any possibility of me supplying art for the print version, but John asked if I would be willing to create a few illustrations based on his novel that the two of us could use to promote both his book and mine online, which made a lot of sense since each of us was examining Moby-Dick through a very modern and very personal lens. John sent me a copy of his book, I read it, and I was thrilled. It was a wonderful book, and even though I was still constantly pressed for time, I was able to create 6 illustrations based on The Snow Whale, all of which drew very heavily from my own Moby-Dick illustrations. These were great fun to create, and I'm excited to share them again this way.

Also, for anyone interested in Moby-Dick or just great storytelling, John's book The Snow Whale is available at the link. Give it a read, it is really exceptionally good.

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #48

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
March 18, 2011

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #47

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
March 14, 2011

Monday, February 27, 2012

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #46

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
March 13, 2011

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #45

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
March 13, 2011

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #44

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
March 11, 2011

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #43

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
March 11, 2011

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #42

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
March 10, 2011

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #41

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
March 3, 2011

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #40

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
March 3, 2011

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #39

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
March 1, 2011

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #38

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
March 1, 2011

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #37

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
February 28, 2011

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #36

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
February 24, 2011

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #35

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
acrylic paint and ink on Bristol board
February 22, 2011

Sunday, February 26, 2012

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #34

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
acrylic paint and ink on Bristol board
February 22, 2011

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #33

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
February 22, 2011

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #32

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
February 16, 2011

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #31

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
2010

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #30

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
2010

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #29

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
2010

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #28

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
2010

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #27

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
2010

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #26

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
2010

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #25

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
2010

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #24

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
2010

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #23

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
2010

Saturday, February 25, 2012

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #22

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
2010

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #21

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
2010

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #20

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
2010

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #19

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
2010

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #18

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
2010

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #17

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
2010

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #16

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
2010

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #15

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
2010

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #14

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
2010

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #13 (Pink Cloud from a Yellow Sun)

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on Bristol board
April 5, 2009

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #12

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on paper
March 29, 2009

SOLAR BROTHERS: Solar Brother #11

5.5 inches by 8.5 inches
ink on paper
March 26, 2009

Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday diversions

I've come to enjoy these Friday diversions, and since I am, for the time being anyway, free from the relentless crush of daily art obligations, it's nice to take a weekend away from the computer and actually living.

--I really liked the post In defense of print books on Jessica's blog Virtual Margin. Yes, she does write some very kind words about my own book, which I appreciate, but she makes some very salient points about the potential perils of electronic resources which very few people, perhaps in their rabid enthusiasm for the next shiny new thing, seem very unwilling to even discuss. Remember, as I often say, when it comes to the digital world and privacy, surrender is so gradual and so painless. Anyway, check out that post, and really all of Virtual Margin. It's good stuff.

--Take a look at this remarkable book, Cetus, the Whale by artist Catherine Kanner and editor John Sheller, available from The Melville Press...


It is described as “an illustrated companion to Moby Dick” and is exceptionally beautiful. That post I linked to, from The Whole Book Experience does a fantastic job of really summing up just what makes this book such an extraordinary object.

--There is a nice lengthy piece about Creating Every Day for a Year by blogger Amy Turn Sharp. She mentions me and gave me a chance to share some of my thoughts, but it is well worth reading because of the other artists and creators she included. Some good perspective is given in the comments below as well.

--I was absolutely enthralled by this piece about the street art of Nomerz. Take a look at just one of his masterpieces...


If you can read Russian or just want to see more pictures, take a look at Nomerz' site here.

--I still have 38 Solar Brothers to post here, so expect a massive blast of Solarity all weekend long. While it has been very pleasant for me to look back at all of the art, comics and photography I have created over the past decade or so, I'm starting to feel a bit like maybe I am spending too much time looking backward and not enough looking forward. So it will be good for me to finish up posting these Solar Brothers and the few other things I've done and then just focus solely on future projects.

--Finally, regarding what is coming, here is a perhaps too transparent hint for you to ponder until I can formally announce it. The video is 14 seconds long and safe for work...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

SLAADI: All done, so adopt one!

EDIT: ALL REMAINING SLAAD ARE NOW LISTED IN MY ETSY SHOP. THANKS FOR LOOKING!

So, my Slaadi are complete (for now, I still want to do the colors and Ssendam and especially Ygorl) and now they must venture out into the world. I couldn't ever contain this much chaos anyway. Won't you adopt one? Here is why...

Things are about to get very busy around here. I expect to have some big news to announce some time in the next few weeks detailing what looks like it will be my next published book. Stay tuned. It's going to be a lot of work (again) but I'm excited to get started. Also on the drawing board are a 24 to 32 page expansion / reimagining of my 5 page 2004 silent comic story "Pilgrim" (read / see it at this post here) that I plan to print, sew together and sell as a minicomic at the upcoming S.P.A.C.E. (stands for Small Press and Alternative Comics) show here in Columbus in late April as well as a 4 or 8 page comic story exploring the word and idea green (and not in the cheesy environmental way) for contribution to a comic anthology that will also debut at S.P.A.C.E.

All this means that my Gygax's Inferno Devil / Baatezu illustration project will be placed on the backburner until later this year, which bums me out a bit but it will be worth the wait. It also means that I'm going to need to buy quite a bit more paint, ink, watercolor paper, and Bristol board. Rather than fire up some Kickstarter campaign to raise the $200 or so I'll need for art supplies, I am just going to sell these Slaadi and hope for the best.

Okay, prices are below next to the title. Prices based entirely on the size of each piece, level of detail, and amount of time each took me to complete. Payment via PayPal. $10 to ship 1 to 50 pieces via US Priority Mail (in a box) with delivery comfirmation and insurance. Want one? Email me at mattkish87@gmail.com and let me know which you want. I'll get back right away, and mark each as SOLD once they're no longer available.

Oh, and if you want all 11, it'll be a flat $222.22 for the whole set (includes shipping and all that jazz) so you save over a hundred bucks. (Some have sold, so the set...is broken...)

PRISMATIC SLAAD : IN MY ETSY SHOP
Nothing is ever quite how they want it to look. Everything, it seems, could use some touching up and that is their greatest joy. Slowly they reach inside until it hurts, then the colors vomit forth. Indigo! Fuchsia! Viridian! Great gouts of radiance spewing forth! That strong golden shield of yours? It would look so much better transformed into a lush green patina. It may crumble at the first blow, but who cares? Not the prismatic slaadi.

8.25 inches by 11.25 inches
acrylic paint, ink and marker on watercolor paper
February 5, 2012


DESSICATED SLAAD : IN MY ETSY SHOP
The oldest of the old, these behemoths have drifted on the astral tides for so long that their bodies have lost every trace of the lifegiving slime they received from the Spawning Stone at birth. Now, near death and endlessly dreaming, they haunt the farthest reaches of the multiverse, vagrant bulks of withered flesh spewing stories with no beginning and no end. Pity the adventurer that happens across them and sees the Dessicated Slaad's mask of ebon witch-light flicker into existence. These dreamers, you see, do not take well to being awakened.

8.25 inches by 12 inches
acrylic paint, ink and paper pulp on watercolor paper
February 6, 2012


VERMINOUS SLAAD : SOLD
Sometimes it begins with a stumble. You trip and fall and when you turn around, there's nothing there. Other times it starts with a short sharp poke...on the arm or leg or sometimes, terrifyingly, deep inside the brain. You grab the spot, rub the pain away but again...nothing there. Later come the scuttling shapes in the dark shadows in the corners of your room and the skittering voices just on the edge of hearing. You run to the wall, grab the lantern and shine it into the corners just in time to see, just maybe, something small and blue and scaly evaporate like black mist. Turning around to hang up the lantern, you stop, stunned. The wall is now a window. You drop the lantern and before it hits the ground it becomes a cloud of stinging midges. Your whisper rises to a scream before it is cut off and you reach for your throat only to discover your hands have become teeth. The verminous slaadi, the rats of reality, have shuffled the scenery of your world and the shadows in the corners are closing in again.

7 inches by 8.5 inches
ballpoint pen and ink on Bristol board
February 7, 2012


BLEEDING SLAAD : SOLD
Bloated and obscene, Bleeding Slaadi appear on the Prime Material Plane as vast crimson-red airborne monstrosities gently raining blood on the landscape below. It is said that their appearance is a harbinger of volatile times, but since so few have seen them and retained their sanity, this has been difficult to verify.

15.5 inches by 10.75 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
February 8, 2012


SLANGREL SLAAD : SOLD
On rare occasions, when a Slaad loses an arm or a leg or even a finger or toe, the severed piece stays alive almost like an earthworm. On even rarer occasions, two or more of these severed Slaad slabs will encounter one another, bind themselves together, and form a new being...the Slangrel Slaad. These ghastly, attenuated monstrosities reeking of slime and death are repulsive even to other Slaadi, and are even more troubling because of their bizarre ability to literally travel anywhere at all across all planes of existence. Worming their abhorrently thin bodies into the cracks between the planes, they burrow through the worlds suddenly appearing where they are least expected, and often least desired.

8 inches by 12 inches
ink on watercolor paper
February 12, 2012


RADIANT SLAAD : IN MY ETSY SHOP
The patron saints of the Slaad, the Radiant Slaadi are those rare Slaad who have survived repeated errands bestowed upon them by the Lords Ssendam and Ygorl. As a reward for their services to Chaos, their heads are severed on the Spawning Stone and they are cast adrift across the multiverse, given the role of acting as intermediaries between the various denizens of the inner and outer planes and the great Lords of Chaos that the Radiant Slaadi serve.

8.25 inches by 12 inches
ink and marker on watercolor paper
February 12, 2012


FIZZING SLAAD : SOLD
No one, not even the most experienced planeswalkers, understands these Slaad. Their origin is unknown, their aims are shrouded in mystery, and their powers and abilities are an enigma. Spinning heads dotted with mutiple eyes and trailing small but cheerfully delightful explosions, they appear, then disappear then reappear again. What can this all mean?

8 inches by 12 inches
acrylic paint and ink on watercolor paper
February 18, 2012


SPUMESCENT SLAAD : IN MY ETSY SHOP
They mean business. Colossal harbingers of total, apocalyptic warfare, Spumescent Slaadi are engines of pure filth, destruction and chaos. Massive, groaning, twitching bodies sprouting tumorous stovepipes spewing the raw material of Limbo onto any plane they breach, these Spumescent Slaadi exist to even the playing field and make conquest a feel a little more like home for the mobs from Limbo. That is, when more than two or three Slaadi can get their acts together long enough to plan something that lasts more than a few minutes.

8.25 inches by 12 inches
acrylic paint and ink on watercolor paper
February 19, 2012


MELLIFLUOUS SLAAD : SOLD
You have doubts. Hey, we all do. But just a turn or two bathed in shimmering, mothdust-soft voice of the Mellifluous Slaad will wash all the trauma away. Along with most of your personality.

12 inches by 8.25 inches
acrylic paint and ink on watercolor paper
February 19, 2012


BLEACHED SLAAD : IN MY ETSY SHOP
Their intestines are bottomless tunnels to the plane of Limbo funneling sloppy, partially digested avalanches of reeking color back to their home plane as fodder for the whims of Chaos. And they are hungry for more. So very very hungry...

12 inches by 8.25 inches
acrylic paint and ink on watercolor paper
February 19, 2012


QUANTOPHRENIC SLAAD : SOLD
"Hold on. Wait. I had the answer right there...I just...no, the Stone is drifting more quickly now and the Lich's behavior is more unpredictable. Where did he get that staff? Just a bit longer and I'll have it, we won't need the Reds or the Prismatics...just wait...wait...DAMMIT!"

7.75 inches by 10.75 inches
acrylic paint, ink and marker on found paper
February 22, 2012