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Camera Theory and a pallet knife

Armed with a slew of pallet knives and a dentistry table littered in color, I have made a leap into the art of pallet knife painting. I discover my subject matter at a local Salvation Army full of treasure and vintage style. With a bit of knowledge and appreciation for design, my goal has been to capture the elegance and style of some of our unique tools of the past, bringing them back to life on canvas. Cameras, projectors, typewriters and a few unique items we tend to only visually enjoy in a decorative sense are my new subjects. As I explore the lines, curves, and mechanics of these relics I grasp a better understanding of the thought put into their design and purpose. For this adventure I moved from oil paint to acrylic for a fast paced, multi-layered rundown of the subjects with a razor sharp pallet knife. I promise, no brushes were harmed in the making of these pieces, as I am a terrible keeper of tools.

Along side this endeavor is an idea that eludes to some thought. These tools sit suspended around us capturing image, shadow and light. They are silent and still, dusty and forgotten, “seeing” us as we exist in around them. Some are immersed in blackness where no light is to be found, until one minute awoken with bright piercing light as the lid of an old trunk is lifted. Some are collected and displayed in artists’ studio, a treasure hunters’ home, or a junkers’ pile waiting to be bid off. Where ever they lye, moving light dances into them, a movie for tiny dust mites collected in their bowels maybe. All I know is when I have these cameras from the past perched on my bookshelves, I can help but think that through those crystal viewers and lenses, they look deep at me more than I ever pay heed to them.

Late Pizza Joy Ride

So I’ve been sitting on this comp. for a few days. Finally sat down and inked it out. Still haven’t seen the new movie. Kinda consider myself a turtle purist, if there is such a thing. I watched the original with my wife the other night and found out she had never seen it! You can imagine my reaction.
Still no foot bashing… I guess drawing them having fun is more fun. If I get to another sketch maybe I’ll make it a bit more knuckles and elbows with a little dash of sword slash.

Turtle Carnage

So all of this media coverage and movie trailer spamming, as annoying as it can be, has got me itching to draw some ninja turtle carnage. I remember it being incredibly easy and fun to draw them. They have no major facial features, all four of them look pretty similar, and if they came out a bit disporportional it was ok because they are mutant turtles. I might give a go at some black and white foot bashing action comps like the original comics that ran I believe into the 90s’. None of the robot blood bologny that we do for the pg-ers, but some true hard core ninja ass kicking stuff from back in the day.Those comics were awesome. Lets see if I can do them some justice.