Art & Design
For the writers among my friends who have a soft spot and a knack for spooky stories - this will be right up your alley! Clive Barker is doing a collaboration project on deviantArt to come up with the ultimate crowd-sourcing story. Right on time for Halloween 'season', you can submit your versions of how the story should continue chapter by chapter; and fans of the author of cult horror books such as "Cabal", "Books of Blood", "Imajica" and movie adaptaions such as "Hellraiser" and "The Midnight Meat Train" sure have to be giddy about this amazing opportunity to work with him.
'Nuff said, check out the deviantArt page on the contest/project and break out your pencils, notpads, laptops (or whatever brings out your creative genius) and think of something scary. All rules, deadlines, and prologue are detailed there. Good Luck! CJ
But even if I missed the boat on the first publishing of many a US graphic novel gem, this is not a mistake I need to live with.And the Anniversary edition of Fables' "Legends in Exile" is just one of many purchases that are evidence of my new-found love and appreciation of the American contemporary graphic novel. To ever-new horizons (even if we only made it to the party very fashionably late )! CJ
Deadline is July 24, 2012
It's another art contest by DeviantArt.com, this time it's T-Shirt design. You have to be a member of the Deviant Art network to participate, but basic membership is free. Here is the header and description of the contest, link is active too. Good Luck! CJ
"Remember reading about Greek and Roman mythology in school? What about the
folklore you’ve heard while camping or during bedtime stories? We’re challenging
you to harness those tales of old and make a design for a t-shirt featuring
Think about fantastical beasts renowned in folklore and myth -- unicorns,
dragons, and other mythical animals that you’ve seen in films or books. Now, get
inspired by those creatures and let’s see something awesome!"
When I drew this, I had no idea how much the reflection on passing of time and the flux of all things living and inanimate would consume my thoughts over this last week. I would like to dedicate this post therefore also to a strong woman and colleague of mine, who passed away last Friday morning (although the rabbit drawing itself has nothing to do with her nature). Kim, you will be missed. Aloha. CJ
Fantasies drawings.... Leviathan from the Deep
This is a continuation of the "Medusa" drawing, it started out as the same decalcomania print technique in Bright Aqua Green and layer by layer the crosshatch drawing and washes of different shades of blue and white were added. The Leviathan/Cthulu coming up from the depths of the ocean - maybe yet another of these subconscious emotional outburst.
It is very fortunate indeed to have a creative way to turn thoughts, personality, and environment into visible manifestations. Surprisingly enough, there are always new sides and aspects coming to the surface. The more you let go of the control and let association techniques take over the process of making art, the more unexpected results emerge - new questions to answers you might have long taken for granted.
Facing your monsters and fantasies can be an amazing experience, because not all ghosts are meant to be surpressed. Skeletons in the closet ultimately only end up stinking up the house!
I am very excited about this new series of colored illustration/ drawings. The next two decal prints are waiting to be worked with - this time a bronze dragon will emerge victoriously!
Art in Hawaii
Living in Hawaii is an inspiring experience, both artistically and spiritually.