The Ant People

2004-2005

I always enjoyed comics and wanted to make my own one day so I began with The Ant People at a young age. “The Ant People” was going to be the name of my famous comic strip. The idea was that like ants in an ant farm, The Ant People are unaware of the greater world outside the comic strip. I vaguely remember trying to make some type of deep, meaningful point with that idea… 

I gave up on them after a few strips. I simply lacked the talent and drive at the time to make anything more than a few funny strips. Fast forward a few years and I was into a completely new idea.

Inspired by the works of M.C.Esher I began drawing impossible shapes and hiding images within images. I completely forgot about The Ant People for awhile. Eventually I would rediscover The Ant People hiding in the folds and corners of my old note books and school books. I drew those guys everywhere. 

I began incorporating them into my more detailed art after their rediscovery. This picture is supposed to symbolise my early ideas finding a new home in new art… or something like that. 

Young me tried way too hard to seem deep. 

The Goddess

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2004

 

The Story.

I normally have some kind of deep story behind my art, but not today. I was inspired to draw this after looking at a magazine cover that my girlfriend at the time had shown me. I don’t remember much else about it. It’s just a neat drawing to look at now, sorry for the disappointment.   😦

 

480-E Case Backhoe

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September 16th, 2008

The Story

In 2008 I worked in the underground utility industry installing natural gas lines to new homes around Atlanta, GA. I absolutely despised the work even though I was great at it. In an attempt to strike some sort of balance between the man I was becoming who had many responsibilities and the boy in me who just wanted to be an artist and nothing more, I would spend my thirty minute lunch breaks doing sketches like these while eating. They were ugly, crude, hastily drawn sketches of whatever happened to catch my eye during lunch that particular day. I felt that I had to keep drawing so that I could retain my smug sense of superiority over my co-workers. In my head at the time, I had convinced myself that settling to be a construction worker was below me. That I had to keep trying to be the artist I saw myself as. These sketches would make me famous!

I was a fucking idiot. Reality smacked me in the face a few hours later.

Those of you who are sharp readers may already know the significance of the date I made this sketch. It was the day the world financial market basically took a nose dive. Everyone in my company was laid off that day. I was not special. I was expendable just like everyone else. This was the last picture I drew for a long time. I suddenly didn’t have the luxury of a lunchtime hobby. Everyday my new job was to find a new job. As most of you know, no one was hiring at that moment in time… well almost no one. We did have two active wars going on after all…Save that story for later.

Drawing of Link-1999

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Winter 1999

Here you see another of my early works concerning the main protagonist from The Legend of Zelda series. My skill as an artist left much to be desired at the time. The image looks very disjointed because I drew the character of Link as he looks inside of the game’s manual that came with Ocarina of Time (see below). I free handed the background around his already set pose in an attempt to bring life to the image. Looking at the image today I only have one thought…

Who the hell puts the door hinge on the outside of the door? Jackass.

 

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St. Anger

 

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September 25, 2003

The Story-

High school art class, 2003. I always envisioned myself becoming an artist of some type and decided it wouldn’t hurt to take art in high school. One of our first projects involved scratch boards, my first time ever seeing this form of art. My first attempt at using scratch board is what you see above. I was a metal head at the time. Everything was rock & roll and Metallica was my go to band back then. I pulled out the CD Jacket from their St. Anger album and used the images in it to create this piece.

In short, this is shitty high school art. 🙂

 

 

Splitting Headache

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July 2009

The Story-

During my time in the Army I remember having one particular lesson drilled into my head. That lesson was to always carry pen and paper. I figured it was for taking super top secret notes for the military, but in reality, its mostly just to draw doodles like these when you are bored out of your mind during some kind of repetitive safety brief. One day during one of those extremely boring safety meetings, I developed a pounding headache. The lights were all too bright and the man with the microphone was speaking too loud. I attempted to distract myself by doodling in my handy, dandy, notebook… And this image is the result I got. I think it summed things up about how I was feeling quite nicely.