Archive for November, 2011

A closer look at ‘Relation.’

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Relation is sexual melancholia. A small and poetic art book, it features pencil drawings of graceful yet twisting figures in calm erotic positions, cuddling rather than being provocative. The book is speckled with text that is joking yet deceptively serious, creating a poetic dialogue with the pages of nude couples. Do the figures have deep-set issues with sex? Do they know each other or are they anonymous? Are emotions too complex, even when people want to transcend them for the sake of their libidos?

You can see the book like this, or you can see it as a fun, pocket-sized book of sexy drawings. Either way, I am proud of the quality of Relation, and hope you enjoy.

The book itself mimics the look of small pocket-sized journals. The drawings are printed in a fine gray ink on toned paper, creating the illusion that the book contains the actual pencil drawings. I was once asked if I had redrawn every book by hand, and I take that as a compliment to the quality of the printing. (I was also once asked if the drawings were done from observation, which I also take as an extreme compliment.)

Relation is available for purchase at The Store.

Website Update, with New Books, Drawings, and more!

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Holy shit, it’s finally happened!

My portfolio site has been updated!

Many new additions to the Portfolio! New books Going Back and Relation can be read online, and are also available for purchase in physical form! Head over to The Store to check it out! Also have added a “Prints” section, which includes the CMYK screenprint Myrddin. The “Drawings” section is also packed with new stuff, including watercolors, illustrations and self-portraits. There is also a new promo page up in the “Comics” section for the graphic novel Jeremiah.

Going Back and Relation are two books I’ve been working on for a while, posting images from them onto this blog, and I’m really excited to finally launch them. I had them at the two conventions I’ve attended recently, but it never feels real until they’re online. I hope you find them interesting and engaging! I’ll post more in-depth about them when things aren’t so hectic, which will hopefully be soon. Update!

Epiphanies, John Darnielle, and Art Shows

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

This weekend was gigantic and life feels huge, and I’m having a hard time 1) condensing it into bite-size epiphanies for myself and 2) updating the internet about it in a satisfying way. It’s not actually huge news in the blatant excursions of life, but more in the ramparts of my own growth. Because hell, we all know adulthood is fated to happen, and this growth after college graduation has been spurned mostly by my own strange, huge, distant yet droolingly palpable ambitions. But recent events have finally made me burst with realization, and the power of it all continues to strike me, over and over, to the point where once an hour I scream into fits of giggling at the truth that I know something now, something I had intellectually known but hadn’t truly felt before.

Here’s a drawing I did at my friend Caitlin’s house Saturday night, after the Book Arts Fest at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA). The drawing was on her to-do list and grew unreasonably, so she graciously let me have the whole page (click to view larger):

But let’s start with Friday night. Here’s a photo of me with John Darnielle, the frontman and oftentimes only member of the band The Mountain Goats. He is an artist on my short-short list of people who are incredibly influential and important to me:


MCBA Book Arts Fest TODAY!

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Tomorrow, or should I say today because it is past midnight, is the Minnesota Center for Book Arts Fest! I’m going to be there sharing a table with my good friend Caitlin Warner. I will have my prints and books, and we’ll also be doing a live book-making demonstration! We’re making little fortune cookie books, and each one will have a unique fortune just for you. We’re stoked and we’ll be stoked if you come to hang out!

Click here for more details!

Practicing Degenerates

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Degenerates with misguided phobias looking for legitimacy in back alleys and their parents’ couch cushions, there’s no way you can live on the streets no matter how much you want to, because everyday life needs money, and money needs stability and responsibility, so no matter how romantic backpacking seems you know you’ll need a bank account for a roof over your head or stitches in your hand. Food is cheap and free but health is a price, protection is a price; your fears are legitimate, and no matter how sad your life is now you know opening the door creates pits, there’s a moat that can’t be breached, so we drink and try to have one night stands and realize the moat is us as much as it is society, and we’re here and we’re stuck and no matter how strongly you despise the saying “making the best of a bad situation,” you know secretly it’s what you have to work with.

Let’s change the way we read books and literature, let’s change the way our attention craves endorphins to survive. Let’s sit through radio plays in languages we don’t understand because there’s more to these things than story and comprehension, because confusion is just as freeing as knowledge.

There are highlights in life but what about the in-betweens, the insignificant, the mundane and the lackluster? I don’t want to forget the secrets of my life, these little intervals that get downplayed. I revel in long drives and cutting toenails, this is my life and there are small beauteous moments that get disheveled by graduations and first kisses. I want to dwell on my bruised elbow and smelly armpits, the soft buzz of the incandescent lamp. The greatest stories of triumph and seduction make us see we’re human.

Why seek comprehension? Why not let go? Where are our safety nets?

Minneapolis Indie Xpo, This Weekend!

Friday, November 4th, 2011

I volunteered to help set up MIX2011 today, and at the end of the day I got an unexpected invitation to participate!

So, if you’re in Minnesota, come on by! I’m going to have my posters, my collab zine It Was Their First Spring, the last few copies of my CD True Stories & Songs For The British, and the NEW exciting first few copies of my new handmade art books Relation and Going Back! I’m only going to have a few at this show, so come early!

Minneapolis Indie Xpo — Website

November 5 – 6, 10am – 5pm

The Soap Factory‎
518 2nd St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 623-9176


Watercolor Commissions Now Open!

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

I’m now offering watercolor portrait commissions! For more information, please visit my new Commission Page!

The following are examples of what the commissions will look like, but they’re for sale, too (at a lower price than the commissions!). E-mail me to inquire!

Ink and inkwash on 140 lb watercolor paper, 9 in x 12 in, $25

Ink and watercolor on 140 lb watercolor paper, 6 in x 9 in, $20

Ink and watercolor on 140 lb watercolor paper, 6 in x 9 in, $20

E-mail me to purchase!

France Watercolors

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

I’m back from France! Here’s the handful of paintings I did on the trip. Be sure to click the link at the bottom of the post to see them all, and click the images to view larger.

The trip was really good for me. It’s been two years since I was last in Europe (view Travel Journals to see my drawings from that trip). I missed exploring and navigating new places. This trip was for research on medieval castles and abbeys, but I also got to visit some beautiful art museums and eat a lot of great meals. The chateau took me to a lot of outer towns, so I was able to examine smaller French neighborhoods rather than only sticking to the larger cities. The buildings I visited were amazing and incredibly sublime, stone archways and Roman towers, wars and times of peace shaping every brick. The following paintings were done in-between the more focused, studious pencil drawings of castles. The research is going to be used in my future projects, and I can’t wait to draw until my fingertips seep blood.