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.
Many people showed up at Shady Lea Mill this weekend to visit me at Studio 200 where my friends, Kris and Carrie Chatterson have an amazing studio. Some people already knew me from my LEGO work, logo design work, comic work or from my help with Drift surf shop and their skate decks, hats, tshirts and more.
I've been spending a lot of time on the road lately, meeting clients, working on Shady Lea and just trying to get inspired. Yesterday, after I put away all my artwork from the Shady Lea Mill Open Studio, I dropped by the local skate park. I spent about forty five minutes sketching for a client's logo when I noticed this broken skull laying in the leaves. I decided to take a few minutes to capture a few fun shots. With the sun beaming and the skate park glistening from the rain the night before, I set out with my camera and snapped a couple pictures for inspiration in my personal work. View below
I would also like to take a little time to thank all of the people that dropped by to view my artwork at Shady Lea Mill last weekend. I really enjoyed talking to everyone as well as seeing my artwork find new homes. The new wave print was very popular, as were my skate decks and greeting cards. If there was something you saw at the show that isn't listed on my Etsy shop, please contact me. I'll slowly be updating Etsy over the next few weeks.
This weekend, I will be back at Shady Lea Mill in North Kingston RI for their annual Open Studio. Maybe you dropped by last year, or maybe you wish you had. In any case, you should try and come visit the large number artists that will be displaying their work. I will be displaying in Studio 200, which is the studio of the Chattersons. If you aren't familiar with their work, please check out Carrie Chatterson's design work and Kris Chatterson's paintings, prints and more.
Today I uploaded a video of the process I used to print the twenty five limited edition prints I'll be bringing with me. I'll have a variety of cards, prints, stickers, orginal art as well as some skateboard decks!
Click here for: More info about Shady Lea Mill Open Studio
I've been having a very fun Inktober this year. Each year, in October, I sit down with some sort of inking tool, whether it be a brush, quill or marker, and I lay down some fun line-work onto some bizarre doodles. I decided to continue last year's theme a bit, but investigating a particular alien from the cosmic travels of Inktober 2016. I still have some books left if you'd like a printed copy of all the illustrations from last year. This year, I'm kicking it up a notch, but uploading speed drawings of a few of the works. I promised to do one per week. So far I think I've made good on that promise. You can view those right now by visiting my YouTube channel or checking out the embedded vids below! I have one more to upload this week. Be sure to follow me on Instagram for the most up to date Inktober posts or join my mailing list and be the absolute FIRST person to know what's going on in the world of Jason May Art.