Glowing paintings!

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Still alive. Moved to Rochester. Not too much art to show for the time passed, but check these new bad boys – blacklight and glow-in-the-dark paint! All loose and abstract. I don’t know what I’m doing.

“Expirence”

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“Emergence”

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As for other stuffs, a full storyboard has been made for the first episode of the kung fu show. Also since moving I’ve gone gung-ho practicing my acoustic music. I was over it for a while and now I’m back into it eager to get up to recording-quality performance. I just want this album to exist already! The rest is all talk and I hope it’s entertaining (vague boastful foreshadow). It’s more talk than talk right now. Blah.
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Finale Scene

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Though I always wish I had more, I do have this:

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The finale scene of the animation for Fredstock. This is where we will see Arty Kornfeld green-screened in to hype up the show. I spent good time making this one look good, as you always want to end on a good note!

I also like starting on a good note, so a concept is being brewed for my first video blog, which in time will precede many others. When that finally makes its way to fruition (as with anything else), I shall post about it here.

 

 

The Great Wazu! (& WIP)

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Thanks to the wonderful helping hand of fellow artist & friend Justin Patterson, I now have a few paintings hanging in The Great Wazu, a delicious deli shop in Parsippany, NJ. It’s a cozy place with walls covered in artwork by people all around. You can see my paintings surrounding two of Justin’s large paintings. His impressionist style totally suits the distant view. Underneath Justin (right) & I (the other guy) posed for a dual-selfie with our paintings.

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I was also the only artist to put up an artist statement, which gives me the impression that’s something only college students do. Good thing I took it seriously, read it yourself!

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They may not be the last, but these three paintings are a series representing my fears of losing my fantastic hair, and everything that might come of my life as a result. My first painting, “Cult of Sanctuary,” depicts a bald representation of myself seeking to soothe the cold void on my cranium with soulful readings under a warm candlelight. “The Omen” forebodes complete annihilation of all things wonderful on my scalp and living as a blue humanoid in a cold forest. Finally, “Corporate Casual” shows my deep fear of having no direction from my lack of hair, and resorting to people pleasing and big business to consider my life fulfilled. Though today I may splendor in the blessing that is, the potential to lose it reminds me to savor every moment (to which I remember).

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(Here’s a recap of those paintings)

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Underneath my statement I planted a little stand with business cards! (you can tell which painting is my favorite)

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I feel like such an aspiring entrepreneurial artist-man.

Everyone else put their cellphone numbers, which I was hesitant about. Telephone communication is rather off-putting to me, it’s rather dividing from where you presently are to talk to someone way over somewhere else. I also have instinctual apprehension because the internet is like the world-wide billboard (though a sandwich shop isn’t quite the same). At least when you’re reading, you’re reading something right there. BUT I’ll totally talk to you if it’s necessary. Shoot me an email, we’ll talk. We all make sacrifices in life, that is one of mine!

BY THE WAY…

I took a break from that animation to make some more progress on this fine, lovely…

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…..painting…

Hello, You Busy Bees

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If your lives are any similar, there’s been much to do in the recent past. I have merely works in progress to share with you this time ’round. I wish I had more.

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FredStock! Here’s a black holed sun in space. Not going for fancy animation, but I want the pieces to look pretty. I have a little more than this drawn, but this makes a nice picture.

And this thing is coming along. I need to spend more time looking at it and tenderly giving it the attention it deserves. Though there are other priorities, I also can’t just rush through it. The point isn’t to just have a painting, you need to savor every moment of it. The results can be glorious, but you need to seep into every moment leading up to that climactic finish. Great things are built with great energy. Immerse yourself in your passion.

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(WIP)

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some things to do…

Storyboard Panels

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For that short animation, basically getting the events laid out. There’s a train, it flies into space. Flying records around (and other things). It lands on a giant guitar (strings as tracks), and stops at a station. People get up and start running down. There’s a black hole sun and a stage at the end. Famous dude gives a monolog. These folks suddenly lose interest in their alcoholism (we’re still in space, now). Then it all gets sucked into the black hole and it ends with a logo for the music show.

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So yeah.

Progress, Proposal, and Rebirth (of chalk doodles)

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Added to that thing.

Before:

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Now:

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That’s a hot fire person. (24″x12″)

In other news, I recently agreed to help out some people back in Fredonia with a short animation with a train, a giant guitar, and outer space and cool stuff as an intro thing for the upcoming music festival. ‘Round 15-30 seconds. I’ll spill more as I make it.

Finally, I squeezed in some time to grind some chalk on that flat rock on the wall by the toilets.

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You cannot kill what refuses to die.

But you can ask it favors.

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Had fun on a slow Tuesday morning. (Boss got new chalk. THE POTENTIAL….)

So there you have it, I can also do bubble letters.

Texture

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Let us begin with a gander at my latest painting:

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“Corporate Casual” (Acrylic 20″x16″)

This is a remake of a now twice redone sketch from my early college days (the other two on Photoshop). You can see how the first remake doesn’t pack the same punch that the original rough sketch had, but I think I’ve finally done it justice.

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I apologize for the long delay between posts. Gotta work on my rhythm.

Rhythm. It takes some to say it, or makes rhythm in saying it.

As we grow, our tastes develop. We find new details in things we like that thrill us more than what we looked for before. With music, I moved from overall sound (a production thing), to technicality (lots of notes), to texture (a way you layer the notes), and then added rhythm. The key to texture is the space between the notes – it changes how you hear them. Harmonic texture is what notes you play – is it pretty? gritty? Rhythmic texture is the pace and placement of those notes – is it smooth? rumbly? If there’s too much of the same texture, it flattens out – turns neutral – like white noise (and usually becomes boring). Doesn’t matter what flavor it is, you can only have so much pizza before it goes bland and you can hardly enjoy it anymore. Eat nothing but pizza for a month and you get a taste for why I’m so picky with music (or everything).

Half the reason I haven’t had anything to show recently is that I spend a good amount of time composing. I want some really dark, intense metal – without the flatness of screaming or whacking the guitar with a brick the entire time. I’m very technical, but I want to avoid sounding like a Bach enthusiast and just sweep and arpeggio for 40 minutes and call it an album. Being that I can’t even do that yet, I’m doing a pretty good job of it (pat on the back).

I have most of an acoustic album written, (aimed at having a metal tone) but that’s on hold for a bit while I’m gathering material for a real metal album. It’s much more fun right now. I even have some tasty lyrics in the works – that I will SING. I don’t want to program drums, but might have to for the demos. Though I also like industrial, so maybe I’ll work it in. Time will tell.

If you want to listen to two songs that are nothing like what I just described, here’s my SoundCloud page! (Dendrex) http://soundcloud.com/dendrex

I may start recording the finished acoustic pieces and get that album out of the way sooner than later. And as far as art, I want to dip into landscapes now and do some character designs, though little is certain at the moment. Time will tell, and I will tell you about it.

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Touched up “The Omen.” The apocalypse scene is clearer and the hand is more defined.

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Here’s the old version for comparison.

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That’s cool ‘n all, but something new to see would be fun, rye?

I happen to be a busboy at The Corner Pub in Flanders, and The Corner Pub happens to have a chalkboard in the bathroom – AND CHALK! So here’s a good sample of what some guys have been peeing to lately.

For Oktoberfest

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For Halloween

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There came a point where people would draw phalluses with their finger or write obscenities, and my boss would be inclined to erase it. Or it would just get erased because reasons. I figured “Maybe a wall of demons isn’t everyone’s cup of tea…” So I tried to compromise and make friendlier pictures. Note- tried.

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Good effort, I thought. But some got erased the next day anyway, so I started to not care again.

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A little note for your future biography of me – these chalk drawings showed me how simple it is to make a whole picture with just a few colors and varying intensity. This eventually led to finally trying out full paintings.

So it begins…

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To celebrate my first blog post, here’re my recent paintings:

“Cult of Sanctuary” (acrylic 20″x16″)

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The Omen (acrylic 16″x12″)

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This second one may still be drying as I’m writing this post.

I plan on using this blog to show some artwork, doodles, talk about convoluted theories, occasionally spill some dirt on upcoming projects, etc. Well timed with the start of this blog is my newfound interest in painting, and it’s been a blast so far.

I was most motivated after discovering the work of Zdzislaw Beksinski. He has a way of getting under your skin with an elegant atmosphere. So deliciously hellish. Check it out.

Zdzislaw Beksinski

http://art.vniz.net/en/beksinski/

That’s all for now.