October 11, 2010

Maps

After a 10 month hiatus*, was inspired by Yeah Yeah Yeah's 'Maps':


A little sugary, syrupy, sweetness for ya. Blech.

*My little 'City Love' series that I worked on late last year and showed at Max's Wine Dive in February. Inspired by love songs and romantic comedies.

October 6, 2010

Why Houses?

I am often asked why I draw so many houses and buildings. The answer? Because, to me, a house is not merely a building or structure. In my work, the house becomes a home. A home is a place of comfort; a place of refuge. You turn to your home in good times and in bad. Your home is there in your time of need. Having a bad day? Week? Year? Your home is waiting for you each and every night.


So while thumbing through the 100 Abandoned Houses project, as picture after picture of dilapidated, neglected, abandoned homes flashed across my eyes, I felt just a little heartbroken.


Here before me were images of homes that once belonged to someone. Someone once opened those front doors to the welcome greetings of a husband or wife. Someone tucked in and slept in those bedrooms. Someone served Thanksgiving turkey in the dining room. Someone tore open presents underneath the Christmas tree in the living room. Someone's laughter, cries, joys and fears once echoed off those, now sagging, warped walls.


Cities change. Neighborhoods boom and then decline in popularity. As each year passes, more wood rot, more shingles fall, walls cave and roofs collapse. These homes, once standing so majestically, how can we watch them crumble without one beam of dignity?


Maybe it's the time of year...maybe I'm feeling nostalgic...maybe I'm romanticizing, but they say home is where the heart is. Today, my heart is where my home is.


*This post is a little more serious than recent ones but not to worry: Your regularly scheduled programming will resume next post. Cat poop!

October 3, 2010

Career Day

As they stared at me with young impressionable eyes, I thought,

"Holy dookie, why did I agree to speak to schoolchildren about being an artist and freelance illustrator? I'm no role model for these kids. I have no educated advice about becoming an artist. I only know how to do it the wrong way: go to school for something you end up loathing only to find yourself desperately doing a 180 and floundering to learn how to succeed in a field where you have 100% passion but 0% experience."

So, I threw butcher paper and crayons at them and yelled "DRAW, MINIONS! DRAW!".*


My little rouse distracted them for a moment but then the questions started squeaking in,

"How do I get a job like yours?"
Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...you wake up one day and decide to see if people will pay you for your doodlings.


"Do people pay you for this?"
Is that some sort of backhanded question?

"If you have two clients, how do you decide which client to work with?"
TWO clients? At the same time? Huh, that's never happened before...


"I like to draw abstract things."
That's not a question.

"Can I have your autograph?"
WHY, YES YOU CAN!**



*Ok, so it didn't go exactly like that. But I did challenge them to draw a "house interpretation of themselves". There were quite a few houses wearing clothes/faces/glasses/etc. But two that stood out to me were....1) manic robot house and 2) taco eating vampire house
**No really, they really did ask for my autograph. Ok, granted, they asked for everyone's autograph. But if children are the future...then this surely means I will have many adoring adult fans seeking my autograph in the future, no?