I spend a lot of my time doing commercial freelance work- mostly for comic books, clothing and skateboard decks. All of these items are usually mass produced and printed in some factory in an unknown location designated by my clients. Recently, I was contacted by a previous client who was interested in my fine art illustration services.
This is one of those special occasions where a client asks if they can hire me to create whatever I want with little to know input in terms of inspiration. That allows me to create artwork that is made with pure inspiration in that moment. While I often do a lot of planning, due to my rigorous commercial illustration regiment, creating this type of art flows freely from my imagination and is not bound by any restrictions. In the coming month or two I am excited to share the progress of this particular project.
For now, I will get you all started with an image of my "canvases" being primed. I'll explain more in a later post. Be sure to drop by my Instagram profile to find snippets of speed painting and planning which I will be including in my Story.
Generally, I only take commissions when they are open, but now and then a previous client will contact me when my commissions are closed with an interesting project. I'm very excited to be working on this project and really enjoy taking the time to work on such a piece in between my commercial jobs.
Thank You Everyone For Dropping By! - Rhode Island Appearances - Shady Lea and Saltbox Surfshop Pop Up - Art
Last weekend I was invited to the Saltbox Surf Shop and to Shady Lea Open Studio. I had a really good time talking with locals and visitors from other states. It's not very often that I get out and sell my work at a table anymore. That is one of the reasons why I opened up my new webstore. A lot of people asked if my work was available online. It is now!
I'd like to thank the owners of Saltbox Surf Shop, Jeff Cole and Nina, as well as Carrie Chatterson from Carrie Chatterson Studio for inviting me to the events. Without their support all of those wonderful people walking through would not have experienced my artwork.
My new stickers, Shred Head and There Are No Waves In Rhode Island, were a big hit as were original drawings and buttons. I'm slowly adding artwork to my new webstore. Stickers are already available. If you have not had a chance to join my mailing list, you can fill out the form below. Again, thank you all for the support and have a safe relaxing Holidays.
Tonight at the Saltbox Surf Shop! I'll be hanging out with the owner of Saltbox, Jeff Cole tonight from 4pm-9pm. I'll have a handful of art pieces and I may even be doing a little shaping with Jeff as well. You can watch, chat or purchase a gift for a friend or family memeber. It's all going down at 4085 Old Post Road, Charlestown, RI
See you there!
Inktober 2017 has begun and I've been churning out drawings and time lapse videos. I hope you all have had a chance to check them out on my Instagram account. If not, head over there now. Here's a link to make it easy for you. Feel free to comment, like and share as much as your heart desires.
This year I've decided to let my four kids choose my subjects. I printed out a blank list and wrote down each of their initials next to the thirty one days of October. There are some interesting and strange suggestions from these kids. They range in age from six to thirteen years old. I'm hoping that people really enjoy the time and effort I'm putting into the drawings and look forward to sharing more drawings throughout the month.
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Hello everyone and happy 4th of July!
I just wanted to take some time to give you some information about upcoming events and general mumblings about my studio. This summer I will be participating in Sketchbook Summer, a new event created by two illustrators that will help budding and seasoned artists step up their drawing game over thirty days. You can follow my adventures on Instagram and Facebook. I have already posted a few time lapse sketches and images of the daily prompts. Today I'll be drawing some cave men. I have even roped a few of my kids into working on their own sketchbooks.
On July 29th I will be attending the Plastic City Comic Convention in Fitchburg Massachusetts. The event was a really fun family friendly show last year. Kids are free with their adults which is super awesome. I'll be selling prints, art, some skateboard decks and maybe a few other things. You will also have an opportunity to commission a sketch! I'll be limiting my commissions for the first time at a convention. So get there early. First come first serve.
With that being said, my online commissions are currently closed. I have to start working on some projects and will not have time to work on any until after I finish. I'll try and open up some slots in August or September. Be sure to follow me on Faceboook or Instagram and I will announce the open commissions there as soon as they are set up and ready to order again. Thanks!
Head over to the commissions page. There are ten slots available for commissions. There's a video explaining how it works and a button for you to place your order. I've already started four commissions as I type this journal entry. I'm always so grateful for the support. Be well.
I'd like to take a minute to thank all the awesome people who came out in support of my artwork on Friday. You were the first people to really start to see my progression into painting and your responses were not only very helpful but very humbling. I'm looking forward to producing some more fine art illustrations and work on some other shows in the area. Stay tuned here, or my social media sites, for more information.
My show will until the end of February. Please drop by the Langworthy Library in Hope Valley RI to view the work during business hours
I will be doing a talk and some activities on Teen Night, February 17th, at the library. I will discuss freelance illustration, making comics and designing for products. The activity is open to youngsters from age 12-18
Today is a sixty degree day here in New England. You would never know we are about to get almost a foot of snow tomorrow. Maybe more, maybe less. Who knows. But in the meantime my brain is rattling away as I work on a few comic pages and prepare canvases for more paint. Here's a little comic for this odd weather.
Enjoy the comic
Last week I had the unfortunate pleasure of smashing one of my toes in the studio while walking through to check on some artwork. Sadly, it resulted in a broken toe and a vacation from skating, surfing and snowboarding.
There will be an art opening this evening at the Langworthy Library in Hope Valley Rhode Island featuring a collection of my paintings as well as a few skateboard decks that I have designed. I will be attending the opening and will be happy to discuss the work and answer any questions. Your support is always appreciated.
February 3rd, 2017
Opening Hours 5:00pm - 7:00pm
24 Spring St, Hope Valley, RI 02832
I will also be hosting teen night at the library on February 17th 2017 where I will be talking about art, how I make it and leading kids through some activities.
Limited Edition Hand Carved Greeting Card by Jason May - lino-cut, block print, fins, surfing, surf, surfboard
Recently I created this surf inspired, handprinted and limited edition greeting card. It was first available at the Shady Lea Mill Open Studio, but now I have uploaded it to Etsy to make it available to the world. I had a great time printing this piece as well as the other works for Shady Lea. These prints were printed using lino cut blocks and two colors of water based printing inks. There were only twenty five made and each one is signed and numbered by the artist. I have also included a hand printed matching envelope with the card.
If you want to make a statement about how much you care about someone or appreciate them, this is the card to give. They also look great framed on the wall. To purchase this card, head on over to my Etsy store by clicking here.