Happy Fourth of July to all my art peeps out there.
This month’s printable freebee going out to the mailing list is ‘Cat Nouveau.’ 3000×3562 pixels.
I’ve been quite remiss with my studio work lately and the backlog continues to pile-up. I assure you new work will be coming soon – I just needed a bit of a break and have been working mainly in virtual environments designing and building vehicles and generally goofing-off and having fun – which I tend to excel at!
The recent fires here in Northern California have also presented me with some distractions as well. As did my cat Oscar’s recent health emergency – Add to that I’ve met someone new who seems to distract me more and more … what can I say? I am HIGHLY DISTRACTABLE! (is that even a word?)
If you have not already signed-up for the monthly freebee’s – you can do so here –
Cat Nouveau is also available on all sorts of products over at my Society 6 store –
Wishing you all a safe and happy Holidaze!
Until next time …
New Workshop set-up for Glass & Wood Engraving and Wood Block Print Making
Exciting new projects are beginning at The Undisclosed Studio Workshop. And with them come changes to the priorities and schedules in my life.
Effective immediately I have begun phasing-out my virtual existence in Second Life. As much as I have enjoyed the past 9 years I find that building virtual objects and vehicles holds less and less interest for me and the money I make from them does not cover the outlay I spend monthly on my virtual land rentals. ($50.00+ a month) I have also found that I have a dwindling interest in it as a social outlet – too much negativity and drama lately which is a real turn-off. I prefer reading a book, listening to music or watching a movie or YouTube for entertainment and relaxation.
Right now I am focused on wood & glass engraving and my introduction to learning wood block print making. One of my first inspirations as a young teenage artist was from the woodblock prints of Gustave Doré and Hiroshige’s Floating World of Edo (Ukiyo-e) of Japan I used to see in library books. I have since added many of these editions to my own personal library. But it was not until I could realize a fully-functional working studio/workshop space that I could finally begin exploring this process myself, first hand.
So I am really exciting to begin this new adventure and see where it leads!
Until next time –
One night in the early 1990’s I had a dream about beautiful spheres of light gently floating into my bedroom through an open window. The dream has always stayed in my mind and in 1996 I did a series of air-brushed paintings entitled “Spheres of Light” – the show sold out but I had taken photos of some of the paintings. I recently found the photos, scanned them into digital form and restored them in Photoshop.
Title: I saw him there
Digital Photography / dimensions 6,675 x 3,479 / 300ppi
Description: A man building a retro-futuristic steam punk motorcycle
I am very excited to share with you that the re-branding of the studio is now complete and I have just drawn-up a business plan for my expansion of services to include:
Personalized Original Fine Art Prints for Home and Office
Personalized Original Fine Art Design For:
Gifts, Home Décor, Motivational Posters, Marketing Materials, Product Photo Mock-Ups, Visualization & Labeling, Book & Magazine Covers, Custom Tattoo Designs, Digital Marketing, Customized Fine Art for Business, Corporate and Nonprofit Spaces.
So – Please Stay Tuned! In the coming weeks I will be releasing more information about new product offerings.
I am uploading a lot of art work tonight to the new Illustration and Photoshop pages – here’s a couple –
Experimenting with some new tools –
Welcome to all the new folks who have joined my journey this year! I hope I will create images that inspire and delight you.
What’s New –
The web site is going through a major overhaul with a simpler new look and feel.
I have decided to handle all sales directly rather than use online shopping platforms and have ceased all online marketing. The reasoning behind these decisions was simple – they did not work.
Besides this website I will continue to share all new work on Facebook for friends and colleagues.
What’s on the agenda for 2018?
A Legacy of Forgotten Names – Documentary Film in production
Illuminated Animals – Pen & Ink Drawing Collection – ongoing
More making-of videos – ongoing
Re-Issuing Print Publication of my Children’s Book, WillowMouse
Several other ideas that are a bit too nebulous to mention at this time.
As always – I am grateful to have you join me on this adventure!
Until next time …
From The Illustrated Fantastical Compendium of Imaginary People, Places & Things. circa 1800 – The International Society for the Preservation of Paracosms employed the services of a mysterious explorer, known simply as ‘The Traveler’, to expedite their efforts in locating and securing paracosmic portals.
New Studio Computer has arrived, passed testing phase and is now in use.
Dell XPS 8920 Tower
Windows 10 Professional
Intel Core i7 Processor
10 USB Ports
DVI, HDMI and DP video ports
16 Gigs RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Titanium GPU with
4 GIGS Video Ram
1 Terabyte Intel Optane HDD
My Brain is like a Web Browser with 3,549 tabs open all the time.
I have been absent of late – off dreaming dreams and playing with ideas. I am currently constructing the latticework of my latest project which may be a serialized graphic novella, an animation or an interactive game, perhaps all 3 or none of these at all …
In the virtual world I have managed to develop a couple of life-like male avatars – here are their untouched photos –
This led me to write a paper on The Applied Aesthetics of Humanoid Avatars – from an artist’s perspective – which will be made available to academically-minded outlets after I finish editing it.
My two computer games from 1989 are on their way to The Strong Museum in Rochester New York for emulator testing and possible revival. Many thanks to Assistant Professor Adrienne Shaw of the Temple University Department of Media Studies and Production for her interest and efforts regarding this.
My film, A Legacy of Forgotten Names, is on hold until the narration can be recorded.
In closing – here’s video images of my brain! LOL
#cmralph #theundisclosedstudio #inktober #inktober2017 #sakurainktober
I can neither confirm nor deny that such a secret organization exists or has ever existed … but if they did, perhaps their invitations would look like this.
Tonight I was thinking – what if there were Secret Societies for Artists much like the Illuminati, who passed down their knowledge and closely guarded secrets from one generation to the next? What would their seal look like? What would their secrets be? How would one become a member? Just imagine having the inner working knowledge of illustrators from the Golden Age (1880’s to 1920’s) or even before that! How they mixed their inks and fashioned their pens. What was their work ethic? How did they define aesthetic arrest?
Anyway – I had so much fun doing this – I just looked-up at the clock and it’s nearly 4:00AM!