I love doodling. Its occurred to me that I think I like doodling more than making finished images. So when I was recently asked to be in the latest issue of Locus Zine and given the template, I did what I think a lot of artists do. I stared at a white box hoping my hand would start moving eventually resulting in genius level artwork. Didn't happen. Obviously it didn't happen.
Getting started is painful for me a lot of the time. My creative flame starts off as more of a tea candle if anything at all, and I just have to cover that flame with a bunch of little dry bits of whatever until the fire starts.
What resulted for me this time was 280 little abstract compositions of just working through it. Interesting how they evolved over the course of the night. Take a gander and keep a lookout for the finished pieces in a little bit.
Just some messing around with some texture and colour. Nothing planned, just pure experimentation.
In the first verse of "Held the Hand"- one of my favourites- Daniel Johnston sings "Oh my lord, I am so bored." I've always loved those lyrics because I feel they convey more than just an everyday boredom. It goes beyond "I don't have anything to do" and leaks into an existential boredom that hits us from time to time. Here is a man who was hit while mowing his lawn.
Recently the boys and girls over at Locus invited me back for the 5th issue themed "Yakuza".
While researching the gang I came across a tidbit I thought was both scary and hilarious. Apparently, the Yakuza will invest just enough money into companies to garner spots at shareholder meetings. They will then attend these meetings with the sole purpose of intimidating the company and its investors into doing their bidding. I couldn't help but imagine huge, tatted up gangsters surrounded by suits.
Also, Yakuza like to go around cutting off their own pinky fingers if they let their friends down.