Sunday, June 25, 2017

SUMMERTIME!

Hello and it is hot. This is my house right now ...




I would like to present one of the numerous projects in progress. He is "EZRA", an English Lop.
I am working this project on Dura-Lar with Acrylic ink and color pencil. It's a learning process.

Two important lessons I have learned working in this media:
  • 1. "BLACK" (in any media) is WAY too dark. It looks as if it is completely out of place.
    (and yes, the art teachers told me NEVER to use BLACK)
  • 2. Anything harder than HB graphite doesn't work for me.




Four stages of coming to life. I am currently working in some background and have not been happy since this fourth panel. I need to put some shadowing in so he can stop looking like he is levitating.


THE TRAUMA: As I worked around the adorable fuzzy mouth, this artist totally botched it. This wasn't as easy as an UNDO key. Or even gingerly scraping off the offending marks and strokes.

The work was set aside for a few days before returning. The repair was long and meticulous. The following image is post-repair:



I have hit a couple "follower milestones" on social media with Regarding The Secret Life Of Rabbits!
If only I were this popular in high school.

Yeah. Me too.



Thursday, March 9, 2017

2017

It's a bit late to wish everyone a new year. And living in the states, I think we are all calming down from being floored by our 2016 presidential election results. Here I am -- March 2017.

So far:
I lost a friend (he died) and I'm still coping.
Lance has been ill.
The audience for Regarding Comic keeps growing!


That pretty much sums it all up.

NEW ART
This piece was a new medium for me: Dura Lar and ink. The project started with a graphite drawing on the front -- the ink is applied to the back. I did some "tweaking" on the graphite side ...
But here it is!

THE HANGED MAN


That is an Irish Hare on a hook. It is reminiscent of classic "vulgar" nature paintings. I was instructed to research The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (by a mentor).

The symbolism is dealing with death; lots and lots of death. One can't ignore the fact the rabbit is "nailed to a tree." That was purely subconscious Christian (or Nordic) symbolism on my part. I was focusing on drawing an apple tree ...

Conscious Symbols
APPLE TREE: Remembrance
MEAT HOOK: Violence, against the will, unnatural, untimely death
IRISH HARE: Associated with moon deities - signifies rebirth/resurrection.
APPLE BLOSSOM: Love, healing and immortality / Spring
WHITE RABBIT: The Spirit, something mystical, the afterlife

If you see/feel anything else, I would LOVE to hear from you!




Thursday, August 4, 2016

ARE RABBITS THE NEW CATS? WHAT?!

NO - THEY ARE RABBITS!

I may, or may not, have been vanity Googling when I came across an article titled:
ARE RABBITS THE NEW CATS? that featured various pieces of artwork.

As it turns out -- the article is on the Luerzers Archive site and I am in it! And I am in it not once, but TWICE!

There are all kinds of bunny illustrations featured.
Did I mention I was in the article TWICE?

Illustrator: Herman Geurts


Illustrator: Elena Kanyukova


Read the article HERE.

And now for your enjoyment:

I AM NOT AMUSED.
-- Lance



Friday, July 22, 2016

HE'S BAD -- HE'S LUCAS COUNTY OHIO WIDE


As seen on a local FEED LUCAS COUNTY CHILDREN INC. van:

I like the bananas and I am very thankful for them!
Thank you.

Sammy



Saturday, July 2, 2016

ONLINE EDUCATION PROMOTIONS

Regarding The Secret Life Of Rabbits got a mention on that fabulous blog site:
ONLINE EDUCATION PROMOTIONS!

This is a fantastic way to start getting back into the swing of things again!

If you haven't already perused the ONLINE EDUCATIONS PROMOTIONS, please do!
There is a wealth of information there. I believe I even said that before!

And now, an obligatory rabbit:


Thursday, June 2, 2016

LITTLE SAMMY

It all started as what I interpreted to be a sneeze. I checked for dust, hay and whatnot. There was no dust, no hay, no whatnot. Sammy was fine the next day. Fast forward two weeks ...

It all started as what I interpreted to be a sneeze. I checked for dust, hay and whatnot. There was no dust, no hay, no whatnot. Sammy was NOT fine the next day. I know what the beginning of stasis looks like all too well. I rung up the vet.

Sitting in the vet's office, I just *knew* -- call it intuition, if you will.

The Vet decided upon X Rays in order to rule out low grade pneumonia (it has been seen around here). She brought back the X Rays - and this is what we saw:


Yes. Stasis. But wait ... WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?!

THAT
is some sort of mass in the urinary tract. Cue Sammy's mournful "mew."
I will spare all the details of everything done (which included medications, sending him home, going back to the Med Vet twice). What I will share is that I hope to never hear such a mournful sound from any of my bunnies ever again.

Come Saturday, or maybe it was Sunday. It could have even been Monday ... Sammy went BACK to Med Vet. Procedures were discussed. Chins were tapped. Brows were furrowed. With each moment I felt a little worse -- to the point I was sure I was about to have a nervous breakdown.

IN PAIN AT THE VET'S

The next day the phone rang. GOOD NEWS! Sammy gave birth, without need of surgery (which would have more or less been fatal due to his stasis) to a .25" stone. A full fledged, bona fide STONE.



Sammy's full name is SAMUEL L. JACKSON -- because he is one tough MOFO.
After seeing this, I believe he has lived up to his name.

We are still majorly medicating, giving SUB Qs all the while watching what is left of my hopes and dreams march single file out of the bank account.

Meanwhile....
I spent an evening in the hospital. I decided upon that nervous breakdown after all.
This lady was grossly upset or sick or tired or some such. I bided my time with nurses and doctors -- mostly weeping about a sick rabbit and explaining my diagnosis garnered from WEB MD concerning the pain in my side.  Their diagnosis was that WEB MD is wrong; it isn't fatal. I'm not sure I believe them ... BUT I am currently on a plethora of meds and am ordered to stay away from WEB MD.
I go back for my own set of tests next week.

Sammy sits here looking at me as if to say: What's wrong with you?
My response: I got stasis.

Me and Sammy.


CREGGAN WHITE HARE