And we’re back with another installment of T-Shirt Tuesday. This week’s featured shirt is another design from the upcoming Ocean Rain show, in this case, a new seahorse:
And you can buy it right here .
April 2, 2013 | Categories: animal , april , art , art biz , art show , artblog , artist , artiste , artists , blog , business , buy , buy buy buy , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , marine , redbubble , seahorse , shirt , t-shirt | Tags: art , howyadoin , seahorse , ocean rain , aquatic , marine | Leave A Comment »
Hey there. As you may have noticed, weekly t-shirt releases were on hiatus for awhile as we prepped for (and recovered from) Hot Pink .
But now we’re rebooting the t-shirt release program, starting with this octopus from the upcoming Ocean Rain show (more on this at a later date):
You can buy this lovely cephalopod right here in my Redbubble store .
March 26, 2013 | Categories: art , howyadoin , commerce , sale , sell , buy , illustration , drawing , show , sales , creativity , draw , promotion , buy buy buy , illustrate , green , artist , canada , symbol , creative , linework , promo , bret taylor , redbubble , design , howyadoin graphics , ugly , artblog , wordpress , blog , sea of love , t-shirt , business , turquoise , photoshop , legs , artiste , beautiful , artwork , art biz , beach , onward , picture , sea change , art show , aquatic , clothes , apparel , animal | Tags: art , howyadoin , octopus , cephalopod , eight legs , tentacles | Leave A Comment »
I’ve mentioned this before, but I picked up a nice little sketchbook from Zequenz back in the spring, and I take it with me whenever possible. I like documenting simple, cool little things when I’m visiting friends, or in a restaurant, etc. It’s become a visual diary to mark little events (and big ones too, I guess). Very nice smooth-finish paper in it, and the book will fold flat when you open it, which is nice for both drawing and scanning.
It also keeps me drawing on a regular basis, which is crucial. I’ve found over the past couple months that it’s really helped crystallize my drawing style. This actually caught me by surprise, because I’ve never really tried to find a specific style.
And yet, it seems to be happening, and it feels damn good.
Not long ago we were barbecuing at a friend’s place, and I saw a wooden giraffe that I just had to draw:
I definitely want to pursue more art along these lines.
And then just last week I was hanging with some other friends, watching Misfits on Netflix and pigging out on Wendy’s. At some point I looked around for something to draw, and saw an Imperial Stormtrooper helmet. These are pretty ornate pieces of design work, so there were some minor challenges to drawing one.
But I like how this turned out, and it was probably only 10-15 minutes’ work:
More to come in the future.
December 16, 2012 | Categories: animal , art , artblog , artist , artiste , artistic growth , artwork , blog , bret taylor , friends , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , illustrate , illustration , linework , , paper , picture , process , sketch , sketchbook , vancouver , wordpress | Tags: art , , draw , , howyadoin , illustrate , , , , , |
Unless you’re a newcomer to this site, you probably know that I recently completed a thousand consecutive days of art. Every one of those days, from January 1/2010 – October 1/2012, I drew and/or painted, without fail.
One thousand days.
As time went on, the numbers actually began to mean less and less to me. Because it was really about the journey, of course. About what I learned, where I went, how I changed.
The past few years have been challenging, to say the least. Apart from the financial hardships of the recession and its aftermath, one thing I’ve been struggling with is the lack of structure in my life (I’m a freelancer, by the way). So the added benefits to this extended art experiment are just that – structure, purpose, direction.
For a long time people were asking me what I planned to do on the final day. I considered several options, because I wanted to do something momentous. But in the end these options fell through, so I decided that the best course of action would be…
… Business as Usual.
After all, I had a show to prepare for. Paintings to finish, logistics to be sorted out, all sorts of promotional work to do. Putting on an art show is no small task.
So when I got up that morning, I did a quick little sketch, just in case:
That way if the sun exploded or we got invaded by zombies, at least I could still say I reached the 1000th day.
(Fortunately they didn’t. But hey, you never know.)
After that it was back to the metalflake dinosaur paintings. Since my T-Rex sketch from back in February was the central image in my upcoming show, I decided that finishing one of those pieces would be my best bet. And that just seemed fitting – it tied in with the show, with my calendar, and any number of other peripheral art ventures. Plus it was inspired in the first place by the person who’s made the biggest mark in my life during the Project – my Agent and former Muse.
So there you have it. One thousand days. I painted and drew a lot, I learned a lot, I sweated and bled, and I’m still standing.
Oh, and one more thing: I’m already working an art book based on the experience. Watch this space for further details.
October 29, 2012 | Categories: art , howyadoin , illustration , drawing , book , that's all she wrote , finished , show , painting , , artistic growth , learning , thank you , creativity , process , draw , work , inspiration , illustrate , accomplishment , goal , painter , artist , glory , creative , bret taylor , metalflake , calendar , howyadoin graphics , , , thanks , , artblog , blog , vancouver , paintings , , metal flake , , muse , artists , sketchbook , , artiste , , , artwork , , , dinosaur , , , t-rex , tyrannosaurus rex , carnivore , picture , labour of love , blonde | Tags: art , , , bret taylor , dinosaur , draw , howyadoin , illustrate , , , , painting , , t-rex , |
Just a quick report: the show with Mojave was a smashing success. Sold all but one of the pieces I had for sale, and sold them in the first half hour or so. Had a nice talk with the owner, and it looks like I’ll be putting more art up for display/sale there in the near future. And I still want to put on a full-fledged gallery-type show before the end of the summer, and it should be possible to book the room we used last weekend for that very purpose.
Based on the responses I’ve been getting to my art lately, I want to explore three very specific directions for my painting. To that end I started six new paintings today, though there’s not really anything to show at the moment.
I also ponied up the hundred bucks to buy a platinum membership at Imagekind. That gives me added galleries, a custom storefront (which I’m still tweaking), and most importantly a lot more info on sales – detailed figures, and info on where the buyers are and what they bought. Turns out I’ve made a pretty decent chunk of cash over the last year and a half with Imagekind.
I’m pretty pleased with Redbubble, too. I’ve recently added t-shirts to my online merchandise, and those are slowly starting to move. Thinking about postcards next.
There’s probably more stuff I’m forgetting, but it’s late. So I’ll just leave you with this recently-completed commission:
P.S. Special thanks to Lisa & Paul, Dan Udey, Susan Burzynski and Mario Loubert.
An announcement of sorts: ARTbattery is now live. Not much to see yet, but give it time. It’s basically an art collective, and we’ve got big plans for the future.
(Also, current blog header by yours truly.)