4th screen- Red now down- reg is looking hot. The Texas weather can be a real bitch when screen printing, as the humidity can cause the paper to swell up, throwing reg off. But it looks like the Texas weather gods smiled on us so far…
Hey! I forgot how completely awesome process threads are. Luckily, Jay Ryan and Aaron Horkey stepped up and did an amazing one, and made me realize- oh yeah, I’m stupid for not doing this more.
Those cats are really, really bad. I had the general idea for this a few months back and once I sat down to start drawing it, it went in a slightly different direction than I started. I really didn’t plan on putting a shark back there, but I was leaving that space blank for SOMETHING, and then I thought what would cats want more than an aquarium full of fish. And THEN I thought a GIANT fish in the tank would be funnier. AND THEN I thought a shark is the most awesome fish in the world. And, once you think of a shark in a tiny tank, you can’t help but think of Damien Hirst.
A couple of weeks ago, Derek over at Drymounted.com had an open call to his readers for questions to be posed to me, with the top few questions that got the most votes would get answered. But because I love to hear my own voice, I said I’d answer them all. So, reprinted with permission, here is way more information than you wanted to know about me-
1. What advice can you give to artists starting to market their work on the internet? Which artists inspire you to create new drawings and designs?
Step one- do art. Step three- profit.
I wish I could say- do x,y,z and that will bring you fame and fortune. But man, there is no method. If I hadn’t learned every aspect of the business side of things while curating the Alamo’s poster series WHILE ALSO spending way too much time learning how to draw and print, WHILE ALSO building up a ton of contacts along the way, I wouldn’t even be at my meager position. There is no set way to go about it- but one thing I can’t emphasize enough- cover your ass. Learn the business end of things, and just hammer away at it. Don’t settle for what other people give you- you have to carve your own chunk out of the beast. That’s my motto, I guess- don’t settle. Get out there and take.
As far as what artists inspire me- I think my influences are pretty evident. I’ve been a comics junkie for decades now, and that shows pretty heavily in my work. Building the Alamo series exposed me to a bunch of new artists and guys like Tyler Stout were a big influence. Seeing his work was like seeing a new way how to draw- a new problem my brain just had to solve. I’ve definitely spun off in my own direction over the last year or so, but that was a starting point, to be sure.
My follow up to the now sold out ‘White Dragon’, “If Only You Could See What I’ve Seen” went up for pre-sell last week, and is now printed and shipping out to those people on the mailing list who bought one!
The next shot to pick one up is at the Nakatomi Inc / Clint’s Prints booth at Flatstock Austin this weekend (March 18-20)! Flatstock is held at the Austin Convention center, so come on out and pick one up! Any remaining copies will hit the Nakatomi site the following Monday morning (the 22nd).
This Saturday in Austin, TX is the annual STAPLE! Independent Press Expo- Austin’s ONLY comic book convention. (At least until Wizard World Austin starts…in case you haven’t had your fill of broken down 80’s TV and porn stars yet)
And as a part of the Expo, I’ll be splitting a table w/ The Intergalactic Nemesis- which is the Live-Action Comic-Book featuring art from lil’ ol’ me!
For those of you not following me on TWITTER or FACEBOOK, or even the new web-app that lets you stare at me as I sleep, you might not know that I’m doing all the art chores on the trans-media comic/play/ live-action Graphic Novel, The Intergalactic Nemesis!
Issue one is already drawn and printed, Issue two is at the printer’s right now, and I’m wrapping up the last few pages on issue 3. Coming this Labor Day, the entire live action play/ comic presentation will be performed at the 2400 seat Long Center for the performing arts here in Austin! This is a really big deal, and I gotta be honest, it kinda scares the crap out of me! I mean, there’s going to be 1000’s of people experiencing this story through my visuals. That’s a lotta nuts.
Here’s a snapshot of what this is going to be like, but on a smaller scale, as chapter one was performed at the Alamo Drafthouse a few weeks back-
Pit bull rescue is something near and dear to my heart. Between me and my wife, we’ve rescued well over a dozen stray and abandoned cats and dogs from the East Austin neighborhoods where we’ve lived over the years.
On one occasion, we found a Pit Bull/ Lab mix wandering a warehouse complex North of San Antonio. We took him in, and tried to find his owner, to no avail. So, we got his shots up to date, and eventually decided to keep him in our small house…with no yard. That was a big mistake. This VERY energetic and affectionate dog was just too much for our meager living space, and our very, very put-out cats. BUT- certainly we could find a home for Magneto, right?
Black Cat Bones Gallery in Puebla, Mexico has asked me back to be a part of their Superhero art show. I had previously created the sold-out ‘En Los Arboles’ print for their Twin Peaks tribute.
If anyone knows me, they know I love me some super-heroes. So when the opportunity came up for me to participate, I took the hidden pole down to my secret lair and banged this out (now, that just sounds dirty).
Biff, Bam, Pow- Superheroes Aren’t Just for Kids Anymore!