2 Years Today

Bride and Groom ink sketchToday marks my Wife and I being married for two whole years. The second went by a lot faster than the first, especially since we have become ‘three.’ I did this in brush pen & ink and left it on the baby’s dresser for my wifey to see when she got up. I guess it is a flattering comment when she asked whether I did it on the computer or by hand.

Different take on Commissions

So, as many patrons to art and artists would know, the typical commission structure would be for the artist to offer a menu of sizes and mediums for a price. The client says, “gee, I would like an oil portrait of my son in a 16″ by 20″ canvas.” The price would be sitting right there on the menu, letting you know that your decision will run you x amount of dollars.

Many folks are cash-strapped and may get scared off by a high priced menu and may not know what exactly they are getting for their money up front. What I would propose is a backwards way of doing commission work. The client approaches the artist and says, “I want an oil portrait of my son and I want to pay $50.” The artist would then come back and agree on a specific size for the piece, depending on how much time and the cost of materials would be involved to justify the price. If the client agrees, deposit is taken and the piece is created.

Are there any artists out there who have worked in this manner? How has it worked for you and would you recommend it being a better work-flow than doing commissions the traditional way?

Tattoo Design of Archangel Michael

Archangel Michael Pencil Tattoo IllustrationDid this design for my brother-in-law last year in the summer since he wanted a bad-ass Archangel Michael slaying a demon on his ribcage. He’s not planning on getting it anymore. It’s a shame because I thought it was really bad-ass. I believe I used Pigma Micron Pens to ink it. My favorite part is the bone coming out of the demon’s arm. So BA.

Side Note – If anyone browsing Google images for archangel tattoos happens to find my design and decides to get a tattoo of it, please do let me know. I would love to see it!

From Goo-Goo to GaGa

Lady Gaga Pencil RenderingLady Gaga” 8 7/8″ x 5 2/3″ drawing using a variety of 4H, HB, 3B and 7B pencils on sketch paper. Although I’m mostly into rock bands like Coheed and Cambria, Muse, Alkaline Trio, Metallica, Bad Religion, etc., Pop sometimes hits a soft spot in my heart. Yes, I will jam to Gaga in the car. Although many will say that her fashion choices are over-the-top, glam or a desperate cry for attention, I find them interesting and entertaining, which I can’t say for most pop acts out there. I will be putting this up for sale on the net somewhere, possibly Etsy. I don’t know if I should get a matte for it, especially since the size I made it wasn’t a typical matte opening size. As always, comments, criticisms and suggestions are welcome.

Inspiration and Creativity

Lately, I’ve been finding myself thinking about the blank page, or, in computer terms, the blinking cursor on a new document. Last weekend, I picked up a book at Barnes n Noble’s on finding your visual voice. I did the casual, poor man’s skim and put it back on the shelf, because I have some far-fetched notion that a thing like being visually creative can’t be boiled down and taught. And anyone who is a disciple of this book and uses it in creating their own artwork is a hack because they cheated. Everyone has to struggle mightily against that mental block and taking a shortcut is a violation of the inherent morality in art.

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