Archive for June, 2009

On the road again…

It feels good to be on break! Three weeks of no school, what an awesome feeling. We got out of school last Friday, and Saturday I was on a plane to Seattle to visit family. I got to hang out up there for a couple of days. We went to Fort Casey on Whidbey Island. We also took a day and went to downtown Seattle to boeing field and checked out the Museum of Flight, which had an awesome space exhibit. Unfortunately I didn’t really get to spend much time downtown. 

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Currently we are in Montana. So far no UFO sightings, darn. Im going to try and put up some more posts in the next couple of days of some sketchbook stuff and some more sticker sightings.

-nick v.

p.s.- sorry for such a lame post.

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On the Road

Our latest quarter of school ended last Friday giving way to a three-week break from classes. For me, this meant that it was time to hit the road. It has been a couple of years since the last time I was in Oklahoma City to visit with family and some friends I had grown up with.

Hitting the road, I first stopped off in Memphis TN, staying at the Peabody a couple blocks from Beale St.

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The next day I made my trek to Oklahoma City for a few days.

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Currently I am in Nashville TN, on my way back Tomorrow morning. I am staying at the Cascades at Gaylord Opryland. This place is an amazing hotel—just take a look in the lobby.

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Taking some time to read for leisure, something I haven’t had time to do with in a while, I am a little over halfway through Jack Kerouac’s book On the Road: The Original Scroll, and thoroughly enjoying it.

—Jim

Process: Sophisticated Jazz Monkey From Sketch-Out to Painting

Sometime back in January I posted the Sophisticated Jazz Monkey, something that I had aspirations of making into a painting. I had never painted before—something about it has always intimidated me. Throughout my life, and I am sure that many of you can relate, I have taken at least 6 – 9 Drawing I classes. (Is there such thing as a Drawing II course by the way?) Unfortunately, I have never even been offered the opportunity to take a painting class. This is something that contributed to my intimidation—I simply did not know where to start.

Leading into our opportunity to show at Art Walk, earlier in the month, I decided to move forward with this medium that my experience was lacking. Below is the result of my first painting, something that I am proud of and happy to share with everyone in hopes that people will find something in it they like. Thank you all for continuing to check us out.

—Jim Ward

Sophisticated Jazz Monkey
24X36
Acrylic on canvas

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Below are the first two stages to this process. I first sketched and inked an illustration of a monkey—an animal that I am simply fascinated with for the many instances of laughter they bring. Honestly, is there a better section for amusement at the zoo than the monkey cages? After the initial illustration, I took it into Photoshop to do a color study and layout arrangement—the part I posted back in January.

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The Mustache Bandits…part 4

So the day has come. I’m about to introduce you to the fourth mustache bandit. Its been fun. I promise that you have not seen the last of the bandits so keep and eye out in the future. But before I introduce that fourth bandit, I thought I would put up some behind the scene pictures. There aren’t very many because Jim and I were so busy trying to get ready for Artwalk.

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 So like I said those were just some behind the scenes pictures, nothing too exciting. I wish I had more. And now the fourth bandit Peach Fuzz Freddy.

-nick v.

 

Peach Fuzz Freddy
16×20
Acrylic/screen print on canvas

Peach Fuzz Freddy

Peach Fuzz Freddy is the youngster of the group, the rookie. As you can tell he can’t quite grow a stach. Luckily he is still young so he has time to grow. The good thing about having him in the group is that he keeps things fresh with a sarcastic sense of humor.

The Mustache Bandits…part 3

Alright everyone, say hello to Bud Worthington VI

-nick v.

 

Bud Worthington VI
16×20
Acrylic/screen print on canvas

Bud Worthington VI 

Bud Worthington VI isn’t the smartest individual you will ever meet, in fact he is just plain dumb. It is safe to say he has no common sense. The upside to having him in your group is that he’s tall and strong. Plus he will do whatever you ask of him. Thats what makes him such a valuable asset to the bandits.

The Mustache Bandits…part 2

So in the tradition of keeping promises, I would like to introduce you to the second member of The Mustache Bandits. Below is a picture, and just like with Shaglocke Larry, I put up a little bio under the pic. I will be posting the other two in the next two days (one a day). I would also just like to say thanks to Brian Gray over at The Outer Box  for mentioning us on his blog, so awesome. Thank you so much we really appreciate it. 

-nick v.

 

Engleburt McAllister
16×20
Acrylic/screen print on canvas

Engleburt McAllister 

Engleburt McAllister is the wiser elder of the group. He plans every job making sure to pay attention to all the details. I guess you could say he is the leader. He has been in the business of pulling off heists for the better part of his life. Whenever the group is in a bind, he is the one they turn to.

The Mustache Bandits…part 1

So at Art Walk last Wednesday I finally revealed The Mustache Bandits. I must say that I am pretty pleased with how they turned out. I also want to thank everyone who sent me name suggestions, and for the feedback I received from everyone that I approached with possible name ideas. In the end I settled with the four names I felt suited the bandits the best. Below is the first of the four bandits along with a brief description. I intend to post one each day for the next four days. I hope you enjoy.

-nick v.

Shaglocke Larry
16×20
Acrylic/screen print on Canvas

Shaglocke Larry
Shaglocke Larry is the 38 year old ladies man of the group. He loves the ladies, only to bad the ladies don’t love him back. Some would say he is a bit over confident, others would say he is just creepy. When it comes to pulling off a big job, he doesn’t always have the best ideas, but he knows his stuff and never lets you down.