It’s easy to feel so very irrelevant given that the white people of the USA just elected the literal worst person available to lead us into oblivion and shit is getting worse everyday for just about everyone ever, unless you’re an uber-rich oligarch or an heir thereof; nonetheless, I did manage to put together a short speed art video this week so here it is.
Hopefully you enjoy and I’ll come up with something more pithy and insightful to say about things next time.
I still have a 15% off thing going on my etsy (coupon code EARLYYULE2016). Self promotion hasn’t been something I’ve been much into oh, for the entirety of my life, but even less so lately given that we live in a caldera full of putrid racist shit and bile. Anyways.
Love y’all and hope you’re holding it down out there. See you soon.
Is fall finally here? Is it real? I see that the sun is gone but will it be 80 degrees F tomorrow? Who knows. I think we need to get used to the fact that we have 2.5-3 seasons now that we’ve fracked the shit out of everything and done our best to kill the atmosphere. Anyway….
In other news, for the past month or so, two of my paintings (Full Moon in Soong and Soong-age Daydream) have been hanging up at the LGBTQ Center of Durham as part of a show titled “Questioning Ourselves: Queer Identity in Art.” Here’s a photo of my paintings hanging in the show:
It is really very grainy because I had to bump the ISO up very high due to the fact that the lights were off and there was a meeting going on which meant I couldn’t turn on the lights, lol. BUT I always like to catch photos of my art hanging when I have the opportunity. And I have a phone camera that I can use to take pictures in the dark. Pretty sweet.
Even better? These paintings found a new forever home and I’m always very stoked when that happens!!! I really appreciate the opportunity to show my work at the center. So many nice folks there.
If you wanted to get your hands on these pieces and weren’t able to, never fear. Prints are still available in my Etsy store, Mountain Witch Arts.
And like usual, Samhain is just barely over but already I’m thinking about Yule hahaha. Ready to put some delicious milk and children out for Krampus! But no really. I have a few yule goodies/treats that I’m gonna be showing off soon. I SWEAR! NO REALLY I ALREADY STARTED MAKING THEM OK.
Anyhoo, I’m back to wage-work tomorrow, but I’m feeling ok and I hope everyone is having a lovely dark Sunday evening. Smooches!
I managed to squeeze a thing out of my consciousness in time for Samhain. Just a little tiny thing. So smol. But it’s a drawing and I like it and I managed to record myself making it. Without further ado:
I kept recording and ditching narrative for the video. And then I tried explaining the narrative in the description box thing on youtube but it kept saying I was adding brackets and any number of things and wouldn’t let me add my commentary, which was pretty simple but now I’m spiteful about it. Go and look up “The Green Ribbon” if you’re interested. It’s one of my favorite little scary tales bc I feel like it’s a story that’s more complicated than it seems. AND heads rolling around. BC Halloween.
And with that, I’m done working for the evening! Hail the dark Goddess, say hello to the shadows, jump into a pile of leaves, and blessed be. ❤ ❤
I’ll post the drawing stuff first, because that’s the pretty-shiny thing.
First, a collage of the process:
As you can see, I’ve done my first little illustration tarot card thing. Here’s an animation, because I like them/think they’re cute:
Here’s a nifty hi-res image of the finished product. THO this is not the final scan. I plan on cutting this out of the art paper and probably mounting it to a board or something, or gluing some kind of backing to it to make it into something more sturdy. Idk BUTTTT I am planning on listing it in my etsy store as soon as I have a more manageable scan (the dark edges made getting a clean scan difficult because of the shape of the image, blah blah I’m still working on it. ) Also I’m not sure that this is actually the *final* design? It’s definitely the direction I want to go in but I might do a larger version. Still idk. I like how rough it looks but it’s a bit asymmetrical so .
Anyways here it is:
Touching on the other above listed points:
That of the Earth being on fire: I mean, I can’t speak for much more than the region that I live in, which is the southeastern United States, but it’s hot as fuck. Hot as gross sweaty balls. Hot beyond. And so work has been busy. And there’s so much pain, there’s been so much pain and anguish all summer long, socially and culturally and just even physically and materially in my own life. And so I have been exhausted by the heat and by the work and the pains and by social anxiety. Which brings me to my next point.
On being a hermit: (I’ll probably touch more on my interpretation of the Hermit Tarot figure in a post on a different blog but) I mean it basically is what it is. I like to be alone, I like to be at home in my cave where my comforts and my creatures dwell. I like to think and read and do intellectual exercises and make things of my own accord/volition. I partly feel this way because, no shit Sherlock, social anxiety/agoraphobia????ish? I’ve not got a formal dx of that and my own anxiety has more to do with crowds and I know that’s a thing with it’s own name but it eludes me and honestly I can spend months going nowhere but to my job and my house. And it doesn’t feel very right or healthy all the time. But also I’m alienated due to sexuality, social class, and size, and I find that in groups I have to scream to be heard and I was into that for a number of years and now I seem to have a permanent laryngitis and so. Hermit life it is.
SO! That’s my end-of-summer (DEAR FOR THE LOVE OF FUCKING CRISPY CHRIST PLEASE LET IT BE OVER SOON) update. Love y’all and hope you’re well! Still promise to one day have more coherent thoughts on relevant things but till then you’re stuck with the art and the navel-lint. Happy Sunday night 😀
P.S. ALSO some of my art got accepted into a local show (two of the pieces I have featured in speedpainting videos!!!) and I’ll be posting like super soon about that.
Second one in a month. I am BLAZING I tell ya what.
Here’s a google-collage thing I made that shows the painting’s process:
I started with a sketch, as usual. This sketch was on watercolor paper. I tend to do a fairly in depth pencil sketch and then just incorporate the lead into everything else. I usually work with colored pencil as an “underpainting”-ish thing and then go with a bunch of layers of thin coats of paint to build up the face and all the areas where I have painted acrylic. The red, tho, is one of those water-soluble markers that I used to color the entire background, then went over it with varnish. It’s very vibrant. Lots of glitter and all that.
Here’s a .gif of the process, tho it’s not v detailed:
Here’s a nifty hi-res scan of the finished thing:
Jerris Gibbs Copyright 2016. Steal my art, I hex you. ❤
I’m trying to find a catchy name for this piece. I believe it carries on the theme of androidness.
Hey did y’all know you can follow me here and also I’m on youtube? I’m feeling squirrely lately, I reckon.
Today I’m being p chill and just working on a new piece, a kinda companion to the piece I did in my YouTube video. I’m enjoying working with that particular color palette.
I haven’t made my announcement yet because the world keeps blowing up and it doesn’t seem appropriate. But if you look around this blog and my other new tarot blog over here you’ll figure it out. I’m holding off with the confetti and newsfeed spammage for now outta respect for the dead. The world’s on fire.
But the art must go on, and so it does.
Talk to y’all again soon.