Art & Woodworking

20181103_152350As you can tell from the above image, I have acquired quite a bit of art supplies over the course of my life. Recently I decided that a new way of storing my supplies was in order, so I drew up an idea in my mind for a storage box. My criteria for the box were simple, it needed to be functional, simple, not an eyesore, and made from recycled wood and parts.

To begin, I went into my wood storage and quickly found exactly what I was looking for… Not long after I purchased my home, I removed the fireplace mantle and installed a custom built television mount (A whole separate project). I kept the wood from the mantle and decided it would work great for this project. You can see pictures from the television mount project below.

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Front view of the original mantel
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Side view of the original mantel
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The custom built mount I created
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My finished den

The wood from the mantle, as you can see, was solid oak with a wood stain. I had planned to take photos of the art box project as it went along. Unfortunately, I simply forgot and completed the whole thing in a rush due to time constraints. Below is the completed project. 20181113_15210920181113_15212020181113_15213620181113_15391120181113_15391920181113_15395020181113_15392920181113_154012

As you can see from the last photo I am still quite short on space. I am using my computer desk as my art area which is another problem I intend to fix with my next project. I intend to build my own drafting table, possibly incorporating my art box into the design. Regardless, I will document the whole process with photos. I may even record the process, though I am a bit camera shy so that is still up in the air.

Thank you for your time.

Zoro Roronoa – Three Sword Style – One Piece

I know how fandoms work. People grow to love certain characters and their worlds, taking offense to anything that is not “canon”. That being said, I confess to you now that this work was not my idea. A good friend of mine came up with the crossover idea of using swords from the Legend of Zelda series in place of the usual katanas Zoro Roronoa uses in One Piece. Again with the full disclosure, when I was approached with this idea my first response was… “What is One Piece?”

Before I began this project, I decided it was proper of me to at least watch the show so I can get to know the subject a bit. After 10 episodes I can say with honesty that I’m not a superfan, but I see the appeal of this character. Regardless of my ability to fully grasp the appeal of the show, I crafted the peice and present it for your viewing pleasure below.

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Typically I have a story I like to share about the artwork I create. This piece, however, has no story. I felt the creative itch once again after a long dry spell and this was one of the first ideas I had for a new painting. It took me roughly 4 hours to complete. Below you will find photos I took of the whole process. Please feel free to leave any creative feedback or suggestions for other works in the comments.

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PART 3: Line Work Cont.20181031_214518

PART 4: Shading 20181031_214535

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PART 7: Yellow Watercolor20181031_214618

Part 8: Finished 20181031_214348

Thanks for your time!

Embers

 

It’s been a while since I’ve been here. I’ve missed you. I’d like to say that I am here to stay, back again with more wit and MS Paint comics, but I’m not. If I’m telling the truth, I feel like i’m barely here at all. I have a double-edged sword inside of me, cutting me to my creative core, allowing me to bleed art once again. So here I sit, the creativity pouring out of me. I write, paint, and draw manically and people look at my art and they applaud me for my work and want to buy my work. I look at my work with an emotionless stare. I create to forget that there is a sword inside of me slowing bleeding me away. I burn the art. I watch it burn to ash and embers. No one knows what it means. I get that look again. They say to stop being that way.

I fake smile to their face while they keep their hand on the sword in my back. Everything is fine. I gather up the ashes of my creation and mix it with water, new pigment for my next piece. The cycle continues.