Monday, September 29, 2014

Jekyll and Hyde WIP...




"Jekyll and Hyde" WIP. Commission for Iris Maska

Moving right along quite nicely. Almost finished with the first face (Dr. Jekyll). Working solely in Charcoal and Graphite on 14 X 17 inch paper. The background will eventually be dark to pop everything out and make it look even more real.


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Six Original Paintings on Auction!

All six of these original paintings are currently on auction on eBay for $150 a piece. If you buy one or some or all, you would be doing more than getting great art. You would be helping me reunite with my kids. Take a look with that in mind. Most kind of you.

Click HERE to view them. Thank you. 







Jekyll and Hyde, WIP



"Jekyll and Hyde" Redo, WIP. Commission for Iris Maska

This is a totally new concept and It will be rendered photo real in Charcoal and Graphite. It will take a lot longer than a painting but I want this to look really nice for my client. Classy. So, this could take about a month...The last one was slowly turning into a trainwreck and I was starting to detach from it. Once that happens, it's gutter fodder....

I went with a "Gone With The Wind" kind of feel with the flow of line and composition. Much more graceful and the eye of the viewer is drawn just where I want them to look.


Enjoy the process,

Erik

Today's Inspiration. Please share


I've got some goodies for you!

I have made it so that you can purchase all manner of Cellphone Cases, iPod/iPad Cases, Computer Skins and Covers as well as Fine Art and Stretched Canvas Prints of my best work by creating a Nuvango Shop!

Check out some of the neat stuff you can get and at a very affordable price!






I will be adding more gradually as you all will tell me what my best work is. *wink*

Thanks for taking a look! 


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Today's Inspiration. You can share to your heart's content!





You help me and I will GIVE to you!



You can email me your shared links and your order to: redwoodjedi@gmail.com

Thank you so much for the love and support,

Erik

Valuable Art Business Tips I've learned on the fly!

Things I'm learning about the Art Business on my own through Hard Knocks


1) PATIENCE! It takes a long time to build a following or as I prefer to call them, Family, that loves what you do. Most of us cannot afford to spend money on ad campaigns and SEO rankings and the like, so we have to do it the old fashioned way by actually "meeting" your people in person or online. Do it in a very personal way without rattling off generic phrases. Groom them by making them feel relevant and significant because they are. They love your work and as is most often the case, they love you too. Buying art just for the art is nice and all, but the piece has even more value to the buyer when they feel a personal connection to the artist themselves.


2) Find your voice and style and STICK TO IT! I've learned this the hard way by trying to bounce around different subject matter with my work and not necessarily subjects that I really enjoy painting and it shows. I had the false mindset of thinking that "maybe I'm just doing the wrong type of art or the wrong subjects" and therefore not getting the traffic and attention I wanted to see. Refer to number one on this one as well...lol....Again, it takes time for your audience to find you and fall in love with you and your work. It's not going to happen in a week, a month or not even a year. Give it 3 to 5 years. Much more realistic. I did not know this and at times it has been disheartening because of my own ignorance.


3) Build a luscious and beautiful online presence. So, while you are slowly building your fan base family, one by one and one ON one, you have time to really look at your presence online and meticulously groom it to perfection. Ask yourself what your target audience is and that should be easy because if you are doing the type of art that you love, well then people like you are your target audience! So you begin to tweek and build your site(s) in a style and fashion that is attractive to you but keep in mind, the easier it is to move around for the visitor, the longer they will stay on your site. So, anything that is unnecessary like multiple video players and scads of flash animation with the ever illusive audio player you can never find the "stop" button for are all annoying to most people. Make it pretty. Make it easy and Make it you. I recommend for getting closer to your audience, which they will love because they will feel closer to you, your motivations and your work, is creating a blog linked to your site with open comments for Q & A, and creating a email list of those that have purchased work or are interested in purchasing your work and send them something that keeps them apprised of your current work and status about every 2 or 3 weeks so that they feel like they are in the loop.


These are some biggies that I've learned through a lot of difficulty so far....but I LEARNED them! I hope that you can get something from this and thus save yourself from some of the headaches and unrealistic expectations I've suffered needlessly through. I will post more of these occasionally as I think of them or realize them.


Thanks for reading and I love you all!


Erik

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Creating a mailing list...

Hello Dear Friends and Art Fans...

I am starting a Mailing List for those that love to see what I am doing and get the first look at finished pieces. Plus, if you are on my mailing list, I will give you all first dibs and purchasing finished pieces and thus wait a week before I post pricing on the public postings so that you can mull things over.

I value my Collectors as they are the ones whom have put me where I am thus far and so, I wish to take care of them. They are my family and furthermore, I know that when they buy a piece, it will be going to a good and loving home.

So, if you are interested in being on my mailing list, just shoot me an email with "re: put me on the list!" and I will make it so.

Thank you so much everyone for the love and support,

Erik.

My email address: redwoodjedi@gmail.com

Monday, September 22, 2014

Shenanigans at The Scarefest

As most of you know, I achieved going to a Horror Con as sort of a personal goal fulfillment and thus the reasoning behind the production of several Pin Up and Fantasy pieces. Here are some of the wonderful highlights I experienced at this year's Scarefest in Lexington, Kentucky. Thank you to all of the wonderful people I met who truly made this a beautiful experience that I will treasure forever!


House of 1000 Corpses, Robert Mukes with my good friend and model, Heidi Zelch. 


The Walking Dead's, Santiago Cirilo with the lovely, Heidi Zelch.


Heidi Werner Zelch, Kenny May Sr., and Moiself


Wicked Beard Predators and a very bewildered lady!




My booth! So much fun!


Ghost Hunters, Dave Tango with my art!


Ghost Hunters', Adam Berry with my art!


Samara from The Ring loves Indiana Jones!


The autographed goodies that Steve and Tango gave to me.
Bless their hearts, they are two very kind guys.


Thank you ALL for supporting a dream and for helping it come true. I had a blast!

Erik

A Facebook Auction!

I'm auctioning this piece (Dead Sexy) on Facebook only until this Sunday (28SEP14) at midnight, PST!! Get your bid in now! No minimum bid. You Decide what you want to pay. The person with the highest bid by the cut off time, wins!


Good luck!!

Erik

A New/Old Direction!

From this:












Back to this:









First off, welcome to my new blog! This will make it easier for me to interact with you all and make things more cozy. I would like to get to know all of you and so please feel free to leave comments! I will respond to them as I see them.

Secondly, many of you whom have followed me now for some time know that I did a lot of preparation for my first Con, The Scarefest in Lexington, Kentucky. My art subject matter and even my style changed drastically as I began to madly produce at an alarming rate. Although very enjoyable, the pace and the deviation from my normal Southwest oriented art, took it's toll on me.

As it is, I am currently having a huge sale of ALL of the art that was produced for that Con as well as all of the prints. Many of the Original Art pieces are already priced here but I have taken the liberty of opening a shop on Etsy and I have also begun to put pieces up for auction on eBay. I will provide links to everything so that you, Dear Friends can find all of your favorite works easily.

Thirdly, I am going to not only slow the neck breaking pace of production waaaaaaaaaaaaay down, I am going back to my Fine Art roots and once again you will see Native American portraiture, Charcoal Drawings and Paintings of Wildlife and Wilderness and whatever else grabs my Southwest inspired fancy.

It has been a heck of a ride this last year and I am ready to either get off the Merry-Go-Round and back on the horse or just plain sit on the stoop with a glass of sweat tea and enjoy the much slower process of heartfelt creative muse....

I will still take commissions and you can always email me here: redwoodjedi@gmail.com for that and, of course, I will render whatever you wish as I have created a special section on this site just for Commissioned Work and Illustrations. So, do not worry, I gotcha covered.

Thank you all so much for hangin' in there with me. I love you, each and all, more than you could possibly ever know.

Erik

Links to all of the fun!

You can find my work listed on eBay HERE

You can go to my Etsy shop for Prints and other Original Art HERE

That should keep you busy for a while. Don't forget, You can comment on these posts. You have to do the little word graphic deal just to make sure you are a real person but after that, it should go right up.