A Look Back - 2017
The end of the year is a great time to take stock of accomplishments and experiences worth remembering. Here's
a quick recap of 2017.
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From the Freedom Factory, to Artusiasm, Dirty Talk, and Kensington Market's Pedestrian Sunday, I spent a lot
of time showing art this year. I tried to have something happening every month to keep it going strong. I met
a lot of other artists, and had some great conversations.
I finally got around to getting some art printed up - I have some giclee prints, stickers, buttons, and magnets. This
went hand-in-hand with all the public showings - many people aren't out to buy new original art at one of those
tradeshow style events, but they'll take a button or a print. It also makes for a more interesting, lightweight display.
When I first started to draw, I drew all the time. Somewhere along the way, I must have lost interest. Not drawing
has been hurting my art in every way, so I resolved to get back to drawing. The goal was to draw every day, and while
I didn't manage that, exactly, I got pretty close.
Art As Prayer
I took this workshop at COSM - led by
and Morgan Mandalla. They are both super awesome,
down to earth people, and in the gentlest way possible, they pushed me. That workshop was a struggle
that forced me to grow a lot - both as an artist, and as a person.
I started the first one early in the year - a series of 30X30 paintings with one monster being
the personification of a specific emotional state. They are meant to be bright, and cute, but also
super relateable. This year I did 3 Feels Monsters: Eagerness, Bliss, and Stubborn Resentment.
I started digifying some of my sketches, turning them into vector art. I've done a bit of vector art before,
but not from a sketch. I discovered that the small and free but still very powerful Inkscape has the ability
to trace a bitmap image, which is fantastic.
- Mushroom Dude
- Stubborn Resentment
- Shpongle - Dancing with the Universe
- Cracking Under the Pressure
- Masked Fear
- Magic Mushroom (mural)
- Super Friends (skateboard deck)
- Octo-buddy (mural)
- Star Bird
- Love Bird