4.29.11 – Goapele @ Yoshi’s

Watercolor on Paper


Went to see Goapele in concert tonight, which was an amazing show, so obviously I had to ruin the perfect image in my head by trying to paint her.  Not totally satisfied, but I guess at some point, I’d have to attempt portraits in watercolor. Not a bad start, though. 

4.28.11 – Two Stencils Done, Ready to Spray!

Lots of Exactos and Tape


Five Exacto blades, calloused right index fingers = two layers of carefully-laid stencils, ready to spray! For @ChrisStolt


A Nice Quote in My Inbox

  • A thoughtful friend sent this to me via my corp mail yesterday, I found it incredibly apt- I’ve been feeling pretty down on my work for the past few weeks. Thanks Kasey.
  • Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.


    – Ira Glass



    4.27.11 – More Figure Drawing

    Watercolor (Big Surprise)


    Graduated to a bigger format paper, so I’m getting more detail, but it’s taking time to cover more ground. Prof says I’m making a leap, but I don’t see it. 

    4.26.11- New Buzzword: TYCO. You heard it here first.



    4.25.11 – I’m Rick James, B*tch!

    Watercolor and Ink


    Today’s model was a tough one.. he also had a lot of props. It was, well, interesting. 

    4.22.11 – Austin, Baby!


    Walnut ink on paper

    4.21.11 – Waiting

    Watercolor and Ink


    Yeah, I think this one should be left unfinished.

    4.19.11 – Stencilin’

    Lots of Exacto Blades and Paper


    Working on a commission for Chris Stolt! 

    4.18.11 – Practicing Another 20-Minute Pose

    Watercolor and Ink 


    Took a vacation this weekend, but I’m back and ready to do more figure drawings. Yeaaah!