This week I released a personal project called Skulls of Ultimate Death. Over the last few months, I've been spending more time back in the sketchbooks. I seemed to have lost the momentum I had going for quite a few years. Getting too busy with paying jobs as well as other personal distractions (which are part the inspiration) were certainly the culprit. It is also why I haven't been too active here at Drawger the last six months or so.
Making time for sketchbooks or unprompted art making works so well for me. While working for clients is such a rush, I always remember to get back to that activity of making personal art because its fun and enjoyable. Day in and day out, sometimes the job becomes...a job. Before art school, I drew because it was fun, enjoyable and explorative. Over the years, when I lose that joy in art making, I've discovered I've needed to do personal projects to keep me enthusiastic which flows into paid work once again. It's a great cycle.
The project is here as well as a link to purchase a copy if you so wish.
Around the same time, my buddy Jordin asked me to be part of the next Dime Bag show opening Thursday in Brooklyn. There is a nice listing of friends and fellow Drawgers also part of the show. Scroll down to see the enormous list of artists participating! I was part of the last Dime Bag show maybe about four years ago and I was thrilled that he asked again. Picking up from my personal work, I decided to make a 'Skulls' mini fold-out zine for this show pictured below. I wish I could make it to the opening.
Good luck, Jordin and all the other artists!
Dime Bag 4
curated by Jordin Isip
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 3rd, 8:00-10:00 pm
The End is Near
465 7th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(Park Slope, btw16th and Windsor)
Each of the more than two hundred invited artists received a 3" x 3" plastic zip lock bag, a “dime bag” of sorts. They were asked to create their artwork for and installed within the bag. There was no overt conceptual theme to show beyond the device of the bag itself and each artist was free to interpret within these simple parameters.