I did this silly little oil sketch based on a drawing I made in my sketchbook. It’s called “We Thought You Were Sending Matt Damon.”
I decided to paint it because I liked how the character turned out, and I liked the concept of martians receiving our radio, television and pop culture signals for the last 100 years and becoming vapid and celebrity-obsessed without our ever realizing it. Without realizing it, that is, until they start peppering the first human Mars explorers with questions about the Kardashians and Queen Bey…
I recently completed this approx 24″ by 36″ ink-on-paper work inspired by a trip my wife and I took to Bali in May of 2016.
In addition to a relaxing vacation, the trip was an artist’s sabbatical for me. I was excited to explore the rich visual artistic traditions of the island, now part of Indonesia.
The wood, stone and concrete sculpture especially are incredible and wholly alien to Western eyes, though just as rich and complex as any artistic tradition in the world.
How did I create this Bali poster?
As far as the media and method for this piece, I was inspired by the incredible brush-pen work of the master Korean illustrator Kim Jung gi (see video ).
So for this piece, I tried in my own limited way to ape the expressive, freehand line work Kim Jung gi uses. The only underdrawing I did with a pencil was for the Balinese script (which reads “Monkey Forest; Ubud, Bali) and the checkered pattern at the bottom.
By the way, my friend from the trip Ngurah Widnyana did the translation for me. He runs a tour service on the island, so like his Smile Bali Tours and look him up if you ever go.
The paper I used is from discarded blueprints. Because the paper is designed to be slightly weather/water resistant on construction sites, it doesn’t let the ink bleed too much. An excellent, cheap and green resource!
How did I frame the Bali poster?
For the framing, I developed a novel method. I cut a sheet of plywood to size, then carved out holes through which I inserted standard metal binder clips you can buy at any office supply store. The clips hold the paper without using any glues or adhesives which might corrode the piece or make it inextricable from the plywood if the purchaser wants to change the frame in the future.
Over top of this bolted a piece of plexiglass, held away from touching the paper by several millimeters of washers stacked on the bolt.
What do the symbols in the Bali poster mean?
The image in the upper left is a Barong, depicted based on photo research into parade costumes used during various Balinese festivals. The Barong’s function in the Balinese religion — which borrows from Hinduism to layer on top of tribal animism developed uniquely on the island — is that of a protective spirit of good. His frightening aspect helps ward off demons. Think of the Barong’s function as (very loosely) analogous to a gargoyle in medieval Europe.
The underlying philosophy of Balinese religion focuses on the dichotomy of good and evil, dark and light. That’s why the checkered pattern seen at the base of the poster is ubiquitous at temples throughout the island — it functions to convey the same idea as the yin-yang symbol also seen around Bali.
The folkloric significance of the statue in the middle has me stumped, but I can guarantee you it’s an accurate representation of one of the many sculptures in the Monkey Forest in Ubud, located near the center of the island.
The people are based on photos of local Balinese people I took while touring the island — that and some fictional aspects I added to fit the layout. If you look closely, you may see my wife and I in the background.
Adam Townsend is by far the most talented graphic illustrator I have worked with in my experience working in various production companies in Orange County.
I, along with production companies that are supported by Townsend’s work, receive nothing but the best developed marketing materials/artwork that we are proud to display/distribute.
As artists ourselves, we value bringing creativity and thought provoking messages to our audiences. Adam plays an important role in providing a strong first impression to our audiences through the marketing materials he develops and creates for us.
Adam’s illustrations are full of creative ideas with aesthetically pleasing detail that will certainly make you look twice. His attention to a director’s intention and objective is always interpreted clearly and focused when represented in his work. His use of color, inspirational techniques and illustration style pave the way for a visual language that cannot be communicated through words.
Adam designed the cover of my novel, Airwoman. He was a pleasure to work with, came up with a range of design ideas and worked with me to narrow it down and modify until we had exactly what I wanted. The end result is absolutely beautiful- I love it. I would certainly work with Adam again next time.
I just finished an illustration/cover design assignment this week for Australian fantasy author Zara Quentin‘s debut novel “Airwoman.”
I got to read it early as her illustrator, and it was a super fun read! This will be the first in a series, so I’m already excited for the next installment.
To create this image, I used a combination of traditional and digital media. I used a public domain sunset photo and took the mountains from a different public domain photo and rendered each as vectors in Adobe Illustrator.
Then, once Zara approved the concept, I drew the figure and painted her with acrylic and ink on illustration board.
Then, I photographed the painting and cut her out in Photoshop, then rendered her as a vector graphic as well. The rendering process made the painting look a little bit more like a photo and the photo portion look a little more like a painting, so the piece works together harmoniously.
I’m excited to be working on a preliminary set of illustrations for a children’s book written by Southern California author Gary Schwind.
I can’t reveal all the details, but Gary agreed to let me share a few illustrations on my website here. Some are complete, some I may decide to re-do. Not sure yet, but I’ll have to take a look at the completed work to see which ones need re-done.
The story is about a young manatee who is a super fan of a rock band, and by the end (spoiler alert) he actually gets to meet them and get autographs.
This is the first project I’ve done with a new medium: art markers. These are the same kind used in many graphic novels and comic books, and the colors are rich and solid.
I bought a set for $100 about a year ago and have been fiddling with them off and on, but this is the first project I’ve worked on where I feel comfortable using them. One advantage is that you can turn out finished work really quickly, which is why high-production illustrators like comics artists use them.
When my wife and I decided to have a baby (a little girl due in August), I knew I had to do something special to decorate the nursery.
That’s why I put together this 5’X3.5′ mural populated with fantasy and children’s book characters. I’ll be filling in the correct constellation and poster on the door in the mirror, depending on when her birth sign is.
The medium is acrylic on canvass, which I tacked to the wall. I drew the sketch at about 1/8th scale, scanned it into the comupter and manipulated it so it was abou 4″X6″, and I then used an opague projector to throw it up on the wall and trace the lines.
This is a life-size self-portrait in porcelain clay that I finished this weekend under the instruction of Jim Lee, a sculptor from Northern California who held a workshop at the Jennifer Joyce Ceramic Art Studio in San Clemente.
The class was invaluable; I’ve already studied anatomy extensively in my study of paintings and stone carving, but there’s no way I could have come up with such a clean piece so quickly and accurately without the techniques, tips and shortcuts Jim teaches in his classes.
In the images posted here, the clay is still wet. The next steps include hollowing out the now-solid sculpture and removing the armature, allowing the drying process to finish, firing the clay to the hardness of porcelain, and then finishing the piece with paint and wax.
Not only was this class invaluable in teaching me sculpting/modeling technique, but it is also adding depth and perspective to my two-dimensional work.
I’ll publish another post in a few months when the piece is completely ready for presentation.
I’m finally able to post an image of this portrait of Kyle “K-Money” Grove. He was married in December of 2015 in Seattle to Julie Balazs, who commissioned the portriat as a wedding gift.
I made a sketch from the photograph shown, as well as other reference photographs, to start on the piece. I was pleased at how the initial sketch turned out, so I transferred it to the canvas rather than creating a new under-drawing.
To do this, I first Xeroxed the sketch so I wouldn’t have to ruin the original. Then, I coated the back of the copied sketch with a thick layer of vine charcoal. I used masking tape to fix the page to the front of the canvas, and then traced the lines of the sketch firmly with a ballpoint pen.
An exact duplicate of the original sketch was outlined in charcoal on the front of the canvas. That’s when I added in the hands and started putting down the first layers of oil paint.
He holds an abacus in reference to his current profession in statistical analysis — the abacus itself is set to the first 12 digits of Pi (3.14…) which is tattooed on his arm in real life. He also has an advanced degree in linguistics, hence the grammar book on which he rests his right hand.
The gift went over great! Congrats, Kyle and Julie!
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A client of mine recently mounted two of my 4’X4′ paintings on the wall of his home.
The one on the left is a portrait of the painting owner as a WWII soldier about to ambush a Nazi fortress from above as the German soldiers below drink and play cards. (The owner is a huge fan of Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorius Basterds.”)
The one on the right I was actually going to destroy because I found it depressing. It depicts a bunch of notorious criminals and killers from throughout history, flanked by animated skeletons recognizing each other as if they were old friends. In the bottom corners are portraits from the crowd a famous lynch mob photograph.
I feel like I said what I wanted to say with that painting, but then it started to depress me. The more I thought about it, the more the depiction of these scumbags seemed like glorification, though I didn’t mean it as such.
Before I burned it, though, someone expressed interest and ask if they could have it, so I relented.
Either way, I think they both look cool together, and I haven’t previously posted photos of either of these works.
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