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The Artistic Biker is me, Jonathan "Blade" Manning.
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Show On The Road from Nashville

February 18th, 2015

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What do you do when travel with the day job conflicts with your hobby show? You conform to the day job, of course. You pack everything up in your Monster’s High suitcase and take the show on the road. This week we’ll be coming live from a hotel room in Nashville! Thursday night 6:30-8:00c but the pre-show sing along starts at 6. http://www.artisticbiker.com/ustream

A Little Frog Sketching

February 2nd, 2015

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I mentioned to a friend of mine recently that it seemed lately when I painted that I was uninspired and just going through the motions. I showed her some of my past works and she saw the mini painting of a frog. She was excited because she HAS pet frogs and started showing me pictures of them. She is now sending me regular frog photo updates and I have begun sketching them. This feels pretty good. Find what you like and do it, right?

What do you think of digital stuff?

February 1st, 2015

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I have been playing around with the sketchbook on my phablet. I like that it is always with me and that I can just whip it out wherever I please.  My question is, how does it compare to traditional mediums as for acceptence?  I haven’t played with any of them much, but there are a lot of cool features on this app. I can pull up a picture, create a layer, trace and paint the layer, then delete the picture. I can set a light source and introduce shapes like spheres and cones that are pre-shaded so that I don’t have to figure out how that light bends around that object. I can select a color and slide a scale to the perfect hue and opacity, even the size of my brush/airbrush/pen or any number of other implements. And most importantly, I can save at various stages and undo up to ten strokes/steps. I’m having a lot of fun playing with it, but when does it stop becoming art and just cut and paste? Or does it?

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This won’t get it done

November 30th, 2014

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Have you conquered your distractions? How, or if not, how do you plan to? Continue reading »

Art Journal: It’s The Halloweeny!

October 6th, 2014

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As you are probably aware, there are few in the world who get more giddy for Halloween the me and my family.  Keep in mind that throughout the year, we make the Adams Family look quaint.  I am especially stoked this year because we will have FIVE Halloween broadcasts!  We kicked it off this week with a tribute to The Halloweeny (weenie).  This page has a simple spray painted background, acrylic painted pumpkin and Weenie, and a pop-up chainsaw.  Some day I’ll get one of those devices that plays recordings when you open a page and lights. But for now, you just have to make your own chainsaw revving sounds as you move the page and make the saw decapitate ol’ Jack.

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