Forward to 2017

Well, 2016 turned out alright for me. I know it was a harsh year for many, but I felt I grew and moved forward a bit.

But I want to do better in 2017. I don’t like rushing into resolutions, so I tend not to do those. Rather, I like to spend the first part of January mulling over what I want and thinking about how to get there.

So here are a few things I thinking about.

  1. Continue to be productive.
    I felt like 2016 was strong because I had fairly strong output. I finished 24 of 99 portraits, I made a drawing a day for two months straight and I was in three shows. Not to mention getting back into oils and doing figure drawing for most weeks of the year.
  2. Figure out an upload schedule.
    I want to update this site more regularly, so I need to figure out how to do that in a way that is useful. Hmmmm.
  3. Promote my work.
    I want to be more active in promoting my work. Figure out how to sell prints efficiently, make it easier for people to know I do commissions of various sorts and just getting my work more visible. Honestly this is my least favorite part of being an artist, but I gotta face it sometime. Might as well be this year.
  4. Be more social.
    Not like a lot more social, because then I won’t have enough time to be productive. But I also don’t want to just let relationships and friendships slide, and that’s easy to do without some thought. So maybe not more social as more socially aware.

Of course there’s more, but this is enough for mulling over now. Hash out specific goals. The ilke.

How do you deal with resolutions? What are you planning for the new year?

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Intermission Fall 2016

Ho boy, have I dropped the ball with updates!

I had not properly scheduled time for blogging and website development, so it kinda went out the window. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy in the interim! So here’s a run-down of some of the things that occurred in the last two months!

Inktober

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A drawing a day for October. This inktober I drew Imp and Fez cosplaying various cultural and historical events that occured in years ending in 6. I’ll post them all soon enough! ^-^

Lunar Inktober

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So when Inktober was ending, I discovered that the last day of October overlapped with the first day of October on the Lunar Calendar still in use for cultural reasons in Korea. So I kept the challenge up, a drawing a day for Lunar October! But this time, I set Imp and Fez aside and decided to practice drawing skulls in a Memento Mori series.

13th Yongsan Art Festival

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Not shown here: me

I was working the night of the opening. But I got a piece into this year’s Yongsan Art Festival, so I’m still happy.

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Well, there was a limit of one piece per artist, so I decided to put four pieces together as a tetraptych!

Sneaky monkey…

Coming Up…

 

My first solo show in Korea! Woot! It will be at a cafe gallery in Cheongju called “Ham’s Coffee” (햄’s Coffee). But more on that soon!

 

One Segment of my Bookshelf


Let me share a small fragment of my life, framed from a shot of a bookshelf in my study. 

The drawing is a crosshatch job I did based on a Korean actor playing King Lear. This particular piece got displayed at an exhibit in Jeonju, Korea.

Next to it is a gift I received from a former coworker who had no idea what to give me for a secret Santa gift exchange. Hint: anything edible and chocolate is perfect for me. But I couldn’t tell her that. It’s still a nice coin jar. 

Behind these are some books. On the left are some word play books in Korean. Because I love puns and fun drawings, these books are perfect. I should share some of the pages in the future!

Next to them is the Romance of the Three Kingdoms in comic book form. But each page is shown twice, once in Korean and the other side in English! I had hoped to use these to help study Korean, but the Korean is all super formal and often antiquated. Meaning it’s not overly helpful for me right now. 

*sigh*

But I did read all the English, so I have a decent idea of this Chinese romanticized historical epic. Fun times!

To the right of them are two other comics, V for Vendetta and Watchmen. The latter is overall a better story in my opinion, deconstructing the superhero mythos that we have constructed. 

Atop the RotTK are two miscellaneous books, one the Ledgerbook of Thomas Blue Eagle, and the other Eerie Tales from Old Korea. The former is a reminder of my midwest upbringing. But it’s also a reminder of the complex and historically unjust relations we have had with the indigenous peoples. 

The latter is a book I picked up because it had another dokkaebi story in it. While the other stories are also worth while, I am still interested in compiling as many dokkaebi stories as I can find. I think I’ve found most available in English, so I’m going to have to step up my Korean studies to translate more. 

Intermission – Beginnings

I’ve been a bit busy, which is not a good excuse, but it’s also true. That means certain things get put on the back-burner. I should probably try to keep up blogging here with thoughts and ideas, particularly if I want to slowly reorient this blog toward my artwork with a few cultural things on the side.

If you’re not that patient, you can follow me on Instagram or Facebook. I do keep those up much more regularly!

 

So, for those interested, I got a new job! Which is one of the reasons I’ve been busy. I’ll write about that more another time, mostly once I’ve digested my duties more thoroughly, but for now here is a nice view from the university I’m teaching at.

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I friggin’ love the view. But then again, I’m a sucker for green mountains and overlapping buildings.

You can see the Korean President’s house from here!

Testing my vocal chords

Recently, one of my friends and former coworkers asked me to sing at her wedding. So I did! Why anyone would want to ruin a perfectly good wedding with my crooning, I’ll never know, but I enjoy singing, so I couldn’t turn it down.

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I often forget how much weight I’ve gained… until I look at myself in photos

I sang Jonathan Coulton’s song, “I’m Your Moon”. Because JoCo is great. Here’s the song, along with an ASL translation to go along with it.

 

While I’ve been doing those things, I’ve also been working on various projects… at different rates. I’ll post about those tomorrow. I hope.

Until then…

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I’m watching you.

2015 Imp in Review

Hey all you beautiful people! I took a short break from blogging, but I did a lot more drawing this year. Among other things, I played around with a little character I named Imp. I drew a lot of him during Inktober this year.

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It was, as they say, ink-tastic!

I also drew Imp some more in December to celebrate the release of Star Wars.

Come with me! It is the only way!

Come with me! It is the only way!

If you want to check out the rest of them, check out my Instagram account or check out my Facebook page

Follow me on either venue to enjoy more of my art!

Vexing Vexillology – South Dakota

You may or may not know I enjoy maps. I also enjoy flags. Often these are not expressed that often and I tend to concentrate on other things, though you may have noticed a previous post on changing flags during the failed Scottish referendum to depart the United Kingdom. Well, a TED talk on Vexillology excited me on the topic once again:

This got me to thinking, how could I redesign my adopted home state of South Dakota? Continue reading