Did you ever stare at the blank white of the screen ( paper ) and realize you do not want to write/record anything you have said before, perhaps feeling just that impulse? Not such a specific impulse, but such an option is one you are aware, very aware of.
I have a blog format implemented here yet have not written anything about what I am up to — experiencing long stretches of inactivity, this entry posted after one such period. Above a piece I have had around. Much like the painted globe I worked on, this piece eats up extra paint left over on the pallet. Who knows when I actually started it, but it was a long time ago. Such a piece might have been destroyed, but this one was not.
Does it matter what transformations I am experiencing personally, for the fact that they influence in some small way, how I create?
I guess you can say I am recognizing what elements are very, very important to me, in all aspects of life. I work on the things I said I would offer for sale, prepare an Indieagogo campaign for my music and that is all for now.
Here is a graphic I made for the The 5th Annual Elephant Talk Indie Music Awards 2014. Click on it to see the nominees — I am in the mix!
Breaking News ! Live from Atlantic City NJ, The 5th Annual Elephant Talk Indie Music Awards 2014 Nominees have been announced!
Mark Sunshine – Best Male Vocalist RIOTGOD **Non Local RIOTGOD – Best Hard Rock Band **Non Local
Mark Sunshine – Best Performance of The Year A Capella Oktoberfest 2014
Awards will be held at Le Grand Fromage, 25 Gordon’s Alley in Atlantic city on Dec 27th 6PM , featuring the best in local and non-local acts that have played Atlantic city during the 2014 year ! Time to vote !
**Non-local winners will be announced nov 23rd. Local winners will be announced at the show on the 27th !
Riotgod after what I have called the longest pit stop on earth, returns to the stage in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Saturday October 18th. It is a two day event sponsored by Elephant Talk Indie Music magazine and I will perform a guest vocal on Friday too….
Above, one of the graphics I did with Instagram in mind. I love making those mini-bills. I did another where I appropriated the de jour DO AC logo.
2014 was the fast-moving year — the epitome of one of my improvised by-lines
” going with the pyroclastic flow”
Above, a piece I am working on. Usual — click on it to enlarge. It came from a concept scribbled on a piece of paper and now it is being fleshed out. Excuse me, I have to go write some new music. More about that later.
While the K Series continues to be worked on, now one can acquire one such piece for their own, see here. Each of these pieces are quite ridiculously detailed, a lot of love and work going into them. Click on the thumbnail for a closer look at K2!
Spent this afternoon going over this site and others, catching up old addresses, correcting dated copy and things like that, more so after the rains came. We did get to take a few photos outside but not as many as anticipated. So as the rain poured down I went about preparing the comprehensive array of salable items, no matter how small or particular. Images, Paypal buttons.
Some things I placed on my Saatchi site. To see if the photos would be good enough, to get an idea of what else I might want to place there, the “Why not?” factor.
Summer passes by slowly yet quickly and this is made more evident by the configuration of this year’s front garden section, heavily occupied by creeper plants. This one pictured on the left has reached the bird feeder.
My view, after breakfast. My desk. The music during this view ( on a Saturday morning ) provided via Youtube. You see, I am sure I have mentioned the daily cartoon goal I have.
The cartoon has sat while I have gathered my desires over this year. What to get to? Sometimes it is a matter of what calls to you. I “received” several ideas this week concerning the “Daily” project, all of them in the morning. This post is a way of my simply acknowledging their receipt to the Universe. I did jot them down into the “Proportional” sketchbook.
Above, the Proportional Sketchbook. I made this sketchbook on a whim. When I am really into it, I thought, I want those sketches to be in proportion, to get it looking as close to the end result. For those who have not seen the e-book featuring the construction method, this is made with xerox paper sporting a cover of packing tape. The kind of packing tape cranked out on the old machine, glue covered, wet underside, threaded with filaments of fine strong fibers. When the tape hardens, boy is it a durable cover, like school days, book cover deluxe.
I improvised on this above sketch. It turned out to be helpful and motivating, instructional overall. The characters comments say it all. I placed a few instances of this image on my Instagram and now scan it in. Now it is time to move to the best paper and proceed with the concept. I am starting to use watercolor more and am enjoying getting into the technique I like.
I am truly enjoying drawing with the new ink. It is so nice and black as can be.
Ideas have been numerous and I have been writing them down. This morning I received one for the daily strip concept I have. I placed it in the “proportional sketchbook”, a long, thin DIY sketchbook made from xerox paper and packing tape.
It feels so good to draw with “proper” ink — I cannot begin to describe the feeling to someone who has not been immersed in the art of cartoon, the process.
Music-wise, Riotgod has been going through a transformation I won’t fully get into right now, but the change is significant. Though this is happening, I still concentrate primarily on the solo project my mind has been showing me inner-possibility movies about for the past year.