August72014
Just a little sneak peek of the painting I’m now working on: a Halloween offering-to-come for my Etsy shop! Apologies for the image quality– this was taken with my phone.

Just a little sneak peek of the painting I’m now working on: a Halloween offering-to-come for my Etsy shop! Apologies for the image quality– this was taken with my phone.

February92014
Blue Carbon Based Flowers, for AlphaBands.
So… I’m cheating a bit here. I began this image in homage to Carbon Based Lifeforms, a Swedish ambient music band that is one of my favorites to listen to while sketching. Their music is mostly instrumental with wordless vocals, but lyrics do come in from time to time, such as these:
"Only illogics can findHidden flaws in a straight logic line.Only erratics recognizeErrors in patterns of a perfect design.”
These particular lifeforms were of course heavily influenced by the work of Ernst Haeckel, with the central structure inspired by an allotrope of carbon popularly known as the Buckyball.
Unfortunately, some very erratic household chaos kept me away from the computer last week, so I missed my chance to chime in with the “C”s for AlphaBands. But as it happened, my choice for “D” was the bizarre alter ego of Kool Keith known as Dr. Octagon. Though his music could hardly be more different from CBL, (and, I should warn, it is mostly extremely NSFW) some of his color-crazed & hallucinatory lyrics somehow wormed their way into the picture:
"I come prepared with the white suit and stethoscope Listen to your heartbeat, delete beep beep beep Your insurance is high, but my price is cheap Look at the land…blue flowers! Drawing by the purple pond, in the purple pastures blue flowers! Drawing by the purple pond, yellow ink that flows blue flowers! Drawing by the pond, look, it’s raining yellow” 
So, consider this the visual equivalent of a mashup. It’s just a pity that Buckyballs are constructed from hexagons & pentagons, with nary an octagon in the picture.
Photoshop with text scanned from Steele’s Fourteen Weeks in Chemistry, 1876

Blue Carbon Based Flowers, for AlphaBands.

So… I’m cheating a bit here. I began this image in homage to Carbon Based Lifeforms, a Swedish ambient music band that is one of my favorites to listen to while sketching. Their music is mostly instrumental with wordless vocals, but lyrics do come in from time to time, such as these:

"Only illogics can find
Hidden flaws in a straight logic line.
Only erratics recognize
Errors in patterns of a perfect design.”

These particular lifeforms were of course heavily influenced by the work of Ernst Haeckel, with the central structure inspired by an allotrope of carbon popularly known as the Buckyball.

Unfortunately, some very erratic household chaos kept me away from the computer last week, so I missed my chance to chime in with the “C”s for AlphaBands. But as it happened, my choice for “D” was the bizarre alter ego of Kool Keith known as Dr. Octagon. Though his music could hardly be more different from CBL, (and, I should warn, it is mostly extremely NSFW) some of his color-crazed & hallucinatory lyrics somehow wormed their way into the picture:

"I come prepared with the white suit and stethoscope 
Listen to your heartbeat, delete beep beep beep 
Your insurance is high, but my price is cheap 
Look at the land…blue flowers! 
Drawing by the purple pond, in the purple pastures blue flowers! 
Drawing by the purple pond, yellow ink that flows blue flowers! 
Drawing by the pond, look, it’s raining yellow” 

So, consider this the visual equivalent of a mashup. It’s just a pity that Buckyballs are constructed from hexagons & pentagons, with nary an octagon in the picture.

Photoshop with text scanned from Steele’s Fourteen Weeks in Chemistry, 1876

January272014
curiousartlab:

AlphaBands entry for B:
The Bobs, “Mr. Duality”
More info including lyrics on my blog.

curiousartlab:

AlphaBands entry for B:

The Bobs, “Mr. Duality”

More info including lyrics on my blog.

January202014
January192014

This Time Tomorrow

alphabands:

Hey artists, tomorrow is Monday, January 20th, when we will begin accepting submissions for #AlphaBands!  Head on over to the tumblr page at http://alphabands.tumblr.com/submit to find out how you can contribute.  ROCK ON!

January82014
& now… an ampersand to go with my Curiotype Alphabet! More about it on my blog.

& now… an ampersand to go with my Curiotype Alphabet! More about it on my blog.

December182013
December142013
While waiting for paint to dry on the Dunny I’m currently working on, I thought it would be fun to combine the progress shots for Dunny Ultramarine into a little gif. (Thanks to the magic of Photoshop, it is now possible to dance with one’s own backside.) ;-)
For a closer look at the finished Dunny, along with some info about the process, please see my previous post here or my website blog.

While waiting for paint to dry on the Dunny I’m currently working on, I thought it would be fun to combine the progress shots for Dunny Ultramarine into a little gif. (Thanks to the magic of Photoshop, it is now possible to dance with one’s own backside.) ;-)

For a closer look at the finished Dunny, along with some info about the process, please see my previous post here or my website blog.

December92013
Finally I have prints of this piece available on Etsy! Individual parts or all six elements in a bundle, in case you’d like to genetically engineer your own example of Zoorobotany!

p.s. If you’re interested in how this piece came to be, there’s a slide show on my website’s process page.

Finally I have prints of this piece available on Etsy! Individual parts or all six elements in a bundle, in case you’d like to genetically engineer your own example of Zoorobotany!

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p.s. If you’re interested in how this piece came to be, there’s a slide show on my website’s process page.

October32013
Dunny Ultramarine
This little guy is a commissioned 3″ Dunny (actually more like 2.75″ in real measurement). I was lucky enough to have a free brief, so I made several different sketches & the client chose this concept. The text on his back is from an old dictionary, & includes the chemical formula for synthetic ultramarine. The little trident is made of polymer clay and a “stick” jewelry finding I picked up at the flea market. I rolled gold leaf onto the green polymer clay before cutting the fork, & painted the back of the brass handle with diluted green paint so that the metal resisted it a bit. I thought it was quite interesting how similar the two textures turned out in the end. That’s why I love Nature’s chaos!

Dunny Ultramarine

This little guy is a commissioned 3″ Dunny (actually more like 2.75″ in real measurement). I was lucky enough to have a free brief, so I made several different sketches & the client chose this concept. The text on his back is from an old dictionary, & includes the chemical formula for synthetic ultramarine. The little trident is made of polymer clay and a “stick” jewelry finding I picked up at the flea market. I rolled gold leaf onto the green polymer clay before cutting the fork, & painted the back of the brass handle with diluted green paint so that the metal resisted it a bit. I thought it was quite interesting how similar the two textures turned out in the end. That’s why I love Nature’s chaos!

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