A Place to Call Home

Life surely is some sort of journey.
Many steps taken in one or different directions – over a lifetime – will take you somewhere. But is it the place you want to be?

I’ve found myself deliberately (and accidentally) in places, doing things that if I’d asked my younger self, I would have surely laughed at the question.

Regardless, here I am.
Luckily I’m still me, haven’t lost myself or my love of art.

-Jesse

“Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.”
– Erol Ozan

Today, Will We Finish?

Alive and kicking. What’s there to complain about? Going to do a quick art stream today starting at 3pm MST. Stop by and say hello twitch.tv/thefro3po

Thank You Trees <3

Nontrivial sacrifice for someone to live inside of another’s dream. Thank You Trees <3 - Jesse

The Light Under the Door

Questions in my head, unanswered questions are my hair. No reason to believe, I’d answer you even if you dared.

– Jesse

Acceptance

A week ago my computer died on me.

I was filled with such rage, fist shaking at the sky questioning why, after all this work to get my website up and running, do I have to start the new year unable to create digitally.

One can picture my pouty mood, not posting anything. Not wanting to look at anything art related.

But there’s plenty of work to be accomplished for Phase I that doesn’t include creating TShirt designs, or practicing digitally painting and color theory.

Like getting back to the basics of anatomy, level design, story development, and the wall of crazy.

Bumps are just part of the Journey, can’t stop at everyone and take a week off to go through the seven stages of grief.

Too much work to do before my dreams become reality.

<3 your Journey

– Jesse

 

 

Bella Will Resist

I’m enjoying the Inky Leak Brush set I scooped up from GrutBrushes, I have an idea for a whole series of illustrations with them, but that’ll be for another time.  For now, I’m just experimenting and getting a feel for what each of them do.

When I sat down to create today, I initially started to make another series of thumbnail/paintover/explorations, but I got distracted by some of the earlier stages and just started having fun.  Before I knew it I had something that was really catching my eye and I just rolled with it.

A previous version had her blowing air bubbles out of each sides of her mouth apparatus, like deep sea divers might.  I’ll probably revisit the idea, putting her under water, with hair flowing and maybe some pipes/chains flowing out and around her.

Time will tell.
For now, it’s bedtime.

Journey before Destination

-Jesse

 

 

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman

Creating Again :)

I’ve been wanting to get back into photo manipulation for awhile now.  Having leveled up my painting skills, I’m interested in seeing how the two will combine.

I guess we’ll see.

-Jesse

“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.” – Bob Ross

What Do You Wear To Battle?

Don’t forget your armor.
Important protection,
of unknown origin.
Battle Stance!

I had to do some quick sketches before I got to work today.  There was a deep need to create and I needed to satisfy it, else I go mad from deprivation.  I start my second week of work tomorrow, doing Tech Support for Xerox.  I’m enjoying the challenge of learning new things, and developing new skills sets.

The Journey

-Jesse

“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honour.” – Aristotle

When Things Made Less More Sense

 

Here’s a throw back if I’ve ever seen one.  Created somewhere between 2007-08, this gem was going to be my first comic strip in my webcomic Another Alternative.  The strip was to be a slice of life style comic with it’s main character based loosely off of me.

Man I got such a kick off of this.  I happened across it, while I was going through an old (really old) external hard-drive, it didn’t have what I was looking for, but I did find years of art experimentation, most of which was my first couple years playing in Photoshop back in 2007-2009.

imajjjination_angel
2006-2007 Logo idea for my Brothers and I

Just celebrated my 32nd orbit last week and I’m fortunate to have just started a new job today.  To top it off, I just helped sent an earlier commission to get printed on T-Shirts and I’m about to start on another big commission to get it ready for print soon.  I’m super excited and it feels great to have all these pieces falling into place.  I’ll start sharing some stuff whenever I get the greenlight to.

I’m going to have to be really careful managing my time and ensuring everything stays in balance with each other, but I’m eager to learn more about the whole process of producing T-shirt designs.

Just some out loud forward thinking, but I want to have a collection of T-shirts available by 2017.

The Journey is Becoming very Interesting
-Jesse

“The very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself.” – Wallace Wattles

Renka

 

Not sure where this came from, but it was fun to create.
So, many colors!

-Jesse

 

“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.”
–Amy Bloom

Gloria from Peach Dahlia

 

I decided to do things a bit differently this time around.

For starters I kept my brush at 100% Opacity.

Secondly, I only used one brush (the Horse Main brush from the Impasto Brushes from the GrutBrushes.com).

Thirdly, I choose my color palette prior to starting this painting, which felt weird, but I had already chosen the reference image and had some inspiration.  So, my color choices were based off of those feelings and ideas.

soon

Lastly, I did my best to think before placing each brushstroke, focusing on if using a vertical or horizontal or diagonal stroke would be best then choosing the appropriate color, then making the stroke.

All in all, I didn’t waste as much time and energy fixing mistakes or changing things and I felt like the painting as a whole came together far smoother than previous paintings.  I can’t wait to use this technique again.

-Jesse

 

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Tambourine

 

Big yawn and misspelled words informs me of my bedtime
Reaching my early middle years
A gentle reassurance that I still have time

-Jesse

 

“I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work!” – Thomas Edison