Watch me draw, paint, and ink this colorful blue alien female portrait in my sketchbook! Blue is my favorite color that's why you may see me use it a lot. FOR EVERYTHING! Seriously thinking I'll have myself a Blue Period like Picasso. I mean why not?!
Also, I don't always draw girls with short hair, but when I do, they have mohawks! Haha! Very inspired by Storm from X-Men's punk era.
Anyway I have plenty of ideas to hash out for my cosmonaut series of illustrations, and I have yet to do an official cool-skinned alien! So that may be coming up on the horizon. I have yet another studio move to make in a few months. Thankfully its a short distance to another apartment in my complex! In the meantime I have started my urban sketches of Mexico project, and I stay working in the sketchbook on the next big thing. So here's a piece of that book of ideas, enjoy!
Have you been waiting for another long form video of art making? The process can be mysterious for many, and for creators, it can go by quickly. Thirty minutes later something is there that wasn't there before. Mistakes and all! Sketchbooking with Johnny takes you on one such journey. There is no plan when sketching, just choices made along the way. I find it interesting to be able to look back on those choices and see where alternate routes could've taken, or see how unknowingly the product can come together despite seemingly random paths. It can be meditative at times. If you're looking to see how my process looks while I'm in the throws of creativity, then check this video out! Its about 25 minutes and features some of my Garage Band music mixing.
A familiar voice calls out your name, you go to your son/daughter/boyfriend/girlfriend in the other room and ask what they wanted. They look at you crazy and say, they haven't said a word. Sometimes they say they've only thought it. Dun DUN DUN!
Is it the work of ghosts? Transmitting thoughts and sounds over the astral plane? This has happened to me more times than I can count, and I often just attribute it to a sound that my brain interpreted as my name. Surely science can back that up right? Right?!
I mean people have deja-vu constantly and science has proven that it is misfired synapses in the brain that cause the person to think they have visited or experienced something before when they really haven't. What a cruel joke your brain playing! I personally not sure I believe that explanation anyway. Its not much better believing I actually have experienced a situation before, because that raises a million spooky questions, but at least I know I'm not crazy and my brain is not against me, am I right?
Anyway the reason you're here, to see my new Inktober time-lapse, No.9 and labeled correctly! This beautiful apparition is inspired by Crimson Peak the horror movie by Guillermo del Toro. I love that guy! He's got some amazing visuals in all his movies, and he is truthfully the reason I've come to love the blend of horror and fantasy. Give this a quick watch for me, and tell me what you think!
Ok, so I know the picture says No. 7, and thats because I'm playing catch up on my daily drawings and I lost count! Artists make mistakes! And its ok, they will happen, and you have to roll with it. I did. Watch me turn that bad ass 7 into an 8.
No. 8 is a beautiful succubus contemplating her life choices. Or maybe she's deeply pondering the next evil deed. I'll let you decide! Hey I'm just the messenger, not the interpreter. I'm just the riverbed by which the creative river flows.
I've been watching a lot of Inktober videos by some of my favorite illustration artists, Jacqueline DeLeon, Aurdra Auclair, and Bao Pahm, on YouTube. I spend a lot of time there watching funny videos, and art videos. The learning never stops! Nor does the admiration for that matter. Anyway, I wanted to create an inktober video for you to see my process in motion.
I got this time-lapse video and you can see me draw this dark beauty in no time! She was inspired by the gorgeous women of the aforementioned artists. I may do some more of these videos if you like them. Let me know in the comments if you want to see more, or if there's a vixen, ghoul, or monster you want to see me do! Check out the video below.
She's a modern woman on the go! This is an afro-futurist painting featuring a beautiful woman of the future with striking purple hair and reflective jumpsuit complete with gold accents. She wears the latest retro eye wear and headphones in gold. She plays her favorite, the "Time Travel Mixtape" while she jumps through swirling portals of color. Its just another Tuesday. Its just another day space hopping.
I'm so excited about this piece, it came out better than I expected! Its very special to me because it reminds of when I was younger and saw Elektra for the first time in comics. I'll tell you about it in a moment. I did make a preview video to show what little I recorded of the process! You can view it at the end of the post. This one went fast, and couldn't wait to finish and see how it turned out myself! I struggled with the name for a while, trying to figure it out and finally settled on Time Travel Mixtape, because it so accurately described what I imagine traveling in the future to be like, a casual walk through space while listening to your favorite jams! Much like modern couriers, future couriers need to keep the energy up, and the soundtrack interesting.
It was hard not to play with this one with every color I had, but I had to exercise SOME restraint! I'll be uploading this to the Celestial Gallery soon and posting in the Store soon after. I'm still working on a good title for her, and I'll let you know what I come up with! Meanwhile I played with the image on my iPhone, using the Comic Touch program, look!
Here's one of my latest works in progress! This will be a new addition to my cosmonaut series, and a curvaceous cosmonaut jumping through a time traveling portal! I think I'll call it "Cruising Through the Space/Time Continuum" That may be kind of long, but until then its a working title! Enjoy this short video and progress pics below!
I've been steady creating diversity in the world of space because I don't see enough of it. I've been inspired by the Afrofuturism movement to portray more people of color in the sci-fi realm as well as the fantasy one. This is going to be a colorful work that blends the aformentioned movement with elements of anime. You could say its a blend of Steven Universe's Garnet, and Afro Samurai! I'm a slight anime geek. And I'll never give up watching amazing cartoons! Animation has been a big inspiration for me, but especially anime because it doesn't talk down to its audience, and so many stories are made of adults. I believe some of it truly uses animation to advance itself as an art form. But enough of that! Check out the progress pics below and the preview video I posted at the end to promote the piece on YouTube.
Have you been putting off your creativity? Have you always wanted to draw or paint, but thought that you're not "a real artist" so why bother? Do you want to learn a tip or two and express the ideas you've been longing to get out of you? This should be fun. Art is for everyone. Even small children know that they don't need a degree to color their world and express themselves. Now you can find "adults only" classes where you can have fun while having a few drinks and making art! I want to empower you to draw and paint like you've always wanted. For fun as a hobbyist, or if you're looking to sharpen some skills that have been long neglected, I think this series will help get the ball rolling. I have simple demonstrations, and will later add more detailed tutorials if you happen to like it, and want to see more! Welcome to the Quick & Dirty Artist Series! Video demos on the basics: eyes, lips, hands, and whatever else you might need, all in a quick format that encourages messiness. In my opinion, getting messy encourages quick decisions that lead to happy accidents, expressiveness, and inventiveness. This is your invitation to make art with me and be free. So lets get to it.
Who is the man behind the art? What are his aspirations in life? Where does he find inspiration? All these questions and more are answered for you today, so that you no longer have to lose sleep, so that you can rest easy, finally.
I'm a goofball at heart. I haven't lost touch with my inner child, or many of the things he loves. I won't tell you my favorite movie as a kid is Serendipity the Pink Dinosaur...anymore. I won't tell you that I fell asleep under a movie poster of Edward Scissorhands...uhh...anymore. I can tell you that I still geek out over X-Men/Thor/Marvel/Comic movies because they were a big part of me growing up. Many of my influences come from comics, and my subscription to Wizard: The Comics Magazine. I also love fantasy movies. I jumped when Fizgig jumped out of the hole in The Dark Crsytal, and sometimes still do. I cried when the unicorn almost died in Legend. And I have a weird obsession with masquerade balls, piles of junk, and shiny things because of Labyrinth.
I have hundreds of artists I watch for inspiration and motivation. I love getting people around me excited about the arts, and making them, because everyone should! I grew up in a small town in Texas, and I moved to the big city of Dallas, because city lights still hypnotize me. I could go on but luckily I can save some time by just telling you in my own voice. Check out this interview I did for my good friend and fellow artist, Taylor Bryant aka Tay Tay Pierre for Ripple I.Y.T. on SOUNDCLOUD.
Erykah Badu, for anyone that really knows me, is one of my favorite performers/artists. I first encountered her on the Today Show I think, or similar morning talk show. I was on summer vacation in 1997, and TV was first priority of course.
My background as a music lover up to this point was eclectic in my opinion, but my first love was Hip-Hop and R&B. I hadn't heard much from the Soul genre, but I knew of it, but was not yet hooked completely, until this one morning. Living in the country in small town Texas, I was not privy to music outside of pop and country, much to my chagrin. So I had to discover music on TV, MTV, BET, and later online. I soon joined a music club, where I could get 11 CDs for a one penny! I jumped at the chance and Erykah's Baduizm was mine. I listened to it over and over devouring what seemed to be new knowledge, a new artform, a new language. She opened the door to a new world for me.
Fast forward a few years, and here I am in Dallas, her hometown, pursuing my dreams as an artist. In that we are akin. One day I hope to be on her radar, perhaps as an artist that has worked on her album art.
WHO IS BUNNY?
Bunny & The Alligators is inspired by Bunny Meyer also known as @grav3yardgirl on YouTube. She's been a great person to watch on the popular video site, and has made me laugh and wonder many times. Because of this, I wanted to send a thank you to her and show my appreciation for what she does. People don't realize how much work goes into becoming popular on YouTube and giving so much of yourself to an audience that can be unforgiving. Her fans have proclaimed her the Swamp Queen, and becoming part of her clan will promise an alligator its wings!
Bunny has always been inclusive on her channel and has always spoken up for those of us that are different. She promotes being yourself and being proud. However her most prominent feature is her personality and is what initially brought me and friends to her channel. She is an unabashed goofball, and won't hesitate to find someway to put a smile on your face. Speaking crazy fast, and gesturing wildly she makes quite a fun spectacle of herself that I couldn't appreciate more. Not to mention, her video series "Does This Thing Really Work?!" is crazy helpful in product testing. From appliances, to beauty, to toys, she tries it all!
ermaids are my favorite fantastic creature. Anyone who knows me knows this. Of course I jump at any chance to work with them. Thankfully the chance came when I was commissioned for this piece, a buxom, sexy spread of mermaids. This was such a fun piece to make, and I was nervous throughout if it would be successful. I did a few sketches, and my client was in love! As was I. Check out my progress below!
Warning: Nude Content!
got the Buddha Board Mini in hopes of getting some practice in with my ink brushing skills. I have to say its the coolest thing since the Etch-A-Sketch. And its for adults! Not only is it a perfect practice for mark making, its also a zen tool. Much like the tabletop zen garden, with sand, rocks, and a rake, this is also designed to enhance calm, and practice "the art of letting go." Creating and watching each mark fade is very meditative, and each time you become closer to becoming a monk. Just kidding. If you find meditation hard, maybe you can give this a go. The video below will quickly show you some of the things that came and went as I draw across the magic surface.
I had so much fun with this that I had to record a video for you to see it in action. Part of the reason, also has to do with not quite mastering the "letting go" aspect. To be honest, in our time, that can be difficult, especially when you take in consideration the beautiful effects you get as the water transforms into a black ink on the surface and slowly disappaers. And water is all you need! The Buddha Board is made of a special material that reacts to water by staining the surface with a black ink-like color. Almost immediately the marks begins to disappear, leaving the board once again with a blank slate, in a matter of seconds. This essentially allows you to keep drawing at an almost constant pace!
The beauty and/or downside is that no matter how good or bad, your drawing will fade into non-existence. While this may be hard to cope with initially, I saw this as a great reason to take video of my doodles and essentially create a kind of animation.
elow is a video from my YouTube channel. I have captured my process in painting Cosmonaut I on an Artist Trading Card made of Bristol paper. This card is a part of a series I have available on HotPressed - my Etsy site. Artist Trading Cards (ATC), also known as Art Card Editions & Originals (ACEOs) are small baseball card-size original works of art, that can be traded, exchanged, or sold by the creator/owner. These aren't your average trading cards! These are one-of-a-kind small works of art that you can collect as you would any other type of art, but also can be traded as a fun way of discovering new work. But I'll leave the collecting and trading up to you! Check out the video below for a speed video of this work coming to life.