Friday, February 27, 2015

Cowboy House Correspondence Club Season 3








Together, Fred Frances III, Mike Madsen and Pretty Jeff Gibbons make up Cowboy House, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based comic collective that is both restlessly inventive and ferociously productive. Cowboy House is in the closing days of their already-funded Kickstarter for the Correspondence Club Season 3. A mere $25 gets you a brand new independent comic a month, from March 2015 to August 2015, from one of the Cowboy House creators. You will also receive prints, sketches, stickers and all kinds of other delightfully weird stuff.

Go to their Kickstarter right here and watch the video to learn more. You can even see me, sweaty, standing in the hallway of my apartment, wearing boxing gloves, and palavering about boxing and art. It's well worth it. 

And when you're done, consider pledging. I did last year and I am going to do it again this year. I've got boxes and boxes of zines and independent comics and I'm always giving them away. but I keep the Cowboy House stuff, and I always will. These guys are solid.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

20% off all art in my Etsy shop


Use the coupon code "quixote1" for 20% off any purchase in my Etsy shop through Sunday night. Illustrating Don Quixote is going to take over a thousand pieces of Bristol board, several pens, and dozens of ink refills. I’m trying to raise some money for those supplies. Take a look at the shop at this link!

A Moby-Dick tattoo based on my own art

One of the greatest honors an artist can receive, to my mind anyway, is when someone responds so deeply to that artist's work that he or she tattoos the image permanently upon their skin. Here is one of my whale drawings, on John. 

And here is the piece that it's based on, my illustration for page 129 of Moby-Dick.

Tattoo by Nathan Moody at American Vengeance Tattoo in Amarillo, Texas. Amazing work, Nathan.

CHARACTER WEDNESDAY: The Man of La Mancha

(For a group art tumblr named Character Wednesday that I am part of.)

Title: The Man of La Mancha (Don Quixote)

5 inches by 12 1/8 inches
ink on watercolor paper
February 22, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Seeing Calvino featured on La Repubblica in Italy

Our group art tumblr Seeing Calvino, where Joe Kuth, Leighton Connor and I have been illustrating each of Calvino's Invisible Cities, has been featured on the web site of the Italian publication La Repubblica. You can see the slideshow here, and if you can read Italian please let me know what they say. Many thanks to La Repubblica for sharing our work so widely.

My "Heart of Darkness" examined in "The International Journal of Language and Literature"

Thanks for my wife for finding this and pointing it out to me. Before illustrating every page of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, I created a suite of 10 illustrations that, I think, visually distilled the essence of the narrative into a single brief series. These 10 illustrations were printed in The Graphic Canon volume 3: From Heart of Darkness to Hemingway to Infinite Jest edited by Russ Kick. Someone named Ana Abril Hernandez has written a scholarly examination of these illustrations for The International Journal of Language and Literature, and a PDF of her article can be found here. Like many scholarly articles, it is a complex and in-depth piece and I am slowly working my way through it, but it is intriguing to see my work subjected to this kind of inquiry.

My art, in Australia...

This, too, brings me joy. This was one of the biggest and most challenging pieces I have ever worked on and I was rather terrified to ship it to Australia. I had all these visions of it being run over by a delivery truck or falling in the ocean and all sorts of other silly stuff. Fortunately the piece made it to its new owner safe and sound, and here it is, gloriously framed and hanging on a wall in Australia.

My art, in Tennessee...

As you know, my art is very dear to me, so I enjoy seeing when others have had my work framed and hung on their own walls. This particular friend has quite a few of my works (maybe more than anyone else, possibly excepting my good friend Brian S.) so I know that these pieces are in very very good hands. Many of these go back several years, all the way back to the original Moby-Dick project, while some are newer and one is a brand new commission. I like these photos very much.




Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A comic for S.P.A.C.E.

This April I will have a table at S.P.A.C.E., the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo, in Columbus, Ohio. And for the first time in 8 years, I am going to have a  new, original comic to debut. It's a full color comics adaptation of the short story The Horror of the Heights by Arthur Conan Doyle, the first in a series of comic adaptations I plan on titling Dread. I finished the first page last night, and while that page isn't particularly significant narratively, it is notable because this is the first page of comics I have created in a very long time.

CHARACTER WEDNESDAY: Gorilla Grodd

For a group art tumblr named Character Wednesday that I am part of.

Title: Gorilla Grodd

10 inches by 8 inches
acrylic paint and ink on watercolor paper
February 16, 2015


Monday, February 16, 2015

Seen in Ohio...

Spotted this on the side of a construction truck on my walk in to work last week. I love seeing this kind of thing.