throughout the fanfare for the series, frank miller's name kept popping up, and rightfully so, he redefined the character..... but i feel like the comics run by ed brubaker and michael lark in 2006-2009 was seriously overlooked and one of the main reasons i got BACK into comics. the tone they set was undeniably influential on what marvel and netflix concocted.
have you watched daredevil on netflix yet? you should. here are 2 pieces based on the series. i have to admit, when the trailers first ran i was disappointed with the black "costume", but by the end of episode 13 i honestly missed it.
as previously mentioned here, for a better world is kind of a companion book to the perennial SOS art exhibit (which also has its own book); both are centered around themes of peace and social justice and are orchestrated by artist saad ghosn. each in there 12th year (that's 24 books if you're counting), the books are a limited run that highlight some of this areas most notable artists and poets.
here is a look at my 2015 inclusion, illustrating for terri folz' poem, falling. it's about disadvantaged children in our society.
i think this is my 4th go at for a better world, including a cover a few years back. i am especially excited to share the pages this time with a few of my favorite regional artists and friends, including, matt reed, david birkey, brian level, and my former professor at the art academy, gary gaffney.
i think for a better world comes out in may.
there is a group show hanging at miller gallery right now that i recently completed this painting for. it's a continuation of the rust belt series (which i thought i was done with, but apparently not). the show opened wednesday (feb 25) and runs a couple of weeks. also being shown are some really cool pieces by ryan flanagan, david michael beck, bruce riley and a slew of other regional artists, all to welcome new ownership of the gallery.
also, i'd be remiss if i didn't mention the passing of leonard nimoy, which many were saddened to hear about recently. what a great man, character actor, and influence on science and the arts in general, and movie and comic book culture specifically. a character so realized only comes to us once in a great while and helps shape our american mythology (of course spock wasn't american or even from earth, but his creator was). LLAP.
january saw the closing of the cincinnati portfolio show at carnegie arts center (see a few entries down), and an opening at the greenwich tavern, just northeast of downtown cincinnati. the latter is a group of illustrations for a local publication that i have had the honor of being in a few times now. exhibited are pieces from the 2011 book, but i believe i will be jumping in again in the 2015 edition. here is a good summary from the greenwich facebook page:
University of Cincinnati professor Saad Ghosn is editor and creator of the acclaimed publication, "For a Better World 2011," a unique compilation of poems and drawings. The book features work from over 100 Greater Cincinnati artists--in the fields of both literary and visual arts--who collaborated on the common theme of peace and justice. Each poet's work is accompanied with strong visual imagery that evokes both the mind and spirit. Original drawings and poems from this publication will be featured in a group showing of sociopolitical expression at The Greenwich on Friday, January 23rd. Readings of poetry are scheduled for 8 PM. The visual art exhibit runs through March 15th
yeah, i'm one of those jerks who makes lists....at least with music. it started at the WOXY forums several years back and carried over with less fanfare to another website, but now i can just post it here. here are my favorite from 2014.
garagepunk hideout vol 10- countdown to a breakdown,
adhering to whatever "rules" we used to observe, compilations didn't count but of course it gets a nod!
have you read CBGB maybe yet? well now it is has been "enhanced" at the request of legions of fans (ok, 2 and they weren't fans), but mostly i did it because i have been putting it off, really.
as you may have noticed, i use color sparingly. not sure why.....it taps into some type of indecision....color=mood and really the infinite combination of colors can change the mood of a scene even by degrees.
are you ready for another horrifying tale UNSUITABLE FOR ROMANTICS?
i think you are, my friend. please enjoy birthday present.
countdown to a breakdown is the 10th compilation in the series from the garagepunk hideout (GRGPNK records out of st. louis), which i recently did the cover art for. turns out, drawing a pantsless, pill-popping, suicidal basket case requires your full attention; a little peak into the sausage making- i erroneously gave him a green mohawk at the outset. duh! pretty obvious after it was pointed out to me...not that kind of late 70's punk. i mean, this is the GARAGE punk hideout. at that point i opted for more of a pompadour, which seemed still relevant and the least intrusive fix. what can i say... sometimes you jump into a project and forget to look back. and here i thought the crying jesus was going to be the controversial element!
with songs like 666ick of it, frankencop, and where is the werewolf?, there is plenty of volume on this volume. there are 33 songs on this one alone, and at the 10th in the series, that's a lot of crackin' tracks.
artistically speaking, i'm in good company too. obviously this music has a time honored visual language to it and all these artists have it in spades. here's a sample of other volumes (below, clockwise) as done by idon mine, shawn dickinson, stephen blickenstaff, and darren merinuk.
"la llorona" will be 1 of 40 prints exhibited at the carnegie gallery, and possibly one of the DAAP galleries this fall. this piece was also featured in the book there was a woman (2008).
NOVEMBER 21, 2014 – FEBRUARY 7, 2015 Opening Reception: Friday, November 21, 2014 | 6-9pm
Clay Street Press: Cincinnati Portfolio I-IV
In 1983, Mark Patsfall/Clay Street Press invited ten artists living and working in the Cincinnati area to participate in a portfolio with the loose theme of “Cincinnati”. Some of the artists were printmakers, most were not. The result was an interesting mix of styles and techniques. The shop has produced a new portfolio of ten artists every ten years. This is the first exhibition to bring together all forty works from the first four portfolios and serves as a survey of some of the most interesting artists working in the region over the past 30 years.
This exhibition runs concurrently with a survey of 33 years of prints and editions produced by Clay Street Press at the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP Galleries.
Portfolio I artists: Kevin Booher, Stephanie Cooper, Stuart Fink, April Foster, Jan Harrison, Diana Duncan Holmes, Jack Meanwell, Brent Riley, Sandy Rosen, Jim Williams
Portfolio II artists: Jay Bolotin, Kim Burliegh, Stuart Goldman, Peter Huttinger, Vicki Mansoor, Stephen McCarthy, Kelly McKaig, Joel Otterson, Bruce Riley, TODT
Portfolio III artists: Farron Allen, Andrew Au, Holland Davidson, Heidi Endres, Mark Fox, Rob Jefferson, Andrea Knarr, Ellen Price, Michelle Red Elk, Thom Shaw
Portfolio IV artists: Noel Anderson, Terence Hammonds, Tony Luensman, Tim McMichael, Kate Kern, Yvonne Van Eiden, Casey Millard, Joe Winterhalter, Katie Parker/Guy Michael Davis, Jennifer Purdum
well, probably a little longer than that, but as i continue to screw around with putting digital icing on the traditional cake, it is interesting to see how it affects a piece. take this michonne (from the walking dead) for example....this is clearly a comic book version, but as someone who is used to more traditional materials, i'm not sure it's enough. this process of implementing photoshop is intriguing, but unless i tap into some more satisfying techniques i cannot say with certainty that it is how i will proceed in the future. sure, there is a polished decisiveness about it, but is it unique? my inclination is to next time further explore step 3 first......because i see more and more artists relying on digital wizardry (to varying degrees of success), but really, a good foundation can take you far in whatever medium.
originally posted 7/7/14- ahhh. a bit of a break.
a few things in the works that would be premature to discuss, so let's go with what i know is happening.... like taking the opportunity to illustrate a kate bush song. to be honest, it has been on my mind for years.
i like to think that, while i certainly don't know ALL varieties of music, i am pretty thorough about what i do enjoy; mining those veins of alternative/modern rock/post-punk/lo-fi/shoe gaze/whatever you want to call it, that i grew up on. and when someone asks me what my favorite album of all time is. it is a photo finish....but it is not pixies, or the cramps, or thee oh sees, or wolf parade, it is kate bush hounds of love/the ninth wave. it's true!
odd thing is i am not even that huge of a kate bush fan, but some songs, and that whole album especially, really hit the mark. and maybe, too, it was about where i was in my life when i heard it. that goes for everybody, right?
hounds of love/ninth wave can be a little 80's pop at times, but it is so much more. it is romantic but brooding, hopeful at times...but undeniably poetic in its totality. it balances buoyancy and menace in a way i find fascinating. her voice is undeniable, but it's the collage of sound she experiments with on some songs that makes it important. and it is a story. a story bloated with imagery. she herself has discussed translating it into another art form before as well, but i take the initiative here.
here is page one of hello earth. the rest to be posted upon completion.
originally posted 4/21/14- happy to report that adventure at the highland house is included in andromeda quarterly #7. it's a pittsburgh-based anthology of art and comics from little tired press that packs a punch and is put together by cool, talented people. can't go wrong there.
originally posted 3/11/14- aside from doing a bunch of weird drawings lately, here is a sneak preview of a painting in progress. it's for a figurative show at miller gallery in may. perhaps it's that plume of smoke that resembles the bride of frankenstein's hair, but there's certainly a touch of horror, a dash of sci-fi, a little nod to the ziegfeld girls of alfred cheney johnston. oil on canvas, 36" x 24"
originally posted 4/4/14- just submitted this piece for a pixies lithograph contest over at creative allies. this contest is in conjunction with the release of their 6th studio album (and first since 1991), INDIE CINDY. there are some good designs over there so regardless of how it all pans out, it's been fun. i've been a fan too long to resist a chance to do anything for the pixies. this piece also marks the first full marriage for me of traditional hand-drawn work with digital treatment. it was pretty satisfying and i see a lot of potential in this approach.
originally posted 12/15/13- the waiting room is a syndicated new music radio show based out of cardiff, england. you might occasionally hear a larger act (larger is a relative term) on their airwaves, but hosts drunk country and the woman of the house specialize in mining for rare musical gems by bands looking to get a foot in the door. i've listened to this show since it was picked up a few years ago by ohio's own (late, great 97X) woxy.com and jumped at the chance to illustrate something for them. here's the original and the ad with text for their show #169...go listen!
originally posted 9/1/13- here's another ancient discovery: a photo(s) of frank miller and bill sienkiewicz at the mid-ohio con in 1986. these guys are living masters in the comic world and were really hitting their stride at the time with their collaboration on elektra assassin. equally impressive is, for all their later royalty, they were basically holding court in a corn field, where the con was held then in mansfield. mansfield isn't near anything. kind of like seeing nirvana at a hole in the wall with 15 people.
anyway, both are major influences on my artistic development, so to meet them at the age of 16 (along with john byrne, who was also there that year), was huge. I have since read that sienkiewicz would attend cons from this era with his shirt unbuttoned to the navel. clearly not the case here, but i admit that kind of swagger is almost picasso-esque.....and justifiable if you ask me! that guy turned comic book art upside down.
originally posted 8/5/13- here's something interesting...about 10 years ago i wanted to put together a website and didn't get very far. this was the mock-up for the homepage, which i still very much like, so i thought i'd share.
artist, former woxy loyalist.