A beginning of sorts.

If you are scrolling through here, you will notice that my style is usually cartoony and simplistic.

I would like to say it is by design, and in the sense that I didn’t work to develop it otherwise is true… but in reality it is just how I see things and what my hand gives me when I try to share my thoughts with drawing.

Proof that it is not a developed skill rests in one of the ironies of my simple style.

While I love Ukiyo-E and the single brush stroke pen and ink drawings of the masters of Nippon… I have not developed the skill to replicate them. AND IT IS ENDLESSLY FRUSTRATING TO ME.

That said, lacking skill never stops and homage from me, and the one I am posting today. A simple crane against a red setting sun next to a stand of bamboo.

Crane
Crane

I post it with apologies to the masters who have done this theme so much better, but also with thanks and appreciation for showing me beauty and elegance, even if replicating it is beyond my skills.

Cernunnos Resting

Todays image is another more doodle type drawing.

I may do it again as a straight pen and ink, but the title is “Cernunnos Resting”, and is a portrait of the Green Man just after making his rounds to fertilize the forests.

The Horned God is depicted sitting under a tree holding his Torc in his right hand and a snake with Rams horns in his left. He is flaccid, not for impotence, but to symbolize this being after the great fertilization of spring. He is surrounded by a rat, rabbit, deer, bull, and wolf. All in them selves symbols of nature, strength and fertility.

Cernunnos Resting

The drawing was done with fine-liners and colored with markers. More important than the art itself in this case is that we don’t lose this symbolism (which anyone familiar with Celtic history/ruins will recognize from cave art and ancient European artifacts).

It is a reminder that Europe too had nature based religions that kept us in touch with the cycles of the earth before Rome and the Catholic Church eradicated them just like every other culture touched by them.

I don’t pretend to know the truth about what Gods there are, and how they rank and whatnot, but I have no doubt that humans and their relationship with the planet earth (and each other) will dramatically improve if we get back into rhythm with its life cycles and patterns.

Some creepy fun.

So the drawing I am putting on here today comes from a special place in my heart. That place is the dark hallway that houses all things creepy.

In the case of “The Rabbit”, We have a sexually aggressive man rabbit with a kitchen knife barging into your bedroom in middle of the night.

The Rabbit drawing
The Rabbit

Nothing remarkable artistically, but a lot of fun to draw. Not so fun to dream.

Worm Porn

This is one I drew a couple years ago during #inktober #drawlloween or whichever prompt based drawing challenge that I was working on. The prompt was nightcrawler.

Yes, I know that during a drawing challenge around Halloween, it is far more likely that they were looking for the cryptid from Fresno known for its short stature, long legs, and tiny upper body.

I also know that the Fresno Nightcrawler (or Fresno Alien) is probably the dumbest of all the cryptids. maybe even dumber than if you randomly combined two others and started a family for them.

On the other hand, who doesn’t love coming outside after a good rain and finding earthworms fucking in their yard?

Plus it was a good thing to draw while I was learning to shade with water color brush pens, and to work on using white gel pens to fake up some moisture.

worm porn
Worm Porn

Also, this was way more fun to draw than made sense. It was probably just my rotten core enjoying making a mockery of the prompt. A big part of my wiring is non cooperation for no good reason.

Early String Theory

This is a drawing I did a couple years ago with brush pens and fine points.

The title “Early String Theory” is a play on the modern movement in physics with the much older theory that three seamstress goddesses controlled the fate of man.

For those not familiar with these ladies, they are Clotho (“spinner”), Lachesis (“allotter”) and Atropos (“the unturnable”) and collectively they are known as the Three Fates (aka the Moirai). Clotho spinning your life, Lachesis measuring it, and Atropos cutting it off.

Early String Theory
Early String Theory

Is it still sexy?

The image I am sharing today is a nod to Tsukioka Yoshitoshi. Yoshitoshi is one of the great Ukiyo-E artists who lived from 1839 to 1892. If you have glanced at Japanese art, and especially Ukioyo-E you have undoubtedly seen some of his work.

Of his work, my favorite come from a series classified as muzan-e (cruel pictures) by the name of “28 famous murders”. In this set one particular image caught my eye and struck me as amusing. It is the 12th in the series, is titled “Inada Kyūzō Shinsuke: woman suspended from rope”, and features a woman being murdered by Shinsuke while she is hanging in shibari.

At this time I feel like I should note that my amusement was not at this woman’s murder or the savagery of its method (though it is a compelling image), but lies in the fact that today shibari (or rope bondage) is a very popular fetish when historically it was used as a brutal form of torture.

Psychologically it makes sense for a ton of reasons ranging from risk taking to the physical confusion between pleasure and pain that BDSM practitioners know well.

Nevertheless, the image struck me so I felt compelled to do an homage to it as part of my series of honoring Ukiyo-e. That series by the way is not complete, but has seemed to burn itself out lately and I am working on other projects.

All of that is why I gave the piece the title, “Is it still sexy?”. A tongue in cheek question for the whole BDSM scene.

“Is it still sexy?” 18×24 Gouache and brush pen on watercolor paper.

Prints are available in a variety of formats at my Fine Art America store.

Thoughts and Prayers

Its been a few months since I posted anything here. I would like to say it is because I have been super busy and just haven’t had time to share.

The truth is that this is pretty typical for me.

I have still been making art…just not as intensely. I still have a bunch of art I want to share, talk about, and even sell… but I am revisiting how I want to go about that. And a bunch of other side thoughts that have nothing to do with this post.

What does have to do with this post is bright colors, skeletons, hallucinogens, water color brush pens, and bristol board.

“Thoughts and Prayers” 9×12 water color brush pens on Bristol

It was fun to draw and even more fun to “research” having mushrooms on the brain.

Currently I do not have any prints of this being sold, but depending on how I move forward, that is likely to change.

Faeries and Flowers

Today I am posting another drawing that I did with brush pens. This one was kind of in response to some friends and family that were picking at me because so much of my subject matter is dark.

If you like dark things you know the words.

“Why don’t you draw anything pretty? Like flowers.”

And eventually one gets tired of trying to explain that they find beauty in all things, dark or light. Or that I just draw what strikes me. One does not control their muse, one merely follows her…enslaved by her song.

Anyway, I amused myself by thinking up a way to draw something pretty that would irk them. Because I am a petulant child.

That idea turned out to be a faery masturbating in a flower patch.

Tinkering Her Bell

“Tinkering Her Bell” was a lot of fun to draw. It’s social media response was way more positive than I expected and only offended one person (who I barely knew and decided wasn’t worthy of keys of the kingdom because of their prudish mindset. No one needs that kind of negativity).

I wish I had used watercolor paper instead of the bristol this is drawn on… but it was before I realized how much better blending down worked on watercolor paper with these pens. But the image is watercolor brush pens on bristol. I would sell it if it was wanted, but haven’t really considered it because it was just a fun drawing. 9×12

The FeeJee Mermaid!

You remember when I confessed to loving Bigfoot? Well there may have been more to that story. OK, there is more to that story.

I love Cryptids period.

Cryptozoology is fun. I not only enjoy it, cryptozoology and anthropomorphized animals probably make up half of my sketches. If nothing else, the two of them have a huge Venn overlap with old world religions….so they are a space I relish.

One of the most famous creatures that falls into both categories is the mermaid.

It is also one of the most frequently drawn.

But it is all too often drawn as a very attractive woman with a fish tail.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to draw tittays as much as the next guy… but there really aren’t a lot of legends where mermaids actually are fish tailed hotties.

Almost all of the seafaring stories of mermaids and sirens involves sailors hearing beautiful voices or thinking they see beautiful fish girls… only to find that it was a bunch of gnarly old hags luring them on to the rocks.

But that is a bit of digression.

One of the coolest mermaids was made famous by none other than the greatest Humbug (aka con man) of all time. P.T. Barnum.

That would be the one known as the FeeJee Mermaid. I won’t go into a ton of detail about it here, because that isn’t what this site is…and there are already tons of references online if you want to check it out.

What I will do is share a marker drawing I did of it.

Feejee Mermaid

Not a great drawing, but it sure was fun to draw…and I liked it in concept enough that I reworked it digitally and designed a Tee Shirt of it in honor of PT Barnum’s show and museum.

You of course can buy this t-shirt at my Tee Public Store.

A fun DnD drawing

I feel like I have been putting up a lot of serious stuff lately, so for my Saturday post I want to share a fun drawing I did.

This one started out just sketching an eyeball. When the orb of the eye started filling out it morphed into a beholder.

Like I mentioned in the first Dungeons and Dragons picture I posted, I could not just draw a beholder the same as they have been portrayed by everyone else. So I gave it more pronounced pincers and some tentacles to give it a floaty feel.

Beholder

One of my friends pointed out that it looked like my beholder was a mutation with another DnD monster called the Eye of the Deep, which is completely fair.

Either way, this drawing is a pen and ink with watercolor brush pens for color on bristol.