Here’s what’s left of our fair and market season for 2019:
Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St, Vancouver, Washington 98660
I’ll be sharing the gallery with Portland Artist Jacob Herring from Sept 6th through the 28th. Opening night Sept 6th from 5-9pm
Rose City Comic Con, Sept. 14-15th Oregon Convention Center
Table # EE3 in Artist Alley
Vancouver Toy Junkies, Vintage Toy and Collectibles show. Sept 29th, Warehouse 23, Vancouver
Jet City Comic Con, Oct. 26-27th. Tacoma WA.
Can this please be my slow motion walk music?
Right now we are bundling our Kirk and Spock digital prints together as a set. Buy them together and save $10 from the individual print price. Both designs are original and are printed on high quality glossy photo paper. All prints ship with clear bags and cardboard backs. Ready to frame or hang as is. Check out our etsy page to see this and all of our other offerings: https://www.etsy.com/listing/596844914/kirk-and-spock-digital-print-set
I was just having fun with some design elements and needed a few more little prints in the arsenal so I whipped out this little R2D2 using some post modern tropes. 6×8 digital print. I’ll have them at my events or you can email me if you’re interested in one: email@example.com
When someone says you’re a futurist generally it’s an optimistic tag meant to convey the shining towers of tomorrow’s utopian societies. But are we sure that’s our future? With the attachment of “dystopian” to the term of futurist all of the sudden you’re not such an optimist, you become a nihilist really. Does it really have to be negative though? All life and things decay, and decay is beautiful.
As a visual artist I strive for the sort of rich textures that decay can provide to the manmade apparatus. There is little imagination in the weathering of something that is left to rot, it’s a product of circumstance and time. Peeling paint and rusted metal is the at the same peg as a sunset in my playbook aesthetica.
Artists can spend their lifetime trying to recreate these beautiful mosaics, the subtle and layered tones of rust or peeling paint force their composition on you without any retrospection on their part. How could we as artists, as humans hope to recreate the forces of nature? We can only observe and learn.
I draw a lot of inspiration from the dynamics of decay. I love the contrast of the manmade structure or creation, meant to be clean and precise and enduring succumbing to the inevitability of time. Peeling away our intentions and lives to remind us of our own mortality.
Whew, I’ve included a little gallery of some visual decay I’ve shot the past few years. I’ve used a lot of background textures like these to weather out backgrounds and such.
I love making classic Trek art. Original Star Trek is probably more responsible for who I am today than any other factor. I was exposed early, and it was over from there. After looking at my offerings though I was in no shortage of Kirk or Spock pieces but I wasn’t giving much love anywhere else. Not to mention there’s not much minority or female representation. It was well past time I gave some love to one of the true racial and gender pioneers of her era, Nichelle Nichols.
The print could have not have turned out better, I love every part of it and I definitely put the time into it. It was created in Photoshop and Illustrator using a process of photo reduction and freehand drawing. I’m hoping to give all the bridge crew the same effect at some point.
The print is on glossy photo paper, printed at 11×17 and ships with a backboard and clear bag for protection. You can find it on my Etsy page:
I’ve got a new studio and a new studio partner. It’s a great little space underneath the old North Bank in downtown Vancouver WA. I’m sharing it with one of the heavy hitters for freelance graphic design and illustration in our town, Bryan Helfrich. You can check him out on instagram at @opentheory.
The new space is enabling me to do some screen printing and painting but it’s a bit limited on some of the larger stuff I can do. All in all it’s such a great deal, however the building is slated for development so we might have to march any day on it. I’ll enjoy it while I can.
I’ve got a couple o’ new prints up on the etsy page. The Cosmic Bowie and Knife Lemmy are both prints of original screenprinted paintings I made. Both are printed 11×14 on high quality glossy stock and ship bagged and backed. They are ready to be framed or stuck on the wall as is. Get your hands on one today: https://www.etsy.com/shop/popocto
I’ve listed 5 new prints on my etsy page. Size ranging from 8×10 on the Batgirl to 11×15.5 on the X-Wing. All are original art, all prints are high quality output, printed on glossy photo paper and all will ship backed and bagged. Visit our etsy page to grab one or see more of our offerings: https://www.etsy.com/shop/popocto
You know how on older comics there’s a small picture of the character in the upper left hand corner with the number of the issue and the price? That’s called a corner box, and it’s pretty much a Marvel thing, DC usually just has a logo in the corner. I love cornerboxes, and the older the better. I’m working on reproducing some of them but the silver age issues I have around are pretty beat up. Here’s a few scans I did today.
The one on the left has been cleaned up a bit, they’re pretty rough though. I like the beat up look of them myself, it gives a lot of character and looks like they’re from a well loved and read comic. Maybe at some point I’ll redraw them so they’re crisp but these sure look cool I think.
I may have to seek out some old issues just for the corner box. I love them though. Be looking for some prints in the near future.