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Paintings I’ve done and my thoughts on them.

Astonishing X-Men

Just a quick post today as I have to go plan my wife’s birthday.

I picked up the first trade collection of Astonishing X-Men, with art by John Cassaday, and story by Joss Whedon, and I’ll tell you, it’s been the most fun I’ve had reading a super-hero comic in years.

Not that I have ever had anything against super-hero comics; I usually read the more literary comics, like Sandman and  Strangers in Paradise, over the Batman and Superman variety.  In fact, it’s probably been ten years or so since I picked up any super-hero books and that’s going to change if there are others as good as this one.

The art is amazing.  Cassaday has a gift for making the characters look real, while still keeping to a definite style of comic art.  Add to that Joss Whedon’s writing, and well, if you like Buffy or Firefly, you know Whedon’s writing.

And I really like where the story takes us.  It’s a re-launch of the X-men universe with a small team of X-men:  Kitty Pryde, Wolverine, Cyclops, Beast, and Emma Frost.  I really like the mix of old and new X-men; something that is reflected in their costumes, with Wolverine in his traditional yellow, and Cyclops in the black leather similar to the movies.

I’ve already ordered the next in the series and am checking for my Amazon box daily.  Go read it.  Now.

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Another Exhibit

Well, the boys and I decided that we would have a round of themes for the next eKaku exhibit.  So far, we have space (mine), tempted, and banana, with two more to be chosen.

I’ve got my ideas for the first three sketched out already, and it just remains to be seen if I can actually paint the damn things or not.

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Tea and Oranges Final Version


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Originally uploaded by SunToad.

I’m not entirely happy with the final color choices, although, like always, it looks a lot better in person. The gold tracing looked really good in my head, just not so good on the canvas. Still, overall, I’m pretty happy with it.

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The Tools Involved

Just a quick post today with pictures of the tools I have been using lately, in case anyone is interested. The top photo is the pastels that I used on the drawing “Loves Me Not”, while the lower is a photo of the oil sticks I am using for the main part of “Tea and Oranges”.

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Tea and Oranges, All the Way from China

The latest, still in progress. The title comes from the song “Suzanne” by Leonard Cohen.

This one is a little different in that I am painting the main image with oil sticks, rather than brush and tubes, after having already laid on the red background about a month ago, using the basic techniques.

I really have no idea what it is going to be like when it is done, but I am enjoying the process.

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Loves Me Not

So, one of my friends turned 26 the other day and had himself a little party. I went, naturally, and was pretty surprised to find that he had a late birthday gift waiting for me. I received a nice sketch pad, some fixative, and, coolest of all, some little pastels that I had been wanting to try.

(In return, I gave him a bottle of tequila, some tamato juice, and a small thing of tabasco sauce. You decide who got the better gift.)

I’ve been trying out various ideas for the past few days and thought I’d post them up here. This one is called “Loves Me Not”.

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Sword of Damocles Redux

Well, not to be outdone by the One Man, who has opened up a great cafepress store to make his artwork more available to all of you out there in the world, I created a new cafepress store today, celebrating my drawing of the Sword of Damocles.

For anyone who is not up on their Greek legend, Damocles was a courtier in the court of Dionysius the King, and was prone to flattering the King far beyond what was neccessary, or even wanted.  Damocles often remarked how nice it would be to be king – to have anything one wanted so readily available.  So, one day, Dionysius asked Damocles if he would like to come up and sit on the throne and be king for a day.  Of course, Damocles was delighted and accepted immediately. 

Food was brought for Damocles, as well as fine entertainments, courtesians, wine, everything Damocles could wish for.  Long into the day, Damocles looked up and saw a sword hanging over his throne by a single thread.  At that moment, Damocles lost all interest in the entertainments; the food and drink lost their flavors and Damocles knew what it felt like to be king.

Now, in my experience and, admitedly, cynical viewpoint, a sword is much too overt.  We are prepared for the attack; we expect to forced to defend ourselves against violence and others coveting our holdings.  No, in my view, it would never be a sword above our heads, seated there on the throne, it will always be something altogether more innocent and subtle that will be the end of us.

If you like the picture, even after my somewhat gruesome explanation of its origins, buy something.  I make a little bit of money off of the products – somewhere between fifty cents to five dollars, depending on the product.  If you don’t care for the image, or just don’t want to spend the cash, well, no hard feellings.

Cheers.

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