I may clean up the edges a bit tomorrow, but this is basically the final version of "Sex & Violence", soon to be on a t-shirt.
This week has been crazy busy and it's not even over yet. I had two deadlines to meet. One is still not quite yet met, but the other one was. The first was the LATco poster and promo card (both pictured below) for their upcoming production, called "Conscience Hesitatus", that premieres this July.
The second is the "Sex & Violence" project, which I don't think I've mentioned here. It's a t-shirt design requested by one of my closest friends that is based on characters inspired by a comic book I wrote (but haven't completed yet), called "Brain Candy". I'll post the first draft below and then the finished piece later when, well, when it's finished, so that you can see the progress. I'm really happy with how "Sex" (the female character) came out. However, I plan on totally revamping "Violence". Something's not quite right about him.
One more thing before I crawl off to bed... Earlier tonight I did something I normally don't do; I went to a group meditation/reading that another close friend invited me to and I actually had a pretty good experience. When I had my cards read, they told me I have the ability to find beauty in dark things and that it was a gift I should be thankful for. I am. I just thought that was neat, especially considering the question I held in my head was about my potential art career.
Good night my dark things,
P.S. Yes, the numbers mean something (the numbers always mean something).
Today, not unlike every other day, I visited one of my favorite sites, Regretsy, to kill the boredom of working in a stifling office environment. On approximately the 3,247th visit, I discovered one of my oldest paintings was the feature of the moment (NSFW). I seriously almost wet myself. I don't know exactly how many people visit this site daily, but I'm betting it's in the thousands.
Oh, Guitar Hero, you've finally made me proud (even though some of the comments were a little rough). I live for this shit. I feel so punk rock. Plus, free exposure! I got tons of encouraging comments as well. I even got a fuckton of traffic in my Etsy shop, not to mention this site.
I'll never take you down again, big boy. No matter how disproportionate/nonsensical you are.
It's funny how many stories I have about this painting. Originally it was called Guitar God, but that changed a few years ago when I was inspired by Amanda Palmer's song by the same name. I created him when I was , oh, about 28 or 29? He was modeled after a guy I met on Craigslist. Even though all my girl friends told me to bang him, I didn't. Still, I had one boyfriend who refused to believe that I didn't at least blow him. "How could you not?!?", he actually said.
Right then I knew this painting had power. Maybe not take-over-the-world power, but some kind of dirty magic. This was only reinforced years later when a guy I briefly dated said he thought my subject was a hermaphrodite. Maybe some artists would be offended by this, but it made me love this raunchy piece even more.
However, I've had to take it down before parties so guests of my roommates wouldn't be alienated. That hurt a little because I thrilled at every opportunity to show him off to new people. I love to hear their reactions! When prospective new renters came to look at our house last month, I heard he made one woman go "Oooh!" and that made me smile.
Yes, this painting has definitely had an impact on my life since its debut. I was actually considering auctioning it off in August to help fund LATco. Now I don't think so. My emotional attachment to this piece just grew by several inches.
I have to admit, I wasn't too crazy about this idea at first, but I kinda like the back of this dude's head...
Did I mention that my Etsy shop is back online? Well, it is. I'm slowly getting settled into the new digs. I think maybe by October I'll feel totally comfortable (yeesh, I hope it doesn't take that long!). My studio is coming along nicely, however. I've already been able to work on LATco's new poster design (first draft below). I can't wait until that is completed so I can start working on something even more fun! Hmmm... Maybe I won't wait!
I like to draw weird shit and I like to talk about it.