I have loved to draw for as long as I can remember. Even as a kid I was fascinated by the darker side of life. Love to read books about ghosts and watching scary movies. One of my favorite pastimes was catching bugs. I play with them for a while and somehow I'd always end up killing them accidentally. So I grabbed their carcass grab my pencil and paper and use them as models for my art. Even as an adult there's nothing I find more fun than drawing spiders. When I was in high school we live in the Midwest and there's acres of cows and horses or 20 acres surrounding my house...
I have loved to draw for as long as I can remember. Even as a kid I was fascinated by the darker side of life. Love to read books about ghosts and watching scary movies. One of my favorite pastimes was catching bugs. I play with them for a while and somehow I'd always end up killing them accidentally. So I grabbed their carcass grab my pencil and paper and use them as models for my art. Even as an adult there's nothing I find more fun than drawing spiders.
When I was in high school we live in the Midwest and there's acres of cows and horses or 20 acres surrounding my house. I get bored alot and journey through these big fields where I would find the bones of deceased cows. I'd gather them up in a wheelbarrow, tote them back to the house, where Id clean them up, wire them together and create some really cool sculptures, I guess you could call them. I'm not sure what my friends or family thought of me but I ended up with the nickname Bonedaddy, and it stuck.
Most of my favorite Art is what people would refer to as lowbrow art. Some of my favorite artists are guys like shag, mark ryden and lots of today's tattoo artists. I have a few tats myself, and like most inked people would say, but probably not done yet.
Not to criticize other art that out there, most of it bores me. Youve seen one you've see them all. I like to paint stuff that I would hang in my own house. How many landscapes with palm trees can you stomach before you vomit. Anyway, you get my point. My art is about the things I enjoy, sex, color, life as I see it with a taste of the macabre. I guess I have my own style, influenced by the piles of comic books I collect and some of the artists whose work I enjoy. I am really excited about sharing my art with other people and the idea of seeing my paintings in the gallery still blows my mind. This is my first web site and the first time I have shared my paintings with other people. Not only do I hope you like them but even better if you buy my art because my daytime job sucks so bad I can't even share with you what I do.
A lot of people ask me if I have any formal art training. I guess I've been around art my whole life. My dad was an artist and so are my two Sisters. One of them is a graphic designer for some big company, the other was going to school at AI in Arizona for animation. The only real training I have had is helping or kind of assisting Michael Godard, the guy that paints the Olives. I owe him a lot because he is the main person who convinced me that I should do something more with my art. My dad collects his work and they have been friends for a long time. Both of them were a big help teaching me how to airbrush. My sisters are all really good painters and they taught me the ropes of using a brush.
My goal as an artist is pretty simple. I really don't care about becoming famous, I'd just like to make a living as a fulltime artist. Every painting I create, I strive to do my best.
One more thing, I owe a big thanks to my publisher,Todd Rubin, who now has the task of making my dream come true. Hope you enjoy my paintings on website, and I will list where you can find my art.
Time to wake the DEAD !!!
Like Norman Rockwell, Seuss personally created every rough sketch, preliminary drawing, final line drawing and finished work for each page of every project he illustrated. Despite the technical and budgetary limitations of color printing during the early and mid-twentieth century, Dr. Seuss the artist was meticulous about color selection. He created specially numbered color charts and elaborate color call-outs to precisely accomplish his vision for each book. Saturated reds and blues, for example, were carefully chosen for The Cat in the Hat to attract and maintain the visual attention of a six-year-old audience. By the time Seuss’s book career took off, sharp draftsman skills were evident in drawings. His ability to move a storyline ahead via illustrations filled with tension, movement and color became a hallmark component of his work, and the surreal images that unfolded over six decades became the catalyst for a humorous and inspired learning experience.
Artist Leo Rijn, the inaugural sculptor for the Dr. Seuss Tribute Collection I, was selected to launch this project due to his prized work with some of today’s top talent in the world of film, entertainment and the visual arts (including Tim Burton, Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg). Rijn has been identified as one of today’s brightest sculpting talents because of his ability to breathe life into the written word and successfully transform two-dimensional ideas into three-dimensional works of art. Universal Studios commissioned Leo to develop and oversee the creation of numerous maquette scale models for the Monumental Dr. Seuss Sculptures at Seuss Landing in Orlando, Florida. Leo was instrumental in the art direction for many of the sculpted characters and buildings now on display at this permanent Seuss attraction. His strikingly accurate Seuss works embody a masterful and intuitive Seussian sensibility, establishing him as a leading talent in interpretive sculpting.
Seuss embarked on an ingenious project in the early 1930s as he evolved from two-dimensional artworks to three-dimensional sculptures. What was most unusual for these mixed-media sculptures was the use of real animal parts including beaks, antlers and horns from deceased Forest Park Zoo animals where Seuss’s father was superintendent. Unorthodox Collection of Taxidermy was born in a cramped New York apartment and included a menagerie of inventive creatures with names like the “Two Horned Drouberhannis,” “Andulovian Grackler,” and “Semi-Normal Green-Lidded Fawn.” Shortly after Seuss created this unique collection of artworks, Look Magazine dubbed Seuss “The World’s Most Eminent Authority on Unheard-Of Animals.” To this day, Seuss’s Unorthodox Collection of Taxidermy remains as some of the finest examples of his inventive and multi-dimensional creativity.
Illustrator by day, surrealist by night, Seuss created a body of irrepressible work that redefines this American icon as an iconographic American artist. Yet, the Secret Art often shows a side of the artist that most readers, familiar with him through his classic children’s books, have never seen. This collection, created over a period of more than 60 years, encompasses the entirety of Seuss’s multi-dimensional talent. The artistic golden thread highlighted throughout this collection is apparent in each wildly imaginative and surreal Secret Art image. The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss is an inimitable collection of artworks created at night for his own personal enjoyment. These works were rarely, if ever, exhibited during his lifetime and provide a deeper glimpse into the art and life of this celebrated American Icon.