Happy Ground Hog Day!
Here's a quick sketch and watercolor I did this morning in hopes the little guy sees his shadow for 6 more weeks of Winter!
Up here in New Hampshire, we will probably get 12 more weeks of Winter even though it's been really warm and haven't had much of a Winter this year.
That's all today, Happy Tuesday!
Here's a drawing I created the other day. Although this isn't setup in true comic strip form, I think you get the idea. Instead of using multiple frames, I am working with one frame.
This is a classic example of what you can expect moving forward. Last week I turned to my lovely wife and said, "I need a massage."
Her caring reply, "that's out of your tax bracket"; was quite humorous and another reason why I love her.
See the drawing now...
I've been creating art for ages now, since before I was in high school, creating art was something I always wanted to do. High school is where I started to use ink as a medium. My love for ink art quickly grew and it's still one of my favorite mediums to work in.
I am told that my mom had read some Shel Silverstein poems to my brothers and I when we were younger, but I can't recall the poems or the artwork, but I am sure it's true. I recently picked up a couple of Shel Silverstein books with the suggestion from my wife. She had read his books back in the day and thought we shared a similar style. She was right! As soon as I picked up one of his books and saw Shel Silverstein's art, I instantly felt a connection.
Here are a few Shel Silverstein illustrations that I particularly find quite humorous.
I literally love creating art! It is what I was born to do. One of my favorite mediums is just using basic pen to create weird and unique abstract pen drawings.
These pen drawings are weird to some but normal to me. This is my imagination at it's finest. These abstract drawings are a reflection of me in my element. When I am operating in a state of flow nothing can break me from it when I am coming up with new creations.
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Over the years, I have accumulated a ton of art, so much in fact that I am creating a book! I am taking my abstract pen drawings and I am pairing them with some of my poetry. I have titled this series "The Back Rooms of My Mind" and each volume will be a catalog of a certain point in my life. This will all be reflected in pen drawings of course and will be for you to interpret and analyze. :)
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Why do I love using pen ink to create art instead of other mediums?
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It's a great question and biggest reason why I love my trusty pens is because they make me efficient!
I can bring a pad of paper and my pens anywhere I am traveling. There is minimal effort involved in set up and later on when it's time to clean up. Whereas with painting (which I also use and love), I need to set up my canvas and my easel and my paints, brushes, water, rags. Then I have to clean up my studio. I love both mediums and but those are the biggest reasons why I continue to go back to my pen art. It's just less messy!
Here are some more of my favorite drawings in pen. Enjoy!
As I start to spend more time on my drawings, they start to get deeper and deeper and go down some pretty wild paths! Hope you are willing to take the journey into the unknown with me.
This abstract drawing series is where break all traditional rules, I burn the box, and I let go of the wheel and I truly allow my imagination to take over!
There are a few things I truly love in life: my wife, family/friends, creating art, being healthy, and laughing. I am always trying incorporate my sense of humor in my art. I love to laugh, and I love to make other people laugh and be happy. It's what I was placed on this earth to do... Make funny art!
The great thing is, I am not the only one that was born to do this. There are many artists that are creating wicked funny pieces of art. A couple of artists I follow are: Matthew Inman, creator of The Oatmeal and Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert.
In this article, I am highlighting a drawing by Matt because I feel he blends humor and art in his cartoon "Minor Differences part 6" ( below), is a perfect example of funny art.
Now I can't say for sure, because I've never been in a ladies room or at least I am not admitting that on here ;). What Matt illustrates in his drawing is what everyone assumes most ladies and mens public bathrooms room look like.
Spoiler alert...This is why it's funny. :)
I literally laughed out loud (LOL) when I saw this. In some cases, the sad reality is, the men's room drawing isn't too far off the mark. Yipes!
As I mentioned a moment ago, I too try to incorporate my sense of humor and personal warped perspective of humor into my art. Here are a couple of drawings that I feel fits into the world and category of funny art.
Please feel free to reach out to me and request a custom drawing. I can personalize your art and even incorporate your humor into your funny art to give to a friend or hang on your wall.
"If you can't figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose."
- Bishop T.D. Jakes
I knew from the early stages of my life that I wanted to be an artist. Ever since I was a little kid I have been creating in some form or another. When I was in first grade a teacher gave me my own personal set of markers and that made me feel special. She probably gave everyone their own set of markers, but it doesn't matter because that moment helped push me towards the creative road in life.
For me, it's a place where I feel free. Where I allow my mind to take a break and allow the subconscious to take over. This place I'm talking about is my sketchbook. Think of my sketchbook as a visual diary. It's a place I go to vent, relax, play, and to simply just be. It's easy for anyone to get lost in their own thoughts and for me it helps to capture these thoughts in my sketchbooks.
Here's a drawing a I created showing you how my mind works when I am in my flow state.
I love creating unique art that comes from my natural state of flow. I've been creating pen and ink art right from the beginning of my life. I started out like most artists with pencils, crayons, and markers of course. However, my early years (7-10), is when I started to create pen and ink drawings during class at school.
My love for pen and ink art grew. Over the next 15 years and several hundred pen and ink drawings later, it became one of my favorite mediums to use for a couple of reasons:
I love the way my drawings look and how fluid and concise I could be
I can take my pen and notebook with me everywhere I go and I can be "in my studio"
There are so many different ways you can create art with this one medium
By experimenting with pen ink art at the beginning of my artistic career, I was able to cultivate my series called Back Rooms of My Mind.
Here are a few of my favorite pen and ink artists:
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I've been creating art in some form or another all my life and it's what I love to do.