Connected

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I don't need cute little quotes that don't really help anything. I hate it when people act as if their quick one-liner ideas can solve massively complex problems. Yeah, it's possible these words, this quote about being connected, are useless when it's you and your community and your family being trampled on. Useless when you are thrown into a lose/lose situation. Don't we need to start somewhere? Don't we need to start with goals that seem crazy? I think so. Take something that sounds fantastic, break it into manageable parts, and then down into things you can do every day. And do them.

Flashback: Today's Planet

This little project I gave myself in 2013 was probably the seed for the #100DaysOfRDupreMakingSpace thing happening now. Ballpoint pen and Field Notes.

The 100 Day Project: 8% Complete

Eight days in and no lapse in progress so far. I did miss day and double up the next, but that's only because I fell asleep at the computer before emailing myself the file. Honestly, I had done the work. I just forgot to turn it in. Story of my school career.

It's possible I've been spending too much time on individual pieces, trying and tossing ideas then trying something else. One of my project goals is get more into traditional medium, pencils, water colors and sumi-e ink, so some trial and error is what I wanted but maybe I should be submitting more trials and errors. There are plenty on the floor to chose from.

Here's what we've got so far:

Nerd alert: This one has some info snuck in there. With each circle representing STS Missions 1-6, the number of that shuttle's earth orbits are represented by the external circles and dots, and the total kilometers each shuttle travelled are represented by the circle's radius. (RadiusX1,000,000=Km of the trip)

The 100 Day Project/Doodles

Goofing off and scheming themes for the 100 Day Project that kicks off next Monday. I've got a few ideas going but given my track record, I need a project I can definitely do for 100 straight days rather than going for something that will push my own boundaries too much. The discipline of doing something every day, on a massive road trip, on a busy day, etc. is the boundary I'll be pushing.

Check out The Great Discontent interview with project guru Elle Luna, whose first book The Crossroads of Should and Must comes out April 8.

No Hard Feelings

Revisiting the drawing, masking, spray painting, inking scheme from the larger "stars" pieces with some different ideas. Still loving the reed pens and sumi ink, for big fat strokes as well as details.

No Hard Feelings 16x20 spray paint and sumi ink on bristol board

Demented Ladybugs/Nuvango Reboot

The Nuvango shop is up and running. Up first is this more colorful spin on the pale, discolored ladybugs that are all over the house right now. Check out this illustration on the products here.

Bmore Flea

Come hang out at the Bmore Flea Market this Saturday and kill off the last bit of your Xmas shopping. I'll have some larger original pieces for sale at my buddy's Wild Basics table.
Some new work in the Stars line, like this 16x20 piece below, as well as some others, will be available. December 20 10AM-4PM 2640 Saint Paul St. 

Stop and say Hi!, eat, and check out the antiques, goodies, and artwork.

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Matches

Been sketching and playing with layers of paint pens and sumi ink. I've always been more of a silver guy, but this gold paint pen is killer. Scans don't give the full picture of how cool it is. I've got some sticker ideas for sketchy matches like these so we'll see what happens.

New Society6 Store

Some illustrations from earlier this year are available on quite a few products over at Society6. The Very Rare text is available on a lot of products (my favorites being t-shirts and coffee mugs) and the first three State Birds are available as prints.

Tour Du Port Poster

I got the opportunity to do some work for my friends at Bike Maryland recently. Here's their Tour Du Port poster for this year.

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Experiments with paint layering and texture analog style.

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Living and Dying

"Years ago I came to the realization that the most poignant of all lyric tensions stems from the awareness that we are living and dying at once." -Stanley Kunitz

One of the greatest first lines of a book foreword. 

Not just lyric tensions, but most tensions stem from that awareness for me. At least that's the case once you reach a certain age. Or even if you're not that age yet, but the living part stops for someone close. It's a slap in the face and a reminder to stop wasting time.

Grin while you can.