Revenge of the Bees – #unless

Day 2 of April’s drawing-a-day challenge. 

Today’s prompt: a honey bee spraying chemicals:


While feeding the world’s growing population is important, some of the modern farming practices are not always benign to the environment. Ironically, some of the pesticides we use to help protect crops may be contributors in honey bee deaths, an insect we rely on to fertilize many of our crops. 

Memento Mori

Memento Mori are reminders of our mortality. These can include such things including cut flowers and sand clocks, but the most iconic of the memento mori are skulls.

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I don’t think I’ve ever understood why people are uncomfortable with skulls. Don’t get me wrong, I know why. Skulls represent a person who was once breathing and is now gone. You look out of your eyes which are set inside the skull’s sockets, like a cage that holds your spirit in. Someday, when you draw your last breath, after your skin rots or burns away, your bones remain; a reminder to others that you were once among the living.

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I don’t see this as something that needs to be uncomfortable. Far from it! I think remembering our own mortality can help put ourselves in perspective. Last November I drew a skull a day. I’ll be posting a few of them with some thoughts. Until next time, don’t forget to dance.

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Monkey vs Robot

So, a few weeks ago I noticed I had four 20 x 20 cm pieces of hanji laying around. I don’t remember why they were there, but they were. And so I drew a monkey on one of them:

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Having a monkey on hand, I had to decide what to do with the other pieces. Two options came to mind. My first thought was to make a portrait style for each sign of the Eastern Zodiac. But then I remembered a song…

So monkey vs robot it is!

After I drew up the sapiens and automatons, I had a tough choice. I really liked the pieces in black and white. But I also wanted to add some color. So I did! I decided to have all the pieces be connected with red…

The monkeys I colored with orange and a warm green, while the robots I colored with blue and violet.

I’m thinking of keeping them together as a tetraptych, because that’s a friggin’ awesome word few of us get to use all that often.

I will be doing a few memes with these as well. Here’s one:

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If you like, feel free to share! And as always, keep arting my friends!

Arting in 2016

A quick look at a few things I’m working on these days! While I’ve picked up a new job, I’m still working on various projects. Which get done at different rates. Here are a few!

Imp Doodles

I still love drawing this guy. While I want to do a story with him, these one shots are fun to do.

Phonetic Gallifreyan

I had a few requests to make some of my own blend of Phonetic Gallifreyan. I need to do these up beyond the sketch stage.

Crosshatching

I’ve been working on these for a while. Some of the ones above are from last year. They take a hell-a long time to make. If you like them and want the original, head over to my Saatchi Art page. If those are too expensive, I can probably do copies or prints, though I’ll have to figure that part out.

Currently, I’m working on a larger crosshatching piece. I’ll share that another day!

Life Drawing

I’ve been going to life drawing sessions fairly regularly on Fridays and sometimes Saturdays.

Digital Illustration

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Got a friend who is writing some short horror stories for kids. She liked my style of surrealist paintings from back in the day, so now I’m doing the illustrations. Hope she likes them. I’m only showing a small snippet here. More will come!

So yeah, my pallet is full for now. If you like what you see, I keep my instagram and facebook pages updated. But for the arting, I just gotta get ’em done!

-Ioannes

An Artist’s Panoply. 

Friday night life drawing is upon us, but being short on male models, Mike, the owner of Jankura Art Space, strikes a pose himself with some painting tools and an easel. We started with six two-minute poses to warm up and select from for the long pose. My weapon of choice is the ball point pen. Those cheap ones you can pick up for 300won. 

 I petsonally wanted one of the first two sitting poses. I thought the shadows were more interesting.   

But the group wanted number 5, a standing pose. Can’t get everything we want! 

The long pose is done in four twenty-minute poses. I’ve been working with ball point pens, a brush pen and added highlights with a conté pencil. 

 The artist arms himself with brush and palette, much like a Greek hoplite bears his spear and hoplon!