I went to my friend's Halloween party tonight. I think it's the first time in over 10 years since I've been to a costume party. I wore the cheapest costume and mask I found at Spirit Halloween store a few days ago. It's a black robe and plastic devil mask. I only wore the mask for a couple minutes when I arrived and only put it back on once to try and scare some kids.
Today I went on my first hike in over a month. I hurt my right knee riding my bike at Viva Call in September and it's barely feeling good enough to start going for walks. I did the Penitencia Creek Trail which is 5.4 miles long with only 541 feet of elevation gain. My legs and feet are really sore from not working out but I still feel good. I'd been feeling stressed out and a little depressed lately and today's visit to Alum Rock Park helped alleviate those feelings. I remembered how much hiking helped keep me sane during lockdown and it still works! Today's highlight was seeing a baby snake on the trail!
I'm one week behind for Inktober. This is the longest I've fallen behind. Tonight I sketched out numbers 23 through 26. I hope I can get them all done by the 31st.
The mural I was contracted to paint, that was put on hold for a couple months, recently the go-ahead to move forward. It's on a different wall now, with different dimensions, but the same location. Part of the mural is supposed to represent the local neighborhoods so I drove around for a couple hours today to get ideas and some references. Then I came home and started sketching and working on the composition. I'm going to wait till I have a solid design locked down before I share what the mural is and where it's at. In the meantime, check out some of the things I've sketched so far.
After a bunch of setbacks trying to coordinate the 31 Skulls fundraiser for Local Color, I think we've finally settled on an event date and a game plan. November 20, at Local Color's Keystone location. More details TBA (I'm so tired of saying that). I had to make a few edits to the teaser video I put together and added an extra artist, resized the text, and added the date and location at the end. Hopefully now we can put this on the Local Color social media and follow through with the plan.
About a week ago I got a DM on Instagram from someone who bought a couple shirts from me at an event a few years ago. He's a photographer and is about to release a new magazine and asked if I was interested in putting an ad in it free of charge. We talked on the phone a bit and he seems like a good guy so I said yes. Tomorrow is the submission deadline so of course I waited till the last minute to get it done. This is what I sent him
I spent a good chunk of the day looking for the perfect typeface for a logo I'm working on. I went through all my pre-installed Adobe fonts then all the additional fonts available for download. I picked twelve then narrowed it down to eight. I mocked them up then emailed them to the client (my sister in law) and she picked the winner. The logo still needs a bit of polish but it's getting there.
I sketched, but didn't ink, my Inktober drawing for today. It's the face of the moon with a crashed rocket in its eye. It's the from the 1902 French film, "Le Voyage dans la Lune" (A Trip to the Moon). I was watching a show tonight where the characters were painting a full moon and I got the idea.
Not much to write about today. Went to work, had a meeting, cleaned and threw out a bunch of junk, went home, took a nap, went out to buy groceries, came back home a cleaned a little, watched some TV and called it a night. I should have painted my skull for 31 Skulls, caught up on my Inktober drawings or took photos of my framed drawings, but I didn't do any of that shit.
Today I picked up the 5 drawings I had on display at Orange Moon Salon. They'd been hanging there since last October. Now I'm gonna take them out of the frames, photograph them (to make prints later), and put them back in the frames before moving them to the Martin Luther King Library to hang with the other pieces I have currently have up there.
Today was a lazy Sunday. I watched a couple movies, worked on my skull a little bit, and sketched out the four drawings I need to catch up for Inktober.
I haven't been out these last few weeks because of work and a knee injury. Today I was feeling a little stir crazy so I drove up to Joseph D. Grant Park to be outside for a little while and draw. I drew a melty monster face. There was a big feral pig nearby looking for food and I got close enough to get some video.
Today I made a little bit of progress on the skull I'm painting for Local Color's upcoming 31 Skulls event. I'm drawing Eyes, Mouths & Noses on it. I'm using oil based markers, white for fills and black for outlines. I hope I can finish it this weekend.
Today I worked on the sponsorship packet design for Local Color's 31 Skulls fundraising campaign. This was a first for me. I've seen them before and recently learned more about them. Organizations use them for fundraising. They have different levels based on contribution amount, each with different perks for those who choose to sponsor events. I had a little involvement with the actual content of the packet but I handled all the design. I did have to look at a few examples to get an idea of what to do. I'm waiting on the team at Local Color to get back to me with edits and to finish writing out all the content before the board members start sending them out to potential sponsors. I hope this makes us lots of money!
I drew 10, 11 & 12 tonight. I dragged my finger across wet ink on the second drawing and streaked it. I fixed it with a couple coats of Pro White.
Tonight I started vectorizing a sketch I made for my sister in law's house cleaning business. I drew the pencil sketch weeks ago but I'm finally getting around digitizing it now. I started by building the shapes in Illustrator on the computer then drawing them in Fresco on the iPad. I drew most of the tattered ribbon tonight and plan on having a finished sample by tomorrow.
I'm behind schedule on the skull I'm painting for Local Color's fundraiser, 31 Skulls. I spent most of the day trying to decide what I was going to draw on the skull. I was torn between the Eyes, Mouths & Noses motif or the brains I usually draw. I also tested out different markers, paints and brushes.In the end I went with EMN using oil based markers.
I'm also a day behind on my Inktober drawings. I't's day 10 but I'm on drawing 9. I drew this chunky demon guy marching along.
I finished the background on the ceramic skull I'm painting for Local Color's 31 Skulls fundraiser. I think I'm going to draw a bunch of eyes & mouths on it like my previous work. When it's all done I'll give it back to Local Color and it'll be used as prize for their fundraising raffle.
Tonight I knocked out my Inktober drawings for days 7 & 8. I had to catch up and draw two today because I didn't draw one yesterday. Earlier, I started painting my ceramic skull for Local Color's 31 Skulls Fundraiser. I spray painted the bottom and some of the sides and still need to do the top. After spray painting I'm going to draw on the skull with an oil based marker and clear coat it when I'm done. I'm hoping to finish it this weekend.
Tonight I worked on this video for the 31 Skulls Fundraiser for Local Color. This is the second annual event where Local Color commissions artists to decorate ceramic skulls which then get used as prizes in a raffle. I'm spearheading the fundraiser this year and thought it'd be fun to make it like a sequel to a horror flick and gave it the subtitle, "Revenge of the Skulls." This video might change a little before it's official release but my goal was to highlight all the participating artists, in a cool way, and hopefully get people excited about the event!
I spent a lot more time on this than I originally wanted, and I could have kept going, but I'm trying not to spend too much time on my Inktober drawings this year.