Here are scans of four of the five small paintings that I did for the 2016 Kansas City Flatfile show at the H&R Block Artspace:
“Waterfall Crystal 1,” watercolor and india ink, 6×8 inches, May 2016.
“Monster Crystal 1,” watercolor, 6 x 8 inches, May 2016.
“Monster Crystal 2,” watercolor, 7 x 11 inches, May 2016.
“Alien River Shaman 1,” watercolor, 8.5 x 11.5 inches, May 2016. A riff on a scene from Skew.
It was my first art show in KC! I’m thankful that Glade and I were invited. I had a fifth watercolor that was too big for my scanner and the photos didn’t turn out. Maybe I’ll try to document it again later.
I haven’t done much painting with watercolors. I like how you can mix the colors on the paper by doing wet-on-wet or layering washes. It feels more spontaneous than having to mix all my colors beforehand like I do with my gouache and acrylic paintings.
Sup y’all, I’m just melting into a hyper-grid mountain over here.
In other news, the Vortex eBook is now available on itch.io!
All of Skew Part 3 is now up on Study Group. Here are four of my favorite pages:
I’m working on Part 4. I’m about 30 pages in. Here’s a potential cover:
Orders of Vortex placed until midnight tonight (eastern time) are only $13. I will send them domestic priority mail for free. They should arrive before Christmas.
Sorry international friends but this offer is for US addresses only.
Deal over, thanks to everyone who bought a copy! You can order a copy of Vortex from me here (shipping included in prices).
I’ll draw in your order too!
Skew Part 3 has debuted on Study Group.
Here’s the cover for Part 3.
We’ll post new pages every Tuesday.
Here’s Page 122.
The first ten pages are already up.
Here’s what the characters are doing at the beginning of Part 3: The Miizzzard, still trapped in the digestive system of a hypermollusc, has subdivided to isolate and destroy an invasive microdrone, planted by an unknown enemy. Meanwhile a Space Yeti named Bya is traveling to the find the Miizzz and a slime-meteor-mech gleefully stomps across the planet.
I have comics in two comics collections that will debut at Comic Arts Brooklyn this weekend (Nov 7th): Future Shock 0 and Ink Brick 4. If you can’t make it to CAB, both are also available for preorder.
Future Shock 0 is a full-color astro-psych SF anthology edited by Josh Burggraf and published by Retrofit Comics.
Cover by Jordan Speer.
My six-page comic is called “Ax the Ship.” You can preorder it here.
Ink Brick 4 is a full-color journal of comics poetry run by Alexander Rothman, Paul K. Tunis, and Alexey Sokolin.
Cover illustration by Matt Huynh and design by Alexey Sokolin.
My four-page contribution is called “Mud Mind.” You can preorder it here.
I’m participating again in Study Group Comics’s annual Halloween Haunting feature (see my comic for last year’s here). This year I did a longer comic in the style of Skew (one-panel-per-page, seven-color comics).
My comic is called “Factory” and will be posted on the actual holiday, Saturday 10/31. Check out this post on the Study Group site for more info and previews of other spooky comics!
Robin McConnell of Inkstuds interviewed me about Vortex, Skew, performance art, Jack Kirby, Sphere Fear (my risograph comic debuting at SPX, published by Yeah Dude Comics), and more! Listen to it here.
I was pretty nervous about the interview but friends have assured me that it sounds fine. There were a few things that I realized afterwards I should’ve mentioned:
- José-Luis’ last name is Olivares.
- The friend I’m doing the final Sparkplug Books Kickstarter painting for is also a cartoonist, Jason Poland. He does the webcomic Robbie and Bobby.
- My performance art professor Mike Smith told me about chalk talks, which combine comics and theater. The performer tells a story or joke using drawings done quickly on newsprint pads or erased and altered on a chalkboard. I did a few of those in Mike’s classes.
- My interest in psychedelia probably stems from my anxiety disorder. My reality is already distorted compared to most people’s perceptions. The constant battling and transformations in the Hyperverse is a manifestation of my persistent worries.
- I’m not sure what show I’ll attend after SPX, but I contributed a six-page comic to Future Shock Zero and writing to Speculative Modern Dinosaur Quarterly, both edited by Josh Burggraf and both debuting at CAB.
Last week I shipped off the penultimate reward for the Sparkplug Books Kickstarter that funded Vortex. It was an acrylic painting and I still have one more to do. Glade and I took a photo of the painting before I shipped it (I’ll post a good one once the painting has safely arrived), and because I had the setup, we also took a photo of a 2012 painting that I’d never properly shot before. Here it is:
“Petrified Forest Spirits Dancing Beneath the Crescent Nightmare World” (30 x 48″, acrylic, December 2012). Photo by Glade Hensel.
I originally made this for the “Surreal Landscapes” show at Gallery Black Lagoon back in Austin, curated by Cari Palazzolo.