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Foot in the Door, Not so much…

I went down to the Minneapolis Institute of art last night as part of one of my classes. We were supposed to go see the Foot in the Door opening, but upon seing the line we thought better of that and wondered around the rest of the exhibits instead. So as a follow up this morning I thought I would post some links to some of my favorite pieces from the various collections.

The Promenades of Euclid by René Magritte – This is by far my favorite piece of everything at MIA. I first saw it in elementary school on a field trip. I love the concept of the canvas on the easel matching perfectly with the view out the window. I actually have a print of this piece that I keep to stare at when I need some inspiration.

The Intrigue by James Ensor – I am really not sure what makes me like this one so much. There is something a little morbid in a crowd of what I think is a crowd of dead or dying people (most of there eyes are rolled to the sky and if you look at the large version you can see death peaking in at them from the left hand edge of the painting.)

View of Dresden: Schlossplatz by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner – I can sum this one in just one word. Color! I love the color scheme here, which is kind of funny seeing as how I do not see full spectrum on Blues and Greens.

Channel to the Mills by Edwin M. Dawes – this is a new one to my list of favorites. I don’t remember ever having seen this one there before. I love the color pallet but more then that I love the way the crack in the ice leads the eye into the painting and up to the cityscape.

London: St. Paul’s Cathedral seen from the Thames by André Derain – Another piece that can be explained in Color alone.

City Night by Georgia O’Keeffe – This is another new one to me. I dont recall having seen it before. What is really amazing to me though is that it is a Georgia O’Keeffe. I don’t recall having ever liked anything of her’s that I have seen before. I really like this one though. Again for the color scheme and also for the use of perspective in the piece.

The Denial of St. Peter by Gerrit van Honthorst – I love the darkness of this piece. Fitting for the moment of the story. I also like the intense warm glow in the center. Something about it just speaks to the scene and what is going on. Even though Peter is denying Jesus in this moment the light still surrounds him in a protecting glow.

Job and His Friends by Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps – From a book of the Bible I have read more then once. I think what I like the most about this one is simply how the artist has laid it out. I thought it was a good use of the space. Of course again While Job is in the darkness during his bad times the light lingers in the background waiting.

I have to warn you this next one is a little on the gore side.

Salome with the Head of Saint John the Baptist by Onorio Marinari – I can’t even think of away to explain why I like this one. There is something about it that just moves me.

so there you have it. Some of my favorite things that I looked at last night.


Jim Lee Draws Gambit…

I really dont have anything to say TV wise right now that I can think of… So I will just post this, itis a really cool video of Jim Lee kicking out a 8 minute drawing of Gambit. He had done a contest for his followers on Twitter and this is what the winner got!


Reasons I dont do a ustream broadcast of me drawing like all the cool artist are:

I have been watching some cool artist stream a video feed as they work as of late….
otis frampton
Dani Jones

1. Although I am getting better, I dont think I am that good yet.

2. I would be constintly inturupted by littleduck.

3. I have a tendency to draw with my nose just inches from the paper so the camera wouldnt see much.


Artist to Watch – Travis Hanson


I found Travis Hanson on Deviant Art, where he is known as Travsthebean, as I was poking around other artist favorites pages. I instantly fell in love with his work.

a55b9a294a158793de7b3469f324b8adThe art that Travis creates is filled with a joyful happyness. The feeling I get looking at the prints that Travis creates reminds me of the joy I use to get reading Calvin and Hobbes, a sense of youthful adventure and fun.

Travis fills his art with a brilliant coloring style and amazing inks. In his one panel prints are told better more thrilling stories then I have seen in some full comicbooks!

Recentlly in his journals on DA Travis has been taking polls about two art books he will be putting together this year. One to feature his Forgotten Folks works and the other to focus on the Teddy Bear Pirates. Although I have seriously been cutting back on my book purchases of late, these will be additions to my collection for sure.

The final thing, and the item from the future of Travis that I think has me the most excited is that he has been talking a little bit about a weekly comic. The idea of an illustrated story by Travis something that I will follow, and buy if given the option, with out a doubt!



Artist to Watch! – Otis Frampton


Otis Frampton‘s Oddly Normal was the first webcomic that I really truly fell in love with. Even though the webcomic has long since gone the way of the Dodo, I still remember it as the work that showed me that a webcomic could be more then just a gag strip.

ff_by_otisframptonSince then Oddly Normal has gone on to be a series of Graphic Novels. Volume One wrapped up what had begun in the webcomic with art and story done by Otis. From that point on, Oddly Normal was written by Otis, and drawn by some other great artist. Volume Two had the art provided by Sergio Quijada. Volume Three was Illustrated by Jessica Hickman and Volume Four will be drawn by previous artist to watch Katie Cook.

Oddly Normal is not the end of Otis’s coolness. It goes on from there. Otis has provided sketch cards for a number of different trading card sets. As well as working on developing a number of other new properties of his own which he frequently previews on his website.

Otis is also one of the hosts of a podcast created by him and his buddy Marc Deering called The Words & Pictures Podcast. This podcast is one of my favorite things to listen to while I am drawing, it is both entertaining and at informational! You can also see Otis showing off his skills almost nightly on his USTREAM page as he videocasts while he works (he is drawing a cool drawing of marvel’s Warlock as I write this!) on his art.



My Friends make cool art… and sell it.

My e-buddies Zach and Sarah have put together 48 mailing tubes of goodies to sell in their new store… you should really go check it out!

They have 48 mailing tubes filled with:

1 – random 4.5″x6″ print gocco (signed by artist)
1 – random 12″ sticker
2 – random smaller stickers
1 – random 1″ button
1- sticker applicator
1 – True mystery item (don’t worry, it won’t be anything live)

Here’s the link to the item in the store:

Check out all the stuff here:


Artist to Watch – Katie Cook


shaun_of_the_dead_by_katiecookieBack when I was working on creating a story titled Abbie and the Monsters I did a whole bunch of web searches to make sure I wasnt using a name that already exsisted somewhere else. when I was doing that I came across The Mosters Republic of Monstairia. a webcomic by Brodie H. Brockie with art done by Katie Cook. That was my discovery of the genius that is Katie Cook.

Katie is best described (in my opinion as well as half of the internet I would think.) as the queen of cute. Her talent doesnt end with cute though.

Katie is one of those talented people who seem to have a perfect eye for layout. Her pages look wonderful As seen in Myspace Dark Horse Presents #4 “Tricks of the Trade” and her issues of the online Star Wars comic.) and her sketch cards are amazing. This ability at layout makes her one of the greats at sketch cards. Where some artist well create a multi-card set to be put into packs that will leave someone with a card of a shoulder or something equally lame or stupid Katie makes everysingle card something a collector would love to have.

My favorite all time piece of Katie art though, has to be the drawing she did for me of my family as Hobbits!


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