Sunday, March 1, 2015

New home for this blog - Spudd64.blogspot.com

There is a brief explanation of the reasons I am moving this blog in the post below. The important information is this...

NEW BLOG HOME: www.spudd64.blogspot.com

MY TUMBLR (same content as the new blog): www.spudd64.tumblr.com

MY WEB SITE: www.spudd64.com

I hope you'll drop in.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Moving out.

I started this blog almost 5 1/2 years ago, in August of 2009, simply to share my attempt to illustrate Moby-Dick. It's probably obvious in the URL - Every Page of Moby-Dick. Since then, I've published two books of my own art, illustrated a handful of others, traveled the country talking about my art, met many new friends, and created hundreds of images.

I've got a few new and rather involved projects in mind, and every time this happens, the URL of this blog starts to bug me again. It was a good fit when I started but it's an awkward name for the online home of all my new art. Additionally, since that Moby-Dick project concluded, there have been instances when this blog felt diffuse. It lacked focus. There were occasional guest posts, photos of my travels, mentions of the work of friends, occasional rants about book cover design, and more. And while I enjoyed having a visible platform to share those thoughts, I realize that not everyone who visited this blog wanted to see that kind of thing.

For once and for all, I am moving. The new blog will be at www.spudd64.blogspot.com. The content of that blog will be identical to the content of my tumblr, www.spudd64.tumblr.com. Both of those URLs are consistent with that of my long-time web site www.spudd64.com. All of that makes a lot more sense. This is also an opportunity for me to re-assess my goals in maintaining a blog as well. The new blog will be focused entirely on my own illustration and art. That probably means posting a bit less frequently, but the quality of the posts will be higher.

All of this feels very much like the right decision to make. This time, it's for good. I truly hope you will continue to visit me at either the blog or the tumblr.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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.