Flora Designs

I’ve decided I need to work on flowers. I’ve never been that great at drawing flowers so I starting with poppies and then I will go to roses. This one turned out interesting enough that I decided to ink it.

poppies negative spacePoppies have always had a special place in my heart. My family has always grown them around the house since my great grandparents. On the old family farm there were poppies that grew where the old house burnt down, I’ve always thought the field there was beautiful and I still can remember my great uncle crawling down into the well with a cup and getting us kids water to drink. Now days the fields we used to plow and heard the cows on have big houses, owned by wealthy resort people and the country charm has been fading away at an accelerated rate. But I guess that’s progress.

“growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell” -Edward Abbey

Long Legs and Exoskeletons, Gets My Motor Runnin’!

I’m working on a design for a friends tattoo. A beautiful profile of a grasshopper which we all know is my favorite extant arthropod!

grasshopper tattoo

My friend wanted more of a line drawing, so I had to do away with my usual shading and put more detail all over the illustration. My first attempt was straight from a picture but was a little off so I just quickly sketched this guy up in half a minute and the proportions were almost perfect. Then I just fine tuned the proportions and took time with the details. It always amazes me how just doing fast sketches usually turns out better than when you put too much thought into every pencil stroke.

Vikings of the Road

Here’s a little sketch I did quite a while a go. It has been a dream of mine to start bikepacking and that dream came true just a couple of nights ago! You can see pics of it at my other blog, ghprs.wordpress.com. I hope eventually I can get a crew of misfits, like my illustration and we can go camping and terrorizing the cycling community. Until then it’s just me and a couple others.

bikepacking vikings sketch

Fun Fact: a huge portion of my outdoor gear is built by myself. This incudes underwear, jerseys, cycling caps, panniers, tent and alcohol stove (aka pop can stove).

Night time doodles

I’m trying to come up with more print designs so I can make more interesting cycling jerseys. These both need a little more work and design if I am going to use them but I think it’s a good start.

Crow and Poppy

I think this should be a hand embroidered piece. I has such a nice folk feel.

I drew the crow and poppies in the train one evening and the skull idea just barely popped into my head. I’m not sure about the stripes and polka dots. I think it looks a little too much like the U.S. flag but it’s a good start.

Skull and star

Dead Crow Society

A long time ago My friend and I decided to start a bicycle crew called the Dead Crow Society. After many sketches I finally came upon a design I liked and here it is!

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We wanted to have an 1800’s occult feel. The cycling community is a bit dull and all the years of being in the punk and goth scene are hard to shake.

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The design in the top right corner is the result of an awesome bike ride and being completely drunk! On the left a sketch of a potential jersey. (I sew as well)

I decided that the simple illustration needed more and so I grabbed my protractor and compass and added a little more frill.

I decided that the simple illustration needed more and so I grabbed my protractor and compass and added a little more frill.

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The jerseys are handmade by myself, from the pattern to the sewing.  The silk and block printing is done by myself as well. If you are curious about my sewing you can see more at ghprs.wordpress.com

dabbling

I decided to try some water color… not so sure about it. I think I need practice. I have been messing around with more art nouveau, unfortunately every time I go to post the drawings, I realize that I drew genitals and I’m not so sure if wordpress will be down with badearser being for general audience. Though I see nothing wrong with nudity.

DEATH

The unfinished piece, I’m not sure if I will finish it either.

Distracted Minds

It’s late, I’m listening to PIL and trying to study for my quiz. As usual I get caught up doodling and planning out the next cycling jersey that I’m going to sew. But at least I have a drawing of our wonderful Milutin Milankovitch! Clever lil’ fart!

study

I have always wondered how illustrators for science text books get their jobs. ‘Cause man, I’d rather see my illustrations than theirs! Their illustrations are always so dull and homogeneous.

 

Play

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When I was a little boy, I would spend most of my free time drawing and riding my bike. I used to worship Van Gogh and wanted to be an artist.  When I became a teenager I spent all my time drawing and playing guitar, I still liked Van Gogh but fell in love with Albrecht Durer. I remember studying the human body, drawing it over and over again all summer, till I could draw it straight from my head. I swore I was going to go to art school but I never did.
Many of my sketches start with one little idea and ten minutes later is something totally different. This little sketch is so different from the original plan that it threw me off and I did not expect a mountain of memories to overtake me like a landslide. Maybe it’s my subconscious telling me it’s time to start taking art serious again and start training myself or maybe it’s late and I better get some sleep so I can study all tomorrow.