Wednesday, March 31, 2010

so little time.

Today is one of those days I wish could last for three.
Work is irking me and it's hard to ignore the fact that I am going back tomorrow.
But, I can't complain too much, because at least I have some kind of work.
Even if it is nowhere near what I want to do... But, I'll stop. While I'm ahead. Maybe I won't cry in the stockroom tomorrow.
I hope. So bad.

I get to visit my parents at the end of the month. That will be awesome.

Totoro is not mine, but I drew him. Kind of.
The alpaca is for my friends Joshua and Julie. For their fridge, where they are keeping the goat from a couple of posts ago.


music : CAKE
let's watch a movie now and eat sandwiches!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Nowhere Man

This is random fan art I did for my boyfriend Kevin on a day when he seemed like he was having a rough day.
If you have never seen Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, I feel that pretty much nobody would dislike this show. Oriented around kids, but it must be given more credit than that.
Anyway, this is Eduardo, one of my favorite characters in the show.


... more later I hope.

when the dark bird flys.

One comic I really like is Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim:

(not my image. this is done by Scott Pilgrim's master, Bryan Lee O'Malley and I'm borrowing it with no ill intent.)

If you have not read it, and enjoy comics with crazy awesome super-epic-filled epicness, you will love Scott Pilgrim. Right now there are five books out, currently, all of them are filled with awesomeness. I would also recommend them to any book reader who enjoys video games, music references, and sassy jokes.

And now, there will be a movie : Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

I'm intrigued. I think they followed the look of the books as well as can be expected when translating illustration to live-action. Michael Sera was a bit of a surprise, but I am holding back any judgments until I see it will my own two eyes. In any case, it looks like it will be hilarious. And crazy. And epic. For better or for worse.

-Nate <3

p.s. need new job. why so hard to find?

music: iPod on shuffle... what is this?
show: Robot Chicken

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

a little bit.

The art-making-world has been flowing slowly around me. Not a lot of time devoted to drawing lately. I feel distracted and a little detached.
I am a little worried about a lot of things, so it's hard to let go and release myself into a free and vibrant image. I need things to be calmer (more calm, whathaveyou) for the images to flow. Ugh.
I am afraid of not making rent this month. One starving artist/cashier to another, I am already $50 short... and that makes my sleep fitful and my stomach churn.
Such is life. I will work through this rough patch. And come out all the better for it on the other side. Right?

In the mean time I will draw lots of pretty ladies and lots of goats...

LOve, N.V.H.

P.s. in the third images (at the left) is The Scotsman from Samurai Jack. He is not mine, but I like to draw him!

music: Collect Call - Metric (Fantasies)
show: [season three] Samurai Jack - Birth of Evil part 2

Warning: this post may be too nerdy.

This is not my own stuff and I do not, in any way, claim it as my own.
I am merely posting it because I am an appreciative nerd and am super impressed by the creativity of this undertaking.
Saw it on the web, needed to post it:

Also, posts to follow tomorrow which are actually of my own work! Huzzah!

LOVE, Nate

Book: Dresden Files book Three - Jim Butcher
Show: rewatching Anime Legends collection of Outlaw Star
Food: Vanilla yoghurt + granola

Thursday, March 11, 2010

nudity and kingfishers

I've always liked pin-ups, especially the classic Elvgren style pulp illustrations. (
Occasionally I give them a try. They're not as refined as Elvgren, of course, but I like trying it out now and then. Micron 01 and 05 + Winsor&Newton watercolor.

The belted kingfisher, native to Seattle Washington, the Pacific Northwest, and most of Northern North America. Winters in the West Indies and North Colombia. Habitat: streams, rivers, ponds, marshes. Size: approx 11 3/4 inches (30 cm).
As regular followers of my artwork might note, I have been trying my hand at more and more birds. Trying to get at least a marginal understanding of anatomy and color and so on. One of the reasons for this undertaking is because I have a tattoo idea I've been wanting to concoct for several years. The only problem is that I feel the need to draw out the original sketches for my tattoos myself. And I'm really picky. Which is good, supposedly, but also means that of the five tattoo ideas I'm bent on, I only have one on my body... so it takes awhile.
This kingfisher will be a tattoo relatively soon. I want it within the next year. It will be a memorial tattoo, of sorts, for my grandmother Ellen. She was one of my favorite people in the entire world. There were kingfishers at her house and there were kingfishers when we sprinkled her ashes. I can't help but think of her when I see them and they have occasionally brought tears to my eyes, even though she has been gone for quite a long time. I miss her still and I will never forget her or stop loving her. I had the idea a few years ago and have been working on it for about two; and I hope to see it through and actually get it put on me. Memorial tattoos can be bad, corny, or just plan weird (i.e. the face or hand print of the dead person), but I love the simplicity and incognito nature of a bird.

Love, Nate

music: Grow Up and Blow Away - Metric
book: Grave Peril - Jim Butcher

Monday, March 1, 2010


Being a Blogspot account, I have recently (over the last two months or so) been looking at more and more blogs and art/image/design websites. I am drawn to these more now than ever previously and I'm not sure why. But, I would like to start posting every month, a new blog/site (new to me, at least) which intrigues me.

This first one, I had actually learned about a year ago, was struck with awe and then I promptly misplaced the site name or something like that.

Recently (yesterday) rediscovered, I was glad to see doing entries about Illuminated scripts and old and awesome bookbinding.
Hope you enjoy.


p.s. more sketches soon. I am officially moved in and on the lease today! huZZah!

music: The Werewolf Song - The Nextdoor Neighbors
TV: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency