King Buzzo

I recently had the opportunity to see the Melvin’s again.

As always it was an incredible show.

When I got home I started sketching King Buzzo from a stage snap I took.

Turned into a 12×18 pen and ink drawing.

KIng Buzzo playing with the Melvins
King Buzzo

Biggest personal disappointment in the drawing is that I didn’t really capture King Buzzo’s “Uncle Fester” head to body ratio, but I feel like the image captured the mood of the show so I will let it stand.

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.

Divine Mercy

Todays posting is fresh off the drawing desk.

“Divine Mercy” is a pen a ink drawing done with a good old fashioned fine liner sharpie, well two of them, on a 12×18 piece of 300 lb watercolor paper.

Divine Mercy
Divine Mercy

The inspiration and original planning for this image stemmed from some digital based art practice where I was playing with shadows from fire. That practice drawing never got finished.

Then in recent history, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe V Wade and my home state (Indiana) really stretched to become the Capital of Gilead by being first to enact (as a new law-not a trigger law) a near total ban on abortion.

So I ended up putting ink to paper to call ducks, ducks.

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

Buddhist Hell

When one thinks of Buddhism, the thought is usually one of peaceful serenity, unless they are fans of kung fu theatre or are following some of the more violent uprisings in SE Asia currently.

What one does not usually think of is a concept of hell. Well, just like most other major religions, Buddhism has a concept of hell. Several actually, but the one todays art piece entertains a specific one. The Realm of Hungry Ghosts.

For those unfamiliar with Buddhist lore. A Hungry Ghost is basically someone who is a slave to their desires, aversions, and/or passions. More specifically it is described as both a form of reincarnation and a realm where one is constantly haunted by those sufferings until they free themselves of them by practice of the eightfold path.

The inspiration for this piece came from a Japanese interpretation of this, which was named Gaki Zoshi (Hungry Ghosts). It is a very old scroll and you can find images from it all over the internets.

I did the piece as an Inktober project in 2021, and being pen and ink it took the entire month.

“The Realm of Hungry Ghosts” 18×24 pen and ink (fineliner) on Watercolor paper.

This pen and ink piece is originally 18×24 on watercolor paper and prints are available through Fine Art America here.

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

Sketchbook Fun

The image I am sharing today is from my sketchbook.

I was playing around with crypto critters, and thinking about the various forms that Wendigo take. From that I mixed it up with the traditional vampire… like Nosferatu instead of the mildly depressed great lover with fangs that the big screen loves so much these days.

And what I came up with was this wretched little creature.

“Nightmare”

This one isn’t anything special. Just a 12×9 pen and ink, colored with sharpies, a white gel, and brush pens.

It sure was fun to draw though.