I was tapped to design a logo for PianoFight’s Pint Sized Plays which is a rebrand of Theater Pub’s Pint Sized Plays, because Theater Pub may have ended, but PINT SIZED LIVES FOREVER!
This was a SUPER fun project to work on because I haven’t been involved in a re-branding before, especially a re-branding of something I initially branded six years ago or so. It was a great experiencing looking at something differently. I think the new logo looks pretty epically amazing.
You can read more about PianoFight here: http://www.pianofight.com/
You can read more about PianoFight’s Pint Sized Plays here: http://www.pianofight.com/pintsized
It’s been a tough few months. It always sort of is during big changes: the USA is going through it’s biggest change in several decades, my partner of nine years has moved in with me, and I switched jobs. There are more unknowns then there are knowns in the air, which has only added to the electricity in the air, and this little snowflake has retreated deep into the darkness of my cave without any real interest to leave. I find it so hard to be creative when I get like this. I don’t tend to create my emotions so much as I like creating my ideal ‘cool’.
Retreating for me tends to mean that I play a lot of video games and distance myself from any and all social interactions. I’m an introvert, essentially, that likes to pretend I’m an extrovert when I feel like everything is chill and we can all get along. But that seems more and more complicated as we progress into the 21st century.
I’ve taken a hiatus from my cartoon, Clyde The Cyclops, for a month to collect myself and decide just where I want to go with him and his gang and what my voice is. The last thing I wanted was to insert my own emotions and feelings about the US political climate, into the world of the Rock Forest. I don’t know if I would be able to forgive myself if I had chosen to do that — the Rock Forest exists as a space where people of all walks of life and beliefs, can hang out and be friends and play at games of wonder and imagination. That said, I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things where he is concerned.
Anyway, I’m sketching more lately. Or trying to. Maybe this year I’ll start producing again.
Hermes Chthonius is an aspect of the god, Hermes, that accompanies souls on their final journey. It’s a bit darker than that happy go-lucky Hermes that we’re all familiar with when it comes to the cheerleader of Mt. Olympus. I used the a line written by the playwright [Oren Stephens] as my inspiration.
“My feet were bloody from the stone steps, but still I walked on”
Anyway, I’ve been working on a shit ton of stuff lately while also switching jobs. Unfortunately, my blog and blogging my artwork took a major, major hit. Hopefully that changes soon, but I can’t honestly say it will.
Regardless, for this years Olympians Festival, I’m doing Lethe (the river and goddess of forgetting), Demeter, Hermes Cthonius, and Charon. It’s exciting! And also nerve wracking. I always try to have a concept for my images for the festival because I can’t really approach things like good illustrators do, I always kind of have to draw out what I’m feeling at the time, and how I feel towards what I’m drawing. Because this years it’s all the Underworld, a lot of my stuff is darker and weirder. Or, actually, what is normally found in my sketchbooks.
Sometimes you just have to willingly absorb yourself in madness before you can leave the cave. Or else, that’s how I’m willing to look at this year so far. I took the year off of working on anything super major so that I can develop a comic book/world! And I have. I’ll write more about it later. The gist is I’m doing stuff with Space Elves and I’m designing them now. At first, I was thinking of potatoes with pointy ears. That evolved into people with point ears. These should be in order of thought process. Here’s some sketches!
In brief: The holidays were fun, relaxing, stressful, weird, cool, cold, tiresome, and exhilarating.
This year I’m working on a LOT of stuff. My daily cartoon is now a comic strip updated 4 times a week so I have a lot of free time now to work on other projects! Which is very exciting. One of those projects is called Sketchbook365. I’m drawing 1 warrior, 1 sword, and 1 monster in a scene/moment/cartoon every day. Below are the first 4! I re-did the third one because I hated what I original did. I don’t care, I make the rules. *puts sunglasses on and drinks a root beer float.*