Monday, April 29, 2013

Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming

Marvin The Merman (In Progress)
Watercolor & Ink
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. 

Nap Attack!

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!
WerePunk Sketch
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. 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

My Widdle Bunny

Derpy The Bunny (In Progress)
Watercolor & Ink

Another watercolor creature concept I did awhile back. Isn't he....adorable? Well, let's just say he's special......very special.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Oh The Acne!

Lord Pimply Butt, King of Acne
(watercolor and ink)

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.  

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Dusting Off The Cobwebs...

Well, it's been awhile. 

       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.