Cow Face Pose

I nursed a cup of Silly Cow brand Cocoa, foamtopped by a device whose sole purpose is low-speed beverage frothing. 4:51 am glowed tangeringe on the stoveclock. One camoflauge house slipper escaped footless into the dark under an imsomniac computer desk. I don't know why they call their company Silly Cow. Cocoa is a serious business. The internet wanted to give up the mystery of the corporate branding strategy. But first, it wanted to tell me about Cow Face Pose. 

Not the satisfied look on your face when you take that first frothed sip from the chocolate teat of the Silly Cow. Which would be the marketing direction I'd steer that moderately delicious ship. Rather, it is a yoga pose, also known as Gomukhasana, where you sit, cross your knees on top of each other, and grab your hands behind your back with one elbow over your head. Fun party game.Somewhere, someone knows why this is called Cow Face Pose. But I'm not the guy.

What I do know is that before I get a real coffee in me to start a day, I am unable to form most words or smile open my eyes all the way. This has been referred to as "Meat Face." This particular morning I was hoping I could trick myself back to sleep, hence the cocoa. I pondered the meat, the silly, and the cow and decided to draw this yogi, demonstrating bovine anxiety.

Anxiety Yoga is a new thing I'm drawing. There are many things to be anxious about. There are words about anxiety and pictures of this series that live on this page. This cow is one.

Newmasthead.

Anxiety Yoga 21: Cow Face Pose

Rise & Resist for the NPF

Inspired by the efforts of the Alt US National Park Service, to talk about the truth of humankind's impact on the global climate, against an executive order,  I made this Rise & Resist design based on the National Park Service logo. It's currently up on TeeSpring on a variety of shirt styles, mugs and stickers. Thanks to my ladyfriend Muriel, who researched many options for merchandise and fundraising, the design landed there because the site donates directly to one's organization or non-profit of choice, with full transparency. So, if you like this design and want to wear or share it, please consider visiting https://teespring.com/nationalparkresistance. All of the proceeds of this campaign, which runs until February 14, will go to the National Park Foundation. 

Rise & Resist

 

More Than Birds

It's been a bit since I worked on any People As Birds, my avian caricature project of Portland people. Much of my time has been drawing other birds, including these at www.lovebirdspaper.com. And a new book project which is floating around looking for a new publisher to call home. There's a couple of new comic portraits I made this month living over here, too. But, Portland gets real Portlandy and reminds me that sometimes you just have to draw people as birds sometimes. (And maybe get motivated to curate the collection of previous PAB and put that book of them out finally!) Like this guy who walks his big ol' pig down the street. Or the luchador-masked sandwich eater on wheels, spotted downtown. 

 

PAB: Urban Pig Farmer PAB: LUNCHO LIBRE

 

Portland keeps changing, but is still my favorite cartoon birdcage. 

The making of “Tractor Face Chain”

In looking around the internets at my painty friends, I saw a lot of folks have done a video or .gif of their painting or drawings from start to finish. I took a bunch of photos of my latest piece, "Tractor Face Chain," from start to finish, showing the various layers of watercolor washes, shading, and goauche that I used for the background and highlights. Then I put them all together with an iOS app called "ImgPlay." It was very easy to use, unlike the other 7 or 8 I tried first. I hope to make more of these, they are fun. I'll be hanging this and other piece this Friday at Skeleton Key Tattoo, with the other artists at the shop, as well as a few pieces I've been collaborating on with Muriel, from my other project, Lovebirds Paper. Thanks for looking.

Tractor Face Chain

Happy Piece Meals

New For May:

People As Birds now has its own page. I started this series of sketches for a children's book called "Singer In The Wordhouse," which is a complete manuscriupt, set pf storyboards, and several finished illustrations. As I was going through the process of trying to get it sold, I enjoyed doinng cariacture versions of real people so much I just kept drawing them. Now people ask for versions of themselves and friends, which is fun. It might just be its own book at some point! See some birds here.

I've also put up a couple of new videos in the video section."The Dream Place" is about a part of ourselves we all have in common, and "Crazy Coffee Face" for anyone who is or knows someone who looks a little rough before that first cup of joe. I'm calling the series of videos "Late Bloomer," and hope eventually to make it available as an alubum/digital download. They also all live on my YouTube Channel: levigreenacres

This month I also finished a portrait of Portland, OR comedian Curtis Cook, who is a very thoughtful and entertaining performer. I haven't worked on as many portraits this year as I did last year, but have a few more lined up to do in 2015. They live here.

Thanks for looking at my work, I appreciate your feedback and support.

 

How can we dance when our socks are buzzing?

February is an exciting month for me! 

First, my book "Mommy's New Tattoo" got incuded on this BuzzFeed Life list of 19 Unforgettable Children’s Books That Celebrate Diversity. It comes in at lucky number 13, and is in there with some really amazing titles. It is an honor to be included!

Second, a design I created has been made into a pair of socks by Sock It To Me! It's a fancy old-school ray gun zapper, and is available as a knee-high and a mid-calf sock. Check it out here.

I am still on a rampage of submitting my newest book to agents and publishers. While I haven't gotten a new book deal yet, I've been getting some really amazing feedback from some very kind folks who've taken the time to write me a real letter about my proposal. While getting excited about a rejection letter sounds kind of funny, if you've ever submitted a book in the modern age, getting a real response–as opposed to a form letter or the increasingly popular no response at all-– is really cool. It means I know someone definitely read it, and has taken the time to share their actual thoughts regarding the artwork and written content. 

There is a new book in the works, too! So far it is an outline, several pieces of concept art, and half of a completed manuscript. Should my current two books I am shopping around not find homes by the time all of the illustrations are comeplete (several months away, as the busy tattoo season is approaching), I may try my hand at ebook publishing, which has come a long way for children's and illustrated formats. Stay tuned!

New Site stuff for December

There's some fun stuff to check out now on the site. I made a page of some of my favorite sketches this year, which include things from the #inktober series, some of the stuff I draw for my day job, and some things from my new books. Also, I've been drawing some Portland comedians as birds at open mics, which is fun. They all live at the Sketches page.

I've made a new portrait this month that reflects a direction I've been heading with using paintings, old paper things, vectorized drawings of mine, and hamfisted photoshoppery. It is unique in that the subject is the youngest volunteer I've had to sit for one of these things– 9 years old! He is Comic Portrait #35, and you can see him reading an exciting book here.

Finally, there is a new video short up today about my relationship with the full moon. Take a look here.

Thanks for looking at my work, there will be more exciting things next year. Happy holidays!

Videodrome!

While I am working on my new book, I am experimenting with a new series that I hope will become a book/digital download/video series of short pieces I’ve been collecting. I made the music, drew the lines, and took the photos for the background collages. These can be found in the newly updated “Video” section of my site. If you’ve ever been curious about Horse Fishing, what I think about while getting a fever, or why superhuman robots envy their meaty inferiors, check them out here.

New Art In Progress From “The Star Painters”

after doing much hunting and gathering for a character model for the final character of the book, and finishing up a few projects in the meantime, i was introduced to Max. he is pictured here as David from my new book, painting his own constellations in the stars. these new starshapes become the characters on which he and his friend base their collaborative comic on, which is called “Space Girl and Aquatar,” the cover of which is in progress here as well.

now that all of the photos have been taken, the final illustrations are underway. i am excited to be able to put them together and being the book shopping process!

Max sketch 2 "Space Girl And Aquatar," from "The Star Painters"

 

Dreamboat: Bonham Calling

I'll drive it till it falls apart!

Last night I dreamed that I had been born in New Jersey, and was repairing my 74 Dodge Dart in the street. (or Dodge Dartre, if you party like it’s 1969.)

A Jersey girl and her friend began to climb up the trunk to walk over the roof and hood, which I cursed them roundly for in a terrible, natural accent. “Hey, whaddya doin over there! That’s my car, not a freakin’ sidewalk.” Their gorilla-armed mancompanions lumbered out of the shadows, but backed off when, wrench in hand, I demonstrated the simultaneously manly arts of automotive repair/improvised blunt weapon combat readiness.

One of the guys invited me to join him and his friends, by way of accepting me into their shrewdness, to a tavern for a drinking game. The game had something to do with watching the cartoon “Rugrats,” and taking a shot at certain hilarious hijinks the talking babies would get into. I accepted, and got into my crappy-on-the-outside-but-from-the-future-inside 1952 Studebaker truck to follow them. Under the radio panel was a holographic 2-way timewarp communicator.

Helena Bonham Carter called me from the the year 2042 to warn me off the ape pack’s drinking game, which was a trap to get me drunk and then beaten behind a tavern in Passaic. She reminded me that my mission as a sleeper time-spy was not to cavort with the locals, but to carry out an act of technological sabotage which would save the future from a colossal war that ruined most of the world. My sacrifice of a personal life meant the salvation of millions of lives, so I had to quit screwing around. I apologized to her, not daring to look directly into her glowing cybernetic eye. Then, I drove to my job at a public radio station, where a breaking news story was just coming in that a secret descendant of the Kennedys had been discovered, and assassinated while campaigning for a close race for superintendent of a local school district. America mourned another Camelot courtier. Under the announcer’s affected British accent, soft-jazz trumpets began to lament in a minor key.