Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I'll "B"e Good for Halloween!

 

Happy Halloween everyone! :0)

     I have saved this little tid bit JUST for today!  As I sit here and enjoy this new herbal tea I found called Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride, because I couldn't resist leaving something called that on the shelf, and also enjoy this really stinky but absolutely delicious aged cheddar cheese with some pecans, thanks to my new low-carb vegetarian diet, I am also enjoying listening to/watching The Monster Squad, because I apparently am self-diagnosed with latent A.D.D.  For those of you who don't know, The Monster Squad is the 80s B-Version of The Goonies. For those of you who don't know what The Goonies is, God help you.  Once again, thanks Lou. This movie has to be one of the best gifts I have ever been given. I LOVE this movie and I have to say I really LOVE cheese...  Anyway, I get off topic (A.D.D.) Why am I doing this?  It's Halloween. Nothing says Halloween more that Christmas tea, Cheese and the Monster Squad... OK so maybe it's not the most exciting way to spend a Tuesday evening.  Halloween, however, is Very exciting and the best part of it for me is making one's own costume.
     So Why go through the effort, huh?  Well I'll be honest, besides a party, It's the most fun I have with the holiday.  I, unfortunately was the only sibling in my family that was never allowed to go trick-or-treating. I know, it is truly sad to have missed out on that during childhood.  Long story short, my parents were very religious for a while... and then they got over it.  Alas, my childhood was stuck within that interim.  W.W.F.S.? (What Would Freud Say?)  Freud would tell me to make some bad-ass costumes. That's what Freud would say. So I do.
            


     I have provided a few snap shots below of costumes from Halloween past, but I will mainly focus on How I made an E.T.  Yes, ladies and jelly-spoons, I made my very own Extra-Terrestrial and had it mounted to a bike.  The inspiration for this crazy venture was pretty obvious for me.  E.T. is my 3rd favorite movie of all-time (or at least all my time on this planet ;0P.)   My partner and I recently took our nine-year old to Universal Studios in Orlando.  There is of course the E.T. ride.  Even though I own a copy of the film (both the 1982 and 2002 versions), I hadn't watched it in quite some time.  The trip to the theme park re-kindled that old flame.  Not to mention, some of my family members sent to me some vintage E.T. gifts for my birthday earlier this past Summer.  I think the Universe, and not just the Studios, was trying to tell me something.


     So after deciding to be Eliot from E.T. I had to figure out how I was going to handle the most important prop of my costume, my little alien friend.  I decided I could build him out of paper-mache, wire and foil, like how I create other props for my previous costumes.  My part of the costume was easy. I found a red hoodie and had E.T. ironed on to it.  Thanks Monograms-An-More for doing such a great job for me. 


     I had help with setting up the base that I would build E. T. on in the milk crate.  I wound and shaped a wire frame to use  as the base for my E.T. sculpture.  Next I added the foil layers to make a more secure structure for the paper-mache.







     "Come on! Don't be chicken shit!" says Pheobe as she tries to use the Frankenstein Monster as collateral to gain membership into the Monster Squad.... Sorry A.D.D. moment.  I Love it that I can see Frankenstein's Monster use the word "bogus."

     Anyway, I added on the Paper Mache to the Head of the sculpture.  Since I was going to cover most of the crate with a white sheet, the head was really all I needed to build. Until my sense to overachieve kicked in and said, "Lewis, you need to make hands too."


     So, I made hands.  Then it said to me, "Lewis, how TOTALLY AWESOME would it be if you could find a way to make his finger glow.  So I made it happen.  I admit I did have some engineering help from my partner.  He did help me figure out how to wire the finger so that I could flip a switch to turn the glowing finger on and off. But that little voice didn't stop there.  It mentioned a glowing heart....

... the flowers that bloomed than wilted with E.T.'s health...
....what about the speak and spell that E.T. used to phone home with...

     I even had a small tape recorder that played sound clips of things E.T. said from the film, not to mention the Flying Theme music as well.
Unfortunately, the volume on the recorder was SO low that you couldn't hear it over the rest of the banter from both of the Halloween events I went to this past weekend.  After spraying my hair with black color hair spray, completely shaving my goatee and my side burns so that I could look more like a 7 year old boy (I do not want to know what Freud might say about that) and mounting the E.T. sculpture to the bike, I am ready for Halloween. :0)


    I think I use my annual creative Halloween Costume Project as yet another way to not have to grow up completely...

"Wolfman's Got Nards!"... sorry did it again... This movie is really quite amusing.

     Like Peter Pan, there is a small part in all of us that never wants to grow up.  I hope that part is shining this Halloween.  Cheers to you all that had fun making your clever costume.  Happy Halloween! :0)

Keep sketching, keep thinking, keep laughing and most important of all, keep making art. 
Cheers,
LEWIS

P.S. as promised here is a few of past years fun:

 Max (Where the Wild Things Are)

 Charlie Chaplan

Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder Brand)

 Scarecrow/Michael Jackson (The Wiz)










Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Homestyle Fried Green Posters.


     October, in my opinion, is a VERY fun month.  Not only does it mark the beginning of Autumn, my favorite Season of the year, but it also hosts the Halloween Holiday.  The North Western Hemisphere seems to change during this month. Weather turns cooler, the leaves begin to change to beautiful warm shades of gold, red and amber browns and you begin to change out the wardrobe in your closet, or at least I always do. I start breaking out the flannel shirts, light jackets, warm hats, thin scarves and mittens.  So, change in the air always kind of puts some pep in my step.
     This brings me to one of the most fun things I like about the Holiday: Costumes! :0)  This is the one time out of the year when you can be as crazy, fun, wild, outlandish, colorful (or likewise as un-colorful), contrary, radical, controversial, wise, foolish, old or as young as you would like. Not only is it completely permissible and acceptable to be any or all of the above, it's encouraged.  I can't deny that I get so excited about seeing the costume advertisements in the local papers for this years trends and of course, the great classic costumes we see every year.  SO whether you are dressing up in an old sheet with some holes cut out of it or you are purchasing an elaborate ensemble, you better believe that Halloween is the most visually and colorfully eclectic holiday in America.
     A few years ago, I had a gig for the town of Juliette, GA, illustrating their Green Tomato Festival Posters.  This was always a fun job, and one I looked forward to every year, as the festival is annually held around Halloween and is a children's Halloween carnival celebrating the town's  famous local dish.  For those of you who do not know, Juliette, GA is where the film Fired Green Tomatoes was filmed and it's namesake is what many people travel from across the U.S. to taste.  The downtown area is where all the historic period segments of the film were shot and the town has kept the area dressed exactly the same way as you see it in the film. This is where they host the festival. 


     I guess one of the reasons, I loved that gig so much was because it was really a very fun venture into character design.  I got to draw children in outlandish and crazy Halloween costumes and got paid to do it. Again being an Illustrator can be a really fun job sometimes.  All year I would be thinking a little bit here, a little there of what the next years poster would be.  Of course you always start with thumbnail ideas and go from there, and I always had several for this project.  Ideas could seem almost endless when you are playing with a Children's Festival, a Halloween theme. You add Carnival and Green Tomatoes thrown in there somewhere and again you find yourself traveling from your drafting table.  These being my elements I would always come up with a plan.

{GTF Poster 1}

   The first year I did the event poster, I played on the idea of turning the tomatoes into characters themselves, in a way.  Whether you are a wolfman, a patchwork monster or a mummy, your tomato could look very different.  I also played with spiders and webs that first year.  Sometimes you hold back a little bit on the first job, reserve your wackiness, at least until they get used to it.  Over all it turned out fine and the client was very happy, which in the Illustration business, all that matters.


       The second year, I decided to try and play with the idea of a Halloween themed Pied Piper.  The piper came first and was originally supposed to be part of another project, but for one reason or another, he got cut from the final composition. So I decided to create him his own.   I thought it would be fun to play with that story and create a parade of Trick-or-Treating Children marching along to the festival in this caravan of green tomato carriages, obviously adopted from Cinderella.  This poster in particular was quite fun as I basically took the local paper advert for the local Halloween shop and went to town sketching various kinds of children into various costumes. You'll see by some of the sketches I did, I was having fun with it.
 (By the way, those local adverts in the paper provide page after page of so many  Halloween costumes. It's a great reference for any Halloween themed illustration.)  I look back on this particular poster and see where I was still in the process of developing the illustration style I promote today.  I was still really experimenting with mixing traditional and digital media back then.  I use this poster in particular when I talk about the creative process and the importance of conceptual thinking on my website.











     The following year I developed a sketch from my sketch book into that years poster.  I had sketched this little girl dressed up as a funky and fun witch costume and didn't really know what to do with her.
She didn't fit any of the current projects at the time she was sketched, but when time rolled around to start pitching ideas for the new festival poster, I pitched her and everyone kind of fell in love with her.  The medium is watercolor and colored pencil, all traditional, but that just seemed to fit her.  I don't know how to explain it, but sometimes the art you create seems to have created itself and goes and lives life on it's own.  This little one is definitely the kind of girl that goes out trick-r-treating on her own.  She doesn't need to hang out with the other kids and frankly doesn't really want to fit in.  I'm still kind of fond of the illustration and made it available to visitors on my website as Desktop Wall paper for your computer. I'll provide a link to it if any of you are interested in it.



     The final year I was involved with the event, there was  a new feature added to the festivities. Instead of hay rides, there would be Train rides on the old antique train.  They called it the Juliette Express.  I thought It would be great to feature the train as the main character in the Poster. 
I created a harlequin-like Green Tomato character as the conductor that takes all the Halloween Children on an adventure through their imaginations.  Again, I had a great deal of fun developing the Tomato Conductor as well as the kids.  I ended up deciding to have them all surrounding the poster in a quilt like border as a drawing solution.  Since the train and conductor were featured largely, I still needed to include the children.  Sometimes you really come to love details in a piece you worked on years ago that you were not too happy with at the time, because it wasn't your original vision.  I can think back on a time or two where client/artist compromises have actually saved a composition.  

The collaborative process between you and the client can be quite rewarding, and I don't necessarily mean just monetarily.  I always try to include the client in on the creative process.  One because this is where really good ideas can be conjured and it engages the client to where they feel like they are part of the final creation, not just the purchaser.  This is a practice I always try to employ with my work.  It kept me on my Toma"toes," so to speak. :0)  Unfortunately, this particular business relationship ended after that year.   My client was leaving the city board and moving to a different town and the board decided to use an alternative for festival publicity.  Even good client business relationships, one day, must come to an end.


     Every Halloween, I think back on those illustrations and remember how much fun it was creating all the kids for the posters.  It inspires me to still to this day come up with new ideas for that event.  I write them down in my idea Journal for future Illustrative Projects.

     I wanted to share that art with you all because Halloween is around the corner, and these fun images don't get taken out of the closet and shared too often. 

SO...
Keep sketching, keep thinking, keep laughing and most important of all, keep making art. 
Cheers,
LEWIS

P.S.  Check back next week for a very special Halloween post on the SketchBlog. I have been cooking on a new Creative Project and have been just DYING to share it with you all.... Waaahahhhhahahahahaha.

P.S.S.  Here is the link to my desktop wallpaper:
http://www.lewiswporter.com/Galleries/Downloads/Wallpapers.html

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

ANTventures in Conceptual Thinking


           If inspiration is the heart of Artistic Endeavors, then I would say Conceptual Thinking is surely the back bone.  This is where the "Real" work of an artist comes into play; aside from the method and medium, of course.  Inspiration that has been conjured by a "Brain Storming" session is really only the beginning of it all.  Conceptual Thinking is how the idea is developed and gets shaped into what ever form the artist chooses.  This is where the proof is in the pudding, so to speak, on what you can really acheive as an artist.  Personally, this part of the creative process is the most challenging and possibly the most exciting. I rack my mind to try to come up with the most clever, creative and appropriate solution to the artistic problem and develop my initial ideas.  The key to a great illustration or piece is Balance.  It is one of the most BASIC of all Design Principles, however, I can never stress how VERY important it is to ballance your ideas and imagery well.  I can probably compare it to a mental Laboratory of a mad scientist from one of those Classic black and white films.  This where you find a variety of multi-size beakers filled with strange and colorful liquids: some bubbling, some churning, some fizzing and whizzing.  Like a good, deranged and mad Idea-Scientist, I delicately begin to mix and cook something up, taking great care so as not to blow up the "lab."  This has happened from time to time and results in a VERY BAD head ache.  But thank goodness for Ibuprofin, right?.... Anyway, I'll give you a semi-recent example of what I mean.

    Earlier this year I decided I would participate in a design competition for one of my ABSOLUTE favorite art/shopping websites: Threadless.com.  Though, they are known for their cutting edge t-shirts designed by a variety of artists around the world, Threadless had decided to have a competition to design "artsy" book bags.  I had been wanting to participate on this site for some time. I had already spent hours and hours surfing the shopping area and looking at all the REALLY cool t-shirts that they sold.  They normally host ongoing submissions for shirt designs, but hey also host special design competitions, like the one I participated in. It was called Threadless Loves Backpacks.  I was very excited about my maiden voyage into the Threadless competition world.


     I took to the challenge like a fish to water.  I had spent hours thinking up of clever ideas that would be conceptually right for a backpack.  The idea that won out above all the others was what eventually became the ANTventure  illustration.  I thought it would be great to play with the idea of invading ants in your back pack trying to steal your lunch, which is what many people "lug" around in their backpacks, particularly at school.  Considering that high school and college students were the main demographic for this product, I thought the concept of lunch invading insects was both fun and appropriate.  I pushed the concept even further by including another set of imagery often associated with back packs: hiking.  I figured this conceptual image may also bring appeal to perhaps an older demographic as well.  I then imagined how great it would be to have these ants hiking over the food as if it were a mountainous landscape.  I then thought it would be funny to have a visual play on what those particular ants are called: Scout Ants... And this is how the ANTveture began to develop over time.

     Now that I had a solid idea and direction, I needed to construct my composition.  Threadless had very specific size parameters due to where the image was going to be screen printed.  I dug into the work and began deciding what lunch items I could use to transform into my "Lunchscape" for my little Ant Scout Troop.  I also needed to figure where I wanted to place the ant trail.  All these decisions about composition and how I want the viewers eye to move through the picture plane must all be decided firmly before the REAL fun of the illustration work begins.


     Now that I have made all my choices about what goes in, what gets left out and what is going to go where, I can begin the fun parts of my job: the illustrating.  I begin this part of my process as I always do, with vigorous reference research.   You can't make art without getting your hands dirty and you certainly can get your hands filthy with some good digging into research.  I can't impress that enough on any artist.  Research is SO very vital in my creative process.  I have a few college professors to thank for instilling this good habit.  As soon as I gather all the reference I need to create my illustration, I can finally Get Down To Drawin'! :0)  Since I have some work experience in screen printing, I am very sensitive to the fact that screen printers need vector images.  This is mainly why I decided to go digital/vector for the finished product.  I began with the ants.


     As you can see they had a very "rough" start before they ended up in their finished state.  This phase is my playtime in the process.  I like playing with the look and feel of each element in the illustration and I like to try different variations in my character design before deciding on a final look.  Now after the Ants "fell" in line, all the other elements began to fall into place rather quickly.  The most time consuming part of this illustration besides the initial conceptual stages, was building all my elements separately.  I already knew where everything was going to be placed from my composition sketch.

     After completing the illustration, I needed to format it into a display image "selling" my design for the competition.  Once submitted, the Threadless artist community voted on all the designs for the competition.  There were only a handful chosen from several hundred.  So competition is quite stiff on these challenges.  Once all votes were in, the most popular and highest ranking designs will go before a panel of select judges at Threadless.com to decide the final winners of the competition.



     Unfortunately, the ANTventure did not win, even when it was submitted later as just a shirt design.  I appreciate everyone who voted and cheered for the little hungry Ant Scouts.  I did learn from the experience and also enjoyed participating in the competition.  I'm usually a good sport, as I'm not particularly prone to be competitive. So if I don't win, I'm not too upset about it because I make certain in my mind that the competition is about the experience and not the prize.  I also got a really great illustration from it to use for promotional purposes or maybe to sell to a future client.

     In conclusion, I urge others to find their own ANTventures into creative conceptual thinking.  It will make you a better artist and hopefully a more interesting,  albeit entertaining individual.  Plus it gives you something to write home about. :0)

     I am grateful for my little ANTventures in art.  Experience is truly what human life is about and making art is the joy an artist has in expressing their point of view of those experiences.  I am very glad that when I wake up everyday I can choose to create something.  Creativity is pure joy for me. :0)
SO...
Keep sketching, keep thinking, keep laughing and most important of all, keep making art. 
Cheers,
LEWIS

P.S. If any of you are interested, Threadless.com hosts a multitude of ongoing and special Design Competitions for Artists.  Check them out and also stay and shop.  Support artists from around the world. It will make you feel better, I promise. Plus you will be the sharpest dresser on your block. ;0)  
That link is www.threadless.com




Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Why A FatMan?


    I get asked this question a lot, actually. I really can't explain easily how/why, other than it just felt right selecting him to be a representative of my art for me and kind of a Flagship in my artistic journey. The FatMan was the very beginning of doing what I currently do and how I currently do it.  So I decided the other day that I would devote a sketch-blog entry to the FatMan and where he came from.

Do you believe in divine inspiration? Thousands of years ago The Ancient Greeks believed in a group of goddesses that guided and endowed both men and women with inspiring thoughts and ideas to create.  I'm not sure I believe that anything semi-physical and conscience could be at the helm of such a complicated system. I find the idea as fantastic and wonderful as Santa Clause in charge of Christmas on a Global Level. So if there is not a God or Goddess behind it all, where DOES inspiration and thoughts come from... Do they float around us like microscopic orbitals? Do they fly into our ears when we are sleeping?  Are they woven by a carefully attentive, detail oriented supernatural deity? It's hard to say.  What is not difficult to understand is that the FatMan did not arrive through divine inspiration, dreams or a very nicely wrapped Christmas package.  He came to me in one of those snickers moments (Not going anywhere for a while... So entertain yourself.)

     To begin at the very beginning, I have to confess something VERY nerdy about myself. I'm kind of addicted to the X-Files Series and am currently re-watching EVERY episode in order from beginning to the end of every season. Thanks Netflix, this is really why I love you.  So years and years ago, one evening, I was, of course, watching the X-Files and in this episode there was this profile dolly-shot of Agent Mulder holding an umbrella walking through a cemetery. For what ever reason or fate, if you believe in divine inspiration, this "shot", this single image burned itself into my brain. To this day, I can see it clearly, if I think about it.  So it locked itself up in my mind waiting one day to resurface.

     I was at a flea market one Saturday afternoon in 2002 (yes, that long ago). I agreed to keep a close friend company while she promoted her clowning services at one of those lawn table booths, as a good friend should do.  I brought my sketchbook to keep myself occupied.  As some of you already know and the other of you definitely do not know, is that I studied traditional animation in college and as part of that study I learned the art of caricature. So I thought it would be fun to practice what I learned. I sold $1 dollar caricatures to anyone who passed and would actually agree to be my guinea pig.  It was very fun and entertaining. It passed the time well, plus you get to meet some really interesting "characters." Not to mention I got a free soda or two and some carni-food from selling the dollar sketches.  Soon the crowd ebbed and I was back to doodling. This is the when and where the FatMan came into existence.

     I randomly thought back about that side profile of David Duchovny as Agent Mulder in that cemetery.  I began to draw it.   No, I began to caricature it.  My lessons of the Planes of the Head began to drift though as my hand, my mind and my pencil twisted and warped each exaggeration out of proportion. You would never know that the origins of this strange and mysterious character began with Agent Moulder and the X-Files.





     Back at school circa 04/05,  I began to shape the FatMan into something else, something more than just a caricature... He began to become a Character in his own right, something new.  I decided to paint the Fatman in his cemetery and for a while I was pleased with that version of him.  Later that year, as I was finishing up my studies in Illustration, my professor suggested I re-do the FatMan for a promotional piece to send out to potential clients. I liked the idea and this is how The FatMan was reincarnated. I took his original form from paint and transformed him into a hybrid of both traditional and digital media.  The FatMan was soon to be reborn into what would become my signature illustration style.



    The FatMan then took on a different persona, he had ego, now. He had style, pun intended. He had ink. I inked the original sketch, tweaking it a bit here, adjusting it a bit there. Improving him... Yes, that FatMat had SO MANY new things going for him... except a background. He didn't have a background.  The cemetery idea was vetoed by not only my professor but the entire class. Which really did seem right, as the FatMan was no longer that first incarnation of himself.  I drew many different scenarios: the countryside, a farm,  a bakery, a candlestick shop...  Nothing seemed to fit.  He was this cute little butterfly and I needed to figure out where he was flying.

   THAT'S IT!  FLYING. That was the answer. The FatMan's feet where no longer on the ground, because he had his head was in the clouds.  This is something I personally can relate to at times, as I tend to loose myself inside my own mind.  I often joke that I don't live in a cave, I live as a hermit, in a tree-house in the tallest tree that sits in a small clearing in the thickest forest of all the forests of my mind.  I like that place a lot, I have a winged-back reading chair there and cool posters on the wall.  That is, of course another Blog for another day.  Back to the FatMan: I wanted to Illustrate what I thought the act of Imagining something would look like, since I spend most of my day imagining things that are not real and drawing them into the world of reality.  I wanted to capture the moment that it happens.  This really is the joy of being an Illustrator or any Artist, really.  Even as a responsible and sensible adult, there is still a part of you that never has to grow up.  You can be Peter Pan in your very own Neverland.  I admit, it's pretty fantastic.


    This is where the FatMan was really formed as the idea and icon he has become for me today.  I have become very close to this character.  Every time I look at him, I can imagine his adventures, his life. I ponder about what he is thinking about. What is making him smile. It's a mysterious smile like the Mona Lisa's, however, much less mischievous. I find myself becoming more connected to this image as I grow older.  The FatMan is not "home" to me but I get a feeling that people often get when they are at home. It's very comforting, very soothing, very Zen.  An epicenter for creative thinking that I like to visit. Maybe this is where my personal inspiration comes from, this space; this "home," if you will.

     So... Why a FatMan? I went on an artistic journey, when I transformed him, that lead me to my illustrative style I love to use.  I don't necessarily believe in divine inspiration, but for now, I can kind of believe that he is my own personal Muse. One of my very own, to lead me to new creatively rich horizons, hopefully. So, In a way, I kind of owe him one.  That's why a FatMan. :0)

In conclusion, folks, I promise that in my nerdy re-adventures into watching the X-Files, that when I find that episode again, I will take a snap-shot of the exact image I have seen for years previous and share that with you. :0) 

Keep sketching, keep thinking, keep laughing and most important of all, keep making art. 
Cheers,
LEWIS



Monday, October 8, 2012

To BLOG or NOT To BLOG... Mostly NOT, I Fear.


     SO... I created this Blog to actually force myself to "Blog" about something, when in fact, I created something in my head that I associate with the burden of a chore.  It's rather like placing something you need to do in your path so that you constantly trip over it until you do something with it.  Most times I would rather be doing anything else other than writing about something, even if it interests me, or blogging about something. Blogging is really just a clever guise for writing on the internet... And like most chores, I avoid them, walk past them, look at them, kick them, and then keep walking past them, avoiding them at ANY cost till you must absolutely MUST take care of it.

     Now by this measure you could assume my home is a bio-hazard: a volcano of dirty dishes, filthy laundry, cat hair, crunchy litter, coffee grounds, tea bags, Mustard packets, beer bottles, various empty vegetarian meat substitute boxes, and perhaps a cat or two in there, if you can find them. You could imagine it to be something out of the Shel Silverstein poem Sara Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out.  I must say that fortunately, for my partner, our cats and myself, this is not the case. I am rather, for the most part, a tidy household dweller.

      For whatever reason, I seem to find writing a toilsome task, though once I begin, I find myself soaring through pages of typed or hand written text; word after word, passage over passage, until I find myself no longer in the room I once occupied, but rather elsewhere in some world I am writing about. So even though I may have to be dragged back to the computer monitor, kicking and screaming each and every time, I am determined to force myself to write about what I find interesting each week or whatever artwork I may currently be working on or a nice sketchbook sketch I sketched that week or about puppies, babies and kittens (oh, wait... I have to save that for Facebook.) I am also determined to enjoy it, damn it!

     SO to make a long story short: I started a blog.

     A very wise college professor of mine once said that, "you have to get through alot of bad drawing before you can get to the "good" drawing."
And that bit of advise has stuck with me.  I think about it almost every time I start a new Illustration, especially if a piece just isn't turning out quite the way I want it to that day. This is why, if you're a professional artist or want to be one, you must draw all the time, even when you don't really want to; especially if you don't really want to.  This could also be said for writing as well, so a sketch Blog seems like a good place to keep up with both, perhaps.  I admit, I am not always able to have time to draw EVERYDAY, but I do set aside time Daily to work on creative projects such as drawings, paintings, sculpture, design work, etc. I figure if you can't practice your hand everyday, you should practice your creative mind.  I plan to share much of that here with you all. I am thinking Wednesday makes a Good day to post. Wired Wednesdays sounds catchy and seems to amuse me at the moment. :0) 

     So keep posted, and I promise I will keep posting... Even if am kicking and screaming, I promise I will do it creatively or at the very least, in an entertaining way for you. :0)   I promise also to limit my typed smiley faces to a minimum.

Keep sketching, keep thinking, keep laughing and most important of all, keep making art.
Cheers,
LEWIS