Sunday, February 5, 2017

2017: Facebook turned into a festering cesspool of sewage and that has me feeling a bit....GRAY


It's now 2017....and like every year I always post shock and dismay on how negligent I am of my so-called Art Blog.  Why should this year be any different.  Only this year it just might.  In 2016, feeling that this Art Blog of mine was just a futile waste of time and effort because nobody really payed attention, cared, or even noticed it, I decided to create a Skribble Theory Facebook page to hopefully broaden my "exposure" ( I hate that term) and get more of my work out to anyone who might actually give a damn. So I guess I was, in a sense, abandoning this Blogger page for, what was supposed to be, the new hotness.  Well...it really seems as though it hasn't been much of anything but a transferring of my time and effort wasting abilities.  

On top of all this was a ridiculously brutal and insane presidential election season. Seemed anything I tried to promote art-wise was instantly submerged in a sewage pit of propaganda, vitriol, agendas, hate, fear mongering and idiots with opinions masquerading as experts, patriots, revolutionaries, and town criers.  Then....THE ELECTION ACTUALLY HAPPEND and it seemed my Facebook newsfeed exploded into Butt-hurt Central...as people began melting down and tuning feral on each other.  What was a regularly toxic environment doubled down on it's doubling down.  It quickly became depressing and scary.  It seems like it was getting a little better the closer to Christmas we got.....but then.....THE INAUGURATION.  I've never seen anything quite like it.  I had to abandon my only real social media outlet because I just couldn't watch humanity descend into madness anymore.  

So Because of all that BS, I have decided to come back to this Art Blog and post my art here without the communal social media diarrhea deluge stinking up the joint.  

In December I picked up a small gray-paper sketchbook because I actually filled up my previous small sketchbook.  With the grays I thought it would be kinda cool to experiment with using some Jelly-Roll pens to add some color flare. I actually used the New Year to break this sucker in so while staying up late and watching a Knight Rider marathon on The El Rey Network, I drew up the following little pieces.



My Characters from two of my comic series.  The Void and Jane


Next we have another one of my comic characters, Shanna and a GI JOE character Snake-Eyes.


Not really sure why I drew this other than it was in my head and needed to come out. Mighty Mouse on steroids maybe?



Then...just before calling it a night, I decided to exploit the new gray paper and create a stupid little comic strip gag.  Mostly only artists will probably get this one but it had me chuckling and that's really all I care about anymore anyway. 

Next up are just the next several sketches that I've added to the book over the weeks following New Years.



Wolverine and Psylocke....Trying to prove to myself that I can actually draw some of those mainstream-type characters too.


With the above girl, I was really just experimenting with some new Jelly-Rolls I had picked up.  


The above is my character Jane again.  I've been working out a story for her comic and have had it on the brain for a couple weeks....I created a 3rd soundtrack playlist on my iPod for her comic and this was the first drawing to come out during a first listen. Music is essential to my creative process.  


Finally....we come to a really old character of mine that I came up with in the 7th grade.  James Crow started out as a James Bond parody in little radio skits that I made using some stuffed animals as the muses.  In high school and college I actually had converted him into a full-blown comic character with his own title.  His full origins is referenced in an older Blog entry here on the old Skribble Theory if you're interested.  Anyway...I started some weird hatching effect that I quickly gave up on because.....well....BECAUSE!  

Well anyway....I dunno if I'll keep a regular presence here or not.  For now I'm staying off of Facebook at least until May.  I take self-imposed social-media sabbaticals every so often when needed and this time it has been very much needed.  Whether I stick around for long after I return in May is left to be seen.  It depends on how much bullshit and bullshit people I feel like putting up with at that time.  So, who knows....this may be all the internet "exposure" I will have left.  

Lucky you right? 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Skribble Theory on the Book of the Faces

Hey Guess what folks....I now have a Skribble Theory art page on Facebook.  Chances are I will be better inclined to update that more.   Check it out!

Skribble Theory Facebook

Monday, March 14, 2016

Been awhile.....How about some old artwork?

So....It's been a long long time since last I posted on this Art Blog.  There's real excuses as to why....but for as many legit one's there's an equal number of ones involving laziness....so instead of apologizing or trying to plead some case...Why not just post some old archive pieces of art I've done over the last 17 years or so.

First off is a page I drew back in 1999.  I drew this while sitting in on a girlfriend's college classes when I was up visiting her for a weekend.  It was intended to be part of a mini-comic/zine I was planning on putting together but never really took off.  About a year later I ended up doing my first issue of THE VOID mini comic. I decided to NOT include this.


Not really sure when this one happened of for what reason...but local psuedo-celebrity behind 2nd Wind Exercise Equipment, Mr. Dick Enrico, needed to be sketched apparently.
During my 9 years teaching at the Art Academy in St. Paul, I ended up drawing hundreds of Creative Exercise/warm-up drawings.  This Seal-man assaulting some Scuba Frog-men is a crucial piece from those years.


Back in 2003 I was throwing around the idea of doing a comic book starring a 1985 version of me in a series of adventures up in Alaska with my Uncle.  Ultimately it just never happened.....but perhaps someday.

I'm kinda bummed by this next piece.  It was a year where we seemed to be hammered by snow a lot and everyone was sick of it.  So for that week's Creative Exercise in class, we had the kids do a snow-themed piece.  I loved how it turned out....Unfortunately it somehow came out of my folder and managed to float aimlessly in the bottom of my backpack for months....getting dirty and wrinkled. 



Last but not least I give you Rubbish Lord from 2013.  For the Creative Exercise that week, we had to create a super-hero and choose from a list of powers for them.  This guy commands the power of garbage.  


So that's it.  Hope you rad folks dug this little showcase of some of my random pieces of art over the last 17 years.  

Cheers!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

2015 FALLCON IS COMING! Buy my comics and stuff!


October 10th is Fallcon.  Though this summer's been crazy with buying and selling of houses, moving and painting and all, I will still be there.  Even though I don't have anything new to offer as I haven't really sat down and drawn anything in over 4 months and, with nothing new to offer anyone, a one-day show is almost pointless for me to be a part of, I will still be there....If for no other reason than it's a great excuse to hang out with my friends and colleagues and maybe get my creative battery jump-started and recharged as I could very well really really need to rely on it in the near future.  

I tell ya....moving takes a lot out of a guy when he's a homebody, shut-in, introvert, type.   

Click on the link below for all the details!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

MSP COMICON May 16-17

I'm gonna be attending this one.  Come by and say "Hello"...buy some comics! Be a rad person.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Arsenic Lullaby trading Cards!!!


A while back I was asked to do a New 52 inspired version of the iconic Voodoo Joe character from the hilarious Arsenic Lullaby comic book for the Arsenic Lullaby blog. 


Well now that image is colored and will be featured in a new upcoming trading card set featuring other artists renditions of the Arsenic Lullaby characters. So click the link and check it out.  


Then when you're done drooling over that.  Get over to the Arsenic Lullaby website and check out all the books and cool merch that you need in your life.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Comic Crossover interview Part 2



Here ye be...the 2nd half of my interview with the fine lads on the Comic Crossover Podcast

If you dig that, you can  listen to more archived episodes here: