Archive for February, 2010

Two Days Slow

Posted by :[o_o]:, February 20th, 2010 | Filed under Syndicated | No Comments

Coming up next month (March 4-28th) I’m taking part in yet another awesome group show at the lovely Canteen Gallery in Ottawa! In November I kinda decided to take some time off from shows to focus on production; I’ve had a decent 2009 and wanted to take the time to build up a small catalog of work. I tend to scramble to get works put together for show deadlines, and wanted to avoid that for this calendar year.

But that being said, I find it hard to pass up contributing to the group shows held at Canteen. Inaas (Canteen’s equally lovely proprietor) always comes up with interesting themes and settings, and we’re definitely of one mind when it comes to what is and isn’t a fun project.

So yeah… Two Days Slow!
It’s an Alice in Wonderland themed show with a buncha cool artists attached to it. I’m working on a piece entitled “You’ll See Me There”, which is going to be another cutout dealio like from my last show. The illustration style is evolving though, so you can expect something just a little different… I’ll post a WIP in a few days.

You can find out more about the show on Canteen’s listing, or via their Facebook Event.


Posted by Ray Frenden, February 19th, 2010 | Filed under Syndicated | No Comments

Formspring lets people ask you anonymous questions. I created an account this morning.

It’s been an interesting exercise in testing the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory thus far. I haven’t avoided a question and will try to answer all as deadpan as possible (until my naivety is shattered by something truly repulsive). Anonymity is like beer muscles for people’s intellectual cowardice.

I have gotten a few decent questions on the work of being an illustrator and that helps to balance out the inane stuff. Here’s the best question so far:

Well I can ask you a hundred different questions but I’ll stick to one. What is the best advice you can give a wannabe hopeful illustrator for getting into this market, discovering his/her style, and making some sort of impact.

As far as getting into the market is concerned, be patient, work hard. Put your work in everyone’s face and be an aggressive advocate for yourself. Be your harshest critic but also your biggest fan. Otherwise your insecurity will eat you for lunch.

Style wise, try not to think about it. If you’re drawing all the time, that will come naturally. You will make the marks that feel right to you, the ones your muscle memory has absorbed and saved and cataloged.

Making an impact? Being memeful helps. Make images that are loaded in advance to spread on the tubes. It’s a cynical stab at self marketing at its worst, but a genuine expression of interest in a given topic at its best. I see peers having great success with jumping on the story of the moment and making art to match.

“I’M WITH COCO.” That image was everywhere.

More importantly: do what you love. It shows in the work. That will get you more attention, more deserved attention, in the long run.

Art, booze, burlesque Sat. the 20th

Posted by Ray Frenden, February 13th, 2010 | Filed under Syndicated | No Comments

Burlesque, art, booze, music! Indulge some of your best vices for a good cause.

Sat. the 20th a lot of really talented artists are going to be drawing at Wildclaw Theatre’s Dance of the Demented. It’s a benefit for the Theatre’s upcoming production of Willam Peter Blatty’s Legion. You’re invited to come have drinks, draw with us, and raise money for the arts! So, bring your sketchbooks, dancing shoes, or iron gut to the Viaduct Theatre in Chicago.

9:00 PM to 2:30 AM
The Viaduct Theatre
3111 N. Western Avenue, Chicago

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Music by DJ White Russian, DJ Vapor Eyes, The Ordeal, DJ Miles Beyond, and DJ Chas Vrba.

Artsy fartsy assholes, such as myself, in attendance include: Jessica Joy (smART Show), Alex Wald (Ultraman/Shaolin Cowboy), J Anthony Kosar (Avatar/Buckaroo Bonzai), Tony Akins (Jack of Fables/House of Mystery), Dave Dorman (Aliens/Star Wars), and, hopefully, you.

I don’t come down a lot and I’d really dig seeing y’all at the event. I’m going to be nervous as shit and I suspect I’ll be very drunk and drawing giant penises for a live audience before the night is out. Should be a good time.

Coming Soon!

Posted by Dwayne, February 10th, 2010 | Filed under Syndicated | No Comments

My new site is coming soon. I just have to get off my lazy arse and sort through what I want to keep and what I want to throw away then make the thumbnails.
When that’s done I send it away to my magic web elf who will do all the heavy lifting, and most of the light lifting to boot.
Until then here is my first daily sketch, which isn’t even monthly just to start the year off on the right foot :)


More letters and some randomness

Posted by :[o_o]:, February 4th, 2010 | Filed under Syndicated | No Comments