Friday, July 25, 2014

Star Face: Sketchbook Friday




Today's sketch is another collaboration with Ken Hodgkins. This particular drawing went through a few weeks of transformations and slight edits before ending up in the bright star face composition. Multiple mediums were used to create this high energy piece. Most of the birght colors were done with oil pastels but marker, pen and color pencil was also used to create some of the under layers.


Each Friday at noon I scan in one new sketch or drawing from one of my many sketchbooks. You can find information about buying artwork, webcomics, performance art, miniature art hunts and new projects on my fine art website William Hessian dot com. Also like me on Facebook, or as projects right here on my Bearded Bunny art blog. If you enjoy these sketches make sure to also see all of the sketchbook friday posts.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Gender's Game by Orson Scott Card: Sketchbook Friday



This week's sketch was inspired by a band called Speaker for the Dead which is a Big Queer and Allied Brasspunk Clusterfolk! The name of the band was inspired partially by Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game sci-fi novels. Specifically a sequel called Speaker for the Dead.



The purposely ironic thing about naming a queer band after an Orson Scott Card book, is that the author Orson Scott Card himself is openly a homophobic person, you can read about it on-line if you are interested, here is an article to get you started (http://www.salon.com/2013/05/07/sci_fi_icon_orson_scott_card_hates_fan_fiction_the_homosexual_agenda_partner/). Meanwhile, Orson Scott Card's science fiction books are quite good and have been some of my favorite books growing up and I personally was surprised to hear Card's opposition to homosexuals and it did put a sour taste on some of my favorite books. I got to talk with Speaker for the Dead's (the band) lead singer Greg McKillop about this and it made me think about a changing the name of Orson Scott Card's most popular book (and my favorite) Ender's Game to Gender's Game. I thought this was clever.

Speaker for the Dead (the band) is an inspiring group (sometimes over 15 performers at a time) of artists, performers, musicians who always put on an incredible show and worth spreading the word about! Greg McKillop is incredible on vocals, writing songs and playing music. Usually their performances meander with great energy into the streets or take over the alleys, sidewalks and parking lots surrounding the initial venue and it seems like the crowd ends up in the band by the end of the show. The energy is palpable. It should be noted that I have actually never been to one of their shows, but I have heard epic stories first hand and also watched videos and seen pictures. The music and lyrics themselves are also incredible:

Speaker for the Dead available on Bandcamp



All this information and I almost forgot this was a Sketchbook Friday post. I almost forgot to mention Googy Logan. He's quite a character. The breast feeding Sitar player was an early sketch for a modern god of creativity Saraswati. A project that is still in the works. If you look closely you can find Ryback the WWE wrestler in there and an ankle injury being blamed on god. The sketch page was also a vehicle for me to try out some unusual action poses too. But, really, if you are to take anything away from today's post, I think you should go check out Speaker for the Dead (the band).


Each Friday at noon I scan in one new sketch or drawing from one of my many sketchbooks. You can find information about buying artwork, webcomics, performance art, miniature art hunts and new projects on my fine art website William Hessian dot com. Also like me on Facebook, or as projects right here on my Bearded Bunny art blog. If you enjoy these sketches make sure to also see all of the sketchbook friday posts.

Monday, July 14, 2014

ROBOT CARD GAME Kickstarter!



In August 2014 the KICKSTARTER will launch for PBL ROBOTS the card & dice strategy game for 2 players (alternate rules and expansions for multi-player is available.) Visit: Robot Card Game to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

We are very excited to be launching this game soon!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Housing First Fights Against Homelessness: Sketchbook Friday




This drawing was done in collaboration with Kenny Hodgkins. Ken used to be homeless on the streets, and is a great artist if he ever gets a chance to sit down with some art supplies. Not only is Kenny talented himself, but he has a gift for turning the people around him into artists also. Kenny creates hundreds of drawings each year and collaborates with dozens of people in the process. Kenny constantly teaches me new and exciting techniques and helps me achieve great drawings, which I often post on Sketchbook Friday. I often wonder how many great poets, musicians and artists are sleeping on the streets right now without an ability to pursue their passions. In Portland, Maine it seems that often the people living on the streets have more talents than the people I meet anywhere else. In my social work, at a housing first facility, we house cronically homeless individuals first with low barriers (wet campus, rent subsidized, independent apartments) and then address their needs after they are in a safe environment. I will tell you that I have watched some pretty beat up (emotionally and physically) people walk off the street into a stable home and creatively open the floodgates, among other things. Dancing, singing, poetry, writing, sculptures and drawings. Being able to share creative passions with the people around me is one of the greatest joys, and being able to be inspired everyday is the benefit of being around such great people. Kenny just had an art show last month that I helped to set up, it will feature over 150 of his drawings, and showcased his incredibly talented and diverse skills. It is the second annual art show and this show will now be a travelling show and will be featured around Portland, Maine.


Each Friday at noon I scan in one new sketch or drawing from one of my many sketchbooks. You can find information about buying artwork, webcomics, performance art, miniature art hunts and new projects on my fine art website William Hessian dot com. Also like me on Facebook, or as projects right here on my Bearded Bunny art blog. If you enjoy these sketches make sure to also see all of the sketchbook friday posts.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Hidden Ladder Collective Mural

Check out the exquisite corpse style mural created by a dozen Hidden Ladder Collective artists in Portland, Maine at GENO's bar for the Fear and Loathing Art & Music show curated by Dave Bregoli. The mural was created in just black paint on Congress Street outside, then it was cut into 6 pieces and split up into two smaller murals for the colors to be added. Later the mural was recombined together and this was the result. Artist who participated was (but not limited to): Abbeth Russell, William Hessian, Andrew Abbott, Adrianna Tibke, Mary Beth Thompson, Kara Oster, Sighless, Corey and more. The show itself also featured a boatload of great local artists and musicians, see blow:


Friday, July 4, 2014

Logan's Run Vs The Running Man: Sketchbook Friday




This is a collaborative drawing done with artist Kenny Hodgkins. We drew this image in the community room together while discussing science fiction films like Logan's Run and The Running Man. I was particularly interested in discussing Stephen King's science fiction persona, as the author of Running Man and the similarities/ difference between the book and the movie. Logan's Run story line was also discussed, where a world existed where you were only allowed to live 30 years and then you were hunted down. Personally, I think both movies have a great story line, both came from great books, and both explore a future that is quite grim but seemingly possible. Especially as we look at our own world in 2014, I can see so many scary similarities between the Running Man scenario where the media lies to the public in order to create a good story and innocent heroes are thrust into a deadly game show for the sheeple population to cheer and bet on. I can also see a one world government scenerio where overpopulation is solved by eliminating anyone over the age of 30 and even doing it a nation apart with unmanned drones. Science fiction quickly becomes reality...we are the authors of our own future. What page do we turn?


Each Friday at noon I scan in one new sketch or drawing from one of my many sketchbooks. You can find information about buying artwork, webcomics, performance art, miniature art hunts and new projects on my fine art website William Hessian dot com. Also like me on Facebook, or as projects right here on my Bearded Bunny art blog. If you enjoy these sketches make sure to also see all of the sketchbook friday posts.

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