Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Though I had been drawing for years, this little mag played a major role in pushing me as an artist. The cover's drawn by CARtoons legend Shawn Kerri. (Image above: CARtoons Issue Vol. 30, No.1, Feb. 1989)
Some of my other favorite artists were George Trosley (creator of Krass and Bernie), Joe Borer, who had a phenomenal gift for pushing poses, and Steve Austin (no relation to Stone Cold) who's style was always a lot of fun to look at.
Upon my acceptance to CalArts, in the Spring of '94, most of my old life drawings from San Diego City College quickly met their fate at the altar of the Mission Beach bonfire. Somehow my parents were able tuck this one away. I'm kind of glad they did. I haven't done anything like this in years.
For some reason I'm fairly obsessed with pianos. Probably stems back to spending the better part of my youth staring at those ivory shackles, running through scale after scale. Notice I'll never really commit to one of these. It's usually just a quick sketch.
While at CalArts, I was surrounded by countless, incredibly talented artists. Jae Kim was amongst the best. These two pieces represent a couple of doodles his did while sitting in my cubicle discussing a story outline for his freshmen film (ca.1995). It's important for me to note that the dragon was inspired by Mike Mitchell, our life drawing teacher, who brought in a slew of development work he had done. One of his pieces featured a dragon and Jae was compelled to try and reproduce the drama of Mike's incredible rendering.
"Enthusiasm is the mainspring of the mind which urges one to put knowledge into action." -Wally "Famous" Amos (as quoted by Walt Stanchfield)
"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club." -Jack London
"Art is either plagiarism or revolution." -Paul Gauguin