OH MY GOD 9NEWS TONIGHT! THEY SAID SOME LADY CAUGHT EL CHUPACABRA. EXPERTS SAY ITS PROBABLY A DOG OR COYOTE WITH MANGE, AND THEN THEY SHOWED THE VIDEO AND ITS A FUCKING RACCOON! AND IT SITS THERE AND GRABS THE DOG FOOD WITH ITS LITTLE GRABBY HANDS AND THE NEWS LADY IS ALL “WOW I”VE NEVER SEEN A DOG EAT FOOD LIKE THAT BEFORE”
Anonymous asked: You're an extremely talented artist that could represent anything. Why do you choose to depict celebrities and iconic figures? I believe your artwork could have so much more merit and can contribute much more to society then just entertainment. You even have your symbol as the golden spiral, which I find rather smug for an artist who creates "fan art". I don't intend to offend, it just greatly bothers me to see such a talented artist create advertisement and I would like to know why.
"Smug" is arbitrarily thinking that one entire genre of art is less than another.
"Smug" is anonymous back-handed compliments that insult an entire group of artists while trying to police what I choose to make.
"Smug" is thinking that you bestow merit to art and decide its value or contribution to society — or that it needs to do that to begin with.
"Smug" is believing that advertisements are something that automatically lessens art when some of the best painters and works throughout art history, from Leonardo to Caravaggio to Rockwell and Leyendecker have worked in advertising for clients (churches included).
"Smug" is looking at my portfolio of hundreds of paintings over 3 years that cover dozens of genres, styles, subject matters, clients, and sits everywhere from the internet, to billboards, album covers, magazine covers, galleries, newspapers, movie posters, bus-sides, books, homes of friends, strangers, and celebrities, and still choosing to think that I am one thing — a thing that is just as valuable to me as everything I’m paid for professionally.
"Smug" is being a smug dicklet and throwing in “I don’t intend to offend” to cushion the smug dickletishness of it all.
"Smug" is not seeing a simplistic connection between realism in painting and the golden rule that is genre-irrelevant, but again insulting an entire group of artists while commenting on something you haven’t bothered to understand.
But most of all, “Smug” is thinking that I, or any artist, owes you anything. We can make whatever we want, however we want to. I will keep making advertisements, I will keep making album covers, I will keep making posters for games and movies, I will keep making all that I’m hired to do and choose to take on, but I will also keep making fan art because despite the merit or value that you’ve decided it has — I want to — and that’s all the reason I need.
Take your soggy waffle compliments and fuck the fuck off. Viva la fan art.
I made myself finish another page this weekend, since I have them off work. I had fun with this, I love my hyaenas.
From the top
Little Hyaena, Meridian Hyaena
Greater Hyaena (Courier’s Hyaena), New Forest Hyaena
Jangwan Hyaena, Island Hyaena
Some older hyaena art can be seen here, here, here, and here, including a page from the mini comic I’ve been working on regarding the Courier’s Hyaena and the Pony Express style work they do.
I need to finish that darned mini comic…:| among the numerous other things I need to do…
These beasties were inspired largely by creodonts (namely hyaenodon, hence my odd spelling of hyaena), but also great danes, pit bulls, The Pony Express and its horses, arabian oryx, okapi, bongo, leopard seals….there was a LOOOOT of creatures thrown in the blender for these things :|
I hate scanning in sections…We either need a bigger scanner, or I need to stop buying large sketchbooks :|
I bought this nice watercolor sketchbook, and told myself i was going to devote it to painting an animal library from Ventus…That was…like…six months ago :| This is the only page I’ve finished, and I finished it last night.
Things have just been busy :/
Anyways, by request of Boarfeathers (who loves pigs) I did pigs first. I like the Snow Hog, its fur came out really neat.
Designs inspired by numerous pigs (obviously :|) tapir, buffalo, and probably numerous other things that I can’t remember right now :| That’s what I get for waiting six months to finish one damn page.