I never get bored around here, with something always popping up to grab my attention (in other words, I'm so easily distracted), but there are new projects coming up that I need to stay focused on, and they all have to do with making new artwork. I'm very grateful that I can do what I love to do, smudging and swirling pencils and charcoals and pastels—filling reams of paper with the results.
I want to get more of the smudges and swirls out into the world, and the new projects are aiming to do just that. I intend to be here on this blog more often, detailing the projects as they unfold.
In the meantime, I am slowly getting a grasp on the 21st century, having started an Instagram account, sharing smudges and swirls that yearn to be seen by people far and wide. I would love to have you follow me on Instagram, and I will likely want to follow you as well.
My Instagram handle is thb.illustration.portraits and this preliminary drawing of my favorite subject is the sort of thing that I am postin...
It's been a busy year—keeping up with deadlines and commitments. I've had a bit of a breather and I'm ready to launch new projects, including any that you might want to talk about.
I have a one person online gallery show coming up, with original art and prelims available for sale, and some new prints are going up on my Pictorial Arts Journal website, which you can link to from here.
I will be showing a number of new artworks here and on that site.
Just know that I'm still geared and ready for freelance assignments!
This is a partial prelim of one of the finished pieces that will be available as a print and original art.
My second art book, The Magic Rite of Drawing, is off the press and preparing to ship to all the fine folk who have pre-ordered it. The printers did a fine job and met the schedule a bit ahead of time!
More information to come about the book and an event tied into the theme!
It's been very busy around here with many projects working simultaneously, one of which was content development for my new art book. Content is now locked and loaded, with just some production hurdles to be met. If all goes well, the book will go to press the 1st week of June and be ready for distribution in July, along with some prints that will be available in limited numbers.
I'm very pleased with the images that flow throughout. Shown here is the page 74-75 spread.
Poised and ready for launching a new KickStarter campaign to fund my second art book, The Magic Rite of Drawing — Art and Technique. It will feature a drawing style and technique that I've used for 40 years, with some examples of how I work. Click here to see the campaign: KickStarter page
Last year, I was honored to have a documentary film revolve around my art career and its struggle to reach a higher plane. It was intended for PBS airing and was accepted as such. Not yet having an air date, the film was chosen to appear at the 39th Denver Film Festival on November 9 and 13!
The documentary, titled 'Less Than Angels', was filmed at a critical time when I was having health problems while pulling together all the tasks of publishing my art book.
I congratulate the film crew, headed by the ever-great Jim Phelan, for their accomplishment!
Yay, the talk at the Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Fair went REALLY well, with all tech issues ironed out and no bugs! The only downside was that the projection screen had to be viewed with all the house lights on, washing out a bit of the impact I had designed into the slides. Merchandise Mart staff people tried their best to optimize lighting, but we couldn't take light away from the book dealers in the huge room — yet the art still showed up pretty nicely.
So, the presentation was a success and I met some really great people and even sold a big batch of books! The Book Fair people and the Merchandise Mart people were wonderful!
I enjoy presenting artwork in this manner of slides, stories and music. I'm going to gear up some more programs and set up some more venues.
This was the poster at the Fair's entrance. A couple of typos and bit of misinformation were beyond my control, but I could definitely get used to being described as 'Featured Author'!
My latest art adventure takes place next Saturday, August 6 at 11am.
I'll be giving an illustrated (slide show) art talk on an autobiographical examination of the graphic arts and illustrated books and how they inspired me to become the artist that I am.
It's entitled 'Beauty & the Book' which will delve into my personal perspectives of the goodness of golden age art, concentrating primarily on some wonderful books of the early 20th century. and will be presented at the Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Fair at the Merchandise Mart in Denver.
I'm putting the finishing touches on the slide show now, and getting a little nervous about technical gremlins. Here's hoping for the best.
We're having an opening! There is a LOT of my work showing in two gallery shows from July 1 to July 28! If you're in Denver, I hope you can stop by and take a look! If life is like a roller coaster, I'm doing the loop-de-loops right now!