With the new reveals of Pokemon and new forms in Sun and Moon, I figured I'd draw up my personal favorites (and most likely new editions to my team) Ninetales and Vulpix in their Alolan form!    

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Due to the awesome new Pokemon reveals in Sun and Moon, I figured I'd draw up the beautiful and elegant new Ninetales and Vulpix forms c:

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(I'm)perfecting - An Incredibly Short Analyzation of Hayao Miyazaki

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This will probably be a relatively short post, but I just wanted to expel some thoughts. I purchased this art book at a Japanese book store in New York City a few months back, and after weeks of setting it aside, I decided to pick it up and look through it. If you didn't know already, I'm a huge Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki fan; so when I discovered that the entire book was filled with commentary from the artist himself on every painting, I was intrigued to say the least. Though oddly enough, I found his commentaries partially confusing. Every piece, he had rarely anything good to say about it. He points out the flaws, or why he wanted to throw it out or thought it was irrational and unnecessary. He was picking his work apart, disregarding all the beauty or fantasy that flowed through them. Any of them could easily be center pieces of a million dollar gallery show, yet he wasn't happy with any of them 

It's something I seem to be noticing more and more amongst the creative and inspirational.

It's like no matter the amount of blaring "yes", "good job's", or even money being waved in an artist's face, there's always a lingering, gnawing urge to tell yourself it's incomplete, wrong, or a failure. I wonder if it's this imperfection of being a perfectionist beyond any reasonable sense of it that causes beauty to exist. Yet, the creator itself finds no sense of completeness. It makes me wonder if any artist can simply stop and enjoy the scenery of what they're creating, or do they just see a mirror that shows their imperfections staring hauntingly back at them.

I may have gone a small measure deeper than I first intended with this, but in the wake of a rather discontenting day of trying to sell my craft to the masses, I'm feeling philosophical and weary. It's a curious thing, a wandering mind.

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My Shirt Design "Gentlemen of Adventure Is Up For Voting On Threadless!

My shirt design, Gentlemen of Adventure, is up for voting on Threadless. This is my first time ever posting on Threadless, and I'd be super psyched if I could get this design printed. T-shirt art is one of the main mediums of artwork that made me want to become an artist, and Threadless has always been one of the pioneers in that field. I'd feel honored if anyone could take some time to vote for this design, and maybe we can get it printed!

 

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Gallery Show at the Kent Island Federation of Art - 2/8/14

by Judy Specht

by Judy Specht

Party of One by Dennis Young (Second Place in Oil)

Party of One by Dennis Young (Second Place in Oil)

Determination by Evie Baskin (Best In Show)

Determination by Evie Baskin (Best In Show)

Isabella At 5 by Betty Huang (First Place in Oil)

Isabella At 5 by Betty Huang (First Place in Oil)

by Amy Maddox (First Place in Watercolor)

by Amy Maddox (First Place in Watercolor)

Aurora by Amy Maddox 

Aurora by Amy Maddox 

Today I attended a gallery show at the Kent Island Federation of Art (http://www.kifa.us/) where I had submitted a painting, Vivir Libre, to be judged and, with fingers and toes crossed, would win. Honestly I didn't have high hopes, as my hard-lined and fantasy-driven work isn't normally well received around my hometown bay-area; most people generally prefer landscapes over surreal. Turns out I won second place in the watercolor category, topped by Amy Maddox, who is also a somewhat-surreal artist as well. Her work was absolutely phenomenal, and totally deserving of the 1st place ribbon. There was tons of talent; be sure to take a look at all these awesome pieces I was able to snap some pictures of.

Vivir Libre by Stephen Willey

Vivir Libre by Stephen Willey

Aurora and Determination were probably my top favorites. The contrast and tone of Determination, as well as the sheer beauty and realism, really made it stand out as the Best in Show. And if I had the spare cash to buy Aurora, I totally would, cause it's simply fantastic. While there I was able to meet the gallery owner's, who invited me back for another open show they're having in the spring, where I can submit up to 3 pieces of "Anything goes", and I'm quite excited about that. All in all it was an excellent show and I was incredibly excited to be a part of it. Check back soon!

Cheers.

-Stephen Willey

 

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