This week’s challenge at Illustration Friday is “Shaky.”
I go against the grain of the art community in most of my politics, especially when it comes to ecology, the economy, and the military.Â That is one of the main reasons I wanted to separate The Small Town Big Life Show from The Artistic Biker.Â I didn’t want the politics to interfere with the art and vice versa.Â I am not a tree hugging, tofu eating, prius driving, latte sipping, hippy like my good friend Mark Dyson.Â I do have a healthy respect for living things and refuse to kill things unecessarily.Â I didn’t eat at a local restaurant for almost five years because they moved their establishment from one side of a street to another and cut down a 150 year old tree to do it.Â Ok, maybe I’m a little bit of a tree hugger.Â On the economy, I typically follow that if you support the infrastucture, it will support the people (REPUBLICAN).Â You will do better in the long run to support the industries that create jobs than you will creating social programs to support un- or under-employed.Â And for the military, I am not a pacifist by any stretch of the imagination.Â I agree that the best defense is a good offense.Â If you take the fight to them, then there won’t be a fight in your back yard.Â Sometimes, war is the only viable option for the security of our nation and our world.Â Often, though, I find myself conflicted on whether or not a particular fight is one of those viable options.Â I find myself asking more and more often how the comments or actions of a foreign leader actually affect my security.Â Sometimes, I even find myself more concerned about my neighbor’s and our leaders’ reactions to those foreign events.Â My country has troops stationed everywhere in the world there is a conflict.Â Lately, I have been asking if that is simply because we have troops everywhere, or if the conflict is only there because we are.Â I’m sure it’s a little of both.Â Sometimes, I feel like the little bit of peace we have carved out for ourselves here might be falling away on shaky ground.
Pickles and Ice Cream
Saturday night when I decided to play with and demonstrate my new sketchbooks, I went ahead and splashed out this week’s Illustration Friday challenge: Cravings.Â That morning my beautiful young bride had told me that she was “with child.”Â So of course, pickles and ice cream was on my mind for the challenge.Â I thought also about a pin up model wearing a beef jerky bikini holding a pizza and a beer.Â I went with her cravings instead.
I had some cards printed to hand out to prospective student’s parents, but the printer spelled my name wrong.Â You would think they would have looked at the CHECK for the name spelling.Â Really frustrating when you are on a schedule and no one else thinks it’s important.Â Luckily, I had the standby Avery Smooth Edge cards around.Â They’re not bad looking, but the ink in my printer is not as smooth looking as the professionals.
Adapt - a self portrait
On Tuesdays, I like to post the weekly challenges I am involved with, or any new challenges I might find.Â The Illustration Friday challenge this week is “Adapt.”Â Of course with my background in biology, I immediately thought of evolution.Â After brainstorming a bit I came down to cro-magnon in a business suit, or a chameleon in the unemployment line.Â I also thought of my friend Nick Dupree and the ADAPT organization.Â I decided there was enough depression about the economy and ran with the cave man.Â I borrowed a business suit from the Hanna Barbara line and viola!Â Adapt – A self Portrait.
weekly drawing challenge at wet canvas. China marker on Canson recycled paper 9" x 12".
I went to the Oklahoma City chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America meeting last week.Â One of the guys there was giving a demo of blending and color choices.Â He drew a beautiful dragon head from imagination.Â I’ll talk more about that tomorrow, but I have always loved doing dinosaurs and dragons.Â However, my dragon heads always end up looking like beaked muppets.Â I was trying to decide what I needed to fix that.Â Just today on the ride home from work, I decided that I needed to draw more animals.Â I watched the special feature footage of how they did the dragons on Reign of Fire.Â Turns out they based much of their dragonry on cats, especially their movement.Â That’s what I was thinking about when I came across this week’s drawing challenge over at Wet Canvas.Â Â Â That’s kind of like the universe saying, “Hey Blade, draw THIS!”
I tell you what, a three day weekend will really throw off your schedule if you let it.Â I have spent this entire weekend planning to get things done, but not near enough getting them done.Â It has been a GREAT weekend, though.Â I set up for a new painting that I might even get around to finishing some day.Â I visited with family and some old friends.Â We had a trip to the Zoo.Â And I did eventually get the yard mowed.Â I’m almost ready to get back to work so I can get some rest.
It is once again time for Illustration Friday on Tuesdays here at The Artistic Biker.Â This week, the theme is “Cracked”.Â While thinking about this, I was watching The Land of the Lost marathon on the Sci Fi channel.Â That made me think about the dino egg I drew for Thing-a-Day back in February.
It’s time once again to post my response to the Illustration Friday theme.Â This week’s theme is Contagious.Â What with all the headlines surrounding the Mexican Swine Flu, I have to believe this is what the submitter had in mind.Â I’m also willing to bet that of the hundreds of submission to Illustration Friday, my flying pig will just be one of many.
I believe a creative mind is just like a goldfish.Â Feed it too little, or too much, and you’ll find it floating in the tank.Â I spend about five minutes brainstorming these challenges.Â I don’t try to think to much about it because it would be very easy to let myself be overcome by indecision.Â To many ideas, second guessing and letting doubt creep in are the killers of creativity.Â If you’ve ever had a deadline slip by you because someone just couldn’t make up their mind, then you know exactly what I’m typing about.Â For this challenge, I set a specific amount of time for deliberation, five minutes.Â After than, I grab the one that I think best conveys the theme.Â If I am unhappy with the results, I can start over.Â Usually, however, there will be at least two that I end up weighing against each other.Â I think that if I had gone with the pig in the tie you might have confused the theme for “Men.”
EDM 119: Draw a flashlight
When I went to Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) training, at the completion of the course the instructor handed out these nifty keychain LED flashlights.Â They are just the right size and REALLY bright.Â The only problem is that they click “on” in your pocket.Â Then when you need it, the batteries are dead.Â I find it easier just to keep a fresh supplie of batteries around because this flashlight is perfect for the inspections I do.