Working on another concept/value sketch. I thought I’d pimp it inktober style. I’m not sure at this point if I will add a finished version to my series or not. Some parts aren’t working for me. Namely, the black and white. It needs color, badly.
A scene from a graphic novel collaboration I am currently referring to as The Historian. The baby and some decoration in the sky are done in reflective gold paint, which doesn’t scan particularly well.
Strange sounding instruments saturated the air, belly dancers undulated, the exotic smells of an African or Columbian lunch wafted in the cool autumn breeze. Bright beautiful textiles from far away lands, art and truly handmade craft from local and far away hands, brought here to the beautiful Magic City. Great conversations with new and old friends, and just a general celebration of Birmingham and multiculturalism were the backdrop that made the Street Fair one of the most beautiful uplifting events Iv’e experienced as an artist, yet.
I’m just a drop in the bucket, not even that. I’m a molecule in the bucket of internet art. I’m never gong to make it “big.” But I also don’t care about that. I’m not on the internets attempting to work for That Company and their metadata that makes profit, catapulting their stock. My goal is to make honest connections with real people, where you have to freedom to take me or leave me. It’s your choice. But many people stay when there is art and general good vibes. I geek out over explaining my dinky little art with someone truly interested, and hearing their ideas and how they feel on the matter. The conversation can lead to all different topics. And it did. This is why I create art and tell stories through it, wether it is for wee ones and caregivers bridging that immense divide, or for connecting with with all different people from near and far, like I experienced yesterday at this multicultural event, and at other events like this. One of the topics that haunts many of my conversations as we hover over my art book is reviving Birmingham. What a general nice warm fuzzy idea. But will it change the demographic? We don’t want another Mountain Brook. Screw that. The displacement is real. You make it where the local people can’t even afford the restaurant or grocery store right down the road from them. Birmingham is a beautiful place as it is. The artists here in this very city are absolutely Incredible! * And so nice and genuine. Your missing out if you think you have to look elsewhere. Here and now is worth celebrating. Keep Birmingham weird.
*The second** question I am often asked when someone approaches me typically painting behind my art table, in a rather mildly surprised tone, is, “are you from here?”
** No. 1 FAQ? When I peddle my little art, my almost 5’2” female self sits behind a large table with an oversized portfolio book and behind me is usually a 7 foot banner with my name printed simply and legibly. I have a typically female name. Which makes the most asked question hysterical to me. “Did you make that?” Which brings me back around to the giant Slurm factory of googled images of art are often stolen or copied for profit or sold for cheap, devaluing and devolving the view of art, where it is assumed that works of art are farted out by the Wormulon Queen. If you only saw the real sweatshop.
Happy World Art Drop Day! Here are some hints at my contributions I stashed around Birmingham, AL.
Happy Bug Festival
This is a piece is for a children’s book that is in one of my personal project stacks. I finally got it postcard ready. I think… Anyway, I am walking away from it now!
Here are a few rough sketches that I am currently turning into larger full color pieces. No inks for sea monsters this time.
I know the visible activity here has been slow. I’ve mostly been plugging away at the book cover. And I am finalizing the Kampion trading card game piece, working with an art director in Portugal (How cool is that?! I mean if your’e nowhere near Portugal). I also entered a few contests, and found a sliver of time to shape up my final and much improved version of “Happy Bug Festival”. Next off to create postcards out of it for the mail. Then there was the Birmingham Art Crawl in July which I was a guest. Loads if fun, but a heap of work as well.
But I am happy to say, I am in the final approval stages of the book cover. The editor was clear of my intentions during the process, as I tried to keep her in the know, sending her shots of the WIP. Hopefully there won’t be any major alterations at this point. I can’t wait to share my work! Now, I am off to make the back cover. Small stuff compared to he countless reflections painted, the car remade in perspective with it’s own highlights and warped reflections. The wheels, with their geometric grids required for each ellipse needed. 3 different perspective grids. I just can’t believe it’s finished. This was the most demanding piece I have yet to encounter.