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She Wades In

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I can’t believe I didn’t update here, but I did wind up finishing the new painting.  I’m calling it, “She Wades In” and I’ve been really happy with the response I’ve been getting for her.  The canvas has already been sold and shipped off to Oregon, and I am in the process of selling prints now.

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March 11th, 2017 at 8:09 pm

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Work of Late

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Well it was nearly finished when I posted a draft before to test the new web hosting.  But I finally settled on a final copy of that facial nerve illustration with my friend Ernest, so I thought I’d share that here.

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I’ve been doing a lot of work with the skull again at work lately too.  That’s all been based on the Zygote model mostly, defining which parts of the skull go with which individual skull bones and the like.  That and chemistry, which is less relevant to this blog, but it’s been interesting to me just the same.

And at home, I’ve been working a lot on a painting lately.  It’s funny, she started off so green, but I’ve been morphing the color palette over time.

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This one is getting really close now and I hope to post the finished work soon.  🙂

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February 1st, 2017 at 7:08 pm

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Homunculus

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I confess, I’ve been fairly consumed with politics lately.  I may write more about some of that here at some point.  But for now, I thought I’d share something fun that I got to work on recently at Macmillan.  Some of you are familiar with the concept of the somatosensory homunculus.  There’s basically this part of the brain where the sensory and motor information signals come and go.  And it’s neat because things always go in a particular order, and there are a lot more neurons for things like the face, and hands than there are for things like your shin.  To help people remember the arrangement, it’s common to draw out a distorted human along that area of the brain.  And I recently got a request to create one of these for just the motor part (sorry, no giant genitalia for those of you who are familiar with the sensory side.)

 

homonculus illustration

I feel like I could have exaggerated the prominent features even more, especially the hands, but the idea is still clear.  We dedicate a lot of our neurons to the tongue and lips and overall face, and to each finger, and our wrists.  Comparatively we dedicate a lot less to our toes, our abdominal muscles, our upper arms….

When I was in grad school, a friend of mine once reached out about maybe getting a tattoo done of the homunculus on his head to line up with the part of the brain.  He thought since I was in medical art school, I might have some good ideas for that.  Alas, it was the first I’d heard of it and I was a little too swamped with grad school at the time to oblige him.  But now I got to make one at work.  And maybe someday, if that friend still wants it after all these years, I’ll help him out yet.

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January 15th, 2017 at 8:05 pm

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Hops and Grains November Show

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Alright, I’m back to being able to post images again, at least for the time being.  And that’s great, because I have an art show starting this weekend.  My own work doesn’t go up until Sunday, but then we’ll be up through the rest of November.  Austin locals do come out!

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November 4th, 2016 at 10:20 pm

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November Show

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Well, we wound up deciding not to show with EAST after some rigamarole about showing work in a bar setting as opposed to a working studio.  But the show is on just the same, and we will be there throughout November starting on the 5th.  Do come see us!

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October 24th, 2016 at 9:18 pm

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3D Printable Periodic Table of the Elements

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I’ve been working on a little side project lately at work.  For a long time now, I’ve wanted to get into making 3D printable educational materials.  Our focus on accessibility of late may allow me to do just that.  Did you know that you can download a font for braille, just like any other font?  So I’ve been playing around with a braille version of the periodic table of the elements.  Obviously, this does no good in a web image, but when incorporated into a 3D printable file, suddenly useful.

image of 3D printable periodic table

I haven’t had the opportunity to test this with a printer yet, but I’m working toward that.  Once I have that, I can make adjustments to the digital file and perfect it from there.

I think that if I can optimize this for use, and if schools actually download and print them, that this could be a great addition to our educational offerings.  Really, I’m surprised that I don’t see more of this kind of tool around already.  I really think that we will in the years to come.

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July 20th, 2016 at 1:58 pm

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The Bladder (female)

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We’ve been getting into more gross anatomy level illustrations at work lately.  For a lot of images we’re still working with the Zygote model.  But for many views, the model doesn’t quite illustrate what we need.  Last week I spent some time refreshing myself with the bladder and I’m pretty happy with how the final illustration turned out.

illustration of a bladder

It was fun getting into the form and detail of an organ again.  I hadn’t done that for a while.

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April 20th, 2016 at 5:15 pm

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Remembrance

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painting called Remembrance

I recently finished another painting.  I’m calling it “Remembrance.”

This one took a long time and was perhaps the messiest picture I’ve gotten myself into yet.  I did some new technique work with a sponge that turned out pretty well in the end.

series of photos as the painting was created

I’m proud of this one.  And I believe she already has a buyer off in Oregon, so I’ll only be keeping this one for a short while.  That’s how some of them go.  I’m going to make sure that I have a good image to work with for prints before sending her off though.

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February 27th, 2016 at 10:14 pm

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Woman In The Water

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Apparently restaurant showings do pay off.  Good to know.  Having my art up at Bunbelly has brought new eyes to my work, and I’ve been contacted by someone who is interested in buying “Woman in the Water.”

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I painted her back in 2007, in my little studio apartment back in Los Angeles.  She’s been with me for a long time now, and now she will move on without me.

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July 21st, 2015 at 12:29 am

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Yoga Paintings to Come

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Been thinking about trying my hand at a small series of little yoga paintings. I’ve been getting more into it lately, taking a hatha class in the neighborhood pretty regularly, and I find myself wanting to paint some of the poses. I’ve got some really cool photos from a friend to study, and this evening I bought a book called Yoga Anatomy to give me a little more insight into some of the inner workings. I picked up a handful of little tiny canvases tonight too. I’ve never done a series. At least I’ve never done one in order anyways. This seems like the kind of thing I’d want to do more than one of though. Maybe if it takes, I’ll move on to more substantial canvases.  In the meantime it may be an opportunity to put out some more affordable work.

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June 22nd, 2015 at 9:52 pm

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