I love butterflies. Scientists believe Monarchs are dwindling because of climate change and modern agriculture. Plant Milkweed in your garden to help them. In my work it represents the silly tinfoil hat conspiracy magnet Project Monarch by the CIA. I am fascinated by how conspiracy nuts blame MKULTRA for almost everything.
Vampire bat cartoon for Halloween. Vampire bats are hipsters. They only come out at night and they hang from their toes when they sleep.
This is Herbert the snail. He is slow and kind of icky and slimy but he is happy. He always has a giant smile as he slides across the ground leaving icky trails of slime behind him. He likes to spell out long vocabulary words to show the lady snails how smart he is. His favorite word to write is verisimilitude. He writes it in cursive.
The cool thing about digital art is that it is 100 percent clean and surgically precise. Compared to painting with liquid plastic on top of animal hair – it is as clean and ordered as the room Nasa keeps moon rocks in. Within a psd file – you have layers and layers of virtual labeled drawers of reality that you can open up and manipulate and change until you are happy. You virtually massage virtual points of light with microscopic detail. You have absolute control and the ability to pull up art from 3 years ago and add touches to it perfectly and then hit save and you have an iteration of a piece of reality from the past. It is like a crystalized time slice that you can hold up with a pair of tweezers and obsess over. This is an eastern bluebird that I painted at my grandmas house. It reminds me of eating cereal and watching them in Winter at 6am as they messily dump seeds out of the feeder and onto the ground so they can be more comfortable eating them. He reminds me of irrational anxiety and worrying about my grandma’s health. I took the butterfly out of his mouth and made some changes to his shape and to the wood he is perched on.
I have a terrible irrational fear of falling asleep in bed with no covers on my feet. It goes all the way back to someone warning me when I was a kid of the danger that vampire bats pose to your exposed toes. I absolutely cannot fall asleep without at least a sheet to cover my toes – no matter how thin. Even if it is 100 degrees out and I am sweating – if my toes are hanging out – I’m not getting to sleep. I mentioned this silly phobia in an earlier post and figured I better draw it. Hah this turned out way creepier than I intended. I think it’s the expression. xD
Uga is the lovable slobbery and rowdy mascot bulldog for the University of Georgia. He has his own Air Conditioned doghouse on wheels. This is a cartoon illustration of Uga with his trademark red sweater.
When I was little we had a yellow house with a yellow shed out back that was filled with junk. I remember playing around it in the summer – getting in the gray powdery moon like sand and hunting for roly polys and doodle bugs. We also had a pretty semi-wild kitty cat who spent most of her time hiding under that house. She once had babies under there and it was impossible for us to handle them – so they grew up wild as yellow eyed mountain lions. I sometimes dream I am a kid again and I climb chain link fences on sunny days and see those kitties looking out at me from under that house.
I love orcas. They are intelligent water mammals kin to dolphins. They give live birth and and nurse their young. They also hold their breath instead of having gills like a fish. This is an illustration of a mother killer whale with her calf. I focused on trying to give them human like exaggerated expressions.
I love the Easter Bunny. He is so delightfully deranged in the best way possible. I love how Western society has taken a pagan symbol for fertility and fused it with a Christian Holiday. Western culture you so crazy.
” Uncle” Ben Franklin printed the “JOIN, or DIE.” snake in 1754 in the Pennsylvania GAZETTE in Philadelphia to encourage the colonies to unite against the advances of the French and their native allies. The design and woodcut has been attributed to Ben. No definitive proof is available at this point. In 1756 the Seven Years War was declared. The French and Indian War was the conflict in the Americas that lead up to War being declared. The logo was revised against the British later. The coils of the original art mimic the outline of the North American coast and the locations of each colony or unified government (In the case of New England which was technically four colonies). The use of CAPS was similar to us using caps in an email today. It was extremely important at the time to lay the foundation for which many of us now take for granted. – some random dude