Imagine the Grim Reaper as a Bird, and Featherless Joe will come to mind....or at least my mind that is. This monster has been so much fun to work on from the beginning concepts to the near completion of inking. It all started with the idea of personifying Death as a bird.....In my mind, Death is a molting feeble bird that is too weak to fly. Although it yearns to soar up into the sky, it is forever cursed to walk the earth while it's fellow bretheren roam freely amongst the stars. Other Birds mock this poor creature since it has fallen from grace and cannot experience the joys of life in the air. They whistle and crow as they fly up towards the clouds, Taunting poor Featherless Joe who must remain on the ground....But the joke is on them. Although their wings can carry them all the way to the gates of heaven, sooner or later these birds will have to come back down to earth......back to where Featherless Joe awaits ever so patiently.
Hey gang! It's been awhile since my last update, and the reason why it's been so long is that I've been super busy. REALLY super busy. I've been getting a few freelance art jobs as of late and it's been rather difficult multitasking between all my projects. But don't fret, my wee munchkins, Josiah is back on track. As for today's post, this is a character line-up exercise I'm working on. I'll be updating this project more often, but my goal as of right now is to make it to ten characters. I've got two more to add to the works, so hopefully they'll be joining the ranks later this week. Well, that's enough for tonight. Time to go wrestle an octopus.
Sorry gang about not uploading the blog for last week. I had a deadline to meet. Sadly, I tripped at the finish line and missed it completely. I needed to recharge my batteries and I'm about ready for my next adventure. I promise that there will be a treat for everyone tonight to make up for my tardiness. Well time to go back to work, see ya later alligators!
Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls of all ages! It's that time once again for.....MONSTER MAYHEM! But seriously, Surprise! Sorry gang for missing yesterday's update. I had another nap attack that lasted longer than originally planned. So for being SOOO very patient with me, I present not one, not two, but THREE monsters! These are but three of many projects I'm currently working on. Right now, I have a creepy garden gnome turnaround I'm working on, a scary looking samurai caterpillar monster that is being penciled, an odd crab creature that needs painting, and a nine page graphic novel to finish! Holy crap! How are we still standing!? Nonetheless, I must dash, been lots of fun, kids, but daddy's got work!
Hey gang! Holy crap, so much has happened since my last update. I'm starting to get some artsy fartsy jobs! Which means, I get to actually draw stuff and get paid for it! Yay! Josiah leveled up by five points! So, what does that mean? It means I'll be super busy, cause Josiah is going to be multitasking between being artsy fartsy and being in retail. Wooohooo! So much fun! In other news, here is a sketch of Creepy Chuckles who was developed in less than half an hour. Enjoy!
Oh dear, Oh dear! So much to do! I've got to dash now or I'm going to be late for a very important date! But don't fret, kids, cause I've got more life sketches to show! Enjoy! And now to run off into the night like a mad man!
Starting to sketch from life again. Not as exciting as monsters, but hey, still fun. Brain feels like it's been mushed by sumo wrestlers so I'm going to go lie down. Come back later this evening to see more life sketches.
Another monster creation, this little guy is currently still being complete. Right now I'm in between inking and painting. For those of you who are considering inking their watercolor paintings, make sure you are using pens that are archival and waterproof. Otherwise, you'll get gloopy deformities and no one wants a gloopy baby on their hands.
D'oh! My nap lasted a little bit longer than I originally planned and I didn't get a chance to update yesterday. Never fear though, cause we are combining last week AND this week's updates into one.....yeah. So now on with the show!
Thought everyone would like to see the process of how my monsters are created. As I stare off into space contemplating about life, a little thought will pop into my head for a new project. For example, WerePunk was created after wondering what if a punk were to be bitten by a four-armed werewolf (cause those things happen all the time). Now that I had an idea, I grab my paper and trusty non-photo blue pencils and begin to doodle. After roughing out punkwere, I then go over my blue lines with a red pencil to finalize the sketch stage. Afterwards, I lightbox my drawing and create the finalized version on the back, which sorta looks like this.
This is the stage I am currently at. Afterwards, I'll begin painting him with watercolor and then ink this sucker. So yeah, that's how you make a werepunk.
Isn't he adorable? I based him loosely off the idea of a minotaur and toad getting together to make a baby.......which would never happen unless the toad was into mazes. I got inspired by the works of Tim Flach's More Than Human Photography book (who I highly recommend checking out if you are need of inspiration for making some wild creature designs). Here's a link to his website if you would like to check it out Tim Flach's work, so go check out it.
Actually more than awhile, it's been precisely four months since I last updated this website. and I'm truly sorry about that. I know everyone is wondering, where did you go Josiah? Why hasn't this blog been updated? Did you get eaten by wild wolverines? Well, the good news is I haven't been eaten by wild wolverines (it's the flying squirrels you have to watch out for)....
The real truth is I got scared. Really scared. I'm technically an "adult" out in the real world now and need to start making grownup decisions on my own. No longer can I hide in the shadows, it's time for me to step into the world and make my mark......
That's where I got really frustrated. I believed that my work wasn't ready to see the world. That it wasn't worth showing to others. In short, I didn't believe in my creations, which is bad. Really bad. For art is the representation of the artist's mind of how he/she expresses thoughts, beliefs, and emotions. So by not believing in my art, I was in turn not believing in myself.........which is REALLY bad.
That needed to change. Otherwise, I as an artist, would not be able to grow. And if I am to be an "adult", then I need to believe that I can be a great artist. A great artist who inspires others with his creations. In order to do that, I need to work on building confidence. So it's time to stop having a pity party for myself and get ready to grab life by the balls (while wearing rubber gloves, because who knows where those balls have been). I'm ready to face the world not as a bashful child.....but as an adventurous artist who is ready to explore the mysteries of the world. So with my pencil in one hand and sketchbook in the other (and a whole bucket of caffeine), I am ready to show the world who I am.....
My name is Josiah Callaway, and I am an artist. I am going to be updating this blog at least once a week and I'm going to be proud dammit of what I create (even if it's a unfinished sketch on a used napkin). I am going to improve and build a portfolio that will get me out of retail and into an actual art job........This is my promise to you my readers, that I will believe and improve. So keep an eye out for the first update. I promise you'll enjoy it.