Hiya, sorry for the late post, I transferred locations at my job and frankly I’m not doing too well with the relocation. It’s far from my house and in general I don’t like the new store, not to go into details but it blew up my stress meter and aggravating my condition. It put me behind in my artwork and sadly I had to shaft the upcoming post for a few days. Since the relocation I haven’t been able to fully finish some of the pieces I really wanted to finish, but I decided to not dwell on it.
I applied to a local art show that I have been apart of in the past named the “Lowbrow Art Show” it was on hiatus for awhile as the gallery that used to host it closed down, but now it’s back up! Which is super exciting, I would like to see more shows like this in Calgary in the future that highlight “lowbrow” type work. I really like how the genre itself is re-taking the idea of “lowbrow” as something not to be dismissed or to be deemed as something lesser in the eyes of the art community. I wanted to submit some brand new work for the show for consideration but due to my bellyaching that I described above I didn’t get the chance to finish anything. But, I’m gonna show you what I was thinking of doing!
Just some thoughts trying to get ideas out, I was working in the thought process of doing self portraits. I was thinking with the first one having a bunch of cats within the ribcage, and hiding my face but I couldn’t get the image to work out. The last image I was thinking again self portrait with a bunch of tentacles or vine like things coming out of my face, I still really like this idea, I’m not totally happy how the sketch turned out but I’m thinking of keeping this one as a possibility for future work. The two in the middle, the cat head in the rib cage, this one spawned from the self portrait with cats in tummy but I decided to not be a self portrait. I really wanted to finish that one for the lowbrow show as I really like how its turning out. There are a few things in it that I gotta fix, the hands the hair to mention a few, I think want to do the final piece in pencil crayon.
Another idea for the low brow submission, a more direct self portrait I did it on Manga studio, I wasn’t feeling it so I stopped. Not sure if I’ll go back to it, but I really like the idea that I wanted to go for, its hard to tell since I didn’t flesh it out, but thats supposed to be a paper crown on my head. I wasn’t doing a great job on the hair and maybe I’ll go back to this one but I’ll have to re-do the hair.
Just a warm up sketch, getting the juices flowing, found the image on Tumblr, Im sorry I can’t find it again :(
(I didn’t save the image or pull it off tumblr I just drew directly from the tumblr feed)
So I’m apart of PaperGirl Calgary and we were in the Calgary Herald this week! Got’s my picture in the paper, won’t my mama be proud? They asked me to bring in some of my artwork as I did all the designs for papergirl and have been a participant in the annual show in the past. Connor in our group is holding my piece, thankfully they respected my asking of making sure they posted that its my artwork and not his. I made sure too that they should mention that I’m an illustrator, and I’m not ashamed of my shameless self promoting! Every little bit counts in my opinion.
Here’s the link to the article!
Thats it for now, till next time!