Monday, December 18, 2017

Starting Local

With the success of Erik's UFO/alien paintings, we've decided to get our feet wet locally so that when Contact in the Desert happens in June, it should feel more like second nature and less like a couple of bumbling idiots who don't know what they're doing.

As soon as the holidays wind down within the next couple weeks, I'm going to scout opportunities within the greater Denver area looking for art shows, craft shows, or any other kinds of venues that will allow us to set up a little booth and sell images of Erik's hard work.  For the smaller local shows we're hoping to include things like mugs, calendars, key chains, etc. in addition to prints.  Contact in the Desert will be strictly prints, as we simply won't have the room at the booth nor will we have the means to ship a bunch of items to California for the week.  

I'll make sure to post when and where we end up opening up shop, so if you find yourself in Denver during one of the shows, please stop by and say hi!


Friday, November 10, 2017


Well, Erik's certainly found his niche!  He's finally beginning to have some success with a series of alien posters he's rendering for when he heads to Contact in the Desert in June.  There will be plenty more to come, and one of these days I hope to capture some work-in-progress pictures.  Watching his process is always fascinating!  Until then, enjoy...

As always, thank you for your support!


Thursday, November 2, 2017

See No Evil

Sorry for the gap in posting, we are still recovering from a move (it was just a few blocks away, but GEEZ it felt like it was across the globe).  Erik had his studio up and running, walls full of artwork and everything, within minutes of us moving in, and he wasted no time in getting to work on his first painting in the new place.  He certainly did not disappoint!  True to form, I'd go downstairs and see his progress, which was,  in this case, a simple drawing of three aliens depicting the "Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" motif.  An hour or so later, I'd go back downstairs to connect for just a minute, and BOOM, he'd be halfway done.  

I kid you not.

The man is a genius with a stylus.  This entire scene was pulled from his imagination, a feat so foreign to me I can't even comprehend how he does it.  

He has been personally invited to attend Contact in the Desert in June 2018 (for anyone not in the know, THIS is what that's all about), to sit at the booth with none other than Jimmy Church himself (you can click here to learn about the amazing Jimmy).  He's excited beyond words, and will be feverishly rendering UFO/Alien paintings until his time at CITD commences.  Then he'll do some more.

If you'd like to order prints (and this one is hot!), please go to his main page by clicking here.  There are links to the right under the "Navigation" heading that have all sorts of ways to print his paintings.  As always, thank you for your support!  Every little bit helps his dreams come true.


Friday, October 13, 2017

Just a matter of time

When I first got to know Erik it was on a very limited basis at work, and only when he added me as a friend on Facebook, did I have the opportunity to see the person behind the work persona.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that the gruff, tough, angry, very unhappy man I had known was actually extremely talented, thoughtful, very intelligent, and spiritual.

As I perused his profile, I was impressed by his artwork the most.  I browsed through the images and saw all different varieties of subject matter, from pinup, to alien, to fan art.  They may not have been the kinds of images of which I'd purchase a print, but I certainly appreciated his talent nonetheless.

It was when I came to his Native American piece titled Lakota Man, as well as his charcoal drawings, that my jaw dropped.  Now he had my attention.

Throughout our relationship, as he became prolific once again with his painting, I kept wondering why he wasn't producing pieces that truly showed his talent (and decades of hard work), such as the images above.  I wondered why he kept producing pieces that were good, yes, but weren't the WOW factor I knew he had in him. 

In August he was fired from his job, a situation that turned out to be a huge bonus to his painting because, until he found another job, he had the time and energy to devote to his craft.  One night he was told by a friend that a movie was being made about Bob Lazar, the whistle-blower for Area 51 in the late '80s, so he thought it would be fun to paint a concept movie poster. 

As I watched this image come to life as he rendered these men to near perfection, my jaw hit the floor once again.  When I finally asked him why on earth he hadn't always painted at that caliber, he replied that he had never had the time, plain and simple.  It was at that very moment, the realization that his true talent had been stifled by both past relationships and jobs, that I asked him to stop looking for a job and pursue his painting full time.  I would do anything in my power, including getting a second job to support us, if he would just paint at that level.  THAT was what the world needed to see.

Thus began the movie poster idea, whether it be commissions from clients, or fan art fun.  He is finally, for the first time in his life, fully in his element, and it is a sight to behold.  Thank you for being a part of this, for supporting a man who has truly wanted to do nothing in his life except paint.  If you can't afford a commission but know someone else who can, please spread the word.  All the "likes" and "thumbs-ups" in the world won't put food on the table, and being able to support his family is what would make this all come full circle.

Thanks for reading!


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Indiana Jones and the Anasazi Mystery

Erik's latest commission hits right where his heart lies, in his favorite movie character of all time, Indiana Jones.  He took everyday Joe and Jane Schmoe (who are actually my lovely sister and her husband), and made them into a poster advertising what looks like a wonderfully intoxicating adventure.  

He took "Joe" and made him a more rugged, rough-around-the-edges version of himself, and kept "Jane" soft, lovely, and beautiful.   The pictures he worked with were again, simple snapshots taken at the clients' home, nothing fancy or special.  I'll attach them below the poster so you can see what he did with what he was given. 

Even with the image as large as I can make it, you can't really see the detail of the shading in each of their faces.  When it's blown up to actual poster size, that detail is revealed, giving it a beautifully rich texture.  

Thanks for having a look, and if you feel the need to see yourself in a movie poster of your choosing, hit us up!  Erik loves to play.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Drawing faces

Here's a little video of Erik rendering Angsty Teen (sometimes we call her Amanda)'s head.  I apologize in advance for the quality of the video with the lines rolling and whatnot, but it'll have to do for now.  Just think of it as adding a ghetto feel to the starving artist motif we have going on here. 

Anyhoo, often times digital art is misunderstood and not respected as a true art form.  This video allows you to see that he is in fact drawing, only the pencil is an electronic stylus, and instead of picking up different pencils, he just selects the color he wants from the color palette to the right.  And of course the "paper" he uses is a computer screen.  To the left is the photograph he uses for reference.  See?  Magic.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Family Secret

We have a new arrival!  After about nine days of hours upon hours of being hunched over in a chair in the Rabbit Hole, Erik finally birthed his most recent child and released it to the world.  This is a movie poster of me and my kids (and Erik's in there too!), aptly titled "Family Secret." 

While he is squirreled away working on his next project, I'll spend the next week or so sharing some behind-the-scenes goodies from the Family Secret poster.  As always, it was so fun to not only be able to watch this painting come to life, but to be a part of the entire process.

These are the reference pictures he took and used for the painting.  Nothing special, just snapshots taken with his cell phone at the end of the day before everyone went to bed.  We threw my cell phone into the book being held by Brandon with the flashlight on and pointing up, in order to give the illusion that light was pouring from the book, resulting in a perfect glow.  My face didn't turn out clearly enough though, so with his handy Photoshop skills, Erik inserted a clearer picture of my face over the blurry one. He also changed my hair to a straighter style, as he felt it would fit the piece better.  No argument from me.

He then masked each of us (essentially he "cut" out each of our shapes and arranged us exactly how he wanted), turned that image to gray scale, and began drawing.  For my next post I'll show the drawing process because that's when the real magic happens!

Thanks for reading...