Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Merry Month of May

  If anybody can remember back a ways, I told you guys I was gonna post a special project in March. Then, if you'll recall, I pushed it back to May. Well, guess what. I got something very splendid planned for the merry old month of May, indeed! It's not what I was gonna do, but I think it will be just as cool if not almost as cool. You know on youtube when you do a search, and you hit that first letter and a list of things comes up, then you hit that second letter and the list is narrowed down, and as you type it gets closer and closer to what you're actually looking for. If your search is going to be "Square One PBS," it's not till you get to the last letters that the list becomes limited to those words alone, whereas, if you're typing in "Beyonce" its the first thing that pops up there, right at the first B. Sooo, what I'm gonna do is go through the WHOLE alphabet, painting the first thing that pops up on that youtube search, thereby making pictures of things that the widest most general internet audience cares about. I haven't went through all the letters yet, I just checked A, B, and C. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that Beyonce beat out Barack and Akon beat out Angry Beavers. I think this is gonna be neat, at least for me, and that's all I ask.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

gig, one lil photo

  Yeah. It feels kinda routine. I'm happy with a couple little deviations. I like the way the nose and lip fit together on the bottom kid and I like the lack of ear detail and some of the line work stuff. And the top kids hair came out okay I think. 

Friday, April 24, 2009

Sketch Infectus

  Art class in elementary school is all about crafts and stupid stuff. When you've got raw ambition and curiosity coming out of your bullcut; hunched over your child proof desk in the corner furiously into drawing ninja turtles and eating paste, the teacher's into making hand turkeys and Popsicle stick pinwheels. 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, heroes in a half-shell, turtle power

  And then comes middle school and you say to yourself, "finally I'll get to have a real art class with a real instructor who understands correct ninja turtle anatomy." But its not to be. Your teacher wants you to draw eggs and make collages from National Geographics. You keep at more important persuits in your less important classes, though, and discover through experience that it ain't about ninja turtles no more, but if you can make the grim reaper with a nine millie you can gain the favor of your rough-neck peers. So, the grim reaper you draw, and the rough-necks you befriend. Through trial and error you learn what the human skull looks like and how to spell out gang names with your fingers.

  Finally high school! You're gonna get to use OIL paint, maybe. Oh, and charcoal! What possibilities! This is when the teacher informs you that you've been drawing what you think you see, but you got it all wrong. You can't be making things up like this. Sometimes she makes you draw photos upside down and sometimes you aren't aloud to look at the paper at all, only the gourds and bottles and conch shells set before you. 
  "What a fine kettle of fish this is!" you say to yourself in an old man's voice turning the crank on your phonograph player. You buy into the Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain propaganda as well you should, because it's true. The problem many amature artists have is they think they know what somethin looks like, but it don't look quite like that, and they're just pulling a symbol out of their head, like one does with letters and numbers, and embellishing upon it. 

  And mean while, teacher's flashin slides of Jackson Pollack, Mark Rothko, and Georgia O'Keef, talkin about, art means drawing and painting what you feel. And you're thinking, "I'm feelin some Ninja turtles right about now."

  Eventually, however, you come under the impression that art is a very complex and interesting thing and the journey begins. Finding a new artist or grasping a new idea can drive you for months. The baffling question of what is art becomes a beautiful and intricate manifestation of the complexity of life itself. Or something like that. 

  And then artschool perhaps. And perhaps you forget that you use to draw to entertain yourself. Perhaps it becomes a chore and a burden. Or perhaps you're Joe Bluhm and your mind processes everything you see in a way where it can be translated to paper. Your right brain picks it up maybe. Maybe your left brain makes sense of it, maybe. Maybe your blood courses with the things that once drove mankind to bring this unruley creation under his submission. Maybe your arm is possessed by Norman Rockwell and your eye by DaVinci. Perhaps you'll show caricaturists all over the world, young and old how it can be done. 

  The cartoonist use to be looked on as a rare wizard of a human being. Illustration use to be eye catching and mind blowing. Artists use to be a special people who could draw what they see and then some, but the times are indeed different now and I'm not knocking them, but when the smoke clears there will still be a place for the drawer. Right now, the world is saying "how low can we go? Are kids gonna tune in to see cartoons put together by a popular vote and and drawn by the bosses nephew? Can a photograph catch the eye better than a painting?" Meanwhile we will look at our world and we will draw it tenaciously, and no one is seeing things more objectively and rendering them more poingniently than Joe.

  I just got his book, Sketch Infectus, and its awesome. Its just amazing drawing after amazing drawing after amazing drawing. There's quotes at the bottom of each page if you don't know what this sketching stuff is all about. You get to hear from some big names in the illustration world and me a couple times, but its really all about those drawings. Sketch Infectus shows us where the bar has been set. I say, lets jump it. Let's one-up that cocky so-and-so, right?

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Susan Boyle Caricature

I like the way the hair turned out on this one way more than the last one.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Susan Boyle Caricature

  I like the likeness better on this Susan Boyle caricature. Nate likes it better on the other Susan Boyle caricature. What do you think? Which Susan Boyle caricature has the better likeness?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Susan Boyle Caricature

This is the lady named Susan Boyle who was on Britain's got talent

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Just a couple sketches. I like the second one better.

Aint I a Thinker

This was my caricature for beast head day.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

This is my friend, Bogar.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Drawin at Coffee Amici in Findlay Ohio was fun

A whole bunch of people got drawn and I made pretty good in tips. Here's one of a guy from my brother's band which is called "The Sons of Adam."

They put up a bunch of photos of the caricatures I've drawn there right here on their site. Check um out. Also. April 13th, National Beast Head Day. Jack Faces, everybody.