Saturday, December 19, 2009

fight the white 1.9 (europe 09)





Special thanks to my friend and artist Lapin for his hospitality and everything he did to help me enjoy my time in Barcelona, especially for introducing me to Arroz Negro (black paella with squid ink.)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

fight the white 1.8 (europe 09)



A Sword in the Dragon's Back

Sunday, December 13, 2009

fight the white 1.7 (europe 09)



Two hosts on the trip, Fran from Granada and Leo from Switzerland(left page).  Thanks friends!
The man on the right was a super creep.  He followed us around the bus station and would pop up next to us when we were trying to sleep in the worse place possible.  He would then sit across from me and stare while giggling, biting and spitting out his fingernails and listening to a cassette player.  We couldn't get away from this weirdo until i gave up trying to sleep and decided to draw him.  I stared him down and we never saw him again. (I did see somebody that looked exactly like him about a month later in another bus station and I'm trying to tell myself it wasn't him)  Fighting creepy with creepy. 
sorry for the delay...no internet

Thursday, December 3, 2009

fight the white 1.6 (europe 09)




Granada

This is one of the most surreal, laid back and interesting cities that I can imagine.

Our typical day:
The guy on the left gets us drunk for breakfast, we eat free tapas, siesta no matter where we are at the time, look at unfathomably intricate Islamic architecture, climb a mountain covered in roses and olive trees, dance and drink red wine in designated and un-designated public areas, eat falafel in the middle of the night on the ground in a cobblestone alley with homeless people and their dogs while the guy on the right sings Bob Dylan for us (thank goodness).  Perfect...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

fight the white 1.5 (europe 09)



Bergman 

(the same guy from my poster for The Faint)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

fight the white 1.4 (europe 09)



Molly

Saturday, November 28, 2009

fight the white 1.3 (europe 09)



Estrella and San Miguel. 

The portrait on the right was drawn of me at the absinthe bar by my new friend Clara (from the previous page, left side).

Monday, November 23, 2009

fight the white 1.2 (europe 09)



strange new things, my first day in Barcelona.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Cash


Monday, September 28, 2009

Stoned



A quickie of Brian Jones, the man who started the Rolling Stones only to be kicked out for problems associated with his drug abuse and accidently killed at the age of 27.

Saturday, August 29, 2009


I created this image inspired by a short story in the Atlantic Monthly by Jill McCorkle entitled "P.S." The story is written in the form of a wife's letter to her marriage counselor after her separation from her husband. She discusses her drifting away from husband and children and her realizations about her previous living situation. She confesses her constant feeling of nothingness, in which she manages to find comfort in the discomfort of reality.

In other news, my friend and former teacher, Sterling Clinton Hundley is having his premier solo exhibition this week at Ghostprint Gallery in Richmond, VA. Anybody that can should try and come by and check out the beautiful work. This will not be one to miss out on.

August 14, 2009, Richmond, VA . . . The solo show of painter Sterling Clinton Hundley debuts at Ghostprint Gallery on September 4, 2009.
Hundley’s new body of work, entitled [i]Emergent[/i], evolves from his noted career in illustration. His title derives from the scientific term emergent, referring to the process of complex systems that are composed of lesser parts.
Hundley’s creative process begins with a 3" x 3" monotype, which he then develops into a sequence of progressively larger and more complex works based on a grid of square panels. The new works use radically different techniques while further revealing Hundley’s intense skill as a conceptual image-maker. The images are suffused with his signature wit and layered meanings.
Says Hundley, “I navigate the gauntlet of abstraction to arrive just this side of representational.”
Hundley’s honors include three gold and two silver medals from the New York-based Society of Illustrators. In addition, from 2006-2008 , his work received more awards from his peers than any other illustrator in the U.S.
His clients have included Richmond Magazine, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The L.A. Times, Atlantic Monthly, Entertainment Weekly, G Q, and The Washington Post as well as prominent theater companies. One of his paintings accompanied by an original story, has been reproduced on the final page of Virginia Living for several years.
Hundley is a Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at VCU in Richmond, Virginia and a core instructor at the Illustration Academy, which is currently held on the campus of Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.
Information on the development of Hundley’s new paintings is available at his blog: www.sterlingclintonhundley.blogspot.com
[i]Emergent[/i] continues at the Ghostprint Gallery through September 26, 2009.

Friday, August 14, 2009

two more

These two paintings were done this past semester. The first one is a mock up poster for Lorraine Hansbury's A Raisin in the Sun. The second piece was done for a short fictional story in the Atlantic Monthly entitled The Return of the Grey Badger. It is about two bothers on the run trying to make money by racing with a stolen horse in order to bail their bank robbing father out of prison.


Thursday, July 30, 2009

preview

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Gull


I love Richmond

Friday, July 24, 2009

faction (nosatis)

I just returned from traveling through europe, so sorry about the lack of posting, but internet isn't always an easy thing to come by. Here is my sketchbook from my final semester at Virginia Commonwealth University, before I left on my adventure. Be sure to check back soon for a post of some juicy stuff from my trip.




























Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Z



This is a front and back mock-up book cover to David Grann's The Lost City of Z. The book is about Grann's search to uncover the mystery of Percy Fawcett, the last great Victorian explorer who fell in love with the Amazon and became obsessed with his search for a supposed "city of gold". Fawcett eventually disappeared into the jungle and was never heard of again. The concept for this piece was a sort of before and after portrait of the explorer.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Kuba Kuba



So I've been having a lot of fun lately screen printing enlarged drawings from my sketchbook. This drawing was done while waiting for my dinner at Kuba Kuba, a locally owned cuban restaurant in Richmond, VA. It is 5 layers and my second attempt at screen printing. I will post some of my other pieces as soon as I photograph them.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Des Ark




A portrait of the singer and musician Aimee Argote, inspired by her solo work. Some of the most beautiful and intimate music that I will ever hear.

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