I worked on this piece over a weekend at my studio in Jerome, which is in a pleasant corner of the woods in the Irish Hills area of Michigan. The woodpecker is a garden-variety redheaded, whom I saw on the … Continue reading →
Heroes and Victims. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol paper. 12″ x 12″
This piece seemed to take forever to produce, but I think the effort was well worth it. It’s very dense with content, which I like a great deal, and the details worked out very well (though there are one or two minor errors.) It pays homage to Adel Termos, who sacrificed his life and undoubtedly saved many others by tackling a suicide bomber who was moving toward a crowd. It also honors the victims of the horrendous attack in Paris, in which 130 people were murdered by thugs from Daesh.
This was a piece I developed during my thinking time at my desk. I’m very happy with how it came out, especially considering the relative sizes of the pen (Micron 02, .25mm) and the paper (4″x4″), which made some of … Continue reading →
Blind Eye Turned. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol paper. 12″x12″
This was the first piece I completed after a seven-week hiatus in which I was coaching a couple of youth soccer teams. (It’s hard to find the time to do art properly when you’re working on it outside of a full-time job and running practices four nights a week.)
I’m still undecided how to feel about this one. I had some unusual technical problems with my pens, which may have to do with the change in humidity as winter comes on, and that affected the quality of the larger dark areas. There are also a few places where the work didn’t come out quite as well as it usually does. However, I’m pleased with the overall effect. The content references the horrendous suffering of the people fleeing Syria, and of the non-European areas of the world largely ignoring the problem – The U.S., for example, has taken in all of around 1,700 people so far.
Lost Lightning. Micron pens on marker paper. 8.5″x11″
I’m very pleased with how most of this came out, though I wish I’d written down the details about the make and model of the paper before I’d left the Art Supply Depo, where it was purchased as an individual sheet. It pays homage to the late great Oliver Sacks, whose brilliant analyses pushed research on the structure and function of the brain to new heights. His insights struck like lightning in the field of psychology, hence the title of this piece.
Bells and Birds. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Artist Tiles. 6″x6″
I like this one. It started as an experiment based on the off-centered flower representation, and evolved to have much more depth than I anticipated. It took a while(!), as I went over many of the lines twice, which really makes them “pop” off the paper.
Holy Grails. Gelly Roll Metallic and Stardust pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Artist Tiles. Laser-cut clear plexiglass frame with aluminum anchors. 6″ x 6″
I was pleasantly surprised with how well this piece came out, given that symmetry isn’t typically my strongest suit. One thing that’s not readily apparent in the picture is the reflectivity of the Gelly Roll Stardust ink, which flickers like glitter as the viewer moves from one perspective to another. The subject matter was inspired by the aptly named Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which happened to be on TV recently. (Note that this isn’t the carpenter’s cup. Heh.)
Interference Pattern. Gelly Roll Stardust, Glaze, and Metallic pens on Strathmore Postcard paper. Acrylic frame with aluminum post mounts. 4″x6″
This is one of my older pieces, but it’s still one of my favorites. I’m very pleased with how the color balance came out, and the dark blue curves from the Glaze pen really set off the shapes made with Metallic and Stardust beautifully. It was a lot of work, but well worth the effort.
Squares and Strange Places. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Smooth Bristol paper. 12″x12″
I really enjoyed working on this piece, and I’m satisfied with how it came out. I incorporated some tesselations around a square theme, and also referenced the terrible slaughter of Cecil the lion, shown here strolling across the grasslands of Zimbabwe. I added a few more details and nuances than usual, while trying not to make it look too dense, and I think I succeeded.
Abstractalons. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Artist Tiles. Laser-cut acrylic frame with aluminum anchors. 11″x6″
This is a series I did a few months back, and which is presently hanging in my office. The one on the right is gravity-neutral, and leverages white space for effect. The one on the left is more detail-oriented, and references a cardiological scare in the family.