An Update and a Question.

(Sep 28, 2009)

Well, dear friends another Monday has come and almost gone and here I am trying to get my weekly post in under the wire. First I’d like to start by showing you what I’ve been up to this week. Here’s my finished logo for Jes and I’s Etsy shop, which will hopefully be up and ready for your business in the next couple of weeks. thestateparkbanner

Looks a bit different than the one I posted a couple weeks back you say? Weeeellllll, that’s becuase I didn’t pay attention to the size requirements, so this is modified from the orginal and not exactly what I had hoped it would be. However, the plan is to update the shop’s apperance every three months or so, so…

Most of my time this week was spent working on three paintings for an upcoming show at The Pearl Gallery and Framing. I didn’t have a lot of time to work on these, yet alone take decent photographs for your viewing pleasure. But, for those of you who can’t make it out to First Thursday…


Here’s the info, if you’re able to make it to the opening, this link also includes a much better photo of one of the paintings.

As you can see from my previous post and these paintings, I’ve been playing around with style a lot lately. I would really like to start some comics this year, and my illustration style is not exactly sustainable for that kind of thing. Way to static, detail oriented and frankly slow (art directors please ignore that last statement). So what I’m trying to do is expand my sphere of influence and pick up some new tricks, to hopefully produce come awesome comics work and improve my illustration work as well.

Which leads me to the second part of this post: I have a few go-to books when I’m needing inspiration, or a way to solve a problem. I guess the big ones are my Moebius books, a couple of Akira books, some Jordan Crane books, and a James Jean book. Of course I look at older stuff as well (Blake, Goya, Bosch), but those are the biggies.

So my question for you is: What are your go to sources for inspiration? I don’t care if you write, play music, photograph, whatever… Who do you look to and, if you have time, why? Bonus points if you make comics and can give me some suggestions on comics artists that blow your mind. Next week, I’ll tell you why I look to my particular sources of inpiration.

That’s it for now.



One Response to “An Update and a Question.”

  1. Chip Kidd, Paul Rand, old pulp fiction covers, McSweeney’s

    Superchunk, M83, Iron Maiden, Mogwai, Sam Cooke

    A walk through Powell’s is always inspiring.

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