|One of the pieces from SPACES Monster Draw Rally April 12, 2014|
Last weekend all six of the Rust Belt Monsters descended upon Spaces Gallery for their annual Monster Draw Rally fundraiser. We painted two 4'x6' murals in 5 hours (More photos on www.rustbeltmonster.com soon!), and I had a chance to share someone from my sketchbook who'd been tooling around for three years.
|Original concept sketch, with added paint splatters from the mural.|
I keep every sketchbook, even if they only have one drawing in them. They serve as a way for me to communicate with my past, and now as a father, to communicate to the future. Without a doubt they are my most valuable possession.
I hadn't been to SPACES gallery in three years, and it seemed like a perfect opportunity to look through those sketchbooks and see where my head was at the last time I was there.
|Early sketchbook piece circa 2011|
Three years ago was when I started drawing in earnest, and when I started putting double page stream of consciousness spreads in my sketchbooks. The fella in the left corner popped up a lot in those pages usually rampaging a city. Having three years between the pages, it felt appropriate to give him a paintbrush, since that's how I've been rampaging the city since then.