the (semi)reluctant embrace

Posted in feed with tags , , , , , on February 2, 2011 by shawn dubin

my wacom cintiq and i have been staring at each other for nearly a year.  we’ve said hello politely, had coffee, tested the waters.  i was afraid to commit to our relationship even though i could see that the merits would outweigh the negatives.  recently, i decided it was time to overcome my fear and give in to the technological wonders that awaited.

now, i’m drawing directly into my computer.  to some of you, this is nothing new or all that impressive.  to clarify, i grew up with a black and white television with a tube.  thirteen inches of screen was luxury.  now, not only is my laptop about as big as that awesome little television, but i have a screen only slightly smaller that sits on my lap and allows me to draw over an existing image into the computer box.  amazing.

in order to acquaint myself with the cintiq further, i decided to purchase the sketchbook pro program as it was getting some rave reviews.  it does not disappoint.  one can draw directly into this program, work things out, then pop them in to photoshop and/or illustrator to polish them up.  to further acquaint myself with the cintiq and sketchbook pro, i decided to start working on a web comic which will be my first completely digital project to date.

i purchased the domain for this project and have been developing it in between other bits of work.  my wife was good enough to help me with the setup.  expect to see this begin within the next few weeks.

currently, the plan is to put out a three panel strip once a week.  i’ve completed the thumbnails for the first sixteen weeks so far and the ideas are happily still rolling along.

more details and links to come soonly.

yay technology!  i still want my flying car.  c’mon.  i can handle it.

p.s.  where’s my jetpack?

 

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first words of the new year

Posted in feed with tags , , , , , , , on January 5, 2011 by shawn dubin

i’m so sorry i’ve neglected you, blog.  will you forgive me?  i’ll give you chocolate…

happy new year!

just finished work on a good chunk of concept and final art for a blogsite my wife and i are playing with.  once it’s ready for public consumption, i will post links and more information.

i am halfway through my sketchbook for the sketchbook project and will be cramming all this week and next to get it postmarked by the 15th.  i started off using pencil and painting ink over it, but have since abandoned the pencil and am attacking it directly with ink. the subject i chose is “coffee and cigarettes”.  throughout the sketchbook, we follow a man and a woman as they embark on a relationship with one another-smoking many cigarettes and drinking tons of coffee.  all is glamor until he wakes up with chest pains one day and the sketchbook takes a tragic turn.  i’ll post more pics and information later.

inside cover and first page

 

 

still have to finish corrections on my comic work to send off to darkhorse and get my good friend and writing partner, jason ridings, to finish re-writing the first five pages of thirteen to send off to image.

many other projects and paintings still in the pipes.  toying with the idea of creating an actual monthly schedule to get them done this year.  ha ha.

and just for fun, here is the art of don kenn.  you should take a look.

 

happy happy merry merry

Posted in feed with tags , , , , on December 15, 2010 by shawn dubin

my wife, cats and i "entertain" a guest for the holidays

prints for sale!

Posted in feed with tags , , , , , , , , on November 16, 2010 by shawn dubin

here in my store.

more to come soon.

after the show reflection/collection

Posted in feed with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2010 by shawn dubin

the art show seems to have been a success.  received a considerable amount of good feedback on the pieces.  attendance was pretty high.  i sold three pieces ahead of time and three pieces on the spot, then three more this week.  i have been bitten by the bug of showing.  i want to have more shows!

next steps- photographing each of the pieces in frames before they go off to their owners and posting them to my website (stay on the lookout), making both the originals and prints available through my etsy store, working out the details of the next series of day of the dead paintings (twenty more in the pipes), putting said paintings together in a post card set, designing and completing the next series of darques and compiling all of them into a book, sending the untimely endeavor off to literary agents, completing a sketch book for the sketchbook project by january…  y’know- just a few things.

my aunt libby had this to say about the show on artblog.

pieces from the untimely endeavor upstairs at trust

adventures in hanging art

Posted in feed with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2010 by shawn dubin

the first half of the day went very well. i did all of the things i normally do- fed the cats, had coffee and breakfast, checked the interwebs, etc. keeping to a respectable schedule, i made my way to trust to hang my show at 11 or so.

after some figuring, the art started going up, more coffee was had, good conversation… met harry boardman, more good conversation…

all in all, a smooth experience.

then i went out to the lot to retrieve my car and make my way toward the wife and dinner on the town. trouble was, my car was gone. towed. it was parked with a placard and permission of the folks who own the lot. george smith towing chose to ignore this. lovely.

randi, the director at trust set to calling the tow trolls. she and i then set forth to southwest philly and george smith’s compound. to add more sunshine to the day, we got a flat along the way. i changed the ruined tire out for her donut and we were once again on our way. upon finally arriving, we discovered that i could not get my car out without my registration and insurance information, despite what a sign at their gate said (pictured below), both of which were left at home after i had renewed my registration the night prior online. in my haze of excitement to hang the show, i’d forgotten to bring them back out to the car. yay me.

never mind the fact that the car shouldn’t have been towed in the first place. troglodytes.

randi then picked jen up and brought us home.

we met other jenn and shaun at the trolley car for dinner after which they were good enough to give me a ride back out to george smith’s torture emporium with the proper documentation in tow.

here i sit, hours later, car retrieved, cat beside me. accomplished and exhausted. more to come.

final stretch

Posted in feed with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2010 by shawn dubin

so… i’ve been cutting fabric and spray-painting frames and making little cut-outs in boards to squeeze little paintings into.  the darques are almost complete.  in case you didn’t already know from my barrage of promotional bits here and there and everywhere, i’m having an art show at trust venue(3rd and arch in philadelphia) on friday october 29th from 6-9pm entitled, “the darques and other fine sundry items”.  15 paintings make up the darques series, each representing a member of a delightfully eccentric family full of spooky secrets. 5 small dia de los muertos paintings on wood blocks will also be on hand as well as the original illustration plates from my yet unpublished book, “the untimely endeavor”.  artist harry boardman will also have pieces up.  if you come, you will be refreshed and, if of age, plied with wine.  the show ends on halloween.

as per said barrage of promotional bits, i have swallowed my long standing hatred of the twitterverse and joined it.  behold, my tweets of doom!  alongside this bit of madness, i have also added a fanpage for my art on facebook.

as though this weren’t enough, dear reader, in what tiny bit of spare time i could manage, i wrote a report from the trenches of the new york comic con to be found here.

tonight i will finish assembling the darques and prepare illustrations from the untimely endeavor for framing.

coffee, coffee, and, oh yes, more coffee.

framed and (mostly) ready to hang