Friday, April 30, 2010


"No Escape."

Not a particularly hopeful piece, but eh. Sometimes there is no escape from the shit you have to deal with.

Thursday, April 29, 2010


I quickly sketched out the girl's head from a random FB photo, then I painted in the rest. Yay for texture brushes!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


For all you faithful readers out there, I have decided to post a piece of art every day for a long-ass time. I'd say for the rest of my life, but you know, I'm probably going to get a little soft in the head when I'm older (I did a LOT of drinking in College, round 1) but for now, let's say for at least the rest of 2010.

Inspired by the prolificness of other contemporary artists, I figured I have to get my shit together and this is my new commitment. I'm posting all my deep thoughts on art and life over at Monkey + Seal (the collaborative blog of myself and Eve), so this will be the place to find new art, hear me swearing like a fucking sailor, and being a bit more myself, and less about being the persona of "Monkey the businessman."

Anyway, let's start the fucking show.

PS - Don't expect fully rendered, finished pieces of shit all the time. Somedays, maybe, but most of the time it's going to probably be something created in 2 hours or less (more likely 40 min. or less).

And drum roll is the art of the day for 4/29/10:

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Friday and Saturday

Up and down Friday/Saturday

+ Eve and I went to the Fillmore Art Walk yesterday (Friday) and got to paint collaboratively live! We also ran into tons of friends, and it was a good time hanging out, talking about art and business and generally having a great time. Thanks organizers!

- It was windy and we had to put away our table, as my ties were blowing away. It was also cold to the point that Eve suggested we pack up as she thought she was getting hypothermic. We then proceeded to walk our heavy table, painting supplies, and big suitcase full of merch back home. My arms hurt.

+ After warming up a bit at our apartment, we took a bus over to My Tofu House and had some awesome Korean tofu soup and vegetable pancake. Plus, I got to eat the hot tea/rice -caked-to -the-side-of-the-iron-rice-pot soup that I so love after eating Korean tofu soup.

-I had to wake up early for work (as for me, getting to work by 10am can be kinda hard sometimes).

+ At work, I spent 3 hours finalizing a wedding invite order for a super cool couple. It was also a big order, which made it even better.

- At work, some dickhead fuck-face comes in and threatens a co-worker with "I'm friends with the owner, if that's the way you want to play it" when requesting us wrap a gift he brought in from outside the store when a)we don't wrap gifts bought elsewhere, and b)we have the right to wrap at our discretion if the store is busy, which it was, and c)we were closing in 5 minutes. If I knew where he lived, I would shit on his pillow.

+/- On my way home from work, I stopped at Divis to wait for the light to cross, when some girl asks me if I have a lighter. I respond that I don't, and she says "Awww. You look like you'd have a light..." She then walks behind me to greet one of her friends and I hear her say in sort of a whisper "...because you're good looking." While flattering, it was creeped the hell out of me.

+ Eve and I went to TJ's and we just bought some root beer, vanilla ice cream, and some Grey Goose. Fuck. Yes.

+Will draw lots tonight, and I have a lot of projects in the works! For anyone still reading this, I'm working on a resource guide of sorts to help artists starting out in their career. Yay!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

new painting

~2.5 hours, photoshop CS3. Yup.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Getting through the crap

So it's been a bit of a rough couple of days, but I'm slogging through it, trying to stay positive, and figuring out how to learn from each craptastic event and figure out the next step.

When I lost my wallet on the bus on Tuesday, I foolishly though "Awww shit, bad things come in threes." And thus, it sort of came true. I later checked up and found out that Eve and I didn't make it into Spectrum, and then Friday I got the email saying we didn't get into Renegade SF.

But, someone did finally turn in my wallet, and I picked it up on Friday night, there's always next year for Spectrum, and in all honesty, we really aren't all that "craft" focused, as we are all about the art and stuff (although if I go to Renegade and there are some other poster artists and shit I'm going to be pissed off).

On the good side, I have a wedding to go to today, I'll be seeing some friends I haven't seen in a while, Paper Hat is working on another art show, and we'll be participating in the Fillmore Art Walk, so I guess there isn't a whole lot to complain about.

I've also had a few new business ideas in the past few days, so hopefully I'll get on those and make it happen. Ideally Monkey + Seal will have a bigger and more awesome 2010!